# Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

July 30th, 2018

It’s Monday, July 30, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Absurd Math

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.

As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy clues are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46” and “Level -3”; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion. FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include:

• Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
• Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
• The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
• Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.

By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

# Free Challenging Online Math Curriculum!

November 6th, 2017

It’s Monday, November 6, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Alcumus: Art of Problem Solving

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

Note: Younger accelerated learners may enjoy this too. This website offers free math problems and lessons designed to challenge high-performing students.

When you get to the site, you’ll find a brief introduction and instructions on how to register. Registration is required to access the program, but the slight inconvenience is worth the effort to enjoy activities that cover:

• Pre-Algebra
• Counting & Probability
• Number Theory
• Algebra 1
• Algebra 2

Each strand offers engaging video lessons and challenging problems for students to solve. The program automatically adjusts to the student’s ability level.

# Study High School Math for Free!

July 24th, 2017

It’s Monday, July 24, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Mathplanet

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

Mathplanet.com is sponsored by a Swedish non-profit organization called Mattecentrum. It’s an online community where students can study U.S. high school math courses for free through theory, examples, and video lessons.

When you get to the site, look for the colorful menu on the right side of the screen to access lessons that include:

• Pre-Algebra – Covers integers, one-step equations, graphs and functions, ratio and percent, probability, area and volume, etc.
• Algebra 1 – Discover algebraic expressions, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, exponents, polynomials, radical and rational expressions.
• Algebra 2 – Explore equations, graphs, matrices, exponential and logarithmic expressions, sequences, probability and trigonometry.
• Geometry – Study points, lines, planes, angles, parallel lines, triangles, similarity, trigonometry, quadrilaterals, and more.
• SAT – Practice sample questions similar to what you’ll find on the SAT exam. If you have difficulty, watch the linked video lessons.
• ACT – Try your hand at solving questions similar to those on the ACT. Linked video lessons explain challenging concepts.

If you want to interact with others using Mathplanet, check out their

# Cool Math Lessons & Games for High School

June 5th, 2017

It’s Monday, June 5, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

CoolMath.com

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

This website offers a variety of free math games, lessons, practice and activities in Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Pre-Calculus. It is animated, colorful, fun – and academic!

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

• Pre-Algebra – Learn and have fun with factors and primes, decimals, exponents, integers, fractions, percentages, and more.
• Algebra – Find out about exponents, polynomials, ratio and proportion, radicals, graphing, and more.
• Pre-Calculus – Get an introduction to the algebra, geometry, and trigonometry needed for Calculus.

Also on the horizontal menu under Practice and Tools & Reference you can access math lessons, math practice, and a math dictionary. There are some really engaging activities and tools (including an online calculator and a graphing calculator), along with tips for how to succeed in math and how to find a career in mathematics.

# Narrated, Interactive Math Tutorials for Grades 5-10

January 30th, 2017

It’s Monday, January 30, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Visual Math Learning

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 5-10, with parental supervision)

NOTE: This website has randomly generated advertisements. As always, parents must preview the site and supervise Internet access. This ad-supported website provides free, interactive tutorials with diagrams, illustrations, animations and practice games and exercises for learning pre-algebra and algebra level mathematics.

When you get to the site use the menu on the left side of the page to access the lessons that are divided into two sections:

• I. Pre-Algebra: Numbers and Arithmetic
• Natural Numbers
• Counting
• Number Bases
• Addition
• Subtraction
• Integers
• Multiplication
• Factors
• Division
• Fractions
• Fraction Arithmetic
• Inverses
• Equivalence
• Common Denominators
• Decimals
• II. Elementary Algebra
• Basics of Sets
• Relations
• Functions
• Equations
• Substitution

Click on any lesson and enjoy a tutorial that includes narration, illustrations, interactive diagrams, and visual manipulatives to encourage active learning.

On the menu, you’ll also find interactive math “Exercises” and “Games” that will challenge students thinking skills and help them practice what they’ve learned from the lessons.

# Math Video Lessons, Activities, & More

January 23rd, 2017

It’s Monday, January 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

WatchKnowLearn.org

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

The goal of this website is to collect all the best free educational videos made for children that explain every topic taught in schools including math, in every major language on Earth – and make them available on one website, usefully categorized according to subject and education level.

When you get to the site you’ll see two sections. The “Mathematics” section is on the right side of the page (the Directory to the rest of the site is on the left). Under the math section you’ll see some featured math videos, as well as a menu of math subcategories that include:

• Mathematics for Young Learners
• Number Sense
• Money
• Measurement
• Probability and Statistics
• Geometry
• Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
• Ratios and Proportions
• Pre-Algebra
• Algebra
• Algebra II
• Pre-Calculus
• Calculus
• Logic and Set Theory

Click on any subcategory and a new page opens featuring the videos that have been archived to date. The videos are all free for viewing. The videos are moderated by WatchKnow to ensure appropriate content.

To share videos, you must open an account (free) that also allows you to track your activities and enter contests. As I mentioned, this site also contains lots of useful video lessons on other topics including:

• Language Arts
• Literature
• Science
• History
• Social Studies
• The Arts
• Foreign Languages
• Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics
• And more!