Posts Tagged ‘numbers’

Activities for Teaching Math

January 3rd, 2022

Teaching Ideas – Maths

(www.teachingideas.co.uk/subjects/maths)

Grades 1-10, with parental supervision

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities and worksheets to help educators teach math (and science, geography, history and lots of other subjects as well).

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured math resources and activities. The age range is in the top right corner of each box. Click ‘VIEW’ to see the worksheet. You can download each one by scrolling past the ads to the red ‘Download’ button. To find worksheets by category, roll over “Maths” in the red menu bar at the top to find choices that include:

  • Maths – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands, learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size, get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.

  • Numbers– Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.

  • Geometry – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.

  • Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.

There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.

Note: As you explore the site, you may see comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.

Learning Math with Hieroglyphs!

December 13th, 2021

Let’s Play Math: Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

(denisegaskins.com/2007/07/28/egyptian-math-in-hieroglyphs/)

Grades 2 & up, with parental supervision

This terrific blog (by a homeschool mom) offers a series of free math challenges using hieroglyphs.

Designed for younger students (about 8-14), you’ll find several links to resources that include

  • Hieroglyphic Addition & Subtraction -This downloadable and printable pdf offers a few fun math problems in hieroglyphs for kids.
  • Ten Hieroglyphs Lessons – Learn more about hieroglyphs with ten free lessons including a lesson on “Numbers and Dates.”

From the main page, you can click on links to these other fun math activities too –

  • The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure
  • The Mysterious Temporal Freeze
  • The Secret of Egyptian Fractions
  • The Puzzling Pythagorean Pebbles

Want more? Explore this website…

Eyelid Productions: Ancient Egyptian Number Hieroglyphs

This commercial and ad-supported website is a treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian history that contains a small section devoted to number hieroglyphs complete with a few math problems you can solve using hieroglyphs. It’s geared for ages 10-16, and offers a fun way to learn a little math and history. Be sure to explore the rest of this site that includes information on pyramids, temples, kings and queens, mummification, etc.

Have fun!

Useful Math Tips & Tricks

December 6th, 2021

Curious and Useful Math

(www.curiousmath.com/)

Grades 1 & up, 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!

Math Brought To Life!

November 15th, 2021

Dimensions

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

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!”

Useful Foreign Language Resource

October 2nd, 2021

Surface Languages

(www.surfacelanguages.com/)

Grades 5-12, approximately, with parental supervision

Hello. Hola (Spanish). Salut (French). Szia (Hungarian). Ahlan (Arabic). Hej (Danish). Learn thousands of useful phrases for over 40 different languages with this free online resource.

Using audios of native speakers, flashcards, and simple word games, this website offers the budding linguist a wonderful starting point to become versed in thousands of fundamental words and phrases. Learn:

  • Alphabets
  • Numbers
  • Descriptive words and phrases
  • Food related words and phrases
  • Time related words
  • Phrases to use in an emergency
  • Communication problem phrases
  • Directions
  • And much, much more

Just a sampling of the ever-growing list of languages available includes:

  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Maltese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Welsh
  • Yiddish

Also currently available are 4 language courses for beginners which consist of 15-27 lessons intended to teach basic grammatical structure and sentence patterns. Languages courses currently available are:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)

Practice your language skills while on the go for free by downloading the companion app available for certain smart devices!

With this website open the doors to different languages beyond the ones traditionally taught and inspire your students to explore new worlds of communication.

Create & Print Math Worksheets & Puzzles!

September 20th, 2021

Fuel The Brain

(www.fuelthebrain.com/)

Grades K-3, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website has free games, interactives, and printables to help enhance and practice elementary skills in math.

By using the easy-to-understand instructions on the website you can create, share and print your very own customized worksheets, mini-books and puzzles.

You may find a resource by navigating the menu at the top that includes:

  • Games & Interactives
  • Printables
  • Teacher Guides & Articles
  • Mini-books

Locate the most recently added and the most popular activities by scrolling down slightly on the home page. You can locate fun activities to enhance learning in specific areas of math content like:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Numbers & Counting
  • Multiplication
  • Measurement & Time
  • Shapes & Symmetry
  • And more

Click on any activity to review the student’s easy-to-understand instructions. The resources here will equip the busiest mom to be ready to have fun with math anytime!

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