Posts Tagged ‘geometry’

Circle Math with Paper Plates!

December 4th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, December 4, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wholemovement – Folding Circles

(wholemovement.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This is fascinating! Bradford Hansen-Smith has been folding circles and teaching people of all ages how to do it for twenty-five years. He states, “Mathematics is based on the geometry of drawing pictures of the circle and using parts of the circle for constructing information from these static images. The square and all other polygons are only a part of the circle, all limited to a specific number of sides. The circle has no sides, it does not have limits.”

Under “How to Fold Circles” you’ll find four free, fundamental activities with instructions to make: 

  • A Sphere
  • A Tetrahedron
  • An Octahedron
  • An Icosahedron

You’ll also find on the home page a fascinating animation that demonstrates how folded circles combine into a spherical pattern that Buckminster Fuller called the Vector Equilibrium.

Hansen-Smith was inspired by the work of Fuller, and now leads explorations into geometry and other forms of math by folding and joining circles. He claims that, “The circle is the most experiential, comprehensive, hands-on, educational tool we have… Every child in school should be folding as often as they draw pictures of circles, and discuss the information that is generated in the folding.”

Folding circles is accessible to anyone who can fold a circle in half, regardless of age or grade level. The main tool you’ll need are paper circles that are readily available in the form of paper plates.

By using the menu, you can read and discover more about folding circles along with information on Hansen-Smith’s workshops and products he sells in his online store.

Free Math Software for Algebra, Geometry & More!

November 27th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, November 27, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GeoGebra

(www.geogebra.org/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free, interactive mathematics software for students of many ages that teaches algebra, geometry, graphing, statistics, and calculus.

When you get to the site, you’ll see: 

  • GeoGebra Graphing Calculator
  • GeoGebra Geometry
  • GeoGebra Classic
  • Materials
  • Downloads

We suggest you scroll all the way down to the Help section and look at the “Manual” and “Tutorials” where you can get acquainted with the materials and learn how to access them.

It’s helpful to poke around the site, get a feel for the content provided in the software, and then visit the “Forum” to get additional advice.

Fun Online Math Tutorials & Interactives

October 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, October 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Online Resources: Math

(www.kidsolr.com/math/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, 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 “from kindergarten to college”. 

We focused on the math pages today. Under “Math Resources”, there are 4 pages of links – click the red hand to move to the next page. Or you can go directly to these categories: 

  • Algebra
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percents
  • Calculus, Geometry, Integrals, Statistics, Trigonometry

At this site, 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 found on the home page – with lessons and activities on Astronomy, Botany, Herpetology and more.

Math Games for Grades 1-8

October 16th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, October 16, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Play

(www.math-play.com/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This is one of the best ad-supported websites with fun educational content that we’ve seen. It provides a variety of free, fun math games that help students practice their math skills from simple addition to algebraic operations with integers.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games listed by grade level from 1-8. You’ll also see the content is divided into game topics such as: 

  • Math Millionaire
  • Math Jeopardy
  • Basketball Math Games
  • Halloween Math Games
  • Geometry Math Games
  • Algebra Math Games
  • Decimal Math Games
  • Math Logic Games
  • Fraction Games

And much more! Click on any game and get ready for a multi-media, interactive treat!  

Plus there are links to printable math worksheets! There are also other games that help kids with: 

  • Place Value
  • Integers
  • Equations
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Matching

Bookmark this website so you can refer to it again and again as your kids learn to tackle different kinds of math skills.

Fall into Math

October 2nd, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Mathwire: Fall into Math

(www.mathwire.com/seasonal/fall05.html)

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

(www.k5learning.com/sample-lessons)

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
  • 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.

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