Posts Tagged ‘math’

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.

Yo-Yo Math!

June 1st, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 1, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yo-Yo Math!

(www.barrbunch.com/coverupgames/yoyo.pdf)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Saturday, June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day! It’s also the birthday of yo-yo manufacturer Donald F. Duncan. Here are some fun ways to celebrate with some Yo-Yo-themed math activities and more.

The link above takes you directly to the pdf where you can download and print a Yo-Yo Math Mat. Hang on — there’s more to this site than just the Yo-Yo mat, so read all the way through this review. 

Once you print out the Yo-Yo Math Mat, use it to play a math game with your child(ren). You will need a math mat for each player, at least one die, and tokens (pennies or poker chips work). Let’s say you were going to play a game of number recognition from 1-6. Give each child a math mat and tokens. Each child takes turns rolling the die. If the child(ren) can identify the number on the die, then he/she covers one yo-yo design on the mat. Continue until someone fills all of the squares on the mat. Older or more math-savvy children could roll 2 die and add the numbers together, or multiply the numbers. Those that get the correct answer would cover their yo-yos with tokens.

These mats can also be used to practice letters, sight words, and punctuation marks, etc. It just depends on the ability level and interest of the child. You’ll find all kinds of math mats at this site for just about every topic imaginable. The main math mat page is here.

After doing your math homework, it’s time for some Yo-Yo fun!

Yomega.com: Learn Cool Tricks

At this site you can watch videos that demonstrate popular tricks like “Walk the Dog” or “Shoot the Moon.” Kids can improve coordination and dexterity by trying these Yo-Yo techniques. Yo-Yo ability varies from kid to kid. These tricks look geared for ages 9 and up. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine suitability for your own child.)

Make a Chinese Paper Yo-Yo

A Chinese Paper Yo-Yo may be easier for a young child to use. This site provides instructions on how to make your own.

Curious Math Tips & Tricks

May 18th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, May 18, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Curious and Useful Math

(https://www.curiousmath.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Oh, what fun you can have at this site. Here you will find all kinds of quick tricks for solving certain types of arithmetic problems.

For example: 

  • Discover how to tell if you can divide a number evenly by 2, 3, 4… on up and by 15, 24, 33, and 36 too – just by looking at it!
  • Get all kinds of multiplication/squaring tips – and even tips for finding square roots by hand.

In addition to handy, dandy tips and tricks that make math easy without a calculator, you will find little math magic tricks to amaze your friends that you can do with birth dates, calendar dates, people’s ages, biblical numbers, etc. 

Have fun!

Free Math Practice

May 11th, 2020

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

IXL Math

(https://www.ixl.com/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!

My Dog Addition – And More!

May 4th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, May 4, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

My Dog Addition

(mathstory.com/my-dog-addition/)

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

 

It’s National Pet Week! Here is a math website with poems and music videos to teach math. Have a dog-gone good time!

Mr. R’s World of Math brings you poems and songs about math. When you are done with the addition poem, move on to:

And here are links to some math videos with songs:

Check out the rest of Mr. R’s website where you can find more math poems, music videos, activities, and more!

Free multi-media math games

April 27th, 2020

 

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

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Calculation Nation

(calculationnation.nctm.org/)

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.”

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