When I was an elementary student, math gave me nightmares. As I subconsciously struggled to understand problems involving fractions, the denominator would sneak up behind me, revealing a set of razor-sharp teeth that would startle me out of bed. Fortunately, thanks to Jenny Eather’s A Maths Dictionary for Kids, today’s elementary students will have much more pleasant math-related images to visualize.
The site is user-friendly and loaded with information. An alphabetically organized list of mathematical terms is shown on the left. Clicking on any term will display its definition and an activity on the right. Some activities are animated demonstrations of the mathematical concept, while others give practice problems that check the student’s work. All of the activities are interactive, informative, and most importantly, fun!
A Maths Dictionary for Kids offers lessons for the whole range of elementary grade levels. Older students may appreciate learning about Fibonacci numbers or the Golden Mean, whereas younger students may want to start with Position. At first, the student sees a scuba diver. When the student clicks on the word ‘above,’ a shark appears, swimming above the scuba diver. However, when the student clicks on the word ‘behind,’ the shark moves to a safer location behind the diver. I expect that as elementary students become more acquainted with Jenny Eather’s imaginative new site, the more their fear of math can be put behind them as well. –JIMI RADABAUGH