# Valentine Math Activities

February 9th, 2015

It’s Monday, February 9, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Googol Power: Valentine Math

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

Valentine’s Day is coming fast! As our friends at GoogolPower.com say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”
When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:

• Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!
• Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”
• Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”
• Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.” (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)
• Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems.

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.

# Free Wildflower Coloring Books

July 12th, 2014

It’s Saturday, July 12, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Books

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

This website encourages appreciation for the beauty of wildflowers of the Northwest and Texas Hill Country by providing information about a stunning array of wildflowers and illustrations that you can print and color. Don’t let the area-specific titles fool you – many of these flowers grow in other regions as well.

When you get to the site, you will see a short introduction and a menu below it. Click on either Northwest or Texas Hill Coloring Book. A new page opens with a new menu that offers:

• An index of flowers by scientific name
• An index of flowers by common name
• A gallery of coloring pages completed and submitted by website visitors
• Biography of the illustrator of the wildflower coloring pages
• and other educational info about wildflowers

The simple way to access the flowers you want to color is to click on the “Common Names Index.” A new page opens with a list of common names of wildflowers. Find the one you are interested in, click on it, and a new page opens with a thumbnail picture of the flower along with a link to the printable coloring page and a color guide for that flower.

When you are through exploring the coloring pages, go back to the home page. It contains links to other botanical coloring books online, resources about wildflowers for teachers, and best of all – a directory of wildflower events taking place throughout the U.S. and Canada. Just click on “On-line Wildflower Events Directory” and a new page opens with a map of the U.S. Click on any state for a directory of wildflower tours and walks. (Note: The word Canada is above the map. Click on it to find events taking place in Canada.)

# Science U

May 27th, 2014

It’s Tuesday, May 27, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science U

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

This is a remarkable website that offers interactive exhibits to make science fun. The multimedia articles and activities are of a higher caliber than many websites designed for kids – so it will cause visitors to stretch a little and broaden their knowledge painlessly.
When you get to the site you will see that the menu is set up like a university campus. Click on the Observatory and learn about the solar system and space. Click on the Geometry Center and learn about fractals and tessellations. Click on the Library and discover information about the weather, seasons, plants and flowers and much more! The site is designed so that users can create their own animations as they experiment with new scientific concepts.
This website is one that can provide ongoing science curriculum supplements. Bookmark it and return often to take advantage of the many offerings. The site also has a “campus store” where you can purchase some of the materials and books recommended for further study in the activities section but there is no purchase necessary to use the free activities.

# Challenging Math Games for Grades 2-11

August 26th, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, August 26, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

This website offers free, sample math games (from its commercially available game-based learning system) that challenge and entertain students in the following math strands:

• Algebra
• Angles
• Area
• Circle Theorems
• Circumference
• Coordinates
• Cubic Equations
• Decimals
• Division
• Factoring
• Fractions
• Linear Equations
• Mental Math
• Multiplication
• Negative Numbers
• Parallel Lines
• Percentages
• Perimeters
• Polygons
• Pythagorean Theorem
• Reflections
• Rotations
• Subtraction
• Times Tables
• Trigonometry
• Trinomials
• And more!

You can try snippets of the games for free, or register as a teacher/principal of your school to play the games in their entirety. Registration is free without obligation to purchase. (Note: It’s always wise to read the privacy statement before completing registration.) Should you decide to purchase a subscription to the program, you’ll be able to access additional tools to save games, track your student’s progress, etc.

As explained at the website, instead of force-feeding dry math content with anachronistic textbooks, MangaHigh entices networked students to learn mathematical concepts as part of game-play.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the menu of 18 sample games designed to engage students such as:

*Flower Power – Grow flowers and harvest them to make money. The average 7-minute game requires players to put more than 100 fractions, percentages and decimals in order of size, both positive and negative.

*Pyramid Panic – Students must master the full spectrum of geometry skills from area of a square, through Pythagoras to Sine, Cosine and Tangent in order to win this game.

*Save Our Dumb Planet – Use missiles to shoot down meteors on a collision course with Earth. A team of dumb scientists are on hand to suggest possible trajectories. Draw lines using equations, recognize the equations of simple lines and common curves, draw simple quadratic curves, and test to see if a point is on a line.

*PEDMAS Blaster – Robots have run amok and need to be destroyed. Use your order-of-operations code-cracking abilities (including adding and subtracting whole numbers, times tables up to 10 x 10, and using powers and roots) to close these robo-rebels down.

Click on any one to read the instructions and begin the game. Things move quickly – so be prepared to be on your toes!

As explained at the site, the idea here is “to bring out the playful side of math while ensuring that students get the essential skills to master this important subject.” It’s great for remedial work too.

# Virtual Field Trip to Rainforest!

April 12th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, April 12, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range:  6 and up  (with parental supervision)

This website, sponsored by Michigan State University, presents a virtual tour of a tropical rainforest in Nicaragua and the biodiversity within it

When you get to the site, just follow the instructions to click your way through the slide show and read simple text to learn about:

• The people who live in the rainforest
• Trees, unusual flowers, fascinating plant seeds
• Toucans, Howler Monkeys, Trap-jaw Ants, Poison Dart Frogs, Bats, Peanut-head Bugs, and Crocodiles

You’ll also learn about deforestation and preservation of the rainforest.

When you are through with this tour, continue the journey by clicking this link: https://www.msu.edu/user/urquhart/tour/active.html

A new page opens with a picture of the same rainforest.  oll your cursor over the picture to see images that pop out of the picture. Click on the images to read more in-depth explanations.

# Valentine Science Activities!

February 12th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Valentine’s Day is February 14th!  Here are some Valentine’s Day science activities:

Recommended Websites: See Below

Age Range: Varies (Grades K-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

Examine the fascinating science and history of chocolate, including the chocolate-making process with a virtual visit to a chocolate factory. Find out about the latest research into the possible health effects of chocolate consumption.

Hooked on Science:  Make Red Valentine’s Day Flowers

Watch a video demonstration to learn how to turn white flowers red – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Watch this video to learn if leftover Valentine candy will sink or swim.

Watch a chemistry professor share some science insights about chocolate, roses, and relationships.