# 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.

# Narrated, Interactive Math Tutorials

September 28th, 2020

It’s Monday, September 28, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Visual Math Learning

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 5-10 with parental supervision)

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 that 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 interactive math “Exercises” and “Games” that will challenge students thinking skills and help them practice what they’ve learned from the lessons.

# Free Math Drill Worksheets!

August 3rd, 2020

It’s Monday, August 3, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math-Drills.com

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website offers thousands of free, printable math worksheets with answer keys to help students learn, practice, and master math.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message. Click on “Math Worksheets” on the top left to access worksheets on:

• Multiplication Facts
• Subtraction
• Division
• Algebra
• Money Math
• Fractions
• Integers
• Powers of Ten
• Decimals
• Geometry
• Measurement
• and more!

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of worksheet options. Click on a worksheet title and a new page opens where you can open in your browser or download to your computer and print out the worksheet to use offline.

You’ll also find flash cards, holiday-themed math worksheets, games, and more!

# Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 20th, 2020

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

Recommended Website:

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.

# Interactive Math Practice

March 23rd, 2020

It’s Monday, March 23, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Doctor Genius

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported and user-friendly website offers free, interactive math drill-and-practice activities to help students in grades K-6 improve their math skills

When you get to the site simply click on a grade level and begin practicing math strands or scroll down to see what each grade level includes:

• Grade K: Numbers, Split numbers, Counting on the bus, Addition, Subtraction, and more
• Grade 1: Multiplication, Telling Time, Money, and more
• Grade 2: Division and more
• Grade 3: Fractions, Measures, Decimal numbers, and more
• Grade 4: Percentages, Graphs, and more
• Grade 5: Calculator and more
• Grade 6: Miscellaneous and more

Once you select a grade level and category, choose the math strand you want to practice. A new page opens with the equation displayed. Type in the answer and if your answer is correct, you move on to the next equation. If it’s incorrect, the correct answer is provided and then you can try again with a new equation.

Younger children and non-readers may need adult supervision and assistance. You’ll also find a link to Times Tables practice (from 1-12) under the Math dropdown on the top menu.

# Games to Help with Basic Math Facts

February 3rd, 2020

It’s Monday, February 3, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

A+ Math Games

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

This website contains fun, interactive games for learning basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and geometry.

The games include:

• Matho – This is math and bingo combined for “Matho”! Includes game board and games for addition, multiplication and division facts. When you get to the web page, you will see a game board with numbers on it. Below it are questions like “What is 8 x 5?” You do the math, and get the answer – in this case “40”. Then you click on the number 40 on the game board. As soon as you get 5 in a row – you have Matho!
• Hidden Picture – Choose your subject to get to the game board with numbers on it. Above the game board are math fact problems like “8 – 3?” You find the correct answer on the game board and click on it. If you are correct a piece of the hidden picture is revealed. Once you answer all of the questions correctly – you get to see the whole picture!
• Math Memory – Click on the type of Math Memory game you’d like to play. On the next screen, you will see 2 game boards. Both boards are covered in question marks. Click on a square on one board, and you will see a math fact like “3 + 3?” Then you click on a square on the other side to try to find the solution. The idea is to try to remember as you click from one side to the next what facts and answers lie beneath each square. Requires concentration and develops good memory skills. Once you clear both boards by finding the solution to each math fact, you win!

These games are a great way to remedy the boredom of drill and practice with basic math facts.

When you finish the games, check out the rest of the site to find flashcards and worksheets and homework help. Highly recommended!