Calculation Nation!

January 5th, 2015

It’s Monday, January 5, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Calculation Nation

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

This fun, free, multi-media math games website is brought to you from the makers of the fabulous “Thinkfinity” and helps students “investigate significant mathematical content and practice fundamental skills.”
The competitive style play allows students to challenge themselves by playing against the computer, or they can play the games with other members of the Calculation Nation forum. The latter requires registration (it’s free).

When you get to the site, choose the guest pass link to test-drive the games or register to access all features of the site. Then, enjoy games such as:

• Square Off – Learn about perimeter and area as you try and capture the most spaceships.
• Factor Dazzle – Try to stump your opponent by choosing numbers for them to factor that are harder than your own.
• Fraction Feud – Create larger or smaller fractions than your opponent to win.
• Slam Ball – Use your knowledge of angles, symmetry, and reflections to collect the most points on a given path.
• Ker-Splash – Use algebra to manipulate your beach ball to roll over the most new terms.
Read the “About” section to get a brief summary of the games and the type of math skills you need to play them. As the website explains, “Calculation Nation is part of the NCTM Illuminations project, which offers Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.”

Free Online Math Games for K-8

August 25th, 2014

It’s Monday, August 25, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Johnnie’s Math Page

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

This website offers all kinds of interactive math games, tools, and activities. When you get to the site just click on a math strand on the menu that includes:
• NUMBER – Includes Counting, Base 10, Odd/Even, 100’s Chart, Place Value, Adding, Integers, Number Line, Venn Numbers, Decimals, Factoring, and more.
• GEOMETRY – Play with Pattern Blocks, Tangrams, GeoBoard, Symmetry, Shapes, Triangles, Angle Measurement, Polyhedra, Cartesian Grid, and more.
• FRACTIONS – Explore Circle Fractions, Area Fractions, Like Fractions, Compare Fractions, Fractions Percents, Fraction Tiles, and more.
• MULTIPLICATION – Use Flash Cards and Tiles to learn the facts, play fun games for practice, and more.
• MEASUREMENT – Learn to tell time, weigh, and measure; use Standard Rule and Metric Rule; learn about liquid measurement, proportion and more.
• STATISTICS – Make graphs and charts, and learn about the Mean Median.
• PROBABILITY – Use spinners and dice to understand chance and probability.
• FUN – Play challenging math games and logic puzzles from an interactive abacus to Hanoi Towers and more.

This is a great site to use for practicing math skills.

Multimedia Math Glossary for K-6

July 21st, 2014

It’s Monday, July 21, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Harcourt: Multimedia Math Glossary

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

This website, developed by Harcourt School Publishers, offers a free, multimedia math glossary. It helps students understand math terms and concepts using colorful animated pictures, drawings, graphs, and simple text.
When you get to the site, use the menu at the top to explore the site by grade level, or simply search for a math term alphabetically. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to further refine your search. Once you find the term you are looking for – click on it – and the term, along with a description and an illustration or animation, appears on the screen. For example:
• Grade K – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: above, below, add, bar graph, circle, equals, less, minus, same, triangle, under, etc.
• Grade 1 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: addition sentence, between, centimeter, even numbers, fractions, greater than, hour hand, line of symmetry, minus, etc.
• Grade 2 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: addend, congruent figures, divide, fact family, gram, perimeter, sphere, sum, etc.
• Grade 3 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: acute angle, cube, decimal, Celsius, Fahrenheit, equilateral triangle, line segment, liter, numerator, obtuse triangle, etc.
• Grade 4 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: analog clock, associative property of addition, cardinal number, gallon, kilogram, negative numbers, probability, etc.
• Grade 5 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: absolute value, commutative property of multiplication, denominator, exponent, hypotenuse, inverse operation, pi, ray, scientific notation, etc.
• Grade 6 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: algebraic expression, coordinate plane, Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Ratio, Pythagorean Theorem, rhombus, square root, theoretical probability, x-axis, y-coordinate, etc.

This is a great tool to enhance any study of math. It also offers an interesting way to introduce various math terms and concepts without intimidation.

An Egg Curriculum!

April 19th, 2014

It’s Saturday, April 19, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Various, see below.

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

Here’s an “Egg Curriculum” that your family can enjoy throughout the Easter and Spring break! It includes websites about eggs that we’ve featured in the past that cover Art, Math, Language Arts, and Science – including a site where you can watch a virtual chicken egg hatch!
Have fun learning by visiting these egg-ceptional sites!
You won’t believe the variety of egg decorating ideas and instructions here! In addition to basic egg decorating tips, you’ll find instructions on how to naturally dye eggs, how to use pasta, beans and other kitchen materials to decorate eggs, how to use rubber bands, homemade stencils, leaves, braid, rickrack, buttons and more! You’ll also find answers to every question you’ve ever had about preserving and storing decorated eggs. When you’re through there, use the menu on the left and click on these items:
• Sabrina Soto’s Decorating Tips – More egg decorating ideas
• Fun and Easy Egg Crafts– make non-edible “Tie Dyed” eggs, eggshell planters and more
• Basic Egg Facts – Discover the history and process of egg production
• Holiday & Special Occasions – Learn about National Egg Month, Family Breakfast Week and World Egg Day
• Trivia – All kinds of interesting egg facts
Looking for egg-cellent lesson plans? Then don’t miss these pages:

An Egg’s Journey From the Farm to Your Table

The Incredible, Edible Egg

For students in Pre-K through high school and beyond, this site offers all kinds downloadable PDF lesson plans.

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EGG MATH

Chickscope

The egg has interesting mathematical properties that are explored at this site 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.

EGG SCIENCE – All of the following sites will enhance your science curriculum!

Spinning Hard-Boiled Egg Water Sprinkler

Science Frontiers website explains how to make hard boiled eggs act like water sprinklers – has something to do with gravity and centrifugal force.

Make Soft-Shelled Eggs

This eggs-citing experiment uses a little vinegar and a hard-boiled egg to get some amazing results!

Three more interesting experiments using eggs.

• A Very Big Cell – biochemistry of the egg shell
• Diffusion and osmosis in animal cells
• Flying Pizza Pan Egg Drop

4-H Virtual Farm: Virtual Hatch Project!

4-H offers the opportunity to learn about embryology by watching virtual embryonic development and incubation of a chicken egg. When you are through learning all about the embryology of chicken eggs, you can see a virtual chicken egg hatch by going to: Watch a Chick Hatch. Wait a few minutes for the program to load and then follow the directions to watch the chicken emerge from the egg. Very eggs-citing!

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EGG LANGUAGE ARTS

Not all of the following online children’s stories are about eggs, but rather, the legendary egg delivery guy – the bunny. The best of the bunch is the last story.

The Adventurous Bunny & Easter Island

The Tale of Peter Rabbit By Beatrix Potter

Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

MathCats – Spring Activities

March 31st, 2014

It’s Monday, March 31, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MathCats: Spring Activities

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 by visiting the Home Page where 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!

There’s much more here that makes learning math fun!

Valentine Math

February 10th, 2014

It’s Monday, February 10, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Googol Learning: Valentine Math

Age Range: 6-14 (grades 1-9, approximately, with parental supervision).

At this website, you’ll find all kinds of free valentine-themed math activities that explore concepts from symmetry to Fibonacci and beyond for students of all ages. When you get to the site indulge in the sweet math menu that invites you to:

• Explore measurements and temperature by making your own chocolate candy.
• Graph your favorite chocolate bars and experiment with fractions as you divide them among your friends.
• Use Sweetheart candies for counting, sorting, grouping, and estimation exercises.
• Figure out the area and perimeter of a circle and square using common cinnamon heart candies.
• Explore a variety of candy math lessons for grades 1-9.
• Plot latitude and longitude in a game of Valentine Candy Battleship.
• Make a symmetrical heart and calculate its perimeter.
• Get a free printable set of multiplication flash cards for the times tables 2-13.
• Discover your own heart’s resting rate and find out how much blood it pumps.
• Use a formula (or algorithm) to calculate the number of hugs you’ll receive in February.
• Solve some Valentine’s Day math word problems.

Then, explore the archive of links to even more Valentine’s Day math lessons, problems, quizzes, crafts, games, and more!

Don’t miss the rest of the fantastic GoogolPower.com website. You won’t believe the free math resources this site has in store for you!