Archive for the ‘math’ category

Free Classical Math Curriculum from 1878

May 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 23, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DonPotter.net

(www.donpotter.net/education_pages/math.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This very plain website houses a most unusual math resource. It has a downloadable arithmetic book from 1878! Even if you have a fabulous math program already, it is fun to look at and see what kids learned from over 135 years ago.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction explaining that the book, “First Lessons In Arithmetic,” was published in 1878 and handed down from one generation to the next by the Potter family. Don Potter decided to put the antiquated volume on the net because, “This math book will provide home school parents…a incomparable tool from the past to help their students master the fundamentals of arithmetic.”

Chapters on the menu include: 

  • Counting & Addition
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Notation and Numeration
  • Advanced Addition & Subtraction
  • Long Multiplication
  • Long Division
  • Money, etc.

Click on any chapter, and a .pdf file opens with problems and instructions, accompanied by illustrations sure to create nostalgia for a bygone era. In addition to the free textbook, Mr. Potter offers a few other links to math resources on this site as well.

Free Interactive Math Games for Grades 1-6

May 16th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 16, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HoodaMath

(www.hoodamath.com/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

HoodaMath.com is an ad-supported website that offers FREE math games to learn and practice basic math skills in the following areas: 

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Integers
  • Algebra

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured games. To sort by math strand and grade range, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the page.

Notice that the games can be sorted by game style as well – such as games that require the player to escape, shop, build, race, etc.

IMPORTANT: Every game is free to play but is accompanied by a randomly generated advertisement, usually delivered as a video clip. Some of the ad content is geared for adults, not kids. As always, parents should preview the website and supervise all Internet access.

You’ll also find links to some animated math “movies” and math tutorials (on a YouTube channel with random ads) that provide instruction in Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent, Integers, Order of Operations, Algebra, and Geometry designed for grades 3-6. To find the movies and tutorials scroll to the menu at the bottom of the home page. The videos are meant to be entertaining, but may seem silly to more mature kids.

Free KenKen Math Puzzles!

May 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 2, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KenKen Math Puzzles

(www.kenken.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free KenKen math puzzles. What’s a KenKen? It’s a logic puzzle that mixes a Sudoku puzzle and arithmetic. It was invented by a Japanese mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto. His goal was to improve his students’ math and logic skills.

As explained at the website:

KenKen is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles. In a way, KenKen is like a game of chess: The more you think ahead to your next move and consider all the possible outcomes, the better you’ll get-and the smarter you’ll become!

When you get to the website you’ll see the puzzles of the day. If you’re unfamiliar with KenKen, click on “How To Play” on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll not only read an explanation of how to play, but you can follow a step-by-step tutorial. Then, test your skills with the daily puzzles. 

Bookmark the site to return each day for the daily puzzles, or sign up (as a teacher) to receive the free newsletter and a set of KenKens will be emailed to you weekly.

Note: You can also purchase a Premium Membership, that allows you to use the puzzles ad-free. Details at the website.

Free K-8 Math Games & Worksheets

April 25th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, April 25, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dositey.com

Age Range: 5-adult (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported and commercial website offers some free interactive games and printable worksheets that help kids practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu divided by grade level as follows: 

  • K-2 – Match numerals with number words and practice multiplication facts to 20.
  • 3-4 – Practice rounding numbers, add 3-digit numbers, and practice division.
  • 5-8 – Match fractions to their decimal equivalents, play games to learn the metric system, explore negative numbers, and solve some short word problems.
  • All Ages – Some math games for ages 5-105.

When you click on a menu item a new page opens with a menu of the free math games. Be sure to click on “See more Math” to access the printable worksheets.

You’ll also find some free Language Arts games that help kids develop reading skills.

This site offers the free math activities with the hope that you’ll like them enough to purchase a subscription that will allow access to all of the games and resources in a given category (without any advertising). You don’t have to purchase a thing to try the free games and worksheets.

Fun Physics Simulations for K-12

April 19th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, April 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhET Interactive Simulations

(phet.colorado.edu/)

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

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder sponsors this website with free, fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena. As explained at the website:  “We believe that our research-based approach – incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing – enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world. “To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. “As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, information on how to run/use the simulations, and a button that says, “Play with Simulations.” Click on that and a new page opens where you will see an icon menu of the latest simulations on the site including: 

  • Forces and Motion
  • Gene Expression
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Molecule Shapes
  • States of Matter

Use the menu on the left side of this same page to search for simulations by topic, for example: 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Math
  • Cutting Edge Research

And, you can search for simulations by Grade Level including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University.

Be sure to bookmark this site – you’ll want to return again and again.

Math Videos for Numberphiles

April 18th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, April 18, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Numberphile

(www.numberphile.com/index.html)

Age Range: Varies (All require parental preview and supervision)

 

This ad-supported website is a collaboration by mathematicians who have recorded “videos about numbers and stuff” to share the wonder of math through interesting activities, funny stories, and challenging puzzles and concepts. The videos were all created by the same innovator who gave us “The Periodic Table of Videos” featured previously on ClickSchooling.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of math-themed drawings and symbols, that are clues to the video topic. (Some are more obvious than others.) Click on any one and a new page opens where a video will launch on a math topic such as: 

  • Fibonacci Patterns in Tartan Plaids
  • Safe-Cracking
  • Calculating Pi with Real Pies
  • The Math Problem in the movie, “Good Will Hunting”
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • The Dragon Curve
  • Is Zero an Even Number?
  • Encrypting Large Numbers
  • 5 Platonic Solids
  • Vampire Numbers
  • How to Order 43 Chicken McNuggets
  • Discalculia
  • Tetrahedral Dice
  • The Googol and Googolplex
  • How Big is a Billion?

Select the topics that appeal to the interest and ability level of any given student and enjoy the video presentation.

IMPORTANT: Because some of the presentations are geared for older audiences, and because ads are randomly generated and appear on screen as the videos are launched, parents should preview the videos and supervise Internet activity.

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