# 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.

# Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

June 2nd, 2015

It’s Tuesday, June 2, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Computer Science Unplugged

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

This terrific website provides free, downloadable lessons and activities to do offline that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Carnegie Mellon, and Google.
Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Use the menu to access the “Activities” that are available to download in PDF format, with full instructions, worksheets, and solutions that include:
• Binary Numbers
• Image Representation
• Text Compression
• Searching Algorithms
• Sorting Networks
• Programming Languages
• Graph Coloring
• Information Hiding
• Cryptographic Protocols
• Public Key Encryption
• Human Interface Design
• Modems Unplugged
• and much more!
You’ll also find photos and videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

# Challenging Math & Logic Puzzles – All Ages!

April 13th, 2015

It’s Monday, April 13, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Zoopz.com: Games That Make You Think

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

Don’t let these games from Meyers Labs fool you – they offer fun ways to learn fundamental and challenging concepts that are required for math.
When you  get to the site, you’ll see a menu of puzzles that include Frog Jumpin’, Inch Worm, Galactic Journey, Maze Craze, Ink Blobs, Mosaic Design, and more. Click on any game and a new window opens. Some of the games come with instructions, others are intuitive. Some of the skills these games enhance are:
• Recognizing Patterns
• Sequencing
• Spatial Relationships
• Problem Solving
• Recognizing and Sorting Shapes and Colors
• Strategy
• Analysis
• Memory
• Performance Under Pressure
• And More!
It helps to read  the “Parents & Teachers” notes (at the bottom, on the left side of the home page) that explains which skills are addressed by each game.

# Fun Arithmetic Practice Games

March 2nd, 2015

It’s Monday, March 2, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Turtle Diary – Math

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

This colorful site has free, animated, interactive games to help young kids learn and practice basic arithmetic.
When you get to the website, you will see a menu of free math games that include:

• Pre-K: Shapes, Numbers, Counting Dots, Counting Objects, Identify Numbers, Number Writing, Comparing Groups, Size, Positions and Directions, Money
• Kindergarten: Counting, Skip-counting, Tally Marks, Graph, Probability, Sequencing, Time, Addition, Subtraction, Comparing Groups, Fractions, Positions and Directions, Money, Geometry
• First Grade: Number Pattern, Addition, Subtraction, Time, Sorting, Ordering, Patterns, Data and Graphs, Probability, Word Problems, Measurement, Money, Geometry
• Second Grade: Number Pattern, Addition, Subtraction, Time, Sorting, Ordering, Patterns, Data and Graphs, Probability, Word Problems, Measurement, Money, Geometry
• Third Grade: Perimeter, Area, Mean, Median, Mode, Range, Place Values, Whole Numbers, Even-Odd Numbers, Roman Numerals, Probability, Customary Units, Metric Units, Statistics, Geometry, Angles, Lines, Line Segments, Comparing, Estimation & Rounding, Measurement
• Fourth Grade: Analog Clock Patterns, Classifying Polygons by the Number of Sides, Classifying quadrilaterals, Digital Clock Patterns, Division Matrix
• Fifth Grade: Classifying Polygons, What Are Polygons, Regular And Irregular Polygons, Classifying Quadrilaterals, Chameleon Probability, Division Matrix, Rounding Decimal, Digital Clock Pattern, Analog Clock Pattern

# Valentine Math Activities

February 9th, 2015

It’s Monday, February 9, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Googol Power: Valentine Math

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

Valentine’s Day is coming fast! As our friends at GoogolPower.com say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”
When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:

• Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!
• Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”
• Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”
• Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.” (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)
• Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems.

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.

# Pancake Math!

March 3rd, 2014

It’s Monday, March 3, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites:

See below.

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades K3-12, with parental supervision)

Pancake Math!

Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day throughout the world!

Here are some websites that offer pancake-themed Math lessons….

Preschool Pancake Math:

Pancake Geometry

At this site you will find a suggestion for how to use pancakes to teach geometric shapes to little ones.

Pancake Curriculum!

Find all kinds of pancake-themed activities and lessons that teach while they entertain!

Elementary Grades Pancake Math:

AuntJemima.com

At the Aunt Jemima website you can scroll down to the title “Pancake Math” to find out how to use information on a pancake mix box to teach your kids about multiplication, addition, measurement, and every other principle of math all while they’re enjoying a pancake breakfast.

Pancake Recipe Math

Practice counting, measuring, estimating, charting, averaging and more all while baking some delicious pancakes for Grandma!

Upper Elementary Grades and Beyond:

Flipping Pancakes Math

At this website you’ll see a number of “pancakes” all of different sizes, stacked on top of each other. Your job is to arrange the pancakes according to their size with the biggest at the bottom. Click a pancake and your flipper “goes under that pancake” and flips the whole stack above the flipper.

Pancake Sorting

This pancake sorting problem asks how many “prefix reversals” are sufficient to sort an arbitrary stack of pancakes.

Just For Fun!

Is the state of Kansas as flat as a pancake? Go to the website of Improbable Research and find out how to combine math and science to find the answer!