Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Math with MIT’s “Scratch”

March 25th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 25, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scratch

(https://scratch.mit.edu/ideas)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, 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 online and/or can be downloaded for Mac OS and Windows at the website.

When you get to the site, choose a tutorial or start with the Getting Started tutorial. The categories are: 

  • Animation
  • Art
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories

Follow along and then try for yourself! There are also activity guides, and coding cards to download.

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

Also, ScratchJr is available – a simplified version of Scratch designed for ages 5 to 7.

Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

March 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 23, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyChineseLessons

(www.mychineselessons.com/chinese-lesson-index-p01.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun.

When you get to the site, you can start on Lesson 1, or view the “Lesson Index” to view the choices including: 

  • Hello! How Are You?
  • Numbers and Counting
  • Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday
  • Let’s Eat!
  • and more.

Each lesson explains how to draw the character and has helpful hints on how to memorize it. As explained at the site, “All of our online Chinese lessons are free and include Chinese lesson materials such as printable flash cards, online memory testing, puzzles, written and audio versions, and much more.”

Language Arts Quizzes

March 20th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, March 20, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Quiz Tree

(www.quiz-tree.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers animated, interactive educational quizzes on a variety of subjects including Spelling, Reading, and lots more.

Students of all ages can use the quizzes to test their knowledge, prepare for an exam, or learn something new. For example, children in grades K-3 (who are just learning to read) can try the Dolch sight words. Spelling Bee hopefuls can try mastering the lists of misspelled words. Older students can prepare for the SAT and GRE.

When you get to the site, scroll down to see the menu. It may seem sparse, but each line in that menu opens to a new page with numerous quizzes. You can even access the quizzes by grade level. Some of the other Language Arts topics are: 

  • Commonly Confused Words
  • American Idioms
  • Advanced Vocabulary
  • ESL Grammar

These quizzes (games) are fun, eye-pleasing, and include sound effects (so turn on your speakers). Some are drag-and-drop, and some are multiple-choice. Sometimes hints are available but may cost you points. Some quizzes are timed. If you get an answer wrong, one of a set of disappointed tones will sound and you will get another chance. A different set of sounds applaud your successes. At the end of the quiz, your score will be displayed and you will be given a chance to try the quiz again.

Bookmark this page to return often!

Secret agent math game

March 18th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 18, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Villainy, Inc.

(villainyinc.thinkport.org/default.asp)

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

 

Use your math skills to save the world from the evil Dr. Wick! (Younger students may find this game motivational and fun, if there is someone nearby to explain how to do the problems.)

When you get to this website you’ll see the evil villain, Dr. Wick. who is plotting to take over the world. You are a secret agent and your assignment is to foil his plan by using your math skills in each of two missions. (Turn on your speakers to hear the villainous conspiracy as it unfolds; captions also appear at the bottom of the screen.)

Before embarking on the interactive missions, you must read the biographies of five secret agents and select two to accompany you. You might have to rely on them for hints from time to time, so choose carefully!

Here are just a few of the things you will practice: 

  • Figure out what you will need to do in order to solve a problem.
  • Use a calculator to multiply and divide large numbers.
  • Figure out the area of a rectangle.
  • Basic operations of fractions, decimals, and percents (add, subtract, multiply, divide).
  • Round to the nearest whole number.
  • Find the mean of a few numbers.
  • Label a graph, plot points, and interpret the graph.

Fortunately, you can get cryptic hints along the way, and most of the time you can redo each problem as many times as it takes to get the correct answer.

For a complete list of the skills covered, complete text of the script, a vocabulary list, supplementary worksheets, and even a teacher’s manual, see the section for teachers.

And for even more helpful tips you can use at home, see the section for families!

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

March 14th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 14, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

(www.yourchildlearns.com/geography.htm)

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

 

Can you point to Zimbabwe on a map of Africa? Can you find the Spice Islands? If you use today’s website, you can!

Sponsored by Owl & Mouse Educational Software, the website offers for FREE:

  • Online Interactive maps of the U.S., Europe, Asia, and more.
  • Online Atlas with maps of the countries of every continent.
  • Map Puzzles – These interactive puzzles help you learn geography by assembling maps of Europe, the U.S., Africa, and more!
  • Printable Maps of the world, continents, and countries in large or small sizes.
  • Maps by Place – Choose a location and get a map of Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more!
  • U.S. Geography Mega Quiz with 1100 questions about the United States

Note: To get a good overview of what the site offers and teaching suggestions for how to use the maps – just scroll down below the menu on the home page.

“Maps that Teach” understands that geography is spatial and that kids learn best by doing. As children assemble the maps, they build a permanent mental picture of the world. They learn about the continents and where they are in relation to each other. They learn about the countries of the world, their capitals and major cultural landmarks, and physical features. The free resources here make learning geography easy and fun.

FREE Online Magazine For Kids

March 13th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, March 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Bunk Room

(www.thebunkroom.com/)

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

 

Here is a FREE online magazine written entirely by kids for kids called “The Bunk Room.”

The magazine, designed for kids ages 8-18, was started by two brothers who took the initiative to create their own newspaper one night, in their bunk beds (hence, the name) – while they were supposed to be sleeping.

Their mother, who has a publishing background, helped them turn their creation into an online magazine. The boys’ two sisters got in on the act as well. Mom and Dad supervise and help manage the endeavor.

“The Bunk Room” is a publication you can subscribe to, but you can read an issue on the website (scroll down a bit and on the right, there is a small box above “Sign Up for Email Updates.” Click on the middle of that box to open the issue in full-screen mode.)

Back on the home page, click on “In Box” to submit content from kid contributors (with parental/guardian/teacher approval, of course). Some suggested topics are: 

  • Day To Day
  • Road Trip
  • Future Life
  • Summer Camps
  • Good Deeds
  • Poem Corner
  • and more!

Articles can be anywhere from about 150-400 words.

“The Bunk Room” is a fun read for kids – and their quest for kid contributors is sure to inspire your family’s writers, poets, and artists.

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