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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.

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

(www.hbschool.com/glossary/math2/)

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.

Gingerbread Man Math

December 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, December 23, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Gingerbread Man Math

(www.mathwire.com/themes/themegb.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Learn about measurement, symmetry, probability, glyphs, and play a gingerbread man game that helps students practice coordinate graphing skills.

This site archives an assortment of fun and challenging gingerbread-themed math activities with illustrations, animations, and downloadable worksheets that meet the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ standards including: 

  • Gingerbread Man Glyphs & Graphing Ideas
  • Gingerbread Man Games
  • Gingerbread Man Problem solving
  • And more!

There’s enough here to keep you busy during the holidays.

NOTE: We will be taking a break from ClickSchooling reviews until January 2, 2020. Happy Holidays!

Challenging Mathematical Puzzles

March 11th, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Nick’s Mathematical Puzzles

(www.qbyte.org/puzzles/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you’ll find a collection of more than 150 math puzzles that cover algebra, geometry, probability, number theory, trigonometry, calculus, and logic. They have been selected “for the deceptive simplicity of their statement, or the elegance of their solution.” While they will challenge your cleverness, the site founder Nick Hobson (who has a math degree and works in computer software) says, they “usually only require pre-college math.”

When you get to the site you will see an introduction. Above it is a menu bar that provides access to 160 puzzles. View the “Index” to see the names of the puzzles archived here. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the puzzle. You’ll see 1-4 stars next to each puzzle title that designates the level of difficulty, with four being the most difficult.

As mentioned at the website, “Explaining how an answer is arrived at is more important than the answer itself. To this end, hints, answers, and fully worked solutions are provided, together with links to related mathematical topics. Further references are provided with many of the solutions. The puzzles are intended to be fun, with an educational element.”

Free Interactive Math Courseware

February 18th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, February 18, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Interactivate

(www.shodor.org/interactivate/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free, interactive online courseware for learning math through activities, lessons, and discussions.

When you get to the site, look for the words “Guide to Interactivate.” Click on it for a complete explanation with illustrations on how to use this site. If it seems a little overwhelming, just look for the “Jump To” drop down list at the top of the screen. Click on it to access: 

  • Activities – Choose from a large menu of math activities including an algebra quiz, a Caesar Cipher for creating and decoding messages, an equation solver, color multiples in Pascal’s triangle, or have fun with Venn diagrams. Click on any one and a new page opens with the activity and instructions.
  • Discussions – Read instructional questions and answers between students and mentors about different areas of math including algorithms, Base 10, decimals, distributive property, multiplying and dividing fractions and much more.
  • Lessons – You’ll find lessons in a variety of mathematic strands including number and operations, geometry, algebra, probability and statistics. Click on any one and you’ll find the lesson plan that ties in with the activities that are included on this site.

Again, at first glance this site can seem overwhelming. Poke around a bit, try some of the activities, and read the tutorial (Guide to Interactivate) and it will all begin to make sense pretty quickly.

Bookmark this site – it’s a great way to supplement learning mathematics.

Mathematical Games

February 11th, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Madras Mathematics

(madrasmaths.com/activities/games/games_home.html)

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

 

This website offers instructions on how to play a variety of math games using materials you probably have around the house.

The games are challenging and fun. They require strategizing and critical thinking, while exercising math skills. They include: 

  • Board and Counter Games – You’ll find ideas for using game board grids, chess pieces, game markers or counters and other materials to play games that teach and reinforce math skills without seeming like math — which is great for the mathphobics in the house.
  • Coin Games – Use coins to learn about chance and probability.
  • Domino Games — Find an ingenious use of a chess board and a set of dominoes to play the game, “Domineering.”
  • Paper & Pencil Games — A variety of math games you can play with nothing more than a paper and pencil. Great for traveling in the car — or when waiting in line or at the dentist office.
  • Paper & Scissor Game — This one requires strategy and manual dexterity.

In addition to the games listed, you will find links to other webpages containing math games your students may enjoy.

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