Math Mysteries, Maps & More

September 4th, 2015

It’s Monday, August 10, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

This website, sponsored by an association of educators, offers an amazing array of free, innovative math activities and resources that engage people of all ages

When you get to the site, don’t be fooled. It may not look like much, but explore the menu to find games, downloadable activities, and terrific resources that will boost your children’s knowledge of math while challenging their logic and reasoning skills. They’ll even reinforce language arts, and learn some history along the way! Here are a few menu items that will help hone math skills:

• Bounce – This game requires you to flex your problem solving skills while exploring factors and ratios.
• Find the Pairs – Match fraction symbols with fraction illustrations.
• Number Board – This game is similar to Bingo, except you have to do math equations on a calculator to find number answers that are on your game card.
• Sorting Games – Enjoy a delightful assortment of games that teach sorting skills.
• Where to Site a Nesting Box of Owls – Use your geography skills to study a map and determine the best place to build a nesting box for owls. This activity teaches about owls and the environment too!
• Whodunnit? (Playing Detective) – Follow the clues to solve crimes.

Click on any one and a new window opens with complete instructions (although some of the games require a little more intuitiveness to navigate). Many of the activities have multiple levels of difficulty making them challenging for a wide age/ability range.

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

June 9th, 2014

It’s Monday, June 9, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8. The mathematics are designed for ages 11-13, but younger students may enjoy aspects as well. All children with parental supervision.)

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart and yummy educational animations, mini-games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”
The site’s ever-growing collection of “snacks,” are highly entertaining educational movies and games that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the games you’ll find include:
• Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a dodge ball 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: “These are math snacks, not full meals. These videos are intended to be parts of larger units to teach very important math concepts.” 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.

Algebra, Geometry, Trig, & Calculus for Morons

November 4th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, November 4, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ThinkQuest: Math for Morons Like Us

Age Range: 10-17 (about Middle/High School)

The title of this site, “Math for Morons Like Us,” is intended to get your attention and resonate with how you may feel about math, and not meant as an insult. It has been designed to help clarify some of those math concepts that cause confusion when it comes to pre-algebra, algebra, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. It is assumed that you know some of the basic concepts, and that you want to reinforce or review them.

You’ll find free tutorials, sample problems, and quizzes along with interactive resources to help you learn:

*Pre-Algebra – Includes: Basic Equations, Basic Graphing, and Fractions

*Algebra – Includes: Exponents, Single and Multiple Variable Equations, Word Problems, Factoring, Fractions, Ratios, Graphing on Number Lines and on the Coordinate Plane, Square Roots, and Scientific Notation.

*Geometry – Includes: Parallel Lines, Congruent Triangles and Right Triangles, Isosceles and Equilateral Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Parallelograms, Similar Polygons, Circles, Coordinate Geometry, Area and Volume of Solids, and some “Computer Fun.”

*Algebra II – Solving Equations and Inequalities, Graphs and Functions, Polynomials and Factoring, Fractional Expressions, Powers and Roots, Complex Numbers, Quadratic Equations and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Probability, Matrices, Trigonometry, Equations and Triangles, and more.

*Pre-Calc/Calculus – Includes: Pre-Calculus concepts and Calculus I concepts.

The site also provides a “Formula Database” that contains commonly used formulas and equations. Plus you can take quizzes to test your knowledge of various concepts. They also offer a nice selection of links to terrific math sites on the Net.

Free Math Lessons, Games, & Workbooks!

May 13th, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, May 13, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

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.

There is a huge selection of games, quizzes and activities that teach and reinforce math skills. If you’d like to skip the lessons and go right to the activities just click on these items on the menu:

*Play: Basic Activities – Find a complete archive of all of the activities (over 100!) for basic math concepts. Click on any one and a new page opens with complete instructions.

*Play: Advanced Activities – Find an index to over 50 activities for advanced math concepts. Click on any one for complete info and directions.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST – 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 Mysteries, Maps, & More!

July 23rd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Monday, July 23, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
NAACE:  Math Activities

Age Range:  6-14 (and fun for all ages with parental supervision/assistance)

This website, sponsored by an association of educators, offers an amazing array of free, innovative math activities and resources that engage people of all ages.

When you get to the site, don’t be fooled. It may not look like much, but explore the menu to find games, downloadable activities, and terrific resources that will boost your children’s knowledge of math while challenging their logic and reasoning skills. They”ll even reinforce language arts, and learn some history along the way!  Here are a few menu items that will help hone math skills:

*Bounce – This game requires you to flex your problem solving skills while exploring factors and ratios.

*Find the Pairs – Match fraction symbols with fraction illustrations.

*Number Board – This game is similar to Bingo, except you have to do math equations on a calculator to find number answers that are on your game card.

*Sorting Games – Enjoy a delightful assortment of games that teach sorting skills.

*Where to Site a Nesting Box of Owls – Use your geography skills to study a map and determine the best place to build a nesting box for owls.  This activity teaches about owls and the environment too!

*Whodunnit?  (Playing Detective) – Follow the clues to solve crimes.

Click on any one and a new window opens with complete instructions (although some of the games require a little more intuitiveness to navigate). Many of the activities have multiple levels of difficulty making them challenging for a wide age/ability range.

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

October 24th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Monday, October 24, 2010, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Math Snacks

Age Range: 7-13 (The mathematics are designed for ages 11-13, but younger students may enjoy aspects as well.)

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

The site’s ever-growing collection of “snacks,” are highly entertaining educational movies and games that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the 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: “These are math snacks, not full meals. These videos are intended to be parts of larger units to teach very important math concepts.”

(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.