Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Free, Fun Math Games

July 9th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sheppard Software: Math

(www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm)

Age Range: 4-15 (Grades PreK-10, with parental supervision)

 

The fabulous Sheppard Software company provides this educational website that offers a multitude of fun and engaging math games with sound and visual effects to make learning fun and more memorable.

The games are designed with various difficulty levels so that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of games that cover topics including: 

  • Basic Operations
  • Mixed Operations
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Place Value
  • Telling Time
  • Money
  • Early Math
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Algebra
  • Round & Estimate
  • Probability
  • Ratio

Click on any icon under the heading of your choice to find an assortment of games to practice and improve mathematical skill.

Don’t miss exploring the horizontal menu located at the very top of the home page, to find interactive learning games for language arts, science, preschool and more! You’ll want to bookmark this site to return often!

Free Science with Watermelons

July 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Watermelon.org

(www.watermelon.org/Watermelon-101)

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

 

It’s watermelon season in the northern hemisphere! Use this refreshing summer treat to beat the heat and learn science!

Is the watermelon a vegetable or a fruit? Click on the icon to find out. Also check out: 

  • How Watermelon is Grown
  • U.S. Growing Stats
  • Types and Varieties
  • History of Watermelon
  • And more!

You’ll also see the “Educators” link at the top of the page. Find the “Teacher Toolkit” with:

  • Activities and Printouts
  • Printable Worksheets
  • Coloring Sheets, etc.

And, see the menu on the right side of your screen for healthy eating tips, games and activities with recipes and find out how to host a “Watermelon Day” – a fun idea for a homeschool support group!

Find the British Redcoat with Math!

July 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 2, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com: Independence Day Activities

(www.education.com/activity/article/The_lost_redcoat/)

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

 

This massive, ad-supported, website offers a variety of educational activities and games to celebrate the 4th of July! We’ve focused on one game for this review, where kids (about ages 8-11) use social studies, geography, and math coordinate skills to “Find the Lost British Redcoat.”

When you get to the site, you’ll need to sign up as a member (free) to access the materials. Then see the complete instructions for the game along with a free, printable map grid to use as you play.
 
When you’re through finding the lost Redcoat, check out all of the fun and educational 4th of July activities archived at this site including: 

  • Make a patriotic pinwheel – fun for all ages
  • Make soda pop fireworks – using 4th grade science
  • Use math skills to make a patriotic patchwork “quilt” placemat – for second graders
  • Would you sign the Declaration of Independence? – an activity for teens!
  • And more!

Just click on an activity of interest to get the instructions and downloadable materials. Happy Independence Day!

Design Your Own Opera

June 30th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 30, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hansel & Gretel: Learning about Opera

(creativekidseducationfoundation.org/kids/opera/base.htm)

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

 

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being: 

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about: 

  • The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
  • Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
  • Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
  • Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
  • Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned.

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

Summer-Themed Writing Prompts & More!

June 27th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 27, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creativity Portal: Summer Writing Prompts

(www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/summer.writing.prompts.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides summer-themed writing prompts and story starters to encourage creative writing in students. You can use them for every purpose including journals, blogs, school assignments, and just plain old fun!


When you get to the site you’ll find the “Summer Writing Prompts” in the center of the page. Scroll down the page to see all 15.

After you’ve explored the prompts, you’ll want to poke around this site to discover more inspiring activities for writers including how-to articles and random writing prompt generators that you can access from the menus at the top and sides of the page.

You will also want to take a look at the Tools & Features for Teachers with all kinds of creative tools, projects, and tutorials for classroom use that can be easily tweaked for the homeschool environment.

IMPORTANT: There is so much content here we were only able to review a small portion. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine if the content is appropriate for your own children, and also supervise any internet use.

See How Glow Sticks Are Made

June 26th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 26, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

instructables

(www.instructables.com/id/Make-Glow-Sticks-The-Science/)

Age Range: All (All grades – everyone can enjoy aspects of this, with parental supervision)

 

Glow sticks are prevalent in stores at this time of year. We thought it would be fun to take a virtual tour of a glow stick factory. While we didn’t find an actual factory tour, we did find a terrific demonstration of how glow sticks are made.

When you get to this ad-supported website, you can watch a video of a chemist creating a variety of “glow stick” reactions in red, yellow, blue, green, and white. As he performs the experiments, he identifies the chemicals being used and explains the scientific reaction each produces. There are even graphs to illustrate the narration. This is a fascinating demonstration that is entertaining and educational.

Glow stick and chemistry fans will especially like this presentation.

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