Fun Grammar Games and Lessons!

August 29th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, August 29, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Teachers’ Cafe

(www.theteacherscafe.com/Grammar/Grammar_Games.php)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Mr. and Mrs. Farino created The Teachers’ CafĂ© in 2004. It was originally started as a simple way to store worksheets online instead of using a filing cabinet.

As they began to understand the need for teacher resources their website morphed and changed to meet the growing need and today the website contains literally thousands of teaching aids like: 

  • Printable worksheets
  • Downloadable workbooks
  • Reading Lists
  • Holiday Printables
  • Assessments
  • Audio books
  • Classroom management tools
  • You can even study Spanish!

Today we are focusing on Grammar. When you get to the site, use the two column menu in the center of the page to find many resources for learning grammar

  • Learning English – Dozens of free Grammar games. Articles, Parts of speech to Superlative adjectives
  • Noun Dunk – Helps students understand common & proper nouns with practice from this simple online game.
  • Proofreading Makes Perfect – You choose skill: Capitalization, punctuation, spelling, usage or putting it together.
  • Middle School – Online lessons & activities: Adjective and Adverbs, General Grammar Exercises (error correction exercises), nouns, prepositions, Pronouns & verb tenses.
  • Grammar Exercises – Intermediate Online practice. Comma Splices, Fragments, Irregular Verbs, Commas, Pronoun Agreement, Pronoun Reference, S-V Agreement & Word Choice.
  • And so much more!

This website is a huge resource for many subjects; Math, Science, History, Social Studies – all of it can be found here so bookmark this website and return often!

Free science experiments, games and activities

August 28th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kinetic City

(www.kineticcity.com/)

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Save Vearth (Virtual Earth) from dastardly villains! The National Science Foundation sponsors this AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) website to promote science education in the classroom and at home.

When you get to the site, use the space vehicle at the top left corner of the screen. Click on “Club Car,” and from there select “Our World” to meet the animated crew of virtual kids who live on Vearth (the “virtual” planet Earth). Of course, they are facing a crisis — the possibility of Deep Delete — a wicked plan to destroy Vearth with 16 viruses.

By following the clues, reading scientific explanations for the strange things that are occurring on Vearth, and by doing science lab experiments that will help you solve various mysteries and puzzles, you can discover a solution to save Vearth.

To get started, you will need to choose from either: 

  1. Lab Car — Select this option to access just the interactive “mind games.”
  2. Control Car — To get all of the science content this site has to offer, use this option. Not only are all of the “mind games” included, but there are lab experiments to do.
  3. Supply Car — Click on “Deep Delete Trading Cards” to play “Virus Attack”.  The other choices of the Supply Car are “coming soon,” so bookmark the site and check back occasionally to see what’s new!

Once aboard the Control Car, use the top menu button labeled “Pack” to choose from packs labeled: Omega, Phi, Sigma, and Tau. Each pack has four viruses. Select a virus then click on its picture to read a brief synopsis of its threat to Vearth. Then, click the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to watch the villain and his evil henchman reveal their sinister plot of DOOM. To find out what you can do to help foil their evil plan, play the suggested online games and do the science lab experiments and other activities that include drawing, writing, and games involving physical movement. The information you gain from these activities will equip you for the “Mission to Vearth” that will ultimately destroy that virus.

When you first click “Mission to Vearth” you get a chance to earn “Power Points.” If you have logged in (membership is free), you can accumulate the points that you earn, have a chance at having your high scores posted on the site, and advance in rank from “Bug Zapper 2nd Class” all the way up to “Supersonic Virus Stopper!” If you’d rather not join, don’t worry; just click “Later” and proceed to answer the power questions anyway. You’ll still be congratulated for any power points you earn.

And don’t miss the heart-pounding arcade-style game to evaluate what you have learned, before you move on to the next virus! In “Bug Blaster,” crash into and destroy viruses, gain more fuel by answering questions correctly, and avoid obstacles which may reduce your shield strength. (Watch out! This game ends when you run out of either time, fuel, or shield strength.) Some viruses are destroyed by “Smart Attack” instead, a fast-paced matching game. Try to rack up points by matching as many facts as possible before you run out of lives or time.

Bookmark this site so you can return repeatedly to do the succession of activities in this entertaining Internet quest for science knowledge.

Free Math & Engineering Lessons for K-12

August 27th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 27, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TeachEngineering

(www.teachengineering.org/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Get free, open-ended, hands-on lessons and activities to stimulate your students’ interest in math and science through engineering.

As explained at the website, “engineers create what has not been – they make things that have never existed before.” The free K-12 engineering curricula at this website integrates math, science, and technology through exploration of the “built world” around us so that it’s relevant to the lives of young people.

The idea here is to encourage students to pose questions about “why things work” and then gain skills and use their imaginations to create innovations that improve the world for everyone.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured “Most Popular.” Above it you can: 

  • Browse Curricular Units – These theme-based learning experiences are composed of multiple lessons designed to take place over several weeks in a classroom environment. There are units on bridges, cells, energy, floaters and sinkers, marine mapping, natural disasters, rockets, simple machines, weather and atmosphere, and more. They can be tweaked for the homeschool learning environment.
  • Browse Activities – In our opinion, this is the place to start because the stand-alone, hands-on, fun experiments are sure to engage your kids’ interest and may springboard you to further learning. There are over 1,000 activities (that include a materials list and instructions) covering a range of possibilities such as the exploration of acids and bases, designing a bicycle helmet, learning about kidney filtering, investigating Ohm’s Law, playing “Rock Jeopardy,” making Yogurt Cup Speakers and more.
  • Browse Lessons – Get over 500 different lessons that meet content standards on topics that include Air Pressure, Ampere’s Law, Art in Engineering, Machines, Magnetic Fields, Rivers, Rocks, Paper Airplanes, Water, and much more.

All of the lessons and activities include the estimated time it takes and the approximate cost for the materials.

TeachEngineering is a terrific resource so bookmark it to return often!

Spanish for Early Learners

August 25th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 25, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GPB Media: Salsa

(www.gpb.org/salsa)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

Join Salsa, the animated salamander, and his friends as you watch any or all of the 42 video Spanish lessons available for free online at this website.

Created by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Salsa is an award-winning language television series that uses puppets, digital graphics, and animations to provide young learners with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture in a fun and entertaining manner.  

Episodes, ranging in length from 15-30 minutes, are entirely in Spanish. With the help of familiar children’s stories and characters, children become engaged and quickly pick up on the language skills presented. Throughout an episode there are brief breaks in the stories to focus on the featured words, reinforcing the vocabulary being taught.

The stories include characters from such favorite stories as:

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Three Clever Goats
  • The Three Pigs

No need to worry if you are not familiar with Spanish because on each episode page there are Introduction, Vocabulary, and Instructor videos for the teacher to preview before presenting the episode videos to their children. Transcripts of the episode and activity guides are also available to download for each episode.

And to keep the learning going, there are four fun interactive games for your students to play: 

  • Seek and Find
  • Pizza
  • Sequence
  • Coloring Book

Based on research, children before the age of nine can easily learn multiple languages and with the help of this website your students can discover that learning Spanish is great fun.

Visit the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

August 24th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, August 24, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

(www.reading.ac.uk/Ure/tour/index.php)

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

 

Discover the artifacts of Greece and Egypt with this virtual tour of the Ure Museum at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

Navigating the website to see the items will take a little effort but it is worth it. When arriving at today’s link, visitors will find a menu of themes to explore: 

  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Mythology and religion
  • Household – including childhood
  • Making Greek vases – including shapes, decoration and timeline
  • Education – including music, athletics and literacy
  • Citizenship – including gender
  • Warfare
  • The Symposium
  • Body beautiful
  • Death – including graves and funerary rituals

Once you have selected a theme, a page opens with information relating to the topic. Within the topic are accession numbers that are links to the artifact. Clicking one will open the page with information and image of the item. Click on the images to enlarge, then you can use the navigation tool under the image to see more views available. Use the back arrow on your browser to return to the previous page or select the Ure Museum Home link on the left sidebar to get to the homepage and then select the “Tour of the Museum” tab to get back to where the menu is.

You could also search the database to search for items using a keyword or topic. Use the “database” link in the welcome paragraph to access this. If there are available items to view, a list will populate. Click the link and available accession numbers will appear for you to select.

There is an abundance of information on this site to supplement your studies of ancient Greece.

Resources for Teaching American History

August 23rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, August 23, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching American History – Teacher Resources

(teachingamericanhistory.org/teacher-resources/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger TeachingAmericanHistory.org website provides a large variety of resources to use for your American history studies.

From today’s link, select from the following: 

  • American History Toolkits – collections of resources from the site focusing on a specific topic. These resources can include Guiding Questions, Essential Documents, Webinars, archived courses from the Presidential Academy section, and Lesson Plans. The topics cover The American Founding, Expansion & Sectionalism, Civil War & Reconstruction, The Progressive Era, The Great Depression and World War II, and Civil Rights.
  • Exhibits on the American Founding – Using primary and secondary sources, maps, images and more, students will explore major events related to the founding of the American Republic. Events covered include the Constitutional Convention, The Federalist-Antifederalist Debate, The Ratification of the United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights.
  • Exhibits on American History – Similar in nature to the Exhibits on the American Founding section, students will explore in depth the historical significance of specific themes and events such as Religion in America, The Election of 1800, Abraham Lincoln, and The Civil War.
  • Lesson Plans – links to other sites with history lesson plans
  • Presidential Academy – Provides a 30-session course focusing on three major documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. From the website description, “Each session is made up of a set of readings, all linked from its blog post, and usually one lecture. Guiding questions and focus issues are at the foundation of each week’s study.”
  • Multimedia Resources – links to find archived videos and podcasts
  • Homeschool Resources – specifically gathered for the homeschool family, visitors will find:  
    • Free Homeschool American History Curriculum – a free high-school level American History and Government curriculum focusing on primary documents. There is a sample of the curriculum to review and then a form to fill out to receive the curriculum by email.
    • Monthly Webinars – conversations focusing on the 50 Core American Documents
    • Classroom Webinars for Homeschool Co-ops – interactive webinars ideal for AP U.S. History or Government and Politics courses.
    • Saturday Webinars – monthly programs for those who want to know more about American history documents. These webinars are also archived making it a great anytime resource.
    • Documents Library – access to the over 23,000 primary documents on the site
    • 50 Core American Documents – a collection of the most important documents in American history and government with summaries, questions and links to related documents.

This site is a fantastic resource for your American history studies and well worth bookmarking.

Free, Fun Etymology Games!

August 22nd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, August 22, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funbrain

(www.funbrain.com/roots/index.html)

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

 

We thought it would be fun to play some games that teach the origin of words – which can be very helpful when it comes to honing spelling and vocabulary skills.

The first site we are highlighting is Funbrain: Rooting Out Words – Uncover the meaning of root words with this fun game for kids. Levels: easy, medium, and hard.

And here are a few more: 

QUIA: Greek & Latin Root Words Match Game – Like the game “Concentration” just match the root word with its meaning.

Sporcle: Etymology Trivia Quizzes and Games – This website, whose mission is to provide fun through trivia, boasts of over 250k user-generated trivia games you can choose from to play. You are also invited to create up to 25 of your own game/quizzes per month where you can track your stats and invite others to play. If your game/quiz becomes popular, it could be featured on the front page of the website. In order to create a game/quiz, you’ll need to sign up for a free account.

Free Rice: Define Words and Feed the Hungry! – At this website, you can take a multiple choice quiz to define words and feed the hungry at the same time! It doesn’t cost a thing to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger!

Tornado Science!

August 21st, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, August 21, 2018, and time for Science  at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Weather Wiz Kids

(www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-tornado.htm)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website designed for kids, a meteorologist describes the science behind tornadoes including what weather conditions are required for them to form. It includes terrific information, pictures, links to free lesson plans, experiments, and more.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to read the text and see pictures and illustrations that explain what tornadoes are, how they form, and information on weather conditions associated with tornadoes such as: 

  • Funnel Clouds
  • Supercell Thunderstorms
  • Mesocyclones
  • Microbursts
  • Waterspouts
  • Hail
  • Gustnadoes
  • Landspouts
  • Dust Devils

You’ll also learn about the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity and some Tornado Safety Tips. There are also links to FREE LESSON PLANS and Tornado Experiments that will enhance your children’s understanding of this dangerous weather phenomenon.

“Family Math Night” Activities!

August 20th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 20, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Night Modules

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

“Math Night” supported by the National Science Foundation is a fun event that was created for kids in elementary school and their parents. On Math Night, families go to school together and explore math displays (similar to a science fair), make math crafts, and compete in games to solve math problems.

Now, homeschoolers can join in the fun too! At this website you can get free access to the Math Night resources including math displays, crafts, games, and activities. You can print them out and use them to enjoy fun math projects at home.

When you get to the site just click on any item on the icon menu that includes: 

  • Abacus Arithmetic
  • Topology Tricks
  • Wrapping Paper Symmetry
  • Math is a Piece of Pi
  • Bridges of Koenigsberg
  • Binary Numbers
  • Geometry Gems
  • Algorithms, Braids, and Kolam Figures
  • Clock Arithmetic
  • Secret (and not so secret) Codes
  • Construction by Instruction
  • Mathematics of Music
  • Methods of Multiplication
  • The Slide Rule
  • Cake Walk Math
  • Mirror, Mirror
  • Make a Mountain Out of a Map
  • Math ‘N Music Notes
  • You Can Count On It!

A new page opens with a virtual tri-fold display about that activity. Use the menu at the top of the screen to learn about the module and access the printable materials you’ll need.

Want to try other activities? Look on the menu on the left side of the screen to access some “Pencil and Paper Games” as well as the rules for playing “Math Jeopardy.”

Learn to Draw

August 18th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 18, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Drawing Guides

(easydrawingguides.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides oodles of step-by-step drawing tutorials for animals, plants, cartoon characters and more. Most of the tutorials include video and online instruction.

The homepage provides some topical samples of the lessons with “See More” links under the categories including: 

  • Popular Drawing Ideas – cartoon flowers, a horse head, cartoon characters and much more
  • Latest Easy Drawing Tutorials – Find the most recent tutorials here.
  • How to Draw Animals – dogs, cats, forest creatures and other mammals, birds, fish and sea life, fantasy creatures and more
  • How to Draw Cartoons – T.V. characters, Star Wars, Disney, Japanese manga, super heroes, and more
  • How to Draw Flowers – from daisies to sunflowers and everything in between as well as trees, bushes, fruit and vegetables
  • How to Draw People – characters, body parts and more
  • How to Draw Things – food, instruments, transportation, buildings and all kinds of random things
  • Other Drawing Guides – things that may not have fit into other categories such as emojis, symbols, landscapes, weather and much more

Visitors can browse the collections or use the search engine to see if there is a tutorial for something specific. Drawing lessons also include texts about the subject.

If you subscribe to their newsletter you will receive a PDF Learn to Draw Animals ebook as well as the ability to download the lessons.

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