Posts Tagged ‘games’

Emily Dickinson Poems, Activities, Lessons

August 16th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 16, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Emily Dickinson Museum

(www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Emily Dickinson Museum website offers a view into the poet’s life, times, and work with free lessons, activities and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured news and events, as well as the “Poem of the Week.” Below the poem you’ll find links to learn more about Dickinson’s poetry, family and friends, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Use the menu at the top of the page to explore the site including: 

  • Emily Dickinson – Read her biography, learn about her childhood, youth, and her writing. See pictures of her home and the room where she wrote over 1,000 poems
  • The Museum – Get an overview of the exhibits and the various Dickinson family properties that influenced Emily’s poetry.
  • Education – Click on “For Teachers” in this section to find suggestions on how to help students appreciate Dickinson’s poems. Look at the “Lesson Ideas” that explore language, interpret poetry, provide starter poems and writing assignments, and a set of lessons from the National Endowment for Humanities. You’ll also find “Fun and Games” – with coloring pages, puzzles, riddles, and the “Poem of the Week” word search activity.

Learn Spanish through play

August 12th, 2017

It’s Saturday, August 12, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wordplay Spanish Vocabulary Game

(www.wordplay.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Quickly master over a thousand Spanish vocabulary words with this online learning tool powered by Brainrush that teaches using a simple game atmosphere.

After creating a free account and logging in, select the lesson you want to work on by using the sidebar menu of lessons. All of the lessons are nicely broken down into bite-size pieces of about 10 words each. With over 100 lessons, you can easily find lessons to supplement your curriculum. Some of the vocabulary topics covered are:

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Important verbs
  • Opening and closing phrases
  • Adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Colors
  • Conversations
  • Question words
  • Comparisons
  • People, Nationalities, Professions
  • Time, holidays, and Weather
  • School words
  • Words related to food and eating
  • Words related to the home
  • Emotions
  • Clothing and Fabric
  • Places, transportation, and travel
  • The body
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • And much more.

Vocabulary is presented on illustrated tiles that include the Spanish word and English translation. Click the tile to hear both translations. When you have finished reviewing the tiles, select the “Play” button and the games begin. In the first stage of the game, students try to match the word before it reaches the bottom of the game field. When the student matches correctly both translations are said aloud. Once stage 1 is mastered you are moved onto stage 2 in which a word tile is presented and students must type the correct Spanish or English word in the box provided. If the student inputs the incorrect answer, the program gives the correct answer and the student corrects their error, quickly reinforcing the proper translation spelling. When you finish stage 2 you are moved onto the next lesson and the process begins again.

Some additional features that this site offers:

  • Wordplay adjusts difficulty to match your skill
  • Reviews are automatically scheduled to build long term retention
  • Each tile has a mastery meter that fills in green as you develop mastery and then blue as you build retention
  • Downloadable PDFs of course content
  • Downloadable progress reports

As an added bonus, you can request to have a Teacher’s account created for you where you can create your own courses, set up multiple students, and monitor their progress.

Please note that this is an ad-supported website, but they are minimal and don’t appear to be distracting when using the games.

If you are looking for a no-frills Spanish vocabulary program, you will certainly want to check out this site.

Missouri State History for Kids

August 10th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 10, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Missouri Secretary of State Kids Page

(www.sos.mo.gov/kids/default)

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

 

Missouri became the 24th state to be admitted to the Union on August 10, 1821. This website from the office of the Missouri Secretary of State gathers together loads of resources for your state study of Missouri.

At the kids’ homepage, there is a clickable list of links to: 

  • Games – online coloring pages, connect the dots, crossword puzzles, and more
  • Missouri History & Fun Facts – state symbols, famous people, a timeline, and other interesting topics
  • Missouri Government, A Brief Look – learn about the jobs of the state government

On the left-hand sidebar, select the Resources & Links to download PDFs in a virtual school packet that include full color brochures of the Missouri Government, A Brief Look, the Missouri State Capitol, the state flag, state symbols, famous Missourians, and the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. There are also links to other resources.

Add this website to your collection of state study sites.

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

August 7th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 7, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

(mathsnacks.com/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”

The site’s collection of “snacks,” are highly entertaining educational movies, games, and apps that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the videos and games you’ll find include: 

  • Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a Dodgeball 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: “Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8.” 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.

Australian Art Games, Videos & More

August 5th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, August 5, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

QAGOMA Children’s Art Center

(www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/learn/kids)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) invites visitors to explore art and artists from around the world through games, videos and “make-at-home activities.”

Scroll down below the introduction to begin your discovery. Select from interactive games such as: 

  • Build Your Own Humpy
  • Drover Muster
  • The Call of the Wild
  • We Miss you in Magic Land
  • Kusama’s World of Dots
  • Harlequin Hallway
  • Spanish Still Life
  • The Drawing Room
  • The Surrealist Chronicle
  • Pepe’s Great Escape

And many more. Games vary in skill level and type as well as what concepts are taught but are fairly simple to learn and play overall.

Activities include 5 downloadable lesson projects. There are also video stories available to watch online.

Bookmark this site to add to your art studies; but this would also be a nice addition to your cultural studies.

History Through Inventions

August 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 3, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Idea Finder

(www.ideafinder.com/)

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

 

This website was created by an Internet consulting company to inspire the “inventor” in everyone. It showcases the history of remarkable inventions, inventors, and great ideas throughout time.

When you get to the site, click on “Enter” and a new page opens. In the center of the screen you’ll see some features. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page and at the top of the page to access: 

  • First Time Visitor – Get an indexed overview of what you’ll find on this content-rich website that features innovation information about the past, present, and future.
  • History Facts & Myths – Explore an incredible archive of history’s most interesting inventions and the stories behind them including the Abacus, Car, Coca-Cola, Frisbee, Hair Dryer, Internet, Jell-O, Liquid Paper, Microwave Oven, Post-It Notes, Slinky, and many more. Each invention includes a bibliography for further reading as well as links to more sources of info on the Internet.

Plus, you’ll find: 

  • Inventor Biography – Read the biographies of notable inventors such as Steve Jobs (Apple Computer), Ed Johnson (Christmas Lights), Harvey Ball (Smiley Face), Alfred Butts (Scrabble), and many more.
  • Innovation Timeline – Search any era in history (from ancient BC to the modern 21st Century) to learn about the innovations that occurred during that time period. Includes photographs, quotations, and resources for further learning.
  • Innovation Games & Trivia – Don’t be afraid to take this test BEFORE you explore the site. The questions are intriguing, so if you don’t know the answers and your curiosity gets the better of you – find out instantly by clicking the “answer” button. A great way to introduce the topic of invention and segue to a history lesson.
  • Idea Showcase – The point of innovation is to improve the quality of life. That said, inventors like making income by selling their inventions. In this section you can check out award-winning inventions and purchase them as well.
  • Features – Find out how many inventions were the result of an accident. See how inventors improve upon the inventions of others to “build a better mousetrap.” Check out inventions that changed civilization and had an enduring effect on the world.
  • Resource Center – Find resources for further learning and investigation including websites, books, movies, and a listing of contests, competitions, experiments, and projects for the young inventor. (Some are available for free, others for a fee.) Find resources for invention mentors too.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles on historical innovations, inventors, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Find out about the Patent Act of 1790 and explore some patents that have become products.

Students will need good reading skills to explore this site independently, and non-readers of all ages will enjoy the pictures and information with assistance.

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