Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Lessons for Black History Month

February 4th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 4, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Culture & Change: Black History in America

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/)

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

 

February is Black History month. Discover famous African-Americans and explore black history with this website from Scholastic.

Presentations include: 

  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights – Learn about Rosa Parks’ role in the fight against discrimination.
  • Integrating Central High: The Melba Pattillo story – Discover the dangers and events faced by 9 students during the desegregation of an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Famous African-American Inventors – Meet 14 inventors whose contributions changed the world around us.
  • History of Jazz – Join Grammy-Award winner Wynton Marsalis to explore jazz music and the people and events that formed it.
  • The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery – Take an interactive journey through the Underground Railroad that includes many additional resources to supplement this study.
  • Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage – Through slide shows, an interactive digital magazine, and a kid-created video presentation, explore the story of the first African-American child to integrate an all-white elementary school.

Any or all of these presentations will be a wonderful addition to your history studies and help your student gain a better understanding of black history.

Math and Computation with MIT’s “Scratch”

February 1st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 1, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scratch (scratch.mit.edu/)

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

 

The good folks at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) developed this website that offers “Scratch,” a new programming language designed to help young people “create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art” – and then share them on the web.

As kids (8 and up) use Scratch, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, think creatively, analyze systematically, gain a deeper understanding of the process of design, and use technology to develop learning skills for the 21st century.

Scratch is available FREE of charge and can be downloaded for Mac OSX and Windows at the website.

According to the website, “Different people get started with Scratch in different ways. Some like to tinker with various blocks to see what they do. Others like to experiment with the sample projects that come with Scratch, and then make changes to the scripts.” The website offers clear instructions, along with suggestions for fun, initial activities.

In fact, when you get to the site, click on “Support” on the menu. A new page opens where you can access a step-by-step guide to using Scratch along with video tutorials, reference guides, and FAQs.

This is a great way to engage in math while having fun!

Sing and Play with Bobby – BobbyMcFerrin.com

January 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 23, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BobbyMcFerrin.com

(bobbymcferrin.com/sing-and-play-with-bobby/)

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

 

This website provides two interactive music games using two popular songs from ten-time Grammy Award winner and innovative performer-composer-conductor Bobby McFerrin – who also happens to be a tireless advocate for music education.

When you get to the website you will see a menu with two choices: 

  • Launch “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” – McFerrin composed and performed this song that is one of the most popular of the late 20th century. The entire song is composed of McFerrin’s 4-octave range voice that mimics instruments. The song was created with 7 different overdubbed vocal parts all sung by McFerrin. Explore each of the 7 vocal parts and create your own versions of the song.
  • Launch “Just Enough” – Find out how Bobby created the bass, percussion, melody, and riffs for this song that has 8 different parts. Create your own versions of the song.

When you’re through playing these games, you can visit the rest of McFerrin’s site to learn more about him by clicking his name in the upper left corner of the website.

See the U.S. Capitol Virtually

January 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, January 22, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Architect’s Virtual Capitol

(www.capitol.gov/)

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

 

Explore and learn about the U.S. Capitol at this government website.

When arriving at today’s link, use the image links at the bottom left side of the page to: 

  • Discover – Through video presentations discover the history of the Capitol.
  • Explore – Using a clickable map, take multiple virtual tours of various locations around the Capitol. Not only can you explore the locations, but each place includes information about the Arts & Architecture, History, and a look Behind the Scenes. Locations include: 
    • U.S. Capitol Building
    • Capitol Reflecting Pool
    • James Madison Memorial Building
    • Cannon House Office Building
    • Longworth House Office Building
    • Rayburn House Office Building
    • John Adams Building
    • Thomas Jefferson Building
    • Supreme Court
    • Hart Senate Office Building
    • Russell Senate Office Building
    • And much more!
  • Learn – Through the use of an interactive timeline, images, and text, learn the history of the Capitol from its provision in the Constitution in 1787 until 2013.

This is a meaty website with a lot of excellent information to digest, so allow plenty of time to explore.

Literacy Games!

January 20th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, January 20, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Apples4theteacher – Language Arts

(www.apples4theteacher.com/langarts.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-6 approximately, with parental supervision).

 

This ad-supported website offers a variety of literacy games and activities that include: 

  • Alphabetizing a List of Words
  • Coloring Pages – Color Page Readers
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Dolch Sight Words – Flash Cards, Word Jumbles, Word Searches and Worksheets
  • Homophones
  • Language Arts Skills – Letter Recognition
  • Language Arts Skills – Sentence Building
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • Read to me books
  • Poetry for Kids (by theme)
  • Printable Short Stories
  • Teaching English as a Second Language – Spanish ESL
  • Thematic Book Lists of Children’s Books
  • Word Families
  • Vocabulary Word Finds – Word Searches – Make Your Own

Don’t stop here though – this site includes interactive learning activities, quizzes, and worksheet generator tools sorted by subject (creative arts, foreign languages, language arts, math, science, social studies), articles, literacy coloring pages and much more! Bookmark this site and return often.

Thought-Provoking Math Activities for K-12

January 18th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, January 18, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH (nrich.maths.org/frontpage)

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

 

This website, sponsored by Cambridge University, seeks to enrich math curriculum for learners of all ages by providing free, engaging, interactive math activities that provoke mathematical thinking. This isn’t about math lessons and worksheets: it’s about exploring math concepts through unusual problems to provide deeper understanding.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu that’s divided into two sections:

Student Homes – This area is divided into sections with activities for students in various grade/ability levels: 

  • Lower Primary – Activities that help children understand the concept of sorting, matching, and numbers
  • Upper Primary – Explore shapes, numbers and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), time, logic and more.
  • Lower Secondary – Get useful insights for determining area, perimeter, and volume. Experiment with curves, triangles, and geometric reasoning.
  • Upper Secondary – Use area integrals to solve problems, explore ideas in statistics.

Teacher Homes – This area is divided into three sections with teacher information and activities for: 

  • Early Years – Building the foundational understanding to develop math skills.
  • Primary Years – Activities that encourage students to work systematically to solve math problems.
  • Secondary Years – Exploring area, perimeter, shapes, volume, Pi, and Calculus to solve real world problems.

There’s a lot here. Be prepared to click around to find all of the activities and resources that are available.

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