Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

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

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including: 

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Narrated, Interactive Math Tutorials for Grades 5-10

January 30th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, January 30, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Visual Math Learning

(www.visualmathlearning.com/pre_algebra/lessons.html)

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 5-10, with parental supervision)

 

NOTE: This website has randomly generated advertisements. As always, parents must preview the site and supervise Internet access. This ad-supported website provides free, interactive tutorials with diagrams, illustrations, animations and practice games and exercises for learning pre-algebra and algebra level mathematics.

When you get to the site use the menu on the left side of the page to access the lessons that are divided into two sections: 

  • I. Pre-Algebra: Numbers and Arithmetic
    • Natural Numbers
    • Counting
    • Number Bases
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Integers
    • Multiplication
    • Factors
    • Division
    • Fractions
    • Fraction Arithmetic
    • Inverses
    • Equivalence
    • Common Denominators
    • Decimals
  • II. Elementary Algebra
    • Basics of Sets
    • Relations
    • Functions
    • Equations
    • Substitution

Click on any lesson and enjoy a tutorial that includes narration, illustrations, interactive diagrams, and visual manipulatives to encourage active learning.

On the menu, you’ll also find interactive math “Exercises” and “Games” that will challenge students thinking skills and help them practice what they’ve learned from the lessons.

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.

Challenging Math Games for Grades 2-11

July 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, July 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MangaHigh

(www.mangahigh.com/games/)

Age Range: 7-16 (Grades 2-11 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free, sample math games (from its commercially available game-based learning system) that challenge and entertain students in the following math strands: 

  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Angles
  • Area
  • Circle Theorems
  • Circumference
  • Coordinates
  • Cubic Equations
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Factoring
  • Fractions
  • Linear Equations
  • Mental Math
  • Multiplication
  • Negative Numbers
  • Parallel Lines
  • Percentages
  • Perimeters
  • Polygons
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Reflections
  • Rotations
  • Subtraction
  • Times Tables
  • Trigonometry
  • Trinomials
  • And more!

You can try snippets of the games for free, or register as a teacher/principal of your school to play the games in their entirety. Registration is free without obligation to purchase. (Note: It’s always wise to read the privacy statement before completing registration.) Should you decide to purchase a subscription to the program, you’ll be able to access additional tools to save games, track your student’s progress, etc.

As explained at the website, instead of force-feeding dry math content with anachronistic textbooks, MangaHigh entices networked students to learn mathematical concepts as part of game-play.

When you get to the site, scroll down to locate a menu of sample games designed to engage students such as: 

  • Flower Power – Grow flowers and harvest them to make money. The average 7-minute game requires players to put more than 100 fractions, percentages and decimals in order of size, both positive and negative.
  • Pyramid Panic – Students must master the full spectrum of geometry skills from area of a square, through Pythagoras to Sine, Cosine and Tangent in order to win this game.
  • Save Our Dumb Planet – Use missiles to shoot down meteors on a collision course with Earth. A team of dumb scientists are on hand to suggest possible trajectories. Draw lines using equations, recognize the equations of simple lines and common curves, draw simple quadratic curves, and test to see if a point is on a line.
  • PEDMAS Blaster – Robots have run amok and need to be destroyed. Use your order-of-operations code-cracking abilities (including adding and subtracting whole numbers, times tables up to 10 x 10, and using powers and roots) to close these robo-rebels down.

Click on any one to read the instructions and begin the game. Things move quickly – so be prepared to be on your toes!

As explained at the site, the idea here is “to bring out the playful side of math while ensuring that students get the essential skills to master this important subject.” It’s great for remedial work too.

Where is. . .? Geography Game

June 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 23, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Where is . . .?

(backpacker-adventure-club.de/geo/)

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

 

This very challenging game from the Backpacker Adventure Club tests the player’s knowledge of the location of cities around the world.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page past the map to read a bit about the game. Click on the ‘city catalogue’ text link in the passage or “Cities” in the upper menu to see the countries and cities included in the game. Select the country, then the city and a page will open showing the location on a Google map image. This portion of the website would make a great review option prior to playing the game.

There are two modes of play: 

  • Standard – This mode is divided into levels that increase in difficulty and keeps track of your score.
  • Practice – no scores are kept in this mode and it uses all the cities in the game

To play, select your mode. When the game starts at the top of the map it asks “Where is:” then the city and country. The player has 10 seconds to find the location by clicking on the map. Next a pin will drop at the location you selected then the correct location and a pop up window appears stating the difference in distance in kilometers from your answer and the correct location. Click “ok” to move to the next location. When playing in the standard mode the ‘deviation’ kilometers the player receives is subtracted from a maximum allowed to determine the points earned. To start over, simply refresh the page.

This game will challenge even the most skilled geography fan.

Let’s Get Some Exercise!

April 5th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BAM! (Body and Mind) – Physical Activity

(www.cdc.gov/bam/activity/index.html)

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

 

Most kids these days aren’t active enough. Here’s an innovative website to help your kids stay healthy and get enough exercise.

Here’s what you will find at this website: 

  • Activity Calendar – Select activities you’d like to do, and schedule them into your week. This handy calendar is printable, so you can check off each activity as it is completed.
  • Activity Cards – Here you can learn the rules for many different sports. Which one would you like to learn next?
  • “I Heard” Hurdle Race – Answer all of the questions correctly, and your athlete will clear all the hurdles. If you miss any, you can go back and try for a better result. This game is short, so it won’t make you lose sight of the goal, which is to actually go out and get moving!
  • Meeting the Challenge – Read about successful athletes who have overcome major challenges (disabilities).
  • Motion Commotion – Take a short profile quiz to help you get into activities you will like.

Bonus: Get some advice from the Xperts on how to stay physically active.

Check out the other health-related sections of this site: Diseases, Food and Nutrition, Your Safety, Your Life, and Your Body.

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