Posts Tagged ‘game’

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.

Where is. . .? Geography Game

June 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 23, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Where is . . .?

(backpacker-adventure-club.de/geo/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This very challenging game from the Backpacker Adventure Club tests the player’s knowledge of the location of cities around the world.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page past the map to read a bit about the game. Click on the ‘city catalogue’ text link in the passage or “Cities” in the upper menu to see the countries and cities included in the game. Select the country, then the city and a page will open showing the location on a Google map image. This portion of the website would make a great review option prior to playing the game.

There are two modes of play: 

  • Standard – This mode is divided into levels that increase in difficulty and keeps track of your score.
  • Practice – no scores are kept in this mode and it uses all the cities in the game

To play, select your mode. When the game starts at the top of the map it asks “Where is:” then the city and country. The player has 10 seconds to find the location by clicking on the map. Next a pin will drop at the location you selected then the correct location and a pop up window appears stating the difference in distance in kilometers from your answer and the correct location. Click “ok” to move to the next location. When playing in the standard mode the ‘deviation’ kilometers the player receives is subtracted from a maximum allowed to determine the points earned. To start over, simply refresh the page.

This game will challenge even the most skilled geography fan.

Are You a Grammar Ninja?

June 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 22, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Ninja

(www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides a fun game to help students develop a working knowledge of the parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.


When you get to the website, read the instructions on how to play the game. Then, select a level of play (from beginner to master).

As the game begins, you’ll be presented with sentences and asked to find various parts of speech. The game tracks the time you require to answer the questions, as well as any errors you make. If you make a mistake, the game board displays the correct answer.

There are three levels of play culminating in the title “Master Grammar Ninja.” Your kids will find playing this game is a whole lot more fun than drill and practice work – and I’ll bet some of you parents will have fun testing your grammar skills as well.

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 21st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

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

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see an icon menu and a regular menu to the right of it. Use either one to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; the force of gravity; planning a Hubble servicing mission; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Educators — Check out the “Resources” that provide an overview of what you’ll find at this website along with recommendations on how to further the learning.

Then at the bottom under “Features”, check out: 

  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.
  • Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia.

You say you want more?

Then visit the parent HubbleSite. Here are just some of the activities you’ll find: 

  • Get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.
  • Listen to podcasts about recent space discoveries!
  • Watch a fascinating video presentation about the increasing accuracy of telescopes within the past century!
  • Explore Astronomy — In this section you can take a “Way Out” Quiz and see how far the cow goes after he makes it over the moon; tons of fun, and if you play the entire game, you can register in a drawing to win a prize! You can also play an exciting game called “Black Holes, Gravity’s Relentless Pull!” Watch a video presentation of what happens when galaxies collide.

Play Virtual Gametone Instruments

May 28th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 28, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Gametone Instruments

(wrybread.com/gametone/instruments/virtual-gametone/index.shtml)

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

 

This website provides the opportunity to play virtual Gamelan-influenced instruments online for free! What is “Gamelan”? It’s a musical genre that originated in Indonesia featuring gong-like drums, chimes, xylophones, plucked string instruments, and more.

This site is sponsored by a group of musicians called the Gametones who improvise music on homemade Gamelan-type instruments. They offer visitors the opportunity to play virtual versions of their instruments.

When you get to the site you’ll see three main options that include: 

  • Play the GameGongs – Use your mouse of keyboard as a virtual mallet to play the gongs made out of old paint can lids and hubcaps. You can also play loops of recorded songs and improvise as you play along.
  • Play the Drone Gambira – Use your mouse to click on tongs and create your own musical composition. This also offers loops of recorded music that you can use to play along.
  • Play the Game Chimes – Click on pictures of metal tubes to create short bursts or sustained tones. Play the pre-recorded loops as you experiment with the various sounds and tones.

Note: It may take a few minutes for all of the sounds to completely load. Be patient, turn on your speakers, and then use your mouse to create your own musical “click compositions” with the Gametone instruments.

Please note that there are other links on this site but they led to error messages when we tried them. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise exploration of this website.

Free Interactive Math Games for Grades 1-6

May 16th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 16, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HoodaMath

(www.hoodamath.com/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

HoodaMath.com is an ad-supported website that offers FREE math games to learn and practice basic math skills in the following areas: 

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Integers
  • Algebra

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured games. To sort by math strand and grade range, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the page.

Notice that the games can be sorted by game style as well – such as games that require the player to escape, shop, build, race, etc.

IMPORTANT: Every game is free to play but is accompanied by a randomly generated advertisement, usually delivered as a video clip. Some of the ad content is geared for adults, not kids. As always, parents should preview the website and supervise all Internet access.

You’ll also find links to some animated math “movies” and math tutorials (on a YouTube channel with random ads) that provide instruction in Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent, Integers, Order of Operations, Algebra, and Geometry designed for grades 3-6. To find the movies and tutorials scroll to the menu at the bottom of the home page. The videos are meant to be entertaining, but may seem silly to more mature kids.

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