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The Homeschool Diner's Guide toMath for HomeschoolersOn-Line Enrichment Ideas – Mathby Julie Knapp, copyright 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008[Originally published in the January/March 2005 issue of the "MCGT Does your child need just a little more challenge than your math curriculum Outlook", the bi-monthly newsletter of the Minnesota Council of the Gifted and Talented, Vol.28, No.1] provides? Whether you are teaching, after-schooling, or homeschooling… on-line math enrichment may be your solution. Listed below are some great websites with fun and interesting math for all ages. Give them a try, and stash the ones you like in your Favorites folder! Fun Ways to Use MathMultiflyer - multiplication facts (click “Play Now”)Math Majong -- a "less-frantic" free online math game to practice math facts from Sheppard Software PlayKidsGames.com - Multiplication Tunnel BlasterLearningPlanet.com -- Math MayhemTimez Attack -- by Bib Brainz, a 3D RPG game where you use math facts to open locked doors and battle ogres, free download available Funbrain.com Connect the Dots –number practice for pre-K/K, including “by 2’s”, etc (play on-line and/or print it out) Mucky Monsters -- after "flushing" a toilet, choose which monster has the dirtiest hands (has more "bugs") (yes, the flushing of the toilet is the incentive here ;-) Teddy Bear Number Balance - bears on a see-saw show equationsABC LearnOnline Count on Us– great math games for pre-K/KBBC SkillsWise – many games for basic skills (K-12)FunBrain.com Change Maker – be an international cashierShop Till You Drop -- practice mental math in a shopping game (in English pounds, but the idea is the same :-) Aunty Math - K - 5 math challenges from the Dupage Children's MuseumPour to Score -- pour water back and forth to achieve the various amounts listed on the right (not easy! ;-) Can You Fill It? -- a similar gameFunBrain Math Arcade -- (1st - 6th) all sorts of math gamesFranklin Institute On-line - open-ended problem solvingFraction Shapes by Cynthia Lanius -- fractions don't have to be pie-shaped! Have fun working with other shapes Algebra Puzzle -- figure out the value for each shape in a magic square(beginning algebra concept involves adding one or two digit numbers) The Algebra Balance -- a fun, visual way to practice solving for XEquation Buster from MathsNet -- solve equations by clicking on the operations (scroll down a bit to see the options), 4 levels of difficulty Line Gem -- dragons collect gems by player clicking on the line equation with the most gems, includes a great tutorial on how to graph lines! Free Online Graphing Calculator from Coolmath.comBe an Algebra Millionaire -- for those who can do the equations in their heads (or on scratch paper), maybe have a contest between two players? Sheppard Software -- Multiples Frenzy (a shooting game), and games for Roman numerals and Algebra Probabilities in the game of Monopoly -- play to winExtra-Curricular Math ConceptsThe Logic Zone -- free online interactive grid logic problemsThe Story of 1: Culture and Civilization -- free Google movieArchives of Ivars Peterson's Math Trek -- six years worth of math blogging on very divers and interesting topics MC Escher: Interlocking Shapes and Tessellations by William Chow -- an engineer takes a look at Escher Dimentions -- free online, nine chapters of videos (two hours of geometry) that take you gradually up to the fourth dimension. Fractal Geometry by Michael Frame, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Nial Neger -- free online tutorial on fractals from Yale University, very well explained Bronowski on Pythagoras' Theorem -- an philosophical lookGeometric CD Sculpture -- this Truncated Icosahedron CD Sculpture is a work of art as well as geometry! Mathematics Illuminated from Annanberg Media -- 13 units covering high level extra-curricular math concepts (primes, topology, chaos, etc) Project Euler -- challenging math/programing questions -- give them a try!StatPrimer -- a free online tutorial on statistics, with exercisesHow to Count to 1,023 on Your Fingers -- an intro to binary numbersTimes Trick -- an interesting multiplication method to mull overPaper Models of PolyhedraFibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section – math concepts combined with history, art, architecture, and music ScienceU Geometry Center– tiling, fractals, and moreMacTutor- history, biographies, advances, and moreLos Alamos Mega-Mathematics - Mind-bending math activitiesMathWorld.Wolfram.com - Interactive math encyclopediaAlgebra: Fun with Calendars -- a math trick using algebraErich's Place -- a website from a math professor Erich Friedman at Stetson University with many free online puzzles (click on Puzzle Palace near the bottom of the page), also covers many fun topics of interest to "math geeks" Calculus in 20 Minutes (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Professor Edward Burger of Williams College (who also teaches math in the Stanford EPGY Program and on ThinkWell videos) gives a crash course MathPath.org - brain candy for future mathematicians -http://www.mathpath.org/math.htm NUMB3RS Math Program -- the CBS TV show NUMB3RS, about detectives using math to solve crimes offers free episode study guides Graffiti Grapher - history of graphitti as an art form, includes a cartesian graphing applet that helps create letters mathematically JavaGami -- software that allows you to create and render complicated 3D origami-based folding polyhedra MathPuzzle.com -- the puzzling weblog of recreational mathematicsBathsheba Sculpture -- where math, chemistry, and sculpture meetMedieval Islamic Mosaic Tiles -- show signs of advanced mathNumberSpiral.com by Robert Sacks -- patterns in squares and primesMathematical Art, Graphics, Chaos, Fractals -- links to interesting sitesBabylonian and Egyptian Mathematics -- a mixture of math and historyMathPuzzle.com -- the puzzling weblog of recreational mathematicsTop 100 Theorems in Math -- 500 BC to present, from Stevens Inst TechLesson plans on Code Writing and Code BreakingThe MegaPenny Project -- see what one thousand pennies looks like,,, how about 1 quintillion? (How about 1000 cows?) Math Videos and SongsThe Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics an old cartoon directed by Chuck Jones (of Bugs Bunny fame ;-) Infinity Looks Like Cake -- clever movie about cutting cake Mathematicious-- a funny rap about loving mathI Will Derive -- funny YouTube video about CalculusCalculus: The Musical by Matheatre -- free online, several funny songs (mp3) from their educational traveling show U Can't Graph This (AP Calculus Project)-- funny YouTube music videoThe Top Ten List of (College) Algebra Mistakes -- Prof. Edward BurgerPythagoras Theory in Song -- a short YouTube song to help rememberWater-proof of Pythagoras' Theorem -- a short YouTube videoMath in the Chef's Kitchen-- interview with two chefs who discuss how math is important in running a restaurant Dancing With Geometry-- a dancer and a surgeon discuss anglesMath in Toy Car Design -- interview with a Hot Wheels designerDesigning Stronger Skateboards -- interview with designerMath in Designing Phones --interviews with designers and engineersSing the Japanese numbers 1-20 --with catchy modern tuneFor more math resources, check outMath Resources for Homeschoolers -- What are the Options? |

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