Posts Tagged ‘education’

Math Card Games

October 1st, 2018

 

It’s Monday, October 1, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Positive Engagement Project – Mathematics

(pepnonprofit.org/mathematics.html)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website created and maintained by The Positive Engagement Project has so much to offer! Their mission is to get students positively engaged in active learning, while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.

Today we are focusing on Math, but once you’ve looked at this valuable resource, go to the other links under “Free Downloads” to see the vast array of quality learning games and strategies that they’ve put together for English Language Arts, Science, Engagement Strategies, Test Review/Strategies, and Character Education.

When you get to the site, click on Download File under ACING MATH: (ONE DECK AT A TIME!) – it’s actually a 69-page book (pdf)! The website explains that this is a collection of math games ranging from Kindergarten to the upper elementary grades, using only an ordinary deck of playing cards. There are games covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, decimals, patterns, positive and negative integers, as well as many others – over 50 different games with directions and illustrations! Each game tells you how many players are needed, an age range, the materials needed, which math skills are learned playing this game, and very specific instructions to play.

Bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of all that they offer!

Genetics Lessons, Experiments, & Worksheets

September 25th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 25, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn.Genetics

(learn.genetics.utah.edu/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website, developed by the University of Utah, provides free lessons, experiments, activities, virtual labs, and worksheets designed to provide a basic education in the science of genetics.

When you get to the site, you can get a good introduction to the topics of traits, DNA & genes, proteins, heredity, mutations and more by exploring “Basic Genetics.” Other menu items include: 

  • Cell Biology – Learn about cell communication, stem cells and cloning.
  • Plants – Cotton and Insect Herbivores
  • Human Health – Metabolism, Genetic Disorders and Gene Therapy
  • Neruoscience –  Memory and Addiction
  • And more.

Also, under Science Tools, check out the Virtual Labs: 

  • Swab your cheek and extract DNA from your cells!
  • Use gel electrophoresis to discover how scientists work with tiny molecules they can’t see.
  • Perform a DNA microarray experiment to compare a healthy cell and a cancer cell.

You can also learn about the ecology of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

Be sure to click on the “Teach.Genetics” link located at the bottom of the home page where you’ll find additional tools and resources for learning about genetics, bioscience, and health. While this is designed for classroom use, it can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

Free Money Lessons for Kids

September 17th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Centsables

(www.centsables.com/)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free information for kids featuring animated superheroes who teach sound fiscal responsibility through their adventures.

Your kids can raise their financial I.Q. as they learn: 

  • Where money comes from
  • How to operate an ATM, write a check, and create a budget
  • How to save and invest money
  • How to wisely spend and share money

When you get to the site, click on the “Menu” icon in the top left corner of the page to access the different sections that include: 

  • Characters – There are “Heroes”, “Villains”, or “Allies”. Learn their “superpowers” such as controlling liquid assets or luring you into accepting tempting credit card offers.
  • Library – You’ll find Comic Books – fun stories (starring the financial superheroes) that reinforce your financial education; Lesson Books – with topics that provide basic info on money, how to earn money, how to save and invest money, and information on the stock market; and Factivity Books – 10 page ‘books’ with lots of money facts.
  • Fun & Games – Coloring sheets, crossword puzzles, word searches, and Sudoku puzzles that extend the learning.

In addition, you’ll find a glossary of terms used in the lessons and stories at this site. There’s good content here that’s presented in an engaging way for the target age-range.

Free science experiments, games and activities

August 28th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kinetic City

(www.kineticcity.com/)

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Save Vearth (Virtual Earth) from dastardly villains! The National Science Foundation sponsors this AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) website to promote science education in the classroom and at home.

When you get to the site, use the space vehicle at the top left corner of the screen. Click on “Club Car,” and from there select “Our World” to meet the animated crew of virtual kids who live on Vearth (the “virtual” planet Earth). Of course, they are facing a crisis — the possibility of Deep Delete — a wicked plan to destroy Vearth with 16 viruses.

By following the clues, reading scientific explanations for the strange things that are occurring on Vearth, and by doing science lab experiments that will help you solve various mysteries and puzzles, you can discover a solution to save Vearth.

To get started, you will need to choose from either: 

  1. Lab Car — Select this option to access just the interactive “mind games.”
  2. Control Car — To get all of the science content this site has to offer, use this option. Not only are all of the “mind games” included, but there are lab experiments to do.
  3. Supply Car — Click on “Deep Delete Trading Cards” to play “Virus Attack”.  The other choices of the Supply Car are “coming soon,” so bookmark the site and check back occasionally to see what’s new!

Once aboard the Control Car, use the top menu button labeled “Pack” to choose from packs labeled: Omega, Phi, Sigma, and Tau. Each pack has four viruses. Select a virus then click on its picture to read a brief synopsis of its threat to Vearth. Then, click the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to watch the villain and his evil henchman reveal their sinister plot of DOOM. To find out what you can do to help foil their evil plan, play the suggested online games and do the science lab experiments and other activities that include drawing, writing, and games involving physical movement. The information you gain from these activities will equip you for the “Mission to Vearth” that will ultimately destroy that virus.

When you first click “Mission to Vearth” you get a chance to earn “Power Points.” If you have logged in (membership is free), you can accumulate the points that you earn, have a chance at having your high scores posted on the site, and advance in rank from “Bug Zapper 2nd Class” all the way up to “Supersonic Virus Stopper!” If you’d rather not join, don’t worry; just click “Later” and proceed to answer the power questions anyway. You’ll still be congratulated for any power points you earn.

And don’t miss the heart-pounding arcade-style game to evaluate what you have learned, before you move on to the next virus! In “Bug Blaster,” crash into and destroy viruses, gain more fuel by answering questions correctly, and avoid obstacles which may reduce your shield strength. (Watch out! This game ends when you run out of either time, fuel, or shield strength.) Some viruses are destroyed by “Smart Attack” instead, a fast-paced matching game. Try to rack up points by matching as many facts as possible before you run out of lives or time.

Bookmark this site so you can return repeatedly to do the succession of activities in this entertaining Internet quest for science knowledge.

Visit the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

August 24th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, August 24, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

(www.reading.ac.uk/Ure/tour/index.php)

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

 

Discover the artifacts of Greece and Egypt with this virtual tour of the Ure Museum at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

Navigating the website to see the items will take a little effort but it is worth it. When arriving at today’s link, visitors will find a menu of themes to explore: 

  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Mythology and religion
  • Household – including childhood
  • Making Greek vases – including shapes, decoration and timeline
  • Education – including music, athletics and literacy
  • Citizenship – including gender
  • Warfare
  • The Symposium
  • Body beautiful
  • Death – including graves and funerary rituals

Once you have selected a theme, a page opens with information relating to the topic. Within the topic are accession numbers that are links to the artifact. Clicking one will open the page with information and image of the item. Click on the images to enlarge, then you can use the navigation tool under the image to see more views available. Use the back arrow on your browser to return to the previous page or select the Ure Museum Home link on the left sidebar to get to the homepage and then select the “Tour of the Museum” tab to get back to where the menu is.

You could also search the database to search for items using a keyword or topic. Use the “database” link in the welcome paragraph to access this. If there are available items to view, a list will populate. Click the link and available accession numbers will appear for you to select.

There is an abundance of information on this site to supplement your studies of ancient Greece.

Math Fun Facts

August 6th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 6, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mudd Math Fun Facts

(www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/about.shtml)

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website was originally designed as a warm-up activity for calculus courses taught at Harvard. In an effort to help college students see the interesting stuff that motivates mathematicians to study the subject, a professor began to tell his students “Fun Facts” – or daily mathematical tidbits from all areas of mathematics (not just calculus), meant to arouse their curiosity and fascination with the subject. The students loved it. That motivated the professor to archive the “Fun Facts” that he and his colleagues collected at today’s website. Even though this is designed for college level students, there are ideas and math patterns that will fascinate and challenge students of many grade levels and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then, use the combination menu and search engine on the left to get “Fun Facts” about: 

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Number Theory
  • Probability
  • Topology
  • and more!

A nice feature is that you can search by difficulty level from “Easy” to “Advanced” in any of the subject categories. Once you make your selection a new page appears with a menu of “Fun Facts” from which to choose. Click on any one of these and a new page opens that explains and illustrates the concept. “Fun Facts” not only challenges those skilled in mathematics, but it provides a way to give less skilled students a glimpse of advanced mathematics. Students will become familiar with math vocabulary and “buzzwords” even if they don’t fully understand what they mean. It might just spring-board their curiosity to do some further research that will enhance their math education.

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