# Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

October 26th, 2020

It’s Monday, October 26, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Motivate – Maths Enrichment for Schools

Age Range: 11-17 (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 “Multi-Media Packs” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as:

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

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.

# [ClickSchooling] Math Cats: Fall Math Idea Bank

October 12th, 2020

It’s Monday, October 12, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Cats: Fall Math Idea Bank

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

Fall is here! At this website you’ll find free, fun, fall-themed math activities.

The activities include:

• Leaf Math – Seeking a symmetrical leaf
• Spider Math – Draw a perfectly symmetrical spider.
• Pumpkin Math – Make estimates.

Once you’ve had fun with the fall math activities, check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids. Under Math Cats Explore the World you can access math activities that include:

• Discover EXACTLY how old you are – in hours, minutes, and seconds.
• Try to balance objects – ranging from electrons to galaxies!
• Play 12 math games online!
• Polygon Playground – Explore symmetry and tessellations!
• Math Crafts – Make string art, polyhedra, hexagrams and more!

And many others!

# Tangrams!

August 10th, 2020

It’s Monday, August 10, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Tangram Channel

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc. Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.

This website offers terrific information about Tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions. When you get to the site, read what a Tangram is and read its brief history. Scroll down the page to locate free printables (a link to the Teachers Pay Teachers website where you can join for free and download any free resource).

Then look at the menu at the top of the page and use it to explore:

• Tangram Puzzles
• Tangram Solutions
• Crafts & Activities
• And much more!

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

# Free multi-media math games

April 27th, 2020

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

ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Calculation Nation

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.”

# 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

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.

December 23rd, 2019

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

Recommended Website:

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