Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

FREE Interactive, online math games, lessons and flashcards

June 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 22, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Smarttutor.com

(http://www.smarttutor.com/free-resources/)

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This award winning company develops interactive, online math and reading instructional material to assist children to improve their knowledge and grades. They offer their curriculum and products for sale on this website but also have many worthwhile math and reading activities that are offered for free without any purchase. Today we are focusing on math.
When you get to the website, use the side menu to locate free math games, lessons, and printable flashcards practicing the following concepts: 
  • Number and Operations: Children learn numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, number systems and operations.
  • Measurement: Children learn measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, processes, techniques and tools of measurement.
  • Geometry: Children learn to analyze characteristics and properties of geometric shapes and use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.
  • Algebra: Children learn to understand patterns, relations, functions, use of models and algebraic symbols to analyze mathematical situations.
  • Data Analysis and Probability: Children learn to collect, organize, display and analyze relevant data to answer formulated questions.
Smarttutor says that “all activities are designed to engage children with content that is research-based in a high-impact learning environment. Children work with real-world examples, cool cartoon-like characters and high-impact graphics that keep them interested and motivated to learn.”

Explore Music with Chuck Vanderchuck

June 6th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 6, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion

(http://pbskids.org/chuck/)

 

Age Range: 6-9 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

Join PBS characters Chuck Vanderchuck, Ramona, and Chuck’s dog, Zeppelin, on an interactive exploration of music genres, instruments, ear training, and music composition. (You’ll need Adobe Flash Player 9 Plug-in installed on your computer to view this site.)
When arriving at the game page, select from: 
  • Jam Sessions – Use the arrows to choose a music genre, then click play to learn about that genre. Next play the 3 games below to open the Main Gig to apply what you have learned and win your award: 
    • Lyrical Solarium – fill in the blanks to write lyrics
    • What Sounds Like What – discover the sounds of instruments used to play different music genres
    • Zen of Composition – learn how patterns are used in music to make songs
  • Dance Beat Explosion – Choose the character you want to play as then answer the questions to earn ‘dance moves’. At the end of the game the winner gets to use their moves to make their character perform the dance. If you have a web cam you can watch yourself dance on the screen.
  • Costume box – just for fun, dress up the characters in attire related to a musical style, take a picture, and print out if you want
  • Road Trip – choose a music genre then, in this classic video game style game, use your keyboard to move along the route to collect points and the musical instruments needed. But be careful of the dangers along the way because you only have 5 lives to complete your mission.
  • Awards – check out the awards you have collected playing the games.
There are also great resources for Parents and Teachers found by clicking the links at the bottom of the home page. The parent’s page includes an overview of the site, information about the show, the characters, and music genres as well as additional downloadable activities to keep the learning going. In the teacher’s area find video clips about the music genres and information about which games relate to the genre.

While this website may be geared for elementary aged students, it can easily be enjoyed by older students. With the help of this site, learning musical concepts is a fun and entertaining experience.

Free Writing Lessons for All Grades!

May 27th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Time4Writing (http://www.time4writing.com/free-writing-resources/)

 

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

 

This commercial website sells an online writing program, but it also provides free writing resources that include instructional videos, printable worksheets, and interactive games. There’s enough free material to jump-start writing, nudge it along, hone some grammar skills, and more.
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and below it are some of the free writing resources. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to easily access the free writing resources that teach: 
  • Writing Sentences – Sentence structure, fragments and run-on sentences; simple, complex and compound sentences; types of sentences including declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory
  • Writing Paragraphs – Topic sentence, supporting details, concluding sentence, and types of paragraphs
  • Writing Essays – Introduction, thesis statement, concluding paragraph, types of essays, etc.
  • Writing Mechanics – Parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, capitalization, punctuation, homophones, homonyms, etc.
  • Standardized Test Writing – Identifying sentence errors, choosing the better sentence, editing and revising paragraphs, improving sentences, writing the SAT essay.
Click on a topic of interest and a new page opens with a selection of sample lessons, activities, and games.

SUMMER READING CLUB WITH PRIZES!

May 20th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 20, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

DOGObooks Summer Reading Club

(http://www.dogobooks.com/programs/summer-reading-2015)

 

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

 

DOGObooks is offering an online Summer Reading Club program that rewards kids for reading. The contest began May 14 and will continue through September 30, 2015. With the help of over 16 publishing partners they have assembled a list of over 70 popular books for kids to read and review this summer. For every 3 books read and reviewed by your child, they will get to select a FREE new book from the prize catalog. The prize catalog this year is over 3,700 books.
DOGObooks describe themselves as an online place where kids discover, review and rate books. Their goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book reviews are moderated and approved by DOGObooks prior to being published.

When you get to the website you’ll see the list of sponsors and below that find the directions to sign up. Parents are asked to fill out and mail a hard copy of the consent form. The consent form is straight forward: it asks that you agree to allow your child to participate in the Books Giveaway/Contest and receive prizes. You and your child are then directed to select books from the reading list. Each book listed indicates the reading level. Once your child has read and written an online review of the 3 books, a prize can be selected from a list of books.

Locate the “freebies” button on the top navigation bar. Here you’ll find limited time offer freebies that your children can win in addition to the contest. You’ll want to check here often because new contests are added all the time. One example is:

  • Enter to Win: Free Copy of National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 by National Geographic Kids
  • To Enter the Contest: Sign in or Sign up for an iDOGO account.
  • Sponsored by: National Geographic Kids Books
  • Giveaway dates: May 12 – June 14, 2015
  • Copies available: 10

DOGObooks’ motto is “Books Reviewed by Kids for Kids“. Each review is required to have a word count of at least 25 words. DOGObooks will moderate and approve all reviews prior to posting them. We found it interesting seeing which books have been reviewed the most so far. Reading reviews written directly by the children who have read those books offers some insight that may be missed by an adult. 

Another very cool opportunity here is a chance to participate in their Advanced Reviewers group. This is a growing group of children who get notified of upcoming books that are available for early reviews. Any parents interested can email the editor (arc@dogobooks.com). Once in the group the children/parents can opt in to participate in reviewing select books.

Free Math Games fro Beginners

May 18th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, May 18, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

ICT Games: Numeracy Games

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html 

 

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a vast collection of interactive games to help young children (and beginning mathematicians of all ages) learn and practice basic math skills.
When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction in the center screen that is followed by a menu of math “Themes” that include: 
  • Number Facts
  • Money
  • Counting
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Time
  • Shape and Measures
  • Place Value
  • More and Less
  • Multiplication & Rounding – and more!
Click on any theme and a new page opens with a menu of selections for that particular math theme or strand. The games are colorful and engaging. Some lack sufficient explanation on how to play – so you may need to experiment a little until you figure it out.

When you’re through with the math activities, click on “Literacy” on the menu to play a variety of games that teach and reinforce reading, spelling, vocabulary, etc.

Go West with Lewis & Clark

May 14th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 14, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark

 

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic takes students on a brief interactive adventure in the 1800’s alongside the great explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
When arriving at the link, select the “Onward!” banner to begin. On the next page, after reading the brief introduction, you can choose to enter your name or just click the “Onward” button. Each slide poses a question with choices to be made about your journey. After making your choice, the next slide provides an explanation as to why or why not the choice is a good one. Select the “Did You Know?” icon for interesting pop-up fast facts relating to the current slide or choose the “Journal” icon to see brief journal entries from Lewis and Clark. There is also a map of your journey on the right hand side of the screen. Situations include: 
  • Gearing up for the Journey
  • Indian Dilemma
  • Baby on Board?
  • Which Way to Go?
  • Brave the Icy Mountains?
  • All Downhill From Here
  • Mission Accomplished
When you have finished going through the slides, click the “See where you’ve been!” text link to see a larger map of your journey. Then select the “Onward” text link to return to the main page. Select the “Onward” option again for the first slide, then check out these text links at the bottom of the slide for more information about Lewis and Clark: 
  • Meet the Crew – brief descriptions of those who traveled with Lewis and Clark
  • More about Lewis and Clark – resources and links to other websites about Lewis and Clark
This website makes an interesting introduction to your studies of Lewis and Clark.
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