Posts Tagged ‘game’

Music Theory Lessons, Games, Quizzes, and More

August 20th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 20, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Music Tech Teacher

(www.musictechteacher.com/musicquizzes.htm)

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

 

This website provides over 100 free interactive music games and quizzes that teach music theory (including the names of musical notes and rhythms) and the names of musicians and composers.

When you get to the site, navigate through the upper menu to locate: 

  • Music Information: Theory – Learn the names and sounds of instruments, musicians, composers, music terms, scales, treble and bass clef note reading, rhythms and rests, and more.
  • Flash Piano Practice – Use your keyboard to practice playing “Chopsticks, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Ode to Joy and more.
  • Quizzes – Select the right notes on the keyboard to help Mighty Music Man move a piano, play instrument scramble, do a music word search or hangman puzzle, or test your knowledge of instrument “families.” Discover what you know about music terminology, tempos, and technology. Match composers with compositions, learn some jazz music trivia, play a game of musical “Jeopardy,” and fill in the missing notes on popular musical pieces. Test your sense of rhythm and your knowledge of music intervals, scales, and chords. You won’t believe the selection!
  • Music Mazes and Puzzles to Print – Enjoy a selection of printable music-themed mazes to print out and do offline, along with all kinds of free music theory worksheets.

This is an amazing resource for music students and teachers alike.

Be A Reporter – Interactive Journalism Game

August 10th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, August 10, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

News University – Be A Reporter Game

(www.newsu.org/courses/be-reporter-game)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, fun, multi-media interactive game called “The Be a Reporter Game” that transforms students into virtual reporters. (While the game is free, you must register to play.) Sponsored by the Poynter Institute and Knight Foundation, this site offers over 65 journalism training courses (some that are free, others that are available for a fee) on writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, ethics and values in journalism and much more. Professional journalists use this site for continuing education in their field.

To play the game, click on Enroll Now to register for free as a user and complete the registration. Then enroll in the course, “Be A Reporter Game” and read the course description. As a virtual reporter, you’ll interact with video clips of characters crucial to the story you are investigating. You’ll also have to do some research at the game’s public records department. You’ll hear from your no-nonsense editor too – who will try to whip you into shape as an investigative journalist as you race to file your story before the deadline. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll learn quite a bit along the way.

When you’re through playing the game, browse the menu of courses – there’s also a “Be An Editor Game.” Again, you’ll find both paid and free courses relating to journalism including Self-Directed Courses, Group Seminars, Master Classes, Certificate Programs and Webinars.

Online Math Arcade Games

August 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arcademics

(arcademicskillbuilders.com/games.htm)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to try a variety of FREE arcade and video games that foster skill in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, ratios, proportions as well as other academic subjects. The company produces online video games for classroom use with the intent of engaging students with the same persistence and involvement they use when playing arcade games to increase their time-on-task (practicing).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of educational games. Notice that the menu offers games for single players and multiple players. You’ll find intriguing game titles such as: 

  • Alien Addition
  • Demolition Division
  • Dirt Bike Proportions
  • Grand Prix Multiplication
  • Jet Ski Addition
  • Meteor Multiplication

~ and more!

Click on any game title and a new window opens with instructions that allow you to set parameters based on your student’s ability level. Then, let the fun and focused practice repetition begin! This is a lot more engaging than the usual drill-and-practice work and, according to the company, it leads to fluent performance levels quickly and without drudgery.

By the way, we are not adept at playing video games but had no trouble maneuvering the arrow keys, space bar, and mouse to play these games.

In addition to the math games you’ll also find games that improve grammar, vocabulary, and geography (think states and capitals, etc.). Have fun!

Color Theory for Kids

August 6th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 6, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color Theory

(web.archive.org/web/20070629033910/members.cox.net/mrsparker2/intro.htm)

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

 

This website was designed to introduce kids to art through many fun lessons and activities on color theory. By gaining knowledge about colors and mixing colors kids learn some principles of design that help them create art and talk about art.

When you get to the site you will see an introductory page with a menu of activities. You can follow the lessons in order, using your mouse to click on the “next” arrow button on each page – or you can just choose the activity that is most appealing to you including: 

  • Online Activities – Links to interactive websites featuring stories and activities themed around the use of color
  • Student Artwork – Take a look at artwork created by students that incorporates artistic color schemes.
  • Master Artists – Check out how the master painters used color in their great works.
  • Puzzle and Game Page – Lots of interactive online games and puzzles themed around the use of color in art
  • Artroom Activities – Designed for grades 4 and up, these projects explore color wheels, schemes, and moods.

There are also Teacher Resources and References, Links, and more to enhance any visual arts curriculum.

Online Music Games and Activities

July 30th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 30, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

New York Philharmonic Kid Zone

(www.nyphilkids.org/index.html)

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

 

Students will learn about instruments, composers, and music playing with this interactive playground from the New York Philharmonic. While this site is geared for elementary school students, it can be enjoyed by all ages.

Visitors start in the “Game Room” where they can play all kinds of fun games relating to music such as: 

  • Instrument Frenzy – Using your keyboard arrow keys, sort instruments into their correct bin.
  • Percussion Showdown – Repeat the patterns in this “Simon” like game.
  • Puzzles and Quizzes – In the pop up window, at the top, select from either “Fact Match” or “Name Search” then use your browser’s “print” button to print out.
  • Musical Mingles – Create fun little tunes by moving “Mingles”, “Makers”, “Warps”, and “Furniture” around the screen.
  • Music Match Composers – Play this match game to match tunes or composers.
  • Music Match Instruments – Another match game this time to match tunes or instruments
  • Make Your Own Instrument – Click and drag objects to create your own instrument (Note: must have Shockwave installed to work).

There are also links to the Philharmonic main website for other educational experiences such as “Meet some very young composers” and to learn about the Young Peoples Concerts as well as the New York Philharmonic.

But the learning doesn’t stop with the Game Room. Use the links on the sidebar to: 

  • Learn about instruments in the “Instrument Storage Room.
  • Meet conductors and soloists in the “Dressing Room.”
  • Visit the “Composers Gallery” to discover composers from around the world.

(Please Note: when reviewing this website we found that the “Music Quest” in the Game Room and “Instrument Lab” did not work correctly for us.)

This is an entertaining website that will have kids learning as they play.

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!

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