# Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

October 26th, 2020

It’s Monday, October 26, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Motivate – Maths Enrichment for Schools

Age Range: 11-17 (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 “Multi-Media Packs” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as:

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

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.

# Learn Braille

October 24th, 2020

It’s Saturday, October 24, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Braille Bug

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

This website from the American Printing House for the Blind was designed to teach sighted children about braille. With the aid of this site children will not only gain an understanding of the history and importance of braille as a language for the blind, but will also learn braille numbers and letters.

When arriving at this colorful site, students can select from the following:

• What is Braille? – Learn the ins and outs of reading and writing braille as well as print out a braille alphabet key.
• Games and Secret Messages – interactive activities that encourage students to interpret simulated braille letters, words, and numbers. See your name in braille, solve trivia, riddles and rhymes, jumbles, secret messages and more.
• Louis Braille – Read the brief story of Louis Braille.
• Helen Keller Kids Museum Online – Explore the timeline of Helen Keller’s life.

In the bottom menu, visitors can Change Colors – Change the color of the text and background for easier viewing. Also learn about the American Printing House and more.

While this website’s target audience is students in grades 3-6, many of the activities can easily be adapted for younger and older students.

# 97 Orchard Street National Historical Site

October 22nd, 2020

It’s Thursday, October 22, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Tenement Museum

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

This website CHANGE THIS some terrific science lessons, activities and tools. It will also inspire scientific curiosity – not only for kids, but even for parents who aren’t keen in science.

When arriving at the site, scroll down to read about the “people, objects, and traditions that shaped the fabric of everyday life in New York City tenements.” Some of the articles include:

• Why 97 Orchard Street?
• History by Numbers
• Fanny Rogarshevsky’s Toolbox
• Rosaria Baldizzi: A Complicated Path to Citizenship
• Precision and Spirit: Fighting for a Place in America
• And more

When you are done exploring, select the “Learn” tab from the top menu to find lesson plans, teacher resources, and more.

When you have finished visiting this website, hop on over to New York’s PBS station Thirteen Lower East Side Tenement Museum website for more insight into what the tenement on 97 Orchard Street might have looked like in 1870 and 1915 as well as learn some interesting history about some of the tenants. When arriving at the link, select from the following:

• Urban Log Cabin – Using the images of the tenement from 1870 or 1915, select a room to view what the apartment looked like during the time period and learn a little bit about the folks that lived there.
• Excavation – 97 Orchard Street was boarded up from 1935-1987. Learn what was found when it was opened again. Examine the 13 layers of wallpaper found on one wall and check out 10 objects found during renovation.
• Tenement VR – Take virtual tours of the Gumpertz Apartment (1870’s) and the Baldizzi Apartment (1935) as they might have appeared when the families were living in them. Don’t forget to learn about the families by clicking on the text links.
• History – Read a brief history of the tenement and tenement life as well as the changes required through time. Click on the images at the top to see actual pictures of tenement life in the 30’s and 40’s.

These websites provide an excellent opportunity to learn about immigration and tenement life in New York’s Lower East Side.

# Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

October 19th, 2020

It’s Monday, October 19, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

Age Range: 9-13 (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!

# Make Paper Toys

October 17th, 2020

It’s Saturday, October 17, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Paper Toys

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

This ad-supported website provides free patterns that you can print, cut, fold and glue to make dozens of paper toys including architectural wonders, cars, animals, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the many patterns available including:

• Apache Helicopter
• Bill Gate’s House
• Bruce Lee Paper Doll
• Dale Earnhardt NASCAR #3
• Eiffel Tower
• Great Pyramid
• Party Hat
• Queen’s Crown
• Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
• Tyrannosaurus Rex
• And many more!

Click on any one and a new page opens with the pattern to print along with some instructions on how to assemble it.

These are great indoor activities for bad weather days – plus, many of the projects make great gifts! Have fun!

# Free “File Folder” Science Games

October 13th, 2020

It’s Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

File Folder Fun – Science

Age Range: 3-7 (Grades PreK-2, with parental supervision)

This site offers free, printable file folder games and activities that help young children learn about topics in science.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the grade you are interested in and click on the link for the science related activities. Or to make it easier, we have listed the links below: