Posts Tagged ‘game’

Language Arts Puzzles & Games!

May 6th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 6, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Puzzle Choice

 

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This award-winning family website offers a variety of Language Arts puzzles including crosswords, word searches, and word play in either online game format or in downloadable, printable versions.
When you get to the site, there is an introductory message that gives a brief overview of what the site offers. Use the menu to access: 
  • Word Search
  • Crosswords
  • Word Play
Look for the “KIDS CHOICE” section, where you’ll find Word Play games and a few puzzles that test math and logic skills. In this same section, click on “Teacher Wordsearch” that offers word search puzzles with themes that include: mathematics, US Presidents, life science, physiology, Shakespeare, and more.

This site provides lots of fun ways to supplement your studies through games and puzzles to make learning fun!

Don’t forget to print some out and put them in a binder to bring along on road trips!

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

April 27th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 27, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Absurd Math

 

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.
As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy, printable clue sheets are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: 
Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46″ and “Level -3″; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion.
FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include: 

    1. Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
    2. Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
    3. The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
    4. Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.
By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. They try to respond within two days. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

Free Virtual Tour of the Human Body!

April 21st, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, April 21, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MEDtropolis: The Virtual Body

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website was “built for the latest health information that will educate and entertain kids and adults alike.” It includes a free virtual tour of the human body that is divided into four sections: Brain, Skeleton, Heart and Digestive Tract. The narrated tour gives a thorough explanation of each section. Students can also test their knowledge with interactive activities like “Organize Your Organs” or “Build a Skeleton.” 

When you get to the site select the language you want to use – English or Spanish! A new page opens with a menu of four items that include:
  • The Human Brain – Click on this item to discover “The Brain Book” that describes voluntary and involuntary functions, brain food, and everything you wanted to know about headaches! You’ll also find “The Brain Parts” where you can learn about the components that make up the brain. Then, take the audio-tour by clicking on “Narrated Neurons” and discover the brain’s potential.
  • Skeleton – Take a guided, virtual tour of the human skeleton. Click on “Zoom In” to get a closer look at the skeleton and its functions. Test your knowledge by playing the interactive game, “Build A Skeleton.”
  • Human Heart – Learn the parts of the heart and watch a terrific animated clip of the human heart in motion. Take the narrated virtual tour of the human heart too.
  • Digestive Tract – Find out the names of the organs in the intestinal tract and take a narrated, guided tour of the digestive system. Play “Organize Your Organs” and find out how much you really know.

This site offers a great introduction to learning about the human body.

Free, Fun, “Parts of Speech” Tutorial & More!

April 15th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Sheppard Software: Parts of Speech Tutorial

 

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun “Parts of Speech Tutorial” is comprised of a series of animated games that help kids identify and use nouns, adjectives, verbs, commas, and capitals. It’s part of the massive, ad-supported Sheppard Software website that offers hundreds of free learning games for children in language arts, math, science, history and more.
When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a stage. Click on the word “Play” on the stage curtain to create a character using nouns, adjectives, and verbs. If you’re uncertain of those parts of speech, then look at the menu on the left side of the page to find educational games that include: 
  • Noun Explorer – Learn the definition of a noun and use it to feed fish in the animated game.
  • Adjective Adventure – Select fly adjectives and use them to feed the spiders.
  • Verbs in Space – Use verbs to hammer robot aliens in space.
  • Comma Chameleon – Select punctuation marks and help the chameleon place them in a sentence correctly.
  • Magical Capital – Help a fairy capitalize words in sentences.

Once you play those games, go back to the main page to build your character for the stage. This is an engaging way to help kids learn and practice parts of speech.

When you’ re finished, be sure to click on the words “Sheppard Software” at the top of the screen to explore all of the learning games offered at this site. You’ll want to bookmark it to return often.

Challenging Math & Logic Puzzles – All Ages!

April 13th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 13, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Zoopz.com: Games That Make You Think

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Don’t let these games from Meyers Labs fool you – they offer fun ways to learn fundamental and challenging concepts that are required for math.
When you  get to the site, you’ll see a menu of puzzles that include Frog Jumpin’, Inch Worm, Galactic Journey, Maze Craze, Ink Blobs, Mosaic Design, and more. Click on any game and a new window opens. Some of the games come with instructions, others are intuitive. Some of the skills these games enhance are: 
  • Recognizing Patterns
  • Sequencing
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Recognizing and Sorting Shapes and Colors
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Memory
  • Performance Under Pressure
  • And More!
It helps to read  the “Parents & Teachers” notes (at the bottom, on the left side of the home page) that explains which skills are addressed by each game.

Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

April 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Friday, April 3, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Add a little fun to your day with this online virtual Easter egg hunt. But this is not your typical hunt where you simply look for eggs. In this game visitors must solve riddles to find the next egg.
When arriving at the link, enter the player’s name then choose from two levels: 
  • Beginner’s level for younger children with simple questions to help find the egg
  • Advanced level for older children (and adults too) where there are riddles to solve to locate the eggs
As you find the eggs, doors are unlocked so that you can move from room to room. This game will help build memory skills as the player will need to recall in which room they saw the answer to their clue. This virtual egg hunt is long enough to be enjoyable (there are about 13 eggs to be found) but not too long that kids will get bored with it.

When you have found all the eggs, select either to Play Again or go back to Game Options where there is another game for kids to play to see how many words they can make using only the letters in “Bunny Rabbit”. There are 245. How many can you make?

(Please note that at the top of the page there are links to get the app, but it appears they are no longer available.)

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