Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

October 21st, 2016


It’s Friday, October 21, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at


Recommended Website:

Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island


Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)


This virtual field trip from Scholastic takes visitors on a video field trip to Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1924, twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island in their first steps to becoming citizens of the United States. Explore this story with the over 30-minute video that provides a walk-through tour of Ellis Island and interviews with knowledgeable Ellis Island park rangers.

Students will learn about: 

  • What was it like for immigrants to come to America and the screening process?
  • The history of Immigration Station
  • What was on the island before it became the doorway to America?
  • Who was the first immigrant through Ellis Island?
  • What happened to immigrants after leaving Ellis Island?

And more.

When you have finished watching the video, use the menu at the top to select “Explore Ellis Island” to: 

  • Read interesting stories
  • Hear first-hand accounts from people who came through Ellis Island
  • See historical photos
  • Watch film footage of immigrants arriving

But the learning doesn’t stop there. Use the upper navigation to “Meet Young Immigrants” who recently immigrated to the United States and explore “Immigration Data”.

Select the “Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today” header to go to the main page of this unit. Scroll down the page to locate the “Teaching Resources” section to find: 

  • Teacher’s Guide – explains the objectives of the unit, provides grade-level lesson plans, and other suggested resources
  • Book lists – suggested reading about immigration for students grades 3-5 and 6-12
  • Ellis Island Facts and Worksheets – worksheets and interesting facts to supplement your studies
  • The New York Times Interactive Map of Immigrant Settlement Patterns – an interactive map on the NY Times website that allows students to see where immigrants from specific countries settled in America

This unit not only provides an interesting virtual tour but loads of great information and activities to add your history studies on immigration.

U.S. Geography State Map Game

October 20th, 2016


It’s Thursday, October 20, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website: Know Your States


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


This website offers a free, challenging, interactive U.S. geography game.

When you get to the site you’ll see a blank map of the United States. Above the map is an outline of a U.S. state (along with its name). You simply drag-and-drop the state to where it belongs on the map.

It isn’t as easy as it may sound, mostly because placing a state in the precise location where it belongs – when there are no boundaries indicated on the map – is a bit tricky! We spent close to an hour playing this game trying to beat our personal top score without success. We had a lot of fun, though.
The “smart” map keeps track of your score, the estimated miles a player is “off” when a state is placed incorrectly on the map, and the time (minutes) it takes to complete the puzzle.

The program varies the order each state is presented with each new game.

This game could prove to be frustrating for younger children. It might help to have a map of the U.S. next to the computer in a more relaxed, learn-as-you-play approach.

CAUTION:  This ClickSchooling review is limited to JUST the U.S. puzzle page at this website. We did NOT review the contents of the rest of the site. Parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content PRIOR to showing any other pages of the site to children. The good news is that the only thing on this page is the map – there isn’t a menu inviting you to click to another page.

Interactive and educational games

October 19th, 2016


It’s Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Interactive Sites for Education – Language Arts


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


We found a quite a treasure on this website that describes themselves as a conglomeration of “all of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place!” New activities for the 2016-17 school year were just added. They do say that “most of these activities are Flash based. This means that they will NOT work on iPads unless you are running an app that allows Flash to play such as Puffin”.

When you get to the page scroll down to investigate the games listed by skills like: 

  • ABC’s
  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capitalization
  • Compound Words
  • Capitalization
  • Parts of Speech
  • And so much more!

This website has much more to offer in addition to Language Arts. Go to the home page to see a full list of their offerings – everything from learning about the elections to Math, Science, Social Studies, Brainteasers, Teacher Tools, Music, Art, Typing, Holidays and even games in Spanish!

Please keep in mind that each of these selections are links to individual websites. These interactive games, sites, and activities were not created by the owner(s) of this site. The content of the linked resources are the property of their respective creators. As always, parents should preview the content and supervise the use.

Free Alice Computer Programming Software

October 18th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, October 18, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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


This website offers “Alice” – free educational software from Carnegie Mellon University that teaches students computer programming in a visual, 3-D environment. It makes it easy to create animation for interactive games and videos and much more.

The description from the website best explains it:

Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

In Alice’s interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. Alice allows students to immediately see how their animation programs run, enabling them to easily understand the relationship between the programming statements and the behavior of objects in their animation. By manipulating the objects in their virtual world, students gain experience with all the programming constructs typically taught in an introductory programming course.

When you get to the site you can read the latest news and media coverage about Alice software and then click on the menu items that include: 

  • About Alice – Explains how Alice works – and provides promotional videos you can watch to better understand how to get started.
  • Downloads – Get Free downloads of the software designed specifically for middle school students and/or high school and college students that will allow you to get started learning computer programming in a fun and engaging way.
  • Teaching – Alice provides instructional materials to support teachers and students in classrooms. Resources include textbooks, lessons, tests, and more that you can download and print out.

NOTE: Some of you may have heard about “Alice” in the context of media coverage about one of the developers, Randy Pausch. Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, died of pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008 at the age of 47, leaving behind his wife and three young children. He gained world-wide attention through an inspirational “Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in which he recounted how he achieved his childhood dreams of becoming a football player, experiencing zero gravity, and developing Disneyland attractions. There are lessons in his last lecture for all of us. You can view it here. Parents, as always, should preview the lecture to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Interactive Foreign Language Games

October 15th, 2016


It’s Saturday, October 15, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects


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


This website offers a variety of interactive online games that help foreign language learners acquire basic language skills in a relaxed and fun way. Audio files have been incorporated into some of the animations so you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences.

As explained at the website, you’ll find “The world’s major languages, with a cross-section of languages from diverse regions,” represented including: 

  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch/Dutch Advanced
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French/French Advanced/French Geography
  • German/German Advanced/German Geography
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian/Italian Advanced
  • Japanese
  • Maori
  • Norwegian
  • Polish/Polish Advanced
  • Portuguese – European & Brazilian
  • Russian/Russian Advanced
  • Spanish/Spanish Advanced/Spanish Geography
  • Swahili
  • Turkish/Turkish Advanced
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

When you get to the site just click on the language of choice. A new page opens with a selection of games.

Some languages have more than others and the menu may include: 

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Days and Months
  • Food
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Phrases & Greetings
  • Units of Time
  • Verbs
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Vocabulary

Geography games that help familiarize learners with the locations of cities in countries are included for just a few of the major languages.

This is a terrific educational tool to enhance learning foreign languages.

Learn All About Volcanos

October 11th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, October 11, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Volcano World


Age Range: 9-18 (Free lessons are geared for grades 5-8; however, there is material here for older students and adults as well. Plus, younger children may enjoy aspects of the site, with adult guidance.)


Today’s website is all about volcanoes.

When you get to the site, some of the things you’ll see are the latest volcano news, and Eruptions! Use the menu at the top to explore: 

  • Kids Only! – This is the spot to visit to have fun while learning about volcanoes. You’ll find a gallery of kids’ volcano artwork and interactive online games including a volcano-themed match game, crossword puzzle, dot-to-dot, and a game that simulates volcanic eruptions.
  • Teachers – Get FREE lessons (geared for grades 5-8) on plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, prehistoric Earth, types of volcanoes, and much, much more.

The rest of the site is geared more for older students and adults. It includes: 

  • Volcano List
  • All About Volcanoes
  • Adventures and Fun including field trips, folklore and parks

And lots more!