Posts Tagged ‘game’

Freedom in America: Some Assembly Required

January 28th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, January 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom in America: Some Assembly Required

(electronicfieldtrip.org/freedom/frontPage.html)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the obstacles Americans faced to secure the freedoms we have today through games and activities provided by this website from Ball State University, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service.

When arriving at today’s link, select either the “Students Start Here” or “Teachers Start Here” links. When selecting the teacher link, learn about the purpose of the website and how to use it in conjunction with your studies. There are lesson plans and additional activities available at the “Website and Classroom” link in the top menu that include topics such as: 

  • The Revolution
  • The Constitution
  • American Freedom

The student section of this website allows students to independently dig into this topic of American history through virtual game boards. There are 3 different game boards, covering different time periods: 

  • Colonial Edition – Learn about the early struggles for freedom from pioneers coming to America through the Revolutionary War.
  • Founders’ Edition – Take a look at the Constitution including its foundation to its operation today.
  • Citizens’ Edition – Discover the paths of freedom since the writing of the Constitution including women’s rights and civil rights.

Once the student enters their name to start a game, games are automatically saved as the student plays. Up to 10 games can be stored. To play students ‘spin the wheel’ and their piece is moved along the board. Depending on where the piece lands depends on what happens next. There are challenging mini-games to be played and the student earns points. The final goal of the game is not only to learn the information but to score as many points as possible. The board is complete when all the mini-games have been played. In order to open a different game board, students must work through the previous board. Throughout the games are videos, images, text, and more reinforcing the material.

Bookmark this website to use with your American history studies again and again.

Learning Fun with World Geography Games

January 21st, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

World Geography Games

(world-geography-games.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Add some fun to your world geography studies with the help of this website.

Using colorful maps, students are asked to identify countries, states, cities, geographic features and more by clicking on the appropriate location or answer. Points are earned with each correct answer and it keeps track of how many tries it took to find the right place. There is a “give up?” option which, when selected, fills in all of the information on the map. If your student is new to the subject, we suggest selecting that option at the beginning to use as a study tool before playing the game. When the student thinks that they are ready, they can select the “play again” option. Game topics include:

  • Countries
  • Capitals
  • Flags
  • Continents
  • Earth
  • Atmosphere
  • Oceans
  • U.S. States
  • Seas
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Islands
  • Regions
  • Straits
  • Metropolitan Areas
  • Mountain Ranges
  • Mountains
  • Volcanoes
  • Deserts

This site provides excellent geography practice and is simple to navigate and play the games.

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 11th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math-games/index.php)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline. We’ve focused on math for this review. The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline.

The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-8 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 8-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-8 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Language Arts
  • Art
  • Drama
  • French and Latin

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

A. Pintura: Art Detective

January 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 9, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pintura Art

(www.eduweb.com/pintura/index.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This may be one of the most wonderful sites on the web for an introduction to art. Pasted below is the explanation taken directly from the website – but let us tell you, it doesn’t do it justice.

Explanation from the website:


What is It? A. Pintura: Art Detective is an online game about art history and art composition. In the game, you play a 1940’s noir detective with a degree in art history. A distraught woman asks you to identify the artist who made a painting she found in her grandfather’s attic. To do so, you must examine paintings by famous artists from Gauguin to Van Gogh. Each example highlights an art concept such as composition, style or subject. The story concludes with an appropriate noirish twist, as the woman’s true identity and motives become apparent.


Art Concepts/Vocabulary: 

  • subject
  • portrait
  • style
  • Renaissance
  • abstract
  • composition
  • color
  • perspective
  • brushstroke

Artists featured: 

  • Raphael
  • Titian
  • Millet
  • Van Gogh
  • Gauguin
  • Picasso

The game is fun and interesting and it draws you into play even if you know the answer or discover it early on in the game. Just go to the site – you won’t be disappointed.

Language Arts Through 20 Questions

January 6th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, January 6, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

20Q.net

(www.20q.net/)

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here’s a neat website. It’s the virtual, interactive version of the popular parlor and travel game.

When you get to the site choose from over 20 languages to play the game. A new page opens with a selection of many themed games including:

  • Classic 20 Questions
  • People
  • Sports
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Name Game

Choose any one and a new page opens that invites you to pretend you are a person, place, or thing related to that category. Then, the 20Q Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) will determine who or what you are by asking a few simple questions. The questions are written on the screen, so you must read in order to play. Non-readers will need some help from Mom or Dad. The accuracy of the A.I. is amazing. Can you stump it? Try it and see!

You’ll also find a virtual version of Hangman (great for spelling and vocabulary development), and a Memory and Art game too. (Look under “Other Games” on the menu at the top of the screen.)

Note: The games on this site are all FREE, and you can play as often as you like. They do sell hand-held, table-top, and large screen versions of the game at the website.

The Problem Site

January 4th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, January 4, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Problem Site

(www.theproblemsite.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

WARNING! The math games and puzzles on this site are so engrossing, you may want to set a timer to keep you from neglecting other responsibilities!

This site offers educational games, puzzles, and problem solving quests. Some of the most fascinating puzzles and games provide a handy link for bookmarking your place so that you can return later. Use the menu bar at the top of the home page under “Games” to access:

  • Math Games – Use simple math facts, fraction reductions, and logic to solve the math puzzles. Younger children will enjoy the “Adders” game, which is a variable-speed, math facts practice game. Most of the games in this section are good for building and cementing fairly basic math and problem solving skills.
  • Word Games – Enjoy word scrambles, crossword puzzles with a twist, hangman and more. For a real vocabulary challenge, play “One of These Things” — and guess which of the mostly obscure words (in a list of five) does *not* appear in the dictionary! It’s harder than it sounds!
  • Daily Games – A selection of math and vocabulary-building problems that change on a daily basis — another good reason to bookmark this site.
  • Quizzes – Quite a selection of quizzes on all different types of subjects.

There is so much more on this site. Have fun! And don’t forget to set that timer!

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