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Movies for Developing Math Skills

June 27th, 2016


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


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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.

Free Math Video Tutorials

June 20th, 2016


It’s Monday, June 20, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Is All About Math


Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 4 and up. Age/grade range varies. Use parental discretion and supervision.)


This website provides short instructional math videos that can be used to supplement math studies. The videos consist of a narrated lecture and animations that illustrate the concept being discussed. The videos are enabled for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices for portable, on-the-go learning.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of math videos that include topics such as: 

  • Triangular Numbers (Parts I, II & III) – Elementary explanation of triangular numbers, a general formula for the sum of an arithmetic progression, and a solution to the Recursive equation.
  • Mathematical Induction (Parts I, II, & III) – Explains the Method of Mathematical Induction. Discussion of Francesco Maurolico, Pascal and John Wallis, plus Fermat’s Method of infinite descent, etc.
  • Weaving Numbers – Explanation of Vedic multiplication or weaving multiplication. Includes Fibonacci’s sieve or lattice multiplication, and more.
  • Dimension 2 – Explains how two numbers can describe the position of a point on a sphere, and how one can draw a picture of the Earth on a piece of paper.
  • The Fourth Dimension – Mathematician Ludwig Schläfli discusses objects in the fourth dimension.
  • Complex Numbers – Mathematician Adrien Douady explains the square root of negative numbers in simple terms.
  • Pi – An explanation and illustration of the most famous mathematical constant.

The narrator on some of the videos speaks in a monotone voice with an accent, so we found it necessary to really pay attention to hear and understand the lectures. Fortunately, the animated illustrations help the viewer to maintain focus.

We couldn’t find “about” information on the site, so it’s not clear who is providing the info or why. Currently, there are no advertisements on the site, and all of the videos can be accessed for free, without registration.

This is a helpful resource for supplementing the study of various math concepts.

A Summer’s Worth of Printable Math Activities

June 13th, 2016


It’s Monday, June 13, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website: Cyberchase Math Activities


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


This PBS website is a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy Award® winning mathematics series for children. The website offers dynamic web games, videos, and printable activities that teach math concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the PBS show, the website explains:

In the world of Cyberchase, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to overthrow Motherboard and take over Cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But Motherboard enlists the help of three curious kids, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal, Digit, to stop him. Their weapon: brain power. In the live-action segment following each animated episode, Harry and Bianca show kids how math can help solve life’s wacky problems in the real world.

To further help kids explore their world, the hands-on activities include a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured recommendations. Below that is an icon menu of printable activities that include: 

  • Activity Book – Print out a booklet with math puzzles, games, and projects.
  • Batter Up – Track your favorite baseball team’s hits and look for patterns. 
  • Bianca’s Body Math – Use math to learn which body parts are proportional.
  • Cool It – Experiment with evaporation to keep something cool on a hot day.
  • Dot Decoder – Decode a secret message.
  • Lifting with Levers – Discover the relationship between the length of a lever and how much weight you can lift.
  • Make a Pinwheel – Make a pinwheel and use it to find out how windy it is.
  • Make Ice Cream – Get an easy recipe to make ice cream at home.
  • Shadow Math – Measure the lengths of shadows to estimate the height of something very tall.
  • Top Flight – Make paper airplanes and judge their flights to choose a winner.

Click on any activity and a new page opens with complete instructions, diagrams, and illustrations to do the activity.

Bookmark this fun resource to help kids learn math, science, and more!

Learning Spanish for Kids

June 11th, 2016


It’s Saturday, June 11, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages
at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Spanishtown: Spanish for Kids


Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)


This Google ad-supported website provides interactive exercises that teach young children Spanish vocabulary from basic to intermediate level. As you do the activities you can listen to the correct pronunciation of the words by a native Spanish speaker.

When you get to the site you’ll see a preview menu by grade level from 1-4. Click on any one and a new page opens with a broader menu of choices that includes activities for learning: 

  • Vocabulary – Learn to say colors, numbers, shapes, parts of the body, animals, methods of transportation, words for family members, weather, clothing, food, holidays, and basic conversational sentences.
  • Counting – Learn to say numbers from 1-100 along with some basic math terminology.
  • Grammar – Learn to say some verbs in present and past tense.

To complement and reinforce the vocabulary you will also find a selection of word-find puzzles, crosswords, and matching activities.

This is not a comprehensive language course. It’s a simple way to introduce learning the Spanish language, or to practice skills that you’ve already acquired. Parents that don’t speak Spanish can learn right alongside their children.

The site offers downloads to tests, lesson plans, and learning sheets for classroom teachers that can be tweaked for use at home.

NOTE: “Spanish for Kids” is part of a larger website. We did NOT review other parts of the site. The kids’ section requires adult assistance to navigate. The site has random ads and Google advertisements that if clicked on, will lead to outside websites so PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE AND SUPERVISE USE.

Fraction Tutorials, Interactives, & Worksheets

June 6th, 2016


It’s Monday, June 6, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Visual Fractions


Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-9, with parental supervision)


This website offers a free tutorial for learning about fractions.

Through the use of interactive exercises and visual aids (like number lines and circle graphs), students can learn how to:

  • Identify fractions
  • Rename fractions
  • Compare fractions
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions

The concepts are demonstrated through the visual images and explained in text format. Then, the student can practice their understanding with an interactive drill session. There are even free, printable worksheets to practice fractions offline.

The creators suggest that the student answer 10 in-a-row correctly before moving on to the next concept. They also suggest that the best way to use the site is to progress in the order displayed – as mastery of one concept leads to understanding the next.

This site presents a good mix of lessons with visual demonstrations, animated manipulatives for building and understanding concepts, interactive drills to do online, and follow-up worksheets for offline reinforcement.

Free Classical Math Curriculum from 1878

May 23rd, 2016


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


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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.