Super Teacher Worksheets ~ Review

When we study different topics in history and science, I often try to find worksheets to help AJ understand concepts a little bit more. One site that I have found very helpful is Super Teacher Worksheets. They have quite a few free worksheets available that AJ has enjoyed using, but to access all of the worksheets you need a membership.

Super Teacher Worksheets is a quick and easy way to supplement what we are learning!

We were recently given a year long  Individual Membership  from Super Teacher Worksheets. I use the free version all of the time, so I was anxious to see if the paid membership was worth it. It is!

What is Super Teacher Worksheets?

Super Teacher Worksheets is a website that is full of different printable resources. Most of the worksheets are geared for kids up to sixth grade with some for seventh and eighth grade.( I think a lot of the worksheets that are geared for fourth and fifth grade can easily be used to help older students learn topics.) AJ is in 7th grade and we have used  dozens of worksheets over the last few weeks.

While there are plenty of regular worksheets, there are also flash cards, puzzles, maps, graphic organizers, holiday worksheets, and worksheet generators. There are worksheets for almost any topic. You can browse by subject or use the search bar and find what you need in seconds. Once you find a worksheet that you like you can print it right away, or save it to your file cabinet and use it when you need it.

The site is easy to navigate, and extremely fast. You really have access to thousands of worksheets right at your fingertips.

How did we use Super Teacher Worksheets?

Each week I make out our schedule on Sunday night, depending on what we were learning I would look for a few worksheets to go along with our studies. Normally that would be time consuming, but not with Super Teacher Worksheets! It took me just a few minutes a week to find and print worksheets to supplement her learning.

There are a lot of science worksheets on Super Teacher Worksheets!

This week AJ is learning about food chains in science. I typed “food chains” in the search box and it brought up 50 different results. Some were articles to read, some were math or phonics activities, and others were exactly what I needed. I found three that went along with her lesson perfectly. They were geared for 3rd through 5th grade, but they helped her practice the vocabulary and concepts that were explained in her regular lessons. When she was studying cells there were a few different worksheets that helped her memorize the parts of a cell.

In math she is working on algebraic equations, and was struggling a little. I found a worksheet for her to have a little extra practice. For fun I also printed her off a math mystery puzzle where she plots points on a coordinate grid and makes a picture. She thinks she is just having fun, but really she is practicing math skills.

Spanish worksheets from Super Teacher Worksheet mask learning fun!

There is also a section with Spanish vocabulary. I printed out flash cards and an activity for her to do each day this week. I was even able to use the worksheet generator to create a quiz for her.

Plenty of history and geography supplements at Super Teacher Worksheets!

We have found a lot of great worksheets! In history she was learning about castles. I found a really fun map activity where she had to follow directions and find different rooms in the castle. I also found a multiplication mystery puzzle that was a castle.

I have used the worksheet generator at least once a week, I make a lot of worksheets up for AJ and the worksheet generator has made it easy.

What we thought of Super Teacher Worksheets

I loved it! There is only one thing that I would change about the site. When you want to view a worksheet it takes you to the PDF and off of the website, I would rather have the PDF pop up in a new window so that I could easily compare multiple worksheets. Other than that, the site is perfect.

I love the fact that I can type in a topic we are learning about and I have numerous worksheets available at my finger tips. AJ is a child that likes worksheets and workbooks, so this has been a great fit. I can add a few worksheets each week to keep her engaged, but I don’t have to spend a lot of time searching for them. I like that I can print off a worksheet on a topic like longitude and latitude and have a short lesson on something I wouldn’t have thought to do.

There are so many worksheets that I plan to use over the next year. From science worksheets, to book studies, Super Teacher Worksheets will be a huge asset to us over the next year.

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UnLock Math ~ Review

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AJ recently had the chance to review an amazing online math program from UnLock Math, UnLock Pre-Algebra. We were given year long access to the course.

Unlock Math Review
UnLock Pre-Algebra is a full pre-algebra course that is taught by an energetic math teacher, Alesia Blackwood. Utilizing interesting videos, lessons that break concepts into bite sized pieces, and constant review, your child can gain a better understanding of math!

UnLock Pre-Algebra is broken up into 16 units. It begins with a few review units that cover topics your child may already know, and gets progressively harder as the units go on.

When your child logs on to the program they are taken to their home page. This page has all of the units available so your child can jump to a section that they need extra practice in, or do the course in order. The home page has their course average and their progress in the course in a colorful graphic. If a unit is clicked on then there will be a graph on the bottom of the home page that shows the progress for that unit. There is also a downloadable pacing guide to help you through the course and a welcome letter that explains more about the course and how grades are configured.

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Once a unit has been launched there is a screen with all of the lessons, quizzes and tests for the unit. There is a short quiz (less than 10 questions so far) after every two lessons. The units each end with a review and a final test. Your student has access to all of the lessons and tests and can do them in any order, but I would recommend doing them in order.

How UnLock Math Works

The lesson format is the same for each lesson. It is set up where you follow a path to complete the lesson. Each lesson starts with a Warm Up. The Warm Up is usually about 5 questions long and covers topics previously covered, and basic math skills.

Following the Warm Up is the main part of the lesson, the Video. The videos vary by length, but I would say they range from about 5 to 10 minutes each. The videos are humorous and teach math the way I remember being taught. I love how the teacher starts with a simple topic and then takes it to a new level. She has an amazing way of explaining math topics! She works out problems and shows step by step how to solve them.

After watching the Video the student completes the Practice Problems. The student answers 10 questions that are directly related the lesson they just finished. Following the Practice Problems is a Stay Sharp section. In this part of the lesson, the student answers about 15 questions about anything that has been covered in the course up to that point.

For extra credit there is a Challenge Yourself problem. These really vary, some AJ was able to answer with out any problem, and others I walked her through. She really enjoyed this section.

Each lesson also has a Reference Notes section that has a printable page of the information that was presented in the video.

For each section the student is only shown one problem at a time so they are not overwhelmed by an entire page of problems. At the end of each section the student is given their score and they can see each problem worked out.

What We Thought About UnLock Math

AJ was able to log in to UnLock Math each day and complete her lesson with little assistance from me. It is easy to navigate and was really self explanatory. The first two units were fairly easy for her and she had lessons finished in about 30 minutes. When she got to the third unit it started taking her about 45 minutes for each lesson because she had to work out harder problems.

We both loved this math program! The videos were well made and interesting. Having a person who is engaging and full of life work out each problem really made a difference, AJ didn’t lose interest. AJ is a math lover and this program has helped her to love math even more. Normally she hates review problems since she wants to constantly learn new concepts. I wondered how all of the built in review was going to go over with her, but she never complained! I think the fact that there were a few problems at a time made it more manageable.

The only thing that I would change would be the number of review problems before a test, and the number of questions on each test. The last test she took had 50 review questions, and she was getting a little restless after about 30. The great part is that you have the option to save the work and finish it at a later time.

One unexpected benefit we found was that she learned quite a bit of math vocabulary. I have never really made her memorize the different properties of addition or roman numerals, but this course made her. And it wasn’t for just one lesson. She learned about roman numerals in unit 1, and had questions about them in the last few lessons of unit 3.

I have also noticed her being more careful with her math. Some questions are multiple choice, but a large amount of them have the student enter the answer manually. She has to focus and make sure she enters the negative sign, or that she has the numbers entered correctly.

AJ’s favorite part is that there is no offline work! Everything is done online with no writing other than the writing needed to work out the problems. At first I will admit that I was skeptical that there would be enough work, but she has completed 3 units and has a 97%. She is able to do a lot of addition and subtraction of negative numbers in her head, and her multiplication has gotten a lot faster. She is able to answer questions about things she learned a few weeks ago, so that tells me she really learned and understood the topics, she didn’t just momentarily learn the concept and then forget it.

We have tried out a lot of math programs, and when I gave AJ her choice of which math to use for her 7th grade year, she picked UnLock Math. I think this is a great program that will help your child understand math! It really is the answer for homeschoolers who want a math teacher to explain all of the hard topics.

The wonderful people at UnLock Math have offered my readers $100 off of an annual purchase of a course! Click for your discount code. Offer ends August 18th.

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Shape Whiz – Review

I love when I am able to make learning fun! Recently we were given the opportunity to review a game from SimplyFun, Shape Whiz. We had a blast playing and learning geometric topics at the same time!

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Shape Whiz is a card game for two to four players where speed and geometry come together. It is recommended for kids ages 10 and up, but I feel an 8 year old would be able to catch on fairly easily. It is a quick game, most of our games lasted about 10 minutes.

The object of the game is to be the first player to play all of their personal shape cards.

Each player is dealt a number of shape cards. The box has 45 blue shape cards and 35 green shape cards. The blue cards have simple shapes where the green cards have complex shapes. You have the option of just using the simple shapes or using both sets of cards. We found that using both sets actually made for an easier game.

The front of the shape cards feature different sized shapes. On the back of the card all of the shape properties are listed. It includes information about the shape’s area, perimeter, lines of symmetry, angles, parallel lines, and number of different length sides.

In the middle of the table you place the stack of 40 double sided whiz cards. The Whiz Cards have a sample shape and then a specific geometry question listed. The card might say “Total Area Less Than Or Equal To 3”, “One Line Of Symmetry”, or “Total Perimeter Greater Than 10”.

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To start the game you flip over a Whiz Card. Each player checks the cards in front of them and the cards in front of the other players to see if they can find a card that matches the properties on the Whiz Card. The best part is that if there are any disputes over how many 90 degree angles a shape has, all you have to do is flip over  the card and check.

It is fast paced and once you get going you start to learn how to figure out the approximate area and perimeter of shapes very quickly. AJ would look at the back of her cards constantly in the beginning to help her figure out the properties of her cards, but by the fourth time we played she was able to figure a lot of them out on her own.

There is a booklet included in the box that explains all of the symbols used in the game. AJ was introduced to a few new symbols including the approximate sign. It also includes how to find the area and perimeter of different shapes.

Since it is such a quick game with very little set up, we were able to play this game quite a bit. Most of the time it was just the two of us, but we also had AJ’s grandma play a few hands with us. She said, “Wow! This game sure makes you think, but it’s pretty fun.” It has been AJ’s pick for game night ever since we tried it out.

We ended up making one switch to the game the first few times we played to make it a little less competitive. Instead of being able to play the cards of other players, we decided to only play our own cards. If you are playing with a younger child I would recommend this little change to help them get use to the game.

It has definitely improved AJ’s knowledge of geometric shapes. We both enjoyed playing it and I am planning on using the cards to help teach when we get to the next geometry unit in math.

If you are looking for a fun, fast paced game that will help your child master some geometric principles, I would recommend Shape Whiz!

 

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CTC Math Review

Math is AJ’s favorite subject! She loves to work with numbers and figure out problems. We have been working on a mastery approach to math and she is really ready for pre algebra, so I was excited to have to opportunity to review the 12 Month Family Plan from CTC Math.

CTC Math is an online program that uses short videos to teach different math lessons. The pre algebra level has printable worksheets that students work on and then enter the answers online. CTC Math’s 12 Month Family Plan gives you access to math curriculum from Kindergarten to Calculus for up to 10 kids for an entire year.  You can use any level you want working where your student needs to be.

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The pre algebra section is broken up into 4 different sections.

Part one has lessons on:

  • Basics and Whole Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages

Part 2 has lessons on:

  • Problem Solving
  • Pre-Algebra 1
  • Pre-Algebra 2
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem

Part 3 has lessons on:

  • Powers, Exponents, and Roots
  • Scientific Notation and Powers of 10
  • Measurement
  • Area
  • The Circles
  • Graphs and Charts

Part 4 has lessons on:

  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Variables, Expressions, and Equations
  • Equation Extensions
  • Ratios
  • Rates
  • Number Application
  • Volume

AJ was excited to try out the Pre-Algebra unit, she started with the first one, Basics and Whole Numbers. Most of the units begin with an optional  diagnostic test. She completed the test and it showed that she already knew 70% of the material. She had mastered 6 of the lessons. The odd part was that there was no way to simply mark the lessons complete. Even though she had shown mastery in the diagnostic test, if we wanted the lessons to show that they were complete she would have to do the worksheet.

CTC Math is broken into short lessons

Once she was finished with the test I had her skip a few lessons and start on one of the lessons that she didn’t show mastery in, Order of Operations.  She was able to easily navigate the program and started on the lesson. She watched the 10 minute narrated video and then pulled up the worksheet. She liked the video and thought the narrator’s Australian accent cool. Unfortunately, the way they explained the order of operations was different from what she had been taught. Instead of using PEMDAS (parentheses, exponents, multiplication/division, addition/subtraction) they taught BIMDAS (Brackets, Indices, multiplication/division, addition/subtraction.) It is the exact same thing, but using different terminology confused her. After I reassured he that they were just calling it a new name everything was fine.

CTC Math Order of Operations

After the lesson you are suppose to print out a worksheet, complete it, and then enter the answers online. I don’t like to print things that I don’t have to so I had AJ view the worksheet on the computer, work out the problems and then find the letter that matched her answer. Then she would enter the answers online and receive her score. I love the fact that offline work is included. While the number of problems varies, there are enough problems to practice and really master each topic.

A few times I couldn’t have her occupying the computer. On those times I printed out the worksheets for the topics she had mastered and had her work on them. She was able to enter her answers later in the day, and I found that it was a good review for her.

CTC Math Award

At the end of the unit your student can earn a certificate based on how well they did on the worksheets. AJ ended up earning a gold certificate in Basics and Whole Numbers and is on track to earn a platinum certificate in Fractions. The student can redo the videos and the worksheets as much as they need in order to grasp the topic.

What we liked

We both loved the short, to the point lessons. Aside from the different terminology that I mentioned above, I didn’t find anything confusing or different than how I would present a topic. I love that she can work on it by herself and that I don’t have to do anything. The email updates were helpful and let me see her progress. I think the amount of work is great, and I think the variety of questions required her to really understand the topics. Most of all I think the price is great. For only one child the price may be a little high, but if you have two or more students it is a fantastic deal! The best part is that AJ enjoyed it, and learned quite a bit.

What we didn’t care for

AJ liked that the lessons were all multiple choice, but I didn’t. I would have liked to have her enter the answers instead. That is of course a personal preference. The order that the lessons are presented in is a little different than other programs we have looked at, and once we get past part 1 I see us rearranging the order. I think it is great that you are able to jump around through the program to suite your needs the best. The other issue I had is that there aren’t any tests after the unit is complete and the diagnostic test doesn’t allow you to mark lessons complete. While the small issues don’t hinder the program, I felt them worth mentioning.

Overall AJ enjoyed the program. As of right now we are planning on using this for AJ’s 7th grade year.

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FREE Sudoku Puzzles for Kids

Yesterday I shared a fun set of Animal Sudoku puzzles for kids. Today I have another set of Sudoku puzzles, this time with a snack food theme.

FREE Snack Sudoku Puzzle Pack

Download your Snack Sudoku today and come back tomorrow for another FREE Printable!

Sudoku Puzzles for kids (Free Printable)

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I love playing logic games! I could sit for hours and play Sudoku, figure out logic problems, or even sharpen my math skills. AJ loves logic games too, unless they are really difficult. I try to keep logic practice fun for her. We play games as much as possible. One game we really enjoy playing is Zoo Logic. I found it at a book store on sale over a year ago, and it’s the one game AJ asks to play all of the time.

Players fill in a grid with the animals and food tiles, while avoiding chaos. You can’t place an animal next to its’ food or enemy, and all of the tiles have to be used! It uses simple logic in the beginning and gets progressively more difficult. The end of the book stumped me a few times at first!

I think it is important for kids to practice logic and deduction skills, so I made a few fun Sudoku puzzles for kids.

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FREE Fraction Worksheet

Today’s Free Printable is a fun fraction worksheet for those who are just starting to learn about fractions. Download your FREE Bug Fraction Worksheet today and come back tomorrow for another free printable.

When Multiplication Doesn’t Click (And a Free Worksheet)

When AJ was younger we tried everything to help her memorize her multiplication facts! We tried games, songs, and charts, but nothing worked. Someone suggested that we should put a chart up and let her use it as much as she needed. That backfired big time! She started using the chart for everything, even two and three times tables that she had known for a long time. Then I had her copy the multiplication chart everyday, and that didn’t help. She used apps on the Kindle, flashcards, and so many other things.  She would know them one day and the next she would forget them all. It was frustrating to both of us. My kid who loved math just couldn’t or wouldn’t memorize the multiplication facts! I taught her tricks to them, but they just didn’t stick.

We struggled with multiplication, finally she memorized them all on her own! (plus a free worksheet)

Finally, one day I decided that I didn’t care if she memorized her multiplication facts. Maybe that makes me a horrible teacher, but really I was over basic multiplication! She understood the concept, and both of us were ready to move on in math.

The next day I took down the charts and I told her that she didn’t have to memorize her multiplication facts! You would have thought that I gave her a hundred dollars. She was excited. Until, I told her the rest. She didn’t have to memorize her multiplication facts, but she did have to get her math done. We were moving on to a new topic and it involved multiplication. As long as she could get the correct answer, and understood the concept, I didn’t care how she got the answer.

The next topic was decimals. Multiplying with decimals to be exact. She was thrilled to learn something new, and I was beyond happy to move forward with our studies. She understood how to do the problems, but then it was time to do the workbook page. She became upset because her multiplication chart was gone and she didn’t know all of the facts. I told her she would have to add, subtract, count, or do what ever she needed to in order to figure out the problems. She would have to use the facts she did know along with common sense to do her math. She wasn’t in any trouble, and I wasn’t mad, but she had to figure out how to do the math.

I think it took her about two hours to do math that day. She sat there adding up 7 sets of 8 to get 56, and then 4 sets of 7 to get 28. Then she would use the 9 trick and subtract to get the answer to an 8 problem. It took forever! The next day was about the same. But the third day was different. Suddenly she knew a lot more facts! Her math was done in about an hour. By the beginning of the next week, she had almost every multiplication fact memorized.

Maybe she was finally ready to memorize them, or maybe figuring out the problems the long way made them click. I think it was because she finally saw a NEED to memorize them. Who wants to sit and add groups of numbers when you can just memorize the answer?

Once she had her multiplication facts memorized, math was her favorite subject again. In order to keep the math facts fresh in her brain I have her do fun worksheets that I make up to practice a few times a month. They are easy for her, but they make her think.

Here is today’s FREE Multiplication PRINTABLE

Today’s free printable is a fun math page. After answering the questions they then find the problem number and color it according to the answer of the problem. This one is a mermaid. I hope you enjoy it!

Is your child struggling with multiplication? What have you tried?

 

Free Telling Time Printable

Grab your Free Telling Time Printable. Practice telling time to the hour and AM or PM

Telling time is a hard concept for some kids to learn. I made this fun printable to help practice telling time to the hour and to practice when to use AM or PM. The final page of the print out is a large clock. Once you print it, cut it out, and laminate it, it will be great for working on telling time!

Download your Time for Time printable today, and come back tomorrow for another FREE Printable!

Free Printable Day 4 – Temperature

I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day. I would love to share a post I wrote for Home and School Mosaics with you. If you don’t know our story it is like the “cliffs notes” version, and if you are familiar with our story, it will probably bring a few tears to your eyes. Either way, I hope you enjoy it! What is a Mom?

Free Printable to learn how to convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius.

Today is the fourth day of FREE Printables and I am sharing a fun math page that teaches how to convert temperatures from Fahrenheit to Celsius and Celsius to Fahrenheit. It has the formulas, examples, and a few practice problems. There are a few word problems as well. AJ really enjoyed it. Download your copy of How Hot today, and come back tomorrow for a FREE Literature Study.