Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Free Math Games fro Beginners

May 18th, 2015

 

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

 

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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.

Free Chemistry & Physical Science Activity Book!

May 12th, 2015

 

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

 

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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.

Learn Braille

May 9th, 2015

 

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

 

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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 BugĀ® 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.

Book Finder with Lessons, Author Bios, & More!

April 29th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 29, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Scholastic: Book Wizard

 

Age Range: 3-17 (Grades PreK-11 with parental supervision)

 

Have your children ever fallen in love with a particular book? Have they begged for more books like it? Have you scoured the library shelves trying to find something just as engaging to nurture their love of reading? Do you wish you could find extension activities to further learning through the books they love to read? Then you’ll love today’s website recommendation.
Scholastic’s Book Wizard offers three different ways to search over 50,000 books from all publishers to find just the right book for your child, and many search results include lesson plans, author bios, and study guides. Type in the name of a book your child likes, and the free Book Wizard will show similar titles in the same reading level with the same type of content with activities to further learning. What a time saver! When you get to the site, you can jump right in and use the search engine that includes options: 
  • Find Books – Just enter a book title, author or keyword. Once you’ve found the exact book you are looking for – you can click on the author’s name to read his/her bio, and (in many cases) access free lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and extension activities written specifically for the book. Note: Look for the words “Search By Level” under the input form. Click on those words to search for books and associated lessons and activities by preferences such as “Interest Level” and “Reading Level” for grades PreK-12. You can also search by Book Type, Subject, and Genre.

  • Similar Books – Enter a favorite book title, set the reading level scale (same, easier, harder), click “Search” and Similar Books performs it’s magic rendering a selection of titles your child is sure to enjoy.
Check out Scholastic’s Teacher’s page to locate oodles and gobs of resources!

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.

Free Virtual Tour of the Human Body!

April 21st, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, April 21, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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MEDtropolis: The Virtual Body

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website was “built for the latest health information that will educate and entertain kids and adults alike.” It includes a free virtual tour of the human body that is divided into four sections: Brain, Skeleton, Heart and Digestive Tract. The narrated tour gives a thorough explanation of each section. Students can also test their knowledge with interactive activities like “Organize Your Organs” or “Build a Skeleton.” 

When you get to the site select the language you want to use – English or Spanish! A new page opens with a menu of four items that include:
  • The Human Brain – Click on this item to discover “The Brain Book” that describes voluntary and involuntary functions, brain food, and everything you wanted to know about headaches! You’ll also find “The Brain Parts” where you can learn about the components that make up the brain. Then, take the audio-tour by clicking on “Narrated Neurons” and discover the brain’s potential.
  • Skeleton – Take a guided, virtual tour of the human skeleton. Click on “Zoom In” to get a closer look at the skeleton and its functions. Test your knowledge by playing the interactive game, “Build A Skeleton.”
  • Human Heart – Learn the parts of the heart and watch a terrific animated clip of the human heart in motion. Take the narrated virtual tour of the human heart too.
  • Digestive Tract – Find out the names of the organs in the intestinal tract and take a narrated, guided tour of the digestive system. Play “Organize Your Organs” and find out how much you really know.

This site offers a great introduction to learning about the human body.

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