Posts Tagged ‘play’

Learn Spanish through play

August 12th, 2017

It’s Saturday, August 12, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wordplay Spanish Vocabulary Game

(www.wordplay.com/)

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

 

Quickly master over a thousand Spanish vocabulary words with this online learning tool powered by Brainrush that teaches using a simple game atmosphere.

After creating a free account and logging in, select the lesson you want to work on by using the sidebar menu of lessons. All of the lessons are nicely broken down into bite-size pieces of about 10 words each. With over 100 lessons, you can easily find lessons to supplement your curriculum. Some of the vocabulary topics covered are:

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Important verbs
  • Opening and closing phrases
  • Adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Colors
  • Conversations
  • Question words
  • Comparisons
  • People, Nationalities, Professions
  • Time, holidays, and Weather
  • School words
  • Words related to food and eating
  • Words related to the home
  • Emotions
  • Clothing and Fabric
  • Places, transportation, and travel
  • The body
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • And much more.

Vocabulary is presented on illustrated tiles that include the Spanish word and English translation. Click the tile to hear both translations. When you have finished reviewing the tiles, select the “Play” button and the games begin. In the first stage of the game, students try to match the word before it reaches the bottom of the game field. When the student matches correctly both translations are said aloud. Once stage 1 is mastered you are moved onto stage 2 in which a word tile is presented and students must type the correct Spanish or English word in the box provided. If the student inputs the incorrect answer, the program gives the correct answer and the student corrects their error, quickly reinforcing the proper translation spelling. When you finish stage 2 you are moved onto the next lesson and the process begins again.

Some additional features that this site offers:

  • Wordplay adjusts difficulty to match your skill
  • Reviews are automatically scheduled to build long term retention
  • Each tile has a mastery meter that fills in green as you develop mastery and then blue as you build retention
  • Downloadable PDFs of course content
  • Downloadable progress reports

As an added bonus, you can request to have a Teacher’s account created for you where you can create your own courses, set up multiple students, and monitor their progress.

Please note that this is an ad-supported website, but they are minimal and don’t appear to be distracting when using the games.

If you are looking for a no-frills Spanish vocabulary program, you will certainly want to check out this site.

Australian Art Games, Videos & More

August 5th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, August 5, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

QAGOMA Children’s Art Center

(www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/learn/kids)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) invites visitors to explore art and artists from around the world through games, videos and “make-at-home activities.”

Scroll down below the introduction to begin your discovery. Select from interactive games such as: 

  • Build Your Own Humpy
  • Drover Muster
  • The Call of the Wild
  • We Miss you in Magic Land
  • Kusama’s World of Dots
  • Harlequin Hallway
  • Spanish Still Life
  • The Drawing Room
  • The Surrealist Chronicle
  • Pepe’s Great Escape

And many more. Games vary in skill level and type as well as what concepts are taught but are fairly simple to learn and play overall.

Activities include 5 downloadable lesson projects. There are also video stories available to watch online.

Bookmark this site to add to your art studies; but this would also be a nice addition to your cultural studies.

Wild Music for Kids

July 29th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 29, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wild Music

(www.wildmusic.org/)

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

 

This really fun website is a companion to a traveling exhibition about the “Sounds and Songs of Life.” It offers free, interactive, virtual exhibits where you can learn the science behind how animals and people make sound and music.

When you get to the site you can click “Play” to hear musical “compositions” created from sounds in nature. You’ll also see a menu of items that include: 

  • Soundscapes – Use archived recordings of animals, humans, wind, and water to create your own sound compositions. Adjust the results with a virtual sound mixer. Explore maps of sounds that were recorded all over the planet.
  • Animal – Listen to different animal sounds and bird songs; then test your memory with a sound match game.
  • About Sound – Discover what researchers have learned about sound frequency, wavelengths, voice boxes, and more. Play a game to see if you can hear as well as a baby. Take a test to see how your hearing compares to that of animals. Get instruction to make your own Pan Pipes, bell bracelet, and maracas!

You can also take a virtual photographic tour of the exhibit, and meet the scientists and musicians behind the exhibit through video clips, photos, and text.

Free Spelling Games & Activities for K-12

July 19th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

VocabularySpellingCity

(www.spellingcity.com/spelling-games-vocabulary-games.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 with parental supervision, but most of the activities are geared for elementary grade students.) 

 

This ad-supported website offers free activities and games to help students improve their spelling and vocabulary skills.

The activities include audio recordings so you can hear every spelling word pronounced, and also hear it used in a sentence.

In addition to the freebies, the site offers a “Premium Membership” for a fee – but you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the following: 

  • Spelling Test Me – Take quizzes to test your spelling skill on words covering myriad topics such as science, math, history, etc. Try spelling contractions, Dolch Sight Words, SAT Vocabulary and more.
  • Spelling Teach Me – Students can choose from predetermined word lists and then engage in a classic spelling learning method that includes visual and auditory modalities in each lesson.
  • Spelling Games and Activities – Play word search, word unscrambles, word matching games and more – that are generated from word lists available at the site.
  • And lots more.

You’ll also find free, printable handwriting worksheets, and games that teach concepts such as alphabetizing and sentence structure.

Again, you can access the basic games and activities absolutely free without registration. If you want to save your word lists, then you must register for an account (at no cost). You can also purchase a “Premium Membership” that includes a variety of “extras” that you can learn more about at the website.

Fun & Games with Music

July 8th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 8, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SFSKids – Fun and Games with Music

(www.sfskids.org/index.html?f=menu)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world of orchestral music with the fun activities at this website created by the San Francisco Symphony.

Through interactive games, students can learn about the instruments of the orchestra, the basics of conducting, and what is involved in composing music as well as listening skills to gain familiarity with orchestral music. Some audio excerpts are permanently part of the program while others that are noted with a leaf symbol are rotated out every 6 months to provide variety for the student.

When arriving at the SFSKids site, read the introduction then select the “Let’s Start!” link to read some brief instructions for using the site. There are instructions throughout each activity making this site very user friendly.

Exploration activities include: 

  • Sea of Knowledge – Discover Music – Discover facts about instruments, music, and composers.
  • Music Streams – Listen to Music – Listen to music selections from Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Copland, Gershwin, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Shubert, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Wagner, and many more.
  • Musical Skies – Play with Music – includes 2 different activities: 
    • Star Catcher – Select a musical piece and as you listen move your mouse to the rhythm of the music to catch stars with the rabbit.
    • Mood Journey – Make a musical selection then click on the ‘falling’ phrases to change the background as you listen.
  • Instrument Garden – Perform Music – Learn about and virtually play instruments.
  • Symphony Hall – Conduct Music – Learn how a conductor directs an orchestra with this activity.
  • Music Mountain – Compose Music – Learn the basics of music composition and compose your own tune.

There is a lot to explore on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to time after time.

Tour Idaho’s Capitol Online

July 7th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, July 7, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Idaho’s Capitol for Kids

(idahoptv.org/productions/specials/capitoloflight/kids/index.cfm)

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

 

Tour Idaho’s Capitol with this website from Idaho Public Education and the Idaho State Board of Education.

To begin your virtual tours, select the “Take a Tour” link on the home page. Then select to either take a video tour or a photo tour. The video tours include: 

  • Tour – Choose to see the full 11-minute tour of the restored Capitol or watch in segments. This tour is also available captioned.
  • 1905-1920 – “Learn what Idaho was like in the early 1900’s, find out who designed and built the original Capitol and discover why Idaho’s Capitol was an early 20th Century modern marvel”.
  • Restoration & Expansion – Explore “the restoration and expansion of Idaho’s Capitol and its hidden and not-so-hidden treasures.”
  • Capitol of Light – PBS documentary of the renovation and expansion of the Capitol.
  • Visions of Idaho –  PBS videos about Idaho history, geography and more.
  • Saved By the Bill – “Learn how an idea becomes law in Idaho”.

When you have finished with your tours return to the “Kids Home” page to learn more about Idaho’s Capitol. Hover over the eagle and click the link to reach the welcome page. Here visitors can download a fun facts sheet and a reference sheet of Idaho’s State Symbols. Select “Play Games” for online games such as: 

  • I Spy Idaho’s Capitol
  • I Spy: The Quiz Game
  • Claim It!
  • Seal of Fortune

Choose the “Teachers” button to find printable versions of the online games and answer keys, web links to the Idaho State Government, other Capitol websites, Idaho history sites, Idaho’s Indian Tribes, and just for fun.

This fun website is a great place to get an overview of Idaho.

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