Posts Tagged ‘game’

Native American Art

November 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 19, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Infinity of Nations

(nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/infinityofnations/culturequest/)

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

 

Learn about Native American art with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

After reading the brief introduction, choose from three different sections to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Object Gallery to discover headdresses, cultural objects, and contemporary art
  • Play Infinity of Nations Culture Quest to gain knowledge of Native nations and objects across the Americas
  • See Contemporary Native American Art from five different artists: 
    • Larry Beck – Yup’ik
    • Allan Houser – Chiricahua Apache
    • Bob Haozous – Chiricahua Apache
    • Diego Romero – Cochiti Pueblo
    • Bentley Spang – Cheyenne

When exploring the Object Gallery, click on the object you wish to learn about to open the object window. From here you can examine the piece more closely, learn about the item, and see more related images.

To play the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest, click on an object in the map and an interactive game of discovery begins. There are different activities for the different objects that once completed earns the player a ‘badge of knowledge’ which can be printed out. 
Complete all 9 quests and print out a Culture Quest Leader certificate.

Take a closer look at the contemporary art pieces with interactive exploration.

Select the “Teaching Resources” link in the lower right menu to find valuable information about Infinity of Nations and for tips on teaching about Native American art.

Online Flashcards

November 14th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 14, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Stack

(www.studystack.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, use the menu to find “Study Stacks” of interactive, virtual flashcards for a variety of subjects.

Today we are focusing on math, so scroll down and click on the ‘math’ icon. There are hundreds of choices including: 

  • Algebra Terms
  • Multiplication Facts
  • Divisibility Rules
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Statistics
  • Financial Literacy

These flashcards are “evolved” and quite unique. They can list several facts on each card. The Study Stack cards feature virtual flaps which hide the information – each separate item is hidden behind its own virtual flap, so you can check yourself on one fact without seeing all of the others.

But that’s not all! Each set of virtual flashcards comes with its corresponding set of activities. There’s a matching game, hangman, a study table (where you can view all of the information in the form of a table), traditional flashcards, crossword, unscramble, and more!

Not only are there many sets of flashcards available to study; you can create your own (free) account and create your own sets to add to the website, or modify existing ones. (If you happen to notice a mistake, you can fix it yourself!) So if you have a specific set of facts that you need to learn, you can join the many users who have entered their own flashcards here, and practice them… and invite your friends to try their hand at them, too!

In addition to Math, there are cards in the categories of Business, Geography, History, Languages, Medical, Science, and Standardized Tests.

U.S. Geography State Map Game

October 20th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, October 20, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

JimPages.com: Know Your States

(jimspages.com/States.htm)

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

 

This website offers a free, challenging, interactive U.S. geography game.

When you get to the site you’ll see a blank map of the United States. Above the map is an outline of a U.S. state (along with its name). You simply drag-and-drop the state to where it belongs on the map.

It isn’t as easy as it may sound, mostly because placing a state in the precise location where it belongs – when there are no boundaries indicated on the map – is a bit tricky! We spent close to an hour playing this game trying to beat our personal top score without success. We had a lot of fun, though.
 
The “smart” map keeps track of your score, the estimated miles a player is “off” when a state is placed incorrectly on the map, and the time (minutes) it takes to complete the puzzle.

The program varies the order each state is presented with each new game.

This game could prove to be frustrating for younger children. It might help to have a map of the U.S. next to the computer in a more relaxed, learn-as-you-play approach.

CAUTION:  This ClickSchooling review is limited to JUST the U.S. puzzle page at this website. We did NOT review the contents of the rest of the site. Parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content PRIOR to showing any other pages of the site to children. The good news is that the only thing on this page is the map – there isn’t a menu inviting you to click to another page.

Learn All About Volcanos

October 11th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, October 11, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Volcano World

(volcano.oregonstate.edu/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Free lessons are geared for grades 5-8; however, there is material here for older students and adults as well. Plus, younger children may enjoy aspects of the site, with adult guidance.)

 

Today’s website is all about volcanoes.

When you get to the site, some of the things you’ll see are the latest volcano news, and Eruptions! Use the menu at the top to explore: 

  • Kids Only! – This is the spot to visit to have fun while learning about volcanoes. You’ll find a gallery of kids’ volcano artwork and interactive online games including a volcano-themed match game, crossword puzzle, dot-to-dot, and a game that simulates volcanic eruptions.
  • Teachers – Get FREE lessons (geared for grades 5-8) on plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, prehistoric Earth, types of volcanoes, and much, much more.

The rest of the site is geared more for older students and adults. It includes: 

  • Volcano List
  • All About Volcanoes
  • Adventures and Fun including field trips, folklore and parks

And lots more!

Create Your Own Picassohead

September 17th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 17, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Picassohead

(www.picassohead.com/create.html)

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

 

What fun! Today’s website offers an artistically-themed twist to the classic children’s game, “Mr. Potato Head.” Instead of designing a new look for Mr. Potato, you can design your own Picasso portrait in the cubist style he helped to make famous.

When you get to the site you will see a canvas and a selection of various cubist images of faces, eyes, noses, lips, ears, eyebrows, hair, etc. Use your mouse to click and drag the images to your canvas to create your masterpiece. Use the color and control tools on the menu at the bottom of your screen to get the desired results. Print it out and hang it up in your home gallery!

Fun Sample Interactive Math Games & Tools

September 12th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, September 12, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brainormous

(www.brainormous.com/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This is a commercial website that sells downloadable math games and tools. However, Brainormous provides a generous sampling of their products for free – making this site worth a visit if you just want a little random math practice.

When you get to the home page you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Multiflyer – Multiply your way through the solar system.
  • Math-teroid Multiplication or Division – Use your math skills to keep asteroids from destroying your space station.
  • Addition, Multiplication, and Division Worksheet Creator – Make custom worksheets to practice various math skills.
  • Coloring Page Maker – Create your own space scene, then print it out to color.
  • Gridiant – Place spheres strategically on the grid.

We played one of the Math-teroid games, and even though our time ran out on the sample game, we were able to restart it and play some more. 

If you enjoy the games and/or tools and want more, you can purchase and download them for “home use” for about $5-$10 each. Again, you don’t have to purchase a thing – you can test-drive these programs for FREE.

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