Age Range: 6-15 (Designed for Elementary and Junior High School math
This website is a companion to the COUNTDOWN cable television program in
Chicago that teaches math to students as they watch TV. COUNTDOWN was
developed by Dr. Diane Schiller through Loyola University's School of
Education. As the website explains:
"Each week the program introduces a different math concept through direct
instruction and reinforces lessons with literature, manipulatives,
activities and related computer instruction. Student viewers are encouraged
to call a televised phone number to participate in the show by responding to
challenges presented by the on-air educators."
There have been 300 different COUNTDOWN programs broadcast and many are
archived at this website. Your students can explore math topics from simple
numbers and operations through Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis.
When you get to the site read the introduction. Then, click on the "Content
Index" on the horizontal menu bar at the top of your screen to see the "A to
Z" alphabetical index of topics covered from Acute Angles to Zero (as an
exponent). Click on the topic you want to learn about and watch the movie.
It's as easy as that.
The COUNTDOWN videos archived at the site allow students to engage in math
challenges "without the distraction and pressure of fellow classmates but
with the benefit of parental involvement at home."
This is a great resource to utilize for math instruction and remediation.