Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Interactive Geometry Game

February 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, February 23, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Oswego School District: Billy Bug Geometry

 

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-5, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a fun game to help elementary-aged students practice finding geometry coordinates on a number grid.
When you get to the site, you’ll see the instructions for the game. The idea is to help an animated bug find the grub hidden on the grid by locating the coordinates that are provided.

Students are challenged to see how long it will take them to feed “Billy” 10 times. A game timer keeps track of the student’s progress.

This is just a simple, interactive math practice tool. Kids who like computer games are sure to have fun and learn a little about geometry too.

Number Gossip

February 16th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, February 16, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Number Gossip

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This website is all about a mathematician named Tanya Khovanova having fun with numbers. She has worked tirelessly to create a terrific search engine that will fascinate you and your ClickScholars with the results it produces. Simply type your favorite number (or any number up to 9999) into the search engine and within seconds the results will identify every unique, rare, and common property that is true of the number in question (meticulously researched by Khovanova and friends).
When you get to the site, just type in a number (the day of your birth, for example) and find out which of the many properties archived here applies. For example, discover if the number you selected has any of these properties: 
  • abundant
  • apocalyptic power
  • cake
  • cube
  • deficient
  • evil
  • Fibonacci
  • hungry
  • lucky
  • narcissistic
  • odious
  • palindrome
  • repunit
  • sociable
  • tetrahedral
  • twin
  • untouchable
  • weird
Are these words you would “normally” use to describe a number? If you’re confused, just click on the property and discover what it means. In all likelihood, it will get those synapses firing and springboard you to wonderful conversations about math and its usefulness in the world around you.
Be sure to click on any linked words within the descriptions to learn more astounding, fun and fascinating facts about numbers and math.

Please keep in mind that we have NOT reviewed the websites that are linked within the number property descriptions.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

February 12th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 12, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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National Inventors Hall of Fame

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, you can read biographies of inventors and read all about their inventions as well. Pictures and illustrations accompany the text.
When you get to the site select “Inductees” in the upper menu bar. You can then choose to search by category such as: 
  • Last Name (listed alphabetically)
  • Year Inducted
  • Academic Institution
  • Company or Organization
  • State/Province
  • Country
After making your selection, a list of inventors will appear from which to choose. Select the “View Profile” beside the inventor’s name to read the biography and about the invention. There will also be some “Related Inductees” listed to continue your exploration.

This is a terrific resource site that you may want to bookmark. It is fun to browse – but there is so much information it’s hard to see it all in one visit.

Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 26th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, January 26, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Fibonacci Numbers & The Golden Section

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

In the 13th century Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents.

My suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too).

After listening to the interview, head over to the INTRODUCTORY PAGE that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!

Time Warp into History

January 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, January 22, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Time Warp Trio

 

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7, with parental supervision)

 

Designed to go along with the television series produced by WGBH shown on the Discovery Kids Channel and the popular book series by Jon Scieszka, Time Warp Trio, this website provides interactive history learning adventures, games, and more.
When arriving at the website you will see what content is new this week and be able to select what you would like to do. Use the upper menu to select from the Adventures, or the Games, the Show.

When you select the Adventures, you can select the Adventure you wish to explore that either corresponds with the episode you watch or you can simply choose a time period or topic relevant to your studies. Each adventure presents basic information about the episode along with a map showing the location of the event. Then choose from the included exploration and learning extension such as: 

  • Cool Books – check out some warptastic reads
  • Who’s Who – Meet Joe and Co. and many more
The Games include:
  • Put it Back, Jack – Time-bending research game
  • Green Mist Mysteries – Interactive Time Warper Stories
  • Wordsplosion – Poetry gizmo, create, print & send
  • Plentifax 487 – The ultimate Time Traveler’s guide
  • Sandwiched of Time – Fast-paced challenge quiz
  • Sound Detective – Goofy game to fix time & space
In the upper left hand menu, select the Teacher’s & Parents link to find printable PDF Lesson Plans to accompany each episode that include additional offline activities, handouts, curriculum connections and standards, and more.

Because content is added regularly, you will want to bookmark this site to come back often to find out what is new. Whether you are a fan of the television series or not there is a lot of fun learning value at this website.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

January 20th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, January 20, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Great Backyard Bird Count

 

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

 

It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 13-16, 2015.
This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to the website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com 

Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

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