Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Math and Computation with MIT’s “Scratch”

February 1st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 1, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scratch (scratch.mit.edu/)

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

 

The good folks at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) developed this website that offers “Scratch,” a new programming language designed to help young people “create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art” – and then share them on the web.

As kids (8 and up) use Scratch, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, think creatively, analyze systematically, gain a deeper understanding of the process of design, and use technology to develop learning skills for the 21st century.

Scratch is available FREE of charge and can be downloaded for Mac OSX and Windows at the website.

According to the website, “Different people get started with Scratch in different ways. Some like to tinker with various blocks to see what they do. Others like to experiment with the sample projects that come with Scratch, and then make changes to the scripts.” The website offers clear instructions, along with suggestions for fun, initial activities.

In fact, when you get to the site, click on “Support” on the menu. A new page opens where you can access a step-by-step guide to using Scratch along with video tutorials, reference guides, and FAQs.

This is a great way to engage in math while having fun!

[ClickSchooling] Folger Shakespeare Library

January 27th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, January 27, 2016, and time for Language Arts 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Folger Shakespeare Library

(www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=588)

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

 

The Folger Shakespeare Library offers this fun website that introduces kids to Shakespeare through fun games and activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see an icon menu that includes: 

  • Words, Words, Words – Unscramble letters to reveal words from Shakespeare’s plays, learn new vocabulary by discovering the meaning of “Weird Words” in Shakespeare’s works. Try creating Shakespearean insults or compliments. Learn some common idioms that originated in Shakespeare’s plays. Print out scripts for plays and perform scenes at home.
  • Shakespeare’s Life – Learn trivia about Shakespeare’s life and times.
  • Shakespeare Challenges – Answer trivia questions about Shakespeare’s plays, or read a quote and try to guess which character said it.
  • Who Am I? – Use clues to identify characters from Shakespeare’s plays.

Want to have a little more in-depth fun? For historical perspective, be sure to click on the links to “Discover Our Collection” and “Queen Elizabeth.”

When you are finished here, go to the menu at the top and click on “Teach and Learn”. Under “Classroom Resources” you’ll find numerous teaching modules that offer dynamic ways to approach these complex texts.

Kids Do Ecology!

January 26th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Do Ecology (kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/)

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

 

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California offers this multi-media website for kids to teach them the science of ecology.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of choices that includes: 

  • Learn About Ecology – Get an introduction to the study of ecology, learn about endangered species, find out about careers in ecology, and enjoy interviews with ecologists.
  • Data Science – Discover the scientific method! Learn to analyze data and present results. Design your own ecology experiment.
  • World Biomes – Learn about the 5 major biomes including aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra. Discover the flora and fauna that thrive in each.
  • Marine Mammals – Meet Blue, Grey, and Humpback whales, a variety of dolphins, and sea otters!

Each section contains clickable links to information, videos, sound, and fun facts. You can also check out some classroom science projects and an assortment of links to other science websites.

Learning Fun with World Geography Games

January 21st, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, January 21, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World Geography Games

(world-geography-games.com/)

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

 

Add some fun to your world geography studies with the help of this website.

Using colorful maps, students are asked to identify countries, states, cities, geographic features and more by clicking on the appropriate location or answer. Points are earned with each correct answer and it keeps track of how many tries it took to find the right place. There is a “give up?” option which, when selected, fills in all of the information on the map. If your student is new to the subject, we suggest selecting that option at the beginning to use as a study tool before playing the game. When the student thinks that they are ready, they can select the “play again” option. Game topics include:

  • Countries
  • Capitals
  • Flags
  • Continents
  • Earth
  • Atmosphere
  • Oceans
  • U.S. States
  • Seas
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Islands
  • Regions
  • Straits
  • Metropolitan Areas
  • Mountain Ranges
  • Mountains
  • Volcanoes
  • Deserts

This site provides excellent geography practice and is simple to navigate and play the games.

Learn Hundreds of Foreign Language Phrases

January 16th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 16, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Loecsen (www.loecsen.com/)

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

 

With the help of this website, visitors can learn basic words and phrases for some forty different languages.

When arriving at the website, choose from the most commonly studied languages of Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic (Moroccan), Russian, and Polish or step out of the box and explore some of the lesser studied languages such as: 

  • Burmese
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Lithuanian
  • Romanian
  • Slovak
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • And more.

Through simple visuals and audios, categories of words and phrases include: 

  • Essentials
  • Conversation
  • Looking for someone
  • Parting
  • Restaurant
  • Transportation
  • Family
  • Feelings
  • Colors
  • Numbers
  • In case of trouble

On the home page there is a fun interactive map that you can click on a phrase in the sidebar then select different flags of countries on the map to hear that phrase in that country’s language. An added bonus of this website is that the content is also available in an app for Android and Apple smart devices to take your learning on the go.

A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

January 13th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, January 13, 2016, and time for Language Arts 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education World: A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/A-Blizzard-of-Winter-Lessons.shtml)

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

 

Education World has shoveled up A Blizzard of Winter Lessons – Brrr! To help you celebrate the winter season, they have uncovered more than 50 cross-curricular activities! Today we are focusing on language arts – but there is a lot more to see. You’ll find lessons about winter folklore, snowmen, the winter solstice, and more!

Check these out – some of the grade levels are in parentheses: 

  • Snow Activities (K-6)
  • Childfun’s Snow Theme — Art Projects, Games, Songs, More!
  • Teach-nology’s Winter Teaching Theme
  • Winter Theme Unit (K-8)
  • Algorithms and Ice Cream for All: A Problem-Solving Activity (4-8)
  • Snow Science & Art Lessons (K-3)
  • Search for Ice and Snow: An On-line Activity (4-12)
  • Winter and Children’s Literature from Carol Hurst
  • Frosty Reader Online Activities (K-4)
  • Winter Activities from Alphabet Soup (K-2)
  • TeacherView: Activities for Teaching
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (K-3)
  • The Snowy Day Activities (K-3)
  • Paper Snowflake Instructions
  • Meeting in the Mitten WebQuest (based on Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten (K-3)
  • Snowflake Fun Finger Puppet Activity (K-1)
  • Snowy Painting
  • How to Study a Snowflake (3-6)
  • Density of Water, Ice, and Snow Experiment (2-6)
  • Snow People Art Projects
  • Winter Puzzles (2-5)
  • Seven Snow Games
  • Scholastic’s Weather Watch: Winter Storms (3-8)
  • Ice Games and Fun (from Family Fun)
  • Seasons of the Year Lesson Plan (2-5)
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