Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Free Typing Lessons and Games

May 25th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeTypingGame.Net

(www.freetypinggame.net/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides free touch-typing lessons as well as practice games and tests.

When you get to the site use the display menu or the menu tabs at the top of the screen to access:

  • Free Typing Lessons – Use your computer’s keyboard and follow the simple instructions on the site to learn to type. The interactive program teaches 2 keys at a time, starting with the “home row.” Beginners will find a proper hand placement guide too.
  • Free Typing Games – Choose from several different interactive, fun, arcade-like games that reinforce typing skills. For example, play “Meteor Typing Blast” and protect your spaceships from meteors and hostile UFOs – by using your typing skills to blast them out of the universe! Or for something a little less intense, try “Save the Sailboat Race.” Type the falling letters before they land on the boats and ruin the race!
  • Free Typing Tests – Get an accurate word per minute assessment of your typing ability. The tests have timer options of 1 to 5 minutes. When you’re through, submit your speed on the world wide scoreboard for all to see. Or print out a certificate with your name and typing speed.

Bookmark this one to return often.

Online Science Museum

May 24th, 2016

It’s Tuesday, May 24, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Collections Online – Science Museum Group

(www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/onlinestuff/subjects.aspx)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the Science Museum in London, England, provides all kinds of fun and fascinating exhibits that allow you to explore many science topics including: 

*    Physics and Math

*    Space

*    Transportation

*    Energy

*    Engineering

*    Environment

*    Medicine and Biology

*    Chemistry and Materials

*    Communications and Computing

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs to help you learn about:

*    the human brain

*    steam

*    atomic clocks

*    Marie Curie

*    mass consumption

*    Ada Lovelace – the world’s 1st computer programmer

*    aviation

*    genes

*    the human life cycle

*    the inventor of the gas mask and the 3-way traffic signal

*    and much, much more!

When you’re through exploring the various “Subjects” use the menu to explore:

•    Objects – See an archive of common and unusual things that science made possible.
•    People – Read the biographies of science personalities.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never see the volume of content here in just one visit.

It All Starts with Dirt: How Aluminum is Made

May 20th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, May 20, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Alcoa: How Aluminum is Made

(www.alcoa.com/global/en/about_alcoa/dirt.asp)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Alcoa Company offers several great ways to find out how aluminum is made. When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of choices from exploring a mini-website on the topic, to downloading a free colorful brochure, to watching a video of the manufacturing process.

We found it easy to just follow the topics in order as follows: 

  • Visit the “It All Starts With Dirt” website. Click on “enter site” and a new window opens. From there, click on “Make Your Selection” to see a menu of choices. Click on “Adding Value From the Ground Up” to take an illustrated text tour of the entire aluminum manufacturing process. When you’re through, go back to the menu to read about the “Age of Aluminum” and “The Alcoa Story.”

Close that screen to go back to the landing page and look for: 

  • Alcoa Can’t Wait – Under that heading you can click on links to hear the Alcoa “Folk Song,” watch a 1970s TV commercial, and watch a fast-paced 2008 video that is a quick timeline of the history of aluminum.
  • See How Aluminum is Made – DON’T MISS THIS! Watch a 3-minute video of the complete aluminum manufacturing process.
  • Alcoa’s History (Timeline) – Use your mouse for an interactive exploration of events in the history of aluminum.
  • Biography of Charles Martin Hall – Learn about this amazing aluminum pioneer and manufacturing magnate.
  • Aluminum Smelting – For budding chemists and techies – get a more in-depth discussion of aluminum manufacturing.

Alcoa has gone out of their way to offer a variety of multi-media resources to help visitors to their site understand how aluminum is manufactured.

(Non-readers will need assistance. There is something for everyone here. Young children may prefer to watch the video, and older students can explore the topic in more depth.)

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 17th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

As the website states, “Out in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests. So come explore the world of pests. Then use your new knowledge to outwit the pests in your world.” Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters. You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists. Click on the “continue” button to examine the “Pest Guide from A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes. Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Pest Games – Play interactive games like “Name That Pest!” that test your knowledge of the critters in the “Pest Guide.”
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for a wide grade-range that feature insect anatomy, native habitats and behaviors of insects and rodents, info on termite specimens and colonies, and learn how to prevent an infestation. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy.
  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.

Free Interactive Math Games for Grades 1-6

May 16th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 16, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HoodaMath

(www.hoodamath.com/)

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

 

HoodaMath.com is an ad-supported website that offers FREE math games to learn and practice basic math skills in the following areas: 

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Integers
  • Algebra

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured games. To sort by math strand and grade range, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the page.

Notice that the games can be sorted by game style as well – such as games that require the player to escape, shop, build, race, etc.

IMPORTANT: Every game is free to play but is accompanied by a randomly generated advertisement, usually delivered as a video clip. Some of the ad content is geared for adults, not kids. As always, parents should preview the website and supervise all Internet access.

You’ll also find links to some animated math “movies” and math tutorials (on a YouTube channel with random ads) that provide instruction in Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent, Integers, Order of Operations, Algebra, and Geometry designed for grades 3-6. To find the movies and tutorials scroll to the menu at the bottom of the home page. The videos are meant to be entertaining, but may seem silly to more mature kids.

Interactive Introduction to Art for Kids

May 14th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 14, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Modern Art: Destination Modern Art

(www.moma.org/interactives/destination/)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

What fun for young kids! The Museum of Modern Art in New York offers a terrific interactive game that teaches kids about Modern Art as they click and play along.

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of an alien. Click anywhere on the page and a new screen opens. The “alien” will be your child’s guide through the museum and will invite you to click on any of the 3 pieces of artwork you see – including paintings (by Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo) and a sculpture (by Umberto Boccioni). When you click on the artwork, a new screen opens with a description of the artwork and 4 or 5 activities that teach your child more about the artwork and the artist, and encourages your child to try their hand at using the techniques used by the artists. This is a great way to introduce modern art to young children.

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