Hi! It’s Monday, June 11, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9 approximately, but encourages entire families to work together to solve the problems)
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers this website that is designed to help families enjoy math OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges that improve problem solving skills. The challenge activities that are designed with middle school math in mind, can be done online or downloaded in pdf files to print and use offline.
When you get to the site you will see animated characters and the words “Take The Challenge.” Click on those words and go directly to 4 math challenge problems that include:
- Line Up – How long would you have to wait if you were number 300?
- Beating Heart – How fast does your heart beat?
- Popcorn – Which shape holds the most?
- Don’t Fall In – Why are most manhole covers round?
If you decide to take the challenge, notice that each time you click on a different math challenge, the menu bar at the top of the page will change allowing you to access hints and tips that will help solve the problem. If you like these challenges then go to the “Challenge Index” on the menu where you can access 80 challenge problems archived at the site.
Before you begin the challenges, you might want to take a moment or two to view the menu items on the home page. It includes information for teachers and for families in English and in Spanish along with a “Math Index.” The Math Index lists all of the challenges archived at the site by math topic such as algebra, geometry, measurement, numbers, statistics and probability – allowing you to more easily access the activities that relate to the strand of math you want to study.
Each of the challenge activities are designed to capture students’ attention with real-life problems making the math much more meaningful and thought-provoking. Families can have fun solving the challenge questions together. Bookmark this page, so you can return to the site and explore them all.