# Math Goodies & WebQuests

April 2nd, 2018

It’s Monday, April 2, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Goodies

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website features a smattering of free interactive math lessons, printable worksheets, games and more to help students in about grades 5-8 learn math. Gifted younger children and remedial older students may benefit from the resources provided as well.

The site was designed by a math teacher who also developed a complete math course that is available for sale on the site. However, you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the generous sampling of math lessons and materials.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction followed by some featured items and lots of advertisements. Scroll down to the bottom for the menu that includes:

• Lessons – Learn how to determine the perimeter and area of polygons. Find out how to simplify, compare, order, and convert fractions. Explore decimals and percentages. Find out how to write algebraic expressions and equations and much more!
• Worksheets – Download math worksheets (pdf) that include an introduction to fractions, decimals, percent applications, probability theory, graphs, and symbolic logic.
• Webquests – This terrific resource provides math inquiries and instructions that lead to online explorations to find information and solve problems. Choose from a short but meaty selection of quests to recommended websites and learn about exponents and scientific notation, integers and science, math and climate, math and sports, number theory, percentages in daily life, and even a “Pi Day” celebration.
• Games – An assortment of interactive math games including: Factor Tree Game, Integer Football, Percent Goodies, and Probability Goodies.
• Puzzles – Enjoy interactive math-themed crossword puzzles about circles, fractions, logic, percentages, polygons, and probability.

And lots more!

# Fun Family Math Challenges!

January 22nd, 2018

It’s Monday, January 22, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Figure This!

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9 approximately, with parental supervision)

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers this website that is designed to help families enjoy math OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges that improve problem solving skills. The challenge activities that are designed with middle school math in mind, can be done online or downloaded in pdf files to print and use offline.

When you get to the site you will see animated characters and the words “Take A Challenge.” Click on those words and go directly to 4 math challenge problems that include:

• Line Up – How long would you have to wait if you were number 300?
• Beating Heart – How fast does your heart beat?
• Popcorn – Which shape holds the most?
• Don’t Fall In – Why are most manhole covers round?

If you decide to take the challenge, notice that each time you click on a different math challenge, the menu bar at the top of the page will change allowing you to access hints and tips that will help solve the problem. If you like these challenges then go to the “Challenge Index” on the menu where you can access 80 challenge problems archived at the site.

Before you begin the challenges, you might want to take a moment or two to view the menu items on the home page. It includes information for teachers and for families in English and in Spanish along with a “Math Index.” The Math Index lists all of the challenges archived at the site by math topic such as algebra, geometry, measurement, numbers, statistics and probability – allowing you to more easily access the activities that relate to the strand of math you want to study.

Each of the challenge activities are designed to capture students’ attention with real-life problems making the math much more meaningful and thought-provoking. Families can have fun solving the challenge questions together. Bookmark this page, so you can return to the site and explore them all.

# 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.

# Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

August 28th, 2017

It’s Monday, August 28, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Motivate – maths enrichment for schools

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

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Pack Topics” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as:

• Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?
• What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?
• How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.

You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.

If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work any more, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

# 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

# Printable Math Activities To Do Offline

April 24th, 2017

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

Recommended Website:

SMILE: Mathematics

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

This website archives lessons from the Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement (SMILE) program that trained teachers and educators in effective classroom and lesson presentations. Participants contributed tried-and-true lesson plans in Mathematics (as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics) for elementary and high school grades that you can print out and use for free.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and an icon menu. Click on the RED circle with the word “Mathematics” underneath it. A new page will open containing a menu of math lessons divided into the following categories:

• Geometry and Measurement
• Patterns and Logic
• Probability and Statistics
• Recreational and Creative Math
• Practical and Applied Math
• Arithmetic
• Graphs and Visuals
• Algebra and Trigonometry
• Miscellaneous

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with the objectives, a list of materials required, and instructions or strategies on how to present the lesson or activity.

The lessons and activities are not obviously sorted by grade range – so you’ll need to read through the titles to determine which ones will be better suited for your particular child/student.

There are no bells and whistles here, and no multi-media enticements. This site just offers classroom-tested lessons and activities that you can print out and tweak for use offline at home.

Just FYI: We opened quite a few lessons and found an occasional “rogue” incomplete lesson. Don’t let that deter you from using this resource.