Educators Guide

Overview

Product Definitions: The Math Goodies CD is a physical media on a compact disc. It can be read by placing the disc in your CD-ROM drive, which then allows you to view all of its contents. Our CD is cross-platform compatible for Windows AND Macintosh. The Math Goodies Download is a digital file download of the contents of our CD: It is a digital media that can be purchased and downloaded via the Internet for Windows OR Macintosh. All of our products work off line in your browser, with no Internet connection.

This new release of our software, version 12, is an expansion pack of all previous releases since 1998. It contains our complete math curriculum, including 168 in-depth lessons organized into 17 units of instruction. Each unit consists of a related group of core lessons, a set of practice exercises, and a set of challenge exercises. For each unit, there is a corresponding set of printable worksheets. Contents also include a suite of engaging learning games to teach specific math concepts. Our library of crossword puzzles and solutions was designed to hone students' math vocabulary. Thus, students can engage in self-paced learning using several modalities.

Each interactive lesson provides in-depth instruction. Our lessons actively engage students in the learning process and provide them with immediate feedback. Our math curriculum was originally designed for grades 4 through 8. However, many gifted younger, and remedial older students benefit from our curriculum. Many pre-service and veteran teachers as well as adult learners use our materials. Thus, our curriculum is ideal for learners of all ages and abilities! For each unit of instruction, we also provide detailed learning objectives, which educators can copy and paste into their plan book. Our classroom activities and project ideas provide educators with additional resources their students.


Instructional Information

Each core lesson provides in-depth instruction through step-by-step examples, detailed explanations, definitions, illustrations, a summary and interactive exercises. Some definitions are viewed in small pop-up windows, activated by links. This unique design gives students the option of viewing terms that may be unfamiliar to them. Definitions that are the object of instruction are contained in the body of the lesson. At the end of each core lesson, there is a summary and 5 interactive exercises. Students can apply what they have learned in each lesson by solving these problems. Our lessons are designed for on-screen use.

For each unit, there is a page of interactive practice exercises. These are 10 review problems for independent practice. For each unit, there is also a page of interactive challenge exercises with 10 advanced problems. Students will formulate a strategy for solving each problem and then apply these strategies to solve routine and non-routine problems. Educators and parents can use these resources as interactive worksheets or as assessment tools.

Whenever possible, our examples and exercise problems make connections to the real world. Our interactive exercises provide students with immediate feedback. Some units have as many as 75 interactive exercises, so students get plenty of practice! Detailed exercise solutions are also provided for those students who need step-by-step answers.

For each unit, there is a corresponding set of worksheets and answer keys. There are 140 printables in our worksheet library, designed for additional practice without a computer.

Our interactive learning games are unique and engaging. Each game is designed to be a fun activity for learning specific math concepts. Our newest games are PEMDAS Goodies and Fraction Goodies. Other games include Integer Football and Probability Goodies. See our games menu for a complete list. Our games are designed for on-screen use and most have instant scoring.

We have a library of crossword puzzles to hone students' math vocabulary. There are interactive crosswords with three levels of difficulty designed for on-screen use. A printable version of each crossword is also provided. Solutions to all puzzles are also provided. No new puzzles were released with this version of our software.


Technical Information

Our CD-ROM is cross-platform compatible for Windows AND Macintosh systems. It works off line in your web browser with no Internet connection. The program files reside on the CD, which has an auto-start mechanism. You can also install the files onto your hard drive from the installation page, and use a shortcut or an alias to launch the program.

Our Download is a digital file download of the contents of our CD. This digital media can be purchased and downloaded via the Internet for Windows OR Macintosh. Windows users can use our Installation Wizard, which allows you to choose a location on your hard drive, and to create a desktop shortcut. Macintosh users get a ZIP archive for extraction onto their hard drive. Be sure to extract all files, or the download will not work properly.

We support Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000 systems and Macintosh OS X and higher. Our educational software is browser-based and will work in Firefox and Chrome. These are the browsers we support; however, our software will likely work in Safari, Opera and other browsers. We use the latest web technologies to create our learning resources. Accordingly, we have listed important technical information about each resource below.

Our in-depth lessons work off line in your web browser. They are intended for on-screen use. If several students are sharing one computer, we recommend that each student follows the sequence below before the next student takes a turn:

  1. Navigate through all lessons in a unit
  2. Return to the main menu
  3. Quit out of the browser, or clear the browser cache and history.

Some definitions are viewed in small pop-up windows activated by links. Accordingly, you may need to change your browser's pop-up blocker settings.

Our worksheets and answer keys were designed for easy printing. You need the Acrobat Reader to view and print these PDF documents. 

Our interactive puzzles require the latest version of Java, and our printable puzzles require Acrobat Reader. Our learning games require Adobe Flash Player.

License and Usage

We sell a license to use our media, not the media itself. Accordingly, our media may be used on a home computer with a home license. If a school license has been purchased, then your school may place our media on a local area network, interactive whiteboard, computer lab, desktops, and laptops. However, our media may only be accessed by the number of students specified at the time of your school purchase. Regardless of the license you purchased, you may NOT use or place our files on an Internet server at any time. See our License Agreement for more information on how you are licensed to use our media.


Order your CD today for Home Use or for School Use!


Learning Objectives

Learning Topics:
Perimeter of polygons, length, width, base and height, Area of rectangles, parallelograms, triangles and trapezoids.
Learning Topics:
Geometry of a Circle, line segment, chord, plane, radius, diameter, pi, Circumference of Circles, and Area of Circles.
Learning Topics:
Factors, multiples, GCF, LCM, prime and composite numbers, divisibility, exponents, and patterns with exponents.
Learning Topics:
Introduction, classifying, equivalent fractions, simplifying, comparing, ordering. Converting fractions to mixed numbers and mixed numbers to fractions.
Learning Topics:
Add and subtract fractions with like denominators, LCD, add and subtract with unlike denominators, add and subtract mixed numbers, solving real-world problems.
Learning Topics:
Multiplying fractions, multiplying factions with cancelling, multiplying mixed numbers, reciprocals, dividing fractions, dividing mixed numbers, solving real-world problems.
Learning Topics:
Introduction, reading and writing, comparing, ordering, estimating sums, adding, estimating differences, subtracting, solve real-world problems.
Learning Topics:
Estimate products, multiply decimals & whole numbers, multiply decimals, estimate quotients, divide decimals by whole numbers, round quotients, divide decimals, solve word problems.
Learning Topics:
Introduction, writing fractions as percents and decimals as percents, writing percents as decimals and percents as fractions, percents less than 1 or greater than 100.
Learning Topics:
Percent and proportions with IS over OF, discount and sale price, simple interest, commission, sales tax, percent increase and decrease.
Learning Topics:
Introduction, absolute value, comparing and ordering, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and all four operations.
Learning Topics:
Introduction, certain and impossible events, sample spaces, complement, mutually exclusive events, addition rules, independent and dependent events, conditional probability.
Learning Topics:
Order of operations, order of operations with exponents, PEMDAS, order of operations with integers, writing algebraic expressions, writing algebraic equations.
Learning Topics:
Read and interpret data in line, bar and circle graphs; Construct line, bar and circle graphs; Determine which graphs are appropriate for displaying a given set of data.
Learning Topics:
Data, range, mean, non-routine mean, median and mode. Data sets that are bimodal, have no mode, and with an even or an odd number of data.
Learning Topics:
Negation, conjunction, disjunction, conditional, compound statements, biconditionals, tautologies and equivalence.
Learning Topics:
Visual approach for basic definitions and notation, types of sets, equality, Venn diagrams, subsets, Universal set, set-builder notation, complement, intersection and union.