Posts Tagged ‘symmetry’

Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

August 28th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 28, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Motivate – maths enrichment for schools

(motivate.maths.org/content/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Pack Topics” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as: 

  • Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?
  • What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?
  • How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.
 
You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.
 
If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work any more, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

Spring Math Activities & More!

March 20th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 20, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Cats: Spring Math Idea Bank

(www.mathcats.com/grownupcats/ideabankspringmath.html)

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

 

Spring has sprung! At this website you’ll find free, fun, spring-themed math activities that include outdoor estimation activities, graphing weather changes, and calculating the height of trees.

Once you’ve had fun with the spring math activities, check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids. Under Math Cats Explore (www.mathcats.com/explore.html) 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!

Maple Syrup Day Resources

December 15th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 15, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maple Syrup Day Resources

(See below.)

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

 

National Maple Syrup Day is December 17! We thought it would be fun to learn about maple syrup.

Read The Legend of Maple Syrup

(sugarmakerstimes.blogspot.com/2007/10/native-americans-and-legend-of-maple.html)


North America is the only place where maple syrup is produced. It was originally made by Native Americans. At this website you can read “The Legend of Maple Syrup” online.

Watch Videos on How Maple Syrup is Made
Part I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXeBOl4fXY)

Part II (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tidds7_gDM)


These videos were lovingly made by a family who has been in the maple syrup business for years. Gather your family around the computer, turn on the speakers to hear the music and narration, and enjoy a delightful virtual field trip to a maple sugar tree farm.

Maple Math (hubpages.com/education/maple-math)

A terrific presentation of a math lesson to discover line symmetry in maple leaves.

Maple Syrup Coloring Page

(homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/maplesyrupprint.htm#step7)


Print and color a picture of tapping the maple trees.

These websites are sure to whet your appetite for maple syrup. Have a Maple Syrup Taste Test! Purchase some real maple syrup and compare it to pancake syrup that is typically made from corn syrup and artificial maple flavor. Which do you like best?

Free Math Activity Book for K-5

April 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, April 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Helping Your Child Learn Math

(www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/title.html)

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

 

Here’s a free math activity book designed for parents to use with their children to help them learn important math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, there are no bells and whistles here, just easy-to-do math activities, sorted by grade range from K-5, that are formatted for user-friendliness.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Title Page” of the online book. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Next” buttons on each page to read the Foreword, Introduction, and to access the Activities that include: 

  • Math in the Home – Discover fun ways to use things you find around the house to learn measurement, fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometrical concepts, telling time and much more.
  • Math at the Grocery Store – Practice measurement, estimation, weighing, counting, and figuring price per unit versus price per pound while helping your children learn estimation skills – all while doing the grocery shopping!
  • Math on the Go – Do fun math activities as you travel from place to place using numbers found on license plates, buildings, buses, taxis, houses, and gas stations.
  • Math for the Fun of It – As the book explains, there are fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around you. Look for math in nature – in the symmetry in leaves and various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. You’ll find lots of other fun suggestions as well.

The book wraps up with some pointers for parents on helping children achieve in mathematics along with suggestions for helping children with school assignments, and resources for further learning.

By the way, if you get tired of clicking the “Next” buttons – you can access the entire table of contents with links to specific sections of the book here.

The activities in this online book are perfect for homeschooling families and can be used in any way that makes sense to you and your children. You can also print it out and use it offline as well!

Tangrams!

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, August 3, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Tangrams

 

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

 

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc.  Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.
This website offers terrific information about tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions. When you get to the site, view a YouTube video to show you how to make a reversible tangram set. Look at the menu on the right side of the page and use it to explore: 
  • History – Read about the history of tangram puzzles and how they became so popular.
  • Make It – Get instructions to make your own set of tangrams pieces.
  • Puzzles – Print out free tangram puzzles along with a set of rules, and use your skill and intuition to find solutions.
  • And much more!
Scroll down the page to locate: 
  • The latest tangrams
  • The pattern of the week
  • “Play against the clock” videos
Continue to scroll down to find all categories of tangram puzzles, worksheets and much more!

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

Easter Egg Math for K-12!

March 30th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, March 30, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Various

 

Age Range: All (varies by website, children with parental supervision)

 

Easter and Spring Festivals are here! Eggs are everywhere in omelets to Easter baskets! Here are some fun ways to use eggs to learn math…See below for recommended websites. 
The egg’s interesting mathematical properties are explored at this site that seems to be designed for students in junior high and up. 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.
Print out this worksheet with egg-themed math word problems for elementary grades.
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.
Recycle your egg cartons into a fun math game that kids of all ages will enjoy!
Are you an egghead? Kids (grade 3 and up) will have to use their eggs to figure out the answer to this reverse cryptogram.
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