Posts Tagged ‘diagrams’

Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 29th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 29, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section

(www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/hosted-sites/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fib.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

In the 13th century, Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents. 

Our suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too). 

After listening to the interview, head over to the introductory page that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!

Math Dude’s Tips

September 11th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Math Dude

(mathdude.quickanddirtytips.com/categoryindex/all/Page/1/sortbyalpha/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is an unusual ad-supported website that offers explanations and tips for making learning math easier from Jason Marshall, Ph.D., also known as “The Math Dude.”  Marshall is a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars.

Math Dude’s tips are archived on a big, umbrella website called “Quick and Dirty Tips” with advice from experts in a variety of fields including education, money, work, health, and more.

We only looked at the Math Dude section for this review. Parents, as always, should preview this site and determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use by children and teens.

When you get to the site you’ll see “The Math Dude’s Most Recent Tips”, followed by “The Math Dude’s Most Popular Tips” and “The Math Dude’s Archive”. You can jump right in by clicking on any tip. A new page opens where you will see the tip or lesson presented in blog format, and you can click on an audio recording to listen as Jason delivers the tip. There are lots of math tips to select from like: 

  • Learn how to add quickly, convert decimals to fractions, multiply by eleven, determine area and volume, explore Venn diagrams, and more.
  • Make a Mobius Strip, learn about the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio.
  • Get a definition and explanation of math terms including irrational and rational numbers, sets and subsets, associative property, distributive property, trigonometry, and more.
  • Find out how to amaze your friends with number tricks, calculate how fast your money will grow, estimate how fast someone is running, and send encrypted messages.

Find tips for science, writing and grammar by locating the “Education” tab on the tiny horizontal menu located below the “Quick and Dirty Tips” headline at the top and clicking on it.

Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

August 28th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 28, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Motivate – maths enrichment for schools

(motivate.maths.org/content/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Pack Topics” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as: 

  • Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?
  • What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?
  • How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.
 
You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.
 
If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work any more, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

3D Geography

May 6th, 2017

 

A note from The ClickSchooling Team:


We had a little mix up this week and missed Thursday’s Social Science review – so here it is today, Saturday, May 6, 2017, instead.

 

Recommended Website:

3D Geography

(www.3dgeography.co.uk/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are looking to add some great hands-on geography projects to your class, then this website created by a group of teachers with a passion for geography is great place to start.

From the home page, browse through the many project types to:

  • Create geography models of globes, volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers, settlements, weather, mountains, coasts, and more.
  • Use paper craft templates to make printable models, animals, international theme models, and flags to color.
  • Build 3D maps.
  • Make volcano models with great ideas for exploring the world of volcanoes.
  • Construct pop up models of a river drainage basin, the Beaufort Wind force scale, and population density.

But the resources don’t stop there. Visitors will also find: 

Geography pictures and diagrams

  • Videos
  • Blank maps
  • Map quizzes
  • Diorama ideas
  • Animal fact posters
  • Word search puzzles
  • Geography worksheets
  • Flag activities
  • And much more.

This website is overflowing with beautifully presented information about all things geographical and provides multiple ways to search using the upper and sidebar menus. Topics are broken down into bite-size pieces making this website student-friendly as well. Bookmark this one for sure to come back to time and time again. 

Narrated, Interactive Math Tutorials for Grades 5-10

January 30th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, January 30, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Visual Math Learning

(www.visualmathlearning.com/pre_algebra/lessons.html)

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 5-10, with parental supervision)

 

NOTE: This website has randomly generated advertisements. As always, parents must preview the site and supervise Internet access. This ad-supported website provides free, interactive tutorials with diagrams, illustrations, animations and practice games and exercises for learning pre-algebra and algebra level mathematics.

When you get to the site use the menu on the left side of the page to access the lessons that are divided into two sections: 

  • I. Pre-Algebra: Numbers and Arithmetic
    • Natural Numbers
    • Counting
    • Number Bases
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Integers
    • Multiplication
    • Factors
    • Division
    • Fractions
    • Fraction Arithmetic
    • Inverses
    • Equivalence
    • Common Denominators
    • Decimals
  • II. Elementary Algebra
    • Basics of Sets
    • Relations
    • Functions
    • Equations
    • Substitution

Click on any lesson and enjoy a tutorial that includes narration, illustrations, interactive diagrams, and visual manipulatives to encourage active learning.

On the menu, you’ll also find interactive math “Exercises” and “Games” that will challenge students thinking skills and help them practice what they’ve learned from the lessons.

A Summer’s Worth of Printable Math Activities

June 13th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, June 13, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBSKIDS.org: Cyberchase Math Activities

(pbskids.org/cyberchase/activities/)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-7, approximately with parental supervision)

 

This PBS website is a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy Award® winning mathematics series for children. The website offers dynamic web games, videos, and printable activities that teach math concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the PBS show, the website explains:

In the world of Cyberchase, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to overthrow Motherboard and take over Cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But Motherboard enlists the help of three curious kids, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal, Digit, to stop him. Their weapon: brain power. In the live-action segment following each animated episode, Harry and Bianca show kids how math can help solve life’s wacky problems in the real world.

To further help kids explore their world, the hands-on activities include a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured recommendations. Below that is an icon menu of printable activities that include: 

  • Activity Book – Print out a booklet with math puzzles, games, and projects.
  • Batter Up – Track your favorite baseball team’s hits and look for patterns. 
  • Bianca’s Body Math – Use math to learn which body parts are proportional.
  • Cool It – Experiment with evaporation to keep something cool on a hot day.
  • Dot Decoder – Decode a secret message.
  • Lifting with Levers – Discover the relationship between the length of a lever and how much weight you can lift.
  • Make a Pinwheel – Make a pinwheel and use it to find out how windy it is.
  • Make Ice Cream – Get an easy recipe to make ice cream at home.
  • Shadow Math – Measure the lengths of shadows to estimate the height of something very tall.
  • Top Flight – Make paper airplanes and judge their flights to choose a winner.

Click on any activity and a new page opens with complete instructions, diagrams, and illustrations to do the activity.

Bookmark this fun resource to help kids learn math, science, and more!

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