Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Fun, Online Math Games for K-9

July 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, July 3, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathNook

(www.mathnook.com/)

This ad-supported website provides a free archive of fun, interactive, online games that help kids practice and hone their math skills.


You can choose games by grade level or category. Skills covered include:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Estimation
  • Exponents
  • Factoring
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Money
  • Measurement
  • Place Value
  • Prime/Composite
  • Rounding
  • And more!

When you get to this ad-supported site you’ll see a menu of math games. Just click on one of interest to get started. Most of the games have colorful animations, sound effects, and an arcade-style format.

The site also offers free math worksheets, math apps, teaching tools and videos – a great resource to supplement learning basic math skills.

Free Online Translator

July 1st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 1, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeTranslation.com

(www.freetranslation.com/)

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

 

This website offers a free, useful translation tool for anyone interested in translating something from one language to another.

Languages include: 

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • Malay
  • Arabic
  • and many more.

When you get to the site you will see the free translator. Type in the word or text you want to have translated in the first box, select the language you want it translated from and to and click “Translate”. In a second the translation will appear in the second box.

This is a great tool for a student studying a foreign language who needs a little help with a word or phrase – and it’s also fun to see different words or slogans translated into a number of different languages – and then compare and contrast the differences.

This IS a commercial site that sells translation tools and services – but you don’t have to purchase anything to use the free translator provided at the site.

Journey through Anglo-Saxon Life & Death

June 29th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 29, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Anglo-Saxon Discovery

(anglosaxondiscovery.ashmolean.org/index.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford provides young students a look into Anglo-Saxon life through interactive activities illustrated by children.

Using either the upper menu bar or the student illustrated images, navigate through the site to learn about:

  • Anglo-Saxon Arrival
  • Anglo-Saxon Life
  • Anglo-Saxon Death
  • Anglo-Saxon Kings and Kingdoms
  • Anglo-Saxon Oxfordshire
  • Edward Thurlow Leeds and Archaeology

Each page presents questions to be answered. Click on the question to be taken to another page with clickable answers (and/or more questions). Just as in our real-life studies where many questions lead to more questions, this website also presents information in a layered manner, with answered questions often leading to more questions and clickable information links.

Also available using the menu on the right side of the page are: 

  • Teacher Resources – standards, objectives and outcomes as well as sample lesson plans, printable companion activity sheets, and more
  • Games and activities – when we clicked this link the page had broken image links, but click on the text links to reach the following: 
    • How much do you know about the Anglo-Saxons?
    • Games
    • Activity Sheets
    • A few more ideas
  • Links – more websites related to Anglo-Saxon study
  • Meet the Vikings – mini-unit on Vikings like the larger Anglo-Saxon unit
  • Picture Gallery – student illustrations of Anglo-Saxons, archaeologists, and more
  • Virtual Gallery – items in the Leeds Gallery of the museum
  • Ashmolean Museum – takes visitors to the main museum

(Note that the Archives and Artefacts link was not working at the time of this review.)

The brief texts and fun illustrations from students makes this website appealing to younger students and therefore may keep them more engaged in the learning.

Tour 19th Century France through Impressionist Art

June 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, June 23, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Impressionism.org

(www.impressionism.org/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a guided tour of late 19th century and early 20th century France and the Impressionism art movement that defined the era.

When you get to the site, use the left-hand menu to select either: 

  • Experience Impressionism – Click on this to take a fun tour of France via the Impressionist art movement. Through text and illustrations, you will learn: what constitutes Impressionism artwork (and what doesn’t); why it was considered revolutionary; review the political, scientific, social, and cultural influences that defined Impressionism and its ultimate acceptance in the art world; and learn about the many Impressionistic painters.
  • Teach Impressionism – Click on this to download or browse online lessons that teach the major themes of Impressionist artwork. The lessons include a detailed look at artists such as Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Renoir. Designed for classroom teachers, these lessons can be easily used in the homeschool and are geared for grades 1-8.

Important Note: There are many other links in the sidebar menu that have interesting information about impressionist art, but be sure to review these pages prior to allowing children to view as there are art examples that may be found inappropriate for younger students.

Create a Beatbox Band

June 17th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 17, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Incredibox

(www.incredibox.com/)

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

 

Become the conductor of a group of animated human sound machines and express your musicality through this free, fun, and easy to use interactive program. Sponsored by a graphic design and mixed media studio, Incredibox lets you record your music composition to share with friends.

When you get to the site, select from versions: 

  • The original – 2009
  • Little miss – 2012
  • Sunrise – 2013
  • The love – 2014

After making a selection, a short introduction demonstrates how to use the program. Once the intro is over, the program will be ready to begin. You’ll see animated male characters. Drag and drop different effects, beats, melodies, and voices (from icons located below the animation screen). As you drop them onto the character, it will dress the character in a new outfit and demonstrate the effect. Continue until you create a musical piece that appeals to you. 

Use the small icons above the music screen to record your music, shuffle the program (automate it), remove the sounds (start over), and change the settings. It takes a little experimentation to get proficient at creating compositions, but the fun is in exploring and testing the possibilities.

Note: There is a big “Play Now” button located at the bottom of the screen that opens a page where you can download a game program. It was difficult to tell if it was an advertisement – but it’s not part of the Incredibox program. Our advice is to avoid it. Also, there is a paid version of Incredibox available in the Apple App Store.

Cool Math Lessons & Games for Ages 3-12

June 12th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 12, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CoolMath4Kids.com

(www.coolmath4kids.com/)

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

 

Last week, we reviewed the CoolMath.com site for high schoolers and up. Today we feature CoolMath4Kids.com for the younger set. And just like last week, this site is animated, colorful, fun – and academic!

It’s an amusement park of interactive math lessons, games, quizzes, brain teasers, and more – all of which reinforce typical math strands taught during the elementary school years including: 

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • ~and much more!

Be prepared to spend some time here – the games and brain teasers are great fun and an interesting way to practice known facts or to introduce new concepts. Bookmark this one – it’s a keeper!

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