Posts Tagged ‘fractions’

Free Math Practice

May 11th, 2020


It’s Monday, May 11, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

IXL Math


Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)


For those of you who wonder what math concepts your children are expected to learn by grade level, this site delivers the answers for free. Plus, even though this is a commercial, for-pay site, it does offer 10 math practice questions for free each day. Your child can use them to practice specific math skills at the grade level that suits them best, in an interactive way.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of grade levels with a list of all kinds of math strands to try. Click on a strand and a new page displays the question – remember you can only try 10 per day for free. Some of the topics include: 

  • Numbers and Counting
  • Patterns
  • Understanding Subtraction
  • Time
  • Compare Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Data and Graphs
  • Multiplication
  • Ratios, Rates, and Proportions
  • Number Theory
  • Problem Solving
  • Surface Area and Volume
  • Polynomials
  • Two-dimensional Vectors
  • Trigonometric Functions

And so much more!

Free multi-media math games

April 27th, 2020


It’s Monday, April 27, 2020, and time for Math at



Recommended Website:

Calculation Nation


Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8 approximately, with parental supervision)


This fun, free, multi-media math games website is brought to you by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and helps students “investigate significant mathematical content and practice fundamental skills.”

The competitive style play allows students to challenge themselves by playing against the computer, or they can play the games with other members of the Calculation Nation forum. The latter requires registration (it’s free).

When you get to the site, choose the guest pass link to test-drive the games or register to access all features of the site. Then, enjoy games such as: 

  • Square Off – Learn about perimeter and area as you try and capture the most spaceships.
  • Factor Dazzle – Try to stump your opponent by choosing numbers for them to factor that are harder than your own.
  • Fraction Feud – Create larger or smaller fractions than your opponent to win.
  • Slam Ball – Use your knowledge of angles, symmetry, and reflections to collect the most points on a given path.
  • Ker-Splash – Use algebra to manipulate your beach ball to roll over the most new terms.
  • And more!

Read the “About Games” section to get a brief summary of the games and the type of math skills you need to play them. As the website explains, “Calculation Nation is part of the NCTM Illuminations project, which offers Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.”

Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 20th, 2020


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


Recommended Website:

Vedic Mathematics Academy


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 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.

Multimedia Math Glossary for K-6

April 6th, 2020


It’s Monday, April 6, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Multimedia Math Glossary


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


This website, developed by Harcourt School Publishers, offers a free, multimedia math glossary. It helps students understand math terms and concepts using colorful animated pictures, drawings, graphs, and simple text.

When you get to the site, use the menu at the top to explore the site by grade level, or simply search for a math term alphabetically. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to further refine your search. Once you find the term you are looking for – click on it – and the term, along with a description and an illustration or animation, appears on the screen. For example: 

  • Grade K – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: above, below, add, bar graph, circle, equals, less, minus, same, triangle, under, etc.
  • Grade 1 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: addition sentence, between, centimeter, even numbers, fractions, greater than, hour hand, line of symmetry, minus, etc.
  • Grade 2 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: addend, congruent figures, divide, fact family, gram, perimeter, sphere, sum, etc.
  • Grade 3 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: acute angle, cube, decimal, Celsius, Fahrenheit, equilateral triangle, line segment, liter, numerator, obtuse triangle, etc.
  • Grade 4 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: analog clock, associative property of addition, cardinal number, gallon, kilogram, negative numbers, probability, etc.
  • Grade 5 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: absolute value, commutative property of multiplication, denominator, exponent, hypotenuse, inverse operation, pi, ray, scientific notation, etc.
  • Grade 6 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: algebraic expression, coordinate plane, Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Ratio, Pythagorean Theorem, rhombus, square root, theoretical probability, x-axis, y-coordinate, etc.

This is a great tool to enhance any study of math. It also offers an interesting way to introduce various math terms and concepts without intimidation.

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.

Math with Balloons

November 11th, 2019


It’s Monday, November 11, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Balloon Math


Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)


The Magical Balloon-Dude Dale (a master balloonist) offers free math activities for homeschoolers using the kinds of balloons that are used to make balloon animals and other creations.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of 4 math activities using balloons – but only the first 3 have working links that include: 

  • Parts/Fraction Curriculum – Use balloons to learn counting, adding, sorting, measuring, calculating the number of parts, fractions and/or decimal conversion.
  • Mathematical Symbols Curriculum – Understand basic geometric shapes and use balloons to create a sphere.
  • Half of a 1/2 of a .50 Curriculum – Improve understanding of fractions such as 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 while making a balloon flower.

Click on any one, and a new page opens with the complete instructions, accompanied by photographs and a materials list.

If you look on the right side of the screen in each activity you will see a link to a FREE download of the “HomeSchool Curriculum” that includes bonus material. Print it out to use offline.

The projects require certain types of balloons, a ruler, a marker – and one exercise requires calipers. 

The projects at this site are designed to develop problem solving skills, mathematics ability, and eye-hand coordination, while teaching kids to make balloon animals. What fun!