Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Terrific Language Arts Resources for K-8

August 17th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 17, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Internet4Classrooms: Language Arts

(www.internet4classrooms.com/lang_elem_index.htm)

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

 

This site was designed by two Tennessee teachers who pooled their experience and resources to provide, for free, a huge list of links to lessons, games, and activities that are conveniently organized by grade level and subject matter.

When you get to this page of the website you’ll see a menu – simply scroll down, click on a grade level and a new page opens. Then click on Language Arts and another page opens with a list of links that lead directly to activities for students to practice specific skills – like spelling, grammar, reading comprehension, writing, etc.

Does your second grader need help with spelling? Just go to the second grade language arts page and scroll down to spelling. There you can select different activities to practice. If after reaching this page you decide that your child needs a little more (or less) challenge, you can adjust the grade level accordingly.

The same astonishing archive of resources (organized according to Tennessee state standards) are also on this site for Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Foreign Languages, Health, and P.E. up through high school.

This is an incredibly helpful resource, updated frequently. It’s unusual to find such a comprehensive archive of educational links that is so meticulously maintained.

Math Puzzles, Games & More!

August 15th, 2016

 

It’s  Monday, August 15, 2016, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mathematical Interactivities

(mathematics.hellam.net/)

Age Range: 6-17 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website has mathematical interactives, such as puzzles, games, and other online educational resources!

There are many games and activities that you can access from the menu on the home page to hone your basic arithmetic skills the fun way, with magic squares and triangles, arithmetic practice games, fractions, decimals, percents, and Roman numerals. There is also an interactive for telling the time. You’ll also find:”Interactive 100 Square Chart” – Select any number and click the color to see all of its multiples shaded in on the hundreds chart. You can select up to three colors and base numbers. Great for learning to recognize patterns in multiplication tables.

For the more advanced students, you can also find interactives for some algebra, geometry, measurements (be sure to try the puzzles in “Making Measurements“), probability, card tricks, fractals, estimation of pi, and more! The games all have descriptions to help you select what will best meet your current math needs. Don’t miss “Tessellations” – Learn what a tessellation is in Islamic designs and the basic technique for creating one of your own. Download Logo (the turtle computer language for making geometric designs) and learn how to use it to create beautiful designs. Code is provided for some samples, and you can also create some tessellations online by trying the Flash puzzles. See examples of tessellations that students in Kuwait have created on their computer. Navigate this site using the menu across the bottom of each page. (Note: The “Links” page in this section lead to errors or dead links, but don’t let that discourage you from trying the other activities that do work.) New activities and pages are being added, so bookmark this site for a return visit!

Interactive Spanish Mystery

August 13th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 13, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC Languages – Spanish – Mi Vida Loca

(www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger BBC Languages website provides a unique and fun way to learn Spanish. Through a 22-episode, interactive mystery, Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) not only teaches students basic Spanish phrases but they will also get a peek into life in Madrid.

Interactive episodes teach language function, grammar, and essential phrases which include: 

  • Greetings
  • How to order food and drink
  • Directions
  • Shopping
  • Time
  • Travel
  • Health
  • Weather
  • Numbers
  • And more!

After going through the episode, students then can either review the lesson again, go to the Learning Section, or move onto the next episode. In the Learning section, students go over what has been learned in the episode, practice what they have learned, test themselves, and can even print out the vocabulary and activities for the lesson.

Teachers can use the menu to locate the syllabus and printout transcripts of the episodes or review the teacher guide and the user guide to understand how the program works.

This is definitely a ‘don’t miss’ website for those students who are visual learners and who also enjoy online activities while learning.

Explore the Road to the White House

August 11th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 11, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

C-SPAN Classroom – Road to the White House 2016

(www.c-spanclassroom.org/Campaign-2016.aspx)

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

 

Explore the different aspects of the 2016 presidential election process with this website from C-SPAN Classrooms.

When arriving at the website, review the “Table of Contents” to choose from 10 main topics: 

  • Meet the Presidential Candidates
  • Candidates and the Issues
  • Political Parties
  • The Presidential Election Process
  • Electoral College
  • Campaign Finance
  • Campaign Ads
  • Polls
  • Debates
  • Voting

Each topic is further broken down into relative sub-topics. Click on the link for the page to scroll down to your point of interest.

Each section includes a key question which is explored through the use of videos, discussion questions, occasional printables, and other activities to increase the student’s understanding of the election process.

Students will not only learn about the candidates, their campaigns, and their stands on major issues, but they will also discover the history and role of political parties, polls, debates, the electoral college and much more.

Bookmark this website to come back to as the 2016 Presidential Race progresses. Information is updated regularly.

Color Theory for Kids

August 6th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 6, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color Theory

(web.archive.org/web/20070629033910/members.cox.net/mrsparker2/intro.htm)

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

 

This website was designed to introduce kids to art through many fun lessons and activities on color theory. By gaining knowledge about colors and mixing colors kids learn some principles of design that help them create art and talk about art.

When you get to the site you will see an introductory page with a menu of activities. You can follow the lessons in order, using your mouse to click on the “next” arrow button on each page – or you can just choose the activity that is most appealing to you including: 

  • Online Activities – Links to interactive websites featuring stories and activities themed around the use of color
  • Student Artwork – Take a look at artwork created by students that incorporates artistic color schemes.
  • Master Artists – Check out how the master painters used color in their great works.
  • Puzzle and Game Page – Lots of interactive online games and puzzles themed around the use of color in art
  • Artroom Activities – Designed for grades 4 and up, these projects explore color wheels, schemes, and moods.

There are also Teacher Resources and References, Links, and more to enhance any visual arts curriculum.

Explore a Variety of Power Plants

August 5th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 5, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
 at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MidAmerican Energy Virtual Plant Tours

(www.midamericanenergy.com/virtual-plant-tours.aspx)

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

 

Electricity is made in many different ways today and with the video virtual tours from MidAmerican Energy, visitors can learn all about the histories and processes of creating energy. Videos last between 5 and 10 minutes and use digital animation to present interesting and thorough explanations of the different types of energy plants.

These include: 

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Hydroelectric
  • Combustion-fueled
  • Coal-fueled

When you are done taking your tours, select the “Safety” option in the upper menu, then select “Education Programs” on the side bar menu. When that page opens, select the “Energy for Education website” text link to be taken to the “Electric Universe/Energy Underground” website where there are lessons, activities, games, and more for students in grades Kindergarten through 9th grade that will expand upon your virtual tours.

The virtual tours and the accompanying Energy for Education website will be a fabulous resource to use in your science studies of energy.

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