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English Grammar Games & Much More!

July 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Fun4TheBrain.com: English Excitement

 

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

 

This website offers a variety of free, multi-media, interactive games to practice and learn English Language Arts including grammar, parts of speech, and sight words. The games were designed by Natasha Olivera, a graphic designer with “a passion and belief that kids can most certainly learn while they play.”
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of six games that include:
  • Panda Mayhem – Learn parts of speech and make silly sentences.
  • Base Word Baseball – Challenge your knowledge of base words and suffix endings.
  • Popcorn Words – Memorize the most common sight words.
  • Syllable Split – Break words into syllables.
  • Magic “e” Adventures – Find out what happens to a word when you add an “e” on the end. For example, “cap” becomes “cape”.
  • My Reading Tools – Use the reading tools you learned in the previous games to find the treasure.

But that’s not all! Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to find an array of free math games to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You’ll even find timed quizzes to do online or print out and do offline. There is a fun science game too, that will help you discover what happens when you mix oxygen and nitrogen.

Bookmark this site, as new games are added at least once a month!

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

June 9th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, June 9, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Math Snacks

 

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8. The mathematics are designed for ages 11-13, but younger students may enjoy aspects as well. All children with parental supervision.)

 

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart and yummy educational animations, mini-games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”
The site’s ever-growing collection of “snacks,” are highly entertaining educational movies and games that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the games you’ll find include:
  • Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a dodge ball coach who lacks a clear understanding of ratios.
  • Identify numbers that sum to ten, and decimals that sum to 1 – while driving a school bus full of monsters and deforming the neighborhood (this one you’ve got to see to believe).
  • Watch a supervillain and superhero match wits, scaling things up and down by the same factor.
There are many more as well. Each “snack” includes guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, to help solidify the concepts.
A handy reminder from the teachers’ page: “These are math snacks, not full meals. These videos are intended to be parts of larger units to teach very important math concepts.” Since they’re snacks, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re portable; if you have a mobile device, you can learn something new on the go. Perfect for Carschooling!
Be sure to check out the rest of the teachers’ page for helpful hints on how to get the most benefit out of this website.

EPA Virtual Tour of a Water Treatment Plant

June 6th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, June 6, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

EPA Virtual Tour of Water Treatment Plant

 

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

 

Visitors will quench their thirst with the knowledge of how a water treatment plant works with this virtual tour from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When arriving at the website, select the text link “Virtual Tour of a Drinking Water Treatment Plant” beside the drop of water image to start your tour. Then you may choose whether to view the interactive presentation in English or Spanish. After a brief introduction by “Thirsten”, a fun character who shows up throughout the presentation providing additional fun facts, the presentation begins. Following the easy instructions you can follow water from the river and through the treatment process. When arriving at the “Control Panel” you can select:
* Tour the Plant – Through the use of colorful images and audio narration, tour a typical water treatment plant covering:
o Source Water and Intake
o Pretreatment and Screening
o Coagulation and Flocculation
o Filtration
o Sedimentation
o Disinfection
o Distribution and Storage
* Classroom Exercises – Games and activities include:
o Thirsten’s Word Scramble Game
o Build Your Own AquifierAquifer
o Matching Fun Facts Game
o Thirsten’s Question and Answer Game
o The Water Cycle
o Water Filtration
o Water Tower Gallery
* Web Resources – Includes links to outside related websites

In the heat of the summer, this interesting virtual tour is sure to wet your whistle for learning.

Wholesome Online Learning You Can Afford

May 27th, 2014

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On Always Icecream and Clever Dragons, girls and boys K-8 play fun games – and may not even be aware that they are practicing a wide array of academic subjects! We share your values, so you can be confident your child is learning in a safe place.

  • Basic to Advanced Math, including Geometry
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  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Arts & Music
  • Keyboard Typing
  • Classical content including: Greek/Latin roots, Latin, & Attic Greek

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Bring Orchestra Music Studies to Life!

May 24th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, May 24, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

ArtsAlive

 

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

 

This is a wonderfully colorful and fun interactive site with loads of printable lesson plans and worksheets and online activities to use with your students as they learn about orchestral music. 

 

Presented by the National Arts Centre located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, this website not only introduces students to the instruments of the orchestra but also the musicians, composers, and conductors who bring music alive.

 

Select from the following to start your musical adventure:

  • Music Resources - listen to music recordings, watch video clips, browse the music dictionary, find helpful advice for parents and teachers
  • Instrument Lab – learn all about the sections and instruments that make up an orchestra; examine virtual instruments and listen to the sounds that they make
  • Great Composers – investigate the lives and music of the great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and more as well as contemporary composers such as Adams, Morquez, Shafer, and others
  • NAC Orchestra and Friends – read interviews with the musicians, conductors and composers of the NACO
  • Activities and Games – play and learn with loads of fun games and activities such as the click and drag game “Compose Music”, the online quizzes like “Name that Composer” and “Name that Instrument”, and lots of printables
  • Orchestra on Tour – Read the online journal kept by NAC Orchestra musicians and staff during their 2008 performance and education tour

 

Be sure to check out the “Resources for Teachers” section of the website for more helpful resource including resource kits, lesson plans, and NAC Orchestra Student Matinee study guides. This website is a valuable resource of information and activities that encourage an engaging learning experience in your study of orchestral music.

On the Ides of March Explore Roman History

May 15th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, May 15, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC Primary History – Romans

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

 

March 15th is often referred to as the Ides of March and is most notably remembered due to the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. on this date. This event is considered a turning point in Roman history. At this BBC website, explore what life and history was like in ancient Rome through text, images, videos, and activities. When arriving at the site, select an area to explore:

  • City of Rome
  • Rebellion
  • The Roman army
  • Leisure
  • Technology
  • Roman remains
  • Invasion
  • Roman defense of Britain
  • Roads and places
  • Family and children
  • Religion
  • Romans in Scotland

Each area above provides visitors with concise information about the topic, interesting photos to explore, brief videos to enhance your learning, a “Fun Facts” box with Roman history trivia, links to more websites relevant to the topic, and additional activities such as online quizzes and printable supplements.

Students will enjoy playing the interactive, online “Dig It Up: Romans” game where they virtually participate in an archaeological dig.

You will also easily find loads of Teacher’s Resources to help you expand and supplement your studies.

Whether you are doing an in-depth study of Roman history or simply looking for supplemental material for your own study, this website helps make the learning fun.

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