Posts Tagged ‘fractions’

Calculation Nation!

January 5th, 2015


It’s Monday, January 5, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Calculation Nation


Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)


This fun, free, multi-media math games website is brought to you from the makers of the fabulous “Thinkfinity” and helps students “investigate significant mathematical content and practice fundamental skills.” 
The competitive style play allows students to challenge themselves by playing against the computer, or they can play the games with other members of the Calculation Nation forum. The latter requires registration (it’s free).

When you get to the site, choose the guest pass link to test-drive the games or register to access all features of the site. Then, enjoy games such as: 

  • Square Off – Learn about perimeter and area as you try and capture the most spaceships.
  • Factor Dazzle – Try to stump your opponent by choosing numbers for them to factor that are harder than your own.
  • Fraction Feud – Create larger or smaller fractions than your opponent to win.
  • Slam Ball – Use your knowledge of angles, symmetry, and reflections to collect the most points on a given path.
  • Ker-Splash – Use algebra to manipulate your beach ball to roll over the most new terms.
Read the “About” section to get a brief summary of the games and the type of math skills you need to play them. As the website explains, “Calculation Nation is part of the NCTM Illuminations project, which offers Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.”

Candy Corn Math Ideas and More!

October 27th, 2014


It’s Monday, October 27, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Various – see below


Age Range: All (All grades: Most of the activities are for Grades K-8, but fun for all.  Parental supervision required.)


This website offers an article that contains all kinds of great ideas for how to use candy corn to teach math – from simple concepts for young students to more advanced math problems. In fact, the article refers to the “Internet Math Challenge From the University of Idaho” as a potentially fun math problem for geometry students. (You’ll find the solution HERE.)

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.

Math’s Candy Math Worksheet

Use M&Ms or other candies to review estimation, grouping, addition, and graphing with this free, printable worksheet.

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.

Fun Online Math Tutorials & Interactives

October 20th, 2014


It’s Monday, October 20, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Kids Online Resources: Math


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


Kids Online Resources, maintained by the Webb Family of Arcata, California, is a massive archive of web-based learning activities for a wide variety of subjects. On this featured page of the site called “Me & My Math,” you’ll find free animated and interactive math tutorials for the following math strands:
  • Numbers & Place Values
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • The Number Line
  • Fractions
  • The Laws of Arithmetic

Click on any one and a new page opens where the tutorial begins. I suggest you click on the “Help” button in each section to learn how to use the program effectively. There are hypertext/buttons throughout the lessons and in some cases they lead to small movies. The “Help” button alerts you to what to look for so you don’t miss a thing.

While the math here is basic, it seems to be designed for a teacher and student or parent and child to use together. There’s a good amount of text explanation mixed with the interactives, so non-readers will need help.
When you’re through exploring this math page, head to the Kids Online Resources main site – where you’ll find enough math activities and lessons to cover your curriculum for years to come. Plus, you’ll find web-based lessons and activities for:
  • Art/Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • And much, much more!

Don’t miss their Kid Science Link web page – with lessons and activities on Astronomy, Botany, Herpetology and more.

Free Resources to Teach Math

October 13th, 2014


It’s Monday, October 13, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)


This ad supported website was designed by educators and technologists to help parents help their children improve in math. It provides free access to a variety of math resources, games, and tools including:
  • Math Worksheets – Includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, decimals, geometry, algebra, numbers (rounding, comparing, skip counting, place value, integers, multiples and factors)
  • Multiplication Tables & Charts – For 1x through 12x
  • Flash Cards – For addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Number Lines & Fraction Lines – Segmented at different intervals and includes negatives as well
  • Math Games – Drag-n-drop games that cover basic math facts and equivalent fractions
  • Math Puzzles – Includes multiplication crosswords, squares, and number jumbles
  • Addition & Subtraction Facts – With trick-based solutions to help with memorization

All of these resources are free and formatted for quick download and easy printing. You can sort by subject and grade level as well.

K-5 Math Lessons & Worksheets

September 15th, 2014


It’s Monday, September 15, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


K5 Learning


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


K5 Learning is a company that sells a math and reading enrichment program. They offer a selection of free, engaging math interactives for grades K-5 that cover:
  • Numbers and Operations
  • Measurement
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Data Analysis

When you get to the site, just click on any one and a new screen opens where you can try the colorful, multi-media lesson and practice session.
You’ll also notice that the site offers free samples of their reading programs for grades K-5 too that include phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.

But wait, there’s more! This site also offers free, printable math worksheets for grades 1-6 that include:
  • Place Value
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Telling Time
  • Counting Money
  • Measurement
  • Multiplication
  • Roman Numerals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Factoring
  • Exponents
  • Proportions
  • Percents
  • Circles
  • Integers

Of course, the idea in offering these free resources is to entice you to take advantage of their free 14-day trial of the program and ultimately, purchase their program. However, no purchase is necessary to try the programs and print out the worksheets.

Math Dude’s Tips

September 8th, 2014


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


Recommended Website: – 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.