Archive for the ‘math’ category

MathTV – Free Math Lessons and Video Textbooks

August 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 22, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathTV

(www.mathtv.com/)

Age Range: 15 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free math instruction videos on specific math topics mostly on the college level, but we thought high schoolers would find this helpful as well.

Turn on your speakers and head to the site. “Select a Topic” to choose lessons of interest that include: 

  • Basic Mathematics – fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, ratios, percent, etc.
  • Algebra – positive and negative numbers, linear equations, functions, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, logarithms, graphing, and more.
  • Trigonometry – functions, triangles, radian measure, identities and formulas, equations, polar coordinates, etc.
  • Calculus – limits, derivatives, integration, applications, and more.

Then, notice the featured math topic and the display of icons with pictures of various teachers and students. Click on any one and a video of them explaining the math topic/lesson appears on the screen.

Click on “Videos by Textbook” to access math textbook video lessons. (The actual textbooks may be purchased through the XYZ Textbooks link at the bottom of the page). All of the lessons in the textbook have video tutorials! Simply click on the textbook of choice, and a table of contents appears. Click on the topic of choice, then the video of choice. The textbook titles include: 

  • Basic Mathematics
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Algebra
  • and more advanced math textbooks.

This is a remarkable resource whether you need a little help with a particular math topic or want an entire math curriculum delivered on video.

Note: MathTV also has some interesting and helpful math videos on their YouTube channel.

Math Puzzles, Games & More!

August 15th, 2016

 

It’s  Monday, August 15, 2016, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mathematical Interactivities

(mathematics.hellam.net/)

Age Range: 6-17 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website has mathematical interactives, such as puzzles, games, and other online educational resources!

There are many games and activities that you can access from the menu on the home page to hone your basic arithmetic skills the fun way, with magic squares and triangles, arithmetic practice games, fractions, decimals, percents, and Roman numerals. There is also an interactive for telling the time. You’ll also find:”Interactive 100 Square Chart” – Select any number and click the color to see all of its multiples shaded in on the hundreds chart. You can select up to three colors and base numbers. Great for learning to recognize patterns in multiplication tables.

For the more advanced students, you can also find interactives for some algebra, geometry, measurements (be sure to try the puzzles in “Making Measurements“), probability, card tricks, fractals, estimation of pi, and more! The games all have descriptions to help you select what will best meet your current math needs. Don’t miss “Tessellations” – Learn what a tessellation is in Islamic designs and the basic technique for creating one of your own. Download Logo (the turtle computer language for making geometric designs) and learn how to use it to create beautiful designs. Code is provided for some samples, and you can also create some tessellations online by trying the Flash puzzles. See examples of tessellations that students in Kuwait have created on their computer. Navigate this site using the menu across the bottom of each page. (Note: The “Links” page in this section lead to errors or dead links, but don’t let that discourage you from trying the other activities that do work.) New activities and pages are being added, so bookmark this site for a return visit!

Online Math Arcade Games

August 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arcademics

(arcademicskillbuilders.com/games.htm)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to try a variety of FREE arcade and video games that foster skill in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, ratios, proportions as well as other academic subjects. The company produces online video games for classroom use with the intent of engaging students with the same persistence and involvement they use when playing arcade games to increase their time-on-task (practicing).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of educational games. Notice that the menu offers games for single players and multiple players. You’ll find intriguing game titles such as: 

  • Alien Addition
  • Demolition Division
  • Dirt Bike Proportions
  • Grand Prix Multiplication
  • Jet Ski Addition
  • Meteor Multiplication

~ and more!

Click on any game title and a new window opens with instructions that allow you to set parameters based on your student’s ability level. Then, let the fun and focused practice repetition begin! This is a lot more engaging than the usual drill-and-practice work and, according to the company, it leads to fluent performance levels quickly and without drudgery.

By the way, we are not adept at playing video games but had no trouble maneuvering the arrow keys, space bar, and mouse to play these games.

In addition to the math games you’ll also find games that improve grammar, vocabulary, and geography (think states and capitals, etc.). Have fun!

Middle/High School Math Lessons & Activities

August 1st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 1, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TheMathWebSite

(www.themathwebsite.com/NEW/MAIN_TOPICS.php)

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

 

This website was developed to provide classroom teachers with interesting activities (along with printable materials) that reinforce and enhance math lessons for high school students. (Some middle school students may enjoy this as well). It can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

The site has lots of content, but can be a little confusing to navigate. When you get to the homepage click on “Math Topics” where there is a complete index of the math lessons and activities that include: 

  • Arithmetic Basics (Addition, Division, Multiplication, Subtraction)
  • Binomials
  • Circles
  • Ellipses
  • Exponents
  • Geometric Series
  • Hyperbolas
  • Money/Interest
  • Parabolas
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Radicals/Roots
  • Ratios
  • Trigonometry
  • Word Problems and more.

Back on the home page, you’ll find other activities to enhance understanding: 

  • Puzzles
  • Activities – games such as BlackJack, HanoiTowers, Sudoku, etc.
  • Diversions – math quotes, math poems, riddles
  • Math Stamps – portraits of famous mathematicians that can be used to add relevance and interest to any math topic
  • And more!

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.

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