Archive for the ‘other’ category

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

April 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Kids on the Net

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.
If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include hangman, word searches, crossword puzzles, a metaphor and simile quiz, and some fill-in-the-blank story activities. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site. Be sure to click on the “Competitions” button to learn about a story-writing activity. Although this competition has ended, your kids might enjoy the writing activity.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids, or create an island all your own. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices going. Get your notebook and pencil handy and dive on in!

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

RMS Titanic Virtual Tour

April 17th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, April 17, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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The RMS Titanic

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

From the Russian international multimedia news service, Sputnik International, take an interactive virtual tour of a realistic animated version of the RMS Titanic.
When arriving at the link, let the tour load in the window then click “Start” to begin the tour. Visitors can watch the brief fly-by view of the ship, or choose to skip it, and then a cutaway version of the ship appears. Use the lower left button to select “Outside” or “Inside” the ship.

Click on the spinning ‘boxes’ to explore various locations on the ship such as: 

  • Third-Class Cabin
  • Third-Class Dining Room
  • Second-Class Cabin
  • Second-Class Dining Room
  • First-Class Stateroom
  • First-Class Dining Saloon
  • Engine Room
  • Staircases
  • Bridge
  • Bow Section
After selecting your destination, use your mouse, arrow keys, or the on-screen arrows to move around and examine the location. Occasionally visitors will discover informational hotspots among the images with interesting facts and tidbits about the location. Click the “X” to return to the main image.

Along with being able to visit various parts of the ship, select the paragraph icons to learn more fascinating facts about the ship.

This website provides an excellent rendition of what the Titanic was like before its demise on April 15, 1912.

History Matters

April 9th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 9, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SchoolHistory.co.uk

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

For those of you looking for comprehensive and meaty U.S. History curriculum and lessons for high school students and beyond – look no further. This site provides resources and a gateway to U.S. history materials for teachers and students.
When you get to the site, you may need to wait a few minutes for it to fully load before you can click on the menu items. From primary source documents to teaching assignments using web resources, along with strategies from distinguished history teachers, you will discover all of the tools you need to study U.S. history – and most of the resources include text, image, and audio. There are also chat rooms for discussing various history topics and lessons with other students and teachers.

You will also find a fascinating History Test at this site that presents a series of questions and asks you to determine whether the test question is a legitimate question taken from real standardized tests for junior high and high school. This is in the Puzzled By The Past section that includes all kinds of quizzes and puzzle challenges for history students.

While this site is geared for high school and up – junior high students can benefit from many of the resources and information as well.

Incredible Animal Science Lessons for K-12!

April 7th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, April 7, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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SeaWorld/Busch Gardens: Animals

 

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

 

This terrific, multi-media website is chock-full of free and downloadable lessons and activities on animal and marine animal science.
Sponsored by SeaWorld/Busch Gardens, this site is a companion to the exhibits and education provided at the amusement parks. It is intended to increase students’ competencies in science and math while developing a lifelong appreciation and respect for all living creatures and habitats.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Animal Info – Get free “Animal Infobooks” and fun facts, listen to the sounds different animals make, explore ecosystems and zoological research.
  • Just For Teachers – Get free, downloadable teachers’ guides and classroom activities for grades K-12 (that can be tweaked for homeschools) on topics from Arctic Animals to Marine Animal Husbandry & Training. Watch the educational and entertaining “Shamu TV” online!
  • Fun Zone – Play interactive games that teach as they test your knowledge about animals. Print coloring pages of killer whales, penguins, sharks, elephants, gorillas, lions, and rhinos.
You’ll also find info about the educational programs, camps, and internships offered for students at the various theme-park locations throughout the U.S. and career information too. Learn about conservation and find out what’s new at the SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens theme parks near you.

Murderous Maths’ Tricks, Games, & Lessons!

April 6th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 6, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Murderous Maths

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

Murderous Maths books use humor to make learning math entertaining and funny. The comic-style books feature a range of quirky characters that teach math concepts through fun and absurd stories. At the website you’ll find many of the math tricks, games, and lessons featured in the books that you can access for free.
When you get to the site, it all looks a little chaotic. There’s a brief introduction with links to content on the site, and an icon menu. Place your cursor over the illustrations to see where each one leads. If it looks interesting, click on it to learn more. We found the easiest way to get to the freebies, is to use the tiny menu bar located at the bottom of the page that includes: 
  • Fun – An assortment of math tricks and games to entertain you, and amaze your friends. For example, find out how to guess someone’s “Age By Chocolate” – and read the explanation for how it’s done.
  • Features – Enjoy colorfully illustrated lessons that teach:
    • Finger Times Tables
    • Pascal’s triangle
    • The Area of an Ellipse
    • Fibonacci and Nature
    • Calculating the Area of a Trapezium
    • Square Triangle and Cube Numbers
    • How to Work Out Square Roots Without a Calculator
    • And More!

This is a terrific way to supplement math studies and engage reluctant mathematicians.

The Ages of Exploration

April 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 2, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Ages of Exploration

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from The Mariners’ Museum, helps visitors discover the ships, voyages, and tools of explorers throughout history.
When arriving at the link, choose from the following time periods: 
  • Ancient Exploration
  • Medieval Exploration
  • “Age of Discovery”
  • Modern Exploration (Please note that at the time of this review this time period was still under construction.)
Once arriving at your time period of choice, choose from the explorers, ships, or tools presented on the page to learn more. Entries provide background information about the subject and often additional images and/or videos. Choose the Voyage Map and examine the routes the explorers took on an interactive map. Select the Resources link to find educational games such as: 
  • Merchants of the Great Exchange
  • Whose Lunch is it Anyway?
  • World Explorer
Also included on the Resources page are printable activities with student and teacher instructions. Activities include: 
  • Creating a compass, an astrolabe, a quadrant, and a globe
  • Identifying the parts of a ship and navigational instruments
  • Crossword and word search puzzles
  • Learning about latitude and longitude
  • Surviving at sea
And more! This website is a great resource for your study of explorers.
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