Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Free Math Games fro Beginners

May 18th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, May 18, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

ICT Games: Numeracy Games

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html 

 

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a vast collection of interactive games to help young children (and beginning mathematicians of all ages) learn and practice basic math skills.
When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction in the center screen that is followed by a menu of math “Themes” that include: 
  • Number Facts
  • Money
  • Counting
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Time
  • Shape and Measures
  • Place Value
  • More and Less
  • Multiplication & Rounding – and more!
Click on any theme and a new page opens with a menu of selections for that particular math theme or strand. The games are colorful and engaging. Some lack sufficient explanation on how to play – so you may need to experiment a little until you figure it out.

When you’re through with the math activities, click on “Literacy” on the menu to play a variety of games that teach and reinforce reading, spelling, vocabulary, etc.

Go West with Lewis & Clark

May 14th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 14, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark

 

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

 

This website from National Geographic takes students on a brief interactive adventure in the 1800’s alongside the great explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
When arriving at the link, select the “Onward!” banner to begin. On the next page, after reading the brief introduction, you can choose to enter your name or just click the “Onward” button. Each slide poses a question with choices to be made about your journey. After making your choice, the next slide provides an explanation as to why or why not the choice is a good one. Select the “Did You Know?” icon for interesting pop-up fast facts relating to the current slide or choose the “Journal” icon to see brief journal entries from Lewis and Clark. There is also a map of your journey on the right hand side of the screen. Situations include: 
  • Gearing up for the Journey
  • Indian Dilemma
  • Baby on Board?
  • Which Way to Go?
  • Brave the Icy Mountains?
  • All Downhill From Here
  • Mission Accomplished
When you have finished going through the slides, click the “See where you’ve been!” text link to see a larger map of your journey. Then select the “Onward” text link to return to the main page. Select the “Onward” option again for the first slide, then check out these text links at the bottom of the slide for more information about Lewis and Clark: 
  • Meet the Crew – brief descriptions of those who traveled with Lewis and Clark
  • More about Lewis and Clark – resources and links to other websites about Lewis and Clark
This website makes an interesting introduction to your studies of Lewis and Clark.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

May 13th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

BBC: Skillswise

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills. Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations). 
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:
  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation. 

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.

IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Learn Braille

May 9th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, May 9, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Braille Bug

 

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

 

This website from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) was designed to teach sighted children about braille. With the aid of this site children will not only gain an understanding of the history and importance of braille as a language for the blind, but will also learn braille numbers and letters.
When arriving at this colorful site, students can select from the following: 
  • Change the Colors of the Site! – Change the color of the text and background for easier viewing.
  • What is Braille? – Learn the ins and outs of reading and writing braille as well as print out a braille alphabet key or send away for a free braille alphabet card.
  • Reading Club – featured books to read including a Reading Club Schedule and a Message to Parents and Teachers explaining the purpose of the Reading Club
  • Games and Secret Messages – interactive activities that encourage students to interpret simulated braille letters, words, and numbers. See your name in braille, solve trivia, riddles and rhymes, jumbles, secret messages and more.
  • Louis Braille – read the brief story of Louis Braille then visit the Louis Braille Online Museum through the link provided on the page.
  • Helen Keller Kids Museum Online – Explore the timeline of Helen Keller’s life which includes photos and videos (which need to be downloaded to your computer to view) and much more.
  • Parents and Teachers – This page provides links to an overview of the Braille Bug website, instructions for downloading braille files for those that have a braille printer, suggestions for classroom activities, and more.
  • Are You Ready for Real Braille? – This page provides a special offer to purchase the Braille BugĀ® Activity Book, Slate, and Stylus.
In the bottom menu, visitors can learn about the AFB by selecting the text link “Learn About the American Foundation for the Blind“.

While this website’s target audience is students in grades 3-6, many of the activities can easily be adapted for younger and older students.

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

April 27th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 27, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Absurd Math

 

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, printable clue sheets 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: 

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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. They try to respond within two days. 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.

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

April 25th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

8notes.com

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.
When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 
  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music
When choosing from an instrument category, the section is further broken down into categories such as music genre, skill levels, and/or occasion. There are also resource links for lessons, forums, tuners, and more.

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Search by level or lesson. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Composer and Artist biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest” category to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

(Please note that in the free portions only one page at a time can be printed when selecting the printer icon. Also subscribers only have access to the “Play”, “Play Along – Piano Accompaniment”, “Play Along Band Accompaniment”, and “Play Along – Slow Piano Accompaniment” features.)

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