Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Free Thanksgiving Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

November 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com – Thanksgiving Day

(myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/thanksgiving-day-vocabulary/)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

Today we are focusing on Thanksgiving Day. When you get to the site, you’ll see a list of the 24 Thanksgiving vocabulary words. Then there are: 

  • 3 complete word puzzles
  • A fill in the blank puzzle
  • A definition match
  • A crossword puzzle
  • A word search puzzle
  • And a word find puzzle

And there’s a list of vocabulary words related to Thanksgiving for every letter of the alphabet except ‘x’. After that, check out the 12 Thanksgiving Lesson Plans, Activities, Discussion Questions and Ideas. Have fun with some of these around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Origami Art

November 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 18, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Origami Club

(en.origami-club.com/)

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

 

Origami is the art of folding paper into fun figures, interesting designs, and works of art. This ClickScholar-recommended site is one of the best origami sites we’ve seen. It was designed by graphic designer and artist, Fumiaki Shingu, as a way to share the magic of Japanese origami with people worldwide.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of origami possibilities that include folding paper into: 

  • Sea Creatures
  • Bugs
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Animals & Birds
  • Sweets & Food
  • Paper Air Planes
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Alphabet Letters
  • Numbers
  • Furniture
  • Clothes
  • Using Newspaper for Origami

And there is even a section of “Easy Origami” for beginners! Click on any one and a new screen opens with a selection of designs. Click on a design of interest, and a new page opens with complete instructions and animated illustrations that simplify the whole process. Anyone can learn the art of origami with the use of this website!

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 14th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CSI: Forensic Science Interactive Games

(forensics.rice.edu/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 through adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and others, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series.

You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources. Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.

You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master.

Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “For Educators” to access: 

  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires a lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

Explore the Music of the World

November 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Daria Music – Homeschoolers

(www.dariamusic.com/homeschoolers.php)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world of music with folksinger, Daria, at this website.

Today’s link takes visitors to a page specifically addressed to homeschoolers with textural links to fun educational activities. Activities include:

  • Explore Instruments – Listen to the sounds and songs of a cajon, drum, guiro, shekere, washboard, didgerido, dulcimer, and guitar, then color the instrument online or learn how to make your own.
  • Songbook – Search through Daria’s songbook for lyrics to silly songs and foreign language songs.
  • Daria’s Travels – Learn about the places that Daria has traveled through slideshows and texts.

When you are finished with the Homeschoolers page, use the top navigation menu and select the Activities/Crafts link to find loads of DIY projects for making your own instruments using readily available materials. Visitors will also find loads of instrument coloring pages.

Use the menu below the header to choose to watch “Videos” of the performer’s songs, or select “Songs” then the “Silly Songs & Musical Jokes” link to learn some fun songs (some have audios) or read some goofy jokes.

Not only will this website be a nice addition to your music studies, but, because of its multi-cultural focus on instruments around the world, it will be beneficial to your social studies and geography studies.

Virtual Tour of America through Postcards

November 10th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, November 10, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour America Through Postcards

(www.postcardsfrom.com/t1/arcin.html)

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

 

This ClickScholar-recommended website provides a virtual postcard tour of the United States. A husband-wife team documented their RV road trip visiting the capitals of all 50 states. He used his skills as a photographer and graphic designer to create the customized postcards. She is a former history teacher and writer who conducted interviews and collected “fun facts” to provide the educational content on the tour.

When you get to the site you will see a list of the states in the order they visited them. Click on a state and a new page opens displaying the unique photo-postcards. Then, click on the menu items above the postcard that say: 

  • Maps
  • Travel Tips
  • Stamps
  • Fun Facts

Those links will connect you to educational information about that state.

Don’t miss the “Just for Teachers” item on the sidebar menu for suggestions on how to use this site to encourage learning history, geography, and social studies.

If you dream of taking a similar journey, you’ll find a “Travel Tips” section at the site. The FAQs answer questions about how this couple funded their trip, since they quit their jobs to be on the road for almost three years. This is a fascinating and inspiring look at the United States.

Foreign Language Teaching Ideas

November 4th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 4, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching Ideas: Languages

(www.teachingideas.co.uk/foreignlanguages/contents.htm)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades K-11, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers loads of ideas for helping children learn foreign languages.

When you get to the site you will see a list of activities to choose from. Select the “Load More” button on the bottom of the group to bring up more pages of available activities. Many of the free activities are game suggestions or printables that will help kids learn vocabulary, numbers, colors, food names, and words for various body parts. While some of the activities offer examples in another language, you can certainly substitute ANY foreign language you are currently studying and get great results.

In reviewing this website, we found activities specifically for the following languages: 

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Lithuanian
  • Sign Language
  • Urdu

Please note that there are ads interspersed with the activity image links, but the activities are easily identified as each has a red icon box identifying it as an activity resource, idea, presentation, book or other teaching material with an age range under the icon. Select the “view” option to see the resource. (Review the “About” page for details about the icons and more.)

Reinforcing language skills through playing games is a whole lot more fun than typical drill and practice work suggested in textbooks – and many of these activities can be done in the car, at the grocery store, at an airport, and while waiting in line just about anywhere.

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