Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

April 27th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 27, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Absurd Math

 

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.
As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy, printable clue sheets are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: 
Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46″ and “Level -3″; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion.
FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include: 

    1. Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
    2. Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
    3. The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
    4. Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.
By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. They try to respond within two days. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

April 25th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

8notes.com

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.
When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 
  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music
When choosing from an instrument category, the section is further broken down into categories such as music genre, skill levels, and/or occasion. There are also resource links for lessons, forums, tuners, and more.

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Search by level or lesson. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Composer and Artist biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest” category to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

(Please note that in the free portions only one page at a time can be printed when selecting the printer icon. Also subscribers only have access to the “Play”, “Play Along – Piano Accompaniment”, “Play Along Band Accompaniment”, and “Play Along – Slow Piano Accompaniment” features.)

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

April 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Kids on the Net

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.
If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include hangman, word searches, crossword puzzles, a metaphor and simile quiz, and some fill-in-the-blank story activities. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site. Be sure to click on the “Competitions” button to learn about a story-writing activity. Although this competition has ended, your kids might enjoy the writing activity.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids, or create an island all your own. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices going. Get your notebook and pencil handy and dive on in!

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

Free Virtual Tour of the Human Body!

April 21st, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, April 21, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MEDtropolis: The Virtual Body

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website was “built for the latest health information that will educate and entertain kids and adults alike.” It includes a free virtual tour of the human body that is divided into four sections: Brain, Skeleton, Heart and Digestive Tract. The narrated tour gives a thorough explanation of each section. Students can also test their knowledge with interactive activities like “Organize Your Organs” or “Build a Skeleton.” 

When you get to the site select the language you want to use – English or Spanish! A new page opens with a menu of four items that include:
  • The Human Brain – Click on this item to discover “The Brain Book” that describes voluntary and involuntary functions, brain food, and everything you wanted to know about headaches! You’ll also find “The Brain Parts” where you can learn about the components that make up the brain. Then, take the audio-tour by clicking on “Narrated Neurons” and discover the brain’s potential.
  • Skeleton – Take a guided, virtual tour of the human skeleton. Click on “Zoom In” to get a closer look at the skeleton and its functions. Test your knowledge by playing the interactive game, “Build A Skeleton.”
  • Human Heart – Learn the parts of the heart and watch a terrific animated clip of the human heart in motion. Take the narrated virtual tour of the human heart too.
  • Digestive Tract – Find out the names of the organs in the intestinal tract and take a narrated, guided tour of the digestive system. Play “Organize Your Organs” and find out how much you really know.

This site offers a great introduction to learning about the human body.

The History of the Titanic

April 16th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 16, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Titanic Interactive

 

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

 

During her maiden voyage, the British passenger liner, RMS Titanic, sank into the North Atlantic Ocean the morning of April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg. More than 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives that fateful day. This interactive website from the History Channel explores the building of the ship, the disaster that sank her, and the aftermath.
When arriving at the site, visitors can select from the following: 
  • 1909 – Birth of the Titanic – Learn about the designing and building of the Titanic through historical photographs and a tour of the ship that includes cutaway illustrations and images.
  • 1912 – The Disaster – Uncover the causes of the sinking of the Titanic with animated video and pictures taken by passengers and witnesses of the ship and the rescue effort.
  • 1913 – The Aftermath – Understand how people dealt with the news of the Titanic disaster through the stories of the survivors and learn how the event changed the maritime industry.
  • Titanic Route Map – Explore the interactive map with “Hotspots” linked to a timeline.
  • Timeline of Events – Discover the timeline of the Titanic from the laying of its keel in Belfast, Ireland, March 31, 1909 to the burial of many of the victims at Halifax cemeteries on May 3, 1912.
With brief, informative text, images, and videos, this website not only explores the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic but provides insight into the passengers and crew before, during, and after the catastrophe.

Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

March 31st, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cells Alive!

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12, children with parental supervision)

 

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cells. It was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research. When you get to the site, use the menu to explore categories that include:

*Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.

*Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.

*Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.

*Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

You can also examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle, watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can purchase downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content.

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 6 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too  – parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

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