Archive for the ‘math’ category

Free Classical Math Curriculum from 1878

May 20th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, May 20, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DonPotter.net

(www.donpotter.net/education_pages/math.html)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, 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 140 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.

Free Interactive Math Games

May 13th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, May 13, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HoodaMath

(www.hoodamath.com/)

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

 

HoodaMath.com is an ad-supported website that offers over 1,000 math games to learn and practice basic math skills for kindergarten through high school.

When you get to the site, you can choose one of the featured games or you can scroll down to see: 

  • Math Games by Grade
  • Math Games by Subject – Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Integers, Algebra

Notice that the games can be sorted by game style as well – such as games that require the player to escape, shop, grow, etc.

You’ll also find links to some animated math “movies” and math tutorials that provide instruction in Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent, Integers, Order of Operations, Algebra, and Geometry designed for grades 3-8. The videos are meant to be entertaining, but may seem silly to more mature kids.

To find the movies and tutorials, along with math tests and math manipulatives, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the home page. 

IMPORTANT: Every game is free to play but is accompanied by a randomly generated advertisement. As always, parents should preview the website and supervise all Internet access.

Free KenKen Math Puzzles!

May 6th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, May 6, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KenKen Math Puzzles

(www.kenkenpuzzle.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free KenKen math puzzles. What’s a KenKen? It’s a logic puzzle that mixes a Sudoku puzzle and arithmetic.

It was invented by a Japanese mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto. His goal was to improve his students’ math and logic skills. As explained at the website: 

“KenKen is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division-while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles. In a way, KenKen is like a game of chess: The more you think ahead to your next move and consider all the possible outcomes, the better you’ll get-and the smarter you’ll become!”

When you get to the website you’ll see the puzzles of the day. If you’re unfamiliar with KenKen, click on “How To Play” on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll not only read an explanation of how to play, but you can follow a step-by-step tutorial. Then, test your skills with the daily puzzles. 

Bookmark the site to return each day for the daily puzzles, or sign up (as a teacher) to receive the free newsletter and a set of KenKens will be emailed to you weekly.

Engaging and interactive math games

April 29th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, April 29, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com – Math Games

(www.education.com/games/math)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This Education.com Math page has over 250 games! As the site says: “Math has never been so entertaining!”

When you get to the site, you can choose from the 11 pages of the  “ever-expanding collection of engaging and interactive math games” or choose from the left side menu by grade or by subject. NOTE: When you get to the game, you’ll need to sign up as a member (free) to access the materials.

Some of the topics include: 

  • Counting in the Kitchen
  • Treasure Chest Match It
  • Identifying Coins
  • Clock Match
  • Bar Graphing with Eggs
  • Circus Angle Measurement
  • Decimal Division with Pennies
  • and so much more!

You can hover your mouse over each game to see a brief description, the grade level and subject that it covers; or click on the game for a little more information about it along with a guided lesson, the aligned standards the game meets, and of course the game itself.

Fun Physics Simulations for K-12

April 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhET Interactive Simulations

(phet.colorado.edu/)

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

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder sponsors this website with free, fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena.

As explained at the website:  “… Students will engage in scientific exploration… achieve conceptual learning… make connections to everyday life… take and sense ownership of their learning experience… see science as accessible, understandable and enjoyable.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, teacher resources including tips on how to run/use the simulations, and a button that says, “Play with Simulations.” Click on that and a new page opens where you will see an icon menu of the latest simulations on the site including: 

  • Masses and Springs
  • Energy Forms and Changes
  • Wave Interference
  • Build a Fraction
  • And more!

Use the menu on the left side of this same page to search for simulations by topic, for example: 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Math
  • Research

And, you can search for simulations by Grade Level including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University.

Be sure to bookmark this site – you’ll want to return again and again.

Math Games with Coins!

April 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, April 22, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

U.S. Mint – Counting with Coins

(www.usmint.gov/learn/kids/games/counting-with-coins)

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

 

The U.S. Mint has 7 games to help children learn the value of coins – at the grocery store!

Join the Mint Pals as they bring you through the grocery store to buy supplies for: 

  • a camping trip
  • making chili
  • making s’mores
  • and more.

Learn subtraction, adding, counting money and more. And if you play again, the scenario changes a little bit for more practice.

When you are done with the math games, click “Back to Games” in the top left corner where you can play other U.S. Mint educational games – for all ages.

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