“Family Math Night” Activities!

August 20th, 2018

It’s Monday, August 20, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Math Night Modules

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

“Math Night” supported by the National Science Foundation is a fun event that was created for kids in elementary school and their parents. On Math Night, families go to school together and explore math displays (similar to a science fair), make math crafts, and compete in games to solve math problems.

Now, homeschoolers can join in the fun too! At this website you can get free access to the Math Night resources including math displays, crafts, games, and activities. You can print them out and use them to enjoy fun math projects at home.

When you get to the site just click on any item on the icon menu that includes:

• Abacus Arithmetic
• Topology Tricks
• Wrapping Paper Symmetry
• Math is a Piece of Pi
• Bridges of Koenigsberg
• Binary Numbers
• Geometry Gems
• Algorithms, Braids, and Kolam Figures
• Clock Arithmetic
• Secret (and not so secret) Codes
• Construction by Instruction
• Mathematics of Music
• Methods of Multiplication
• The Slide Rule
• Cake Walk Math
• Mirror, Mirror
• Make a Mountain Out of a Map
• Math ‘N Music Notes
• You Can Count On It!

A new page opens with a virtual tri-fold display about that activity. Use the menu at the top of the screen to learn about the module and access the printable materials you’ll need.

Want to try other activities? Look on the menu on the left side of the screen to access some “Pencil and Paper Games” as well as the rules for playing “Math Jeopardy.”

Math Fun Facts

August 6th, 2018

It’s Monday, August 6, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Mudd Math Fun Facts

Today’s website was originally designed as a warm-up activity for calculus courses taught at Harvard. In an effort to help college students see the interesting stuff that motivates mathematicians to study the subject, a professor began to tell his students “Fun Facts” – or daily mathematical tidbits from all areas of mathematics (not just calculus), meant to arouse their curiosity and fascination with the subject. The students loved it. That motivated the professor to archive the “Fun Facts” that he and his colleagues collected at today’s website. Even though this is designed for college level students, there are ideas and math patterns that will fascinate and challenge students of many grade levels and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then, use the combination menu and search engine on the left to get “Fun Facts” about:

• Algebra
• Calculus
• Geometry
• Number Theory
• Probability
• Topology
• and more!

A nice feature is that you can search by difficulty level from “Easy” to “Advanced” in any of the subject categories. Once you make your selection a new page appears with a menu of “Fun Facts” from which to choose. Click on any one of these and a new page opens that explains and illustrates the concept. “Fun Facts” not only challenges those skilled in mathematics, but it provides a way to give less skilled students a glimpse of advanced mathematics. Students will become familiar with math vocabulary and “buzzwords” even if they don’t fully understand what they mean. It might just spring-board their curiosity to do some further research that will enhance their math education.

Math is Fun!

July 16th, 2018

It’s Monday, July 16, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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MathsIsFun.com

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website offers a variety of interactive, fun, and challenging math logic puzzles, quizzes, word problems and solutions, geometry scrambles, worksheets, and more.

When you get to the site the featured math activities are in the middle of the page. Choose from:

• Numbers
• Algebra
• Geometry
• Data
• Measure
• Puzzles
• Games
• Dictionary
• Worksheets

Click on any one and a new page opens with a description and instructions on how to do the math activity. There are “help” and “solution” buttons on the puzzles for those who get stumped. Everything here is designed by the website owner “who loves mathematics and fun.”

ALL KINDS of illustrated math lessons from arithmetic to algebra and beyond can be found here!

Two bonuses! Scroll below the math activities on the home page to find a teachers page full of more inspiring math ideas to share with your students AND a link called “math tools”. This page has some really useful calculation applications to speed your way to that all-important solution! This is a comprehensive math site with explanations for how to teach every math strand – it’s a great math supplement!

Free, Fun Math Games

July 9th, 2018

It’s Monday, July 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Sheppard Software: Math

Age Range: 4-15 (Grades PreK-10, with parental supervision)

The fabulous Sheppard Software company provides this educational website that offers a multitude of fun and engaging math games with sound and visual effects to make learning fun and more memorable.

The games are designed with various difficulty levels so that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of games that cover topics including:

• Basic Operations
• Mixed Operations
• Fractions
• Decimals
• Percentages
• Place Value
• Telling Time
• Money
• Early Math
• Geometry
• Measurement
• Algebra
• Round & Estimate
• Probability
• Ratio

Click on any icon under the heading of your choice to find an assortment of games to practice and improve mathematical skill.

Don’t miss exploring the horizontal menu located at the very top of the home page, to find interactive learning games for language arts, science, preschool and more! You’ll want to bookmark this site to return often!

Math Activities for K-12

June 25th, 2018

It’s Monday, June 25, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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MSTE Online Resource Catalog

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

This website, sponsored by The Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers fun math, science and tech interactives for all grade, age, and ability levels from K-12.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math topics that includes:

• Number and Operations
• Algebra
• Geometry
• Measurement
• Data Analysis and Probability
• Problem Solving
• Reasoning and Proof
• And More!

Just click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of activities. Click on a title and a new screen appears with the online activity. From a simple geometric puzzle to solving quadratic equations, this site has a remarkable selection of interactive choices that will challenge and entertain you and your kids.

Do take some time to poke around this site. Check out “Projects” on the menu and sign up to participate in “BeeSpotter” – a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.

There’s a lot more here to explore – so many activities, so little time.

Math with Galileo’s Compass

June 18th, 2018

It’s Monday, June 18, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

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Museo Galileo

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up approximately, with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

This website, sponsored by the Museo Galileo, provides free, fascinating, multimedia demonstrations of the uses of Galileo’s compass for math calculations, geometry, architecture, engineering, navigation, and other fields. Learn the history of the compass and Galileo’s contribution to its development during the Renaissance in 1597.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

• History – Watch a presentation about the history of the compass, Galileo’s invention of a specific type of compass, and the improvements he made upon it. See a comparison between compasses, and play the interactive “Compass Game.”
• Explore – Learn about how it works.
• Simulation – Watch engaging simulations of the many operations you can perform with Galileo’s compass, including:
• Division of a segment
• Division of a circumference
• Squaring a regular figure
• Sum of volumes
• Measurement of calibers