Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 26th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, January 26, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Fibonacci Numbers & The Golden Section

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

In the 13th century Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents.

My suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too).

After listening to the interview, head over to the INTRODUCTORY PAGE that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!

Time Warp into History

January 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, January 22, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Time Warp Trio

 

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7, with parental supervision)

 

Designed to go along with the television series produced by WGBH shown on the Discovery Kids Channel and the popular book series by Jon Scieszka, Time Warp Trio, this website provides interactive history learning adventures, games, and more.
When arriving at the website you will see what content is new this week and be able to select what you would like to do. Use the upper menu to select from the Adventures, or the Games, the Show.

When you select the Adventures, you can select the Adventure you wish to explore that either corresponds with the episode you watch or you can simply choose a time period or topic relevant to your studies. Each adventure presents basic information about the episode along with a map showing the location of the event. Then choose from the included exploration and learning extension such as: 

  • Cool Books – check out some warptastic reads
  • Who’s Who – Meet Joe and Co. and many more
The Games include:
  • Put it Back, Jack – Time-bending research game
  • Green Mist Mysteries – Interactive Time Warper Stories
  • Wordsplosion – Poetry gizmo, create, print & send
  • Plentifax 487 – The ultimate Time Traveler’s guide
  • Sandwiched of Time – Fast-paced challenge quiz
  • Sound Detective – Goofy game to fix time & space
In the upper left hand menu, select the Teacher’s & Parents link to find printable PDF Lesson Plans to accompany each episode that include additional offline activities, handouts, curriculum connections and standards, and more.

Because content is added regularly, you will want to bookmark this site to come back often to find out what is new. Whether you are a fan of the television series or not there is a lot of fun learning value at this website.

Fun Math Assessment Activities for Grades K-12

January 19th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, January 19, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Balanced Assessment

 

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

 

This website provides a way to assess a student’s mathematical comprehension and skills through an assortment of interesting and fun math activities. The website description follows:
From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12, and trained teachers to use these assessments in their classrooms. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To go directly to the math activities, scroll down to the section titled, “Our Library of Assessment Tasks.” There, you can click on a grade range to see all of the math activities archived for that range, or you can sample one of three “favorite tasks.” We chose to sample one task in each grade range and were surprised by how innovative and thought-provoking they were. The menu selection by grade range and the favorites in each category include:
  • Primary (K to 2): Shirts in the Mirror, Dot-to-Dot, TV Shows
  • Elementary (3 to 5): Fermi Four, Gardens of Delight, Broken Calculators
  • Transition (5 to 7): Hockey Pucks, Bricks for Books, Crazy Clocks
  • Middle School (6 to 8): Walkway, Confetti Crush, Fractured Subtraction
  • High School, Basic: Granada and Ferrari, Oops! Glass Top, Postcards from the Falls
  • High School: Ostrich and Seahorse, Bumpy-Ness, Fermi Estimates II
  • High School, Advanced: Para-Ball-A, Red Dots, Blue Dots, Dart Boards
  • Technology-based (7 to 12): Full of Beans, Twinkle, Twinkle, Detective Stories

You can see that the titles of the math activities are engaging and inspire curiosity. All of the activities require students to display inventiveness in bringing together disparate elements of what they know in order to solve the problem, and often there will be more than one correct approach and/or answer. Every activity comes with a solution and scoring rubric. There is detailed information at the site for how to use the materials to assess a student’s comprehension and ability as well.

Whether you want to assess your child’s math skills or not, the activities here are more interesting, challenging and enjoyable than the usual math fare. Everything is printable so you can do the activities offline.

Language Arts Brain Food

January 14th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, January 14, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Brain Food: Word Puzzles

 

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

 

This website offers a variety of interactive word puzzles and games that will enhance your Language Arts curriculum.
When you get to the site you will see a menu of word activities that include: 
  • Word Searches – Find the hidden words themed around topics such as: The Body, Medieval Times, Varieties of Cheese, Horses, The Bible, Winter, Palindromes, Aviation, North American Birds, Car Parts, Calendar, Vowels – and many, many more. Just keep clicking the “next” button at the bottom of each page to see them all.
  • Associated Words – Think of a single word that goes with the word given, to form a compound word.
  • Word Fragments – Using the word fragment provided, think of a word that contains the fragment — that is, you must form a word by adding letters to the beginning and/or the end of the fragment.
  • Garbled Proverbs – In each of these puzzles, a proverb is written with exactly one letter of each word replaced with another. Can you figure out what the original proverb is?
  • Cryptograms – Cryptograms are encoded sayings or quotations where each letter has been substituted for another. Can you decode them?
  • Language Puzzles – Challenging puzzles about words and language. Put your thinking cap on!
When you are through exploring the “Word Puzzles” portion of the site, you may want to try the “Word Boxes.” Word Boxes are like miniature crossword puzzles, except that each word is filled in across and down the grid.

This site has number and logic puzzles too. In fact, there is so much content here that we were unable to review it all. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability for their own children.

Fun Creative Chemistry Activities

January 13th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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CreativeChemistry

 

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

 

A chemist in the United Kingdom created this website for students, teachers, and those who are simply interested in chemistry. It offers free chemistry puzzles, interactive quizzes, instructive molecular models, worksheets and fun activities designed to help you learn about chemistry in a fun and engaging way.
When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu that includes links to all kinds of practical guides and worksheets, info on balancing equations, chemistry-themed word searches, concentration games, and more.

You’ll also find:

  • Fun Practical Activities – Get instructions for anodizing, blueprinting, dyeing, fingerprinting, fire writing, flame tests, and how to conduct a urine analysis.
  • Interactive Crossword Puzzles – Do chemistry-themed crossword puzzles that teach and reinforce knowledge about chemical families, acids, alkalis, chemistry apparatus, metals and ores, rocks, and organic chemistry.
  • Impossible Mission Quizzes – Race the clock to answer multiple choice questions about chemistry including acids and alkalis, metals and reactivity, oil and air, aqueous and organic, and more.
  • The Molecule Warehouse – Play with animated molecular models to better understand organic chemistry. You can move, rotate and resize them, and learn about tetrahedral molecules, trigonal bipyramidal molecules, octahedral molecules, isomers of organic compounds and much more.

If that sounds the least bit intimidating, just explore the site for a bit and you’ll become comfortable with those concepts in no time!

Most of the activities come with a downloadable PDF, pictures and instructions too. There are great science experiments and lessons for you to learn all about chemistry.

And Don’t Miss “Fun Stuff” with old-school style games like breakout, hangman, and Tetris.

Serious Science Projects for K-12

December 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Science Buddies

 

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.
You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

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