Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

I love combining great math with technology. If that sounds good to you, too, you’ll want to check out DreamBox Teacher Tools.

Check out this interactive rekenrek. Use the Show Card and Hide Card buttons to flashcards for the students, who tell you the number they saw represented.

There are two parts to the DreamBox website–a paid component for students to use and the free teacher tools, which is what this post is about. Follow the links in the blog post, and they’ll take you right to the teacher tools!

I don’t know if it’s me or the program, but I was trying out the 5th grade “Multiplying fractions” portion, and it wanted me to build and shade 1/6 of the portion. But it didn’t give a 1/6 option, then after I got it to give it to me (by missing too many times that it helped me) it wanted me to shade 1/10 of 1/6th of the unit square. But the only fractions I could multiply against 1/6th was 1/2, 1/3, 1/5, 1/7, and 1/11th. Not sure how to do it. So I’m not sure if there is something wrong with the program. But it doesn’t seem like it will work for this program. So I highly recommend using each program before you let your students use it.

It works the same way with fractions as it does with whole numbers. e.g. 10 X 6 = 2 x 5 x 6 = 60

So, think about what fractions you need to multiply together to get a certain fraction. 1) To figure out 1/6 of the total you first need to find 1/2 and then 1/3 of 1/2. (1/2 x 1/3 = 1/6) Then your square will be divided into 1/6s. 2) After that to find 1/10 x 1/6 you need to think 1/2 x 1/5 = 1/10 so 1/2 x 1/5 x 1/6 = 1/10 x 1/6 = 1/60

I live in South Africa and would like to know whether it is possible to use these free Teacher Tools on my Interactive White Board. It seems like I cannot get access to the tools.

Hello..just got a promethean board in my first grade classroom and I’m in need of activities. Are these no longer free or am I doing something wrong..lol? I would love any advice and can I too get the number poster? Thanks so much!!

Christina Livingston
on September 16, 2018 at 9:05 am

Hi Donna,

Looking for your email address. I’ve been reading your blog on twitter and here for about a year and remember you saying you’re in the Houston area and have a meet up group to discuss Math education. I would love to join the group for a meeting or as many meetings as you all find me a useful participant.

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Great resource. I will definitely be using this one!

I would like number poster

I just emailed you. 🙂

Can I get the number poster? This is exciting

Check your email. I just sent it! 🙂

Could I get the number poster too? My email is [email protected]

Thanks!

Great Resource! I will definitely be using this one!

I know! It’s a good one, right?

Awesome Resource. I am using this tomorrow for my review and maybe even my automaticity! Thanks for posting!

Gotta love something that is free and that you can use right away!

I can only get at free trial for 14 days. How did you get it for free?

There are two parts to the DreamBox website–a paid component for students to use and the free teacher tools, which is what this post is about. Follow the links in the blog post, and they’ll take you right to the teacher tools!

Hello

I would like to try this digitaltool!

Thanks!

Fabulous YES! I added some of the games to my teacher webpage already.

Fabulous and free…the best kind of fabulous! Ha ha

I don’t know if it’s me or the program, but I was trying out the 5th grade “Multiplying fractions” portion, and it wanted me to build and shade 1/6 of the portion. But it didn’t give a 1/6 option, then after I got it to give it to me (by missing too many times that it helped me) it wanted me to shade 1/10 of 1/6th of the unit square. But the only fractions I could multiply against 1/6th was 1/2, 1/3, 1/5, 1/7, and 1/11th. Not sure how to do it. So I’m not sure if there is something wrong with the program. But it doesn’t seem like it will work for this program. So I highly recommend using each program before you let your students use it.

Hi:

I think to figure this out you need to be thinking about the associative property of multiplication. http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/dictionary.html

It works the same way with fractions as it does with whole numbers. e.g. 10 X 6 = 2 x 5 x 6 = 60

So, think about what fractions you need to multiply together to get a certain fraction.

1) To figure out 1/6 of the total you first need to find 1/2 and then 1/3 of 1/2. (1/2 x 1/3 = 1/6) Then your square will be divided into 1/6s.

2) After that to find 1/10 x 1/6 you need to think 1/2 x 1/5 = 1/10 so 1/2 x 1/5 x 1/6 = 1/10 x 1/6 = 1/60

I love the activities and would love to use with my kindergarten students. Is this something you have to buy or how can I access it?

If you click on the link in the first paragraph of the blog post, it will take you right to it!

LUV U..I find this helpful for my pupils here in the Philippines. I hope I can learn and use this in my classroom. How could I access on this?

There are links in the post. I can’t say if they’ll work in the Philippines or not!

That is a wonderful Tool. Thank you

What is the number poster I am reading about?

Check out this post.

How can I download to use in my classroom?

It’s not really something you download. It’s a website that you can access by clicking on the links in the post.

I live in South Africa and would like to know whether it is possible to use these free Teacher Tools on my Interactive White Board. It seems like I cannot get access to the tools.

Gosh, I don’t have an answer for this! You might have to contact the help function for Dreambox.

Donna, can I please get a number poster? Thank you so much in advance!

Just sent it. Check your email. 🙂

Hello..just got a promethean board in my first grade classroom and I’m in need of activities. Are these no longer free or am I doing something wrong..lol? I would love any advice and can I too get the number poster? Thanks so much!!

The are absolutely still free!! When I click on the link in the blog post, it takes me right to the DreamBox Teacher Tools website page.

Hi Donna,

Looking for your email address. I’ve been reading your blog on twitter and here for about a year and remember you saying you’re in the Houston area and have a meet up group to discuss Math education. I would love to join the group for a meeting or as many meetings as you all find me a useful participant.

Good afternoon Donna, may I please get a number poster?

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I Dreambox a free technology for me to use with the students that I tutor?

The teacher tools are free and you can use them with students.

Could I get this free activity?

The link is in the blog post.

I would like this too.

The link to their website is in the first sentence of the article!