Posts Tagged ‘activities’

FREE Interactive, online math games, lessons and flashcards

June 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 22, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Smarttutor.com

(http://www.smarttutor.com/free-resources/)

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This award winning company develops interactive, online math and reading instructional material to assist children to improve their knowledge and grades. They offer their curriculum and products for sale on this website but also have many worthwhile math and reading activities that are offered for free without any purchase. Today we are focusing on math.
When you get to the website, use the side menu to locate free math games, lessons, and printable flashcards practicing the following concepts: 
  • Number and Operations: Children learn numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, number systems and operations.
  • Measurement: Children learn measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, processes, techniques and tools of measurement.
  • Geometry: Children learn to analyze characteristics and properties of geometric shapes and use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.
  • Algebra: Children learn to understand patterns, relations, functions, use of models and algebraic symbols to analyze mathematical situations.
  • Data Analysis and Probability: Children learn to collect, organize, display and analyze relevant data to answer formulated questions.
Smarttutor says that “all activities are designed to engage children with content that is research-based in a high-impact learning environment. Children work with real-world examples, cool cartoon-like characters and high-impact graphics that keep them interested and motivated to learn.”

Little House on the Prairie Activities

June 17th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, June 17, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Laura’s Prairie House (http://www.laurasprairiehouse.com/)

 

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

 

This website claims to be the definitive place for information, resources, and learning activities based on the Little House on the Prairie book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The content here is terrific, even if the ads are a nuisance.
When you get to the site you’ll see Google ad links, followed by an introduction to the site and a list of the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Click on the book titles to read a brief description of each book. Then, continue to click on subsequent links, or use the menu to find: 
  • Crafts, Lessons, Recipes, Music, & Activities – Make maple syrup candy, do a book character word search puzzle, print out worksheets and lesson ideas that include how to grind wheat, churn butter, make a braided rug, and more! You’ll even find lyrics to some of the songs & hymns mentioned in the books.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder & Little House Historical Sites – Get suggestions for taking an educational vacation by visiting memorial sites across the US.
  • Biographies of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Friends & Families – Learn more about some of your favorite characters from the books.
  • Little House on the Prairie Television Series – Find episode guides for all 10 seasons, the cast of characters, and more.
There is a great deal of content and resources here that fans of this series are sure to appreciate. Many of the activities can be enjoyed, even if you haven’t read the books.

Summer Solstice and Summer Projects!

June 16th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PBS Parents – Summer Science Projects

(http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/science/tips/summer-science-projects/)

 

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

In 2015, the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT. This year, Father’s Day is also celebrated on the 21st!
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.

This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Look at this nifty Sunrise and sunset calculator located at FarmersAlmanac.com for how many hours of sunlight you’ll get at your location.

PBS Parents, along with a wonderful article from Science Buddies, offer some fun summer projects for kids. When you get to the website enjoy reading the article and learn about fun summer projects like: 

  • Really Big Bubble Makers
  • Bird Feeders
  • Sun Prints
  • Newspaper Kites
  • Silly Putty
  • Salt/Cloud Dough
  • Ooblek/Slime/Gak/Flubber
Don’t stop there though! Continue by investigating the sidebar links to find: 
  • Science Milestones for Kids
  • More Science Activities
  • Science Games
  • Science Tips
There is a lot to explore at the top menu too. Start with the “education” button and return often for more ideas.

Free Printable Math Worksheets & More

June 15th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 15, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

KidZone Math

 

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

KidZone is part of the DLTK family of ad-supported, educational websites. This review focuses on the Mathematics portion of the site, where there are plenty of free math worksheets and activities to print and do.
When you get to the site you’ll find: 
  • Math Games –
    • on-line, timed Basic Facts addition, subtraction and multiplication quizzes (Good for any grade – improve basic skills)
    • Math Brain Teaser (Grade 3 and up) – very fun to try!
    • Mathematical Magic Trick – (practice your 2 times tables and 5 times tables)
    • Mathematical Magic Trick – Calculator – (practice using a calculator)
  • Free Printable Worksheets – You can select your desired grade level, theme (farm, jungle, ocean, holidays, and more), and activity type including:
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Multiplication
    • Division
    • Geometry
    • Word Problems

Many of the worksheets are different every time they load, for virtually unlimited practice sets.

  • Other Links – These lead to sections of DLTK sister sites with supplementary fun coloring pages and activities to reinforce counting, number recognition, and other early math concepts.
When you are finished, be sure to explore the other areas of this site for printable worksheets relating to Language Arts, Science, Geography, and more.

June Writing Prompts

June 10th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, June 10, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Teachers Corner – Daily Writing Prompts

(http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/)

 

Age Range: All (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad supported website was started in 1996 as a hobby by Jennifer Jensen and then she provided links to teacher resources on the internet. In 1998 she and her husband began to create their own resources and offer them free to teachers and parents. The Teacher’s Corner has continued growing and evolving and has maintained the goal to remain free and provide useful tools for teachers and parents.

When you get to the website, simply scroll down to see the daily selection of June writing prompts. Look around because there is so much more! On the side menu, select “Lesson Plans” and then choose “Writing Lesson Plans” to find a myriad of writing lesson plans like these:

  • Creative Writing – Get those creative juices flowing!
  • Handwriting – Find resources to help your students improve their handwriting.
  • Miscellaneous – Here are some great resources that didn’t fit into other categories.
  • Parts of Speech – Creative lesson plans and resources
  • Poetry – Help your students find creative ways to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Reading – Be sure to visit this page for additional Language Arts resources.
  • Spelling – Find useful study and editing tips.

This website, with a wealth of resources and information for teaching all subjects, has something for everyone – from thematic units, seasonal activities, lesson plans for all subjects and much more. Bookmark it and visit often!

Something to note is that the lesson plans and unit studies often offer links to other websites for additional information and ideas. We have not reviewed these other links and sites.

Explore Music with Chuck Vanderchuck

June 6th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 6, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion

(http://pbskids.org/chuck/)

 

Age Range: 6-9 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

Join PBS characters Chuck Vanderchuck, Ramona, and Chuck’s dog, Zeppelin, on an interactive exploration of music genres, instruments, ear training, and music composition. (You’ll need Adobe Flash Player 9 Plug-in installed on your computer to view this site.)
When arriving at the game page, select from: 
  • Jam Sessions – Use the arrows to choose a music genre, then click play to learn about that genre. Next play the 3 games below to open the Main Gig to apply what you have learned and win your award: 
    • Lyrical Solarium – fill in the blanks to write lyrics
    • What Sounds Like What – discover the sounds of instruments used to play different music genres
    • Zen of Composition – learn how patterns are used in music to make songs
  • Dance Beat Explosion – Choose the character you want to play as then answer the questions to earn ‘dance moves’. At the end of the game the winner gets to use their moves to make their character perform the dance. If you have a web cam you can watch yourself dance on the screen.
  • Costume box – just for fun, dress up the characters in attire related to a musical style, take a picture, and print out if you want
  • Road Trip – choose a music genre then, in this classic video game style game, use your keyboard to move along the route to collect points and the musical instruments needed. But be careful of the dangers along the way because you only have 5 lives to complete your mission.
  • Awards – check out the awards you have collected playing the games.
There are also great resources for Parents and Teachers found by clicking the links at the bottom of the home page. The parent’s page includes an overview of the site, information about the show, the characters, and music genres as well as additional downloadable activities to keep the learning going. In the teacher’s area find video clips about the music genres and information about which games relate to the genre.

While this website may be geared for elementary aged students, it can easily be enjoyed by older students. With the help of this site, learning musical concepts is a fun and entertaining experience.

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