# Recreational Math Activities

Math World: Recreational Mathematics – Offers a list of activities available on the site. Some of the selections include: Cryptograms, dissection, folding, games, illusions and there’s MUCH more!

Math.com: Recreational – Puzzles, fractals, Spirograph, Roman Numeral calculator, and other topics.

The Math Factor: A Quick Puzzle From OSCON – Check out the archives of this site located on the right side panel for great information.

Site provides students and teachers with engaging real-world math activities.
Example page: Big Air Snowboarding

KhanAcademy: Math for fun and glory  – Offers users the opportunity to explore doodling in math and puzzles.

Math Lair Recreational Mathematics – Offers a selection of activities related to recreational mathematics.

Math Overflow: Recreational Mathematics Where To Search Where to find recreational math activities.

Age of Puzzles: According to the site, it offers ‘a colorful journey through endless patterns of quick wits’.

Math Pickle.com: Site is Organized By Grade and offers lots of games and puzzles.

Scientific American: Blog: A Month of Magic & Mystery – Article offers some fun ways to get into a math mood.

Briddles: Maths Riddles – A daily treat for your mind.

David Eppstein’s Recreational Mathematics Page – Math Fun offer links to other great math activities.

Earth Measures.com: Native American Geometry DESIGNS – From the site: ‘The Design Section is a playground that exercises visual/mental creativity and behavioral precision.’

The Art of Mathematics – Offers a collection of downloadable books for educators to use.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Informal Math Activities  – I offer a variety of fun and informal math activities such as: Roman Numerals, geometric art, spirals, strategy games, challenges, and quite a few other things to enjoy.

Wikipedia offers the following topics:

List of Recreational Number Theory Topics

Book: Recreational Mathematics

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# Chocolate Resource Page

Chocolate Information & Articles

Exploratorium: Chocolate – Discover…..The sweet science of chocolate. This is an excellent place to begin your study of chocolate!

Science Museum of Minnesota: Where are cacao trees grown? Find out here.

Field Museum: Chocolate – History, activities, process of making and much more.

Cornell University: Chocolate: Food of the Gods. There is a lot of information about chocolate on this site. Includes the history of the product, how it grows, health information and much more.

Washington Edu: Discovering the Sweet Mysteries of Chocolate – Brief history and the science of chocolate for kids.

AncientFoods: The History of and the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica  A long, informative article about the history of the culture of chocolate, the cacao tree and its cultivation, iconographic and archaeological evidence, and medical uses. The same article can be found here: HeritageDaily: Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica.

Smithsonian MagA Brief History of Chocolate – Offers a brief, yet informative, history of chocolate. Also, Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirin – Article: (From the site) From ancient Mesoamerica to Renaissance Europe, the modern confectionary treat has medical roots.

Smithsonian: “Chocolate is a Fighting Food!” – Chocolate bars in the Second World War – This article has information about war rations offered to American soldiers and a story about the wartime chocolate memories of the author’s grandfather.

The Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club: Chocolate History Timeline – Chocolate History Timeline from 2000 B.C. to 1938 WW II.

Hershey: Our-Story – Discover Hershey: There’s more to Hershey then meets the eye. Find out who Milton Hershey was, and how chocolate is made.

Cadbury: Discovering Chocolate – The Great Chocolate Discovery – This article discusses how chocolate was discovered, how ancient Mayans and Aztecs used it, and its introduction into Spain and Europe.

Chocolate.org: Chocolate and the Aztecs  – History of chocolate, the Aztecs, and the Spanish: Introducing Cacao, Meet the Aztecs, The Aztecs Were Followers, and Chocolate Lives On.

Candyland Crafts: What is chocolate? –
Facts, fiction, and history.

ICCO: International Cocoa Organization: The Chocolate IndustryWho are the main manufacturers of chocolate in the world?

Wikipedia: History of Chocolate –
General information about the history of
chocolate. Also, Cocoa Butter.

Fox News Food & Drink: 6 of the World’s Most Expensive Chocolates Find out what the most expensive chocolate is and who makes it.

WorldAtlas: Top 10 Cocoa Producing Countries – Information about the world biggest and smallest producers of cocoa.

Cocoa Project – This site offers different aspects of a cocoa study.

FAO: Growing Cocoa – Information about growing cocoa.

Medical News Today: Chocolate: Health Benefits, Facts, and Research – Learn about the health benefits of chocolate!

US National Libary of Medicine – Chocolate in History: Food, Medicine, Medi-Food – Offers: Introduction, the concept of Diet, Chocolate as Medicine: the Mesoamerican Tradition, Chocolate as Medicine: the European Tradition, Last Chapters, and Conclusions: Chocolate as Medi-Food. This is a technical article.

PennLive: A spoonful of … chocolate? Cacao has a history of medicinal useSite offers a book review of: ‘Chocolate as Medicine: A Quest Over the Centuries’ –  the history of chocolate’s medical uses.

## Chocolate Activities

Funschooling & Recreational Learning – Chocolate ActivitiesI offer more chocolate related posts, including resources and recipes such as a chocolate egg cream, chocolate covered pretzels, lip balm, bubble bath and a hot cocoa base here.

Homeschool Share: Chocolate Unit Study Free unit study.

Homefires: Chocolate Curriculum – This curriculum was designed for groups or individuals. I wrote it, I hope you enjoy it!

Activity Village: The Chocolate Bar Game A game played with dice.

All Chocolate Kitchen: Chocolate Sculptures – Take a look at some of the beautiful things that can be made with chocolate.

BoredPanda: 13 Of The Most Creative Works Of Chocolate ArtSite offers a variety of works of art made from chocolate.

Aol.Finance: 10 fun jobs that pay well Scroll down to Chocolatier.

Find out how much a chocolate maker makes and what you need to become one.

The Spirit Talks: Xocolatl Aztec Hot Chocolate Recipe – History about the drink and how to make it in a variety of ways.
What tempering is and comparisons of different techniques to see which work best at home.

Business Insider: Cocoa Butter Prices Are Surging Article about the high price of cocoa butter and what some companies are doing about it.

Glee Gum: Make your own chocolate kit – Interested in making your own chocolate? You can buy a kit here!

Information about a modern day chocolate war.

All Free Crafts: Chocolate Covered Spoons – Instructions for how to make these treats.

Printable World Map.net – Choose a map to print out.

Ranker: Best Songs About Chocolate  Some songs may not be suitable for all audiences.

Videos

Cooking Channel:  Outrageous Chocolate ArtA short video that features some interesting items made with chocolate.

A short video about the chocolate bar is offered in this post.

YouTube: Chocolate Playlist How chocolate is grown and made, chocolate art, hot chocolate recipes, chocolate modeling clay recipe and how to, factory tours, how luxury chocolates are made, and other interesting chocolate related videos.

Here’s one of the videos in the list…

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# Meteorology Resources

Wikipedia: Meteorology – History of the topic, meteorologists, equipment, spatial scales and more.

Environmental Science: What is a Meteorologist? – Find out what meteorologist do, types of meteorologists, where they work, their salary by state, requirements, what they study, and more.

Nat Geo: Meteorology – Facts, info about meteorology, Scales of meteorology, history of meteorologists, and meteorology today.

Scholastic: Meteorology – Explains what meteorology is, scope, and development of modern meteorology.

Weather Wiz Kids: A weather site designed to help kids understand weather. Includes information and experiments.

Weather for Kids: Types of weather. Click on a picture and learn about that topic.
http://www.weatherforkids.org/

Easy Science for Kids: Being a Weather Forecaster – Info about being a weather forecaster, fun facts about the occupation, and other info.

National Weather Service: Weather Science content for Kids and Teens – Summer Weather camps, Jetstream: The National Weather Services Online School for Weather, Severe storms laboratory, and others.

Study.com: What is Meteorology? Definitions, History, and Facts.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Cloud Resource Page, Tracking Hurricanes, Autumn/Fall, & Snowflake Science

YouTube: Meteorology Playlist – What is meteorology, what can you do with a degree in meteorology, predicting weather and more!
Here’s one of the videos you can find in the list…

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# Emergency Preparedness Resources

It’s a good idea to be prepared in case of an emergency, this includes blackouts, hurricanes, tropical storms, typhoons, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, snowstorms and other events.

We live in an area that gets a lot of unpredictable weather, and after a week without power and water a few years ago, we now make sure we are even more prepared from year to year.

Having a first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, plenty of water for everyone, including pets, and batteries and a light source are an absolute must, but what are some of the other things you’ll need to be prepared in the event of an emergency?

You will learn what your family’s needs are beyond the basics from event to event, but here are a few things we’ve learned to have handy.

A fan. When the air isn’t moving, and the house gets hot and stuffy, a battery powered fan is great to have around.

Hand sanitizer and wipes. There are a lot different types on the market and a must have to clean up after bathroom needs.

Extra water. Having cases of water bottles on hand is a must for drinking and meal preparation. Having a bathtub or two filled with water, and a little bleach to keep it from going bad, is good for flushing, quick sponge baths, and washing up.

Fully charged electronics. A movie before bed really helped my kids sleep better at night, especially when the wind howled most of the night. To make our device time last longer, we only turned one on at a time.

A weather radio and a regular radio. When the power is down, and your cell phone is dead, a weather radio can warn you if more trouble is coming your way. A regular radio, tuned into a local station, will keep you informed about FEMA locations, where and how to seek help, and other valuable information. Listening to your favorite tunes is a great way to help the day pass as well.

Lanterns. We had oil lanterns our first time around and battery powered ones the second. We liked the battery powered ones more because they didn’t heat the house up!

Glow Sticks. Glow sticks not only bring comfort to a child in the dark, they are a safer alternative to candles, lightweight, waterproof, windproof, and can light up a room for many hours without needing their batteries replaced. Plus, they are really inexpensive.

A/C during the hottest part of the day. When the storm is over, and power and running water is not available, going to the store to get dinner during the hottest part of the day makes the most sense. Not only did we cool off in the car, we charged up electronics in preparation for our nightly movie.

Have cash on hand. It’s a good idea to have cash on hand when going to the store because credit cards machines may not work.

FEMA. When FEMA came into our area, they gave us bags of ice, cases of water, and enough food for all of us, for an entire day, everyday. We were very grateful to have that available to us and it helped a great deal. When we went, they asked us to spread the word about them being there because they wanted to serve as many people as possible.

Look for the silver lining. If the situation looks (or is) really bad, try to keep in mind that things will get better. We tried to think of our bad weather experiences as a real-life pioneer reenactment. It helped us all deal with it a little better.

There’s nothing like a personal experience to make you wiser!

Below, you will find some sites and videos that can help inform you of what you will need to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Resources

Redcross

NWS: NOAA

CDC

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# Halloween Resources

The Origins of Halloween

Social Studies for Kids: Halloween

Wikipedia: Samhain
Celtic Festival
History.com: Halloween
History of Halloween, short videos and articles.

The Holiday Spot: Halloween History

Ireland for Visitors: Samhain

The Origins of Trick or Treating

Brief history.

History of Trick or Treating in America and around the world.

The Holiday Spot: Trick or Treating
Origins of trick or treating.

National Confectioners Association: Trick-or-Treat Tidbits
Halloween and candy facts.

Candy

Food Time Line: Halloween
Halloween history and Halloween relate foods.
Interesting information, facts, and info about Halloween and candy.

Activities Arts, crafts, Puzzles

Martha Stewart: Halloween
Great Halloween craft ideas.

Disney Family: Halloween

DLTK: Halloween
Coloring pages, costume ideas, crafts, games, puzzles, songs, and more.

Enchanted Learning: Halloween
The site provide quite a few craft ideas.
Artist Helping Children: Halloween Crafts for Kids
Site provides links to a lot of Halloween related activities.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning:  Halloween Activities
More then 30 activities can be found on this site.

Curriculum and Lesson Plans

A curriculum written with young children in mind.
Links to other sites with Halloween related math activities.

Still Learning Something New: Monsters
Misc Activities & Videos

Still Learning Something New: Salem W
itch Trials

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# Cloud Resource Page

 Clouds by Fran W.

Weather Wiz Kids: Clouds This kid friendly site offers information about what clouds are, how they are formed, types, lesson plans, experiments, and lots of other information.

UCAR: Center For Science Education: Clouds – Site offers information about how clouds are formed, a match game, an image gallery, movies, and types.

NOAA: 10 Basic Cloud Types – Site offers pictures and information about cloud types.

University of Illinois Extension: Tree House Weather Kids: Main Page – This interactive website has information about clouds and much more. Click on picture of clouds for info..

Clouds Online – Pictures of clouds with a description of what they look like, and info about cloud families, species and subspecies.

Science-Ed: Droplets: Kiwi Kids Cloud Identification Guide – This site offers a PDF file will lots of pictures and information about clouds.

Wikipedia: Clouds – Site offers information about clouds, including: The history of cloud science, types of clouds and more.

Cloudyn: 10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Clouds – Site offers 10 interesting cloud facts.

Videos

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# Thomas Jefferson

US History: Thomas Jefferson – Writer of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson – Site offers a brief history of Jefferson’s life.

White House: Thomas Jefferson – A short history of Jefferson’s life.

Wikipedia: Thomas Jefferson – Site offers a long history about Jefferson. This site also offers an audio file. Click on the speaker icon located in the top right-hand corner of the page to hear it.

Smithsonian:

Sites With Videos

Bio: Thomas Jefferson – Site offers written and video information

History: Thomas Jefferson – Site offers a video and written information.

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Fran’s World of DiscoveryDeclaration of Independence – This link will take you to a resource page.

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# Maryland Resource Page

 Maryland’s Fort McHenry Quarter Photo by Fran W.

Maryland.Gov – The state’s official page.

Wikipedia: Maryland – Site offers geographical and historical information, pictures, and other information. This site also offers information about Fort McHenry.

Visit Maryland – This is the official site to Maryland’s office of Tourism. It offers information about places to go regionally, seasonal things to do, information about events and festivals and more.

50 States: Maryland State – Site offers quick facts about the state, including the state flag, government, people and more.

Enchanted Learning: Maryland – Basic information about the state. Some printables require a membership to print in full size.

MD Kids Page: Famous Facts About Maryland – A list of interesting facts.

InfoPlease: Maryland – Information about the state’s selected symbols: Bird, tree, dog, fossil, plus nicknames, song, and much more.

History: Maryland – Information about the state and a couple of videos.

Movoto: Maryland Facts: 41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maryland.

Baltimore Federal Executive Board: Maryland Fun Facts – 10 facts about the state.

Maryland Fun Facts – This site offers some great information about Maryland. When you get to the site, a few of the windows in the panel to the right open up to a new page: ex: Flag & Map. This site offers videos as well.

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historical Shrine – Visitor information.

About: War of 1812: Battle of Fort McHenry – Site offers a short account of events.

Fran’s World of Discovery: Star Spangled Banner – Information about Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner. 3 videos offered in addition to links to other sites.
Videos

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# U.S. Constitution Resource Page

The U. S. Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America.

Archives.gov: U.S. Constitution – Site offers a transcript of the document as it was inscribed by Jacob Shallus. This site offers a Q&A about the constitution as well. Printer friendly version available and a PDF version.

Cornell University of Law: U.S. Constitution – Site offers the Constitution in sections, along with explanations.

Wikipedia: United States Constitution – Offers a little background and the Articles.

History: America Gets A Constitution – Site offers a video and a small amount of written information about the history of the the Constitution.

Constitution Facts – This site is dedicated to information about the U.S. Constitution. It includes: Dates to Remember, Crossword Puzzles, Facts about the Founding Fathers, and much more.

Still Learning Something New: Constitution Week Resources – Site offers links to other resources such as quests, videos, printables and more.

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