# Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include:

• Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
• Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
• Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
• Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects:

• Plants
• Animals
• Human Body
• Earth Sciences
• Chemistry
• Physical Science
• History/Social Studies
• Geography/Maps
• Art
• Language Arts
• Drama
• and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

# Geography, History, & Culture

January 3rd, 2019

It’s Thursday, January 3, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Geographia

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

This website offers virtual guides to the geography, culture and history of different countries of the world.

These areas are included:

• Africa
• Asia
• Caribbean
• Europe
• Latin America

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured country (currently Malaysia), and below that a menu of the most recent countries and destinations that have been added to the site. Click on any title and a new page opens where you can virtually explore a multi-media travel guide of that location.

Or, click on the menu on the left side of your screen to open a window to any of the locations described above.

Enjoy colorful photographs, interesting text, and the ability to sample some of the sounds and music of the location as well (so turn on your speakers).

This site is designed as a travel guide – but the educational content here makes it much more. You’ll learn about the geography, people, culture, nature and history of the country and find out about the national parks, attractions, places off the beaten path, activities, important dates and festivals, and much more.

There is a lot of content here, and we weren’t able to explore it all. Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

This site provides a great way to see the world without leaving home. It’s also a fantastic way to jump-start a social sciences curriculum. In addition, it may just inspire a destination for your next family vacation.

# Language Arts Activities with The Polar Express

December 12th, 2018

It’s Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Polar Express

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. This timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

When you get to the site, you’ll find a link to download an extensive discussion guide and a list of additional curriculum connections:

• Creative Writing/Language Arts – Brainstorm winter words; ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about it, list all of the adjectives, then verbs, then nouns.
• Science/Geography – Find the North Pole on a globe or map, and write a short report on its characteristics.
• Topics for Further Research – Polar ice cap, Northern lights, reindeer
• And more!

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to access activities, games and recipes.

# Create Animated Maps

November 8th, 2018

It’s Thursday, November 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Animaps

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

Create fun and interesting animated maps with this site that “extends the MyMaps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.”

When arriving at today’s link, read over the information, check out some example animated maps, and, to get a good understanding of how to use Animaps, be sure to watch the “Basics Tutorial.” You can check out more maps that others have created under the “Most viewed” and “Latest maps” sections, however, as this is a public access site, be sure to review a map prior to allowing your children to do so to ensure they are suitable for your family.

To create a map, visitors must either create a free Animaps account or log in using their Facebook account. This will provide a place to easily keep track of the maps you have created. Along with the ability to add multiple route markers for specific times, you can add text, images, icons, and more to your map. A fun feature is the ability to select a mode of transportation and change them along your route so that once your map is created, when you play it back, you can watch it travel your route. You can even share your maps or embed them into a web page if you have one.

While learning and creating new maps may take some time, the creative educational uses will make it worth the effort. This tool could not only be used to teach geography, but also used for other subjects. Some ideas for maps we came up with include:

• Create map history timelines showing where and when events took place.
• Show the journeys of the explorers.
• Plan out dream vacation trips and include travel cost information and points of interest to visit.
• During an election, plot out the route of a candidate’s state visits.
• Create a “book report” indicating settings or destinations from the story. (Around the World in 80 Days comes to mind as a perfect choice.)
• Have foreign language students show locations where the language is spoken.

Map creation is limited only by the visitor’s imagination.

# Free Printable Math Worksheets & More

October 22nd, 2018

It’s Monday, October 22, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

KidZone Math

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

KidZone is part of the DLTK family of ad-supported, educational websites. This review focuses on the Mathematics portion of the site, where there are plenty of free math worksheets and activities to print and do.

When you get to the site you’ll find:

• Math Games – online, timed Basic Facts addition, subtraction and multiplication quizzes (Good for any grade – improve basic skills)
• Math Brain Teaser (Grade 3 and up) – very fun to try!
• Mathematical Magic Trick – (practice your 2 times tables and 5 times tables)
• Mathematical Magic Trick – Calculator – (practice using a calculator)
• Free Printable Worksheets – You can select your desired grade level, theme (farm, jungle, ocean, holidays, and more), and activity type including:
• Subtraction
• Multiplication
• Division
• Geometry
• Word Problems

Many of the worksheets are different every time they load, for virtually unlimited practice sets.

• Other Links – These lead to sections of DLTK sister sites with supplementary fun coloring pages and activities to reinforce counting, number recognition, and other early math concepts.

When you are finished, be sure to explore the other areas of this site for printable worksheets relating to Language Arts, Science, Geography, and more.

# Social Studies for Kids

September 27th, 2018

It’s Thursday, September 27, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Social Studies for Kids

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

Bookmark this ad-supported website right now! It offers tons of great resources about history, geography, government, different cultures and more that your kids will enjoy.

When you get to the site you will see a headline banner with the name of the website. Below it is a menu that will help you navigate through some of the website. Below the menu bar, you will discover the highlights currently featured at the site in Recent Events, History and featured trivia. For example, if you visited the site when this review was written, you would have seen a feature presentation on “Ancient Greece.”

Content you will find available on the site include:

• Current Events – Get some insight on what’s taking place throughout the world.
• Cultures, Holidays, Languages, Religions – an array of links to websites with activities, information, and resources to explore the world’s people and their customs and beliefs
• Economics – The website description of this section says it best: “Economics is not just money. It’s businesses and how they work. It’s lemonade stands and how many dollars they take in. It’s toy collecting and baseball card collections. It’s taxes and allowances. It’s stocks and bonds. Economics is part of almost everything you could ever think about. Find out how by visiting the links on this page.”
• Geography – You’ll find more than maps here. You’ll find links to websites with lessons and activities that help kids to have a better understanding of the world, and where they are in relation to the rest of it.
• Government – Learn everything from how a bill becomes law in the U.S. to how other countries are governed.

You’ll also find selections that contain historical timelines, information on U.S. and World History, activities for learning about every state in the U.S., information about ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Wars, Archaeology, Sports, Explorers, and more. There are even teaching resources and other fun kid sites.

Use this website as a starting point for all your social studies schoolwork.