Archive for the ‘math’ category

Printable Math Activities To Do Offline

April 24th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 24, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SMILE: Mathematics

(mypages.iit.edu/~smile/index.html)

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

 

This website archives lessons from the Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement (SMILE) program that trained teachers and educators in effective classroom and lesson presentations. Participants contributed tried-and-true lesson plans in Mathematics (as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics) for elementary and high school grades that you can print out and use for free.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and an icon menu. Click on the RED circle with the word “Mathematics” underneath it. A new page will open containing a menu of math lessons divided into the following categories: 

  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Patterns and Logic
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Recreational and Creative Math
  • Practical and Applied Math
  • Arithmetic
  • Graphs and Visuals
  • Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Miscellaneous

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with the objectives, a list of materials required, and instructions or strategies on how to present the lesson or activity. 

The lessons and activities are not obviously sorted by grade range – so you’ll need to read through the titles to determine which ones will be better suited for your particular child/student.

There are no bells and whistles here, and no multi-media enticements. This site just offers classroom-tested lessons and activities that you can print out and tweak for use offline at home.

Just FYI: We opened quite a few lessons and found an occasional “rogue” incomplete lesson. Don’t let that deter you from using this resource.

Science & Technology of WWII

April 18th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 18, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The National WWII Museum

(www.ww2sci-tech.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National WWII Museum offers this website with free information, lessons, and activities about the science and technology of World War II. WWII spawned some of the most substantial and controversial technological innovations brought about by historic advances in science and math.  

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction. Just click on the menu items to explore the site that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans – Designed for classroom teachers, these lessons can be tweaked for home education. Learn how moon phases and tides were used to plan the D-Day invasion, discover how sonar and radar technology helped win the war, solve some math word problems about anti-aircraft firing.
  • Dark Room – Check out a photo gallery of WWII artifacts that include radar components, materials related to the Manhattan Project, medical equipment, coding equipment, meteorological maps, artillery, and more.
  • Timeline – Explore an interactive timeline of the science and technology of WWII.
  • Activities – Check out the Top Ten Scientific Achievements of WWII, take a Sci-Tech Quiz, send and decipher a coded message.
  • Free Poster – Download a free WWII Science & Technology poster.

You’ll also find great videos in the “Ask the Expert” section.

Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 17th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vedic Mathematics Academy

(www.vedicmaths.org/Introduction/Tutorial/Tutorial.asp)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial site provides information and free sample tutorials on Vedic Mathematics.

What’s “Vedic Mathematics”?  As explained at the website: 

Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research, all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae.

These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore a great help in directing the student to the appropriate method of solution…. The simplicity of Vedic Mathematics means that calculations can be carried out mentally (though the methods can also be written down).

Words really don’t begin to describe this innovative way to solve math problems and mentally calculate answers to math equations. It almost makes learning math like learning fun magic tricks. Go to the website and try the free sample tutorials that explain ways to find arithmetic solutions for: 

  • Multiplication
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Finding Square Roots
  • Division

Click on any tutorial. Read the instructions and apply the Vedic method to find the solutions to an array of sample problems. Your kids will enjoy experimenting!

For those who have never heard of or tried this method before, it will really set your mind to thinking about math differently.

If your kids struggle with mathematics the Vedic system may provide an alternative method that suits the way your child learns best. This site sells products that teach the Vedic system, but the sample tutorials are free. It also provides many links to other websites with articles, downloads, activities, and further resources for learning Vedic mathematics. We have not reviewed these other websites.

Just FYI, YouTube.com carries some free Vedic math tutorials. Just go to YouTube.com and enter “Vedic math tutorials” in the search engine. A menu of free instructional videos on the Vedic system pops up that you can explore on your own. We have not reviewed the YouTube presentations on Vedic math, so parents AS ALWAYS should preview the material and supervise use.

Free Math Games, eBooks, Videos & More!

April 10th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 10, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

XP Math

(www.xpmath.com/)

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades 2-10 – varies depending on skill level – with parental supervision. Non-readers will need assistance.)

 

This website offers free math games, ebooks, and videos covering arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and probability.

The games were developed by the creator of the site – a middle school math teacher who enjoys integrating math and technology in the classroom.

When you get to the site, use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen to explore the Math Games Arcade:

  • Number & Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis & Probability

Note: When you place your cursor over the main menu item, you’ll see a drop down-menu with a full listing of the games offered in each topic area.

Back up at the top under “More”, you’ll find: 

  • Math Careers – We’ve never seen anything quite like this! Search by math topic, for example “Fractions,” and discover where knowledge of fractions is needed in a variety of careers including management, business, engineering, tech, service industry, sales, etc. Or you can search by job, for example “Dental Assistant,” and discover they use basic math and algebra including ratio and proportion, measurement, and mental math. There’s even a “Lite Version” that allows children to look up occupations such as astronaut, athlete, chef, doctor, firefighter, lawyer, musician, reporter, and more to find out what math strands they need to know.
  • Math Resources – access free e-books, and download math videos.

There is so much content here, it’s hard to do it justice. Bookmark it to return often.

Math with Archimedes

April 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 3, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archimedes

(www.cs.drexel.edu/~crorres/Archimedes/contents.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site is a treasure trove of information on one of the greatest mathematicians of all time – Archimedes. The site was created by Chris Rorres, a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. It contains free information about the life and times of Archimedes, as well as examples of his work and inventions such as the compound pulley system, the planetarium, the water screw, etc.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu and some fascinating “Quick Facts” about Archimedes. Click on any menu item to explore: 

  • Archimedes Claw
  • Archimedes Screw
  • The Lever
  • Burning Mirrors
  • The Golden Crown
  • Archimedean Solids
  • Spheres and Planetaria
  • ~ and much more!

Each item includes an explanation along with illustrations and animations. The documentation and resources for further exploration are terrific. Professor Rorres also indicates which inventions were arguably credited to Archimedes.

This site is a great blend of math and history and may springboard interest in learning much more.

Language Arts Quizzes & More!

March 29th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 29, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kidport

(www.kidport.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Kidport is a Google-ad supported website that offers free information and brief quizzes in a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, science, social studies, and creative arts. For this review we focused on “Language Arts.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of what looks like a remote control device that contains grade levels from K-8. Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of subjects. Then, click on “Language Arts” to see an index of the topics covered for that grade level including: 

  • Compound Words
  • Contractions
  • Word Recognition
  • Spelling
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Homophones

Click on a topic and a new page opens with information, an interactive quiz, and an activity suggestion (that you can do offline). 

The Language Arts section is useful and there are quizzes on many subject areas – and as a mechanism for review of topics typically taught by grade level, it may be helpful.

You can get a good idea of everything the site has to offer by clicking on “Contents” on the menu. It includes direct links to the materials by grade level, including the “Reference Library Section” that offers information and interactives on the following topics:

  • Animal Kingdom
  • Life in the Sea
  • Human Body Anatomy and Physiology
  • Social Studies
  • American History
  • American Revolution
  • American Civil War
  • California Gold Rush
  • California Missions
  • U.S.A. Geography Index
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