Posts Tagged ‘education’

Math Fun Facts

August 6th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 6, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mudd Math Fun Facts

(www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/about.shtml)

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website was originally designed as a warm-up activity for calculus courses taught at Harvard. In an effort to help college students see the interesting stuff that motivates mathematicians to study the subject, a professor began to tell his students “Fun Facts” – or daily mathematical tidbits from all areas of mathematics (not just calculus), meant to arouse their curiosity and fascination with the subject. The students loved it. That motivated the professor to archive the “Fun Facts” that he and his colleagues collected at today’s website. Even though this is designed for college level students, there are ideas and math patterns that will fascinate and challenge students of many grade levels and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then, use the combination menu and search engine on the left to get “Fun Facts” about: 

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Number Theory
  • Probability
  • Topology
  • and more!

A nice feature is that you can search by difficulty level from “Easy” to “Advanced” in any of the subject categories. Once you make your selection a new page appears with a menu of “Fun Facts” from which to choose. Click on any one of these and a new page opens that explains and illustrates the concept. “Fun Facts” not only challenges those skilled in mathematics, but it provides a way to give less skilled students a glimpse of advanced mathematics. Students will become familiar with math vocabulary and “buzzwords” even if they don’t fully understand what they mean. It might just spring-board their curiosity to do some further research that will enhance their math education.

Weekly ‘Bring Science Home’ Activities!

July 31st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scientific American: Bring Science Home

(www.scientificamerican.com/section.cfm?id=bring-science-home)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision, and fun for the whole family)

 

This ad-supported site from Scientific American features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday “which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less.”

Get instructions and explanations for a bunch of interesting experiments that cover a variety of scientific topics with intriguing titles such as: 

  • Does It Sink or Float? Depends on the Soap!
  • Tune Up Your Rubber Band Guitar!
  • Play a Memory Game with Your Nose!
  • And lots more!

Back on the home page, find videos under the “Type” drop-down menu to watch entertaining videos that demonstrate fun scientific experiments such as: 

  • How to Make Oobleck
  • How to Make Mini-Craters with Mini-Meteors
  • How to Make A Homemade Compass

When you’re through checking out what’s available in the “Bring Science Home” section, be sure to explore the rest of the massive Scientific American site. Click on the “Citizen Science” tabs under “Education” on the horizontal menu for volunteer research opportunities for budding scientists of all ages.

Amazing Summer Learning Activities from NatGeo!

July 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Education – Summer Learning

(www.nationalgeographic.org/education/summer-learning/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic is a treasure trove of resources and hands-on activities that will stimulate the intellectually curious.

When you get to the site you’ll see some Cool Activities for Hot Days that include: 

  • Sediment Fossil Surprise – Grades 3-5
  • Conduct a Micro-Expedition – Grades 7-12
  • Design a Park – Grades 3-5
  • Think Like a Robot – Grades 5-9
  • Mapping Storybooks – Grades PreK-2
  • Create a Weather Map – Grades 2-3

And more!

Also, be sure to check out the links in the top menu: 

  • Teacher Resources – Ideas, Activites, Lessons, and more that can be filtered by grade, type, or subject
  • Reference – This Day in Geographic History, Current Events, Encyclopedia, and more
  • Mapping – MapMaker Interactive, 1 Page Maps, GeoStories, and more

There is a considerable overlap from one section to the other. All of them offer articles, projects, and activities to enhance learning. Bookmark this site – it will take several visits to see it all. (NOTE: Some of the links were not working at the time of this review.)

Find the British Redcoat with Math!

July 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 2, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com: Independence Day Activities

(www.education.com/activity/article/The_lost_redcoat/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This massive, ad-supported, website offers a variety of educational activities and games to celebrate the 4th of July! We’ve focused on one game for this review, where kids (about ages 8-11) use social studies, geography, and math coordinate skills to “Find the Lost British Redcoat.”

When you get to the site, you’ll need to sign up as a member (free) to access the materials. Then see the complete instructions for the game along with a free, printable map grid to use as you play.
 
When you’re through finding the lost Redcoat, check out all of the fun and educational 4th of July activities archived at this site including: 

  • Make a patriotic pinwheel – fun for all ages
  • Make soda pop fireworks – using 4th grade science
  • Use math skills to make a patriotic patchwork “quilt” placemat – for second graders
  • Would you sign the Declaration of Independence? – an activity for teens!
  • And more!

Just click on an activity of interest to get the instructions and downloadable materials. Happy Independence Day!

Design Your Own Opera

June 30th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 30, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hansel & Gretel: Learning about Opera

(creativekidseducationfoundation.org/kids/opera/base.htm)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being: 

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about: 

  • The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
  • Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
  • Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
  • Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
  • Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned.

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

Math Activities for K-12

June 25th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 25, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSTE Online Resource Catalog

(mste.illinois.edu/resources/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by The Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers fun math, science and tech interactives for all grade, age, and ability levels from K-12.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math topics that includes: 

  • Number and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • And More!

Just click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of activities. Click on a title and a new screen appears with the online activity. From a simple geometric puzzle to solving quadratic equations, this site has a remarkable selection of interactive choices that will challenge and entertain you and your kids.

Do take some time to poke around this site. Check out “Projects” on the menu and sign up to participate in “BeeSpotter” – a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.

There’s a lot more here to explore – so many activities, so little time.

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