Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Summer themed reading activities

July 15th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Start with a Book

(http://www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning)

 

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

 

This website is a project of the PBS show, Reading Rockets and along with funding from The Park Foundation, Inc. they offer themed books and activities for summer reading and learning.
When you get to the website click on any theme from the menu in the center of the page to open a new page that provides instructions on how to explore the particular theme by: 
  • Choosing books and book-related activities
  • Exploring more hands-on activities
  • Trying some summer writing
  • Digging deeper with these websites
  • Playing and learning with interactive mobile apps
The books are all clearly marked with grade and/or reading level. The activities include a materials list with pictures and instructions and discussion help. Many themes like these can be explored: 
  • Dinosaurs
  • Planes
  • Bugs
  • Birds
  • Animals
  • The moon and stars
  • Art
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Detectives
  • Explorers
  • Poetry
  • Myths
  • and many more!
This website is full of information to help parents develop a love for reading within their children. Bookmark this website and check back often. 

Free Math Software for Algebra, Geometry & More!

July 13th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, July 13, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

GeoGebra (http://www.geogebra.org/)

 

Age Range: 10 and up (about middle school and beyond with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free, interactive mathematics software for students of many ages that teaches algebra, geometry, graphing, statistics, and calculus.
It’s available in many languages for users around the world and includes: 
  • Lessons
  • Video Tutorials
  • Worksheets
  • Animations
  • and much more!
When you get to the site you’ll see “Featured Materials” that will acquaint you with the materials and how to access them.

It’s helpful to poke around the site, get a feel for the content provided in the software, and then visit the “user forum” to get additional advice.

Notice that as you open each page, a horizontal menu appears on the left to show you similar material.

Free Multi-media Foreign Language Lessons

July 11th, 2015

 

It’s July 11, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Livemocha.com (http://livemocha.com/)

 

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

 

Because this is a multi-media site, there are aspects that people of all ages can use to learn a new language. Young children and non-readers will need assistance and supervision.

This website provides free, multi-media foreign language lessons (from Arabic to Urdu) along with some interactive forums and opportunities to practice what you’ve learned with other language learners and native speakers. You can use visual and audio aids to learn to speak the language, and learn how to read and write the language as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Take the time to read all that this website offers as it will make navigation much easier. Select the “Learn” option on the homepage and then choose one of the many different languages offered for study.

A new page opens requiring registration to access the free language course. You must confirm your registration via email. When you do that, you are taken to a webpage where you are asked to provide additional information – but you have the option to click on “skip” to avoid answering those questions.

Once you’ve completed the free registration process, you can access a foreign language course for beginner through advanced levels. They also offer quickie travel versions of the courses for those who simply want to learn a few words and phrases in anticipation of visiting another country. (These kinds of “quickie courses” can be useful in providing enough exposure to a language, that a student can decide if it’s a language they really want to study in earnest.)

Plus, this website provides a community forum so that you can interact with others to practice language skills. You can even have your speaking and writing submissions reviewed and scored by native speakers who will rate your proficiency and give you tips for improvement.

The site also provide the ability to track your weekly progress, earn points for completing exercises, and engage in friendly competitions to motivate you to learn more.

Navigate the Road to the American Revolution

July 9th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 9, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Liberty! The American Revolution

(http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/index.html)

 

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

 

This website is companion to the Peabody Award Winning PBS series, Liberty! The American Revolution. But even if you don’t have access to the program, there is still a lot of learning opportunities available here. With this website visitors are encouraged to travel the road through the history of the American Revolution with simple but interesting interactives.
When arriving at today’s link, select from the following: 
  • Chronicle of the Revolution – Read about the headline events from Boston, 1774, Philadelphia, 1776 and 1791, Trenton, 1776, Saratoga, 1777, and Yorktown, 1781. While in this section, check out the Timeline of the Revolution and comprehensive subject index to discover the people, pivotal events, documents, and social and cultural context of the Revolution.
  • Liberty! The Series – Read episode descriptions, about the making of Liberty!, meet the cast and scholars in the series, and about the accompanying music.
  • Perspectives on Liberty – Through interactive images, learn about daily life in the colonies, the global village, and military perspectives of the American Revolution.
  • The Road to Revolution – Play this question and answer game as you travel along the Revolution Road from Boston to Washington D.C.
Visitors can return to the homepage at any time by selecting the Liberty! Image in the upper left of the header. When back on the homepage, select the “Teacher’s Guide” on the right to access companion lesson plans. Choose the “Resources” link for a bibliography of American Revolution books and additional topical links. If you are interested in purchasing the DVD/Home Video of the series or the soundtrack, select the “Companion Products” option. If you would like to see if there are any upcoming broadcasts of this program on PBS in your area, select that option.

This website provides an interesting supplement to any study of the American Revolution.

Free, Fun Math Games For All Ages

July 6th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, July 6, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Sheppard Software: Math (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm)

 

Age Range: 4-15 (Grades PreK-10, with parental supervision)

 

The fabulous Sheppard Software company provides this educational website that offers a multitude of fun and engaging math games with sound and visual effects to make learning fun and more memorable. The games are designed with various difficulty levels so that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of games that cover topics including: 
  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Counting
  • Comparing/Ordering
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Factors
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Measuring
  • Mixed Operations
  • Money
  • Multiplication
  • Numbers
  • Place Value
  • Round/Estimate
  • Subtraction
  • Time
Click on any topic to find an assortment of games to practice and improve mathematical skill.

Don’t miss exploring the main horizontal menu located at the top of the home page, to find interactive learning games for language arts, science, social sciences and more! You’ll want to bookmark this site to return often!

Games & Listening Guides from Carnegie Hall

June 27th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 27, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Carnegie Hall: Games and Listening Guides

(http://www.carnegiehall.org/ORC/Games-and-Listening-Guides/)

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers 4 interactive programs to help kids learn about music. Designed for kids 6-12 (but fun for the whole family), the activities introduce instruments of the symphony orchestra, classical music and concepts such as musical notation.
When you get to the site you will see a menu of the four programs that include: 
  • “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by Benjamin Britten – In this game you and an animated guide collect instruments on an instrument safari. (Note: Read the FAQ on this BEFORE you launch the game to better understand how to play.)
  • Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 – A clever use of Dvorak’s own comments about his music and life helps kids understand his classic symphony, “From the New World”.
  • Carnegie Hall Animated History – Learn all about the symphony hall’s history and some of the renown figures who have performed there.
  • An Interactive History of African American Music – Through the use of an interactive timeline, text, images and audios, discover the history of African American music.
These games take some time to play – so be sure to visit the site when you’re not rushed.
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