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

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
• 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

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

This PBS website is a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy AwardÂ® 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!

Fun Math Games & Printables for Kids

March 28th, 2016

It’s Monday, March 28, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Kids Math Games

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

We stumbled upon this ad-supported website that offers a wide variety of free, online, interactive math games, printable worksheets and quizzes, video tutorials and more! This colorful site is user-friendly and engaging. Most kids will be enticed to try a game or two, or three, or more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and the featured math topics that include:

• Numbers – Fun challenges related to numbers, patterns, fractions, decimals, etc.
• Geometry – Learn about shapes, grids, weights, angles, rotation, and more.
• Facts – Read interesting math facts and trivia.
• Videos – Watch educational clips that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and more.
• Printable Worksheets – Includes addition, multiplication, fractions, etc.
• Pictures – See math photos, images, and diagrams.
• Printable Quizzes – Test your knowledge of division, decimals, money, basic algebra and more!

You’ll also find logic games, math riddles, board games, and math puzzles. This is a terrific resource that will enhance learning math. Bookmark it, to return often.

Free Science Videos

January 19th, 2016

It’s Tuesday, January 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

AsapSCIENCE

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 7-adult; children with parental supervision. Some of the videos contain adult topics. See note below. Parents should preview the site and supervise Internet access.)

This is a YouTube channel where AsapSCIENCE offers free, short, entertaining videos that explain biological concepts. Created by two biologists, a new video is posted weekly and engages viewers with fast-paced and informative explanations accompanied by lots of entertaining and colorful illustrations.

When you get to the website the current video will launch on the screen. Scroll down the page to see the menu of archived videos on topics that include:

• The Science of Love
• Which Came First – The Chicken or the Egg?
• Zombie Apocalypse Science
• The Moon Illusion
• The Creation of Pearls
• The Science of Superheroes
• And Many More!

The presentations are designed to be informal and informative. The use of humor and some slang terminology, along with simple diagrams and silly pictures, is intended to make biology seem “cool,” making it more accessible to the general population.

NOTE: There are a number of AsapSCIENCE videos that are geared for older viewers and/or that have controversial topics including drugs, alcohol, hangovers, sex, contraception, bodily functions, etc. Since every parent has a different criteria for what is suitable content for any particular age-range, PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO PREVIEW THE VIDEOS AND SUPERVISE ALL INTERNET ACCESS.

One more thing…YouTube contains random advertisements, and it allows viewers to post comments (that may contain offensive language). Again, parental supervision is advised. That said, there are plenty of videos in this archive that provide sound scientific explanations of topics that are appropriate for general audiences.

Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 2nd, 2015

It’s Tuesday, July 21, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

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

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.
When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics:
• Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).
• Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.
• Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.
• Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!
• Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and much, much more!
• Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.
• Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.
• Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!
• Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.
This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 26th, 2015

It’s Monday, January 26, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Fibonacci Numbers & The Golden Section

Age Range: 10 and up (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.

My 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!