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Financial Literacy: Free Resources
Category: Math
Tags: financial literacy personal finance

Here are some free personal finance courses and resources. Scroll to the bottom of this post for some free, downloadable readers about money

EverfiFree money management lessons for elementary, middle school and high school learners.

Cash CourseSign up for free financial education courses.

Next Gen Personal Finance: Offers a free set of online lessons covering personal finance basics. The curriculum, published by the non-profit Center for Financial Capability, is presented in a series of units that include text and video resources, and activities.

Practical Money SkillsFeatures teachers guides and activities on money management for grades K - 12. Lessons for the earliest learners introduce money (what it is and how to earn it), then moves on to such topics as savings, loans, credit, budgeting and investing. There are 22 lessons for high school. 

CompareCards.comThis credit card comparison site has free lessons for middle school and high school students on the basics of credit, credit cards and investing.

BanzaiThis site teaches key concepts in personal finance by presenting students with a number of real life scenarios. Tasks to be completed include paying rent, understanding your paycheck (taxes withheld, direct deposit, gross and net income), budgeting for gas, groceries and other expenses. Three versions are offered: Banzai Junior (aged 8–12); Banzai Teen, (aged 13–18); and Banzai Plus (aged 16 and up).

PDF Textbook Chapters:

Personal Finance Student and Teacher Resources from the OK Department of Education; includes free lessons and teacher guides

Financial Football: Players gain yards and score touchdowns by correctly answering financial questions. There are three age levels to choose from: Rookie (ages 11–14), Pro (ages 14–18) or Hall of Fame (ages 18+). For each age group, there are downloadable lesson guides with discussion questions, activities, quizzes and other exercises. Combined with the game, this seems like something that might work well in a group setting or homeschool co-op.

  

History of Money and Banking

 



Atoms and Elements
Category: Science
Tags: periodic table of the elements the elements what is an element element chart periodic table the bohr model
Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash
 
Here's a nice intereactive from BBC Bitesize on Atoms, Elements, and their Properties.

This BrainPop Video discusses the evolution of the atomic model

Read a NatGeo magazine on atoms and elements.

Download a lesson on changing matter with current events, biographical spotlights, experiments and more.

Watch an Atoms Video Lesson

Chem4Kids has information on matter, atoms, and the elements.

Understanding the Atom: Worksheets with answers for middle-school. 61 pp.

You've probably seen the Periodic Table of Videos featuring this dude (a professor at the University of Nottingham). 

 

Here are more periodic table resources

Atoms and Elements Worksheets

Downloads available at this site:

How To Draw Bohr Diagrams

 


Atoms and Molecules Game:

Math: Beyond the Textbook
Category: Math
Tags: math math websites for kids math is fun fun math

Looking for non-traditional methods and materials for math instruction? These free sites offer creative math exercises and problem-solving activities that can help your children learn math concepts -- minus the dry textbook questions.

Relating Math to the Real World

RealWorldMath: This site enables students to take the math concepts they’re learning and apply them to a variety of tasks using information, images and tools in Google Earth. After downloading the Google Earth application, download lessons at the RealWorldMath site, and you’ll be able to open the files in Google Earth. One lesson gives students practice solving volume problems using some famous geometric places (the Great Pyramid of Giza; the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the World Trade Center site; and others). When you open the file, you can click on and fly to different locations and you’re prompted through the exercises.

Other activities inlude: calculating time zone differences; using historical data and solving cipher messages to find hidden U-boat longitude and latitude positions; finding area and circumference of circles after flying to various “crop circle” locations; estimating and measuring distances between landmarks; exploring mazes and labyrinths around the world. The site’s author also provides suggestions for using the activities in other subject areas, and additional resource links. There is a password-protected “Teacher” portion of the website where you can access lesson overviews, worksheets, and some answer keys. Fill out the form under the “Contact” tab and the author will send you the password.  

FoodMaster: The hands-on activities at this site use food and cooking to teach math (and science) concepts. You can download individual chapters and answer keys for grades 3 - 5, 6 - 8, and labs for high school. Explore measurement and conversions, ratios and percentages, comparisons, etc. using a variety of foods. Many activities involve graphing and experimentation.

Problem Solving

MathCounts: Solve a variety of word problems: compare the value of two summer jobs; perform calculations with gift cards; explore percents and probabilities with ice cream, and more. There's an archive, where you can view past problems and answers. The exercises can be searched by topic (Moon Math; Pizza Problems) or concept (measurement, percents and fractions), with new problems presented each week. Also at the site are MathCounts Minis, videos teaching math concepts, with downloadable worksheets and answer sheets.

Math Maven Mysteries: This Scholastic site presents short story mysteries to solve, and in the process, you're reviewing key math concepts. Categorized by skill and diffifculty level, and the mysteries can be downloaded.

Math In Your Backyard

Maths Outdoors: It's amazing what math investigations can be done with just some sticks and stones: shapes and symmetry; angles and fractals; measurement, multiplication and many more. This site is full of a lot of great ideas, not just for exploring math concepts, but for educating outside in the other subject areas.

Careers Using Math

Math Apprentice: Interactive site that shows how math relates to different interests and disciplines. A player takes the role of an intern to explore eight businesses where math is used to solve problems. Enter a building, and an employee explains the math behind a particular job, and presents you with an activity. You can also read more about a career and explore math concepts used in each profession, (eg. learning the importance of shapes and angles when designing bicycle frames).

For additional real world math activities, check out this list of sites from Education World; and this Pinterest page.

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