# Fall into Math

October 2nd, 2017

It’s Monday, October 2, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Mathwire: Fall into Math

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

This site archives an assortment of fun and challenging fall-themed math activities with illustrations and downloadable worksheets that meet the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ standards.

Most of the activities are for classroom students, but you can tweak them for homeschool:

• Measurement Man – Helps students learn fractions.
• Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere – Estimate the size of a pumpkin and more.
• Symmetric Faces – Use geometry to make a mask.
• Introduction to Coordinate Graphing – Use a grid code and crayons or markers to create a jack-o-lantern.

And more!

NOTE: As this is an archived site, many of the virtual links no longer work. But there’s enough here to keep you busy all autumn long. And as other holidays come along, visit again for more ideas!

# K-5 Math Lessons & Worksheets

September 18th, 2017

It’s Monday, September 18, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

K-5 Learning

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

K5 Learning is a company that sells a math and reading enrichment program. However, they offer a selection of free, engaging math interactives for grades K-5.

Some of the topics covered are:

• 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
• 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 11th, 2017

It’s Monday, September 11, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Math Dude

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental 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.

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 Online & Offline Math Activities

August 14th, 2017

It’s Monday, August 14, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Teaching Ideas – Maths

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities and worksheets to help educators teach math (and science, geography, history and lots of other subjects as well).

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured math resources and activities. The age range is in the top right corner of each box. Click ‘VIEW’ to see the worksheet. You can download each one by scrolling past the ads to the red ‘Download’ button. To find worksheets by category, roll over “Maths” in the red menu bar at the top to find choices that include:

• Maths – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands, learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size, get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.
• Numbers- Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.
• Geometry – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.
• Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.

There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.

Note: As you explore the site, you may see comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.

# Free Math Drill Worksheets!

July 31st, 2017

It’s Monday, July 31, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math-Drills.com

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

This ad-supported website offers thousands of free, printable math worksheets with answer keys to help students learn, practice, and master math.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message. Look at the menu on the left to access worksheets on:

• Subtraction
• Multiplication
• Division
• Algebra
• Decimals
• Fractions
• Geometry
• Integers
• Measurement
• Money
• Powers of Ten
• and more!

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of worksheet options. Click on a worksheet title and a new page opens where you can open in your browser or download to your computer and print out the worksheet to use offline.

You’ll also find flash cards, holiday-themed math worksheets, games, and more!

# Middle School Video Math Lessons!

July 17th, 2017

It’s Monday, July 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MasterMath

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-9, with parental supervision)

This site offers free video lessons, worksheets and quizzes for middle school math plus Algebra I.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu of the video math lessons. Each grade year is divided into 4 quarters. Each math lesson includes:

• A 10-15 minute video that teaches a math concept
• A printable worksheet to practice the concept
• An online quiz to test comprehension of the concept

As the announcement explained, after Mr. Lisle shows the student how to do a problem, you can “pause” the video, try a similar problem, and then advance the video to see Mr. Lisle demonstrate the solution.

Mr. Lisle clearly presents the material that will help students understand math concepts such as:

• Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers
• Fraction-Decimal Equivalency
• Solving Algebraic Expressions
• Converting Units of Measure
• Graphing Linear Equations

Our only criticism is that sometimes Mr. Lisle lapses into a monotone presentation style that may lose a student’s attention. To avoid that, we suggest watching one lesson, do some activities, take a break and then return to watch another lesson.