Posts Tagged ‘fractions’

Math with Balloons

October 31st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, October 31, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Math

(www.mbd2.com/Homeschool_Projects/Index.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Magical Balloon-Dude Dale (a master balloonist) offers free math activities for homeschoolers using the kinds of balloons that are used to make balloon animals and other creations.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of 4 math activities using balloons – but only the first 3 have working links that include: 

  • Parts/Fraction Curriculum – Use balloons to learn counting, adding, sorting, measuring, calculating the number of parts, fractions and/or decimal conversion.
  • Mathematical Symbols Curriculum – Understand basic geometric shapes and use balloons to create a sphere.
  • Half of a 1/2 of a .50 Curriculum – Improve understanding of fractions such as 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 while making a balloon flower.

Click on any one, and a new page opens with the complete instructions, accompanied by photographs and a materials list.

If you look on the right side of the screen in each activity you will see a link to a FREE download of the “HomeSchool Curriculum” that includes bonus material. Print it out to use offline.

The projects require certain types of balloons, a ruler, a marker – and one exercise requires calipers. You can purchase a kit that provides all of these materials (as well as an answer key to the questions) at the website for about $40. It is not necessary to purchase the kit to do these exercises. You may already have the materials needed, or be able to purchase them less expensively. And just doing the activity is a terrific learning experience – with or without an answer key to the questions.

The projects at this site are designed to develop problem solving skills, mathematics ability, and eye-hand coordination, while teaching kids to make balloon animals. What fun!

3-D Geometry, Math Interactives & More

September 19th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, September 19, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org – Geometry 3D Shapes

(www.learner.org/interactives/geometry/index.html)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

You’ll be impressed by this presentation that provides free multi-media activities about three-dimensional shapes. Because instruction is presented in 3-D format it makes it much easier to visualize and understand.

After the introduction, you’ll learn about polyhedra, including prisms and pyramids. Then move on to surface area and volume of rectangles and cylinders. When you are finished clicking through the presentation you can test your skills.

This website is massive. Under the “Interactives” menu for Math, you can choose from over 150 other interactives, which can be sorted by grade level, that include: 

  • Area and Perimeter
  • Comparing Fractions
  • Decorative Boxes
  • Fractions
  • Learning Temperature Units and Their Symbols
  • Measuring Ant Tunnels
  • Numbers in Nature
  • Quilts
  • Robots
  • Shadows
  • And more!

Bookmark this site, as you just can’t see it all in one visit.

Free Interactive Math Worksheets, Flash Cards, & Quizzes

August 29th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 29, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Martini’s Classroom

(www.thegreatmartinicompany.com/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free, interactive math flash cards, math worksheets, quizzes, and printable math worksheets for elementary and middle school math.

The list of math topics include: 

  • Addition
  • Counting
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Exponents
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Inequalities
  • Long Division
  • Multiplication
  • Negative Numbers
  • Order of Operations
  • Percentages
  • Place Value
  • Radicals
  • Square Roots
  • Subtraction
  • Word Problems
  • And More!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a selection of flash cards, instructions on how to use them, and a menu that is a little overwhelming. We found it helpful to go to the “Math Teacher’s Index” to see everything this site offers listed in alphabetical order.

While the interactive flash cards are a highlight of this site, we were really pleased to see the interactive worksheets for long division, long addition, long subtraction and long multiplication as well. You can actually do the long division problems, step by step, digit by digit, and check your work online. You can set the number of digits you want to use, and then simply type in the solutions in each step of the equation. This interactive, online aspect is very engaging.

Bookmark this page for easy access to it as a fun online learning resource to complement whatever textbook or method you prefer for learning math.

MathTV – Free Math Lessons and Video Textbooks

August 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 22, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathTV

(www.mathtv.com/)

Age Range: 15 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free math instruction videos on specific math topics mostly on the college level, but we thought high schoolers would find this helpful as well.

Turn on your speakers and head to the site. “Select a Topic” to choose lessons of interest that include: 

  • Basic Mathematics – fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, ratios, percent, etc.
  • Algebra – positive and negative numbers, linear equations, functions, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, logarithms, graphing, and more.
  • Trigonometry – functions, triangles, radian measure, identities and formulas, equations, polar coordinates, etc.
  • Calculus – limits, derivatives, integration, applications, and more.

Then, notice the featured math topic and the display of icons with pictures of various teachers and students. Click on any one and a video of them explaining the math topic/lesson appears on the screen.

Click on “Videos by Textbook” to access math textbook video lessons. (The actual textbooks may be purchased through the XYZ Textbooks link at the bottom of the page). All of the lessons in the textbook have video tutorials! Simply click on the textbook of choice, and a table of contents appears. Click on the topic of choice, then the video of choice. The textbook titles include: 

  • Basic Mathematics
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Algebra
  • and more advanced math textbooks.

This is a remarkable resource whether you need a little help with a particular math topic or want an entire math curriculum delivered on video.

Note: MathTV also has some interesting and helpful math videos on their YouTube channel.

Math Puzzles, Games & More!

August 15th, 2016

 

It’s  Monday, August 15, 2016, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mathematical Interactivities

(mathematics.hellam.net/)

Age Range: 6-17 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website has mathematical interactives, such as puzzles, games, and other online educational resources!

There are many games and activities that you can access from the menu on the home page to hone your basic arithmetic skills the fun way, with magic squares and triangles, arithmetic practice games, fractions, decimals, percents, and Roman numerals. There is also an interactive for telling the time. You’ll also find:”Interactive 100 Square Chart” – Select any number and click the color to see all of its multiples shaded in on the hundreds chart. You can select up to three colors and base numbers. Great for learning to recognize patterns in multiplication tables.

For the more advanced students, you can also find interactives for some algebra, geometry, measurements (be sure to try the puzzles in “Making Measurements“), probability, card tricks, fractals, estimation of pi, and more! The games all have descriptions to help you select what will best meet your current math needs. Don’t miss “Tessellations” – Learn what a tessellation is in Islamic designs and the basic technique for creating one of your own. Download Logo (the turtle computer language for making geometric designs) and learn how to use it to create beautiful designs. Code is provided for some samples, and you can also create some tessellations online by trying the Flash puzzles. See examples of tessellations that students in Kuwait have created on their computer. Navigate this site using the menu across the bottom of each page. (Note: The “Links” page in this section lead to errors or dead links, but don’t let that discourage you from trying the other activities that do work.) New activities and pages are being added, so bookmark this site for a return visit!

Online Math Arcade Games

August 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arcademics

(arcademicskillbuilders.com/games.htm)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to try a variety of FREE arcade and video games that foster skill in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, ratios, proportions as well as other academic subjects. The company produces online video games for classroom use with the intent of engaging students with the same persistence and involvement they use when playing arcade games to increase their time-on-task (practicing).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of educational games. Notice that the menu offers games for single players and multiple players. You’ll find intriguing game titles such as: 

  • Alien Addition
  • Demolition Division
  • Dirt Bike Proportions
  • Grand Prix Multiplication
  • Jet Ski Addition
  • Meteor Multiplication

~ and more!

Click on any game title and a new window opens with instructions that allow you to set parameters based on your student’s ability level. Then, let the fun and focused practice repetition begin! This is a lot more engaging than the usual drill-and-practice work and, according to the company, it leads to fluent performance levels quickly and without drudgery.

By the way, we are not adept at playing video games but had no trouble maneuvering the arrow keys, space bar, and mouse to play these games.

In addition to the math games you’ll also find games that improve grammar, vocabulary, and geography (think states and capitals, etc.). Have fun!

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