Archive for the ‘math’ category

Winter Themed Math!

January 25th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

MathWire.com

(mathwire.com/seasonal/winter05.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, approximately, and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

The activities on this site were developed by teacher, Terry Kawas along with the teachers in districts where she has worked as a math consultant and coach or with students she has taught in college math-methods courses. The activities are classroom-tested by teachers and are easily adapted for homeschoolers.

Brighten up your math studies with some of these winter themed ideas

  • Koch Snowflakes
  • Penguin Math
  • Snowflake Activities
  • Snowman Problem Solving
  • Winter Data Collecting
  • Winter Coordinate Graphing
  • Math Mountain
  • And much more!

When you are finished with these go to the “home” page and explore all this website has to offer. Bookmark this website and come often.

Literacy Games!

January 20th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, January 20, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Apples4theteacher – Language Arts

(www.apples4theteacher.com/langarts.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-6 approximately, with parental supervision).

 

This ad-supported website offers a variety of literacy games and activities that include: 

  • Alphabetizing a List of Words
  • Coloring Pages – Color Page Readers
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Dolch Sight Words – Flash Cards, Word Jumbles, Word Searches and Worksheets
  • Homophones
  • Language Arts Skills – Letter Recognition
  • Language Arts Skills – Sentence Building
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • Read to me books
  • Poetry for Kids (by theme)
  • Printable Short Stories
  • Teaching English as a Second Language – Spanish ESL
  • Thematic Book Lists of Children’s Books
  • Word Families
  • Vocabulary Word Finds – Word Searches – Make Your Own

Don’t stop here though – this site includes interactive learning activities, quizzes, and worksheet generator tools sorted by subject (creative arts, foreign languages, language arts, math, science, social studies), articles, literacy coloring pages and much more! Bookmark this site and return often.

Thought-Provoking Math Activities for K-12

January 18th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH (nrich.maths.org/frontpage)

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

 

This website, sponsored by Cambridge University, seeks to enrich math curriculum for learners of all ages by providing free, engaging, interactive math activities that provoke mathematical thinking. This isn’t about math lessons and worksheets: it’s about exploring math concepts through unusual problems to provide deeper understanding.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu that’s divided into two sections:

Student Homes – This area is divided into sections with activities for students in various grade/ability levels: 

  • Lower Primary – Activities that help children understand the concept of sorting, matching, and numbers
  • Upper Primary – Explore shapes, numbers and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), time, logic and more.
  • Lower Secondary – Get useful insights for determining area, perimeter, and volume. Experiment with curves, triangles, and geometric reasoning.
  • Upper Secondary – Use area integrals to solve problems, explore ideas in statistics.

Teacher Homes – This area is divided into three sections with teacher information and activities for: 

  • Early Years – Building the foundational understanding to develop math skills.
  • Primary Years – Activities that encourage students to work systematically to solve math problems.
  • Secondary Years – Exploring area, perimeter, shapes, volume, Pi, and Calculus to solve real world problems.

There’s a lot here. Be prepared to click around to find all of the activities and resources that are available.

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, January 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math-games/index.php)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline. We’ve focused on math for this review. The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline.

The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-8 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 8-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-8 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Language Arts
  • Art
  • Drama
  • French and Latin

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

The Problem Site

January 4th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, January 4, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Problem Site

(www.theproblemsite.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

WARNING! The math games and puzzles on this site are so engrossing, you may want to set a timer to keep you from neglecting other responsibilities!

This site offers educational games, puzzles, and problem solving quests. Some of the most fascinating puzzles and games provide a handy link for bookmarking your place so that you can return later. Use the menu bar at the top of the home page under “Games” to access:

  • Math Games – Use simple math facts, fraction reductions, and logic to solve the math puzzles. Younger children will enjoy the “Adders” game, which is a variable-speed, math facts practice game. Most of the games in this section are good for building and cementing fairly basic math and problem solving skills.
  • Word Games – Enjoy word scrambles, crossword puzzles with a twist, hangman and more. For a real vocabulary challenge, play “One of These Things” — and guess which of the mostly obscure words (in a list of five) does *not* appear in the dictionary! It’s harder than it sounds!
  • Daily Games – A selection of math and vocabulary-building problems that change on a daily basis — another good reason to bookmark this site.
  • Quizzes – Quite a selection of quizzes on all different types of subjects.

There is so much more on this site. Have fun! And don’t forget to set that timer!

12 Christmas Science Activities!

December 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, December 22, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Learning Center

(sciencelearningcentres.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/12-christmas-activities-in-the-science-classroom/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and all of us are too excited to focus. The National Science Learning Network Blog has come up with 12 fun and unique ways to experience seasonal science activities that are sure to keep us engaged in learning. The website has been written for classroom teachers but the activities are easily adapted for homeschooling. 

Choose activities like: 

  • Christmas Tree Buzzer Game
  • The Holly Leaf Miner investigation
  • Christmas Lights parallel and series circuits
  • Hold the front page – a fun scientific history lesson here
  • Make your own real snow
  • Christmas chromatography –  Deck the Halls
  • Just one Father Christmas? – Who are Father Christmas’s ancestors?
  • Santa’s sleigh race
  • Tracking Santa
  • Reindeer Quiz
  • How to cook the perfect turkey
  • Will Santa make it? – Santa is planning ahead for when humans colonize the rest of the Solar System

There is a lot more at this website. Check out the home page where you’ll find even more Christmas activities and many leads to more fun Math and Science activities. Bookmark this one and come often.

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