Posts Tagged ‘game’

Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun!

July 25th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, July 25, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun!

(math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision).

 

Rice University sponsors this website that offers all kinds of FUN interactive math lessons created by math whiz and teacher Cynthia Lanius.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math activities that cover every math strand and ability level from counting to calculus. Here are just a few of the lesson/game titles: 

  • Who Wants Pizza? – A fraction lesson offered in both English and Spanish!
  • The Million Dollar Mission – A math and money fantasy that teaches about exponential growth.
  • Calendar Fun – Amaze your friends by using the calendar and a little algebra.
  • Mathematics of Cartography – Who knew map-makers were mathematicians?
  • Dueling Pinwheels – A dazzling way to look at geometry.

The activities at this site include lessons, instructions, and explanations of math concepts and problems – and all have an interactive game component that allows you to practice what you’ve learned. See? Math can be fun!

Expand Geography Skills with Games

July 21st, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 21, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GeoGames

(www.reachtheworld.org/geogames/Play-GeoGames.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Help students improve their geography skills by using the games at this website from Reach the World and the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. While these games were meant for students in grades 3-5, younger and older students can reap the benefits of using this tool.

When arriving at today’s link, choose to either: 

  • Build Planet Earth
  • Map Countries and Cities

Using your mouse, drag and drop locations onto the globe. Activities are timed so students can try to beat their previous times with multiple practices. When you are finished, students can print out their maps.

Click on “Teacher Tools” on the sidebar for suggestions on how to use GeoGames to teach geography and for a lesson plan that includes downloads, vocabulary words, and more. There are even free apps for Android and IOS.

This game is easy to learn and fun to master. It is a nifty addition to your geography studies.

English Games, Activities, & Worksheets

July 20th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, July 20, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunEnglishGames.com

(www.funenglishgames.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers free English language games, activities, worksheets, quizzes and more! Designed for classroom and ESL teachers, you’ll find learning activities and resources that can easily be used for home learning.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a brief introduction and some highlighted features. Use the menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • Games – Play interactive games that help kids learn and improve upon reading, writing (including debate!), grammar, vocabulary, and spelling skills.
  • Activities – Enjoy a line-up of fun online language arts games based on familiar board games and television game shows.
  • Worksheets – Get printable worksheets and activity pages that reinforce language arts skills.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge on grammar, parts of speech, spelling, and more.
  • You’ll also find videos that include songs, nursery rhymes, and short instructional clips for learning English.

Because this website contains randomly generated advertisements, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise all Internet activity.

Challenging Math Games for Grades 2-11

July 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, July 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MangaHigh

(www.mangahigh.com/games/)

Age Range: 7-16 (Grades 2-11 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free, sample math games (from its commercially available game-based learning system) that challenge and entertain students in the following math strands: 

  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Angles
  • Area
  • Circle Theorems
  • Circumference
  • Coordinates
  • Cubic Equations
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Factoring
  • Fractions
  • Linear Equations
  • Mental Math
  • Multiplication
  • Negative Numbers
  • Parallel Lines
  • Percentages
  • Perimeters
  • Polygons
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Reflections
  • Rotations
  • Subtraction
  • Times Tables
  • Trigonometry
  • Trinomials
  • And more!

You can try snippets of the games for free, or register as a teacher/principal of your school to play the games in their entirety. Registration is free without obligation to purchase. (Note: It’s always wise to read the privacy statement before completing registration.) Should you decide to purchase a subscription to the program, you’ll be able to access additional tools to save games, track your student’s progress, etc.

As explained at the website, instead of force-feeding dry math content with anachronistic textbooks, MangaHigh entices networked students to learn mathematical concepts as part of game-play.

When you get to the site, scroll down to locate a menu of sample games designed to engage students such as: 

  • Flower Power – Grow flowers and harvest them to make money. The average 7-minute game requires players to put more than 100 fractions, percentages and decimals in order of size, both positive and negative.
  • Pyramid Panic – Students must master the full spectrum of geometry skills from area of a square, through Pythagoras to Sine, Cosine and Tangent in order to win this game.
  • Save Our Dumb Planet – Use missiles to shoot down meteors on a collision course with Earth. A team of dumb scientists are on hand to suggest possible trajectories. Draw lines using equations, recognize the equations of simple lines and common curves, draw simple quadratic curves, and test to see if a point is on a line.
  • PEDMAS Blaster – Robots have run amok and need to be destroyed. Use your order-of-operations code-cracking abilities (including adding and subtracting whole numbers, times tables up to 10 x 10, and using powers and roots) to close these robo-rebels down.

Click on any one to read the instructions and begin the game. Things move quickly – so be prepared to be on your toes!

As explained at the site, the idea here is “to bring out the playful side of math while ensuring that students get the essential skills to master this important subject.” It’s great for remedial work too.

Online Elementary Songbook

July 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 9, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Office of Education: Elementary Songbook

(www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/fineart/Elementary/Songbook/Music.aspx)

Age Range:  5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, offers a free online songbook with lesson plans for teaching elementary music education.

When you get to the site you’ll see menu of songs that include children’s favorites such as: 

  • A Tisket, A Tasket
  • Bingo
  • Clementine
  • Down in the Valley
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Kum Ba Yah
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • and many, many more!

Click on any song and a new page opens where you will find the sheet music, lyrics, suggested activities, ideas for playing instruments, curriculum tie-ins, and more. There’s a complete lesson plan for each song listed. There are also audio files to listen to that accompany the song. Scroll further down the page to find “Movement/Dance Options” which provide dance suggestions for various songs.

While this online songbook was created with classroom teachers in mind, it can be easily tweaked for use in the homeschool or unschool environment as well.

Be an Energy Hog Buster!

June 28th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 28, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Hog!

(www.energyhog.org/childrens.htm)

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

 

These interactive games for kids help them understand the importance of energy conservation in their home.

When you get to the site, you will be greeted by two animated energy inspectors. They will help you explore all of the “rooms” in a virtual house to find energy-wasters through playing five games. Your objective is to defeat the energy hogs in all of them to earn your official “Energy Hog Buster” certification! You can navigate by the “Navigation” control in the upper right corner or by clicking “Floorplan” or “Training Games” just below the game window. Watch the badge in the bottom left corner of your screen (it looks like a stack of numbered squares unless you click on it) to keep track of your progress. The games include: 

  • Fridge Frenzy – Upgrade to Energy Star refrigerators by finding the old fridges with matching contents. But hurry! Leaving refrigerator doors open too long wastes energy.
  • Bulb Hunter – Make your way through a dark maze, converting all of the bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs before time runs out.
  • Whack a Hog – Whack 20 energy hogs in the shower before they waste all the hot water. (Aim carefully; these hogs can be mighty elusive!)
  • Wacky Windows – Caulk all the windows before the energy hog gets in! Hint: Aim for the window corners, and remember to reload your caulk gun frequently. It’s helpful to have the speakers on for this game, although not necessary.
  • Attic Attack – Get up there and roll out the insulation, whacking the energy hogs before they can get you! This is another beat-the-clock game, and it’s the final game of the five needed for your certificate.

NOTE: The bonus game link and the “Hog and Seek” link did not work for us during our review of the site.

And there’s more: 

  • Download the .pdf Scavenger Hunt – with an adult, answer ten of the twelve questions found here, and see what can be done to make your own home more energy efficient.
  • Check out the .pdf Energy Hog Busting Handbook for pointers to share with your parents!
  • Click “Who is Hog” to get the low-down on several energy hogs you wouldn’t want to meet in your home.
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