Posts Tagged ‘education’

Puzzled Logic for Young Thinkers!

June 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, June 3, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AIMS Puzzle Corner

(www.aimsedu.org/current-projects/puzzle-corner/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, and non-readers will need assistance). 


AIMS Education Foundation (Activities Integrating Math and Science) offers hundreds of free math puzzles and activity pages designed to give students a fun way to develop divergent thinking, practice math skills, learn persistence, and be creative.)


Designed for classroom use, these puzzles can be used at home as well – and are intended for use OFFLINE. The puzzles “have not been assigned a grade level because the ability to do a puzzle varies more by individual than by grade.” When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of puzzle categories. Choose from the menu on the left side bar: 

  • Arrangement Puzzles – Move manipulatives or rearrange items according to specific rules.
  • Dissection Puzzles – Assemble geometric shapes to form larger figures, or break them into smaller figures.
  • Divergent Thinking Puzzles – Think in ways that defy typical assumptions.
  • Logic Puzzles – Make sense of paradoxes, move items safely across divides, or complete challenges according to specific rules.
  • Miscellaneous Puzzles – Paradoxes, games, magic cards, and more.
  • Number Puzzles – Arrange numbers according to specific rules, look for patterns, or manipulate them to get different solutions.
  • Toothpick Puzzles – Move, rearrange, and/or remove toothpicks to reach desired outcomes.
  • Topological Puzzles – Explore geometric properties not affected by changes in size and shape.
  • Visual Puzzles – Explain why optical illusions and visual paradoxes work.

Click on a category and a new page opens listing the puzzles and at the very bottom of the puzzle you can click the arrow to view the solution.

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

May 30th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 30, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

iCivics

(www.icivics.org/)

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

 

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

From the home page, select the large green “teach” image, then select “all games” on the next page. Some of the featured games include: 

  • Do I Have a Right? – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
  • Argument Wars – Put your lawyering skills to the test by arguing real Supreme Court cases.
  • LawCraft – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.
  • Executive Command – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.

Also, play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

Serious Science Projects for K-12

May 28th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 28, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Buddies

(www.sciencebuddies.org/)

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.

You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including: 

  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences

You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Science Projects – Over 1,200 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!
  • Project Guides – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.
  • Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.
  • Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.
  • Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 21st, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, click on Videos – PestQuest. Turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists.


Click on “Pest Guide” on the top menu bar to examine the “Pest List – Bugs A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes.


Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for K-5 including Intro to Pests and Totally Termites. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy for Grades 4-8.
  • Games – Play interactive games like “Crush That Bug!” – similar to Candy Crush.

Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters.

All About Horses!

May 9th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 9, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Horse History

(imh.org/education/education-resources/)

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

 

This multi-media website is from The International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. We also included some other horse websites – your child will have a “gallop” of fun…


When you get to the site, scroll down to the Classroom Materials where you can download some activities organized by age range including: 

  • Bridle Anatomy Worksheet
  • Horse Breeds Activity
  • Horses in Mythology
  • Thoroughbred Life Cycle Activity
  • Transportation in Early America Activity
  • The Genetics of Horse Coat Color
  • Stage-coach Days in Kentucky History
  • And more!

If you have horse lovers in your family – don’t miss this site!

And here are some other sites with activities related to horses: 

PBS Kids: Horses – Fun activities from PBS to help little kids learn about horses

AWhiteHorse.com – Just click on the icons of various horse breeds to access printable coloring pages for free!

Free Game & Curriculum Teach the War of 1812

May 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 2, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fort McHenry – Hold the Fort game

(www.nps.gov/fomc/holdthefort/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by The National Park Service and Fort McHenry National Historic Monument in Baltimore, Maryland, provides a free interactive, multi-media game and free curriculum to teach students about the War of 1812.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: information about the game, a preview video of the game, game screenshots, and the history of the War of 1812. If you click on “About the History” you’ll find a link to “Teacher Resources” provided by the Friends of Fort McHenry with free downloadable lessons for grades 4-8.

We highly suggest reading “About the Game” to understand the nuances of play. This game takes about 45-75 minutes to play, depending on how quickly you maneuver your player, and how well you prepare and command your troops at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore. You’ll engage in a variety of activities that will determine the outcome of the battle including: 

  • Lead and inspire 1,000 men under your command!
  • Manage fort resources to survive the long day and night!
  • Explore a 3D virtual world of the fort!
  • Play the Fife & Drum and command a Gun Battery!
  • And of course, fly the flag!

The goal of the game is to protect Fort McHenry from invasion by British troops, inspiring a young lawyer named Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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