Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories & Poems

August 27th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 27, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PicLits.com

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5 to adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.
The idea here is to:

1) Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)

2) Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.

3) Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Learn It” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page. A new page opens with three options:

*Write It – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.

*Rhyme It – Read some suggestions on how to use rhymes and similes to create poetry.

*Master It – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

The Particle Adventure!

August 26th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Particle Adventure

 

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

 

This website offers an award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors. Sponsored by the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it is available in an impressive array of languages including Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, German, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Slovenska, and Norsk!
Click the “Go” button to begin the adventure. Once you begin, the menu appears in the left column, and you can jump to any topic of interest. The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to proceed sequentially by using the arrows at the top right of each page.
Lively illustrations and good-natured humor keep you smiling as you learn fascinating and amazing facts about physics and the microscopic wonders of the world in which we live, plus a section on unsolved mysteries and several sections explaining how scientists have learned what we know so far.
Learn what Einstein tried, but failed, to find! Because each page contains only a short segment of text, this is highly readable and accessible even if you have no physics background at all.
In the lower part of the main page, you can also find links to more particle physics exploration for high schoolers, classroom activities (quiz yourself on what you have learned from this site!), a two-page summary of particles and their history, and a glossary of relevant terms. Older students can find some really advanced topics here! Younger children will enjoy the introductory page of “The Fireworks of Particles.” Also, “Quarkdance” takes you to a cute animation of quarks dancing to some toe-tapping accordion music. Make sure your speakers are on! There are also links here for further exploration of this topic, including posters about contemporary physics (frontier physics).

Free Online Math Games for K-8

August 25th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 25, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Johnnie’s Math Page

 

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

 

This website offers all kinds of interactive math games, tools, and activities. When you get to the site just click on a math strand on the menu that includes:
  • NUMBER – Includes Counting, Base 10, Odd/Even, 100′s Chart, Place Value, Adding, Integers, Number Line, Venn Numbers, Decimals, Factoring, and more.
  • GEOMETRY – Play with Pattern Blocks, Tangrams, GeoBoard, Symmetry, Shapes, Triangles, Angle Measurement, Polyhedra, Cartesian Grid, and more.
  • FRACTIONS – Explore Circle Fractions, Area Fractions, Like Fractions, Compare Fractions, Fractions Percents, Fraction Tiles, and more.
  • MULTIPLICATION – Use Flash Cards and Tiles to learn the facts, play fun games for practice, and more.
  • MEASUREMENT – Learn to tell time, weigh, and measure; use Standard Rule and Metric Rule; learn about liquid measurement, proportion and more.
  • STATISTICS – Make graphs and charts, and learn about the Mean Median.
  • PROBABILITY – Use spinners and dice to understand chance and probability.
  • FUN – Play challenging math games and logic puzzles from an interactive abacus to Hanoi Towers and more.

This is a great site to use for practicing math skills.

Explore Yellowstone National Park

August 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, August 22, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Yellowstone National Park

 

Age Range: All (Children, with parental supervision)

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Yellowstone National Park through hundreds of pictures, videos, and webcams. Part of the larger National Park Service website, when you arrive at the featured page, click one of the image links for Photo Gallery, Multimedia Presentations, or Webcams. On these pages you will find:

Photo Gallery:

  • Lodging Photos – images of the nine lodging facilities
  • Wildlife and Fish – still photos of wolves, grizzly bears, and fish
  • Old Faithful Webcam Photo Gallery – views of other geysers erupting caught on the Old Faithful Webcam
  • Photo Archives – thousands of images from Yellowstone’s Photo Collection

Please note that all of the images in these galleries are downloadable and royalty-free.

Multimedia Presentations:

  • Videos – hundreds of videos of Yellowstone Park, archived webcams, research and educational videos, and much more
  • Audio – a feast for the ears with the sounds of natural phenomena, wildlife, and thermal features (downloadable) as well as audio postcards that are short stories of life in Yellowstone Park.
  • Virtual Tours – more options for history, nature, interactive, and electronic field trips
  • Interactive Features – watch a video and view a timeline of the wildfires of 1988, check out the Old Faithful Virtual Visitor Center, track the Yellowstone Hotspot, use the interactive Google map to visit the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and enjoy even more electronic field trips for middle school students with the Windows into Wonderland option.

Webcams:

  • Old Faithful Geyser Streaming Webcam – watch real-time video of Old Faithful, wild life, and other geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin
  • Old Faithful Geyser – webcam inside the visitor education center
  • North Entrance-Electric Peak – from the historic Roosevelt Arch, this view from the north entrance station
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Officer’s Row
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Travertine Terraces and Parade Ground
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South

When you are finished taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellowstone, check out the “For Teachers” option located on the sidebar to find free “Curriculum for Your Classroom” materials to complement your virtual visit to Yellowstone Park. You will also want to explore the “For Kids” option on the sidebar for even more activities including games, coloring pages, and a scavenger hunt.

This website provides a thorough and memorable virtual visit to America’s first national park and one of its most beloved natural treasures.

Shock-ing Geography

August 21st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 21, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Shock-ing Geography

 

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

 

Learning geography can be fun with the use of this website. Using simple interactive maps, visitors can not only learn the locations of countries and states, but also study the physical geographical features of a location or explore the European historical world.
When arriving at the site choose locations from the political world, the physical world, or the historical world. After selecting a location a new window will open and the Shockwave driven map will load. You are then able to select a practice level:
  • Beginner – When you mouse over the map, the location name will appear in the upper corner.
  • Intermediate – A name of a location will appear in the upper corner and you need to click on the correct location. If you are correct the name will move to the location. If you need help finding the location select the “Show Me” button.
  • Advanced – Similar to the intermediate level, you need to find a location, but if you get it wrong, the program asks you to try again. If you do not know it, select the skip button.

When you are done with the practice session a score card appears with a percentage and how many were correct along with the option to try again or go back to the level selection window.

You may also select to take either an intermediate or advanced quiz. When selecting, the program does ask for name, professor and course name, but simply select “Take Quiz” to by-pass that.
To see a list of all the locations that are included in the activities, select the “Map list” text link beside the design and copyright information.
Be sure to bookmark this website to come back to time after time to build your geography knowledge skills.

Free Online News for Children 8-15

August 13th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Youngzine.com

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
  • World News
  • Science & Tech
  • Our Earth
  • Society & Arts
  • Sports
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.
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