Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Free Music Based Spanish Lessons

February 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 17, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rockalingua

(rockalingua.com/)

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

 

Kids can learn basic Spanish and vocabulary structure with the free samples at this commercial website.

While this is a subscription website, there is a load of free content for visitors to use. It appears that this site is geared towards elementary-aged students, but the content can most certainly benefit the older student. When arriving at the website scroll down a bit to review the icons for: 

  • Videos
  • Games
  • Songs
  • Worksheets
  • Picture dictionaries

After your selection has been made browse through the page to locate available free content. For example, when we browsed the videos page we found free videos to learn: 

  • Greetings/Daily Routines
  • Animals
  • Colors and Numbers
  • Parts of the Body
  • Family Members
  • Seasons
  • Rooms of the House

Games included learning colors, numbers, parts of the body, rooms of the house. There were loads of free songs with downloadable lyrics and images. Worksheet options included numbers and colors, animals, rooms of the house, transportation, parts of the body and more. And don’t leave this site without checking out their blog for loads of teaching ideas.


The colorful images, witty songs and music, and fun games will make this site a great supplement to any Spanish language program.

Houghton Mifflin’s Kids’ Place

February 7th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin’s Education Place

(www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, children with parental supervision)

 

These pages were developed by the Houghton Mifflin publishing company to supplement their textbooks. But you don’t have to buy a thing to hone your language arts skills on this website!

When you get to the site, select your grade range: K-5 or 6-8. A new page opens with a variety of interactive language arts activities to choose from including: 

  • Tricky Usage — Try your hand at one tricky grammar question, and see the correct answer right away. View a breakdown of others’ responses.
  • Wacky Web Tales — Fill in the blanks with verbs, adjectives, etc., then see the often hilarious story that results!
  • Evaluation Station — Follow these steps to evaluate and improve what you have written.
  • Writers’ Showcase — The stories and essays in this section were written by elementary and middle school students!
  • Bright Ideas for Writing — Look at the picture, read the question, and you’ll surely be inspired to write something.
  • Grammar Blast — Choose your grade level and answer ten multiple-choice grammar questions. Have a blast!
  • Net’s Best for Research — An annotated list of helpful websites for student research projects.

BUT that’s not all! If you click on the words “Kids’ Place” near the bottom of the window a new page opens. Scroll to the menu at the bottom of that new page, and you’ll see these items: 

  • Using the Web – This web tutorial makes you an expert cyber-researcher in no time!
  • Current Events – Stay up-to-date with the kid-friendly links provided here.
  • Brain Teasers – Some simple but fun math puzzles.
  • GAMES – Yes, even more games here!

On the GAMES page try: 

  • Spelling Match – Match the words with the letters that they are missing, and watch the cat deep-sea diver open the treasure chest! What could be inside?
  • Web Word Find – Interactive hidden word puzzles.
  • GeoNet – This is a multiple-choice social studies quiz. Look at the map, graph, or other visual aid, then guess an answer. If you get it wrong, don’t worry. You get three tries for each question before the beaver tells you the correct answer. Keep track of your score on the cool GeoTrekker.

There’s a lot here – have fun!

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 16-19, 2018.

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 http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. 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.comUse 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.

Calvin & Hobbes Math Comics & More

February 5th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, February 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Comic Math: Calvin & Hobbes

(www.comicmath.com/calvin-and-hobbes-math-comics.html)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up approximately, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides links to Calvin & Hobbes comic strips that mention math.

The idea is to make math more fun by providing math-related comics that engage students. This website is on a mission to create a complete directory of all math-related Calvin & Hobbes cartoons.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of links to C&H comics from 1985 to 1995. If you click on any of the links to comics, you’ll be taken to another site where the comic strips are archived. That site has random ads. Therefore, parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use. You may want to just print out some of the comic strips to share with your kids.
 
But there’s more to this site than meets the eye.
 
You’ll also find math-related comic strips from FoxTrot and Peanuts. Click here for the direct link. Careful! If you scroll up or down the page, you’ll find comics that are for more mature audiences and math majors. Some contain adult humor or language.
 
As you investigate the rest of this site, you’ll find blog posts by the site owner, who also happens to be a math tutor and author of some of the web comics. You can purchase comic books and cartoon guides at this site that teach math and other subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology. You’ll also find a page that features videos of Vi Hart and her amazing math doodles, drawings, and songs.

Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 29th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 29, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section

(www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/hosted-sites/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fib.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (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. 

Our 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!

Free Spanish Lessons, Games, & Apps for All Ages

January 27th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 27, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

OnlineFreeSpanish

(www.onlinefreespanish.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers engaging, FREE, introductory Spanish lessons for children and their parents that includes games, activities, printable coloring pages and worksheets, and mobile apps!

When you get to the site you’ll see currently featured activities and an icon menu for levels, print, and content for tablets. Activities throughout include: 

  • Tablets – Get free apps that teach Spanish words, numbers, colors and more
  • Lessons – Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen. Each lesson includes a link to “Related Lessons and Activities” that provide printable worksheets to reinforce learning.
  • Activities – Click and drag Spanish words to matching pictures, play a variety of word search games, and guide a bee safely through a frog pond by unscrambling letters to spell Spanish words.
  • Printables – Choose from an assortment of fun printable materials that reinforce learning the lessons. There’s a picture dictionary, word search puzzle, and coloring pages of farm animals, fruits, bugs, numbers, and more.

You’ll also see an icon menu of select games – just click on any one to get started. New activities are added to the site regularly, so bookmark it to return often. Or sign up to receive the free newsletter that will keep you updated on additions to the site.

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