How to Get Prepared for 9th Grade Math

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How to Get Prepared for 9th Grade Math
Algebra can be fun when games and other problem solving resources are incorporated. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The transition between 8th and 9th grade math can be made easier by familiarising students with 9th grade math terms and concepts prior to the start of the 9th grade. By using flash cards, word problems, interactive algebra lessons and review problems, with detailed solution explanations, students can get a head start on 9th grade math while having fun. Online games and puzzles can also help students become comfortable with new math rules and functions.

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    Use CoolMath's "amusement park of math" to familiarise students with upcoming 9th grade math functions. The site is full of interactive lessons, practice sets and games. Pre-algebra, algebra and geometry are covered in depth, with colourful graphics. The pre-algebra section covers topics such as decimals, factoring and prime numbers, fractions, order of operations and introductions to graphing, exponents, polynomials, radicals, and solving equations. These topics will prepare students for 9th grade math, in addition to the algebra sections which include equations and inequalities, logarithms, and inverse functions. The site also has Pre-Algebra and Algebra Cruncher games which generate an endless number of practice questions and dozens of interactive pre-algebra and algebra games.

    How to Get Prepared for 9th Grade Math
    Help students gain confidence in math with virtual games and online lessons. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
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    The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives has over 100 virtual math games for grades 9-12. Use these games to learn and strengthen math skills necessary for success in 9th grade math. The games on this site range from topics of numbers and operations to measurements, algebra, data analysis, statistics and geometry. Graphing games, dominoes with shapes other than rectangles, fractal designs, tangrams and an electronic abacus are some of the learning tools available on this site.

    How to Get Prepared for 9th Grade Math
    Play dominoes with other shapes besides rectangles to learn about geometry. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
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    Visit the University of Hawaii's list of concept-based math problems for grades up to grade 12, with grade-specific entries. The site promotes "learning through problem solving" and students can use these resources to develop 9th grade math skills, while building upon previous skills. Some of the problems are for grades 6-9, some are for grades 8-10, some are specifically for the 9th grade, so users can choose the range of the problems chosen. The site is full of dozens of math word problems about everything from distance and weight problems to equations that require solving to figure out someone's age. This site offers clear, illustrated developments of the answers to guide students through the solution process rather than just give them the answers.

    How to Get Prepared for 9th Grade Math
    Learn to calculate driving and distance problems using 9th grade math concepts. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)
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    Print out a set of 9th grade math term flashcards from Quizlet's website. You can also play with a virtual set of flashcards if you prefer.This site also offers a printable worksheet of 23 ninth grade math terms for review and has an interactive learning area where questions are asked and electronically entered and answered online. There is also a 20 question test which can be taken online or printed out, and two games which reinforce the concepts learnt. You can review 8th grade math concepts on this site if you need to as well.

    How to Get Prepared for 9th Grade Math
    Learn about new math concepts using virtual and printable flash cards. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
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    A to Z Teacher Stuff has math lesson plans for grades 9-12 that include all sorts of activities such as a lesson plan that teaches how to use the Egyptian algorithm for multiplication, while another plays squaring games using calendar dates. The site also has three lesson plans that span math levels of grades 6-12, which allow room for the transitions between 8th and 9th grade math levels.

    How to Get Prepared for 9th Grade Math
    Play squaring games using calendars. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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