# Free Online Math Games for K-8

October 15th, 2007

# Recommended Website:

Johnnie’s Math Page

Age Range: 5-13 (Older children and adults may enjoy some of these games
too.)

This website offers over 140 interactive math tools and activities that
teachers and students in grades K-8 can use to learn:

• Numbers — Play games that teach Base Ten, Cuisennaire, Sequencing,
Counting, Addition, Subtraction, Integers, Factors, Decimals, Place Value,
Division, Abacus, and more.
• Fractions — Enjoy activities that teach fraction names, equivalency,
comparison, etc.
• Geometry — Play and learn with Pattern Blocks, Geoboards, Tangrams,
Polyhedras, Triangles, Angles, Protractors, Tessellations, and more.
• Measurement — Play with interactive clocks to learn time, use rulers to
learn standard and metric measurement.
• Multiplication — Use a grid, interactive flash cards, number tiles and
more.
• Probability — Play with a spinner and dice to learn about probability and
chance.
• Statistics — Use graphs, pie charts, tally markers, and Venn diagrams to
visualize data.
• Fun — Play games that improve math skills, logic, and critical thinking
such as Polyomino, Math Bees, Algebra Puzzles, and Tower of Hanoi.

Click on any game and a new page opens with instructions on how to play. A
few of the links on this site lead to error messages, but most are working
and lots of fun!

April 24th, 2007

# Recommended Website: Free Educational Songs from the Kids Know It Educational Network

Everyone in the family will enjoy these songs!

This website gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence! It provides a
terrific way to enhance learning through audio and visual technology! There
is so much here to engage learners of all ages. We chose to feature the
“Juke Box” section that contains all kinds of songs to help learn science
and other subjects. When you click on the url, scroll down the landing page
and you will see a yellow “juke box.” In the jukebox, select the subject
that is of interest to you including:

• Astronomy
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Concepts (Clocks, Opposites, Rainbows)
• Foreign Language
• Geography
• Geology
• History
• Language Arts
• Life Skills
• Math
• Physics

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Scroll down a little to see the
list of songs available for that subject. For example, if you click on
“Biology” you can choose songs that explain how “A Cow Makes Milk,” “How Do
Seeds Travel,” “What Are The Parts of a Flower,” and “Why Do Leaves Change
Their Colors,” among other titles. Click on the song that interests you and
a new page opens. Wait a sec for the song to load — and enjoy! Don’t miss
the calypso beat of “My Body” that explains what your internal organs do!
:)

Many of the songs here are also available on the artists’ websites; a link
is often provided during song play so that you can go see what else is
available by this artist for online listening or purchase.

You can also click the words “Play random songs” to let the juke box provide
a steady background of educational songs, freeing everyone up to work on an
art project or get some exercise while listening.

We would be remiss if we didn’t direct you back to Home Page at
http://www.kidsknowit.com/index.php so you can really see what this site has
to offer. Check out the featured websites in the center of the page, and
explore the menu on the left to discover EDUCATIONAL MOVIES — complete with
a quiz at the end, with a new video added each month! You’ll also find
educational funnies (a new one added each week), interactive educational
games, and more.

Explore it all! Have fun! :)

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# Fun Math Assessment Activities for Grades K-12

January 30th, 2006

# Recommended Website:Balanced Assessment

This website provides a way to assess a student’s mathematical comprehension and skill for all grades K-12 through an assortment of interesting and fun math activities. The website description follows:

“From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12, and trained teachers to use these assessments in their classrooms. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site.”

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To go directly to the math activities, scroll down to the section titled, “Our Library of Assessment Tasks.” There, you can click on a grade range to see all of the math activities archived for that range, or you can sample one of three “favorite tasks.” I chose to sample one task in each grade range and was surprised by how innovative and thought-provoking they were. The menu selection by grade range and the favorites in each category include:

• Primary (K to 2): Shirts in the Mirror, Dot-to-Dot, TV Shows
• Elementary (3 to 5): Fermi Four, Gardens of Delight, Broken Calculators
• Transition (5 to 7): Hockey Pucks, Bricks for Books, Crazy Clocks
• Middle School (6 to 8): Walkway, Confetti Crush, Fractured Subtraction
• High School, Basic: Granada and Ferrari, Oops! Glass Top, Postcards from the Falls
• High School: Ostrich and Seahorse, Bumpy-Ness, Fermi Estimates II
• High School, Advanced: Para-Ball-A, Red Dots, Blue Dots, Dart Boards
• Technology-based (7 to 12): Full of Beans, Twinkle, Twinkle, Detective Stories

You can see that the titles of the math activities are engaging and inspire curiosity. All of the activities require students to display inventiveness in bringing together disparate elements of what they know in order to solve the problem, and often there will be more than one correct approach and/or answer. Every activity comes with a solution and scoring rubric. There is detailed information at the site for how to use the materials to assess a students comprehension and ability as well.

Interestingly, whether you want to assess your child’s math skills or not, the activities here are more interesting, challenging and enjoyable than the usual math fare. Everything is printable so you can do the activities offline.

# Websites with Math Tricks!

October 24th, 2005

Why should learning math be difficult and tedious? There are numerous websites that feature ingenious tricks for doing mental math that make calculating easy and fun. You can even amaze your friends with some math tricks! We found a few to get you started. While some of the information on these sites is repetitive, each one has something different to offer that makes it worth a look-see….

# Recommended Websites:

## WannaLearn.com — The Math Magic Page

A ClickSchooling list member summed up this site with, “This one is short and sweet; no graphics, but some rather nice little math tricks for multiplication and division.” When you get to the site you will see a short introduction and then instructions on some really ingenious shortcuts that allow you to do mental math — in a snap! Not only do they explain how to do it — they give you some practice problems as well. The math tricks include multiplying and dividing any number by 5, and multiplying any number by 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.

## Fun with Numbers

This page offers math tricks prepared by a self-proclaimed “Mathman.” They include fun math tricks with dominoes, calendars, cards, dice, the number 6, clocks, and more!

## Fantastic Math Tricks

This site offers simple tricks for multiplying up to 20×20 in your head! It also explains a simple way to square a 2 digit number, or a 2 digit number ending in 5.

## Math Tricks for All Ages

This site proclaims that it “is devoted to the incredibly boffo idea that math can be fun!” Includes easy magic addition, magic squares, magic card trick, fun number tables, and more.

## Card Trick Central: Mathematical Card Tricks

A ClickSchooling list member stumbled upon this site with card tricks based on math. She said that it’s fun to figure out why the card tricks work.
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## CuriousMath.com

We’ve featured this site on ClickSchooling before, but it may be the granddaddy of Math Trick websites. It offers articles on all kinds of inventive ways to calculate math problems. Some of the site content includes: multiplication tricks, cube root tricks, square root tricks, using your age to do math tricks, tricks with biblical numbers, extracting the 13th root of a 100-digit number in less than 12 seconds, and even the Chisenbop fingermath method.

See? Math can be tricky — but it sure is fun!

May 19th, 2003

# Recommended Website:A Journey In Time

The Franklin Institute offers this incredible website devoted to Time. Here, you will not only find complete lessons on learning to tell time for beginners or students in early grades — but math and science lessons on sundials and seasonal changes for students in upper grades too. The site is extensive, so allow plenty of time to explore the menu. When you get to the site you will see five illustrations that surround the title “Journey In Time.” Starting from the upper left hand corner of your screen, and moving clockwise, click on the illustrations to reveal the sections of this site that include:

• Once Upon A Time — Discover the history of telling time through slideshows about the calendar, the seasons, and time measurement. There are interactive activities (like quizzes) and printable classroom activities here that can be altered to suit the home environment as well.
• Journey in Time — Find out about the history of the Foucault Pendulum, a device you can see in a number of museums throughout the country that demonstrates the earth’s rotation.
• Just in Time — Use the complete lesson plans for telling time, print materials to reinforce learning, and play interactive games and take quizzes on telling time. Learn about seasonal time changes and the sundial too.
• Sun Clocks — How can you tell time without a clock? Learn about sun clocks and sundials. Check out the Lesson Plans for learning about astronomy with a stick, or measuring time using your hands and the sun, or build a sundial wristwatch!
• The Science of Gears — Discover the history of timepieces and the development of mechanical clocks. Find out how they work by examining the parts. Take a quiz to check your knowledge about clock gears.

This site provides a wonderful unit study on Time covering math, science, history, language arts and social studies. Don’t miss it!

# History/Social Studies

January 20th, 2000

Hi! It’s Thursday, January 20, and time for History and Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

One of the very best ways to learn about history is through Living History programs. Take the kids to places where history is reenacted. Renaissance Faires are one of the best places to immerse your family in medieval history. I recently became aware of a website that is a clearinghouse of information on Renaissance history — and Renaissance Faires! Not only can you find answers to all of your questions about Knights and Damsels, castles and peasantry — but you can also ask the Shrewsbury Sage any question you like about Renaissance times and get a definitive answer. Additionally, this site has Faire Links that will take you to the Scribe website that not only contains maps and grids of where faires are occurring throughout the US but also contains a month-by-month calendar of faire listings. Here is the website and some excerpted information from the website to give you an idea of what you will find.

Hands On History: Educational Online Renaissance Resources
http://shrewfaire.com/SHOH/

Good morrow to all Scholars and Sages
Welcome to the Elizabethan Renaissance

Have to build a peasant cottage for your teacher by Thursday? Need to write a report on what Elizabethans ate? Need curricula for your students on 16th century English village life for next week? Whatever your Renaissance question, from jesters to jousters, politics to peasants, knights to nightgowns, start your quest for answers here.

Talk to the Shrewsbury Sage: Send your question for on line personal assistance to Gaffer Applewright, 16th Century Sage, Scholar, Eccentric and Applecutter. Find answers to questions such as:

1. Did Elizabethans Have Watches And Clocks?
2. What Is A Monger?
3. Did Renaissance People Eat Fast Food? You Decide!
4. What Is A Trebuchet? How Can I Build One?

Here are Renaissance Resources for books, music, film, and web links on the following subjects:

1. Everyday Life
2. Art And Literature
3. What’s In The Clothes Closet?
4. Music & Dance & Revelry
5. The Chronological Bloodline Of The Royalty Of England From Egbert (802AD) To Charles I (1649)
6. A Map Of The British Isles In 1595 : from Mercator’s ‘Atlas…

Diane Keith
Homefires~The Journal of Homeschooling