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Making Math Fun

I was having a discussion with someone today about making math more fun, and a few websites popped into my mind that I haven’t shared on here before.  Let me give you a quick rundown of what I think are a few unique resources (all free, of course):

Exploring Space Science Mathematics ( – This website is from NASA and has activities on topics such as time calculations, decimals, integers, mean, median, mode, equations, and scientific notation.  I regularly use the scientific notation activities in my classes as a way to wrap up a section on the topic.  If I have time, they are great activities to do in class.  If I don’t have time, they are great activities to assign as homework (and I have no problems with students working in groups on homework).
Making Math More Fun Free Download Page ( – You need to check this out to believe how many resources are available on this website.  I haven’t used any of them yet personally due to having so many resources that I have developed myself, or that have already come with my textbooks.

Math OPS Targeted Math Instruction ( – All of the worksheets on this website are now free!  It’s mostly Algebra Materials, and most of them are worksheets based on the idea of “Famous Old Dudes”.  This will definitely get the trivia and history buffs involved in your class, as even my parents were getting into these worksheets when they were helping me print them out and hole punch them to go into a binder (It was a several hour chore, even with multiple people, which tells you how many worksheets are really there).
By Jon Oaks

College Math Instructor. Tech Enthusiast. Visionary. Creative Genius. But above all, I enjoy what I do. That is why I am a teacher. Because I like to teach.

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