Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Interactive Science Games for Kids

June 27th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 27, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Schools Online

(web.extension.illinois.edu/state/programarea.cfm?ProgramAreaID=5)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this site now. The University of Illinois Extension offers all kinds of free, multimedia, interactive science games that help kids learn about biology, zoology, meteorology, entomology, and more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games, click on any one to play-and-learn including: 

  • The Great Plant Escape – Discover the mysteries of plant life.
  • Where Your Food Comes From – Tons of interactives to find out the origins of chocolate, pineapples, bananas, peanuts, rice, coffee, tea and much more.
  • Riding the Winds with Kalani – Investigate the science of weather and what impacts it including the sun, seasons, clouds, precipitation and more!
  • Let’s Talk About Insects – Find out the definition of an insect, learn about insect life cycles, and discover their importance to life on earth.
  • Shake, Rattle and Slide – Learn all about earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers.

Many of these games are actually entire websites hosted by the University of Illinois and not only include the games, but teacher guides, suggested activities to enhance learning, and links to other resources. Plus, many of the games are available in a variety of languages.  

In addition to the science games, you’ll also find games about nutrition, exercise, sports, and more.

Free Grammar & Writing Lessons

June 21st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 21, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guide to Grammar and Writing

(grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-11, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-free website, designed by an English professor for students with a wide range of ability levels, provides free lessons in grammar and writing

When you get to the site you will see a menu of topics with search buttons below them. Click on the “arrow down” on any search button and you will see a drop-down menu of the amazing range of topics covered in that category as follows: 

  • Word & Sentence Level – adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions, etc.
  • Paragraph Level – paragraph development, sentence variety, sentence combining, etc.
  • Essay & Research Paper Level – principles of composition, outlining, organization, structure, tone, formatting, plagiarism, etc.
  • Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices – Take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of grammar.
  • Peripherals and PowerPoints – instructions, suggestions, resources, and demos for PowerPoint presentations.

Click on any topic in the drop-down menu and a new page opens with instructions delivered through text and illustration. Clear examples of the correct and incorrect forms are provided as well. Interactive quizzes at the end of each lesson allow the student to self-test their knowledge of the subject matter. 

This site is equivalent to having a complete English textbook online for free. The interactive element of the quizzes makes this rather dry material much more appealing to students.

Create a Beatbox Band

June 17th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 17, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Incredibox

(www.incredibox.com/)

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

 

Become the conductor of a group of animated human sound machines and express your musicality through this free, fun, and easy to use interactive program. Sponsored by a graphic design and mixed media studio, Incredibox lets you record your music composition to share with friends.

When you get to the site, select from versions: 

  • The original – 2009
  • Little miss – 2012
  • Sunrise – 2013
  • The love – 2014

After making a selection, a short introduction demonstrates how to use the program. Once the intro is over, the program will be ready to begin. You’ll see animated male characters. Drag and drop different effects, beats, melodies, and voices (from icons located below the animation screen). As you drop them onto the character, it will dress the character in a new outfit and demonstrate the effect. Continue until you create a musical piece that appeals to you. 

Use the small icons above the music screen to record your music, shuffle the program (automate it), remove the sounds (start over), and change the settings. It takes a little experimentation to get proficient at creating compositions, but the fun is in exploring and testing the possibilities.

Note: There is a big “Play Now” button located at the bottom of the screen that opens a page where you can download a game program. It was difficult to tell if it was an advertisement – but it’s not part of the Incredibox program. Our advice is to avoid it. Also, there is a paid version of Incredibox available in the Apple App Store.

Cool Math Lessons & Games for Ages 3-12

June 12th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 12, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CoolMath4Kids.com

(www.coolmath4kids.com/)

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

 

Last week, we reviewed the CoolMath.com site for high schoolers and up. Today we feature CoolMath4Kids.com for the younger set. And just like last week, this site is animated, colorful, fun – and academic!

It’s an amusement park of interactive math lessons, games, quizzes, brain teasers, and more – all of which reinforce typical math strands taught during the elementary school years including: 

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • ~and much more!

Be prepared to spend some time here – the games and brain teasers are great fun and an interesting way to practice known facts or to introduce new concepts. Bookmark this one – it’s a keeper!

Come on a Safari with Bwana Mitch

May 26th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, May 26, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bwana Mitch’s Virtual Safari

(www.virtuellesafari.de/start.e.html)

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

 

This commercial website specializes in travel to Africa and includes a terrific, free virtual safari of East Africa and southern Africa using photos and interactive 360° panoramas of wildlife and landscapes.

When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a lion. Click on the words, “To The Gallery” located below the lion. A new page opens with a menu of the photo gallery that you will use to take this virtual safari that includes: 

  • Wildlife – See pictures and read descriptions of African mammals, reptiles, and birds including: 
    • Elephant
    • Rhinoceros
    • Cheetah
    • Leopard
    • Lion
    • Mongoose
    • Hippopotamus
    • Warthog
    • Nile Crocodile
    • Ostrich
    • and many more!
  • Landscapes – Explore national parks in Botswana, Tanzania, and Kenya.

If you click on any item on the menu a new page opens to photographs with descriptions in GERMAN. If you don’t read German – don’t worry. You can easily translate each page into English with a Google translation service located in very small print at the bottom of each page. Just click on the words “Translate this page into English” and the Google application works its magic so that you get the full benefit of the picture and the descriptive text.

If you enjoy the virtual field trip, you can also virtually explore the lodges and camps that are available to those who go on a real safari using the travel services of Bwana Mitch.

Geography for Kids

May 25th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 25, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsGeo.com

(www.kidsgeo.com/index.php)

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

 

This part of the larger ad-supported KidsKnowIt Network provides an online geography textbook for kids.

When arriving at the site, either use the left-hand menu or the image icons under the introduction to select the chapter you wish to explore. The nine chapters include: 

  • Chapter One – Hello Earth
  • Chapter Two – Describing Our Planet
  • Chapter Three – Our Atmosphere
  • Chapter Four – Atmospheric Temperatures
  • Chapter Five – Atmospheric Pressures
  • Chapter Six – Atmospheric Moisture
  • Chapter Seven – Atmospheric Disturbances
  • Chapter Eight – The Hydrosphere
  • Chapter Nine – The Biosphere

Each chapter is broken down into individual related topics. Each topic provides text and images to explain the concept as well as an occasional interactive activity for the student to do. On the right-hand menu, there are additional links to games, worksheets, educational movies, music, as well as links to other KidsKnowIt websites. Teachers can browse these links to find additional extension activities to go along with the geography text book.

Back on the Geography & Geology for Kids home page, scroll a little further down to find the geology text book to expand your studies. Chapters for the geology course include: 

  • Chapter One – Examining The Soil
  • Chapter Two – Earth, Rocks, And Landforms
  • Chapter Three – The Earth Inside Out
  • Chapter Four – An Introduction To Erosion
  • Chapter Five – Erosion By Water Processes

This site provides a good spine for most geography and geology classes for elementary students.

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