# Math Card Games

October 1st, 2018

It’s Monday, October 1, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Positive Engagement Project – Mathematics

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

This website created and maintained by The Positive Engagement Project has so much to offer! Their mission is to get students positively engaged in active learning, while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.

Today we are focusing on Math, but once you’ve looked at this valuable resource, go to the other links under “Free Downloads” to see the vast array of quality learning games and strategies that they’ve put together for English Language Arts, Science, Engagement Strategies, Test Review/Strategies, and Character Education.

When you get to the site, click on Download File under ACING MATH: (ONE DECK AT A TIME!) – it’s actually a 69-page book (pdf)! The website explains that this is a collection of math games ranging from Kindergarten to the upper elementary grades, using only an ordinary deck of playing cards. There are games covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, decimals, patterns, positive and negative integers, as well as many others – over 50 different games with directions and illustrations! Each game tells you how many players are needed, an age range, the materials needed, which math skills are learned playing this game, and very specific instructions to play.

Bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of all that they offer!

# Literacy Through Greek Mythology

September 26th, 2018

It’s Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Mythweb

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

This website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology!

Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website:

• In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to be Herculean.
• The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
• A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.

You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation.

When you get to the site you’ll see a main menu that includes:

• Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.
• Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin!
• Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.
• Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.

You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

# Language Arts Puzzles & Games!

September 19th, 2018

It’s Wednesday, September 19, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Puzzle Choice

Age Range: 6-18 (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:

• Crosswords
• Word Search
• Number Puzzles
• Word Play
• And more!

Also, 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, U.S. 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!

# Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 11th, 2018

It’s Tuesday, September 11, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Kids

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

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.

When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics:

• Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).
• Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.
• Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.
• Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!
• Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and much, much more!
• Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.
• Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.
• Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!
• Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.

This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

# Leonardo Da Vinci Science Games and More

September 4th, 2018

It’s Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Universal Leonardo

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

This amazing website offers 10, playful, online activities that provide insight to the work and genius of Leonardo Da Vinci – who not only discovered how things in his universe worked, he created many futuristic inventions in addition to great works of art.

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of games. (You’ll need Flash Plugin to play.) They include:

• Make a Monster – Combine parts of different mythical creatures (drawn by Leonardo) to invent your own amazing “monsters.”
• Make the Mona Lisa Smile – Have some fun altering the expressing of Da Vinci’s best known work of art by answering a series of questions about the painting.
• Mirror Image – Try your hand at writing backwards – just like Leonardo did (without the technology).
• Fly Like a Bird, Sink Like a Stone – Find out which of Da Vinci’s flying machines worked.
• Leonardo Sings the Blues – Learn about aerial perspective and how Leonardo used blue tones to create it.
• Pull the Other One – How many pulleys will you need to drag the diva up on to the stage?
• Talking Picture – Turn on your speakers and hear a narration describing Leonardo’s hurricane drawings. (Parents, please preview – some of the descriptions could frighten young children.)
• Getting the Point – Explore perspective through Leonardo’s “Adoration of the Magi.”
• Shaping Up – Learn about Leonardo’s exploration of Platonic solids and how 3-D objects are formed.
• Going with the Flow – Watch animations of water churning, wind blowing, and blood pumping through a heart to see the connections Leonardo made between their movement.

Click on any game and a new page opens with a brief explanation. Click “Play” and another screen opens with instructions on how to do the activity or play the game. Note: Right under the “Play” link on each individual game screen, is a link to more information about Leonardo’s explorations and discoveries with regard to this particular topic. Be sure to click on it to get the most educational content from these games.

When you are through playing the games, don’t miss the rest of this amazing site. The interactive ‘Timeline’ is located across the top of the screen and is a great resource for accessing Da Vinci’s work during various periods of time.

The Discover section offers information on scientific techniques used to analyze his works.

The ”Browse mechanism provides access to Da Vinci’s paintings, manuscripts, inventions, and drawings.

Words simply do not do this site justice. It is a vast archive, and therefore impossible to review in its entirety. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content and provide supervision of its use.

# Fun Grammar Games and Lessons!

August 29th, 2018

It’s Wednesday, August 29, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Teachers’ Cafe

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

Mr. and Mrs. Farino created The Teachers’ CafĂ© in 2004. It was originally started as a simple way to store worksheets online instead of using a filing cabinet.

As they began to understand the need for teacher resources their website morphed and changed to meet the growing need and today the website contains literally thousands of teaching aids like:

• Printable worksheets
• Holiday Printables
• Assessments
• Audio books
• Classroom management tools
• You can even study Spanish!

Today we are focusing on Grammar. When you get to the site, use the two column menu in the center of the page to find many resources for learning grammar

• Learning English – Dozens of free Grammar games. Articles, Parts of speech to Superlative adjectives
• Noun Dunk – Helps students understand common & proper nouns with practice from this simple online game.
• Proofreading Makes Perfect – You choose skill: Capitalization, punctuation, spelling, usage or putting it together.
• Middle School – Online lessons & activities: Adjective and Adverbs, General Grammar Exercises (error correction exercises), nouns, prepositions, Pronouns & verb tenses.
• Grammar Exercises – Intermediate Online practice. Comma Splices, Fragments, Irregular Verbs, Commas, Pronoun Agreement, Pronoun Reference, S-V Agreement & Word Choice.
• And so much more!

This website is a huge resource for many subjects; Math, Science, History, Social Studies – all of it can be found here so bookmark this website and return often!