Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Dinosaurs for Kids

November 29th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 29, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Dinos

(www.kidsdinos.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. The Kids Know It Network developed this Google-ad-supported website that offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (The site is geared for kids. Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults.)

When you get to the site you’ll see a dinosaur animation and below it 4 icons with the offerings on the site. Below those you can learn about the featured dinosaur of the day. 

  • Explore Dinosaurs – The Dino Database features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more!
  • Play Games – Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Create and name your own dinosaur. Match dinosaurs with their shadow shapes. Learn about dinosaur classification. Play dinosaur hangman and improve your spelling and vocabulary. Paint and print your very own dinosaur masterpiece. Use interactive Dinosaur Flashcards to memorize the names of every dinosaur and learn facts about them. You can even customize the flashcards to display just the dinosaurs you select.
  • Learn History – Learn all about paleontology.
  • Free Worksheets – A puzzle and lots of coloring worksheets in .pdf format.

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

Games & Activities for Emerging Readers

November 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Roy The Zebra

(www.roythezebra.com/)

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides an archive of free interactive language arts games and literacy resources to help emerging readers learn to read

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured activities that include “Guided Reading Stories” starring your host, Roy the Zebra, as well as “Interactive Reading Games” that help teach concepts such as: 

  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capital Letters
  • Consonant Blends
  • High Frequency Words (Days, Months, Numbers, Colors)
  • Singular or Plural
  • Long Vowel Phonemes
  • Sentence Structure
  • Tricky Words
  • Words that Rhyme
  • Words Within Words
  • And more!

The simplicity of this site makes learning the basic skills for reading lots of fun for kids. Non-readers will need assistance.

In addition to playing the games, you can help your children read the interactive story book about Roy the Zebra and his escape from a zoo. The stories come with free, printable discussion and literacy worksheets.

If you read the stories, you’ll discover that Roy the Zebra loves to sing. Use the menu to click on “Songs” to hear Roy singing his faves.

In addition to all of the freebies here, the site does sell reading software, books, etc. However, you are under no obligation to buy anything to easily access the free stories and games.

Native American Art

November 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 19, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Infinity of Nations

(nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/infinityofnations/culturequest/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn about Native American art with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

After reading the brief introduction, choose from three different sections to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Object Gallery to discover headdresses, cultural objects, and contemporary art
  • Play Infinity of Nations Culture Quest to gain knowledge of Native nations and objects across the Americas
  • See Contemporary Native American Art from five different artists: 
    • Larry Beck – Yup’ik
    • Allan Houser – Chiricahua Apache
    • Bob Haozous – Chiricahua Apache
    • Diego Romero – Cochiti Pueblo
    • Bentley Spang – Cheyenne

When exploring the Object Gallery, click on the object you wish to learn about to open the object window. From here you can examine the piece more closely, learn about the item, and see more related images.

To play the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest, click on an object in the map and an interactive game of discovery begins. There are different activities for the different objects that once completed earns the player a ‘badge of knowledge’ which can be printed out. 
Complete all 9 quests and print out a Culture Quest Leader certificate.

Take a closer look at the contemporary art pieces with interactive exploration.

Select the “Teaching Resources” link in the lower right menu to find valuable information about Infinity of Nations and for tips on teaching about Native American art.

Online Flashcards

November 14th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 14, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Stack

(www.studystack.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, use the menu to find “Study Stacks” of interactive, virtual flashcards for a variety of subjects.

Today we are focusing on math, so scroll down and click on the ‘math’ icon. There are hundreds of choices including: 

  • Algebra Terms
  • Multiplication Facts
  • Divisibility Rules
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Statistics
  • Financial Literacy

These flashcards are “evolved” and quite unique. They can list several facts on each card. The Study Stack cards feature virtual flaps which hide the information – each separate item is hidden behind its own virtual flap, so you can check yourself on one fact without seeing all of the others.

But that’s not all! Each set of virtual flashcards comes with its corresponding set of activities. There’s a matching game, hangman, a study table (where you can view all of the information in the form of a table), traditional flashcards, crossword, unscramble, and more!

Not only are there many sets of flashcards available to study; you can create your own (free) account and create your own sets to add to the website, or modify existing ones. (If you happen to notice a mistake, you can fix it yourself!) So if you have a specific set of facts that you need to learn, you can join the many users who have entered their own flashcards here, and practice them… and invite your friends to try their hand at them, too!

In addition to Math, there are cards in the categories of Business, Geography, History, Languages, Medical, Science, and Standardized Tests.

Discover the Price of Freedom

November 10th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 10, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War

(amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/)

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

 

From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center, this website provides an interactive exploration of the artifacts and history of American wars from the War of Independence to the War in Iraq.

Navigating this website is very straight-forward. When arriving at the link, read the brief introduction text then select the “Enter the Exhibition” button. From here a timeline of conflict populates from which you can choose: 

  • War of Independence
  • War of 1812
  • Eastern Indian Wars
  • Mexican War
  • Civil War
  • Western Indian Wars
  • Spanish American War
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Cold War
  • New American Roles

Once you have selected your area of interest, a summary page opens, then you select “Begin” to view the exhibit. Next, watch the overview video, then “Enter Exhibit.” Once in the exhibit, read about the history of the conflict, view interesting images, and examine related artifacts. The exhibits include a printable version of the entry.

Both on the home page and at the bottom of any exhibit page, there is a link to Learning Resources that can be downloaded which include lesson plans and guides to the collection. There are also supplementary videos to the various sections.

This is a great addition to your bookmarks for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or other patriotic holiday studies or as a supplement for your American history class.

Learn to Speak the Sauk Language

November 5th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 5, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Talk Sauk

(www.talksauk.com/#/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the traditional language of the Sac and Fox Indian Nation of Oklahoma with this website. Derived from the Algonquian language family, the Sauk language is currently only spoken by a handful of elders. The Sauk Language department created this website to help “keep the Sauk language as a living and integral component of the Sac and Fox Nation”.

When arriving at the colorful website, select the “Menu” option in the upper left to expose the menu and find: 

  • Sauk Language Stories – Read and listen to “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” and the story “Kâta Kîshkô” and see the Eric Carle book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear translated into Sauk.
  • Interactive Sauk Apps and Games – Play matching games, enjoy the online or downloadable coloring book, or explore the online games of Sauk Count and Climb and Sauk Drop and Catch which are also available as apps for your smart device.
  • Sauk Language Videos – Watch animated stories, see videos about the Sauk language, and learn to count to 10.
  • Sauk Dictionary – Use the visual dictionary to learn the Sauk language word for animals, food, numbers and other everyday words. Click an image to hear the word in the Sauk language. This feature covers the words in the matching games.
  • Sauk Phrases – Read phrases in English related to colors, days, weather, eating, greetings, feelings, and much more, then click the phrase to hear it in the Sauk language.
  • Sauk History and more – Select “About” to learn more about the Sauk Nation’s history and more.

Visitors do not need to be part of the Sac and Fox Nation to appreciate the value and beauty of the language. This website provides a wonderful introduction to the Sauk language and students may be inspired to dig deeper into the language of their own heritage.

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