Posts Tagged ‘algebra’

Math Activities for K-12

June 25th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 25, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSTE Online Resource Catalog

(mste.illinois.edu/resources/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by The Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers fun math, science and tech interactives for all grade, age, and ability levels from K-12.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math topics that includes: 

  • Number and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • And More!

Just click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of activities. Click on a title and a new screen appears with the online activity. From a simple geometric puzzle to solving quadratic equations, this site has a remarkable selection of interactive choices that will challenge and entertain you and your kids.

Do take some time to poke around this site. Check out “Projects” on the menu and sign up to participate in “BeeSpotter” – a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.

There’s a lot more here to explore – so many activities, so little time.

Free K-12 Math Videos & Games

April 30th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Math Pickle

(www.mathpickle.com/)

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

 

This is one of the most innovative math sites we’ve seen. A Canadian mathematician/teacher developed this site to help classroom teachers address the multiple math skill levels of students through challenging and engaging activities and games that are demonstrated with slide shows or videos.

All of it can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment. When you get to the site, click on “All Puzzles” then choose the grade level of interest to you. You can also switch to the subject menu.

  • In grades K-2 – Enjoy math games that teach patterns, skip counting, addition, symmetry, and more.
  • In grades 3-4 – Play dot-to-dot measuring puzzles, learn subtraction, Fibonacci numbers, and more.
  • In grades 5-6 – Practice division, discover prime numbers, practice factoring, and more.
  • In grades 7-9 – Enjoy a game of “Integral Fission,” practice multiplying fractions, engage in cipher breaking, do puzzles to learn about polygons, area, logic, and more.
  • In grades 10-12 – Play games and solve puzzles that teach algebra, scientific notation, probability, and more.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you can click through the slides or watch a demonstration video.

What an incredible range of free math activities! Bookmark this site to return often.

Fun Family Math Challenges!

January 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 22, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Figure This!

(www.figurethis.org/index.html)

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

 

 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers this website that is designed to help families enjoy math OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges that improve problem solving skills. The challenge activities that are designed with middle school math in mind, can be done online or downloaded in pdf files to print and use offline.

When you get to the site you will see animated characters and the words “Take A Challenge.” Click on those words and go directly to 4 math challenge problems that include: 

  • Line Up – How long would you have to wait if you were number 300?
  • Beating Heart – How fast does your heart beat?
  • Popcorn – Which shape holds the most?
  • Don’t Fall In – Why are most manhole covers round?

If you decide to take the challenge, notice that each time you click on a different math challenge, the menu bar at the top of the page will change allowing you to access hints and tips that will help solve the problem. If you like these challenges then go to the “Challenge Index” on the menu where you can access 80 challenge problems archived at the site.
 
Before you begin the challenges, you might want to take a moment or two to view the menu items on the home page. It includes information for teachers and for families in English and in Spanish along with a “Math Index.” The Math Index lists all of the challenges archived at the site by math topic such as algebra, geometry, measurement, numbers, statistics and probability – allowing you to more easily access the activities that relate to the strand of math you want to study.
 
Each of the challenge activities are designed to capture students’ attention with real-life problems making the math much more meaningful and thought-provoking. Families can have fun solving the challenge questions together. Bookmark this page, so you can return to the site and explore them all.

Challenging Math Problems & Puzzles

January 15th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 15, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maths Challenge

(mathschallenge.net/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free archive containing hundreds of math problems and puzzles for a variety of skill levels.

When you get to the site you’ll see a horizontal menu near the top of the page. Click on “Problems” to access the archives. You can search by keyword for specific math strands such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, etc.
 
You can also search by level of difficulty. The problems are ranked with stars and explained as follows: 

  • One Star – These problems require nothing more than a logical mind and a willingness to try things out on paper.
  • Two Stars – Problems begin to require insights and mathematical tools. For example, geometrical problems may require the use of simple trigonometry, number problems may require knowledge of factoring, etc.
  • Three Stars – A good knowledge of school mathematics and/or some aspects of proof will be required.
  • Four Stars – A comprehensive knowledge of school mathematics and advanced mathematical tools will be required.

Each word problem or puzzle comes with an illustrated solution, and often has suggestions for further exploration and learning.

Free Resources to Teach Math

December 11th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, December 11, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HelpingWithMath.com

(www.helpingwithmath.com/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website was designed by educators and technologists to help parents help their children improve in math.

It provides free access to a variety of math resources, games, and tools. Under Printables you can find topics including: 

  • Worksheets – Includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, decimals, geometry, algebra, numbers (rounding, comparing, skip counting, place value, integers, multiples and factors) or choose topics by grade
  • Multiplication Tables – Up through 10 or up through 12
  • Number Lines – Segmented at different intervals and includes negatives as well

Under Interactives you’ll find: 

  • Games – Drag-n-drop games that cover basic math facts and equivalent fractions
  • Flash Cards – For addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Lessons – Includes fractions, percent and division
  • Quizzes – Including addition, rounding, fractions and the number system

All of these resources are free and formatted for quick download and easy printing. You can sort by subject and grade level as well.

Free Math Software for Algebra, Geometry & More!

November 27th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, November 27, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GeoGebra

(www.geogebra.org/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free, interactive mathematics software for students of many ages that teaches algebra, geometry, graphing, statistics, and calculus.

When you get to the site, you’ll see: 

  • GeoGebra Graphing Calculator
  • GeoGebra Geometry
  • GeoGebra Classic
  • Materials
  • Downloads

We suggest you scroll all the way down to the Help section and look at the “Manual” and “Tutorials” where you can get acquainted with the materials and learn how to access them.

It’s helpful to poke around the site, get a feel for the content provided in the software, and then visit the “Forum” to get additional advice.

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