Posts Tagged ‘activities’

San Diego Zoo Animal Webcams

December 9th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, December 9, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

San Diego Videos and Webcams

(zoo.sandiegozoo.org/content/video-more)

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

 

Visit some of the animals in the San Diego Zoo in California with the videos and webcams found at this website.

Peek in on the following animals in their exhibits: 

  • Penguin
  • Ape
  • Koala
  • Panda
  • Polar Bear
  • Elephant
  • Tiger
  • Condor

On some cam pages, there are links to learn more about the animals or read blog entries relating to the animals.

On today’s link, choose the “Videos” link to see many behind-the-scenes activities including ultrasounds of pandas, a pacemaker implanted in a Tasmanian Devil, setting up “Snow Day” for the snow, meerkat pups, giraffe calf, aye aye baby, capybara babies, elephant videos, and much more.

Animal lovers of all kinds will enjoy visiting this website.

Free Math Enrichment Games and Problems

December 5th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, December 5, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH

(nrich.maths.org/)

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

 

This website is a project of the math faculty at The University of Cambridge and provides FREE math games, interesting problems, and helpful materials that are suitable for students of a wide age, ability, and grade range.

Don’t be deceived by the simple look of the home page – this site harbors a rich resource bank with thousands of fun and fascinating math challenges and printable materials that will engage your students while helping to develop problem-solving and mathematical thinking skills. Read the introduction, then, click on the icon for the grade level you are interested in to find an assortment of math activities. Be sure to click on the link to the “Help Section” as it really explains the most beneficial way to use the site.

Note: Because this is a UK website, some of the references may be unfamiliar particularly when it comes to money. Parents can easily guide children to substitutions so they can do the exercises.

Bookmark this website – it is updated with new material regularly.

Free Literature Study Guides

November 30th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.ntc-school.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/index.html)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are:

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Review
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Online Math Quiz

November 28th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 28, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

That Quiz

(www.thatquiz.org/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in no-frills online math practice, this website is for you. It will generate endless math problems for you to try, and instantly tell you whether your answer is correct.

There is a teacher registration (free!) and login option, and students can log in to see what work their teacher has assigned them, but this is a help for classroom teachers with multiple students and scores to keep track of; individual students don’t need to register, and most homeschool parents/kids won’t need to either; everything on this site is accessible without registration.

There really is something at every level here: a whole decade’s worth of randomly-generated math practice problems on one deceptively simple-looking website. For each activity, be sure to look in the left-hand column to select the parameters you’d like to apply. For example, for calculus, you can choose to practice integrals or derivatives. For fractions, you can identify the given fraction from the visual representation, or fill in the number of rectangles to represent the given fraction, and you can also select the level of difficulty. You can choose to practice only ten problems, or as many as a hundred. It will keep track of your score, and give that score to you as a percentage after you finish the set of questions. What you will not find here are cute cartoon characters, cool sound effects, advertisements, bright colors, animation, or anything flashy. You might find it helpful to keep some scratch paper and a pencil handy; write down the problems that you miss so that you can figure out what you did wrong.

This website is also available in 10 other languages! Just click the Language title in the bottom left corner of the front page. 

Note: With some of the activities, a message appears stating that you might need to download an updated browser; however, if your browser is already up to date, the message goes away when the activity has finished loading, and the activity works just fine.

Games & Activities for Emerging Readers

November 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Roy The Zebra

(www.roythezebra.com/)

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides an archive of free interactive language arts games and literacy resources to help emerging readers learn to read

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured activities that include “Guided Reading Stories” starring your host, Roy the Zebra, as well as “Interactive Reading Games” that help teach concepts such as: 

  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capital Letters
  • Consonant Blends
  • High Frequency Words (Days, Months, Numbers, Colors)
  • Singular or Plural
  • Long Vowel Phonemes
  • Sentence Structure
  • Tricky Words
  • Words that Rhyme
  • Words Within Words
  • And more!

The simplicity of this site makes learning the basic skills for reading lots of fun for kids. Non-readers will need assistance.

In addition to playing the games, you can help your children read the interactive story book about Roy the Zebra and his escape from a zoo. The stories come with free, printable discussion and literacy worksheets.

If you read the stories, you’ll discover that Roy the Zebra loves to sing. Use the menu to click on “Songs” to hear Roy singing his faves.

In addition to all of the freebies here, the site does sell reading software, books, etc. However, you are under no obligation to buy anything to easily access the free stories and games.

Mayflower & Pilgrim Math Activities

November 21st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 21, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

In keeping with the holiday spirit, here are some Thanksgiving-themed math activities.

Mayflower Math Activity

This website offers a free printable math worksheet (.pdf) that combines the history of the voyage of the Mayflower with math. Designed for grades 5-6, there are aspects that may appeal to younger and older students as well.

You’ll also find a wide variety of Mayflower crafts that help children of all ages exercise their math skills and creativity at ArtistsHelpingChildren.org.

Young children may enjoy Pilgrim Hat Math. Count the dots in one column and match them to the same number of Thanksgiving-themed items in another column.

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