Posts Tagged ‘diagrams’

Math Dude’s Tips

September 8th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, September 8, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

QuickAndDirtyTips.com – The Math Dude

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, with parental screening and 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.

You’ll even find tips to boost your business math skills, along with test-taking tips and a few brain teasers. 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.

Free Interactive Math Courseware

July 7th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, July 7, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Interactivate

 

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

 

This website offers free, interactive online courseware for learning math through activities, lessons, and discussions. When you get to the site, look for the words “Guide to Interactivate.” Click on it for a complete explanation with illustrations on how to use this site. If it seems a little overwhelming, just look for the “Jump To” drop down list at the top of the screen. Click on it to access:

*Activities – Choose from a large menu of math activities including an arithmetic quiz, a Hilbert Curve Generator, a Caesar Cipher for creating and decoding messages, clock arithmetic, use an equivalent fraction finder, color multiples in Pascal’s triangle, or have fun with Venn diagrams. Click on any one and a new page opens with the activity and instructions.

*Lessons – You’ll find lessons in a variety of mathematic strands including number and operations, geometry, algebra, probability and statistics. Click on any one and you’ll find the lesson plan that ties in with the activities that are included on this site.

*Discussions – Read instructional questions and answers between students and mentors about different areas of math including algorithms, Base 10, decimals, distributive property, multiplying and dividing fractions and much more.

Again, at first glance this site can seem overwhelming. Poke around a bit, try some of the activities, and read the tutorial (Guide to Interactivate) and it will all begin to make sense pretty quickly.
Bookmark this site – it’s a great way to supplement learning mathematics.

Visit a Virtual Piano Museum

February 21st, 2014

 

It’s Friday, February 21, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Virtual Piano Museum

 

Age Range: 6-adult (Grades 1-with parental supervision-to adult)

 

Presented by Concert Pitch Piano Services in Toronto, explore the history and care of pianos with this simple to navigate website.

 

When you arrive at the “Museum Lobby” you are presented with a list of links that take you to images of a variety of pianos, each captioned with an informational synopsis. In addition to browsing the various pianos, some other stops you will want to make while visiting the “lobby” are:

  • Piano History
  • Evolution of the Piano
  • The Piano Timeline

 

After perusing the museum lobby, be sure to check out the sidebar for even more discovery. Choose “Diagrams & Images” to:

  • Learn to identify piano types
  • Examine the construction of a grand piano
  • View drawn animations of keys in motion
  • Find the serial number on a piano to help determine its age
  • Understand how to properly measure a piano
  • Identify worn and properly shaped piano hammers

 

And if you still want to dig deeper, check out the other links on the side bar:

  • Story of the Piano
  • What’s Concert Pitch?
  • What’s a Pitch Raise?
  • Piano Tuning Facts
  • What’s Regulation?
  • What’s Voicing?
  • Piano Care Tips
  • And much more

 

If you are interested in learning all about pianos, then this commercial website has a lot to offer.

President’s Day Math, Lessons, & Activities

February 17th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, February 17, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:  See below

 

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

Monday is usually Math Day at ClickSchooling. We found a few math activities themed around President’s Day, but thought you’d also enjoy a variety of resources to help your family learn while celebrating.  

 

Scholastic: Math Hunt – U.S. Presidents

In this online activity, learn historical facts about the U.S. Presidents. Then use your math skills including multiplication and division, fractions, multiplication with fractions, geometry (determining perimeter), and map skills to solve some challenging questions.

Eduplace.com: Where Did They Come From?

This free lesson combines math and social studies. Download and print free worksheets that help students analyze data and create a bar graph showing the home states of U.S. Presidents. Find out which state has given us the most Presidents.

Public school teachers created this resource that offers free, printable templates to conduct a web-based scavenger hunt for information about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They also offer templates to create Venn diagrams and a comparison report based on the information you find. There’s a quiz too. The site hasn’t been updated in a while, so some of the links to resources they recommend don’t work. You could also easily print out the templates and conduct this search offline at your local library.

Spoonful.com

This HUGE, family-focused, advertising-supported media company maintains one of the very best reliable, updated, and consistent archives of supplemental educational activities, games, crafts, printables, and information. Their President’s Day page makes it easy on you to provide educational activities that will entertain your kids while they learn.

DLTK

This terrific site offers free coloring pages and craft activities that are appropriate for ages 3-12. For President’s Day you’ll find an assortment of coloring pages, a TP roll craft to make a stovepipe hat, and even instructions to make a milk-carton log cabin.

Cybersleuth-Kids.com

Try 4 different online U.S. President Word Searches for free!

Narrated, Interactive Math Tutorials for Grades 5-10

November 11th, 2013

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

Recommended Website:

Visual Math Learning   

Age Range: 10-15 (designed for middle school students, 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.

Virtually Sail Aboard USS Constitution

August 2nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, August 2, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

All Hands on Deck

Age Range: 5-18 (Lessons are designed for Grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.)

Take a multi-media learning adventure aboard the USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) that incorporates language arts, reading, math, science, art, and social studies.

When you get to the landing page of the website, I recommend that you watch the companion video (19 minutes long) that provides a sort of virtual field trip into the ship’s past. In the movie, a modern day ship visitor named Julie steps into a time-warp and meets characters from the ship’s past who tell their stories revealing the history and legacy of the USS Constitution.

Note: To download and watch the video, when you get to the website’s landing page, click on “Set Sail” and a new page opens. Click on “Table of Contents” and then click on “Video” on the left side of the screen. 

After watching the video, use the “Table of Contents” to explore the free curriculum that covers the USS Constitution’s construction, the crew, and life aboard a 19th century warship. Discover the teamwork required to sail the ship and engage in battle.

The online curriculum has lessons and activities that require students to solve math problems, make maps and diagrams, and write essays and poems. You’ll find suggestions for getting started, vocabulary helpers, activity sheets to print out, and much more. You’ll also find:

•Recommend Resources – Get recommendations for further reading, fun field trips, movies, music, and games, and a list of items to have on hand.

•Scuttlebutt – Enjoy humorous tales and interesting historical facts and anecdotes to extend the lessons.

This tribute to the legacy of the USS Constitution is designed for classroom use, but can be tweaked to suit any homeschool environment.

 

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