Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

August 7th, 2017

It’s Monday, August 7, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”

The site’s collection of “snacks,” are highly entertaining educational movies, games, and apps that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the videos and games you’ll find include:

• Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a Dodgeball coach who lacks a clear understanding of ratios.
• Identify numbers that sum to ten, and decimals that sum to 1 – while driving a school bus full of monsters and deforming the neighborhood (this one you’ve got to see to believe).
• Watch a supervillain and superhero match wits, scaling things up and down by the same factor.

There are many more as well. Each “snack” includes guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, to help solidify the concepts.

A handy reminder from the teachers’ page: “Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8.” Since they’re snacks, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re portable; if you have a mobile device, you can learn something new on the go. Perfect for Carschooling!

Be sure to check out the rest of the teachers’ page for helpful hints on how to get the most benefit out of this website.

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
• Scientific Notation
• Variables

Click on any one and a new page opens with a “lesson” – an explanation and illustration of the concept. In most cases you’ll find an online activity that students can do to reinforce the learning.

And – GET FREE ADDITION & SUBTRACTION WORKBOOKS!

Below the icon menu, you’ll see the words “Math Workbooks.” Click on it and a new page will open with free “Addition” Workbooks. (Look in the upper right corner of the page to find a link to the “Subtraction” workbooks.) The workbooks are in pdf format so you can save them to your computer and print them out to do offline.

This is a fabulous resource to enhance any study of mathematics! Bookmark it to return often.

Math Video Lessons, Activities, & More

January 23rd, 2017

It’s Monday, January 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

WatchKnowLearn.org

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

The goal of this website is to collect all the best free educational videos made for children that explain every topic taught in schools including math, in every major language on Earth – and make them available on one website, usefully categorized according to subject and education level.

When you get to the site you’ll see two sections. The “Mathematics” section is on the right side of the page (the Directory to the rest of the site is on the left). Under the math section you’ll see some featured math videos, as well as a menu of math subcategories that include:

• Mathematics for Young Learners
• Number Sense
• Money
• Measurement
• Probability and Statistics
• Geometry
• Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
• Ratios and Proportions
• Pre-Algebra
• Algebra
• Algebra II
• Pre-Calculus
• Calculus
• Logic and Set Theory

Click on any subcategory and a new page opens featuring the videos that have been archived to date. The videos are all free for viewing. The videos are moderated by WatchKnow to ensure appropriate content.

To share videos, you must open an account (free) that also allows you to track your activities and enter contests. As I mentioned, this site also contains lots of useful video lessons on other topics including:

• Language Arts
• Literature
• Science
• History
• Social Studies
• The Arts
• Foreign Languages
• Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics
• And more!

MathTV – Free Math Lessons and Video Textbooks

August 22nd, 2016

It’s Monday, August 22, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MathTV

Age Range: 15 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

This website provides free math instruction videos on specific math topics mostly on the college level, but we thought high schoolers would find this helpful as well.

Turn on your speakers and head to the site. “Select a Topic” to choose lessons of interest that include:

• Basic Mathematics – fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, ratios, percent, etc.
• Algebra – positive and negative numbers, linear equations, functions, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, logarithms, graphing, and more.
• Trigonometry – functions, triangles, radian measure, identities and formulas, equations, polar coordinates, etc.
• Calculus – limits, derivatives, integration, applications, and more.

Then, notice the featured math topic and the display of icons with pictures of various teachers and students. Click on any one and a video of them explaining the math topic/lesson appears on the screen.

Click on “Videos by Textbook” to access math textbook video lessons. (The actual textbooks may be purchased through the XYZ Textbooks link at the bottom of the page). All of the lessons in the textbook have video tutorials! Simply click on the textbook of choice, and a table of contents appears. Click on the topic of choice, then the video of choice. The textbook titles include:

• Basic Mathematics
• Introductory Mathematics
• Pre-Algebra
• Elementary Algebra
• and more advanced math textbooks.

This is a remarkable resource whether you need a little help with a particular math topic or want an entire math curriculum delivered on video.

Note: MathTV also has some interesting and helpful math videos on their YouTube channel.

August 8th, 2016

It’s Monday, August 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

This commercial website offers the opportunity to try a variety of FREE arcade and video games that foster skill in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, ratios, proportions as well as other academic subjects. The company produces online video games for classroom use with the intent of engaging students with the same persistence and involvement they use when playing arcade games to increase their time-on-task (practicing).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of educational games. Notice that the menu offers games for single players and multiple players. You’ll find intriguing game titles such as:

• Demolition Division
• Dirt Bike Proportions
• Grand Prix Multiplication
• Meteor Multiplication

~ and more!

Click on any game title and a new window opens with instructions that allow you to set parameters based on your student’s ability level. Then, let the fun and focused practice repetition begin! This is a lot more engaging than the usual drill-and-practice work and, according to the company, it leads to fluent performance levels quickly and without drudgery.

By the way, we are not adept at playing video games but had no trouble maneuvering the arrow keys, space bar, and mouse to play these games.

In addition to the math games you’ll also find games that improve grammar, vocabulary, and geography (think states and capitals, etc.). Have fun!

Middle/High School Math Lessons & Activities

August 1st, 2016

It’s Monday, August 1, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

TheMathWebSite

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

This website was developed to provide classroom teachers with interesting activities (along with printable materials) that reinforce and enhance math lessons for high school students. (Some middle school students may enjoy this as well). It can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

The site has lots of content, but can be a little confusing to navigate. When you get to the homepage click on “Math Topics” where there is a complete index of the math lessons and activities that include:

• Arithmetic Basics (Addition, Division, Multiplication, Subtraction)
• Binomials
• Circles
• Ellipses
• Exponents
• Geometric Series
• Hyperbolas
• Money/Interest
• Parabolas