# Relating Math to Real Life

June 27th, 2022

It’s Monday, June 27, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

University of Cambridge: Motivate – Maths Enrichment for Schools

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 anymore, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

# 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.

# Biology Videos That Make Sense!

March 22nd, 2022

AsapSCIENCE

Some of the videos contain adult topics. See note below. Parents should preview the site and supervise Internet access.) This is a YouTube channel where AsapSCIENCE offers free, short, entertaining videos that explain biological concepts. Created by two biologists, a new video is posted weekly and engages viewers with fast-paced and informative explanations accompanied by lots of entertaining and colorful illustrations.

When you get to the website the current video will launch on the screen. Choose the VIDEO tab to see the menu of archived videos on topics that include:

• The Science of Love
• Which Came First – The Chicken or the Egg?
• Zombie Apocalypse Science
• The Moon Illusion
• The Creation of Pearls
• The Science of Superheroes
• And Many More!

The presentations are designed to be informal and informative. The use of humor and some slang terminology, along with simple diagrams and silly pictures, is intended to make biology seem “cool,” making it more accessible to the general population.

NOTE: There are a number of AsapSCIENCE videos that are geared for older viewers and/or that have controversial topics including drugs, alcohol, hangovers, sex, contraception, bodily functions, etc. Since every parent has different criteria for what is suitable content for any particular age range, PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO PREVIEW THE VIDEOS AND SUPERVISE ALL INTERNET ACCESS.

One more thing…YouTube contains random advertisements, and it allows viewers to post comments (that may contain offensive language). Again, parental supervision is advised. That said, there are plenty of videos in this archive that provide sound scientific explanations of topics that are appropriate for general audiences.

# Engaging Math Activities with PBS.org & Cyberchase

July 26th, 2021

PBSKIDS.org: Cyberchase Math Activities

Grades 2-7 approximately, with parental supervision

This PBS website is a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy Award® winning mathematics series for children. The website offers dynamic web games, videos, and printable activities that teach math concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the PBS show, the website explains: “In the world of Cyberchase, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to overthrow Motherboard and take over Cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But Motherboard enlists the help of three curious kids, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal, Digit, to stop him. Their weapon: brain power. In the live-action segment following each animated episode, Harry and Bianca show kids how math can help solve life’s wacky problems in the real world.”

To further help kids explore their world, the hands-on activities include a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured recommendations. Below that is an icon menu of printable activities that include:

• Activity Book – Print out a booklet with math puzzles, games, and projects.
• Batter Up – Track your favorite baseball team’s hits and look for patterns.
• Bianca’s Body Math – Use math to learn which body parts are proportional.
• Cool It – Experiment with evaporation to keep something cool on a hot day.
• Dot Decoder – Decode a secret message.
• Lifting with Levers – Discover the relationship between the length of a lever and how much weight you can lift.
• Make a Pinwheel – Make a pinwheel and use it to find out how windy it is.
• Make Ice Cream – Get an easy recipe to make ice cream at home.
• Shadow Math – Measure the lengths of shadows to estimate the height of something very tall.
• Top Flight – Make paper airplanes and judge their flights to choose a winner.

Click on any activity and a new page opens with complete instructions, diagrams, and illustrations to do the activity.

Bookmark this fun resource to help kids learn math, science, and more!

# Learn and See How Automobiles are Made with this Virtual Tour!

July 16th, 2021

Toyota Children’s Web Site

All grades; children with parental supervision

Through illustrated diagrams, texts, images, and animations, visitors will discover what is involved in the process of making an automobile.

There are a couple of ways to take your tour. Either use the flow chart image or the left side bar menu to navigate through the various steps of making a car:

• Research and Development of New Cars
• Planning
• Design, Planning, and Manufacture of Prototypes
• Numerous Tests
• Production and Sales
• First Steps
• Stamping
• Welding
• Painting
• Making the Engine
• Suppliers
• Assembly
• Inspections
• Transportation
• Sales

There is also a link to see a “video clip of production in action”.

After going through the tour, check out the other parts of this children’s website to learn about environmentally-friendly and people-friendly automobiles as well as more about the Toyota Motor Company.

# 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.