Posts Tagged ‘counting’

Free PreK-12 Math Lessons & Activities!

October 14th, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, October 14, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Illuminations: Resources for Teaching Math

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12)  

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers this website with standards-based resources to support educators in ensuring free, high quality mathematics lessons and activities for all students in PreK-12.

When you get to this multi-media site, you’ll see some highlighted activities and features along with a menu that includes:  

*Activities – Over 100 online activities divided by grade level for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  You’ll find everything from simple sorting, matching, and counting games to algebra, geometry and trigonometry investigations.

*Lessons – Find over 600 lesson for all grades that satisfy standards for numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability. Each lesson comes with complete step-by-step instructions, downloadable/printable materials, and links to further resources. While the lessons are designed for classroom use, they can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

*Web Links - JACK POT! You say you want ONE source for links to free math activities on the Net?  This is it!  You’ll find 724 links (many to sites previously featured in ClickSchooling) that have been approved for student use by the NCTM editorial board.

The formatting and design of this site makes all of the content very user-friendly. Bookmark it to return often.

Mnemonic Times Tables Poems & Math Worksheets!

May 20th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, May 20, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

SuperTeacherWorksheets: Multiplication Poems

Age Range: 6-14 (about grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that offers some silly poems as mnemonic devices to help kids memorize multiplication times tables. You’ll see the display of math poems when you get to the site. It inspired her children to write their own math poetry and she graciously provided some samples:


  • Kevin got sick and turned horribly blue. 7×6=42
  • My sister’s late for a date. 6×8=48
  • Heaven oh heaven is for the divine. 7×7=49

And my personal favorite…

  • Kevin hates these nifty tricks. 7×8=56

Obviously, somebody in her family has a sassy sense of humor! LOL!


Once you’re through giggling at the poetry, use the menu on the left side of the screen to find the worksheets. While there are numerous worksheets, there are about 1-3 FREE, printable worksheets for most of the subject categories including:

  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Counting Money
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Graphing
  • Measurement
  • Multiplication
  • Place Value
  • Percents
  • Subtraction
  • Telling Time
  • Word Problems

Just click on a menu item and a new page opens displaying a menu of worksheets on that topic.  Look for the word “Free” highlighted in yellow to find the worksheets that are available without membership/registration.

When you’re done with math, you can explore the assortment of reading, spelling, grammar, writing, and social sciences worksheets as well. Again, look for the word “Free” (highlighted in yellow) to print/download worksheets free of charge.


Free Math Lessons, Games, & Workbooks!

May 13th, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, May 13, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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

This ad-supported website offers free lessons, games, and worksheets to learn arithmetic basics as well as some advanced math (for grades K-8) in a non-conventional format. The relaxed style of presentation sprinkles humor throughout the explanations of math concepts. The use of the latest multi-media technology to illustrate the concepts through interactive games and activities really helps reinforce the learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see an icon menu. Before you explore it, scroll down the page and read the brief introduction designed to help you navigate the site. Then, from the icon menu simply pick a topic to get started, including:

  • Shapes & Colors
  • Counting Numbers
  • Add Numbers
  • Subtract Numbers
  • Multiply Numbers
  • Divide Numbers
  • Operations/Order
  • Dates & Times
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percent Values
  • Estimation & Rounding
  • Ratios
  • Money Math
  • Factors
  • Graphs & Grids
  • Squares & Roots
  • Units of Measure
  • Advanced Numbers
  • Scientific Notation
  • Variables

Click on any one and a new page opens with a “lesson” – an explanation and illustration of the concept. In most cases you’ll find an online activity that students can do to reinforce the learning.

There is a huge selection of games, quizzes and activities that teach and reinforce math skills. If you’d like to skip the lessons and go right to the activities just click on these items on the menu:

*Play: Basic Activities – Find a complete archive of all of the activities (over 100!) for basic math concepts. Click on any one and a new page opens with complete instructions.

*Play: Advanced Activities – Find an index to over 50 activities for advanced math concepts. Click on any one for complete info and directions.


Below the icon menu, you’ll see the words “Math Workbooks.” Click on it and a new page will open with free “Addition” Workbooks. (Look in the upper right corner of the page to find a link to the “Subtraction” workbooks.) The workbooks are in pdf format so you can save them to your computer and print them out to do offline.

This is a fabulous resource to enhance any study of mathematics! Bookmark it to return often.


Free K-12 Math Videos & Games!

March 11th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, March 11, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Pickle

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

This is one of the most innovative math sites I’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 on videos. All of it can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu and some of the featured videos. The videos are designed for teachers to view in preparation for teaching a classroom lesson. Look for the Grade Range Menu and click on the grade levels of interest to you that include:

*K-2 – Enjoy math activities based on literature, games that teach patterns, matching games, skip counting, addition, symmetry, Fibonnaci numbers, and more.

*3-4 – Play dot-to-dot measuring puzzles, learn subtraction, discover graphs, find out about area and perimeter in the most weird and wonderful ways.

*5-6 – Practice division, do some problem solving, learn origami, discover prime numbers, practice factoring, and more.

*7-9 – Enjoy a game of “Integral Fission,” practice subtracting fractions, engage in cipher breaking, strategize, practice squaring and cubing, do puzzles to learn about bases, exponents and polygons, memorize the formula for the area of a cone, find out what Archimedes knows about the area and volume of a sphere.

*10-12 – Play games and solve puzzles that teach algebra, scientific notation, Pythagoras’ theorem, physics, trigonometry, and learn a little calculus through song.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you can watch a demonstration video. Many of the activities also come with free downloadable worksheets and solutions as well.

You will also find curricula and puzzle books for sale on this site, but you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the incredible range of free math activity videos. Bookmark this site to return often.

See How U.S. Coins Are Made!

March 8th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, March 8, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

United States Mint

Age Range: 7 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a virtual tour of the United States Mint coin making process through a photographic slide show. You can also watch an animated overview of how coins are manufactured

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction. Below it you can select either presentation as follows:

*Virtual Tour – Watch a slide show and read descriptions of U.S. Mint employees and machines making coins at various mint locations in the U.S.

*Manufacturing – Watch an animated presentation of the coin manufacturing process and read descriptions of each step along the way including:

  • Blankng
  • Annealing
  • Upsetting
  • Striking
  • Inspecting
  • Counting and Bagging

Younger children may prefer the animated virtual tour of how coins are made that is available on the “Kids” website, where you’ll also find fun activities and games. 

Don’t miss the Coin Curricula Center with free downloadable lesson and activity ideas that you can use to learn more about pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, and dollar coins. 

Free Valentine Math Activities!

February 11th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, February 11, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Valentine’s Day is Thursday!  Here are some Valentine’s Day Math Activities:

Recommended Websites:

See Below

Age Range: Varies (Grades K-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

Conversation Candy Hearts Math

You’ll need a box of conversation candy hearts to use this classroom activity for learning estimation, sorting, counting, addition, and graphing. At the top of the page it says this activity is for grades 8-9, but they mean ages 8-9, or about grades 2-4. This activity can be easiliy tweaked for younger children as well.

Valentine’s Day Word Problems

Word problems about the cost of candy and Valentine’s Gifts. About grades 3-5.

GoogolPower’s How To Calculate the Area of a Heart 

A terrific lesson presentation (in a downloadable pdf) on how to calculate the area of a heart shape. About grades 6-8.

Free Heart-Shaped Multiplication Flash Cards 

 Print and cut out this free set of heart-shaped flash cards to practice the times tables. Grades 3-5, approximately.

Printable Valentine Dominoes 

Dominoes are great tools to help with learning math in grades K-6. Print out this set and then use them to play Domino Math. CLICK HERE to get instructions.