Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Exploring Social Sciences with Peter Pan

May 7th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 7, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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

 

May 9th is the birthday of Sir James Matthew Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Barrie was born in 1860. We thought an exploration of history and social sciences while commemorating the author’s life and his most famous work would be fun! There are several sites that have interesting facts and features which turns this particular ClickSchooling recommendation into a sort of unit study.

Language Arts Puzzles & Games!

May 6th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 6, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Puzzle Choice

 

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This award-winning family website offers a variety of Language Arts puzzles including crosswords, word searches, and word play in either online game format or in downloadable, printable versions.
When you get to the site, there is an introductory message that gives a brief overview of what the site offers. Use the menu to access: 
  • Word Search
  • Crosswords
  • Word Play
Look for the “KIDS CHOICE” section, where you’ll find Word Play games and a few puzzles that test math and logic skills. In this same section, click on “Teacher Wordsearch” that offers word search puzzles with themes that include: mathematics, US Presidents, life science, physiology, Shakespeare, and more.

This site provides lots of fun ways to supplement your studies through games and puzzles to make learning fun!

Don’t forget to print some out and put them in a binder to bring along on road trips!

Recycle Soda Bottles for Science Experiments!

May 5th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 5, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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

 

It’s getting warmer outside and it’s soon to be soda pop season! Recycle your soda bottles to use for science experiments.
SODA BOTTLE SCIENCE – Use liter soda bottles to create liquid fireworks, a bubble machine, and waltzing raisins. Don’t miss additional experiments on this site that use liter soda bottles to explain density of liquids, how to simulate a lung, and find out how lava lamps work.

BOTTLE BIOLOGY – Get instructions on using soda bottles to make terrariums and other biological wonders.

MENTOS AND DIET COKE – Enjoy this fantastically fun experiment using Mentos candy and Diet Coke to make unbelievable geysers!

BUILD A SODA BOTTLE BIOREACTOR – Learn about composting using a soda bottle as a bioreactor.

BUILD A FRUIT FLY TRAP – Capture fruit flies in this soda bottle science experiment.

Mudd Math Fun Facts

May 4th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, May 4, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Mudd Math Fun Facts

 

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
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • 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.

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

April 27th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 27, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Absurd Math

 

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.
As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy, printable clue sheets are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: 
Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46″ and “Level -3″; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion.
FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include: 

    1. Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
    2. Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
    3. The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
    4. Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.
By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. They try to respond within two days. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

April 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Kids on the Net

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.
If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include hangman, word searches, crossword puzzles, a metaphor and simile quiz, and some fill-in-the-blank story activities. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site. Be sure to click on the “Competitions” button to learn about a story-writing activity. Although this competition has ended, your kids might enjoy the writing activity.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids, or create an island all your own. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices going. Get your notebook and pencil handy and dive on in!

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

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