Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 17th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

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

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

As the website states, “Out in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests. So come explore the world of pests. Then use your new knowledge to outwit the pests in your world.” Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters. You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists. Click on the “continue” button to examine the “Pest Guide from A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes. Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Pest Games – Play interactive games like “Name That Pest!” that test your knowledge of the critters in the “Pest Guide.”
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for a wide grade-range that feature insect anatomy, native habitats and behaviors of insects and rodents, info on termite specimens and colonies, and learn how to prevent an infestation. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy.
  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.

Interactive Introduction to Art for Kids

May 14th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 14, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Modern Art: Destination Modern Art

(www.moma.org/interactives/destination/)

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

 

What fun for young kids! The Museum of Modern Art in New York offers a terrific interactive game that teaches kids about Modern Art as they click and play along.

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of an alien. Click anywhere on the page and a new screen opens. The “alien” will be your child’s guide through the museum and will invite you to click on any of the 3 pieces of artwork you see – including paintings (by Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo) and a sculpture (by Umberto Boccioni). When you click on the artwork, a new screen opens with a description of the artwork and 4 or 5 activities that teach your child more about the artwork and the artist, and encourages your child to try their hand at using the techniques used by the artists. This is a great way to introduce modern art to young children.

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

May 11th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 11, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EDSITEment – Literature and Language Arts

(edsitement.neh.gov/subject/literature-language-arts)

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

 

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans integrated with resources to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art, foreign language, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured lesson plan. Below that is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as: 

  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Essay
  • Fables, Fairy Tales, and Folklore
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

Submit your parameters and a menu of lesson plans will appear below the sorting tool. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including: 

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Extending the Lesson

You’ll find links to free, carefully screened educational websites where you can read the literature online and find resources to extend the learning. In some cases you’ll find free, printable worksheets as well.

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.

Foreign Language Practice through Games

April 30th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 30, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Internet Polyglot

(www.internetpolyglot.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Internet Polyglot offers a variety of free interactive lessons and games to help you practice over 35 languages by memorizing vocabulary words and their meanings along with phrases and simple sentences.

Due to the large amount of content on this site, it may require a minute or two to fully load. Then, in the center of the page, read the descriptions for the tools that are available on the site and the instructions on how to use them. It will make overall navigation much easier.

Select the language you want to learn from the language menu on the left side of the page. A new page opens that displays all of the vocabulary lessons (includes audio) that cover topics such as animals, weather, transportation, food, money, shopping, education, entertainment, numbers, colors, clothing, time, and much more. You can also access: 

  • Tutorial Slide Show – Watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. This is sort of like virtual flash cards.
  • Guessing Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct definition.
  • Typing Game – A word is displayed and you type in the correct translation.
  • Matching Game – Drag-and-drop the translations that match displayed words.

You can play-and-learn all of these games for free on this ad-supported website.

Note: There were not a lot of ads on our visits to the site. However, the ads are randomly generated, so, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site and supervise use of it.

You must register (free) to create your own lessons, save your results, and customize the activities as desired.

As the website explains, Internet Polyglot assumes that users already have some experience and knowledge of a foreign language prior to using the activities at the site. It is intended as a supplement to a foreign language program – not as the sole method for learning a language.

Free K-8 Math Games & Worksheets

April 25th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, April 25, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dositey.com

Age Range: 5-adult (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported and commercial website offers some free interactive games and printable worksheets that help kids practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu divided by grade level as follows: 

  • K-2 – Match numerals with number words and practice multiplication facts to 20.
  • 3-4 – Practice rounding numbers, add 3-digit numbers, and practice division.
  • 5-8 – Match fractions to their decimal equivalents, play games to learn the metric system, explore negative numbers, and solve some short word problems.
  • All Ages – Some math games for ages 5-105.

When you click on a menu item a new page opens with a menu of the free math games. Be sure to click on “See more Math” to access the printable worksheets.

You’ll also find some free Language Arts games that help kids develop reading skills.

This site offers the free math activities with the hope that you’ll like them enough to purchase a subscription that will allow access to all of the games and resources in a given category (without any advertising). You don’t have to purchase a thing to try the free games and worksheets.

Color with Leo

April 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 23, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color with Leo

(www.colorwithleo.com/index.php)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Join Leo and learn about the principles of art through lessons, coloring pages, interactive activities and games. Produced by Silva Animation Studio, Inc., this website was founded for “the sole purpose of creating a free, art based, website devoted to develop a child’s artistic instinct.”

There is a large variety of instruction available at this website. Select from the following in the upper menu:

  • Parents & Teachers – Choose from topical lessons about animals, elements and principles of art, seasonal lessons, creating sculptures, and “About Me” lessons.
  • Coloring pages – Printable coloring pages in categories that include “Best Friends”, “Famous Paintings”, “Portraits”, “Seasons & Holidays”, “Puzzles and Activities”, and “Shapes”
  • Art Studio – Interactive games designed to teach skills such as basic shapes, color mixing, online coloring, color matching, drawing and more
  • Games – Play more online games such as “Select the Shape”, “Paint Drip Catch”, “Does Not Belong”, “Complete the Shape”, “Painting Puzzles”, “Mayan Quest” and many more.

This is a bookmark-worthy website that visitors will come back to time after time.

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