Posts Tagged ‘fun’

The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

April 17th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, April 17, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Knowing Poe

(knowingpoe.thinkport.org/)

Age Range:  9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website explores the literature, life, and times of the state of Maryland’s native son and writer, Edgar Allan Poe.

Turn on your speakers to engage in a variety of multi-media activities that will help you learn about one of America’s foremost writers, who is best known for works such as “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

This site offers some ingenious methods for learning about Poe through both historical and fictional means, as well as from a number of different perspectives. Learn about the era he lived in, what his house, family, and hometown were like, and see how it informed the complex choices Poe made as he wrote poems and stories. You can even become a forensic investigator and review the “hard facts” about Poe’s untimely death. 

Use the lesson plans and interactive experiences, including primary source documents, links to other website resources, and even some fun family-centered activities to understand the continuing impact of Poe’s legacy. [Note: Some of the links to other web-based resources are inoperative. However, we found that a quick Google search for those items led to results for similar content on a variety of other sites.]

When you get to the site you can click on images to begin to explore the content, or use the menu on the left to focus on: 

  • Poe The Person – Includes a timeline that highlights historic events that occurred during his lifetime. This section also offers, “It’ll be the Death of Me,” that allows you to explore the possible causes of Poe’s mysterious death.
  • Poe The Writer – Provides an exploration into Poe’s writings and the unusual tools, techniques, and revision processes he used.
  • The Poe Library – Access some of Poe’s works, primary source documents about Poe, and link to other resources about Poe.

In addition to all of the above, this site is filled with trivia and little known facts about Poe. The dark, mysterious images and style of the website maintains the spooky legacy of Poe’s most famous works. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.)

Free Math Activity Book for K-5

April 15th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, April 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Helping Your Child Learn Math

(www2.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/title.html)

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

 

At this archived site, you’ll find 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!

Practice Math with Games

April 8th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, April 8, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Play Kids Games

(www.playkidsgames.com/mathGames.htm)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to help kids learn and practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include: 

  • Space Shuttle Launch: You choose whether to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math question correctly, you get to watch your rocket ship launch successfully and reach the moon.
  • Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the hungry crocodile gets a snack!
  • Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their numbers.
  • Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
  • Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully ricochets off the components of a math question, you need to answer it correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
  • Math Tunnel Blaster: Shoot the correct answers to make your way through the walls and through the tunnel.
  • Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot Calculator they appear horizontally).

But that’s not all! There are other subjects available at this site. Just click on the button of your choice at the top including: 

  • Alphabet
  • Memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Geography
  • Arts

And more!

The History Of Jell-O!

April 4th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, April 4, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jell-O Gallery

(http://www.jellogallery.org/history.html)

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

 

The mere mention of Jell-O causes most people to giggle — but the silliness of Jell-O’s history is serious business.

Here are some more fun facts: Did you know that immigrants entering Ellis Island were served Jell-O as a welcome dish? Or that there were chocolate and cola flavored gelatins that were discontinued? Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish created artwork depicting Jell-O. Hollywood movie-makers used Jell-O to create the effect of parting the Red Sea in the 1923 silent film “The Ten Commandments,” and the horse-of-a-different-color in “The Wizard of Oz” was sponged down with green Jell-O. Astronauts at space station Mir marked time in space with Jell-O. The Smithsonian Institute even proclaimed, “American History is Jell-O History!”

Jell-O makes history fun — but don’t be too surprised if everyone craves Jell-O after visiting the site. If so, use the recipes at the site to make some yummy concoctions with Jell-O. Have fun!

Fun Math Games & Printables for Kids

April 1st, 2019

 

It’s Monday, April 1, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Math Games

(www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/)

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

 

We stumbled upon this ad-supported website that offers a wide variety of free, online, interactive math games, printable worksheets and quizzes, video tutorials and more!

This colorful site is user-friendly and engaging. Most kids will be enticed to try a game or two, or three, or more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and the featured math topics that include: 

  • Numbers – Fun challenges related to numbers, patterns, fractions, decimals, etc.
  • Geometry – Learn about shapes, grids, weights, angles, rotation, and more.
  • Facts – Read interesting math facts and trivia.
  • Videos – Watch educational clips that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and more.
  • Printable Worksheets – Includes addition, multiplication, fractions, etc.
  • Pictures – See math photos, images, and diagrams.
  • Printable Quizzes – Test your knowledge of division, decimals, money, basic algebra and more!

You’ll also find logic games, math riddles, board games, and math puzzles. This is a terrific resource that will enhance learning math. Bookmark it, to return often.

Human Anatomy Arcade Games!

March 26th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Anatomy Arcade

(www.anatomyarcade.com/)

Age Range: 13-adult (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers free, fun, interactive games that teach basic human anatomy. It’s designed with teenage students in mind, as well as a way for health care professionals to refresh their knowledge.

When you get to the site you can choose from Games by Body System or Games by Type. Some of the games are: 

  • Poke-A-Muscle – Learn the names of the muscles of the human body.
  • Whack-A-Bone – Learn the names of the bones in the human body.
  • The Eye Jigsaw – Drag-and-drop the parts of the eye.
  • Match-A-Body System – Have fun learning about the skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems and more!
  • Match-A-Brain – Discover the parts of the human brain.
  • Digestive Jigsaw – Put together the parts of the human digestive system.

Click on any one and a new page opens. Some games are timed and most give you a score. So you can play again and try to improve.

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