# Maths, Measures, Numbers, OH MY!

July 11th, 2022

It’s Monday, July 11, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Teaching Ideas – Maths

Grades 1-10, with parental supervision

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities, and worksheets to help educators teach math (and science, geography, history, and lots of other subjects as well).

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured math resources and activities. The age range is in the top right corner of each box. Click ‘VIEW’ to see the worksheet. You can download each one by scrolling past the ads to the red ‘Download’ button. To find worksheets by category, roll over “Maths” in the red menu bar at the top to find choices that include:

Maths – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands, learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size, get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.

Numbers– Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.

Geometry – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.

Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.

There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.

Note: As you explore the site, you may see comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.

July 5th, 2022

# Take Off with Airplane Math Activities!

June 20th, 2022

It’s Monday, June 20, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

PlaneMath.com: Airplane Math

Grades 5 & up, with parental supervision

This website offers free airplane and flight-themed activities that help students practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

• Applying Flying – Explore nine different lessons that require exercising your math skills to learn to fly a rescue helicopter, understand how planes lift off, fly a herd of buffalo to the prairie, and even build a kite!
• Pioneer Plane – Watch a movie about Amelia Earhart and then do an activity that reinforces what you’ve learned. Or visit the “Grab Bag” to learn some fascinating trivia facts about flight.
• Planemath Enterprises – Try your hand at designing airplanes after completing the eight training sessions in forces of flight, fuselage, airfoils, wing shape, propulsion, and more!

This is an innovative way to practice math and see its practical application in the world of flight.

# Math in the Movies!

June 13th, 2022

It’s Monday, June 13, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

MathBits.com: Math and the Movies

Grades 6-12, with parental guidance

Want to make math fun? If you’re willing to do a bit of prep work at the audio-visual department of your local library or on Netflix (or whatever movie provider you use), you and your kids will be rewarded with some really fun math explorations.

This website offers free math activities and worksheets based on short scenes or clips from movies and television shows that present mathematical content (not watered-down content) in a variety of educational styles. As explained at the website, the clips fall into two main categories:

1) Clips that demonstrate the actual mathematics at work, such as seeing Abbott and Costello describe how 28 divided by 7 is 13.

2) Clips that are used as a hook or humorous introduction to a topic, such as watching Lucy and Ethel wrapping chocolates on a conveyor belt prior to solving problems relating to conveyor belts and sequences.

You’ll find movie and TV clips that help demonstrate or introduce everything from pre-algebra to calculus. And then, you follow up by doing the exercises on the free worksheets. When you get to the site read the introduction and then use the menu at the top of the page to access:

Part 1 – Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie and TV titles such as:

• Star Wars – Episode I, The Phantom Menace
• Star Trek – The Original Series: The Trouble With Tribbles
• The Matrix Revolutions
• Die Hard with a Vengeance
• October Sky
• Stand and Deliver
• The Wizard of Oz
• Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
• ~ And More!

Part 2 – Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie titles such as:

• Little Big League
• Wall-E
• Father of the Bride
• Pirates of Penzance
• Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
• Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote – “Hot Rod and Reel”
• The Simpsons: Bart, the Genius
• Shrek the Third
• ~ And More!

Note: The movie ratings run the gamut from G to R, so AS ALWAYS, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

This is a great way to use technology and pop culture to engage older students in the fun of mathematics.

# Practice Manuscript & Cursive Handwriting

June 8th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, June 8, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Handwriting For Kids

Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website offers free lessons and practice worksheets for learning how to print, write in cursive, and learn English grammar. (It also offers instruction and worksheets for learning arithmetic.)

When you get to the website you will see an introduction and a menu on the left side of the screen that includes:

• Manuscript — Learn to print by tracing letters of the alphabet, words, and sentences using the free worksheet variations available here.
• Cursive — Learn cursive writing by tracing first, and then writing independently. Free printable worksheets of individual letters, words, and complete sentences are provided for practice.
• English — Use the free lessons and worksheets to learn grammar, including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions.
• Mathematics — You’ll find a selection of interactive math lessons, worksheets, and drill games.

You’ll also find links to further resources, Spanish worksheets, Biblically-themed handwriting and cursive worksheets, and a flash card-making tool.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you’ll find the lessons and worksheets. The layout isn’t always crystal clear – but if you just click on a couple of items, you’ll figure out how best to use this site quickly.

# Try a Math Snack!

June 6th, 2022

It’s Monday, June 6, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

New Mexico State University: Math Snacks

Grades 4-8, with parental supervision

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”

The site’s collection of “snacks” are highly entertaining educational movies, games, and apps that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the videos and games you’ll find include:

• Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a Dodgeball coach who lacks a clear understanding of ratios.
• Identify numbers that sum to ten, and decimals that sum to 1 – while driving a school bus full of monsters and deforming the neighborhood (this one you’ve got to see to believe).
• Watch a supervillain and superhero match wits, scaling things up and down by the same factor.

There are many more as well. Look under the “Teaching With” link to find guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, and more, to help solidify the concepts.

A handy reminder from the teachers’ page: “Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8.” Since they’re snacks, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re portable; if you have a mobile device, you can learn something new on the go!