Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

December 13th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 13, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

StudySpanish.com

 

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6-12, children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials. There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. This site uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
  • Pronunciation Tutor – learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Verb Drills – learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Word-A-Day – log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Travel Helper – learn important words, phrases and sentences that will help you when traveling. Themes include airport, hotel, restaurant, beach, downtown, meeting people, shopping, and medical care. Lessons accomplished through text, audio tutorial, and interactive games and quizzes.
  • Cultural Notes – learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, links to other sites, an online translator, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

Thanksgiving Math Games & Activities

November 24th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, November 24, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Websites:

 

See below.

 

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up, children with parental supervision).

 

Thanksgiving is Thursday. We thought it would be fun to do a couple of fun Thanksgiving-themed math activities
Age Range: 8 and Up (approximately)
This online interactive logic game requires the player to place everyone at the Thanksgiving dinner table according to their preferences for food and people!

DreamBox Learning: Thanksgiving Dinner Math

Age Range: 7 and up (depends on activity)
This blog provides some ideas for getting your kids to use their math skills in order to figure out what size turkey to buy, the time it will take to cook the turkey, how many forks/knives/spoons will be needed, how many pies to make, etc.

Mr. P’s Thanksgiving Cross Number Puzzle

Age Range: 10 and up (middle school and beyond)
A math teacher developed this Cross Number Puzzle requiring students to solve mathematical problems to fill in the puzzle squares. For example:
  • Cube 10, multiply by 5, add 5.
  • Calculate the interest at 2% on $10,000 for 1 year
  • What’s 3 x 16
  • Unity and its consecutive numbers
  • What’s 3 squared plus 2

Find the answers to this puzzle by clicking on “answer key” on the menu bar at the top of the page. If this is too challenging or not challenging enough, try the other free math puzzles, games, tricks and activities by selecting them from the top menu bar.

Calling All Young Inventors

November 18th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

 

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

 

The National Museum of Education’s website encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills. It also has a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:
  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors”, and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships, and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America, and more.
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions.
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

Bookmark this website – your young inventors will want to return often!

Narratives and Timelines for History

November 13th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Historyworld

 

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

 

This website, written by Bamber Gascoigne from the United Kingdom, provides about 300 interactive world history narratives and over 10,000 events in searchable timelines. The narratives present information in a concise manner and contain in-text links to other topics. The timelines allow visitors to easily search for specific events relating to a topic during a specific time.
When you arrive at the website use the menu at the top to select whether you want to read “Histories”, explore “Timelines”, take a “Quiz”, or select “More . . .” to choose:
  • Encyclopedia of Britain – Browse over 5000 entries on the history, culture, and life of Britain
  • Wellcome History of Medicine – Discover the history of medicine from the world’s largest medical charity
  • Places in History – Global – Explore the global-plotted Google Maps and see what events happened where
  • Places in History – Local – Examine this ongoing project using Google Maps to find exact positions of historical sites
When arriving at the “Histories” page, you can search alphabetically for historical topics across the globe from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism. Some narrations include images and the in-text links give visitors the opportunity to build on their understanding of events, people, and concepts.
After selecting “Timelines” from the menu, you are able to enter a specific topic and/or year into the search engine. Use the “Historyworld Timelines” text link under the search box to be taken to the “Single-Subject Timelines” page for a list of pre-set timelines. Timeline entries have clickable icons on either side of them that when selected open to Google search engine pages for relevant topics, associated images, related entries from Historyworld, links to other timelines, or Google maps.
There are currently two quizzes available to take:
  • Quiz – Take this timed quiz to test yourself on your historical knowledge
  • ThenWhatNext – Challenge yourself to put people or events in the correct order.

This ad-supported website provides a great overview of history around the world without a lot of distracting bells and whistles.

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 11th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

CSI: Forensic Science Web Adventures

 

Age Range: 11-adult (Grades 5-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series. You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources.

Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.
You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master. 
Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “Fun Stuff” to access:
  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires all lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

Incredible KidsHealth Website!

November 4th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 4, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

KidsHealth

 

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This site is overwhelming and fabulous for teaching about the different body systems. This website has that, and much more. There are animated demonstrations, downloadable images, games, etc. Check it out some time when you have a lot of time. You’ll have to bookmark this one and return several times to explore the many offerings here.
Before you invite your kids to check out this website please PREVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items that include multi-media games, movies, and quizzes about various health topics from anatomy to nutrition to disease. Click on any one to have fun while learning how to stay fit physically, mentally, and emotionally. Use the menu on the left to explore:
  • Dealing with Feelings – You’ll find a series of articles here that address simple and complicated issues in ways kids can understand. Topics include dealing with bullies, understanding divorce, getting along with siblings, peer pressure, what to do when a pet dies, etc.
  • Staying Healthy – Short articles here explain things like BMI (Body Mass Index), steroids, acne, bad breath, smoking, sleep disorders, E. Coli, allergies, nutrition, and more.
  • Recipes – Find recipes for healthy snacks along with recipes for kids on specific diets due to health problems such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and celiac disease. There are recipes for vegetarians and those with lactose intolerance as well.
  • Everyday Illnesses and Injuries – A First Aid course on what to do if you get flu, bug bites, injuries, cold sores, warts, West Nile Virus, chickenpox, strep throat, and more. It even explains “What’s Puke?”
  • How the Body Works – Learn all about your bones, brain, digestive system, ears, eyes, hair, heart, kidneys, lungs, muscles, nails, nose, skin, teeth, and tongue!
  • Q&A – Find the answers to all of the questions you have about icky, unusual, and fascinating bodily functions.
  • People, Places, & Things That Help Me – Get explanations for what various doctors, dentists, and therapists do. Find out what happens in the hospital. Learn about ADHD medicines, fluoride, retainers, dialysis, and more.
  • Staying Safe – Discover how to be safe in any environment.
  • The Game Closet – This section is an interactive jackpot of games, movies, experiments, quizzes, activities that help kids explore health and the human body.
  • Health Problems – Learn about serious and not-so-serious health problems that kids experience from hives and athlete’s foot to spina bifida and meningitis.

This site contains a wealth of information that you can use to complement any science curriculum.

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