Illuminations – Resources for teaching mathematics
Although this site has been primarily developed in line with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics guidelines in the United States, it is still very relevant and applicable to the curriculum objectives of Australian state and national Mathematics curriculums.
The online activities are particularly useful to integrate as part of a lesson plan. Activities are searchable by grade level or a particular key word. The educational focus is the main strength of these games as they directly relate to a specific curriculum objective, so make great planning and assessment tools for teachers in the classroom. The addition of printable worksheets also makes this site attractive for teachers to use in the classroom.
The only negatives to these activities are that they are fairly short in duration, so not enough to base a full lesson around. There is no ongoing incentives for the child to return to the game once they have completed the objectives as they are very much stand-alone activities.
A very useful website to use for teaching mathematics, but maybe not something that children are going to want to continually use once the lesson is over. As such it is rated 4 stars.