Posts Tagged ‘math’

Free, Amazing Math Movie with Lessons in Geometry & Dimensions

June 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 22, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dimensions

(www.dimensions-math.org/Dim_E.htm)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Created by three math enthusiasts (with terrific credentials) this site offers a free film on mathematics that references the work of renown mathematicians, scientists, artists, and others in a multi-media presentation that is sure to amaze and (hopefully) make the subject matter understandable.

When you get to the site, click on “Tour/Guide” to get an overview of the course. Then click on “Watch Online” and choose “American English” to start the video in English. Of course, if you prefer, you can watch it in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.  

Back on the main page, click on “Details” so you can follow along by chapter: 

  • Chapter 1, Dimension Two – Learn or review what meridians and parallels are.
  • Chapter 2, Dimension Three – Mixes “elementary” math with imagination and philosophical elements.
  • Chapters 3 and 4, Fourth Dimension – Contains more difficult mathematical concepts. However, the viewer is encouraged to pause the film and consult a reference page for additional information. As the creators explain, “you can always sit back and enjoy the pictures!”
  • Chapters 5 and 6 – Contains an introduction to complex numbers that could also be used as a refresher course. As the designers explain, “If you know nothing about complex numbers, you should push the pause button as often as you like, and try to understand using the references that we propose. These chapters are the most ‘school-like’ of the film. To thank you for your efforts, chapter 6 ends with an amazing deep zoom scene.”
  • Chapters 7 and 8 – Get an introduction to the Hopf fibration. Again the film creators explain that even though it’s not beginner’s stuff, “it is quite pretty and deserves to be understood.”
  • Chapter 9 – Shows the proof of a theorem of geometry that is relatively “elementary.” As the designers explain, “Without proofs for theorems mathematics would not exist, and we wanted to make this very clear at the end of a film that is essentially about mathematical objects.”

Each lesson or “chapter” of the film is almost 14 minutes long. Watch it in segments or sit down and watch the whole thing in one sitting. You are encouraged to use it in a way that works for you “based on your interest, your prior knowledge on the subject, or simply on your mood of the moment!”

Free Educational Songs!

June 20th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, June 20, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Educational Songs

(www.education.com/songs/)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers almost 50 free songs that teach math and language arts. NOTE: You must join Education.com (for free) to access the activities.

The math topics include: 

  • Number Sense
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Measurement
  • Time
  • Data and Graphing
  • Geometry
  • Word Problems

The Language Arts topics include Reading, Writing and Grammar.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices. Scroll over the topic of interest to see the title, a short explanation, the grade level and topic. Click on the one you want and play the song!

Explore the Life and Work of M.C. Escher

June 19th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, June 19, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour: M.C. Escher – Life and Work

(https://www.nga.gov/features/slideshows/mc-escher-life-and-work.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

The National Gallery of Art sponsors this site that offers a virtual tour of the artwork of M.C. Escher

If your students have studied math tessellations they may have been introduced to some of Escher’s work already – as he used patterns of interlocking forms and architectural mazes in his artwork. He also created unusual spatial effects by drawing a picture from different perspectives, for instance, looking up and down at the same time. Escher really contributed to the idea of metamorphosis drawing where one shape or object turns into something completely different. This tour offers examples of all of these aspects of his work and most kids will find the “morph” prints and drawings especially fascinating.

When you get to the site you can read the “Overview” for a biography and explanation of Escher’s work. Then click on the right arrow to view all of the many works in this virtual gallery. Each piece of art comes with a text explanation that helps the viewer to appreciate what they are looking at.

Make Your Own Math Worksheets with Answers

June 15th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 15, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LocalHS.com – Math

(localhs.com/free/math/)

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

 

This website, owned by homeschooling parents, offers a FREE worksheet generator. Best of all, this worksheet generator also provides instant answer sheets for the quizzes you generate – available with just a click of your mouse.

When you get to the site, scroll down to:

  • Free Subtraction Worksheets
  • Free Addition Worksheets

Local Homeschool worksheet generators allow you to choose the parameters to create worksheets, timed tests, and practice sets. This worksheet generator creates worksheets with large numbers – even negative numbers. 

When you are done with the worksheet generators, check out “Learning Multiplication” on the left side bar to find some resources including multiplication games, worksheets, additional multiplication sites, and more!

Literacy Games and more!

June 10th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Apples4theteacher – Literacy

(www.apples4theteacher.com/langarts.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website with resources for teachers and homeschoolers offers a variety of literacy games and activities.

Some of the games and activities include: 

  • Alphabetizing a List of Words
  • Coloring Pages – Color Page Readers
  • Dolch Sight Words – Flash Cards, Word Jumbles, Word Searches and Worksheets
  • Homophones
  • Language Arts Skills – Sentence Building
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • Read to me books
  • Poetry for Kids (by theme)
  • Printable Short Stories
  • Teaching English as a Second Language – Spanish ESL
  • Thematic Book Lists of Children’s Books
  • Word Families
  • Vocabulary Word Finds – Word Searches – Make Your Own

Don’t stop here though – this site includes interactive learning activities, quizzes, and more sorted by subject (arts, foreign languages, math, science, social studies), articles, and much more! Bookmark this site and return often.

Math with The Simpsons

June 8th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 8, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Simpsons Math Activities

(mathsci2.appstate.edu/~sjg/simpsonsmath/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; parents should preview and supervise)

 

In many episodes of the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons, there are references to mathematics including arithmetic, geometry, and calculus that uncover and poke fun of mathematical illiteracy. As explained at the website, “Al Jean, Executive Producer and head writer, has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University.”

Two math professors saw the potential to use math references in The Simpsons as an “ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students…”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, followed by a menu that includes: 

  • Mathematics on The Simpsons – Read a few articles that reveal where and how math is used in various episodes.
  • Engaging Students with Related Mathematics – Get free “Activity Sheets” based on math references in random episodes of The Simpsons. They are designed for classroom use (but can be tweaked for homeschooling) and cover concepts such as: 
    • The Pythagorean Theorem
    • Arithmetic and Number Theory
    • Pre-Calculus and Calculus
    • Probability

You’ll also find links to media coverage in which the writers and other crew members talk about the math and science in The Simpsons‘ episodes. And there are suggestions and cautions for teachers about using pop culture in the curriculum as well.

BONUS! Mathematics on Futurama! That’s right, the science fiction cartoon series has math and science references in almost every episode. One of the comedy writers on Futurama! has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard and you can read about his “inside jokes” in various episodes. The site is similar to The Simpsons math site, and contains free Futurama! math worksheets.

Note: While these programs may be pop culture icons, some contain controversial subject matter. As always, parents must preview the material and supervise Internet access.

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