Posts Tagged ‘France’

Math on 11/11/11 – A Ones In A Life Event

October 17th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Monday, October 17, 2011 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

November 11th, 2011 will be a “Ones In A Lifetime Event.”  It’s the only date that can be represented by six identical digits as 11/11/11, and it only comes around once every hundred years according to Corbin E. Covault, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, who is credited with inspiring 11/11/11 Day.

What follows is information on the event and ideas for celebration to make math fun! Mark your calendars so you won’t miss it!

Recommended Websites:
See Below

Age Range: Varies (ALL sites require parental preview and supervision.)

This website offers ideas for celebrating “The ONES In A Lifetime Event” at 11:11:11 on 11/11/11 when the time and the date are all 1. They are attempting to create a unifying global event to celebrate world peace because November 11th also happens to be Armistice Day in France (commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI), and it is also Veterans Day in the USA and Remembrance Day in Canada that commemorate the sacrifices of those who served in armed conflicts.

This particular website (with a commercial edge) encourages people to have a party at home or in a club or restaurant, or create a community event, or participate in an online streaming party. It may inspire you to think of ways to celebrate with your family.

What has any of this got to do this math? For an answer visit these websites:

How to Interpret 11/11/11 – You see, the number eleven is the sixth prime number and there are some interesting peculiarities and folklore about it that you’ll discover at this website.

Number 11 – Wikipedia offers mathematical and scientific information about the number 11 and explains that it’s the atomic number of sodium, as well as the number of spacetime dimensions in M-theory. Scroll down the page and click on the links to articles that explain the sunspot cycle is 11 years, and Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon. Find out the implications of the number 11 in religion, music, sports, military, computing, and other fields.

What’s Special About The Number 11? – This site explains that 11 is the largest known “multiplicative persistence.” (You’ll find info about other unusual numbers too.)

An Easy Way to Multiply Any Number by 11 – At you can learn some simple multiplication tips using the number 11.

Play Number Twins offer this interactive online math game for kids that lets them practice adding numbers that add up to 11.

Of course there are other ways to celebrate 11/11/11. Plan eleven fun activities. Dress in 11’s – wear stripes! Color with 11 crayons. Listen to 11 songs. Read 11 pages in a book. Visit 11 friends. Plant 11 seeds. Do 11 sit-ups. Give 11 gifts. Solve 11 math problems. Go on an “11 Hunt” – find eleven things, or search for the number 11 wherever you go. You can also eat meals made up of 11’s with tasty treats such as:

  • Carrot Sticks
  • Celery Sticks
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • String Cheese
  • French Fries
  • Bread Sticks

And don’t forget to look in the Asian food section of your grocery store for Pepero and Pocky. Pepero is a Korean cookie snack and Pocky is a similar Japanese treat.  Both are essentially a cookie “stick” that comes in a variety of flavors. If you hold up two Pepero or Pocky sticks they resemble the number 11. So, the clever manufacturing company successfully promoted the celebration of…

Pepero Day!
Each November 11th (11/11), Koreans exchange the cookie sticks in an observance similar to Valentine’s Day.


Virtual Field Trip to Statue of Liberty

August 27th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 27, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Statue of Liberty eTour

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately, non-readers will need assistance)

This website offers a free virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. As explained at the website, it was a gift to the people of the United States from France, and “commemorates the ideals of freedom, democracy, and opportunity.”

Turn on your speakers and head to the website. There’s a brief audio/video introduction. Then, a page opens where you can read instructions that will help you navigate the site that includes historical information, descriptions of the symbolism included in the design, and stories and comments shared by park rangers.

You’ll see a screen with a photograph of the statue.  If you click the arrows underneath it, you can take the tour as designed.  Notice that the text below the picture changes with each frame, describing what you see.  And you’ll see a map of the island with a red dot indicating where you are on the tour.

As you advance through the tour, keep an eye on the menu bar in black directly below the picture screen.  It will display tiny icons (of a video camera or head phones, for example).  If you click on them you can watch videos and/or listen to narratives that describe what you are viewing. The video icon allows you to see and hear park rangers’ stories and comments as well.  Don’t miss clicking on the icon that enables you to see a 360 degree panoramic view of the Statue of Liberty – the photography is beautiful!

Rock-n-Roll Math & More! (CSAW)

May 17th, 2010

Hi! It’s Monday, May 18, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Website:
Rock-n-Roll Roadtrip World Tour

Age Range: 10-14  (Grades 6-8, pre-algebra/algebra)

A Maryland ClickScholar recommended this website that offers a free, interactive and challenging math game themed around a rock band’s world tour. The catch is that the students must use their math skills to solve real-life problems for the band using measurement, ratio, proportion, fractions, decimals, multiplication, division, etc., in order to get from one city to the next on the tour.

Rock-n Roll Road Trip World Tour was produced by Arkansas Educational Television
Network (AETN) as part of a national public television collaborative that was formed to create online resources focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects for middle school students.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a splash page that opens to the home page. There, you’ll see two icons, “Start Game” and “Educator Resources.” 

Click on “Start Game” to jump right into the fun. Turn on your speakers to hear the music and some narration.  You’ll visit 5 cities on the rock band’s tour and be presented with word problems that challenge students’ math skills as follows:

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rocking Ratios
  • London, England – Partying with Proportions
  • Barcelona, Spain – Unit Rates
  • Paris, France – Scale Drawing
  • Tokyo, Japan – Similar Figures

You must answer the questions correctly to move to the next city on the tour. Be careful to read the questions carefully, and notice “how” the answers are to be written. If you have difficulty press the “hint” button. When the answer is incorrect you’ll hear a buzzer; when the answer is correct you’ll see a green light and hear a chime.

The answer key to the online questions are in the free, downloadable “Educator Guides” for each stop on the tour that can be located by clicking on the “Educator Resources” icon on the main page. (Note: You can return to the main page by clicking on the guitar icon on every page that says, “Main Menu.” The “Educator Guides” contain:

  • An Overview of the Concepts, Objectives, and Standards for each game
  • Key Vocabulary
  • Materials Needed
  • Group Activity (designed for classroom use)
  • In-Class Individual Activity (can be used at home)
  • Take-home Activity
  • Worksheets
  • Answer Key to Online Challenges 

You can also click on “Cool Facts’ to learn interesting trivia about each of the major cities featured on the band’s tour.

The site also provides links to additional sites with games that challenge middle school students’ math skills as follows:

*Proportion Land Park – Students reason their way through 8 amusement park attractions that require them to solve science-based proportional reasoning problems before they can join in the fun.
*Math by Design – Students problem solve and think critically as they encounter unique geometry and measurement challenges.
*Scale City – Students in grades 6-8 go on the “biggest, smallest road trip ever” and explore roadside attractions while learning about the mathematics of scale.
This is a terrific resource for honing math skills in a fun and entertaining way, and earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence!

Biographies of Scientists

January 29th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific Biography

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately)

This website offers over 1,000 encyclopedia-style biographies of scientists along with illustrations. When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to search for a scientist by:

  • Alphabetical Index – An A to Z list of all of the scientists and mathematicians whose biographies are archived on the website. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the scientist’s picture and bio. References are provided as well.
  • Branch of Science – Search for a scientist by his/her field of study from Archaeology to Sociology.
  • Gender/Minority Status – Women, African Americans, Asian Americans, etc. (Note: This section is woefully short on scientists of varying races and ethnicities. Fortunately, the FAQ section on this website tells you how to submit names for inclusion.)
  • Nationality – Find scientists from many nations including the U.S., China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, and Russia.
  • Prize Winners – Read the Bios of Scientists and Mathematicians who have been awarded prizes (i.e., The Nobel) for their work.

As mentioned previously, there are over 1,000 entries and I only read about 10. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

Christmas Cookie Curriculum!

December 8th, 2007

Continuing with our Holiday Theme…

Christmas cookies are a staple of the holiday season. I thought we could study “art” through decorating these sweet confections. I was surprised to discover how many other subjects could be incorporated into the act of
baking cookies. I hope you enjoy visiting these websites…

Recommended Websites:

The History of Cookies

A fascinating account of the history of cookies from the 7th Century to modern times. Includes history about specific cookies too such as, Anzac Biscuits, Biscotti, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fortune Cookies, Macaroons,
Peanut Butter Cookies, Snickerdoodles and more. It includes recipes too!

Christmas Cookie Language Arts: A Random Christmas Cookie Story Generator

At this site, you simply enter your name and gender and the computer generates a really silly Christmas cookie story using that information. The story is generated in one, long, run-on sentence. Print it out and correct the punctuation. :)

NOTE TO PARENTS: As always, you should test this before you let the kids try it.

Christmas Cookie Math

You’ll find Christmas-themed math word problems here. One of the problems involves Christmas cookies, and another is about making gingerbread men. Don’t forget that sugar cookies can be cut into geometric shapes. Cookies can be decorated with numbers and geometric shapes too. Tots can sort the various kinds of Christmas cookies. Have fun! :)

A Christmas Cookie CHEMISTRY Mystery

(Note: Geared for Middle School and up.) Get A FREE, downloadable and printable chemistry lesson themed around
Christmas cookies. You’ll also find the printable teacher’s classroom instructions.

Social Studies with Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

Find Christmas cookie recipes from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary,
Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, and
Yugoslavia! Ask your children to find the country of origin of each type of cookie you bake on a globe or map.

Free, Printable Christmas Cookie E-Book

The Family Education website offers this FREE, downloadable and printable E-Book of easy-to-make Holiday Cookie recipes.

Art: Cookie Decorating 101

Explore these terrific tips for decorating cookies before and/or after
baking them.


Virtual Tour of Impressionist Art

July 21st, 2007

Recommended Website:

This website (previously featured in 2003) offers a guided tour of late 19th century and early 20th century France and the Impressionism art movement that defined the era. When you get to the site, you will see a painting. To the left are two menu choices that include:

  • Experience Impressionism — Click on this to take a fun tour of France via the Impressionist art movement. Through text and illustrations, you will learn: what constitutes Impressionism artwork (and what doesn’t); why it was considered revolutionary; review the political, scientific, social, and cultural influences that defined Impressionism and its ultimate acceptance in the art world; and learn about the many Impressionistic painters.
  • Teach Impressionism — Click on this to download or browse online lessons that teach the major themes of Impressionist artwork. The lessons include a detailed look at artists such as Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Renoir. Designed for classroom teachers, these lessons can be easily used in the homeschool and are geared for grades 1-8.