Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

Fun with Homonyms & More

January 9th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homonym Game

(homonymgame.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This site is a hoot! A father named Dave and his six-year-old son Isaac collaborated to create this free game to challenge your knowledge of homonyms, homophones, and puns

As explained at the website, “Homonyms are words with the same sound and spelling but different meanings. Homophones are words with the same sound but different spellings and meanings. Puns are homonyms and homophones that are funny.”

When you get to the site, look at the pictures and read the rhymes for clues to guess the right homonym, homophone, or word that solves each puzzle. The original illustrations are pure whimsy, and the rhymes are pretty “punny.”

We tried about 12 or 13 puzzles for this review. We are not sure how many are there in total, so if you visit the site and get to the end, let us know how many are there. 

To learn more about the creators, Dave and Isaac, you can scroll down to the “About This Site” section on any page. And you can even submit your own puns.

This is just too cute for words. Maybe it will inspire you and your kids to design some entertaining learning games too.

Bedtime Math!

January 7th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 7, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math

(bedtimemath.org/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-4 approximately, with parental participation and supervision)

 

What an ingenious idea! This website, created by Laura Overdeck, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline: 

  • Wee Ones for preschool kids
  • Little Kids for children in grades K-2
  • Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problems posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around: 

  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Words That Make You Cross-eyed
  • Snowballs in Siberia
  • Owls
  • And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website. You can check out their apps as well.

Boost Your Vocab & Feed the Hungry

January 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freerice

(www.freerice.com/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers you the opportunity to boost your vocabulary and help end world hunger.

For each word you get correct in the online vocabulary quiz, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations World Food Program to help feed the hungry. The best explanation of the concept comes directly from the website:


Freerice has two goals: 

    1. Provide education to everyone for free.
    2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.
 
Freerice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors.
 
Freerice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.
 
If you have more questions, check out the FAQs at the website. This is an ingeneous idea and it’s lots of fun to participate.

Online Math Activities & Lessons for K-8

December 17th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, December 17, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AAA Math

(www.aaamath.com/)

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

 

What an incredible resource for developing basic math skills from counting to geometry!

This site has page after page of information on every math strand and includes explanations of math processes, interactive online drill and practice work that you can tweak to create random math problems, and challenge games to keep your students on their toes. 

When you get to the site you can click on a grade level from the top menu or a math topic from the left side bar menu. If you click on a grade level you will find a menu of math problems and activities that are typically taught at that grade level. If you click on a math topic you will find lessons, drills, games, and activities along with websites to teach and reinforce learning for that particular math strand.

This is really an incredible resource that you’ll want to bookmark and visit many times.

Cranberry Fun Facts and A Word Search

November 21st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cranberry Facts

(www.teachervision.com/food/cranberry-facts)

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Cranberries – Read All About It! At this site you can read lots of information about cranberries including the origins of the name, how Native Americans used them, and best of all – fun facts about cranberries.

For example, did you know that Native Americans made a survival cake out of deer meat and cranberries called “pemmican”? Did you know that Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year? About 80 million pounds – or 20 percent – are gobbled up during Thanksgiving week! For more fun facts visit the site!

Have fun solving this Thanksgiving word search puzzle that you can print or do online. The information and words you learn from reading fun facts about cranberries will help you to recognize words like: “cranberries, “Pilgrims,” and “Plymouth” and more. Happy Thanksgiving!

Virtual Tours of Six Villages in Vietnam

September 14th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, September 14, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mekong Lifeways

(folklife.si.edu/resources/mekong/Engframe.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage provides a set of online photo albums that present a virtual tour of traditional lifestyles of people in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.


The sister site describes a trip taken along the entire length of the Mekong River (not just Vietnam). This is also where you’ll find the coloring pages.

One tricky characteristic of today’s featured site is that the navigation controls change location from page to page. Here is a quick summary so that you will be able to get through the site without difficulty: 

On the first page, the introduction runs down the right-hand column, and you need to select a city from the six photos in the central column. Then, on each city’s main page, you need to scroll down to read the introduction at the bottom of the large center/right column, then select a photo archive from the left-hand column. Once inside each photo archive, you need to read the information at the bottom center of the page, then navigate using the thumbnails across the *top* of the screen. Don’t worry, it’s easier then it sounds.

Each photo comes with a short caption; together this montage gives you a little taste for the variety that exists here, and a bit of an idea of what makes each of these six cities special.

Challenge for older students: Try to practice your speed reading on the highly detailed descriptions that appear when you position your mouse over each photograph. (If you missed the description, don’t worry. Select a different photo and then return back right away to the one you were trying to read.)

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