# Math Tricks, Games, & Lessons!

April 9th, 2018

It’s Monday, April 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Murderous Maths

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

Murderous Maths books use humor to make learning math entertaining and funny. (The word “murderous” here means “extremely difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant.”) The comic-style books feature a range of quirky characters that teach math concepts through fun and absurd stories. At the website you’ll find many of the math tricks, games, and lessons featured in the books that you can access for free.

When you get to the site, it all looks a little chaotic. There’s a brief introduction with links to content on the site, and an icon menu. Place your cursor over the illustrations to see where each one leads. If it looks interesting, click on it to learn more. We found the easiest way to get to the freebies, is to use the tiny menu bar located at the bottom of the page that includes:

• Fun – An assortment of math tricks and games to entertain you, and amaze your friends. For example, find out how to guess someone’s “Age By Chocolate” – and read the explanation for how it’s done.
• Contents – Under Features, enjoy colorfully illustrated lessons that teach:
• Finger Times Tables
• Pascal’s Triangle
• The Area of an Ellipse
• Fibonacci and Nature
• Calculating the Area of a Trapezium
• Square Triangle and Cube Numbers
• How to Work Out Square Roots Without a Calculator
• And More!
• Teachers – Number tricks, powerpoints and miscellaneous fun

This is a terrific way to supplement math studies and engage reluctant mathematicians.

# Free Music Based Spanish Lessons

February 17th, 2018

It’s Saturday, February 17, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Rockalingua

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

Kids can learn basic Spanish and vocabulary structure with the free samples at this commercial website.

While this is a subscription website, there is a load of free content for visitors to use. It appears that this site is geared towards elementary-aged students, but the content can most certainly benefit the older student. When arriving at the website scroll down a bit to review the icons for:

• Videos
• Games
• Songs
• Worksheets
• Picture dictionaries

After your selection has been made browse through the page to locate available free content. For example, when we browsed the videos page we found free videos to learn:

• Greetings/Daily Routines
• Animals
• Colors and Numbers
• Parts of the Body
• Family Members
• Seasons
• Rooms of the House

Games included learning colors, numbers, parts of the body, rooms of the house. There were loads of free songs with downloadable lyrics and images. Worksheet options included numbers and colors, animals, rooms of the house, transportation, parts of the body and more. And don’t leave this site without checking out their blog for loads of teaching ideas.

The colorful images, witty songs and music, and fun games will make this site a great supplement to any Spanish language program.

# Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 29th, 2018

It’s Monday, January 29, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

In the 13th century, Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents.

Our suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too).

After listening to the interview, head over to the introductory page that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!

# Free Spanish Lessons, Games, & Apps for All Ages

January 27th, 2018

It’s Saturday, January 27, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

OnlineFreeSpanish

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

This ad-supported website offers engaging, FREE, introductory Spanish lessons for children and their parents that includes games, activities, printable coloring pages and worksheets, and mobile apps!

When you get to the site you’ll see currently featured activities and an icon menu for levels, print, and content for tablets. Activities throughout include:

• Tablets – Get free apps that teach Spanish words, numbers, colors and more
• Lessons – Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen. Each lesson includes a link to “Related Lessons and Activities” that provide printable worksheets to reinforce learning.
• Activities – Click and drag Spanish words to matching pictures, play a variety of word search games, and guide a bee safely through a frog pond by unscrambling letters to spell Spanish words.
• Printables – Choose from an assortment of fun printable materials that reinforce learning the lessons. There’s a picture dictionary, word search puzzle, and coloring pages of farm animals, fruits, bugs, numbers, and more.

You’ll also see an icon menu of select games – just click on any one to get started. New activities are added to the site regularly, so bookmark it to return often. Or sign up to receive the free newsletter that will keep you updated on additions to the site.

# Fun Family Math Challenges!

January 22nd, 2018

It’s Monday, January 22, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Figure This!

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9 approximately, with parental supervision)

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 A 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.

# Learn French with free videos!

January 6th, 2018

It’s Saturday, January 6, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

French in Action

This portion of the larger Annenberg Learner website provides 52 half-hour video lessons that use the immersion method of teaching to increase French fluency and introduce French culture.

The videos present a humorous continuing story of an American student and a Frenchwoman’s adventures in France. Additional native speakers of all ages and backgrounds not only add to the storyline but enhance the learning process.

Each lesson begins with an episode of the continuing story. The next portion of the lesson clarifies and illustrates the dialog of the story with focus on a specific term. Each lesson also provides opportunities to “participate” in the video by repeating lines. A sampling of lesson topics include:

• Planning and Anticipating – greetings, health, surprise, decisiveness, subject pronouns, articles
• Names and Origins – numbers, commands, necessity
• Physical Characteristics – appearance, sports, questions, describing yourself
• Kinship – family relationships and more
• Describing Others – also games, agreement, time, weather
• Encounters – conversations, seasons, reflexive verbs, adjectives
• Occupations – work, buying and spending, days and months of the year
• Education – talking about occupations, manners
• Getting Around – telephone, courtesy
• Food and Drink – food, drink, ordering from a restaurant
• Transportation and Travel – modes of transportation, expressing fear, admiration