Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Free Interactive Math Worksheets, Flash Cards, & Quizzes

August 29th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 29, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Martini’s Classroom

(www.thegreatmartinicompany.com/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free, interactive math flash cards, math worksheets, quizzes, and printable math worksheets for elementary and middle school math.

The list of math topics include: 

  • Addition
  • Counting
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Exponents
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Inequalities
  • Long Division
  • Multiplication
  • Negative Numbers
  • Order of Operations
  • Percentages
  • Place Value
  • Radicals
  • Square Roots
  • Subtraction
  • Word Problems
  • And More!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a selection of flash cards, instructions on how to use them, and a menu that is a little overwhelming. We found it helpful to go to the “Math Teacher’s Index” to see everything this site offers listed in alphabetical order.

While the interactive flash cards are a highlight of this site, we were really pleased to see the interactive worksheets for long division, long addition, long subtraction and long multiplication as well. You can actually do the long division problems, step by step, digit by digit, and check your work online. You can set the number of digits you want to use, and then simply type in the solutions in each step of the equation. This interactive, online aspect is very engaging.

Bookmark this page for easy access to it as a fun online learning resource to complement whatever textbook or method you prefer for learning math.

Design a Satellite!

August 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 23, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Design a Satellite!

(www.eduweb.com/portfolio/designsatellite/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This website activity, created by Eduweb, was a companion to an exhibit on display in the Littleton Historical Museum in Littleton, Colorado.

When you enter this site, you will first watch a brief animated, narrated, captioned explanation of your mission — to design a satellite! (Be sure to have your speakers on if you want to hear the music.) Then, you will need to ask the people of Littleton for advice on how to: 

  • Get into orbit
  • Make power
  • Point at earth
  • Relay signals

Each person will have a suggestion for you. For example, for getting into orbit, you can choose between a helium balloon, a regular balloon, and a slingshot. All of these sound impossibly zany at first, but for each task there is exactly one correct answer. After you have chosen the four best ideas, you can go ahead and attempt to launch the satellite.

Hint: The items that the Littleton citizens suggest are not the actual items you will use on the satellite; rather, you need to consider whether or not you can apply the same principles for your satellite as the suggested items employ. Also, even after you have figured out how to design a working satellite, you will want to try several other combinations to see what will happen.

Good luck, and have fun!

Math Puzzles, Games & More!

August 15th, 2016

 

It’s  Monday, August 15, 2016, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mathematical Interactivities

(mathematics.hellam.net/)

Age Range: 6-17 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website has mathematical interactives, such as puzzles, games, and other online educational resources!

There are many games and activities that you can access from the menu on the home page to hone your basic arithmetic skills the fun way, with magic squares and triangles, arithmetic practice games, fractions, decimals, percents, and Roman numerals. There is also an interactive for telling the time. You’ll also find:”Interactive 100 Square Chart” – Select any number and click the color to see all of its multiples shaded in on the hundreds chart. You can select up to three colors and base numbers. Great for learning to recognize patterns in multiplication tables.

For the more advanced students, you can also find interactives for some algebra, geometry, measurements (be sure to try the puzzles in “Making Measurements“), probability, card tricks, fractals, estimation of pi, and more! The games all have descriptions to help you select what will best meet your current math needs. Don’t miss “Tessellations” – Learn what a tessellation is in Islamic designs and the basic technique for creating one of your own. Download Logo (the turtle computer language for making geometric designs) and learn how to use it to create beautiful designs. Code is provided for some samples, and you can also create some tessellations online by trying the Flash puzzles. See examples of tessellations that students in Kuwait have created on their computer. Navigate this site using the menu across the bottom of each page. (Note: The “Links” page in this section lead to errors or dead links, but don’t let that discourage you from trying the other activities that do work.) New activities and pages are being added, so bookmark this site for a return visit!

Interactive Spanish Mystery

August 13th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 13, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC Languages – Spanish – Mi Vida Loca

(www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger BBC Languages website provides a unique and fun way to learn Spanish. Through a 22-episode, interactive mystery, Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) not only teaches students basic Spanish phrases but they will also get a peek into life in Madrid.

Interactive episodes teach language function, grammar, and essential phrases which include: 

  • Greetings
  • How to order food and drink
  • Directions
  • Shopping
  • Time
  • Travel
  • Health
  • Weather
  • Numbers
  • And more!

After going through the episode, students then can either review the lesson again, go to the Learning Section, or move onto the next episode. In the Learning section, students go over what has been learned in the episode, practice what they have learned, test themselves, and can even print out the vocabulary and activities for the lesson.

Teachers can use the menu to locate the syllabus and printout transcripts of the episodes or review the teacher guide and the user guide to understand how the program works.

This is definitely a ‘don’t miss’ website for those students who are visual learners and who also enjoy online activities while learning.

Be A Reporter – Interactive Journalism Game

August 10th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 10, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

News University – Be A Reporter Game

(www.newsu.org/courses/be-reporter-game)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, fun, multi-media interactive game called “The Be a Reporter Game” that transforms students into virtual reporters. (While the game is free, you must register to play.) Sponsored by the Poynter Institute and Knight Foundation, this site offers over 65 journalism training courses (some that are free, others that are available for a fee) on writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, ethics and values in journalism and much more. Professional journalists use this site for continuing education in their field.

To play the game, click on Enroll Now to register for free as a user and complete the registration. Then enroll in the course, “Be A Reporter Game” and read the course description. As a virtual reporter, you’ll interact with video clips of characters crucial to the story you are investigating. You’ll also have to do some research at the game’s public records department. You’ll hear from your no-nonsense editor too – who will try to whip you into shape as an investigative journalist as you race to file your story before the deadline. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll learn quite a bit along the way.

When you’re through playing the game, browse the menu of courses – there’s also a “Be An Editor Game.” Again, you’ll find both paid and free courses relating to journalism including Self-Directed Courses, Group Seminars, Master Classes, Certificate Programs and Webinars.

Online Math Arcade Games

August 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arcademics

(arcademicskillbuilders.com/games.htm)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to try a variety of FREE arcade and video games that foster skill in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, ratios, proportions as well as other academic subjects. The company produces online video games for classroom use with the intent of engaging students with the same persistence and involvement they use when playing arcade games to increase their time-on-task (practicing).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of educational games. Notice that the menu offers games for single players and multiple players. You’ll find intriguing game titles such as: 

  • Alien Addition
  • Demolition Division
  • Dirt Bike Proportions
  • Grand Prix Multiplication
  • Jet Ski Addition
  • Meteor Multiplication

~ and more!

Click on any game title and a new window opens with instructions that allow you to set parameters based on your student’s ability level. Then, let the fun and focused practice repetition begin! This is a lot more engaging than the usual drill-and-practice work and, according to the company, it leads to fluent performance levels quickly and without drudgery.

By the way, we are not adept at playing video games but had no trouble maneuvering the arrow keys, space bar, and mouse to play these games.

In addition to the math games you’ll also find games that improve grammar, vocabulary, and geography (think states and capitals, etc.). Have fun!

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