Posts Tagged ‘fun’

DownloadDinosaur Art Projects

June 25th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 25, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Download-a-Dinosaur

(www.rain.org/~philfear/download-a-dinosaur.html)

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

 

This site has all kinds of downloadable and printable dinosaur designs that you can color, cut out, and glue together to make fun playthings and decorations.

When you get to the site you will see photographs of some of the creations you can make from the designs at this site. Scroll down the page to find the drop down menu box to “Select a Dinosaur.” Simply click on the dinosaur you want to make. For example: 

  • Triceratops
  • Pteranodon
  • Raptor
  • Stegosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Ankylosaurus
  • Mammoth
  • And more!

Click the “Go” button and a new page opens with the design and easy instructions for how to assemble it. Print out the design using your browser print option. These designs can be made in less than 30 minutes! It’s a great art project or craft activity – and educational too! 

Are You a Grammar Ninja?

June 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 22, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Ninja

(www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides a fun game to help students develop a working knowledge of the parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.


When you get to the website, read the instructions on how to play the game. Then, select a level of play (from beginner to master).

As the game begins, you’ll be presented with sentences and asked to find various parts of speech. The game tracks the time you require to answer the questions, as well as any errors you make. If you make a mistake, the game board displays the correct answer.

There are three levels of play culminating in the title “Master Grammar Ninja.” Your kids will find playing this game is a whole lot more fun than drill and practice work – and I’ll bet some of you parents will have fun testing your grammar skills as well.

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 21st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

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

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see an icon menu and a regular menu to the right of it. Use either one to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; the force of gravity; planning a Hubble servicing mission; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Educators — Check out the “Resources” that provide an overview of what you’ll find at this website along with recommendations on how to further the learning.

Then at the bottom under “Features”, check out: 

  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.
  • Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia.

You say you want more?

Then visit the parent HubbleSite. Here are just some of the activities you’ll find: 

  • Get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.
  • Listen to podcasts about recent space discoveries!
  • Watch a fascinating video presentation about the increasing accuracy of telescopes within the past century!
  • Explore Astronomy — In this section you can take a “Way Out” Quiz and see how far the cow goes after he makes it over the moon; tons of fun, and if you play the entire game, you can register in a drawing to win a prize! You can also play an exciting game called “Black Holes, Gravity’s Relentless Pull!” Watch a video presentation of what happens when galaxies collide.

A Summer’s Worth of Printable Math Activities

June 13th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, June 13, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBSKIDS.org: Cyberchase Math Activities

(pbskids.org/cyberchase/activities/)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-7, approximately with parental supervision)

 

This PBS website is a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy Award® winning mathematics series for children. The website offers dynamic web games, videos, and printable activities that teach math concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the PBS show, the website explains:

In the world of Cyberchase, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to overthrow Motherboard and take over Cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But Motherboard enlists the help of three curious kids, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal, Digit, to stop him. Their weapon: brain power. In the live-action segment following each animated episode, Harry and Bianca show kids how math can help solve life’s wacky problems in the real world.

To further help kids explore their world, the hands-on activities include a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured recommendations. Below that is an icon menu of printable activities that include: 

  • Activity Book – Print out a booklet with math puzzles, games, and projects.
  • Batter Up – Track your favorite baseball team’s hits and look for patterns. 
  • Bianca’s Body Math – Use math to learn which body parts are proportional.
  • Cool It – Experiment with evaporation to keep something cool on a hot day.
  • Dot Decoder – Decode a secret message.
  • Lifting with Levers – Discover the relationship between the length of a lever and how much weight you can lift.
  • Make a Pinwheel – Make a pinwheel and use it to find out how windy it is.
  • Make Ice Cream – Get an easy recipe to make ice cream at home.
  • Shadow Math – Measure the lengths of shadows to estimate the height of something very tall.
  • Top Flight – Make paper airplanes and judge their flights to choose a winner.

Click on any activity and a new page opens with complete instructions, diagrams, and illustrations to do the activity.

Bookmark this fun resource to help kids learn math, science, and more!

Bad Fads Museum

June 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 2, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:


Bad Fads Museum

(www.badfads.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

As the traditional school year comes to a close, classroom activities generally involve lighter fare. We thought we might try that approach with today’s ClickSchooling feature.

At today’s website you can explore history and social studies through taking a fun and nostalgic look at major fads – things that were popular during any given time in the modern era.

When you get to the website you will see a brief introduction and then a menu that includes Bad Fads in: 

  • Fashion – From Afro hairdos to Zoot Suits – The trends in hair, clothing and fashion accessories are listed here. Click on any one to see a photograph and read a fascinating historical (and sometimes political) explanation.
  • Collectibles – Find your favorites from Barbie Dolls and Beanie Babies to Pogs and Yo-Yos. Click on any one and find out who invented it and why it “caught on.”
  • Activities – Learn about the popularity of such pastimes as EST Therapy, Dungeons & Dragons, miniature golf, skateboarding, talking to plants, and sleeping on waterbeds. You can even find out the origins of the phrase “Kilroy Was Here!”
  • Events – Get the scoop on incredible, zany, and flat-out ridiculous crowd-pleasers such as dance marathons, flagpole sitting, goldfish swallowing, streaking, toga parties and more.

Everything we saw at this site was presented tastefully (even if the fad itself was the height of bad taste) and with general audiences in mind. Parents, as always, should preview the material to determine suitability. We think you will find that there is something wonderfully whimsical and educational in most of these bad fads that your family will enjoy.

It’s just this kind of quirky subject matter that can inspire curiosity and springboard a student to an exploration of multiple academic subjects. So, have fun and don’t be surprised at how much you learn.

Free Typing Lessons and Games

May 25th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeTypingGame.Net

(www.freetypinggame.net/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides free touch-typing lessons as well as practice games and tests.

When you get to the site use the display menu or the menu tabs at the top of the screen to access:

  • Free Typing Lessons – Use your computer’s keyboard and follow the simple instructions on the site to learn to type. The interactive program teaches 2 keys at a time, starting with the “home row.” Beginners will find a proper hand placement guide too.
  • Free Typing Games – Choose from several different interactive, fun, arcade-like games that reinforce typing skills. For example, play “Meteor Typing Blast” and protect your spaceships from meteors and hostile UFOs – by using your typing skills to blast them out of the universe! Or for something a little less intense, try “Save the Sailboat Race.” Type the falling letters before they land on the boats and ruin the race!
  • Free Typing Tests – Get an accurate word per minute assessment of your typing ability. The tests have timer options of 1 to 5 minutes. When you’re through, submit your speed on the world wide scoreboard for all to see. Or print out a certificate with your name and typing speed.

Bookmark this one to return often.

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