Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Math Activities for K-12

June 25th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 25, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSTE Online Resource Catalog

(mste.illinois.edu/resources/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by The Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers fun math, science and tech interactives for all grade, age, and ability levels from K-12.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math topics that includes: 

  • Number and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • And More!

Just click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of activities. Click on a title and a new screen appears with the online activity. From a simple geometric puzzle to solving quadratic equations, this site has a remarkable selection of interactive choices that will challenge and entertain you and your kids.

Do take some time to poke around this site. Check out “Projects” on the menu and sign up to participate in “BeeSpotter” – a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.

There’s a lot more here to explore – so many activities, so little time.

Free History Resources

June 7th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 7, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

School History

(schoolhistory.co.uk/)

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

 

Today’s United Kingdom-based website offers a tremendous amount of FREE resources for learning (interspersed with occasional plugs to purchase software programs or membership to the site).

The site can be navigated in several ways. Use the blue, horizontal menu across the top to access free lessons, games, and quizzes based on time period, or use the grade-range menu to sort the activities according to the student’s age. You can also click on any topic of interest that is featured on the landing page. Among the resources you will find: 

  • Links – Get over 1,000 links to history websites sorted first by the age- or grade-range they are suited for, and then divided into topic categories such as Aztecs, Magna Carta, Spanish Armada, Industrial Revolution, etc.
  • Lessons – These are illustrated lessons with short text, hyperlinked vocabulary/definitions, and captivating tone, yet the material is not at all frivolous. You can learn a lot here!
  • Resources – downloadable .pdf worksheets and PowerPoint presentations. This is a LARGE collection, well organized by age and topic, annotated, and well done. Many of these were created by teachers. Definitely worth a look!
  • Interactivities – Here are opportunities to show what you know. Fill in online diagrams, write an essay, or make a cool storyboard with your choice of several colorful backgrounds and characters to complement your text!
  • Games – The rest of this site is great, but it’s ok to admit that this game section is the REALLY fun part! Here you will find such games as Penalty Shootout, Make Your Teacher Walk the Plank, One- or Two-Player HoopShoot, Beat da’ Bomb, and more! All of these exciting and highly motivational games have been customized by teachers and students, so there is an amazing collection of history questions you can choose from in order to beat these games!
  • Quizzes – Here you can find a variety of quiz types – matching, multiple choice, flash cards, word searches, and more – and again, an extensive list of topics.
  • Teachers – You can create your own content or questions for most of the interactivities, lessons, quizzes, worksheets, presentations, and other items found on this site! You can also access a vast collection of teacher helps, hints, and much more! Or go see what bits of wisdom and experience you can glean from history teachers in the forum!

Although you may need to dig around to locate the free resources, it is well worth the search. You could also opt to purchase a subscription to the website to access all the available information. You will definitely want to bookmark this incredible page and return often!

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

June 6th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids on the Net

(www.kidsonthenet.com/)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.

When you get to the site you will see menu icons in the center of your screen and a menu bar at the top of the screen.

If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include a crossword, a metaphor and simile quiz, hangman and more. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices flowing.

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

Language Arts Games & More!

May 30th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 30, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS: Interactive Language Arts Games

(pbskids.org/whiteboard/)

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

 

PBS offers a collection of interactive, fun Language Arts games that enhance learning. The activities are themed around PBS shows such as The Electric Company, Between the Lions, Super Why, Sesame Street, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that teach about topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Organizing
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • And more!

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations and sound effects. When you’re through with the Language Arts games, you may also enjoy the Arts, Math, and Social Science games. The nice thing about this PBS site, is that all of the games are age-appropriate, vetted by educators, and there isn’t any advertising.

Fabulous Online Songbook

May 19th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 19, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Fabulous Songbook

(kristinhall.org/songbook/Songbook.html)

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

 

This website offers a terrific, free songbook with printable pages to use at home, on-the-go, or ’round the campfire.

Don’t let the lackluster look of the website deceive you – because as free online songbooks go, this one is very useful for parents, teachers, youth group leaders, and singers everywhere.

When you get to the site you’ll see a lot of introductory text. Scroll below it to the songbook menu where you’ll find an amazing variety of choices that include: 

  • Ballads
  • Blues & Standards
  • Call & Response
  • Campfire Songs
  • Circle Games
  • Classic Kids Songs
  • Foreign Songs
  • Gospel Tunes
  • Hand Games
  • Holiday Songs
  • On And On Songs
  • Part Songs & Rounds
  • Patriotic Songs
  • Protest, Political, & Social Commentary Songs
  • Sea Shanties & Pub Songs
  • Silly Songs
  • Singalongs
  • U.S. Folk Songs
  • There are even songs By Indie Artists and Metal, Hard, Grunge & Progressive Rock groups. (Again, parental discretion advised.)

The songs, many of which were collected by the author for use with her Girl Scout group, are categorized by type as well as by first line. For example, some are “Make ’em Up” – which would be the ones that you make up as you go along, such as “Down By the Bay.” Others are activity games, such as “London Bridge is Falling Down,” which are fun to play with a group of children. Then you have “Call and Response,” wherein a person or group repeats after a caller, such as “Are You Sleeping” or “Bear in the Woods.”

Some (but not all) songs include activities, mp3’s, sheet music, and chords. The songbook hasn’t been updated since 2011, but don’t let that stop you from visiting as many of the songs are timeless favorites.

Summer Reading Club with Prizes

May 16th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 16, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DOGObooks Summer Reading Club

(www.dogobooks.com/programs/summer-reading-2018)

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

 

DOGObooks is offering an online Summer Reading Club program that rewards kids for reading.

The contest began April 22 and will continue through August 31, 2018. With the help of  their affiliate partners they have assembled a list of 50 popular books for kids to read and review this summer. For every 3 books read and reviewed by your child, they will get to select a FREE new book from the prize catalog. There are 1,500 books in the prize catalog this year.

DOGObooks describe themselves as an online place where kids discover, review and rate books. Their goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book reviews are moderated and approved by DOGObooks prior to being published.

When you get to the website you’ll see the list of sponsors and below that find the directions to sign up. Parents are asked to fill out and mail a hard copy of the consent form. The consent form is straightforward: it asks that you agree to allow your child to participate in the Books Giveaway/Contest and receive prizes. You and your child are then directed to select books from the reading list. Each book listed indicates the reading level. Once your child has read and written an online review of the 3 books, a prize can be selected from a list of books.  

Locate the “freebies” button on the top navigation bar. Here you’ll find limited time offer freebies that your children can win in addition to the contest. You’ll want to check here often because new contests are added all the time. One example is: Enter to win a free copy of National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 by National Geographic Kids.

DOGObooks’ motto is “Books Reviewed by Kids for Kids.” Each review is required to have a word count of at least 25 words. DOGObooks will moderate and approve all reviews prior to posting them. We found it interesting seeing which books have been reviewed the most so far. Reading reviews written directly by the children who read those offers some insight that may be missed by an adult.

css.php