Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

The Art of Crime Detection

February 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 18, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Art of Crime Detection

(eduweb.com/portfolio/artofcrimedetection/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Try your hand at being a police sketch artist with this interactive website originally created for Sanford’s “A Lifetime of Color” website. Along the way, visitors will discover the difference between the right brain and the left brain and how they work together in the world of a sketch artist.

After reading through the slide presentation that explains how the right brain and left brain interpret information differently, visitors are presented with two “crimes” to solve, The Toilet Paper Caper and Pushing Other People’s Buttons. Using the online PDArtist, students decide whether to rely on their right or left brain or both to create an image of the perpetrator. Using the online tool, they make decisions to choose the image that most closely represents what is remembered about the perpetrator regarding: 

  • The shape of the head
  • The width of the eyes
  • The thickness of the eyebrows
  • The size of the nose and lips
  • The length of the hair

The choices available for each category depend on which side of the brain is chosen. This helps solidify an understanding of what information is processed with each side of the brain and what information artists use to create realistic images.

When you are done solving the crimes, there is one last assignment where the student can use the PDArtist to try to create an image of a friend or family member

Not only is this website easy to navigate and a lot of fun trying to solve the mysteries but may also open the door to a new interest for any budding artist.

Explore the Tombs of the Pharaohs

February 17th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, February 17, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

(archive.fieldmuseum.org/tut/explore.asp)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Visit the Valley of the Kings with this virtual field trip from the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Visitors will learn about the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, examine Egyptian funeral artifacts, and discover the stories surrounding the pharaohs.

After reading the introduction, select the “Begin your Exploration” text link to start the interactive tour. Follow the instructions to navigate through the tour. Choose your destination by clicking one of the choices on the map: 

  • Tomb of Yuya and Tjyu
  • Tomb of Tuthmosis IV
  • Tomb of Amenhotep II
  • Tomb of Tutankhamun

While all the tours contain images and interesting information about the king, the tour for King Tut provides much more detail about this Pharoah.
 
When you are finished examining the tombs, go back to the home page and dig deeper by using the right-hand menu options to learn more about King Tut, examine additional artifacts, explore the photo gallery, and to find the answers to some of the most common questions about King Tutankhamun.

This site is an excellent addition to studies of Egypt and mummies.

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including: 

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Songs for Learning Grammar

February 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garden of Praise: Grammar Songs

(gardenofpraise.com/mugram.htm)

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

 

This ad-supported website was created by a veteran classroom teacher and provides free songs that teach grammar along with online and printable activities and materials to reinforce learning. The idea here is that learning rote grammar rules and parts of speech is easier when set to music.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of parts of speech including: 

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Articles
  • Punctuation

Below the menu, are instructions for how to teach the lessons using the songs and printable cards and posters.

Click on any menu item, and a new page opens with a definition, examples, a link to the song (with music and lyrics), as well as links to downloadable activities. (For example, if you click on “Noun,” you’ll be able to access a crossword puzzle in pdf, and a link to another website containing an interactive noun game.)

Free Writing Study Guide and More

February 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Guides and Strategies – Essay and writing sequence

(www.studygs.net/writing/index.htm)

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

 

This site provides free study guides for a variety of subjects – and this review focuses on the essay and writing sequence.

When you get to the site, you’ll see seven stages of writing: 

  1. Develop your topic
  2. Identify your audience
  3. Research
  4. Pre-Write
  5. Write a draft
  6. Revise
  7. Proofread your work

Click on any one for a textbook explanation and suggested activities.

When you have reviewed this information, click on “Translations and Site Map” at the top of the page. A new page opens will a full menu of study guides that you will find at this website. Scroll about half way down the index to find study guides on topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Types of Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science and Technology

Don’t miss the “Learning Exercises and Games” under the “Resources” category. It offers some interactive opportunities to practice skills in many subjects. For example, in “Prefixes and Root Words,” use your mouse to drag and combine prefixes and root words to create new words (the definitions of the words you create pop up on the screen. The direct link is: 

http://www.studygs.net/vocab/prefixes.htm then press the arrow to continue.

There is a lot of content at this site. Bookmark it, as it will require more than one visit to see it all.

Games to Help with Basic Math Facts

February 6th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, February 6, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A+ Math Games

(www.aplusmath.com/games/index.html)

Age Range: 3-11 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website contains fun, interactive games for learning basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and geometry.

The games include: 

  • Matho – This is math and bingo combined for “Matho”! Includes game board and games for addition, multiplication and division facts. When you get to the web page, you will see a game board with numbers on it. Below it are questions like “What is 8 x 5?” You do the math, and get the answer – in this case “40”. Then you click on the number 40 on the game board. As soon as you get 5 in a row – you have Matho!
  • Hidden Picture – Choose your subject to get to the game board with numbers on it. Above the game board are math fact problems like “8 – 3?” You find the correct answer on the game board and click on it. If you are correct a piece of the hidden picture is revealed. Once you answer all of the questions correctly – you get to see the whole picture!
  • Math Memory – Click on the type of Math Memory game you’d like to play. On the next screen, you will see 2 game boards. Both boards are covered in question marks. Click on a square on one board, and you will see a math fact like “3 + 3?” Then you click on a square on the other side to try to find the solution. The idea is to try to remember as you click from one side to the next what facts and answers lie beneath each square. Requires concentration and develops good memory skills. Once you clear both boards by finding the solution to each math fact, you win!

These games are a great way to remedy the boredom of drill and practice with basic math facts.

When you finish the games, check out the rest of the site to find flashcards and worksheets and homework help. Highly recommended!

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