Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

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.”

Discover Ancient Greece

March 7th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 7, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The British Museum – Ancient Greece

(www.ancientgreece.co.uk/menu.html)

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

 

Discover Ancient Greece with the help of this website from the British Museum.

When arriving at the website, use the menu to choose from the 10 “Chapters”: 

  • The Acropolis
  • Athens
  • Daily Life
  • Festivals & Games
  • Geography
  • Gods & Goddesses
  • Knowledge & Learning
  • Sparta
  • Time
  • War

After choosing a chapter from the menu, you are taken to a general informational page outlining the topic. From the left hand menu select your learning avenue from: 

  • Story – a narrative slide show with text and images provide more in depth instruction about the topic
  • Explore – online activities to dig even deeper into the subject
  • Challenge – interesting interactive activities that encourage applying what has been learned

To return to the home page at any given time, select the Ancient Greece image on the left hand menu. Teachers will especially want to check out the “Staff Room” link which will open a new window. Here is where visitors will find chapter overviews and links to chapter resources with background information about the topic, discussion ideas, and worksheets that can be printed from your browser.

This website is easy to navigate and is presented in a user-friendly and interesting manner that encourages learners to explore and learn.

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

March 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, March 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AMNH: Ology

(www.amnh.org/explore/ology)

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

 

The suffix “ology” refers to the study or a particular field or academic discipline. At this website sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History you can explore archaeology, marine biology, paleontology, and other fields of science such as genetics, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, physics and more!

When you get to the site, you may be overwhelmed with all of the fun choices. Explore some of the following fields of science: 

  • Archaeology – See if you can find the lost Spanish mission.
  • Astronomy – Go on a solar system scavenger hunt.
  • Biodiversity – Play a game to learn about the plants and animals in an African rain forest.
  • Earth – Grow rock candy and meet some geologists.
  • Genetics – Become a DNA detective or take a mystery photo challenge.
  • Marine Biology – Journey to deep sea vents.
  • Paleontology – Meet T. Rex and the strange members of his family tree.
  • Physics – Learn more about Albert Einstein.
  • Water – Solve story puzzles to find out how things live in the Arctic.

And more!

You can also explore by activity: games, stories, hands-on activities and videos. There are many engaging educational games and activities on this site to bring out the “Ologist” in you!

And back on the home page, the “Find Stuff to See and Do” link will bring you to the list of programs found at the museum.

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!

Fun with Homonyms & More

January 9th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homonym Game

(homonymgame.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This site is a hoot! A father named Dave and his six-year-old son Isaac collaborated to create this free game to challenge your knowledge of homonyms, homophones, and puns

As explained at the website, “Homonyms are words with the same sound and spelling but different meanings. Homophones are words with the same sound but different spellings and meanings. Puns are homonyms and homophones that are funny.”

When you get to the site, look at the pictures and read the rhymes for clues to guess the right homonym, homophone, or word that solves each puzzle. The original illustrations are pure whimsy, and the rhymes are pretty “punny.”

We tried about 12 or 13 puzzles for this review. We are not sure how many are there in total, so if you visit the site and get to the end, let us know how many are there. 

To learn more about the creators, Dave and Isaac, you can scroll down to the “About This Site” section on any page. And you can even submit your own puns.

This is just too cute for words. Maybe it will inspire you and your kids to design some entertaining learning games too.

Bedtime Math!

January 7th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 7, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math

(bedtimemath.org/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-4 approximately, with parental participation and supervision)

 

What an ingenious idea! This website, created by Laura Overdeck, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline: 

  • Wee Ones for preschool kids
  • Little Kids for children in grades K-2
  • Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problems posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around: 

  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Words That Make You Cross-eyed
  • Snowballs in Siberia
  • Owls
  • And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website. You can check out their apps as well.

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