Posts Tagged ‘detective’

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.

Time Warp into History

January 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, January 22, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Time Warp Trio

 

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7, with parental supervision)

 

Designed to go along with the television series produced by WGBH shown on the Discovery Kids Channel and the popular book series by Jon Scieszka, Time Warp Trio, this website provides interactive history learning adventures, games, and more.
When arriving at the website you will see what content is new this week and be able to select what you would like to do. Use the upper menu to select from the Adventures, or the Games, the Show.

When you select the Adventures, you can select the Adventure you wish to explore that either corresponds with the episode you watch or you can simply choose a time period or topic relevant to your studies. Each adventure presents basic information about the episode along with a map showing the location of the event. Then choose from the included exploration and learning extension such as: 

  • Cool Books – check out some warptastic reads
  • Who’s Who – Meet Joe and Co. and many more
The Games include:
  • Put it Back, Jack – Time-bending research game
  • Green Mist Mysteries – Interactive Time Warper Stories
  • Wordsplosion – Poetry gizmo, create, print & send
  • Plentifax 487 – The ultimate Time Traveler’s guide
  • Sandwiched of Time – Fast-paced challenge quiz
  • Sound Detective – Goofy game to fix time & space
In the upper left hand menu, select the Teacher’s & Parents link to find printable PDF Lesson Plans to accompany each episode that include additional offline activities, handouts, curriculum connections and standards, and more.

Because content is added regularly, you will want to bookmark this site to come back often to find out what is new. Whether you are a fan of the television series or not there is a lot of fun learning value at this website.

Fun Math Assessment Activities for Grades K-12

January 19th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, January 19, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Balanced Assessment

 

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

 

This website provides a way to assess a student’s mathematical comprehension and skills through an assortment of interesting and fun math activities. The website description follows:
From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12, and trained teachers to use these assessments in their classrooms. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To go directly to the math activities, scroll down to the section titled, “Our Library of Assessment Tasks.” There, you can click on a grade range to see all of the math activities archived for that range, or you can sample one of three “favorite tasks.” We chose to sample one task in each grade range and were surprised by how innovative and thought-provoking they were. The menu selection by grade range and the favorites in each category include:
  • Primary (K to 2): Shirts in the Mirror, Dot-to-Dot, TV Shows
  • Elementary (3 to 5): Fermi Four, Gardens of Delight, Broken Calculators
  • Transition (5 to 7): Hockey Pucks, Bricks for Books, Crazy Clocks
  • Middle School (6 to 8): Walkway, Confetti Crush, Fractured Subtraction
  • High School, Basic: Granada and Ferrari, Oops! Glass Top, Postcards from the Falls
  • High School: Ostrich and Seahorse, Bumpy-Ness, Fermi Estimates II
  • High School, Advanced: Para-Ball-A, Red Dots, Blue Dots, Dart Boards
  • Technology-based (7 to 12): Full of Beans, Twinkle, Twinkle, Detective Stories

You can see that the titles of the math activities are engaging and inspire curiosity. All of the activities require students to display inventiveness in bringing together disparate elements of what they know in order to solve the problem, and often there will be more than one correct approach and/or answer. Every activity comes with a solution and scoring rubric. There is detailed information at the site for how to use the materials to assess a student’s comprehension and ability as well.

Whether you want to assess your child’s math skills or not, the activities here are more interesting, challenging and enjoyable than the usual math fare. Everything is printable so you can do the activities offline.

Be A History Detective!

October 17th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, October 17, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Historical Scene Investigation Project

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, approximately)

The Historical Scene Investigation (H.S.I.) website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives. Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials such as journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past. Then, students  compare the multiple points of view of the people who were 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.

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