# 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

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.

# Interactive Pre-Algebra & Algebra Tutorials

May 16th, 2022

It’s Monday, May 16, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Visual Math Learning

This archived website provides free, interactive tutorials with diagrams, illustrations, animations and practice games and exercises for learning pre-algebra and algebra level mathematics.

When you get to the site you’ll see that the lessons are divided into two sections:

I. Pre-Algebra: Numbers and Arithmetic

• Natural Numbers
• Counting
• Number Bases
• Subtraction
• Integers
• Multiplication
• Factors
• Division
• Fractions
• Fraction Arithmetic
• Inverses
• Equivalence
• Common Denominators
• Decimals

II. Elementary Algebra

• Basics of Sets
• Relations
• Functions
• Equations
• Substitution

Click on any lesson and enjoy a tutorial that includes narration, illustrations, interactive diagrams, and visual manipulatives to encourage active learning.

On the menu, you’ll also find a section titled “links” which will provide you with a list of other math resources.

# Practice Math & Feed The Hungy

April 25th, 2022

It’s Monday, April 25, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

FreeRice.com: Math

Test your Multiplication Tables and Basic Math (Pre-Algebra) skills and earn food for the hungry!

Scroll down to Math and choose from:

• Multiplication Table
• Basic Math – PreAlgebra
• Derivatives
• Geometry

Click on your choice to get to the quiz. FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of ability as you take each quiz. It starts by giving you math equations at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a math problem wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three problems in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio keeps you challenged to encourage learning.

You can set your own level and you can even have the site remember your total from the last time you were there if you create an account.

And, with every right answer, you donate ten grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.

The site has expanded to include quizzes in other subjects:

• English
• Geography
• Humanities
• Language Learning
• Science
• And more

If you have more questions, check out the About section. This is a fun and ingenious idea that will motivate kids to practice math while helping others.

# High School Math Video Lessons

April 4th, 2022

It’s Monday, April 4, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Mathplanet

Mathplanet.com is sponsored by a Swedish non-profit organization called Mattecentrum. It’s an online community where students can study U.S. high school math courses for free through theory, examples, and video lessons.

When you get to the site, look for the colorful menu on the right side of the screen to access lessons that include:

• Pre-Algebra – Covers integers, one-step equations, graphs and functions, ratio and percent, probability, area and volume, etc.
• Algebra 1 – Discover algebraic expressions, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, exponents, polynomials, radical and rational expressions.
• Algebra 2 – Explore equations, graphs, matrices, exponential and logarithmic expressions, sequences, probability and trigonometry.
• Geometry – Study points, lines, planes, angles, parallel lines, triangles, similarity, trigonometry, quadrilaterals, and more.
• SAT – Practice sample questions similar to what you’ll find on the SAT exam. If you have difficulty, watch the linked video lessons.
• ACT – Try your hand at solving questions similar to those on the ACT. Linked video lessons explain challenging concepts.

If you want to interact with others using Mathplanet, check out their Facebook page.

# Math Games Make Learning Fun!

February 21st, 2022

XP Math

Grades 2-10 (varies depending on skill level), with parental supervision

This website offers free math games, ebooks, and videos covering arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and probability.

The games were developed by the creator of the site – a middle school math teacher who enjoys integrating math and technology in the classroom.

When you get to the site, use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen to explore the Math Games Arcade:

Number & Operations

Algebra

Geometry

Measurement

Data Analysis & Probability

There are a lot of fun games here! Bookmark it to return often.

# Math Videos for Middle & High School

January 31st, 2022

Brightstorm: Math: Free Online Math Videos

Grades 7 & up, with parental supervision

Brightstorm is a company that finds and films the best math teachers and creates engaging lessons around those teachers’ videos. The company sells test preparation programs, however, as an outreach to new customers, they offer over 2,000 FREE videos that teach math from Algebra through Calculus.

For example, as an Algebra student, you can watch a series of lessons on quadratic equations and functions. In each lesson, the concept is explained. Then, the student is presented with three more videos that present problems and explain solutions.

The lessons I watched were taught by a quirky and charming young woman instructor with a unique style and flair for teaching math. (Don’t miss her demonstration of setting “The Quadratic Formula” to the tune of Pop Goes The Weasel.)

When you get to the site, use the “Subject” menu to select the math topic of interest:

• Algebra
• Geometry
• Algebra 2
• Trigonometry
• Precalculus
• Calculus

Click on any one and a new window opens with a menu of topics in that category. Click on the topic of interest to access the lessons. When you click on a lesson, the first video in the series will launch, but you will be required to register (it’s free) to watch the entire video. Registered users can watch as many math videos as many times as they like.

As the website explains, “The power of a great teacher in action is undeniable.” Thanks to technology, students can learn math from some of the best teachers available – wherever and whenever they want.