Archive for the ‘math’ category

Free Math Enrichment Games and Problems

December 5th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, December 5, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH

(nrich.maths.org/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a project of the math faculty at The University of Cambridge and provides FREE math games, interesting problems, and helpful materials that are suitable for students of a wide age, ability, and grade range.

Don’t be deceived by the simple look of the home page – this site harbors a rich resource bank with thousands of fun and fascinating math challenges and printable materials that will engage your students while helping to develop problem-solving and mathematical thinking skills. Read the introduction, then, click on the icon for the grade level you are interested in to find an assortment of math activities. Be sure to click on the link to the “Help Section” as it really explains the most beneficial way to use the site.

Note: Because this is a UK website, some of the references may be unfamiliar particularly when it comes to money. Parents can easily guide children to substitutions so they can do the exercises.

Bookmark this website – it is updated with new material regularly.

Online Math Quiz

November 28th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 28, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

That Quiz

(www.thatquiz.org/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in no-frills online math practice, this website is for you. It will generate endless math problems for you to try, and instantly tell you whether your answer is correct.

There is a teacher registration (free!) and login option, and students can log in to see what work their teacher has assigned them, but this is a help for classroom teachers with multiple students and scores to keep track of; individual students don’t need to register, and most homeschool parents/kids won’t need to either; everything on this site is accessible without registration.

There really is something at every level here: a whole decade’s worth of randomly-generated math practice problems on one deceptively simple-looking website. For each activity, be sure to look in the left-hand column to select the parameters you’d like to apply. For example, for calculus, you can choose to practice integrals or derivatives. For fractions, you can identify the given fraction from the visual representation, or fill in the number of rectangles to represent the given fraction, and you can also select the level of difficulty. You can choose to practice only ten problems, or as many as a hundred. It will keep track of your score, and give that score to you as a percentage after you finish the set of questions. What you will not find here are cute cartoon characters, cool sound effects, advertisements, bright colors, animation, or anything flashy. You might find it helpful to keep some scratch paper and a pencil handy; write down the problems that you miss so that you can figure out what you did wrong.

This website is also available in 10 other languages! Just click the Language title in the bottom left corner of the front page. 

Note: With some of the activities, a message appears stating that you might need to download an updated browser; however, if your browser is already up to date, the message goes away when the activity has finished loading, and the activity works just fine.

Mayflower & Pilgrim Math Activities

November 21st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 21, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

In keeping with the holiday spirit, here are some Thanksgiving-themed math activities.

Mayflower Math Activity

This website offers a free printable math worksheet (.pdf) that combines the history of the voyage of the Mayflower with math. Designed for grades 5-6, there are aspects that may appeal to younger and older students as well.

You’ll also find a wide variety of Mayflower crafts that help children of all ages exercise their math skills and creativity at ArtistsHelpingChildren.org.

Young children may enjoy Pilgrim Hat Math. Count the dots in one column and match them to the same number of Thanksgiving-themed items in another column.

Online Flashcards

November 14th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 14, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Stack

(www.studystack.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, use the menu to find “Study Stacks” of interactive, virtual flashcards for a variety of subjects.

Today we are focusing on math, so scroll down and click on the ‘math’ icon. There are hundreds of choices including: 

  • Algebra Terms
  • Multiplication Facts
  • Divisibility Rules
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Statistics
  • Financial Literacy

These flashcards are “evolved” and quite unique. They can list several facts on each card. The Study Stack cards feature virtual flaps which hide the information – each separate item is hidden behind its own virtual flap, so you can check yourself on one fact without seeing all of the others.

But that’s not all! Each set of virtual flashcards comes with its corresponding set of activities. There’s a matching game, hangman, a study table (where you can view all of the information in the form of a table), traditional flashcards, crossword, unscramble, and more!

Not only are there many sets of flashcards available to study; you can create your own (free) account and create your own sets to add to the website, or modify existing ones. (If you happen to notice a mistake, you can fix it yourself!) So if you have a specific set of facts that you need to learn, you can join the many users who have entered their own flashcards here, and practice them… and invite your friends to try their hand at them, too!

In addition to Math, there are cards in the categories of Business, Geography, History, Languages, Medical, Science, and Standardized Tests.

Free Math Worksheets, Flashcards, and Games

November 7th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 7, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Fact Cafe

(www.mathfactcafe.com/)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This is a commercial website that offers free worksheets, flash cards, and games to help students practice math facts and logic skills. They also provide a free worksheet generator so you can create your own math worksheets.

When you get to the website, you’ll see icons for Pre-Made Worksheets by grade or Custom Worksheets that include: 

  • Basic Facts
  • Counting
  • Flashcards
  • Money
  • Multiplication Tables
  • Telling Time
  • Word Problems

There is also a full set of conversion worksheet generators

  • Distance
  • Temperature
  • Time
  • Volume
  • Weight

And a fun and games section: Play “Congeal” or “Maze Craze” or have fun answering “Daily Trivia” questions.

Math with Balloons

October 31st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, October 31, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Math

(www.mbd2.com/Homeschool_Projects/Index.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Magical Balloon-Dude Dale (a master balloonist) offers free math activities for homeschoolers using the kinds of balloons that are used to make balloon animals and other creations.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of 4 math activities using balloons – but only the first 3 have working links that include: 

  • Parts/Fraction Curriculum – Use balloons to learn counting, adding, sorting, measuring, calculating the number of parts, fractions and/or decimal conversion.
  • Mathematical Symbols Curriculum – Understand basic geometric shapes and use balloons to create a sphere.
  • Half of a 1/2 of a .50 Curriculum – Improve understanding of fractions such as 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 while making a balloon flower.

Click on any one, and a new page opens with the complete instructions, accompanied by photographs and a materials list.

If you look on the right side of the screen in each activity you will see a link to a FREE download of the “HomeSchool Curriculum” that includes bonus material. Print it out to use offline.

The projects require certain types of balloons, a ruler, a marker – and one exercise requires calipers. You can purchase a kit that provides all of these materials (as well as an answer key to the questions) at the website for about $40. It is not necessary to purchase the kit to do these exercises. You may already have the materials needed, or be able to purchase them less expensively. And just doing the activity is a terrific learning experience – with or without an answer key to the questions.

The projects at this site are designed to develop problem solving skills, mathematics ability, and eye-hand coordination, while teaching kids to make balloon animals. What fun!

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