Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Latin/Greek Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 17th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 17, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

 

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

 

This website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin/Greek root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.
When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas/Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin/Greek root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.

Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities:

Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 9 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 
  • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
  • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
  • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
  • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
  • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol)
Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.

Pascal’s Triangle & The 12 Days of Christmas!

December 15th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, December 15, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

DIMACS: 12 Days of Christmas

 

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

 

This website, sponsored by Rutgers University, offers an interesting exploration of Pascal’s Triangle (used in algebra and probability) through the lyrics of the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Click here to just listen to the tune and see the printed lyrics of the song.)
When you get to the site, you’ll find the lesson plan and instructions for leading your students through this fun math exercise.

If you like working with triangles, the site offers another interesting lesson plan using The Star of David.

Students can also have fun calculating the cost of purchasing the 12 items mentioned in The Twelve Days of Christmas. Click here for the Lesson Plan.

Holiday Bonus! Watch a video of homeschool moms singing a humorous version of this Christmas carol retitled, The 14 Days of Homeschool.

The Polar Express

December 10th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Polar Express

 

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

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

The author’s website offers an overview of the book and samples of the outstanding illustrations that earned a Caldecott Medal. You can also read the author’s bio, see a timeline of his work, and access resources and interactives themed around his books.

When you get to the site you’ll find a picture of each book cover/title. If you click on them – you will be directed to purchase the book. There is no requirement to purchase anything in order to use the free resources. Scroll past those covers to the bottom of the page to find a link titled “Teachers: Discussion Guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg books.” When you click you’ll find additional curriculum connections for the Polar Express.

Creative Writing/Language Arts:

* Brainstorm winter words.
* Ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about what they see on their journey and what their final destination looks like.
* Go through the book together and pick out all of the adjectives and list them on a large sheet of paper. Do the same for the verbs and nouns.

Read-Aloud:

* As a way to begin using the book as the basis for a unit or simply as a treat for the children, host a Polar Express Party. Click the link to download a complete party kit.
Science/Geography:

* Have children locate the North Pole on a globe or map. They can research and write a short report on the landscape, climate, and other characteristics of the North Pole
* Topics for Further Research
o Polar ice cap
o Northern lights
o Reindeer
o Weather and climate – what are the average high and low temps?

Art:

* Have children draw what they would see out the window of the Polar Express on its way to the North Pole.

Music:
* Give each child a bell. Play holiday songs to which they can ring the bells.
* At your party, break the kids into groups of four. Give each group a song and have them come up with a way to accompany it with their bells.

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to discover activity sheets, games, recipes, and more AND discussion guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg’s other books!
Return to this site often!

Weekly ‘Bring Science Home’ Activities!

December 9th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 9, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Scientific American

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision, and fun for the whole family)

 

Scientific American sponsors this website that “features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday that parents and their six- to 12-year-olds can do together. Adults will find easy-to-follow instructions and simple materials lists as well as additional background to help them explain the key concepts.” All of the activities are archived at the website for on-going access, with a new activity posted each week.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes:
*Activities – Get instructions and explanations for a bunch of interesting experiments that cover a variety of scientific topics with intriguing titles such as:
* Sonorous Science: Have a Cricket Tell You the Temperature!
* Sculpted Science: Turn Milk into Plastic!
* Staining Science: Capillary Action of Dyed Water in Plants
* Spinning Science: Centripetal Force Using Marbles in Jell-O
* Spurting Science: Erupting Diet Coke with Mentos
*Video – Watch entertaining videos that demonstrate fun scientific experiments such as:
* How to Make A Homemade Compass
* How to Make Mini-Craters with Mini-Meteors
* How to Make Oobleck
*Blog – Read a selection of blog posts that encourage learning science at home.
When you’re through checking out what’s available in the “Bring Science Home” section, be sure to explore the rest of the massive Scientific American site. Click on the “Education” and “Citizen Science” tabs on the horizontal menu at the top of the page for more incredible science activities and volunteer research opportunities for budding scientists of all ages.

Hot Math!

December 8th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, December 8, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Hotmath.com

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 7-11, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free math activities and games for middle and high school students to learn graphing, factoring, and divisibility in a fun way, all online!

When you get to the site you will see the following choices:

I. HANDS ON MATH LEARNING – This area includes:
*Pre-Algebra Activities – Algebra Tiles, Acrobat Number Line, Circle Area Approximation, Data Representation, Area Decomposer, Fraction Tech Tool, and other titles
*Algebra I Activities – Exponential Functions, Exponential and Log Functions, Quadratic Equations in Factored Form, Diamond Problem Flash Cards, etc.
*Algebra II and Trigonometry Activities – Function Grapher, Conic Sections – General Form, Hyperbolas, Ellipses and more.
*Geometry Activities – Angle Sum Theorem, Exterior Angles of a Polygon, Conics, Conics – Parabola, Area of a Triangle and many more activities.
II. MATH GAMES
Click on the words “Math Games” to enter the game page. You will find the following games:
*Catch the Fly – Give Mr. Frog the x,y coordinates so he can dine!
*Number Cop – Speed through divisible numbers and try not to crash into the wrong numbers!
*Algebra vs. the Cockroaches – What axis are the cockroaches running through? Game can be played with or without sound.
*Factortris – Similar to “Tetris” but with a new dimension. You build the dimensions needed by solving the equation and place them where you want them. If you let the time run out, the game builds the piece and you will not have a choice on placement.
These online games and activities are a great way to learn math concepts at any age!

Arts & Crafts, Activities, Worksheets, and More!

December 6th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 6, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

All Kids Network

 

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

 

Not only does this ad-supported website have hundreds of craft projects and coloring and activity pages, but it is also a great resource for fun educational worksheets and other teaching resources.
Use the navigation bar to choose from: 
  • Kids Crafts
  • Kids Worksheets
  • Kids Activities
  • Teaching Resources
Under the Kids Crafts you can further narrow your search using the sidebar menu. The main categories to select from include: 
  • Seasonal Crafts – Spring, summer, winter, or fall, find projects such as Fall Leaf Book, Snow Globe Craft, Raining Cloud Craft, Bubble Wrap Beehive Craft.
  • Holiday Crafts – Find ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, and many other special days of the year.
  • Educational Crafts – There are projects for the alphabet, numbers, shapes, Back to School, books, and 100th day.
  • Animal Crafts – Lots of craft projects featuring farm animals, fish and other water animals, bugs, birds, and dinosaurs.
  • More Crafts – Check out crafts highlighting nursery rhymes, the Bible, fire safety, space, fantasy, music, birthday, and many more.
All projects include a list of supplies needed as well as detailed instructions.

In the Kids Activities section, find hundreds of coloring pages featuring movie, television, and cartoon characters and themed pages for holidays, shapes, numbers, letters, animals, and much more. There are even color by number pages.

You will also find mazes, dot to dots, hidden pictures, and many more fun activity pages to print out in the Kids Activities section.

Looking for themed worksheets? Check them out under the Kids Worksheet page, or find lined paper, flash card, certificates, calendars, and sticker charts on the Teaching Resources page.

You will want to bookmark this website as more content is being added regularly.

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