Archive for the ‘math’ category

Interactive Geometry Game

February 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, February 23, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Oswego School District: Billy Bug Geometry

 

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-5, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a fun game to help elementary-aged students practice finding geometry coordinates on a number grid.
When you get to the site, you’ll see the instructions for the game. The idea is to help an animated bug find the grub hidden on the grid by locating the coordinates that are provided.

Students are challenged to see how long it will take them to feed “Billy” 10 times. A game timer keeps track of the student’s progress.

This is just a simple, interactive math practice tool. Kids who like computer games are sure to have fun and learn a little about geometry too.

Number Gossip

February 16th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, February 16, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Number Gossip

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This website is all about a mathematician named Tanya Khovanova having fun with numbers. She has worked tirelessly to create a terrific search engine that will fascinate you and your ClickScholars with the results it produces. Simply type your favorite number (or any number up to 9999) into the search engine and within seconds the results will identify every unique, rare, and common property that is true of the number in question (meticulously researched by Khovanova and friends).
When you get to the site, just type in a number (the day of your birth, for example) and find out which of the many properties archived here applies. For example, discover if the number you selected has any of these properties: 
  • abundant
  • apocalyptic power
  • cake
  • cube
  • deficient
  • evil
  • Fibonacci
  • hungry
  • lucky
  • narcissistic
  • odious
  • palindrome
  • repunit
  • sociable
  • tetrahedral
  • twin
  • untouchable
  • weird
Are these words you would “normally” use to describe a number? If you’re confused, just click on the property and discover what it means. In all likelihood, it will get those synapses firing and springboard you to wonderful conversations about math and its usefulness in the world around you.
Be sure to click on any linked words within the descriptions to learn more astounding, fun and fascinating facts about numbers and math.

Please keep in mind that we have NOT reviewed the websites that are linked within the number property descriptions.

Language Arts Online Games

February 11th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, February 11, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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PrimaryGames.com

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

For all kids who love to use the computer – here’s a great site to get some basic drill and practice in spelling, reading, and grammar using interactive, online games.
When you get to the site you will see the words “Reading Games.” Below it is an icon menu of the many games offered in this subject.
You will find all kinds of games to practice Language Arts including:
  • Jigmania: Snow White – Read the story of Snow White while unscrambling pieces to make a picture. Can you put this legendary story back together again?
  • Clueless Crossword – Can you solve the crossword without using clues? Complete the crossword puzzle by guessing the letters.
  • Word Grid – How many words can you form with the given letters?
  • Missed Letters – Practice letter recognition by trying to find the missing letter that completes each
  • And many more – including alphabet and letter recognition games for the very young.

Bookmark this site. Because once you’ve exhausted the Language Arts section, you can explore the games for other subjects at this site by looking at the menu at the top of the screen. You’ll see that this site offers interactive online games to learn science, math, social studies and more!

Valentine Math Activities

February 9th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, February 9, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Googol Power: Valentine Math

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Valentine’s Day is coming fast! As our friends at GoogolPower.com say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”
When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:
  • Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!
  • Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”
  • Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”
  • Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.” (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)
  • Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems.

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.

Explore the Life and Work of M.C. Escher

February 7th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, February 7, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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Tour: M.C. Escher – Life and Work

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

The National Gallery of Art sponsors this site that offers a virtual tour of the artwork of M.C. Escher. If your students have studied math tessellations they may have been introduced to some of Escher’s work already – as he used patterns of interlocking forms and architectural mazes in his artwork. He also created unusual spatial effects by drawing a picture from different perspectives, for instance, looking up and down at the same time. Escher really contributed to the idea of metamorphosis drawing where one shape or object turns into something completely different. This tour offers examples of all of these aspects of his work and most kids will find the “morph” prints and drawings especially fascinating.

When you get to the site you can click on “Overview” to read a biography and explanation of Escher’s work. Or, simply click on the words “Start Tour” to begin to view all of the many works in this virtual gallery. Each piece of art comes with a text explanation that helps the viewer to appreciate what they are looking at.

Fun Math Assessment Activities for Grades K-12

January 19th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, January 19, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Balanced Assessment

 

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades K-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides a way to assess a student’s mathematical comprehension and skills through an assortment of interesting and fun math activities. The website description follows:
From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12, and trained teachers to use these assessments in their classrooms. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To go directly to the math activities, scroll down to the section titled, “Our Library of Assessment Tasks.” There, you can click on a grade range to see all of the math activities archived for that range, or you can sample one of three “favorite tasks.” We chose to sample one task in each grade range and were surprised by how innovative and thought-provoking they were. The menu selection by grade range and the favorites in each category include:
  • Primary (K to 2): Shirts in the Mirror, Dot-to-Dot, TV Shows
  • Elementary (3 to 5): Fermi Four, Gardens of Delight, Broken Calculators
  • Transition (5 to 7): Hockey Pucks, Bricks for Books, Crazy Clocks
  • Middle School (6 to 8): Walkway, Confetti Crush, Fractured Subtraction
  • High School, Basic: Granada and Ferrari, Oops! Glass Top, Postcards from the Falls
  • High School: Ostrich and Seahorse, Bumpy-Ness, Fermi Estimates II
  • High School, Advanced: Para-Ball-A, Red Dots, Blue Dots, Dart Boards
  • Technology-based (7 to 12): Full of Beans, Twinkle, Twinkle, Detective Stories

You can see that the titles of the math activities are engaging and inspire curiosity. All of the activities require students to display inventiveness in bringing together disparate elements of what they know in order to solve the problem, and often there will be more than one correct approach and/or answer. Every activity comes with a solution and scoring rubric. There is detailed information at the site for how to use the materials to assess a student’s comprehension and ability as well.

Whether you want to assess your child’s math skills or not, the activities here are more interesting, challenging and enjoyable than the usual math fare. Everything is printable so you can do the activities offline.
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