Posts Tagged ‘game’

Interactive Math Games & Logic Puzzles

March 6th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 6, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Kid’s Heart Math

(akidsheart.com/math/mathgames/mathgames.htm)

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

 

This website offers a variety of free, fun, interactive math games and logic puzzles. (Turn on your speakers to hear the sound.)

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that includes: 

  • Arithmetic Games – Play games that hone addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.
  • Memory Match Games – Match words to equivalent numerals.
  • Logic and Strategy Puzzles – Get printable Sudoku puzzles, and other games.

Click on any one and a new page opens where you can read the instructions and launch the game.

The math games offer a great way to brush up on arithmetic skills without the tedium of practice drills. The logic puzzles will challenge players of all ages.

Free Virtual Magnetic Poetry

March 1st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Magnetic Poetry

(magneticpoetry.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

Are you familiar with the Magnetic Poetry company? They make magnetized words that stick to refrigerators, cookie sheets, etc., that you can use to create rhymes, poems, sentences, and cryptic messages. At their website, you can use free virtual magnetized words to create fun, silly, and serious poetry – or to just have fun with words.

When you get to the site, you’ll see their featured products and a horizontal menu at the top of the page.

Click on “Play Online” and a new page opens with five Magnetic Poetry games. Click on any one and a new screen opens where you can drag and drop the virtual magnetized words to create poems or whatever you or your child’s imagination can conceive.

There is great potential here to open a game and leave it on the computer screen in a heavily trafficked area of the house. Start one line of poetry and leave it unfinished. Invite those passing by to add a line or two. See what develops as everyone takes a turn.

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including: 

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Songs for Learning Grammar

February 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garden of Praise: Grammar Songs

(gardenofpraise.com/mugram.htm)

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

 

This ad-supported website was created by a veteran classroom teacher and provides free songs that teach grammar along with online and printable activities and materials to reinforce learning. The idea here is that learning rote grammar rules and parts of speech is easier when set to music.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of parts of speech including: 

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Articles
  • Punctuation

Below the menu, are instructions for how to teach the lessons using the songs and printable cards and posters.

Click on any menu item, and a new page opens with a definition, examples, a link to the song (with music and lyrics), as well as links to downloadable activities. (For example, if you click on “Noun,” you’ll be able to access a crossword puzzle in pdf, and a link to another website containing an interactive noun game.)

Games to Help with Basic Math Facts

February 6th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, February 6, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A+ Math Games

(www.aplusmath.com/games/index.html)

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

 

This website contains fun, interactive games for learning basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and geometry.

The games include: 

  • Matho – This is math and bingo combined for “Matho”! Includes game board and games for addition, multiplication and division facts. When you get to the web page, you will see a game board with numbers on it. Below it are questions like “What is 8 x 5?” You do the math, and get the answer – in this case “40”. Then you click on the number 40 on the game board. As soon as you get 5 in a row – you have Matho!
  • Hidden Picture – Choose your subject to get to the game board with numbers on it. Above the game board are math fact problems like “8 – 3?” You find the correct answer on the game board and click on it. If you are correct a piece of the hidden picture is revealed. Once you answer all of the questions correctly – you get to see the whole picture!
  • Math Memory – Click on the type of Math Memory game you’d like to play. On the next screen, you will see 2 game boards. Both boards are covered in question marks. Click on a square on one board, and you will see a math fact like “3 + 3?” Then you click on a square on the other side to try to find the solution. The idea is to try to remember as you click from one side to the next what facts and answers lie beneath each square. Requires concentration and develops good memory skills. Once you clear both boards by finding the solution to each math fact, you win!

These games are a great way to remedy the boredom of drill and practice with basic math facts.

When you finish the games, check out the rest of the site to find flashcards and worksheets and homework help. Highly recommended!

Snowflake Art

January 28th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 28, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snowflake Bentley

(snowflakebentley.com/index.htm)

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

 

This site is devoted to the life’s work of “Snowflake Bentley,” a man who placed snowflakes under a microscope and photographed them. The images he captured will take your breath away.

When you get to the site, use the images to navigate to: 

  • Read a short biography of Wilson A. Bentley
  • Find articles written by Bentley and additional resource about snowflakes
  • Explore the Bentley Exhibit

Select “Bentley Exhibit” then scroll down to the bottom of the page to find “Snowflake Display” to see images of Bentley’s snowflakes. Click on the snowflakes to enlarge them so you can see the amazing details.

Return to the “Bentley Exhibit” page and check out the virtual tour of the Jericho Historical Society’s Bentley Exhibit in Jericho, Vermont. Click on the frames on the wall to get a closer look at the displays. Before leaving the website, play the game to see if you can match the flakes.

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