Numeracy Focus

math words

The first section of links on this page are about the importance of Numeracy and why these skills are important to our students in today's world. We live in a vast global community which is why we've linked to sites in many parts of the world. Children in every country are working on these same life skills.

In the second section are online interactive math games and activities our students will be using at school, but they may also come to this site and use these same activities to reinforce their math skills at home. We hope you find this page informative and helpful as we spend this year focusing on Numeracy Skills throughout our school. If, in your own Internet searches you find other good educational links we might include here, please send me those links. I'd be happy to include them.


Lisa Cianci

Principal, Ryerson Elementary School


Numeracy Skills - The What and the Why?


1. The Essential Skill of Numeracy - (the ultimate reason behind why numeracy is important)  
2. From the University of West England - (why numeracy skills are important)  
3. Canadians need to do more to improve numeracy skills. (Globe and Mail)  
4. Numeracy Skills Count (quotes stats from UK, Australia and USA)  
5. How Does Blending Learning Develop Numeracy Skills? (eLearning Ontario)  
6. Trades Math Workbook Outline (Employment and Skills Development Canada)  
7. Why the Ontario Government is committed to improving math skills. (  
8. Preparing Students for the World Beyond the Classroom (EQAO Research Team)  
9. Literacy and Essential Skills in Ontario 2012 (Essential Skills Ontario)  
10. Supporting Numeracy - Capacity Building Series  
11. Numeracy in Literacy and Basic Skills(Developing Adult Numeracy)  
12. The Ontario Math Curriculum (Ontario Ministry of Education)  
13. What Works? Research into Practice! (Ontario Ministry of Education)  
14. Elementary Math Support Pages (TVDSB Math Department)  
15. A Math Dictionary for Kids - by Jenny Eather (very visual - would be great on a SB)  

Online Interactive Math Games and Activities: Starred
  Math Playground - Play with Numbers and Give Your Brain a Workout! *
  Numeracy WebLinks - Primary Ages 4-11  
  ICT Math Games - Numerous Themes  
  Arcademics - Academics + Arcade = Fun Learning  
  Mad for Math - Fun Math Games and Advice for Parents on KS2 Math  
  SumDog - Free Games to Make Math Fun *
  Maths Zone - Interactive Math Games and Activities  
  Bitesize - Primary KS1 Level *
  Primary Interactive - From PrimaryResources UK  
  Primary Games Series  
  Primary Games Arena - Collection of primary Math game to teach the curriculum  
  Free Online Maths Games  
  Literacy & Numeracy Games - Miss Reynolds Blog - Study Ladder Links  
  Teaching Ideas (click the Maths tab)  
  Kiwi Families - School Age Free Maths Games - Website and Link  
  Primary Resources CO UK - 6 Math Sections or Strands  
  Northwood Numeracy WebSite - 6 categories and strands  
  Christmas Maths - TopMarks Educational Sites  
  ICT Games - Teaching Resources - Interactive  
  The Classroom Kit - Math Games to Use in the Classroom  
  Mental Maths - from Teaching Ideas  
  Free Teacher - Math Games for Classroom Use  
  IXL - Math For the Right and Left Brain (among other things) *
  Math Games PBS Kids - Many, Many Links on All Strands and Topics  
  Cool Math 4 Kids - An Amusement Park of Math Games and more....  
  Family Learning - Numeracy Link  
  StudyLadder - Many great activites but requires a login (free however) *
  Maths - Primary & Secondary Levels -  BBC UK  
  Crickweb - Free Online Educational Resources  
  Math Frog - Free Math Fun Resources - From U of Waterloo  
  Spy Guys - Grade 6 Math Game - All Key Math Concepts  
  AAA Math - Interactive Arithmetic Lessons  
  Link to Learning - Math - Covers all Math Strands - Many good links here!  
  Math Blackline Masters - Nova Scotia Board of Education  
  Learn Alberta - Select Math and search for files  
  Getting Students Connected - Avon Maitland - (click the grade then the MATH link) *
  Math Live - Specific Math Concepts for Grades 3-6  
  Elementary Math Websites To Practice Mixed Operations/Story Problems