Posts Tagged ‘game’

Free, Fun Etymology Games!

August 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 22, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funbrain

(www.funbrain.com/roots/index.html)

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

 

We thought it would be fun to play some games that teach the origin of words – which can be very helpful when it comes to honing spelling and vocabulary skills.

The first site we are highlighting is Funbrain: Rooting Out Words – Uncover the meaning of root words with this fun game for kids. Levels: easy, medium, and hard.

And here are a few more: 

QUIA: Greek & Latin Root Words Match Game – Like the game “Concentration” just match the root word with its meaning.

Sporcle: Etymology Trivia Quizzes and Games – This website, whose mission is to provide fun through trivia, boasts of over 250k user-generated trivia games you can choose from to play. You are also invited to create up to 25 of your own game/quizzes per month where you can track your stats and invite others to play. If your game/quiz becomes popular, it could be featured on the front page of the website. In order to create a game/quiz, you’ll need to sign up for a free account.

Free Rice: Define Words and Feed the Hungry! – At this website, you can take a multiple choice quiz to define words and feed the hungry at the same time! It doesn’t cost a thing to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger!

Learn about Napoleon

August 16th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 16, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS Empires: Napoleon

(www.pbs.org/empires/napoleon/home.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from PBS based on the 2000 four-part series provides information, lesson plans, interactives and more that can be used to supplement your study of French statesman and military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte.

While the lesson plans are designed to be used with the video series, they may be adaptable to work in your classroom without them or some libraries may have the videos available to their patrons. Don’t let not having access to the series stop you from checking out this site as it still provides some valuable learning material.

When arriving at the home page, look for the 4 thumbnail images in the middle of the page. Select one of these images to visit the page for information about: 

  • The Man and the Myth – Learn about Napoleon’s life in Youth and Family Life, Tyrant or Hero, and Self-Made Myth
  • Napoleon and Josephine – Discover their Courtship & Marriage, The Emperor & Empress, and Crisis & Divorce
  • Politics in Napoleon’s Time – Understand The French Revolution, Politics and the People, The Fall of Napoleon’s Empire and Napoleon’s Legacy
  • Napoleon at War – Dig into Campaigns and Battles, Napoleon’s Tactics, The Soldier’s Life, Weapons and Units of the Grand Armée

Each section provides a few illustrations and informative text about the topic.

Also available at the site is an interactive timeline accessible by selecting the Timeline link in the left-hand menu. Choose the Classroom Materials to locate the lesson plans.

In the Special Features section visitors can send a Napoleon E-Postcard, download a Napoleon screensaver, review responses to perspective questions about Napoleon, or watch RealPlayer video clips from the series. For those with older browsers that still allow Java to run, check out the Waterloo Interactive Battlefield Simulator game. Unfortunately, this game did not load for us using the most recently updated versions of Chrome or Firefox.

While this is an older resource site, there is still a lot of good information to use in your classroom.

Challenging Math & Logic Puzzles – All Ages!

August 13th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 13, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zoopz.com: Games That Make You Think

(www.zoopz.com/)

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

 

Don’t let these games from Meyers Labs fool you – they offer fun ways to learn fundamental and challenging concepts that are required for math.

When you  get to the site, you’ll see a menu of puzzles that includes: 

  • Frog Jumpin’
  • Inch Worm
  • Galactic Journey
  • Maze Craze
  • Ink Blobs
  • Mosaic Design
  • and more.

Click on any game and a new window opens. Some of the games come with instructions, others are intuitive. Some of the skills these games enhance are: 

  • Recognizing Patterns
  • Sequencing
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Recognizing and Sorting Shapes and Colors
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Memory
  • Performance Under Pressure
  • and more!

It helps to read the “Parents & Teachers” notes (at the bottom, on the left side of the home page) that explain which skills are addressed by each game.

Weekly ‘Bring Science Home’ Activities!

July 31st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scientific American: Bring Science Home

(www.scientificamerican.com/section.cfm?id=bring-science-home)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision, and fun for the whole family)

 

This ad-supported site from Scientific American features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday “which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less.”

Get instructions and explanations for a bunch of interesting experiments that cover a variety of scientific topics with intriguing titles such as: 

  • Does It Sink or Float? Depends on the Soap!
  • Tune Up Your Rubber Band Guitar!
  • Play a Memory Game with Your Nose!
  • And lots more!

Back on the home page, find videos under the “Type” drop-down menu to watch entertaining videos that demonstrate fun scientific experiments such as: 

  • How to Make Oobleck
  • How to Make Mini-Craters with Mini-Meteors
  • How to Make A Homemade Compass

When you’re through checking out what’s available in the “Bring Science Home” section, be sure to explore the rest of the massive Scientific American site. Click on the “Citizen Science” tabs under “Education” on the horizontal menu for volunteer research opportunities for budding scientists of all ages.

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

July 30th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 30, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Absurd Math

(www.learningwave.com/abmath/index.html)

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.

As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy clues are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46” and “Level -3”; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion. FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include: 

  • Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
  • Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
  • The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
  • Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.

By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

Find the British Redcoat with Math!

July 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 2, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com: Independence Day Activities

(www.education.com/activity/article/The_lost_redcoat/)

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

 

This massive, ad-supported, website offers a variety of educational activities and games to celebrate the 4th of July! We’ve focused on one game for this review, where kids (about ages 8-11) use social studies, geography, and math coordinate skills to “Find the Lost British Redcoat.”

When you get to the site, you’ll need to sign up as a member (free) to access the materials. Then see the complete instructions for the game along with a free, printable map grid to use as you play.
 
When you’re through finding the lost Redcoat, check out all of the fun and educational 4th of July activities archived at this site including: 

  • Make a patriotic pinwheel – fun for all ages
  • Make soda pop fireworks – using 4th grade science
  • Use math skills to make a patriotic patchwork “quilt” placemat – for second graders
  • Would you sign the Declaration of Independence? – an activity for teens!
  • And more!

Just click on an activity of interest to get the instructions and downloadable materials. Happy Independence Day!

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