# Online Math Quiz

November 28th, 2016

It’s Monday, November 28, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

That Quiz

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

If you are interested in no-frills online math practice, this website is for you. It will generate endless math problems for you to try, and instantly tell you whether your answer is correct.

There is a teacher registration (free!) and login option, and students can log in to see what work their teacher has assigned them, but this is a help for classroom teachers with multiple students and scores to keep track of; individual students don’t need to register, and most homeschool parents/kids won’t need to either; everything on this site is accessible without registration.

There really is something at every level here: a whole decade’s worth of randomly-generated math practice problems on one deceptively simple-looking website. For each activity, be sure to look in the left-hand column to select the parameters you’d like to apply. For example, for calculus, you can choose to practice integrals or derivatives. For fractions, you can identify the given fraction from the visual representation, or fill in the number of rectangles to represent the given fraction, and you can also select the level of difficulty. You can choose to practice only ten problems, or as many as a hundred. It will keep track of your score, and give that score to you as a percentage after you finish the set of questions. What you will not find here are cute cartoon characters, cool sound effects, advertisements, bright colors, animation, or anything flashy. You might find it helpful to keep some scratch paper and a pencil handy; write down the problems that you miss so that you can figure out what you did wrong.

This website is also available in 10 other languages! Just click the Language title in the bottom left corner of the front page.

Note: With some of the activities, a message appears stating that you might need to download an updated browser; however, if your browser is already up to date, the message goes away when the activity has finished loading, and the activity works just fine.

# Math Problems Solved Instantly

October 24th, 2016

It’s Monday, October 24, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Webmath

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

Webmath solves your math problems instantly. Are you working on a math problem and just can’t figure it out? Do need a fraction converted to a decimal quickly? Do you need to calculate compound interest on that loan? Having trouble with a long division problem? Do you want the definition of a “ratio”? Need help solving a word problem? Want to calculate right triangles? Do you want to find the square root of a number? Would you like help plotting conic sections? This site is for you!

As explained at the website: “Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment. The math answers are generated and displayed real-time, at the moment a web user types in their math problem and clicks ‘solve.’ In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.”

For example, if the user wants to know how to square the quantity (x+2), Webmath does not just display the answer x2+4x+4, but a step-by-step solution as well.

How cool is that?

When you get to the site just choose the category for your particular math problem, type it in and let Webmath guide you to a solution.

Bookmark this site, as it not only helps with occasional math problems, but it’s fun to explore. The curious will get all kinds of math practice without any drill work at all.

# Thought-Provoking Math Activities for K-12

January 18th, 2016

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

Recommended Website:

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

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:

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.