Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Candy Corn Math Ideas and More!

October 27th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, October 27, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various – see below

 

Age Range: All (All grades: Most of the activities are for Grades K-8, but fun for all.  Parental supervision required.)

 

This website offers an article that contains all kinds of great ideas for how to use candy corn to teach math – from simple concepts for young students to more advanced math problems. In fact, the article refers to the “Internet Math Challenge From the University of Idaho” as a potentially fun math problem for geometry students. (You’ll find the solution HERE.)

Education World: 35 Chocolate Activities

Get a list of fun ideas using M&M’s, chocolate Kisses, candy bars and more to explore math, science, and language arts.

Math Investigations.com’s Candy Math Worksheet

Use M&Ms or other candies to review estimation, grouping, addition, and graphing with this free, printable worksheet.

Halloween Candy Math – Find a list of activities you can do with an assortment of candy including setting up a candy store and making a number book. Other activities teach estimation, measurement, fractions, and more.

Hundreds of Art Lessons for Kids

October 25th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, October 25, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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Art for Kids Hub

 

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

 

At this website, you will find hundreds of lessons for drawing, painting, and sculpture and there is even a special category of projects for kids under 5. Created by a dad who wanted to share his ideas and tips with others, lessons are presented in a fun way and most include images and/or a video making following along simple. Many also include downloadable PDF instruction sheets.

Just a small sampling of lessons include:

  • How to Draw:
    • Animals such as a crocodile, chicken, turtle, owl, pig, raccoon, frog, and tiger
    • Dinosaurs like a triceratops, apatosaurus, stegosaurus, dilophosaurus, and pterodactyl
    • Minecraft figures include a ghast and enderman
  • Painting for Kids
    • Animals like a butterfly, ladybug, starfish , seahorse, and a koala
    • A car, a monster, Winnie the Pooh, a snowman
    • A pumpkin, watermelon, and a candy cane
  • Sculpting for Kids
    • Origami box, frog, bat, and fortune teller
    • Pinch pot, coil pot, and slab pot

There are too many to list here.

And don’t limit yourself to the categories at the top of the menu bar. Select the “Archive” link in the sub-menu bar and find a huge list of past lessons. With all of the lessons, downloads, videos, and helpful hints for teaching, this website will quickly become your favorite “go-to” website for art instruction and project ideas.

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

October 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 23, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

 

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can you point to Zimbabwe on a map of Africa? Can you find the Spice Islands? If you use today’s website, you can!
Sponsored by Owl & Mouse Educational Software, the website offers for FREE:
  • Online Interactive maps of the U.S., Europe, Asia, and more.
  • Online Atlas with maps of the countries of every continent.
  • Map Puzzles – These interactive puzzles help you learn geography by assembling maps of Europe, the U.S., Africa, and more! (If you like these puzzles, you can download the software for free to use offline.)
  • Printable Maps of the world, continents, and countries in large or small sizes.
  • Maps by Place – Choose a location and get a map of Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more!
  • U.S. Geography Mega Quiz with 1100 questions about the United States

Note: To get a good overview of what the site offers and teaching suggestions for how to use the maps – just scroll down below the menu on the home page.

“Maps that Teach” understands that geography is spatial and that kids learn best by doing. As children assemble the maps, they build a permanent mental picture of the world. They learn about the continents and where they are in relation to each other. They learn about the countries of the world, their capitals and major cultural landmarks, and physical features. The free resources here make learning geography easy and fun.

Pumpkin Education

October 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, October 22, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various – see below

 

Age Range: 3-Adult (Grades PreK-Adult, children with parental supervision)

We thought you might enjoy some fun ideas for how to learn many different subjects with pumpkins. There is so much material in the websites listed below that you can create a complete pumpkin curriculum! 

Pumpkin Education

Make your own pumpkin curriculum! If you would like to develop a “Pumpkin Unit Study” or a pumpkin-themed curriculum, check out this remarkable educational website from the University of Illinois that includes:

  • Pumpkin History
  • Pumpkin Education – including tons of free lesson plans for pumpkin math, science, language arts, and more!
  • Pumpkin Facts
  • Pumpkin Fun
  • And a directory of pumpkin farms and festivals throughout the U.S.!

Pumpkins for Preschoolers!

Read the article “Pumpkin Fun!” with all kinds of ideas for learning with pumpkins at this site. While this page was created with preschoolers in mind, many of the activities suggested will be fun for the whole family.

Local Harvest: Pumpkin Patch

To find a pumpkin farm near you visit this website. When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of pumpkins with a search box under it. Simply enter your zip code, city, and state and a new screen opens with pumpkin farms and patches near you. Click on any one listed and a new page opens with information on that farm, visiting hours, directions, any fees, etc.
For another resource to locate a pumpkin farm or festival near you try Pumpkin Patches and More.

Fun Online Math Tutorials & Interactives

October 20th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, October 20, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Kids Online Resources: Math

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Kids Online Resources, maintained by the Webb Family of Arcata, California, is a massive archive of web-based learning activities for a wide variety of subjects. On this featured page of the site called “Me & My Math,” you’ll find free animated and interactive math tutorials for the following math strands:
  • Numbers & Place Values
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • The Number Line
  • Fractions
  • The Laws of Arithmetic

Click on any one and a new page opens where the tutorial begins. I suggest you click on the “Help” button in each section to learn how to use the program effectively. There are hypertext/buttons throughout the lessons and in some cases they lead to small movies. The “Help” button alerts you to what to look for so you don’t miss a thing.

While the math here is basic, it seems to be designed for a teacher and student or parent and child to use together. There’s a good amount of text explanation mixed with the interactives, so non-readers will need help.
When you’re through exploring this math page, head to the Kids Online Resources main site – where you’ll find enough math activities and lessons to cover your curriculum for years to come. Plus, you’ll find web-based lessons and activities for:
  • Art/Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • And much, much more!

Don’t miss their Kid Science Link web page – with lessons and activities on Astronomy, Botany, Herpetology and more.

Listen to Music of Sound

October 18th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, October 18, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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FindSounds

 

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

 

At this free site, you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples. Once you find the sound you like you can listen to it, download the sound to hear it again and again, or send it to a friend!

When you get to the site you will see a search button. Type in the sound of the thing you want to hear and a new page pops up with a list of sound files for that item. Click on the file to hear the sound.

Or search through the sound categories:

  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Holidays
  • Household
  • Insects
  • Mayhem
  • Miscellaneous
  • Musical Instruments
  • Nature
  • Noisemakers
  • Office
  • People
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Tools
  • TV and Movies
  • Vehicles

What types of sounds are there? Thousands. For example you will find the sound that almost every musical instrument makes, from accordions to xylophones, the sounds animals make, all types of bird calls, holiday sounds like sleigh bells or spooky Halloween sounds, vehicle sounds such as an airplane or a police car, household sounds like boiling water and vacuum cleaners, insects, mayhem sounds (artillery, grenades, bombs, whips, arrows, etc.), nature sounds, the sounds people make including applause, burping, hiccups, snoring and more, and you can listen to the sounds of baseball, football, bowling, and tap dancing as well! There are even TV and movie sounds from cartoons to sci-fi films.

In addition to exploring the sounds in our world, this site has lots of potential for various presentation projects, and the kids will think it’s just a whole lot of fun!

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