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The Best Math Website for the Classroom Free and Paid

While there are tons of math sites out there for teachers to use in the classroom, not all of them are great. I've tested out many math sites with my students and I'm sharing the ones that I felt were the best. By the best I mean there is more math than fluff. These websites fit in well with research based approaches. These math websites will help your students to build fluency with purposeful practice.

I have included a mix of math sites. Some are for student use, some are for teachers to use with their students. They are not ranked in any way, I like them all for different reasons. Read on to view my top math websites.

Using Memes in the Classroom

Memes aren't just for sharing on Facebook! Students love memes too! I knew that I wanted to incorporate memes into my classroom this year but I just had to figure out the best time to do it. I knew memes would be a hit with my students so I decided to use them right at the beginning of the year.

I had students make memes to go with one of our classroom rules. They made a great display for our meet the teacher night.

I wanted students to analyze memes but on the most popular meme generator websites there are so many inappropriate memes so I needed a different option. I found this website called Teacher Memes. It's a great alternative to just setting kids free on the net to find memes. 

So we reviewed many of the memes on this website and then created an anchor chart about what makes a good meme. This was incorporating some of our media literacy standards as well. 
Our chart included:
  • Memes are funny
  • Memes are short
  • Memes usually have text at the top and bottom
  • The font is usually all in uppercase block letters
  • Lettering is usually white
  • They usually make fun of human or animal behavior
Since I didn't want students creating memes on any of the meme generator websites, I had them use google slides to create their own. I shared a document with them that included many of the typical meme images and they were able to copy the image the wanted and paste it into their own document. Then they just added a text box over top. I also allowed them to search for specific images. 

Here are some sample memes that my students came up with:

There are so many other ways that you could incorporate memes into the classroom. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Create a meme as a response to a read aloud or book the student is reading.
  • Memes to represent how they are feeling about a subject or concept
  • Make memes to convey a message about a science or math concept they are learning about
  • Create memes about lunch room rules
  • To represent safety rules on the gym
  • Use memes to teach media literacy
Do you have any more ways to incorporate memes into your teaching? Share in the comments!

Amazing Harry Potter Classroom

I'm a huge Harry Potter fan so when I came across a post on Facebook for this Harry Potter themed classroom, I just knew I had to share with you all! The amount of work and dedication that went into this classroom is nothing but amazing. Whether you're a Harry Potter fan or not, you will be impressed!

Harry Potter Themed Classroom

Tressa Bargella is a 3rd grade teacher in the United States and a HUGE Harry Potter fan! She took her love of everyone's favorite wizard and brought it into the classroom. She thought of everything! The level of detail in this classroom theme is outstanding. I had many questions for Tressa about her Harry Potter themed Classroom and she did a beautiful job of answering them. So I'm going to share her answers to my questions along with pictures of her classroom.

Read on to Step Inside Tressa's Harry Potter themed classroom: