Posts Tagged ‘symmetry’

Fun with Ambigrams

November 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inversions by Scott Kim

(www.scottkim.com.previewc40.carrierzone.com/inversions/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

At today’s website you can explore the fascinating world of “ambigrams” also known as “inversions.”

What’s an ambigram? This is a “cool, artistic twist on wordplay!” Ambigrams are words that can be read in more than one way – that is, right side up, upside down, inverted, rotated, or mirrored.

At this website you’ll find classroom activities for grades 3-12, using ambigrams and inversions. According to the website, these exercises teach symmetry, art, geometry, language arts, and creative thinking. When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Classroom Activities – Get free ambigram-themed lessons and games including printable handouts and teacher notes.
  • Classroom Galleries – See samples of inversions or ambigrams submitted by students.

Please note, that this site recommends more learning resources about ambigrams at other websites. We have not reviewed these other sites and as always, parents should preview.

Ambigrams are a fun way to play with words, providing an opportunity to improve Language Arts skills in spelling and vocabulary, and much more!

“Family Math Night” Activities!

August 20th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 20, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Night Modules

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

“Math Night” supported by the National Science Foundation is a fun event that was created for kids in elementary school and their parents. On Math Night, families go to school together and explore math displays (similar to a science fair), make math crafts, and compete in games to solve math problems.

Now, homeschoolers can join in the fun too! At this website you can get free access to the Math Night resources including math displays, crafts, games, and activities. You can print them out and use them to enjoy fun math projects at home.

When you get to the site just click on any item on the icon menu that includes: 

  • Abacus Arithmetic
  • Topology Tricks
  • Wrapping Paper Symmetry
  • Math is a Piece of Pi
  • Bridges of Koenigsberg
  • Binary Numbers
  • Geometry Gems
  • Algorithms, Braids, and Kolam Figures
  • Clock Arithmetic
  • Secret (and not so secret) Codes
  • Construction by Instruction
  • Mathematics of Music
  • Methods of Multiplication
  • The Slide Rule
  • Cake Walk Math
  • Mirror, Mirror
  • Make a Mountain Out of a Map
  • Math ‘N Music Notes
  • You Can Count On It!

A new page opens with a virtual tri-fold display about that activity. Use the menu at the top of the screen to learn about the module and access the printable materials you’ll need.

Want to try other activities? Look on the menu on the left side of the screen to access some “Pencil and Paper Games” as well as the rules for playing “Math Jeopardy.”

Free K-12 Math Videos & Games

April 30th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, April 30, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Pickle

(www.mathpickle.com/)

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

 

This is one of the most innovative math sites we’ve seen. A Canadian mathematician/teacher developed this site to help classroom teachers address the multiple math skill levels of students through challenging and engaging activities and games that are demonstrated with slide shows or videos.

All of it can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment. When you get to the site, click on “All Puzzles” then choose the grade level of interest to you. You can also switch to the subject menu.

  • In grades K-2 – Enjoy math games that teach patterns, skip counting, addition, symmetry, and more.
  • In grades 3-4 – Play dot-to-dot measuring puzzles, learn subtraction, Fibonacci numbers, and more.
  • In grades 5-6 – Practice division, discover prime numbers, practice factoring, and more.
  • In grades 7-9 – Enjoy a game of “Integral Fission,” practice multiplying fractions, engage in cipher breaking, do puzzles to learn about polygons, area, logic, and more.
  • In grades 10-12 – Play games and solve puzzles that teach algebra, scientific notation, probability, and more.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you can click through the slides or watch a demonstration video.

What an incredible range of free math activities! Bookmark this site to return often.

Easter Egg Math for K-12!

March 26th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, March 26, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chickscope – EggMath

(chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/explore/eggmath/)

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

 

Easter and Spring Festivals are here! Eggs are everywhere in omelettes to Easter baskets! Here are some fun ways to use eggs to learn math.

The egg’s interesting mathematical properties are explored at this site. Explore the symmetry of eggs, dividing eggs equally, spherical geometry, and embryo calculus to determine how many cells are in a chick and more. When you get to the site just click on the module that interests you on the menu, and a new page opens with lesson plans and activities.

And here are more sites with eggs-citing activities:
 
HotChalk Lesson Plans Page


This website offers an Easter-egg-themed math lesson for kindergartners in a classroom. It can easily be adjusted for use in a homeschool or as a family activity.
 
Egg Carton Math


Recycle your egg cartons into a fun math game that kids of all ages will enjoy! (NOTE: You’ll have to sign up as a member of Education.com if you are not already.)
 
Egg Math Brain Teaser


Are you an egghead? Kids (grade 3 and up) will have to use their eggs to figure out the answer to this reverse cryptogram.

Fun Renaissance Interactive!

October 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Renaissance Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries) – a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes: 

  • Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.
  • Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.
  • Printing and Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.
  • Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.
  • Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian city was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Botticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few links lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that we have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.

Fall Math Activities & More!

October 9th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, October 9, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Cats: Fall Math Idea Bank

(www.mathcats.org/ideabank/fallmath.html)

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

 

Fall is here! At this website you’ll find free, fun, fall-themed math activities.

The activities include: 

  • Leaf Math – Seeking a symmetrical leaf
  • Spider Math – Draw a perfectly symmetrical spider.
  • Pumpkin Math – Make estimates.

Once you’ve had fun with the fall math activities, check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids. Under Math Cats Explore the World you can access math activities that include: 

  • Discover EXACTLY how old you are – in hours, minutes, and seconds.
  • Try to balance objects – ranging from electrons to galaxies!
  • Play 12 math games online!
  • Polygon Playground – Explore symmetry and tessellations!
  • Math Crafts – Make string art, polyhedra, hexagrams and more!
  • And lots more!
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