Parents' Guide to

Math Central

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Impressive depth and range will wow adults and kids alike.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

terrible

I dont reccommend this website to anyone. It is very untrustworthy and i have found some answers to be wrong!!! Not good enough! They are so dumb they think squares and rectangles are the same thing! How crap!

Is It Any Good?

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The only arrows to sling at Math Central are its penchant for wordiness and the fact that kids might struggle to find the kid-friendliest parts of the site. The rest is pure awesomeness. Once kids get comfortable exploring and poking around, they'll stumble upon loads and loads of amazing resources: rotating photos and biographies of male and female mathematicians (Rene Descartes and Mary Sommerville), multiple ways to get help with math questions -- direct, email, snail mail, or fax -- and a searchable list of more than 7,800 topics (wow!) organized A to Z, some with 20 or more distinct question-answers (double wow!).

Teachers and parents will find even more that's useful: the Resource Room offers a collection of informal yet thoughtful articles donated by teachers and organized by elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as mathematical topic. Sixty articles as diverse as "Carbon 14 Dating" and "Spelunking" demonstrate how math is applied in real life on the Math Beyond School page, and the outside link "Aboriginal Perspectives" sports tipi raising videos and Canadian standards-aligned lessons. Professional resources like math fairs, programs, and contests organized by province and links to professional associations are especially useful for teachers across Canada. No matter: math teachers and parents everywhere will want to make this site a regular stop. Two final teensy little arrows: the free poster pdfs would not download and a glossary most useful for kids is buried on a teacher page.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Math : algebra, calculus, equations, fractions, functions, geometry, graphing, measurement, money, numbers, probability, ratio, statistics
  • Skills: Self-Direction : academic development, initiative, Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, asking questions, collecting data, part-whole relationships
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: STEM
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2019

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