Challenge students inside and outside the classroom with “Figure This!”

Developed by math teachers with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Figure This! provides free math resources, activities, and challenges that students can attempt to complete in class or at home with their families. The site employs creative, colorful cartoon characters with names like Polygon, Exponent, and Tessellation to take students through a variety of different math challenges each month. According to the site’s developers, every new challenge comes complete with an explanation of the type of math being used and applies the function to real-world scenarios. Each challenge also offers follow-up facts, resources, and additional questions to think about. Figure This! unveils three or four new challenges per month and expects to provide 80 different challenges in all. With an eye toward encouraging parental participation, the site also offers a variety of helpful resources for parents in its Family Corner section. Parents can learn how to help their children with homework, draft questions for teachers or administrators, and find ways to move their children to the next level of learning.

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