Archive for the ‘math’ category

Secret agent math game

March 18th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 18, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Villainy, Inc.

(villainyinc.thinkport.org/default.asp)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

 

Use your math skills to save the world from the evil Dr. Wick! (Younger students may find this game motivational and fun, if there is someone nearby to explain how to do the problems.)

When you get to this website you’ll see the evil villain, Dr. Wick. who is plotting to take over the world. You are a secret agent and your assignment is to foil his plan by using your math skills in each of two missions. (Turn on your speakers to hear the villainous conspiracy as it unfolds; captions also appear at the bottom of the screen.)

Before embarking on the interactive missions, you must read the biographies of five secret agents and select two to accompany you. You might have to rely on them for hints from time to time, so choose carefully!

Here are just a few of the things you will practice: 

  • Figure out what you will need to do in order to solve a problem.
  • Use a calculator to multiply and divide large numbers.
  • Figure out the area of a rectangle.
  • Basic operations of fractions, decimals, and percents (add, subtract, multiply, divide).
  • Round to the nearest whole number.
  • Find the mean of a few numbers.
  • Label a graph, plot points, and interpret the graph.

Fortunately, you can get cryptic hints along the way, and most of the time you can redo each problem as many times as it takes to get the correct answer.

For a complete list of the skills covered, complete text of the script, a vocabulary list, supplementary worksheets, and even a teacher’s manual, see the section for teachers.

And for even more helpful tips you can use at home, see the section for families!

Peregrine Falcons: From Egg to Flight

March 12th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, March 12, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cyberbee: Peregrine Falcons

(www.cyberbee.com/falcon_sites.html)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is an archive of free educational content that includes fantastic curriculum ideas and web projects for all subjects. This review features ONE of the many terrific resources as an introduction to Cyberbee.com – and it’s all about Peregrine Falcons.

When you get to the site you will find a brief introduction in the center of the page followed by a listing of up-to-date and current web-based resources for learning all about Peregrine Falcons including: 

  • Falcon Banding – Learn all about scientific bird banding used to track peregrine falcons as part of preservation and conservation programs.
  • Falcon Facts – Get the 4-1-1 on peregrine biology, migration and much more from the best scientific resources on the Net.
  • Falcon Speed –  Learn more about the “fastest animal on Earth”.

You can also virtually visit some peregrine falcon nests all over the U.S. through live cameras that are trained on the nests.

Back on the home page, on the left sidebar, get ideas for how to incorporate subjects like math, science, language arts, social studies, and technology (aligned with national curriculum standards) into the study of peregrine falcons.

On the right sidebar, explore the links to free lessons and activities that include some free, downloadable and printable materials and worksheets to help your students conduct a web-based scavenger hunt, record research information and make science observations, learn new vocabulary, and use math skills.

This is an excellent cross-curricular unit study that you can use whole or in part to boost your children’s knowledge.

When you are through, use the menu at the top of the page to explore the many other curriculum ideas, research tools, treasure hunts, web projects, and web links that Cyberbee offers on this site. Bookmark it – it’s an amazing resource intended for classroom teachers that homeschoolers can easily use regardless of methodology.

Challenging Mathematical Puzzles

March 11th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 11, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Nick’s Mathematical Puzzles

(www.qbyte.org/puzzles/)

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

 

At this website you’ll find a collection of more than 150 math puzzles that cover algebra, geometry, probability, number theory, trigonometry, calculus, and logic. They have been selected “for the deceptive simplicity of their statement, or the elegance of their solution.” While they will challenge your cleverness, the site founder Nick Hobson (who has a math degree and works in computer software) says, they “usually only require pre-college math.”

When you get to the site you will see an introduction. Above it is a menu bar that provides access to 160 puzzles. View the “Index” to see the names of the puzzles archived here. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the puzzle. You’ll see 1-4 stars next to each puzzle title that designates the level of difficulty, with four being the most difficult.

As mentioned at the website, “Explaining how an answer is arrived at is more important than the answer itself. To this end, hints, answers, and fully worked solutions are provided, together with links to related mathematical topics. Further references are provided with many of the solutions. The puzzles are intended to be fun, with an educational element.”

Tons of Math Games and Puzzles!

March 4th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 4, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Problem Site

(www.theproblemsite.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

WARNING! The math games and puzzles on this site are so engrossing, you may want to set a timer to keep you from neglecting other responsibilities!

This site offers educational games, puzzles, and problem solving quests. Some of the most fascinating puzzles and games provide a handy link for bookmarking your place so that you can return later. Use the menu bar at the top of the home page under “Games” to access:

  • Math Games – Use simple math facts, fraction reductions, and logic to solve the math puzzles. Younger children will enjoy the “Adders” game, which is a variable-speed, math facts practice game. Most of the games in this section are good for building and cementing fairly basic math and problem solving skills.
  • Word Games – Enjoy word scrambles, crossword puzzles with a twist, hangman and more. For a real spelling challenge, play “One of These” — and guess which of the words (in a list of five) is misspelled.
  • Daily Games – A selection of math and vocabulary-building problems that change on a daily basis — another good reason to bookmark this site.
  • Quizzes – Quite a selection of quizzes on all different types of subjects.

There is so much more on this site. Have fun! And don’t forget to set that timer!

Math Card Games

February 25th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, February 25, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Positive Engagement Project – Mathematics

(pepnonprofit.org/mathematics.html)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website created and maintained by The Positive Engagement Project has so much to offer! Their mission is to get students positively engaged in active learning, while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.

Today we are focusing on Math, but once you’ve looked at this valuable resource, go to the “Free Downloads” link and see the vast array of quality learning games and strategies that they’ve put together for English Language Arts, Science, Engagement Strategies, Test Review/Strategies, and Character Education.

When you get to the site, you’ll see it is full of wonderful math selections. Check out the file called Acing Math: (One Deck at a Time!). Download it to find that it’s actually a 69-page book (pdf)! The website explains that this is a collection of math games ranging from kindergarten to the upper elementary grades, using only an ordinary deck of playing cards. There are games covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, decimals, patterns, positive and negative integers, as well as many others – over 60 different games with directions and illustrations! Each game tells you how many players are needed, an age range, the materials needed, which math skills are learned playing this game, and very specific instructions to play.

Bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of all that they offer!

Free Interactive Math Courseware

February 18th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, February 18, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Interactivate

(www.shodor.org/interactivate/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free, interactive online courseware for learning math through activities, lessons, and discussions.

When you get to the site, look for the words “Guide to Interactivate.” Click on it for a complete explanation with illustrations on how to use this site. If it seems a little overwhelming, just look for the “Jump To” drop down list at the top of the screen. Click on it to access: 

  • Activities – Choose from a large menu of math activities including an algebra quiz, a Caesar Cipher for creating and decoding messages, an equation solver, color multiples in Pascal’s triangle, or have fun with Venn diagrams. Click on any one and a new page opens with the activity and instructions.
  • Discussions – Read instructional questions and answers between students and mentors about different areas of math including algorithms, Base 10, decimals, distributive property, multiplying and dividing fractions and much more.
  • Lessons – You’ll find lessons in a variety of mathematic strands including number and operations, geometry, algebra, probability and statistics. Click on any one and you’ll find the lesson plan that ties in with the activities that are included on this site.

Again, at first glance this site can seem overwhelming. Poke around a bit, try some of the activities, and read the tutorial (Guide to Interactivate) and it will all begin to make sense pretty quickly.

Bookmark this site – it’s a great way to supplement learning mathematics.

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