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Challenging Math Games for Grades 2-11

August 26th, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, August 26, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MangaHigh

Age Range: 7-16 (about grades 2-11)

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:

  • Addition
  • 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
  • Quadratic Equations
  • 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, you’ll see the menu of 18 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.

 

Virtual Field Trip to Rainforest!

April 12th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, April 12, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!  

Recommended Website:

Rainforest: Virtual Tour 

Age Range:  6 and up  (with parental supervision)  

This website, sponsored by Michigan State University, presents a virtual tour of a tropical rainforest in Nicaragua and the biodiversity within it

When you get to the site, just follow the instructions to click your way through the slide show and read simple text to learn about:  

  • The people who live in the rainforest
  • Trees, unusual flowers, fascinating plant seeds
  • Toucans, Howler Monkeys, Trap-jaw Ants, Poison Dart Frogs, Bats, Peanut-head Bugs, and Crocodiles  

You’ll also learn about deforestation and preservation of the rainforest.   

When you are through with this tour, continue the journey by clicking this link: https://www.msu.edu/user/urquhart/tour/active.html  

A new page opens with a picture of the same rainforest.  oll your cursor over the picture to see images that pop out of the picture. Click on the images to read more in-depth explanations.

Valentine Science Activities!

February 12th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Valentine’s Day is February 14th!  Here are some Valentine’s Day science activities:

Recommended Websites: See Below

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

Exploratorium: The Sweet Lure of Chocolate 

 Examine the fascinating science and history of chocolate, including the chocolate-making process with a virtual visit to a chocolate factory. Find out about the latest research into the possible health effects of chocolate consumption.

Hooked on Science:  Make Red Valentine’s Day Flowers 

 Watch a video demonstration to learn how to turn white flowers red – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Hooked On Science: Valentine Candy Experiment  

Watch this video to learn if leftover Valentine candy will sink or swim.

Periodic Videos 

Watch a chemistry professor share some science insights about chocolate, roses, and relationships. 

Foreign Language Hangman, Wordsearch & Crosswords!

January 5th, 2013

Hi! It’s Saturday, January 5, 2013 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Language Games

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision; ability to read required)

This ad-supported website offers the opportunity to play online interactive Wordsearch, Crosswords, and Hangman games in a variety of foreign languages to help students learn and practice the language of their choice.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction followed by the titles of the three games. Select the language you want to use including:

  • English
  • Espanol (Spanish)
  • Francaise (French)
  • Deutch (German)
  • Italiano (Italian)

Click on the language of choice, and a new page opens where you can play the game. Each game page offers a menu of topics to select from such as:

  • Animals
  • Furniture
  • Transportation
  • Clothes
  • Family
  • The Body
  • Colors
  • Weather
  • Flowers
  • Sports
  • And More!

Select a topic, and the program will automatically generate words in that category to use when playing the game.

Depending on your current skill level, these games can be simple or challenging. This is especially true of the crossword puzzles, where you must be able to read and interpret phrases (clues) to come up with the correct word for the puzzle. You can always check the solutions to self-correct.

Free Art Guides for Families!

July 28th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, July 28, 2012, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

National Gallery of Art: Kids

Age Range: 6 and up (Designed for kids, and every member of the family.)

The National Art Gallery offers this fantastic website with activities to help kids and their families gain an appreciation for Fine Art. They are always adding terrific new content making it worth visiting again and again – so, bookmark it now. 

When you get to the site you will see featured art activities to do online. For example:

*Faces & Places – A two-part interactive exploration of American folk art. Kids can create portraits featuring a lively cast of characters and construct panoramic landscapes while listening to traditional folk music.

*BRUSHster – An interactive painting machine that lets you create and paint your own colorful abstract art.

*Interactive Dutch Dollhouse – Paintings by well-known 17th-century Dutch artists “spring to life as you mix and match colorful  characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist’s studio, and courtyard of this interactive Dutch Dollhouse.”

*Jungle – Inspired by the paintings of French artist Henri Rousseau, this activity lets you create an imaginary landscape. “Mix and match colorful characters, control the environment by changing weather and lighting conditions, or construct flowers, trees, and plants using special tools.”

DON’T MISS THE FREE FAMILY GUIDES!  You’ll find them about 1/2 way down the menu on the left side of the home page. These beautiful full color guides (pdf) can be downloaded and printed to provide fun art appreciation activities at home and include:

  • American Art
  • Dutch Art
  • Italian Art

You can also download back issues of the Inside Scoop that highlights special exhibitions at the NGA featuring various artists such as George Bellows, Jan Steen, and Pablo Picasso.

This is a remarkable FREE resource that allows you to indulge your artistic curiosity and creativity!

 

Easy “Spring Flower” Art Activity & More!

April 14th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 14, 2012 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Hands On: As We Grow

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website/blog is the project of a stay-at-home-mom and cake decorator who loves doing creative hands-on art activities with her young children. She shares them all on her site for free, such as the featured “Spring Flower” art activity.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to see the artistic results of bottle-stamped flower petals, straw blown flower stems, and thumb-printed flower centers. This is an easy art project (complete with instructions and picture illustrations) that could be fun for your entire family!

While the art projects are all designed with young children in mind, they can inspire the artist in anyone. Older children and adults can use these as a springboard to create more complicated or sophisticated works of art.

Be sure to explore the menu that is chock-full of creative ideas for nurturing the artist in every child. Topics include:

Activities – Find games and playful ways to help young children develop gross and fine motor skills.

CreationsGet a gold mine of simple art projects! There are ideas for every holiday. Plus, you’ll discover new ways to use crayons, finger paint, play dough, and even learn to make windchimes out of tin cans.

This clever mom also provides parenting advice on “how to play” and offers “ways to play” as well.

 

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