Free Math Games fro Beginners

May 18th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, May 18, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

ICT Games: Numeracy Games

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html 

 

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a vast collection of interactive games to help young children (and beginning mathematicians of all ages) learn and practice basic math skills.
When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction in the center screen that is followed by a menu of math “Themes” that include: 
  • Number Facts
  • Money
  • Counting
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Time
  • Shape and Measures
  • Place Value
  • More and Less
  • Multiplication & Rounding – and more!
Click on any theme and a new page opens with a menu of selections for that particular math theme or strand. The games are colorful and engaging. Some lack sufficient explanation on how to play – so you may need to experiment a little until you figure it out.

When you’re through with the math activities, click on “Literacy” on the menu to play a variety of games that teach and reinforce reading, spelling, vocabulary, etc.

Explore Harmonicas

May 16th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 16, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Alan G. Bates Harmonica Collection 

http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/Archives/Bates/Batespage.htm

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Introduce your family to the joy of owning and playing the harmonica!
Did you know that more harmonicas have been sold than any other musical instrument? Harmonicas have been around in their current form for 175 years. At this site you can see samples of some of the unusual and fascinating harmonicas that Alan G. Bates has collected including a player harmonica – just like a player piano!

When you get to the site read about the highlights of the collection. Scroll down and you can read about the collector, Alan G. Bates. Then, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the arrow pointing to the right. A new page appears with a text menu under an arrow icon with the heading “Click arrows to take Bates Gallery Tour.” Click on any of the “Image” listings to see photographs and read about some very rare and unusual harmonicas – the shapes and decorations on these are not to be missed!

Visiting this harmonica gallery may inspire the kids to want to learn to play the harmonica. If so, here is a website that explains what kind of harmonica to get and provides free lesson plans for how to play harmonica.

National Museum of the US Air Force

May 15th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 15, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of the US Air Force

 

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

 

Virtually explore the National Museum of the US Air Force located on Wright-Patterson AFB, in Ohio.
When arriving at today’s link, choose from: 
  • Museum Virtual Tour
  • Cockpits
  • Museum Podcasts
When the museum tour is selected a new window will open with a picture of the front of the museum and a map on the right hand side of the screen. Use your mouse to explore the museum entrance or use the map to select from the following specific locations: 
  • Air Park
  • Presidential Aircraft
  • Research & Development
  • World War II
  • Southeast Asia War
  • Memorial Park
  • Earlier Years
  • Korean War
  • Cold War
  • Missile & Space
  • And more
Click on one of the hot spot dots on the map to be taken to that exhibit. Use your mouse to pan in, out, and around the 360° images of planes, memorabilia, and other interesting USAF related items. Move your pointer around the different objects to reveal a hand which, when clicked, opens a more detailed image of the item. When looking at the zoomed images of the aircraft, some also include a link to the cockpit virtual tour of the plane. Click the speaker in the bottom tool bar to either hear or read more about the current exhibit. If the main image includes a “play” button arrow icon, clicking on this will start a brief topical movie.

Back at the home page, if the Cockpits option is selected, visitors will be able to explore the cockpits and other locations within air and spacecraft through 360° images.

Select the Museum Podcast option listen to interesting audios that provide background information about the aircraft at the museum as well as about those who flew and maintained them.

Plan to spend some time exploring this museum because there is a lot to see.

Go West with Lewis & Clark

May 14th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 14, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark

 

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic takes students on a brief interactive adventure in the 1800’s alongside the great explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
When arriving at the link, select the “Onward!” banner to begin. On the next page, after reading the brief introduction, you can choose to enter your name or just click the “Onward” button. Each slide poses a question with choices to be made about your journey. After making your choice, the next slide provides an explanation as to why or why not the choice is a good one. Select the “Did You Know?” icon for interesting pop-up fast facts relating to the current slide or choose the “Journal” icon to see brief journal entries from Lewis and Clark. There is also a map of your journey on the right hand side of the screen. Situations include: 
  • Gearing up for the Journey
  • Indian Dilemma
  • Baby on Board?
  • Which Way to Go?
  • Brave the Icy Mountains?
  • All Downhill From Here
  • Mission Accomplished
When you have finished going through the slides, click the “See where you’ve been!” text link to see a larger map of your journey. Then select the “Onward” text link to return to the main page. Select the “Onward” option again for the first slide, then check out these text links at the bottom of the slide for more information about Lewis and Clark: 
  • Meet the Crew – brief descriptions of those who traveled with Lewis and Clark
  • More about Lewis and Clark – resources and links to other websites about Lewis and Clark
This website makes an interesting introduction to your studies of Lewis and Clark.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

May 13th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

BBC: Skillswise

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills. Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations). 
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:
  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation. 

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.

IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Free Chemistry & Physical Science Activity Book!

May 12th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, May 12, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Inquiry In Action

 

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-8 approximately,with parental supervision)

 

Check out this website where you can download Inquiry In Action – a free book of activities that teach chemistry and physical science published by the American Chemical Society.
When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction, a list of the most popular activities, and a review of chemistry fundamentals. Look for the words “Get The Book” to download the entire book in pdf format for free. You can also use the book online. Just click on “View the Activities” and a new page opens with the table of contents outlining all seven chapters that include: 

1. Molecules in Motion – Students conduct experiments with M&M’s in water to answer a set of questions based on their observations.

 

2. Physical Properties & Physical Change in Solids – Compare the properties of four different household crystals to the properties of an unknown crystal.

 

3. Physical Properties & Physical Change in Liquids – Investigate the behavior of liquids on various surfaces.

 

4. Dissolving Solids, Liquids, & Gases – Explore the different factors that affect the solubility of solids, liquids, and gases.

 

5. Chemical Change – Experience the evidence of chemical change such as production of a gas, change in temperature, color change, and formation of a precipitate.

 

6. States of Matter – Consider how heating and cooling affect molecular motion.

 

7. Density – Explore the concept of density through the familiar experiences of sinking and floating.

 

Inquiry In Action offers the flexibility to pick and choose experiments based on your area of interest. It’s a great way to introduce chemistry and physics through engaging activities.

Resources for Learning Math

May 11th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, May 11, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Math2.org

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Math2.org offers resources for learning math. It is a member of the Web Math Collaboration (WMC), a federation of math websites with the goal of providing “freely accessible open spaces for people to collaborate on and discuss mathematical subjects, help those who have difficulties in mathematics, and provide mathematical resources to the public.”
When you get to the website you’ll see it is very clearly organized and includes: 
  • Math Reference Tables (also available in Spanish!) — All of the most important tables and formulas you need to study math: basic arithmetic facts, trig identities, derivatives and integrals, and even Fourier transforms, all in one convenient place for you to use and review. The conic sections are simply but clearly illustrated, and the calculus even includes proofs!
  • The Math Message Board — Post your math questions in this forum and get answers on this very active board! (As with all forums, children will need adult supervision.) Browse through past questions and enjoy the lively give-and-take in this helpful math-loving community; try your hand at verifying the solutions to any that catch your interest.
  • Have A Math Question? — This section refers those with questions to either the Math Message Board (described above) or to the “Ask Dr. Math” website.
  • Links — A list of links to other websites that offer everything from general math resources and lesson plans for grades K-16 to an extensive collection of mathematical theorems and formulas.
  • Other Resources — You’ll find an English-Spanish math dictionary here! Bonus: If you would like to see what else this webpage author has created, click on “Dave Manura” at the bottom of the page.

Learn Braille

May 9th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 9, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Braille Bug

 

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) was designed to teach sighted children about braille. With the aid of this site children will not only gain an understanding of the history and importance of braille as a language for the blind, but will also learn braille numbers and letters.
When arriving at this colorful site, students can select from the following: 
  • Change the Colors of the Site! – Change the color of the text and background for easier viewing.
  • What is Braille? – Learn the ins and outs of reading and writing braille as well as print out a braille alphabet key or send away for a free braille alphabet card.
  • Reading Club – featured books to read including a Reading Club Schedule and a Message to Parents and Teachers explaining the purpose of the Reading Club
  • Games and Secret Messages – interactive activities that encourage students to interpret simulated braille letters, words, and numbers. See your name in braille, solve trivia, riddles and rhymes, jumbles, secret messages and more.
  • Louis Braille – read the brief story of Louis Braille then visit the Louis Braille Online Museum through the link provided on the page.
  • Helen Keller Kids Museum Online – Explore the timeline of Helen Keller’s life which includes photos and videos (which need to be downloaded to your computer to view) and much more.
  • Parents and Teachers – This page provides links to an overview of the Braille Bug website, instructions for downloading braille files for those that have a braille printer, suggestions for classroom activities, and more.
  • Are You Ready for Real Braille? – This page provides a special offer to purchase the Braille Bug® Activity Book, Slate, and Stylus.
In the bottom menu, visitors can learn about the AFB by selecting the text link “Learn About the American Foundation for the Blind“.

While this website’s target audience is students in grades 3-6, many of the activities can easily be adapted for younger and older students.

US Bicycling Hall of Fame Tour

May 8th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 8, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

US Bicycling Hall of Fame

 

Age Range: All ages and grades (children with parental supervision)

 

May is National Bike Month and what better way to explore bicycling history with a virtual tour of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, California.
When arriving at the link, you are able to select from specific time periods on the left hand menu. Each time period is again broken down into various collections and/or artifacts to examine. Collections include images and information for: 
  • Bicycles
  • Trophies, medals, and other awards
  • Historical photos and posters
  • Cycling magazine and catalog covers
  • Other cycling memorabilia such as jerseys and helmets
After selecting the desired time period, visitors can click the image to see a larger view or click the text link beside the image to view details about the artifact. On the detail page there are links on the left sidebar to other related artifacts.

When you are finished exploring the collection, select “Inductees” in the top menu bar to learn about famous cyclists in the Hall of Fame.

This website provides an interesting topic to explore with your students which just might inspire them to get on their own bikes and achieve the website’s mission to “encourage them to participate in the future of the sport.”

Exploring Social Sciences with Peter Pan

May 7th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 7, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Websites:

 

See below.

 

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

 

May 9th is the birthday of Sir James Matthew Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Barrie was born in 1860. We thought an exploration of history and social sciences while commemorating the author’s life and his most famous work would be fun! There are several sites that have interesting facts and features which turns this particular ClickSchooling recommendation into a sort of unit study.

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