# Language Arts Games and Activities

July 27th, 2016

It’s Wednesday, July 27, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

StoryIt.com

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

This website offers a variety of free Language Arts games, story starters, printable writing worksheets and other activities to encourage kids to read and write.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured resources in the middle of the page or use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore topics such as:

• Literature – Read some children’s literature selections online including The Ugly Duckling, Aesop’s Fables, Mother Goose nursery rhymes, and children’s poetry.
• Starters – Print out worksheets with pictures and sentences that spark a student’s imagination so they can write a story.
• Sight Words – Play interactive games for phonics reinforcement and sentence building exercises. Try non-violent hangman games to practice spelling and Dolch sight words. Improve vocabulary by making words with interactive letter tiles.
• Write Ons – Print lined writing sheets that are in the shape of critters, flowers, vegetables, seasonal and holiday objects, and more. Can be used for a wide variety of writing projects.
• Coloring – Print out and color classic rhymes such as, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Be Nimble, Little Robin Redbreast, and more.

There are lots of resources here to enhance any language arts curriculum, hobby, or interest.

# 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

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:

• 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
• 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.

# Mendel’s Pea Experiment

May 31st, 2016

It’s Tuesday, May 31, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Pea Soup

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

This very simple website provides the biography of Johann Gregor Mendel, who, through experimentation with developing new color variations in flowers discovered hybridization.

When you get to the site, use the menu to read Mendel’s biography. Then, learn about his experiments that led to the birth of genetics.

Next, try the “Interactive Pea Experiment” and breed your own virtual hybrid pea plants!

This is a short and easy scientific exercise, that provides a great springboard to further learning and exploration.

# Free Math Activity Book for K-5

April 11th, 2016

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

Recommended Website:

Helping Your Child Learn Math

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

Here’s a free math activity book designed for parents to use with their children to help them learn important math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, there are no bells and whistles here, just easy-to-do math activities, sorted by grade range from K-5, that are formatted for user-friendliness.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Title Page” of the online book. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Next” buttons on each page to read the Foreword, Introduction, and to access the Activities that include:

• Math in the Home – Discover fun ways to use things you find around the house to learn measurement, fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometrical concepts, telling time and much more.
• Math at the Grocery Store – Practice measurement, estimation, weighing, counting, and figuring price per unit versus price per pound while helping your children learn estimation skills – all while doing the grocery shopping!
• Math on the Go – Do fun math activities as you travel from place to place using numbers found on license plates, buildings, buses, taxis, houses, and gas stations.
• Math for the Fun of It – As the book explains, there are fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around you. Look for math in nature – in the symmetry in leaves and various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. You’ll find lots of other fun suggestions as well.

The book wraps up with some pointers for parents on helping children achieve in mathematics along with suggestions for helping children with school assignments, and resources for further learning.

By the way, if you get tired of clicking the “Next” buttons – you can access the entire table of contents with links to specific sections of the book here.

The activities in this online book are perfect for homeschooling families and can be used in any way that makes sense to you and your children. You can also print it out and use it offline as well!

# Drawing Lessons from Toad Hollow Studio

April 11th, 2015

It’s Saturday, April 11, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

This website created by Carol Rosinski, author of Drawing Made Easy: Getting Started, features loads of drawing tutorials. In addition to a few drawing videos and other demonstrations, exercises and tips scattered throughout the website, lessons are available at three levels.
In the Beginning lessons, the author explains some of the following techniques:
• From 2D Design To 3D Shape
• How To Draw A Cat In Four Steps (more or less)
• Texture Hatching Technique
• Blind Contour Drawing
• Draw A Teddy Bear
• How To Draw Simple Flowers
The intermediate lessons cover the following:
• Mindless Drawing
• Organic Form Gradation
• Key – What It Is, Why It Matters To Your Drawings, And How To Change It
• Creating Three Dimensional Form with Value
• How to Draw a Scallop Shell
• How to Draw a Shiny Ornament
• How to Draw a Rose
The current advance lessons include:
• Drawing Texture Technique on Queen Anne’s Lace
• How to Draw a Horse
• Sketch a Yarn Ball
Visitors will enjoy the personal style of the lessons and come away with newfound knowledge of pencil drawing techniques.

# Valentine Math Activities

February 9th, 2015

It’s Monday, February 9, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Googol Power: Valentine Math

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

Valentine’s Day is coming fast! As our friends at GoogolPower.com say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”
When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:

• Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!
• Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”
• Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”
• Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.” (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)
• Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems.

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.