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Free Math Practice

May 11th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, May 11, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

IXL Math

(https://www.ixl.com/math/)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

For those of you who wonder what math concepts your children are expected to learn by grade level, this site delivers the answers for free. Plus, even though this is a commercial, for-pay site, it does offer 10 math practice questions for free each day. Your child can use them to practice specific math skills at the grade level that suits them best, in an interactive way.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of grade levels with a list of all kinds of math strands to try. Click on a strand and a new page displays the question – remember you can only try 10 per day for free. Some of the topics include: 

  • Numbers and Counting
  • Patterns
  • Understanding Subtraction
  • Time
  • Compare Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Data and Graphs
  • Multiplication
  • Ratios, Rates, and Proportions
  • Number Theory
  • Problem Solving
  • Surface Area and Volume
  • Polynomials
  • Two-dimensional Vectors
  • Trigonometric Functions

And so much more!

Free multi-media math games

April 27th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, April 27, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Calculation Nation

(calculationnation.nctm.org/)

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

 

This fun, free, multi-media math games website is brought to you by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 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.
  • And more!

Read the “About Games” 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.”

Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 20th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, April 20, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vedic Mathematics Academy

(www.vedicmaths.org/)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial site provides information and free sample tutorials on Vedic Mathematics.

What’s “Vedic Mathematics”? As explained at the website: 

“Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research, all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae… These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore a great help in directing the student to the appropriate method of solution… The simplicity of Vedic Mathematics means that calculations can be carried out mentally (though the methods can also be written down).”

Words really don’t begin to describe this innovative way to solve math problems and mentally calculate answers to math equations. It almost makes learning math like learning fun magic tricks. When you get to the website, click on New to Vedic Mathematics, then “tutorials”, then Fun With Figures. Try the free sample tutorials that explain ways to find arithmetic solutions for: 

  • Multiplication
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Finding Square Roots
  • Division
  • and more!

Read the instructions and apply the Vedic method to find the solutions to an array of sample problems. Your kids will enjoy experimenting!

For those who have never heard of or tried this method before, it will really set your mind to thinking about math differently.

If your kids struggle with mathematics the Vedic system may provide an alternative method that suits the way your child learns best. This site sells products that teach the Vedic system, but the sample tutorials are free. It also provides many links to other websites with articles, downloads, activities, and further resources for learning Vedic mathematics. We have not reviewed these other websites.

Just FYI, YouTube carries some free Vedic math tutorials. Just go to YouTube.com and enter “Vedic math tutorials” in the search engine. A menu of free instructional videos on the Vedic system pops up that you can explore on your own. We have not reviewed the YouTube presentations on Vedic math, so parents AS ALWAYS should preview the material and supervise use.

Learn Geography Through Earth Sciences

April 14th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, April 14, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geography4Kids

(www.geography4kids.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website helps kids (of many ages) learn about geography through earth sciences.

When you get to the site, read the introduction as it contains good info on where to start and how to navigate for best use. To get started scroll half way down the home page and click on “Next Stop On Site Tour”, or use the menu to explore: 

  • Earth Energy – Explore global Geometry, electromagnetic radiation, waves and particles, solar energy, atmospheric interaction, and temperature including Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales.
  • Earth Structure – Learn what the Earth is made of including the plates, mantles, the liquid inner core, the magnetic fields, rocks and minerals, and discover what tectonics has to do with earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Biosphere – Learn about our living world including ecology, ecosystems, food chains, soil, water, climates, energy, erosion, oxidation, and how it all interacts to support life.
  • Atmosphere – Find out what composes the atmosphere, thermosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere. Learn about temperature and air pressure, altitude, the Coriolis Force, and the Greenhouse Effect.
  • Hydrosphere – Discover how all kinds of water moves through the world including freshwater, seawater, and groundwater. Learn about wetlands and aquatic biomes. Learn how to identify cloud types.
  • Climate – Explore weather, climates (polar, subtropical, tropical), seasons, clouds, hurricanes and monsoons, and check out the instruments used to measure the force and effect of it all.
  • Cycles – Learn about the interactive cycles of our ecosystem that include carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen, iron, phosphorus, and rocks.

When you are through exploring each section of the site, you can take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge. A bonus feature is that this site provides links to its “sister” sites for further study in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

This is a terrific resource. We recommend you bookmark it to return often.

Inca Geometry

April 13th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, April 13, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geometry from the Land of the Incas

(www.gogeometry.com/index.html)

Age Range: 15-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers an array of resources including animations, science, and Incan history in order to help students learn Euclidean geometry.

The Incas were a civilization in western South America near Cuzco, Peru. You may have heard of Machu Picchu, an ancient fortress city of the Incas in the Andes Mountains. The Incas were superb craftsmen and architect-engineers. Nazca Lines are geoglyphs (drawings on the ground) that are believed to have been created by The Incas during the 15th and 16th centuries. There are about 300 figures – among them are geometric shapes. 

When you get to the website you’ll find geometry problems with step-by-step solutions, proofs, colorful animations, quizzes, puzzles, quotations, and more. Click on the featured ilustration that interests you or scroll down the page to find the “Table of Content” for more. 

There is lots of content here – so much, in fact, that we weren’t able to review it all. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability for your own children.

Learn About Fish!

April 7th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fish-On!

(tinyurl.com/up5q2fn)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site from Wildlife Forever offers a Fish On! Lesson Plan for Grades 4-12, but it can be tweaked for the younger grades. Learn all about fish!

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction. The art contest has ended for this year, but you can still use the lesson plan and have your kids draw. Scroll down through the lesson: 

  • Objectives
  • Vocabulary
  • Background

There are also student worksheets with quizzes, puzzles and math facts. Keep scrolling down for a glossary of terms, a list of each fish by state, and then to the fish! Each fish is on its own page – there’s a colorful illustration, details about each one, and ends with “Did You Know?” And you can see some of the art contest winners’ entries from previous years throughout.

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