Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Fun Family Math Challenges!

January 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 22, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Figure This!

(www.figurethis.org/index.html)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers this website that is designed to help families enjoy math OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges that improve problem solving skills. The challenge activities that are designed with middle school math in mind, can be done online or downloaded in pdf files to print and use offline.

When you get to the site you will see animated characters and the words “Take A Challenge.” Click on those words and go directly to 4 math challenge problems that include: 

  • Line Up – How long would you have to wait if you were number 300?
  • Beating Heart – How fast does your heart beat?
  • Popcorn – Which shape holds the most?
  • Don’t Fall In – Why are most manhole covers round?

If you decide to take the challenge, notice that each time you click on a different math challenge, the menu bar at the top of the page will change allowing you to access hints and tips that will help solve the problem. If you like these challenges then go to the “Challenge Index” on the menu where you can access 80 challenge problems archived at the site.
 
Before you begin the challenges, you might want to take a moment or two to view the menu items on the home page. It includes information for teachers and for families in English and in Spanish along with a “Math Index.” The Math Index lists all of the challenges archived at the site by math topic such as algebra, geometry, measurement, numbers, statistics and probability – allowing you to more easily access the activities that relate to the strand of math you want to study.
 
Each of the challenge activities are designed to capture students’ attention with real-life problems making the math much more meaningful and thought-provoking. Families can have fun solving the challenge questions together. Bookmark this page, so you can return to the site and explore them all.

Tunes That Teach Language Arts & More!

January 10th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Music Room

(www.suzyred.com/music.html)

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

 

Rote memorization of grammar and spelling rules can be boring and ineffective. When you set rules to music – they are easier to remember.

That’s the premise of this site that provides songs that teach language arts rules such as: 

  • Contractions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Vowel Rules
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns, Adjectives, & Verbs
  • Spelling Rules
  • Vocabulary
  • and much more

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Language Arts songs – just click on the topic of interest to you and a new page opens displaying the lyrics to the song that is set to familiar music. In most cases, you will hear an audio clip of the music as well. Not only that, some of the titles link to other sites with fun music videos.

When you’re through learning about Language Arts, check out the rest of the menu to find songs that help kids learn Math, Science, and Social Studies. There are even “Just for Fun Songs” that include links to other sites with popular children’s music.

In some instances on the site, you will find information about how to purchase some of the music on CD. There is no obligation to purchase to hear most of the musical lessons provided on the site.

More Snowflake Science

January 9th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snow Crystals

(www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/)

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

 

We’ve featured this website by the geniuses at Cal Tech in the past. At this time of year, it’s well worth another look because it provides some great science explorations with snowflakes – and even explains how to make your own!

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction, a pitch for their book, The Secret Life of a Snowflake, and then some terrific information on snowflakes that includes: 

  • Natural Snowflakes – Includes a photo collection with normal and unusual forms.
  • Designer Snowflakes – Watch videos of snowflakes growing in the laboratory.
  • Snowflake Science – Explore the “Snowflake Primer” to learn what snow crystals are, how they form, and why they grow in such diverse shapes.
  • Snow & Ice Activities – Get some unique projects you can do with ice and snow including making your own ice spikes (sort of like ice stalagmites) using distilled water and an ice cube tray in your freezer.

This is a fun and engaging website that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Children’s Literature Quizzes

January 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunTrivia: Quizzes – Books for Kids

(www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/for_children/books_for_kids.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find many online, interactive quizzes based upon children’s literature.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that you can use to find quizzes according to book series, book author, young adult books, and a general literature category that includes quizzes on fairy tales. Don’t let the sparse menu on the landing page fool you – there are tons of quizzes on just about every children’s book imaginable.

Click on a category and a new page opens with a large menu of quizzes indicating the difficulty level of each quiz that ranges from easy to difficult. Choose the topic that interests you – and another page opens where you can select what format you want to take the quiz in – html or flash. Make your selection, and a new page opens where the quiz begins.

It’s fun to test your knowledge and memory of various story lines and characters that you have met in books! That said; parents have different criteria for what is suitable in terms of children’s literature. Therefore, as always, parents should preview this site before exploring it with your children.

Note: There are innumerable quizzes on many subjects at this site. We have only reviewed the Children’s Literature section for ClickSchooling. Again, parents should preview this site before exploring it with children.

Listen to Christmas Music

December 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, December 23, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Feels Like Christmas – Free Christmas Music

(feelslikechristmas.com/free-christmas-music/)

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

 

Listen and/or download free Christmas music from independent (indie) artists at this website.

Choose songs in the following categories: 

  • Contemporary Instrumental
  • Contemporary Vocals
  • Traditional Instrumental
  • Traditional Vocal

There are hundreds of selections, many of which are originals written by the submitting artist. Select a song and when the page opens click the play button on the player to hear the song online. Found a song you absolutely love? Download the MP3 to add to your holiday collection by right clicking on the download graphic to the lower right of the player. (Please note that the downloads are for personal listening use only. Be sure to read the “Use of This Music” page for specifics.)

In addition to the Christmas music, click the “Audio Stories” link to find a selection of Christmas stories including: 

  • Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Seller
  • Luke 2:1-20
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
  • Santa’s Poem
  • Mrs. Claus Saves Christmas
  • My Granddad Helps Father Christmas
  • Mouse in the Honeysuckle

And don’t forget to check out the “Christmas Sounds” page to hear Sounds of Santa, sleigh bells, and more.


We hope this website will add to your holiday fun.


(We’ll be taking a Christmas break and will be back in the New Year. Happy Holidays to all!)

Toy Hall of Fame

December 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 22, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Toy Hall of Fame

(www.toyhalloffame.org/)

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

 

Take a fun tour of the National Toy Hall of Fame and discover if your favorite toy has been inducted.

Part of the Strong National Museum of Play, discover the history and more of toys that are in the Hall of Fame. Click the “Inducted Toys” link in the upper menu to see what toys have been selected for inclusion since 1998. Click on the toy name to read its story and see some images. Some memorable toys included are: 

  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Frisbee
  • G.I. Joe
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Slinky
  • Duncan Yo-Yo
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Twister

And so many more. Some toys are generalized such as the baby doll, playing cards, bicycle, or ball and other inductees are unique childhood playthings stemming from creativity and imagination like a blanket, a stick, and the cardboard box. Visitors can even nominate a toy to be included. Toys must meet certain criteria to be considered including being recognizable, memorable, not a generational passing fad, fosters learning, creativity, and discovery through play and more.

But wait! The toy tour does not stop here. Select the “Research & Publications” link in the green top menu, then choose “Access to Artifacts Collections”. On this page, locate the links under “Learn more about Strong’s key holdings” to browse collections or find the “online database” link to see thousands of other toys sorted by: 

  • Toys – action figures, baby toys, construction toys, mechanical and pull toys, play sets, educational toys, puzzles, riding toys, stuffed animals, transportation toys, yo-yos and tops and more
  • Dolls – baby dolls, fashion dolls, celebrity dolls, cloth and rag dolls, collector dolls, paper dolls and more
  • Games – board games, card games, outdoor games, role-playing games and more
  • Video Games – arcade, computer, console, handheld and more electronic games
  • Other Collections – advertising, collectible cards, character products, outdoor play and much more

Visitors can spend hours browsing through all this site has to offer and older visitors may find themselves taking a trip down the memory lane of their childhood days. Be sure to bookmark this site as new items are added regularly.

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