Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

April 22nd, 2015

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

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.

Fun Metric Conversion Activities for Kids!

April 20th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 20, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NIST: Taking America’s Measure

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental guidance)

 

The National Institute of Standards & Technology sponsors this no frills website which is designed to help kids understand the need for standardized forms of measurement like the Metric System through fun activities such as word searches, riddles, and crossword puzzles. In addition, you will find some great learning and measurement conversion tools.
When you get to the site scroll down to find a word search puzzle and then scroll way down the page to view a green menu of activities. Click on any menu item and a new page opens to reveal that activity. Don’t miss: 
  • Metric Measures – Includes a free downloadable “Metric Pyramid” that you can print out and fold into a pyramid that contains metric equivalents for common measurements. Make a recipe for “Metric Chocolate Chip Cookies” and learn how metric measurement is used in the kitchen. Find out everything you need to know about the Metric System for everyday life, and check out the links to FREE metric conversion tools on the Net.
  • Snapshots in Time – Discover some of the historical events that led to the development of measurement standards – from a terrible fire, to tampering with President Wilson’s wax Presidential seal, to the colors of traffic lights.
  • A Tall To Small Tale – Go on a hunt to find 20 prefixes that describe how big or small something is, no matter what you are measuring!
  • What’s Your Nano IQ? – Take a fun quiz to test your knowledge of Nano measurements.
The activities and information at this site demystify measurement in a fun and interesting way.

Easy Homemade Musical Instruments

April 18th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 18, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Preschool Education – Musical Instruments

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Don’t let the “preschool” title in this website stop you from taking a look at this activity.
This website page offers instructions on how to make 9 different musical instruments including:
  • Tambourine
  • Drum
  • Chimes
  • Horn
  • Cymbals
  • Xylophone
  • Comb Buzzer
  • Guitar
  • Handbells
All instruments are made with common items that you probably have around the house. While preschoolers will enjoy the activities and the joyful noise they can make, older children may also enjoy making these useful toys. Perhaps you can enlist their help in making some for their younger siblings – but don’t be surprised if everyone joins the family band!

How to Learn Any Language

April 4th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 4, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

How to Learn Any Language

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

 This website was recommended by a fellow ClickScholar.
She wrote: 
I know I’ve recommended plenty of sites in the past, but this one is really a goodie! It offers excellent advice for the independent language learner. The site owner is an experienced polyglot and his website is full of information from general advice about choosing and learning a language to more detailed info about each language, its difficulty, related languages, advantages and disadvantages to learning it, and even links to online learning resources for each language. As an experienced language learner myself, I have to say this guy is really on track. Five stars!

She’s right! You’d better bookmark it now, because there is no way you can see all of the resources provided here on one visit. When you get to the site read the introduction and click on the embedded links to further information, or use the drop-down menu at the top of your screen, or the stationary menu on the left to explore the site. You will find suggestions and activities for learning all of the following languages:
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Czech
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
Use the handy Language Profile page to get a quick overview of the difficulty and popularity of the language.

Under the basic “Guide” on this site, don’t miss the article on “How To Raise Polyglot Kids.” It includes general advice along with suggestions for inexpensive as well as costlier resources you can use. You’ll also find information and advice on how to get the most out of language camps and immersion programs. This site even provides free downloadable software so you can make your own foreign language flash cards!

Note: On some of the pages at the site, the Google ads appear at the top of the page. It can give the illusion that there is nothing else on the page. You have to scroll down the page below the Google ads to find the text and resources. It’s a minor inconvenience.

This site is a fantastic resource that foreign language learners will refer to again and again.

Easter Egg Math for K-12!

March 30th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, March 30, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Various

 

Age Range: All (varies by website, children with parental supervision)

 

Easter and Spring Festivals are here! Eggs are everywhere in omelets to Easter baskets! Here are some fun ways to use eggs to learn math…See below for recommended websites. 
The egg’s interesting mathematical properties are explored at this site that seems to be designed for students in junior high and up. Explore the symmetry of eggs, dividing eggs equally, spherical geometry, and embryo calculus to determine how many cells are in a chick and more. When you get to the site just click on the module that interests you on the menu, and a new page opens with lesson plans and activities.
Print out this worksheet with egg-themed math word problems for elementary grades.
This website offers an Easter-egg-themed math lesson for Kindergartners in a classroom. It can easily be adjusted for use in a homeschool or as a family activity.
Recycle your egg cartons into a fun math game that kids of all ages will enjoy!
Are you an egghead? Kids (grade 3 and up) will have to use their eggs to figure out the answer to this reverse cryptogram.
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