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Free Math & Engineering Lessons for K-12

August 27th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 27, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TeachEngineering

(www.teachengineering.org/)

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

 

Get free, open-ended, hands-on lessons and activities to stimulate your students’ interest in math and science through engineering.

As explained at the website, “engineers create what has not been – they make things that have never existed before.” The free K-12 engineering curricula at this website integrates math, science, and technology through exploration of the “built world” around us so that it’s relevant to the lives of young people.

The idea here is to encourage students to pose questions about “why things work” and then gain skills and use their imaginations to create innovations that improve the world for everyone.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured “Most Popular.” Above it you can: 

  • Browse Curricular Units – These theme-based learning experiences are composed of multiple lessons designed to take place over several weeks in a classroom environment. There are units on bridges, cells, energy, floaters and sinkers, marine mapping, natural disasters, rockets, simple machines, weather and atmosphere, and more. They can be tweaked for the homeschool learning environment.
  • Browse Activities – In our opinion, this is the place to start because the stand-alone, hands-on, fun experiments are sure to engage your kids’ interest and may springboard you to further learning. There are over 1,000 activities (that include a materials list and instructions) covering a range of possibilities such as the exploration of acids and bases, designing a bicycle helmet, learning about kidney filtering, investigating Ohm’s Law, playing “Rock Jeopardy,” making Yogurt Cup Speakers and more.
  • Browse Lessons – Get over 500 different lessons that meet content standards on topics that include Air Pressure, Ampere’s Law, Art in Engineering, Machines, Magnetic Fields, Rivers, Rocks, Paper Airplanes, Water, and much more.

All of the lessons and activities include the estimated time it takes and the approximate cost for the materials.

TeachEngineering is a terrific resource so bookmark it to return often!

Challenging Math & Logic Puzzles – All Ages!

August 13th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 13, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zoopz.com: Games That Make You Think

(www.zoopz.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Don’t let these games from Meyers Labs fool you – they offer fun ways to learn fundamental and challenging concepts that are required for math.

When you  get to the site, you’ll see a menu of puzzles that includes: 

  • Frog Jumpin’
  • Inch Worm
  • Galactic Journey
  • Maze Craze
  • Ink Blobs
  • Mosaic Design
  • and more.

Click on any game and a new window opens. Some of the games come with instructions, others are intuitive. Some of the skills these games enhance are: 

  • Recognizing Patterns
  • Sequencing
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Recognizing and Sorting Shapes and Colors
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Memory
  • Performance Under Pressure
  • and more!

It helps to read the “Parents & Teachers” notes (at the bottom, on the left side of the home page) that explain which skills are addressed by each game.

Math Fun Facts

August 6th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 6, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mudd Math Fun Facts

(www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/about.shtml)

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website was originally designed as a warm-up activity for calculus courses taught at Harvard. In an effort to help college students see the interesting stuff that motivates mathematicians to study the subject, a professor began to tell his students “Fun Facts” – or daily mathematical tidbits from all areas of mathematics (not just calculus), meant to arouse their curiosity and fascination with the subject. The students loved it. That motivated the professor to archive the “Fun Facts” that he and his colleagues collected at today’s website. Even though this is designed for college level students, there are ideas and math patterns that will fascinate and challenge students of many grade levels and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then, use the combination menu and search engine on the left to get “Fun Facts” about: 

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Number Theory
  • Probability
  • Topology
  • and more!

A nice feature is that you can search by difficulty level from “Easy” to “Advanced” in any of the subject categories. Once you make your selection a new page appears with a menu of “Fun Facts” from which to choose. Click on any one of these and a new page opens that explains and illustrates the concept. “Fun Facts” not only challenges those skilled in mathematics, but it provides a way to give less skilled students a glimpse of advanced mathematics. Students will become familiar with math vocabulary and “buzzwords” even if they don’t fully understand what they mean. It might just spring-board their curiosity to do some further research that will enhance their math education.

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August 6th, 2018

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Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

July 30th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 30, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Absurd Math

(www.learningwave.com/abmath/index.html)

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.

As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy clues are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46” and “Level -3”; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion. FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include: 

  • Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
  • Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
  • The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
  • Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.

By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

Ice Cream Math and more!

July 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 23, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ice Cream Activities

(themes.atozteacherstuff.com/947/ice-cream-activities-teaching-ideas-printables-and-lesson-plans/)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

July is National Ice Cream Month! Even though it’s late in the month there’s still time to enjoy using some of these ice cream themed activities to cool off your summer studies.

At this website, scoop up some of these fun activities while the summer heat is on: 

  • Ice Cream Cut-and-Paste Art Pattern
  • Ice Cream and Air Experiment #433
  • Ice Cream Theme Unit
  • Plastic Bag Ice Cream
  • Ice Cream Crafts
  • Ice Cream Printables
  • Ice Cream Theme Printables
  • Ice Cream Toddler and Preschool Unit

Since this is Monday and we are focusing on Math today, check out this website with a myriad of ice cream themed math activities:

Making Learning Fun: Ice cream math

Choose from cool activities like: 

  • Ice Cream Calendar Numbers
  • Count the Scoops of Ice Cream Cards
  • Count and Match Ice Cream Activity
  • Favorite Dairy Product Chart Start
  • Match the Halves Ice Cream Flip Book
  • Ice Cream Cone Number Stamp
  • Ice Cream Cone Pompom Count
  • Ice Cream Bowl Pompom Color Sort
  • Ice Cream Addition Cards
  • Ice Cream Felt Board Patterning Activity
  • Ice Cream Scoop Number Emergent Reader
  • Ice Cream Count by Five

And here is one more website: Scholastic: Max’s Math Adventure

Take some time to solve the mathematical rhyme at Beekman’s Ice Cream Shop!

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