Posts Tagged ‘detective’

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

January 11th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 11, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/languages/words/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7 approximately, children with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes: 

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.
  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

Become a History Detective

November 17th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 17, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Historical Scene Investigation

(hsionline.org/)

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

 

This website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives through investigating primary source documents.

Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials archived at this website. Through these “journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past” they compare the multiple points of view of those on the scene at the time.

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them “experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian.”

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the “Investigations” that include: 

  • Jamestown Starving Time
  • Bacon’s Rebellion
  • The Boston “Massacre”
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Constitution Controversy
  • Antonio A Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • Dropping the Bomb
  • Case of Sam Smiley
  • March on Frankfort
  • When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any “case file” and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on “Student View” to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

March 8th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

(www.amnh.org/ology/)

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

 

The suffix “ology” refers to the study or a particular field or academic discipline. At this website sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History you can explore archaeology, marine biology, paleontology, and other fields of science such as genetics, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, physics and more!

When you get to the site, you may be overwhelmed with all of the fun choices. On the left of the screen, the “Find Stuff to See and Do” link will bring you to the list of programs found at the museum along with links to other resources.

In the center of the main menu, explore some of the fields of science. There will be links for games, stories, hands-on activities and videos

  • Astronomy – Go on a solar system scavenger hunt.
  • Biodiversity – Play a game to learn about the plants and animals in an African rain forest.
  • Earth – Grow rock candy and meet some geologists.
  • Physics – Learn more about Albert Einstein.
  • Genetics – Become a DNA detective or take a mystery photo challenge.
  • Marine Biology – Journey to deep sea vents.
  • Paleontology – Meet T. Rex and the strange members of his family tree.
  • Water – Solve story puzzles to find out how things live in the Arctic.
  • Archaeology – See if you can find the lost Spanish mission.

There are many engaging educational games and activities to bring out the “Ologist” in you!

A. Pintura: Art Detective

January 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 9, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pintura Art

(www.eduweb.com/pintura/index.html)

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

 

This may be one of the most wonderful sites on the web for an introduction to art. Pasted below is the explanation taken directly from the website – but let us tell you, it doesn’t do it justice.

Explanation from the website:


What is It? A. Pintura: Art Detective is an online game about art history and art composition. In the game, you play a 1940’s noir detective with a degree in art history. A distraught woman asks you to identify the artist who made a painting she found in her grandfather’s attic. To do so, you must examine paintings by famous artists from Gauguin to Van Gogh. Each example highlights an art concept such as composition, style or subject. The story concludes with an appropriate noirish twist, as the woman’s true identity and motives become apparent.


Art Concepts/Vocabulary: 

  • subject
  • portrait
  • style
  • Renaissance
  • abstract
  • composition
  • color
  • perspective
  • brushstroke

Artists featured: 

  • Raphael
  • Titian
  • Millet
  • Van Gogh
  • Gauguin
  • Picasso

The game is fun and interesting and it draws you into play even if you know the answer or discover it early on in the game. Just go to the site – you won’t be disappointed.

Math Mysteries, Maps & More

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, August 10, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NAACE: Math Activites (http://primary.naace.co.uk/activities/index.htm)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by an association of educators, offers an amazing array of free, innovative math activities and resources that engage people of all ages

When you get to the site, don’t be fooled. It may not look like much, but explore the menu to find games, downloadable activities, and terrific resources that will boost your children’s knowledge of math while challenging their logic and reasoning skills. They’ll even reinforce language arts, and learn some history along the way! Here are a few menu items that will help hone math skills:

  • Bounce – This game requires you to flex your problem solving skills while exploring factors and ratios.
  • Find the Pairs – Match fraction symbols with fraction illustrations.
  • Number Board – This game is similar to Bingo, except you have to do math equations on a calculator to find number answers that are on your game card.
  • Sorting Games – Enjoy a delightful assortment of games that teach sorting skills.
  • Where to Site a Nesting Box of Owls – Use your geography skills to study a map and determine the best place to build a nesting box for owls. This activity teaches about owls and the environment too!
  • Whodunnit? (Playing Detective) – Follow the clues to solve crimes.

Click on any one and a new window opens with complete instructions (although some of the games require a little more intuitiveness to navigate). Many of the activities have multiple levels of difficulty making them challenging for a wide age/ability range.

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

April 27th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 27, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Absurd Math

 

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.
As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy, printable clue sheets are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: 
Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46” and “Level -3”; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion.
FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include: 

    1. Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
    2. Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
    3. The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
    4. Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.
By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. They try to respond within two days. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

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