# Math Dude’s Tips

September 11th, 2017

It’s Monday, September 11, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Math Dude

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

This is an unusual ad-supported website that offers explanations and tips for making learning math easier from Jason Marshall, Ph.D., also known as “The Math Dude.”  Marshall is a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars.

Math Dude’s tips are archived on a big, umbrella website called “Quick and Dirty Tips” with advice from experts in a variety of fields including education, money, work, health, and more.

We only looked at the Math Dude section for this review. Parents, as always, should preview this site and determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use by children and teens.

When you get to the site you’ll see “The Math Dude’s Most Recent Tips”, followed by “The Math Dude’s Most Popular Tips” and “The Math Dude’s Archive”. You can jump right in by clicking on any tip. A new page opens where you will see the tip or lesson presented in blog format, and you can click on an audio recording to listen as Jason delivers the tip. There are lots of math tips to select from like:

• Learn how to add quickly, convert decimals to fractions, multiply by eleven, determine area and volume, explore Venn diagrams, and more.
• Make a Mobius Strip, learn about the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio.
• Get a definition and explanation of math terms including irrational and rational numbers, sets and subsets, associative property, distributive property, trigonometry, and more.
• Find out how to amaze your friends with number tricks, calculate how fast your money will grow, estimate how fast someone is running, and send encrypted messages.

Find tips for science, writing and grammar by locating the “Education” tab on the tiny horizontal menu located below the “Quick and Dirty Tips” headline at the top and clicking on it.

# Economics Games Online!

August 21st, 2017

It’s Monday, August 21, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Where in the World and What in the World is Money?

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

Ride a time machine back several centuries to invest everything you have for a chance at phenomenal wealth!

All you have at the beginning of the game are chocolate candy, a gold pendant, a few coins, a paper monetary note, and some song lyrics scribbled onto a napkin. Invest them wisely, and you will learn about the history of money, what forms it took at various times in various countries, and how it developed into what we use today. Will your pocket full of miscellany really increase in value over time? Play this game to find out!

When you have finished this game, you might like to try all of the other games available from the main site. (Scroll down the page a little to find them under Student Interactives –www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/econed/index.htm)

One of these games is called “Trading Around the World” – Decide which country you are from and trade with people from different countries. Try your hand at bartering and negotiating prices. Try to achieve various goals such as becoming very rich or acquiring an assortment of goods. You should come away from this game with an understanding of the work of the IMF with regard to trade barriers.

Another game is “Monetary Mania” as well as an informative video. Each game or activity includes the recommended grade range and a description.

You’ll also find Lesson Plans and Online Exhibitions. Everything on this website also comes with a Teacher Guide!

# Free Math Drill Worksheets!

July 31st, 2017

It’s Monday, July 31, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math-Drills.com

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

This ad-supported website offers thousands of free, printable math worksheets with answer keys to help students learn, practice, and master math.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message. Look at the menu on the left to access worksheets on:

• Subtraction
• Multiplication
• Division
• Algebra
• Decimals
• Fractions
• Geometry
• Integers
• Measurement
• Money
• Powers of Ten
• and more!

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of worksheet options. Click on a worksheet title and a new page opens where you can open in your browser or download to your computer and print out the worksheet to use offline.

You’ll also find flash cards, holiday-themed math worksheets, games, and more!

# Interactive US History Games

July 6th, 2017

It’s Thursday, July 6, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Mission U.S.

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

This website, sponsored by Public Broadcasting, offers free interactive games to immerse players in U.S. history content. The games are available for use online as well as for iPad and Android tablets.

When you get to the site select from the following games:

• Mission 1: For Crown or Colony? – “Puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.”
• Mission 2: Flight to Freedom – “Players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the ‘free’ North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?”
• Mission 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey – “Players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation.”
• Mission 4: City of Immigrants – “Players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement.”
• Mission 5: Up from the Dust – “Players take on the roles of twins Frank and Ginny Dunn, whose family wheat farm is devastated by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. As they experience the hardships of the 1930s, players learn about Americans’ strategies for survival – as individuals, communities, and a nation.”

Watch trailers of the games for an overview of each mission then click “Play Mission” to begin the game.

Note: If you click on “Educators” on the menu at the top of the home page, you’ll find “Educators Guides” that provide instructions and tips for using the games as learning tools in the classroom. Some of the information may be helpful for home educators as well.

# Fun, Online Math Games for K-9

July 3rd, 2017

It’s Monday, July 3, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MathNook

This ad-supported website provides a free archive of fun, interactive, online games that help kids practice and hone their math skills.

You can choose games by grade level or category. Skills covered include:

• Subtraction
• Multiplication
• Division
• Estimation
• Exponents
• Factoring
• Fractions
• Geometry
• Integers
• Money
• Measurement
• Place Value
• Prime/Composite
• Rounding
• And more!

When you get to this ad-supported site you’ll see a menu of math games. Just click on one of interest to get started. Most of the games have colorful animations, sound effects, and an arcade-style format.

The site also offers free math worksheets, math apps, teaching tools and videos – a great resource to supplement learning basic math skills.

# Free Math Lessons, Games, & Workbooks

May 15th, 2017

It’s Monday, May 15, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

NumberNut

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website offers free lessons, games, and worksheets to learn arithmetic basics as well as some advanced math (for grades K-8) in a non-conventional format.

The relaxed style of presentation sprinkles humor throughout the explanations of math concepts. The use of the latest multi-media technology to illustrate the concepts through interactive games and activities really helps reinforce the learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see an icon menu. Before you explore it, scroll down the page and read the brief introduction designed to help you navigate the site. Then, from the icon menu simply pick a topic to get started, including:

• Shapes & Colors
• Counting Numbers
• Subtract Numbers
• Multiply Numbers
• Divide Numbers
• Operations/Order
• Dates & Times
• Fractions
• Decimals
• Percent Values
• Estimation & Rounding
• Ratios
• Money Math
• Factors
• Graphs & Grids
• Squares & Roots
• Units of Measure