Archive for the ‘math’ category

Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun!

July 25th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun!

(math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/)

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

 

Rice University sponsors this website that offers all kinds of FUN interactive math lessons created by math whiz and teacher Cynthia Lanius.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math activities that cover every math strand and ability level from counting to calculus. Here are just a few of the lesson/game titles: 

  • Who Wants Pizza? – A fraction lesson offered in both English and Spanish!
  • The Million Dollar Mission – A math and money fantasy that teaches about exponential growth.
  • Calendar Fun – Amaze your friends by using the calendar and a little algebra.
  • Mathematics of Cartography – Who knew map-makers were mathematicians?
  • Dueling Pinwheels – A dazzling way to look at geometry.

The activities at this site include lessons, instructions, and explanations of math concepts and problems – and all have an interactive game component that allows you to practice what you’ve learned. See? Math can be fun!

FREE K-12 Science Curriculum

July 19th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

MSNucleus.org

(msnucleus.org/curriculum/curriculum.html)

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

 

A production of the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, this site offers free hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science, and technology for Grades K-12.

Contents on today’s website is based on over 23 years of research on how children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for classroom use with the recognition that parents may use them for home study.

The site now offers for free: 

  • Elementary Curriculum (K-6) — A complete science program for every week of a child’s K-6 experience. Includes 3 lesson plans for 34 weeks. Includes all science subjects integrated through Applied Science, Universe Cycle, Plate Tectonic Cycle, Rock Cycle, Water Cycle, and Life Cycle. These lessons require certain materials to do the activities. You can download a description of the material “kits” so that you can assemble the materials needed on your own — or you can purchase the kits for a reasonable fee via the website.
  • Secondary Curriculum (7-12) — These modules increase the knowledge from the Elementary Curriculum. Each module can be developed into a semester or year course depending on the instructor. An electronic textbook for students is part of the program. Hands-on activities are built from the textbook. Included are Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Human Biology.

When you get to the site, read the introduction. Then, look on the right side of your screen. You can sign up to receive update alerts on new curriculum as it is loaded to the site. Then, click on the icon below the words “Free Access.” A new page opens that is the gateway to the curriculum for Elementary and Secondary grades — or just go there directly by clicking here.

Free “File Folder” Math Games

July 18th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

File Folder Heaven

(www.filefolderheaven.com/sample-some-freebies)

Age Range: 3-7 (Grades PreK-2, with parental supervision)

 

“File Folder Activities” is a clever method for organizing games and learning materials so that kids can easily access them.

This site offers free, printable file folder games and activities (created by a Special Education teacher) that help young children and children with disabilities to practice basic skills such as: 

  • matching
  • sorting
  • identification of shapes, colors, and numbers
  • counting
  • beginning math and phonics

The activities at this site are for younger children, but older children may enjoy preparing them for their siblings. (While there are a variety of free File Folder activities at this commercial site, there are many more available for sale.)

Challenging Math Games for Grades 2-11

July 11th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

MangaHigh

(www.mangahigh.com/games/)

Age Range: 7-16 (Grades 2-11 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free, sample math games (from its commercially available game-based learning system) that challenge and entertain students in the following math strands: 

  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Angles
  • Area
  • Circle Theorems
  • Circumference
  • Coordinates
  • Cubic Equations
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Factoring
  • Fractions
  • Linear Equations
  • Mental Math
  • Multiplication
  • Negative Numbers
  • Parallel Lines
  • Percentages
  • Perimeters
  • Polygons
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Reflections
  • Rotations
  • Subtraction
  • Times Tables
  • Trigonometry
  • Trinomials
  • And more!

You can try snippets of the games for free, or register as a teacher/principal of your school to play the games in their entirety. Registration is free without obligation to purchase. (Note: It’s always wise to read the privacy statement before completing registration.) Should you decide to purchase a subscription to the program, you’ll be able to access additional tools to save games, track your student’s progress, etc.

As explained at the website, instead of force-feeding dry math content with anachronistic textbooks, MangaHigh entices networked students to learn mathematical concepts as part of game-play.

When you get to the site, scroll down to locate a menu of sample games designed to engage students such as: 

  • Flower Power – Grow flowers and harvest them to make money. The average 7-minute game requires players to put more than 100 fractions, percentages and decimals in order of size, both positive and negative.
  • Pyramid Panic – Students must master the full spectrum of geometry skills from area of a square, through Pythagoras to Sine, Cosine and Tangent in order to win this game.
  • Save Our Dumb Planet – Use missiles to shoot down meteors on a collision course with Earth. A team of dumb scientists are on hand to suggest possible trajectories. Draw lines using equations, recognize the equations of simple lines and common curves, draw simple quadratic curves, and test to see if a point is on a line.
  • PEDMAS Blaster – Robots have run amok and need to be destroyed. Use your order-of-operations code-cracking abilities (including adding and subtracting whole numbers, times tables up to 10 x 10, and using powers and roots) to close these robo-rebels down.

Click on any one to read the instructions and begin the game. Things move quickly – so be prepared to be on your toes!

As explained at the site, the idea here is “to bring out the playful side of math while ensuring that students get the essential skills to master this important subject.” It’s great for remedial work too.

Project-Based Science Lessons for Grades 5-12

July 5th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teachers Try Science

(www.teacherstryscience.org/lp)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a collaborative effort between the New York Hall of Science, IBM Corporation, and TeachEngineering.org. It provides free, hands-on, project-based learning activities that require students to engineer solutions to problems by employing math, technology, and science concepts from more than one science discipline including physics, chemistry, and earth sciences.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of lesson plans. (There are currently over 410!) Click on any one and a new page opens with the target grade (ages), the estimated time required for the project, the topics covered, and video tutorials that provide an introduction, the lesson, and reflections on what is learned.

You’ll also find links to resources and materials that are needed, as well as comments from teachers who used the project in their classroom.

Movies for Developing Math Skills

June 27th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, June 27, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathFLIX

(mathflix.luc.edu/)

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website began as a companion to the COUNTDOWN cable television program in Chicago that taught math to students as they watched TV. Now there are 1,000 math videos at this website. Your students can explore math topics from simple numbers and operations through Algebra, Geometry, Data Analysis and more.

When you get to the site choose “I am a Student” or “I am a Teacher”. Then, click on the topic you want to learn about and watch the movie. It’s as easy as that. Or click on a range of letters in the red “Content Index” box to alphabetically choose topics covered from Absolute Value to Zero (as an exponent).

The videos archived at the site allow students to engage in math challenges “without the distraction and pressure of fellow classmates but with the benefit of parental involvement at home.”

This is a great resource to utilize for math instruction and remediation.

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