Posts Tagged ‘math problems’

Thought-Provoking Math Activities for K-12

January 18th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, January 18, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH (nrich.maths.org/frontpage)

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

 

This website, sponsored by Cambridge University, seeks to enrich math curriculum for learners of all ages by providing free, engaging, interactive math activities that provoke mathematical thinking. This isn’t about math lessons and worksheets: it’s about exploring math concepts through unusual problems to provide deeper understanding.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu that’s divided into two sections:

Student Homes – This area is divided into sections with activities for students in various grade/ability levels: 

  • Lower Primary – Activities that help children understand the concept of sorting, matching, and numbers
  • Upper Primary – Explore shapes, numbers and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), time, logic and more.
  • Lower Secondary – Get useful insights for determining area, perimeter, and volume. Experiment with curves, triangles, and geometric reasoning.
  • Upper Secondary – Use area integrals to solve problems, explore ideas in statistics.

Teacher Homes – This area is divided into three sections with teacher information and activities for: 

  • Early Years – Building the foundational understanding to develop math skills.
  • Primary Years – Activities that encourage students to work systematically to solve math problems.
  • Secondary Years – Exploring area, perimeter, shapes, volume, Pi, and Calculus to solve real world problems.

There’s a lot here. Be prepared to click around to find all of the activities and resources that are available.

Bedtime Math!

December 21st, 2015

 

It’s Monday, December 21, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math

(bedtimemathproblem.org/)

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

 

What an ingenious idea! This website, sponsored by the Overdeck Family Foundation, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline: 

  • Wee Ones for preschool kids
  • Little Kids for children in grades K-2
  • Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problem posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around: 

  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Hanukkah Candles
  • Peacocks
  • Falling
  • Money
  • And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s’ interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website.

You’ll also find a free, printable BMP calendar to track how many days you do Bedtime Math, and a Teacher/Parent Guide.

The site offers a couple of items for sale, too – but you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the Bedtime Math Problem each day.

Thanksgiving-Themed Math

November 16th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, November 16, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various (see below)

Age Range: Varies (children with parental supervision)

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so we thought it might be fun to have a Thanksgiving-themed activity today!

PUMPKIN PIE MATH PROBLEMS & ACTIVITIES

NRICH – enriching mathematics: Word Problem with ratio, proportion, and fractions

David Schwartz’s Math Moments: Relishing Math at the Thanksgiving Feast. Learn math while making cranberry relish.

Make Pumpkin Pi – several recipes to choose from to make “pumpkin pi”.

MAYFLOWER MATH

Mayflower Math – Voyage into history and math with this shipshape Thanksgiving theme unit, with a two-page Mayflower reproducible. Lots of interesting math questions based on the Mayflower and passengers.

THANKSGIVING MATH FLASH CARDS

Printable Multiplication Facts Flash Cards for Thanksgiving! They can be printed on card stock, if you like, and you can let your son or daughter decorate them.

Online Math Activities & Lessons for K-8

September 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, July 20, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

AAA Math (http://www.aaamath.com/)

 

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

 

What an incredible resource for developing basic math skills from counting to geometry! This site has page after page of information on every math strand and includes explanations of math processes, interactive online drill and practice work that you can tweak to create random math problems, and challenge games to keep your students on their toes.
When you get to the site you can click on a grade level or a math topic. If you click on a grade level you will find a menu of math problems and activities that are typically taught at that grade level. If you click on a math topic you will find lessons, drills, games, and activities along with websites to teach and reinforce learning for that particular math strand.

This is really an incredible resource that you’ll want to bookmark and visit many times.

Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

June 29th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 29, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

(http://letsplaymath.net/2007/07/28/egyptian-math-in-hieroglyphs/)

 

Age Range: 8-16 (Varies by website; children with parental supervision)

 

This terrific blog (by a homeschool mom) offers a series of free math challenges using hieroglyphs.
Designed for younger students (about 8-14), you’ll find several links to resources that include: 
  • Hieroglyphic Addition & Subtraction – This downloadable and printable pdf offers a few fun math problems in hieroglyphs for kids.
  • Ten Hieroglyphs Lessons – Learn more about hieroglyphs with ten free lessons including a lesson on “Numbers and Dates.”
From the main page, you can click on links to these other fun math activities too: 
  • The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure
  • The Mysterious Temporal Freeze
  • The Secret of Egyptian Fractions
  • The Puzzling Pythagorean Pebbles
This commercial and ad-supported website is a treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian history that contains a small section devoted to number hieroglyphs complete with a few math problems you can solve using hieroglyphs. It’s geared for ages 10-16, and offers a fun way to learn a little math and history. Be sure to explore the rest of this site that includes information on pyramids, temples, kings and queens, mummification, etc.

Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

June 1st, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 1, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Let’s Play Math

(http://letsplaymath.net/2007/07/28/egyptian-math-in-hieroglyphs/)

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 4-12, varies by website, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific blog (by a homeschool mom) offers a series of free math challenges using hieroglyphs.
Designed for younger students (about 8-14), you’ll find several links to resources that include: 
  • Hieroglyphic Addition & Subtraction – This downloadable and printable pdf offers a few fun math problems in hieroglyphs for kids.
  • Ten Hieroglyphs Lessons – Learn more about hieroglyphs with ten free lessons including a lesson on “Numbers and Dates.”
From the main page, you can click on links to these other fun math activities too: 
  • The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure
  • The Mysterious Temporal Freeze
  • The Secret of Egyptian Fractions
  • The Puzzling Pythagorean Pebbles
Want more? Explore this website:

Eyelid Productions: Ancient Egyptian Number Hieroglyphs

This commercial and ad-supported website is a treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian history that contains a small section devoted to number hieroglyphs complete with a few math problems you can solve using hieroglyphs. It’s geared for ages 10-16, and offers a fun way to learn a little math and history. Be sure to explore the rest of this site that includes information on pyramids, temples, kings and queens, mummification, etc.

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