# Secret agent math game

March 18th, 2019

It’s Monday, March 18, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Villainy, Inc.

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

Use your math skills to save the world from the evil Dr. Wick! (Younger students may find this game motivational and fun, if there is someone nearby to explain how to do the problems.)

When you get to this website you’ll see the evil villain, Dr. Wick. who is plotting to take over the world. You are a secret agent and your assignment is to foil his plan by using your math skills in each of two missions. (Turn on your speakers to hear the villainous conspiracy as it unfolds; captions also appear at the bottom of the screen.)

Before embarking on the interactive missions, you must read the biographies of five secret agents and select two to accompany you. You might have to rely on them for hints from time to time, so choose carefully!

Here are just a few of the things you will practice:

• Figure out what you will need to do in order to solve a problem.
• Use a calculator to multiply and divide large numbers.
• Figure out the area of a rectangle.
• Basic operations of fractions, decimals, and percents (add, subtract, multiply, divide).
• Round to the nearest whole number.
• Find the mean of a few numbers.
• Label a graph, plot points, and interpret the graph.

Fortunately, you can get cryptic hints along the way, and most of the time you can redo each problem as many times as it takes to get the correct answer.

For a complete list of the skills covered, complete text of the script, a vocabulary list, supplementary worksheets, and even a teacher’s manual, see the section for teachers.

And for even more helpful tips you can use at home, see the section for families!

# Math Card Games

February 25th, 2019

It’s Monday, February 25, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Positive Engagement Project – Mathematics

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

This website created and maintained by The Positive Engagement Project has so much to offer! Their mission is to get students positively engaged in active learning, while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.

Today we are focusing on Math, but once you’ve looked at this valuable resource, go to the “Free Downloads” link and see the vast array of quality learning games and strategies that they’ve put together for English Language Arts, Science, Engagement Strategies, Test Review/Strategies, and Character Education.

When you get to the site, you’ll see it is full of wonderful math selections. Check out the file called Acing Math: (One Deck at a Time!). Download it to find that it’s actually a 69-page book (pdf)! The website explains that this is a collection of math games ranging from kindergarten to the upper elementary grades, using only an ordinary deck of playing cards. There are games covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, decimals, patterns, positive and negative integers, as well as many others – over 60 different games with directions and illustrations! Each game tells you how many players are needed, an age range, the materials needed, which math skills are learned playing this game, and very specific instructions to play.

Bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of all that they offer!

# Free Interactive Math Courseware

February 18th, 2019

It’s Monday, February 18, 2019, 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 algebra quiz, a Caesar Cipher for creating and decoding messages, an equation solver, 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.
• 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.
• 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.

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.

# Advent Calendar Math & Math Games

December 10th, 2018

It’s Monday, December 10, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

This website offers a free, printable Advent Calendar that you can assemble and use to help young children learn basic math concepts and skills.

The calendar is courtesy of the website creator, Dr. Mike. He believes that children learn math best through playing games!

When you get to the site you’ll see the instructions for printing out and assembling the Advent Calendar, along with ideas for how to use it with young children. Then use the menu on the left side of your screen to explore the math games archived at this site including:

• Cool Math Games
• Kindergarten – An assortment of games to help preschool and kindergarten children grasp basic math concepts with the understanding that little kids learn by experience – not by rote learning!
• Home School – Dr. Mike provides creative and interesting games and tips to help homeschool families learn math. As Dr. Mike explains, “I’ve gone through all the games on this site, and evaluated them with you, the home-schooler, in mind. It’s my sincere hope that these resources will make your home-schooling a little more joyful – or a little less burdensome – wherever you may now be in your home-schooling journey.”

You’ll also find menu items that sort the games by grade levels 1-7, as well as printable games, calculator games, magic squares, times tables, fractions, and a variety of other games.

These games were selected because they expose children to math facts that result in rote learning without the boredom. Through playful games your children are immersed in math concepts that provide a foundation on which math skills and techniques can be successfully built. Plus, Dr. Mike gives tips on how to use them in the classroom or at home. As Dr. Mike says, “Most important, I’ll explain why these games help kids love math, why they’ll be learning more in an hour of play than they possibly could in a whole day of drills.”

# Candy Corn Math Ideas and More!

October 29th, 2018

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

Recommended Website:

Candy Math

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

Harvest Festivals and Halloween are synonymous with candy. Use some of that candy to learn about math.

This site has a Candy Math Worksheet – Use M&M’s or other candies to review estimation, grouping, addition, and graphing with this free, printable worksheet.

And here are some other ad-supported sites with math activities using candy:

Halloween Candy Math

Find a list of activities you can do with an assortment of candy including setting up a candy store and making a number book. Other activities teach estimation, measurement, fractions, and more.

Education World: 35 Chocolate Activities

Get a list of fun ideas using M&M’s, chocolate Kisses, candy bars and more to explore math, science, and language arts.

Treasure Seekers – Candy Math– More ideas for sorting, grouping, graphing and adding

# Math Card Games

October 1st, 2018

It’s Monday, October 1, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Positive Engagement Project – Mathematics

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

This website created and maintained by The Positive Engagement Project has so much to offer! Their mission is to get students positively engaged in active learning, while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.

Today we are focusing on Math, but once you’ve looked at this valuable resource, go to the other links under “Free Downloads” to see the vast array of quality learning games and strategies that they’ve put together for English Language Arts, Science, Engagement Strategies, Test Review/Strategies, and Character Education.

When you get to the site, click on Download File under ACING MATH: (ONE DECK AT A TIME!) – it’s actually a 69-page book (pdf)! The website explains that this is a collection of math games ranging from Kindergarten to the upper elementary grades, using only an ordinary deck of playing cards. There are games covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, decimals, patterns, positive and negative integers, as well as many others – over 50 different games with directions and illustrations! Each game tells you how many players are needed, an age range, the materials needed, which math skills are learned playing this game, and very specific instructions to play.

Bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of all that they offer!