Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

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.

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.

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.

Explore Ancient Civilizations

May 10th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 10, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The British Museum – Ancient Civilizations

(www.ancientegypt.co.uk/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This extraordinary set of websites from the British Museum allows you to explore three ancient civilizations.

When you get to the first site, you can learn about ancient Egyptian life, Gods & Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Temples, and Trade.

The two other sites are:

  • Ancient India – Learn about Early Hinduism, Buddha, and the Geography of the Indus Valley. There is a fascinating exploration of ancient timelines in India, as well as an in-depth look at the various writing systems used for recording the history of India through the ages.
  • Ancient China –  Learn about Crafts and Artisans, Geography, Tombs and Ancestors, and there is a section on timelines and dynasties as well as a look at various Chinese writing and recording systems.

At each website use the menu to click on a selected topic. A new screen opens with a picture of artwork. Click on the artwork, and a new page opens with an introduction and a menu of three choices: Story, Explore, or Challenge.

  • Story – Learn about the topic you selected through a story illustrated by pieces of art in the collection of the British Museum. For example, in the section on Buddha, the story begins, “There was once a king named Suddhodana…” These are well-written and engaging and the photograph-illustrations of artwork provide the perfect accompaniment! Highlighted words throughout the story link to brief definitions in small new pop-up windows.
  • Explore – Get a closer look at some of the artifacts and a better sense of the ancient times portrayed. This varies greatly depending on the culture and topic you select.
  • Challenge – Find an activity or game that challenges your memory of what you have learned while exploring the website.

Each topic also features a Staff Room. Don’t miss it! This is where you can get a brief synopsis of what is to be learned regarding that topic and print out worksheets corresponding to the Story, Explore, and Challenge sections.

These sites are truly worth the visit! Bookmark them so that you can return to explore each one as time permits.

Geography Lessons and Study Tools

May 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 3, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Bee – Study Corner

(www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic is meant to provide study tools for the National Geographic Bee, “an academic contest for students in grades 4-8”, but the resources provided can be used to supplement your geography studies for the whole family.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to find: 

  • Lesson Plans – Discover lesson plans and activities focused on the geography of the United States and the continents, the oceans, world geography, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • GeoBee Challenge – Test your knowledge with the online, multiple-choice quiz.
  • Geo Bee Challenge App – For those with IOS or Android smart devices, download the free GeoBee Challenge App which includes not only the multiple-choice round, but also a map challenge as well as bonus rounds where a picture of a location is provided and the player must find the location on an interactive map.
  • Kahoot! – Gather the kids around the computer with your smart devices and the free Kahoot app and play a competitive multiple-choice game together. Choose from 15 interesting geography topics.

When finished exploring these options, head on over to the National Geographic Education page for a lot more teaching resources including lesson plans, activities and more games as well as reference materials, mapping tools, and much more.

This bookmark-worthy website will make an excellent resource for all of your geography studies.

Solve the History Mystery

March 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: History Mystery

(teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

One of our ClickScholars recommended today’s website that offers a series of fun “History Mysteries” for students to solve.

When you get to the site you will see your animated guide, Dr. Carlotta Facts, a professor at the fictional History Mystery Museum. Dr. Facts challenges students to figure out the historic person, place, event, or object she is studying based on 4-5 clues she provides. The idea is to solve the mystery in as few clues as possible.

Students are encouraged to use the clues to conduct research on the World Wide Web (or use offline resources like textbooks, maps, and reference books) to solve the mystery. There is an online search mechanism built into the game. Each “History Mystery” game is themed in United States or world history and includes topics in these categories: 

  • African-American History
  • Environmental History
  • Government and Politics
  • Inventions and Technology
  • Social & Cultural History
  • Women’s History
  • Exploration
  • World Civilizations

Within each topic category, there is a list of sub-topics. Click on any one to play a game themed on that topic. Once students think they have solved the mystery, they submit an answer. If the answer is correct, they receive a designation as an investigator of historical mysteries and an opportunity to learn more about the subject. If the answer is incorrect, they can receive another clue, investigate further, or submit another solution. They can also click on “see the answer” and read all about the topic.

The History Mystery game is a fun way to challenge your knowledge of history and a great way to introduce information on various historical periods, civilizations, industry and technology, certain landforms and geography, and elements of culture.

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