Posts Tagged ‘tutorials’

Project-Based Science Lessons for Grades 5-12

July 5th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teachers Try Science

(www.teacherstryscience.org/lp)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a collaborative effort between the New York Hall of Science, IBM Corporation, and TeachEngineering.org. It provides free, hands-on, project-based learning activities that require students to engineer solutions to problems by employing math, technology, and science concepts from more than one science discipline including physics, chemistry, and earth sciences.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of lesson plans. (There are currently over 410!) Click on any one and a new page opens with the target grade (ages), the estimated time required for the project, the topics covered, and video tutorials that provide an introduction, the lesson, and reflections on what is learned.

You’ll also find links to resources and materials that are needed, as well as comments from teachers who used the project in their classroom.

Free Math Video Tutorials

June 20th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, June 20, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Is All About Math

(www.isallaboutmath.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 4 and up. Age/grade range varies. Use parental discretion and supervision.)

 

This website provides short instructional math videos that can be used to supplement math studies. The videos consist of a narrated lecture and animations that illustrate the concept being discussed. The videos are enabled for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices for portable, on-the-go learning.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of math videos that include topics such as: 

  • Triangular Numbers (Parts I, II & III) – Elementary explanation of triangular numbers, a general formula for the sum of an arithmetic progression, and a solution to the Recursive equation.
  • Mathematical Induction (Parts I, II, & III) – Explains the Method of Mathematical Induction. Discussion of Francesco Maurolico, Pascal and John Wallis, plus Fermat’s Method of infinite descent, etc.
  • Weaving Numbers – Explanation of Vedic multiplication or weaving multiplication. Includes Fibonacci’s sieve or lattice multiplication, and more.
  • Dimension 2 – Explains how two numbers can describe the position of a point on a sphere, and how one can draw a picture of the Earth on a piece of paper.
  • The Fourth Dimension – Mathematician Ludwig Schläfli discusses objects in the fourth dimension.
  • Complex Numbers – Mathematician Adrien Douady explains the square root of negative numbers in simple terms.
  • Pi – An explanation and illustration of the most famous mathematical constant.

The narrator on some of the videos speaks in a monotone voice with an accent, so we found it necessary to really pay attention to hear and understand the lectures. Fortunately, the animated illustrations help the viewer to maintain focus.

We couldn’t find “about” information on the site, so it’s not clear who is providing the info or why. Currently, there are no advertisements on the site, and all of the videos can be accessed for free, without registration.

This is a helpful resource for supplementing the study of various math concepts.

Fraction Tutorials, Interactives, & Worksheets

June 6th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, June 6, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Visual Fractions

(www.visualfractions.com/index.htm)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-9, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free tutorial for learning about fractions.

Through the use of interactive exercises and visual aids (like number lines and circle graphs), students can learn how to:

  • Identify fractions
  • Rename fractions
  • Compare fractions
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions

The concepts are demonstrated through the visual images and explained in text format. Then, the student can practice their understanding with an interactive drill session. There are even free, printable worksheets to practice fractions offline.

The creators suggest that the student answer 10 in-a-row correctly before moving on to the next concept. They also suggest that the best way to use the site is to progress in the order displayed – as mastery of one concept leads to understanding the next.

This site presents a good mix of lessons with visual demonstrations, animated manipulatives for building and understanding concepts, interactive drills to do online, and follow-up worksheets for offline reinforcement.

Free Interactive Math Games for Grades 1-6

May 16th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 16, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HoodaMath

(www.hoodamath.com/)

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

 

HoodaMath.com is an ad-supported website that offers FREE math games to learn and practice basic math skills in the following areas: 

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Integers
  • Algebra

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured games. To sort by math strand and grade range, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the page.

Notice that the games can be sorted by game style as well – such as games that require the player to escape, shop, build, race, etc.

IMPORTANT: Every game is free to play but is accompanied by a randomly generated advertisement, usually delivered as a video clip. Some of the ad content is geared for adults, not kids. As always, parents should preview the website and supervise all Internet access.

You’ll also find links to some animated math “movies” and math tutorials (on a YouTube channel with random ads) that provide instruction in Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent, Integers, Order of Operations, Algebra, and Geometry designed for grades 3-6. To find the movies and tutorials scroll to the menu at the bottom of the home page. The videos are meant to be entertaining, but may seem silly to more mature kids.

Fun Math Games & Printables for Kids

March 28th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, March 28, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Math Games

(www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/)

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

 

We stumbled upon this ad-supported website that offers a wide variety of free, online, interactive math games, printable worksheets and quizzes, video tutorials and more! This colorful site is user-friendly and engaging. Most kids will be enticed to try a game or two, or three, or more. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and the featured math topics that include: 

  • Numbers – Fun challenges related to numbers, patterns, fractions, decimals, etc.
  • Geometry – Learn about shapes, grids, weights, angles, rotation, and more.
  • Facts – Read interesting math facts and trivia.
  • Videos – Watch educational clips that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and more.
  • Printable Worksheets – Includes addition, multiplication, fractions, etc.
  • Pictures – See math photos, images, and diagrams.
  • Printable Quizzes – Test your knowledge of division, decimals, money, basic algebra and more!

You’ll also find logic games, math riddles, board games, and math puzzles. This is a terrific resource that will enhance learning math. Bookmark it, to return often.

Math and Computation with MIT’s “Scratch”

February 1st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 1, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scratch (scratch.mit.edu/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The good folks at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) developed this website that offers “Scratch,” a new programming language designed to help young people “create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art” – and then share them on the web.

As kids (8 and up) use Scratch, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, think creatively, analyze systematically, gain a deeper understanding of the process of design, and use technology to develop learning skills for the 21st century.

Scratch is available FREE of charge and can be downloaded for Mac OSX and Windows at the website.

According to the website, “Different people get started with Scratch in different ways. Some like to tinker with various blocks to see what they do. Others like to experiment with the sample projects that come with Scratch, and then make changes to the scripts.” The website offers clear instructions, along with suggestions for fun, initial activities.

In fact, when you get to the site, click on “Support” on the menu. A new page opens where you can access a step-by-step guide to using Scratch along with video tutorials, reference guides, and FAQs.

This is a great way to engage in math while having fun!

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