Posts Tagged ‘play’

Math with Galileo’s Compass

June 18th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 18, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museo Galileo

(brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/esplora/compasso/index.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up approximately, with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

 

This website, sponsored by the Museo Galileo, provides free, fascinating, multimedia demonstrations of the uses of Galileo’s compass for math calculations, geometry, architecture, engineering, navigation, and other fields. Learn the history of the compass and Galileo’s contribution to its development during the Renaissance in 1597.


When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • History – Watch a presentation about the history of the compass, Galileo’s invention of a specific type of compass, and the improvements he made upon it. See a comparison between compasses, and play the interactive “Compass Game.”
  • Explore – Learn about how it works.
  • Simulation – Watch engaging simulations of the many operations you can perform with Galileo’s compass, including: 
    • Division of a segment
    • Division of a circumference
    • Squaring a regular figure
    • Sum of volumes
    • Measurement of calibers
    • Astronomical quadrant
    • Scale of slopes
    • And more!

This website offers the user the ability to view the text of the presentations, and provides links to other interesting resources about the compass as well. There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site and return again to see it all.

Help Contribute to Real Academic Research

June 5th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zooniverse

(www.zooniverse.org/projects)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This website “is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects” developed by the Citizen Science Alliance.

The CSA works with scientists and researchers around the world on projects that use the efforts and ability of citizen volunteers. Parents and kids can have a great time together engaging in real science projects!

When you get to the site, you’ll see an image menu of the current projects. Click on any image and a new screen opens with a brief description. Click on “Learn More” to get a detailed explanation of the project and what volunteers do. Once you understand the scope of the project, you can sign up to participate (free). Some of the current projects include: 

  • CLIMATE – Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations using Royal Navy ship logs.
  • MEDICINE – Play a brain match game.
  • NATURE – Help marine researchers understand how whales communicate.
  • SPACE – Help track solar storms, measure and map our galaxy, identify meteors, and more!

Some of the projects include “Resources for Teachers” with interactive lesson plans, teachers’ notes, presentations, events and exhibitions. They are designed for classroom students but can be tweaked for use at home.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the “Paused” or “Retired” projects too!

This is a terrific way to engage the whole family in science explorations. Bookmark it to return often.

Fabulous Online Songbook

May 19th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 19, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Fabulous Songbook

(kristinhall.org/songbook/Songbook.html)

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

 

This website offers a terrific, free songbook with printable pages to use at home, on-the-go, or ’round the campfire.

Don’t let the lackluster look of the website deceive you – because as free online songbooks go, this one is very useful for parents, teachers, youth group leaders, and singers everywhere.

When you get to the site you’ll see a lot of introductory text. Scroll below it to the songbook menu where you’ll find an amazing variety of choices that include: 

  • Ballads
  • Blues & Standards
  • Call & Response
  • Campfire Songs
  • Circle Games
  • Classic Kids Songs
  • Foreign Songs
  • Gospel Tunes
  • Hand Games
  • Holiday Songs
  • On And On Songs
  • Part Songs & Rounds
  • Patriotic Songs
  • Protest, Political, & Social Commentary Songs
  • Sea Shanties & Pub Songs
  • Silly Songs
  • Singalongs
  • U.S. Folk Songs
  • There are even songs By Indie Artists and Metal, Hard, Grunge & Progressive Rock groups. (Again, parental discretion advised.)

The songs, many of which were collected by the author for use with her Girl Scout group, are categorized by type as well as by first line. For example, some are “Make ’em Up” – which would be the ones that you make up as you go along, such as “Down By the Bay.” Others are activity games, such as “London Bridge is Falling Down,” which are fun to play with a group of children. Then you have “Call and Response,” wherein a person or group repeats after a caller, such as “Are You Sleeping” or “Bear in the Woods.”

Some (but not all) songs include activities, mp3’s, sheet music, and chords. The songbook hasn’t been updated since 2011, but don’t let that stop you from visiting as many of the songs are timeless favorites.

Free Math Games for Beginners

May 14th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, May 14, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ICT Games: Numeracy Games

(www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/mathsMenu.html)

Age Range: 5-8? (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a collection of interactive games to help young children (and beginning mathematicians of all ages) learn and practice basic math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of math “themes” that include: 

  • Place Value
  • Counting & Ordering
  • Number Facts
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication & Division
  • Money
  • Time & Measure
  • Fractions

Click on any theme and a new page opens with a menu of selections for that particular math theme or strand. The games are colorful and engaging. Some lack sufficient explanation on how to play – so you may need to experiment a little until you figure it out.

Free Audio Stories in Many Languages

May 9th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BookBox

(www.bookbox.com/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a selection of culturally diverse children’s fairy tales and stories that you can listen to for FREE in a variety of languages!

In addition, you can download activities, and play interactive puzzles and games based on the stories.

The free audio stories in MP3 format are an adjunct (and a teaser) to the commercial sale of digital books at the site, but you do not have to purchase anything to enjoy the free PDFs, MP3s, games and activities. The digital books synchronize text, audio, and visual media to create an educational and entertaining reading experience for children. The digital books are based on proven methods of Same Language Subtitling (SLS) that not only enhance children’s basic literacy, but also facilitate their proficiency in foreign languages.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of stories. Select a story and choose the language you prefer (some stories come in more languages than others). Wait for the story to download and then listen to it online. If you want, you can download the free PDF so that you can read along. Then, once you’ve listened to the story, you can do the free activities that are themed around it. (Note: Not all of the stories have accompanying activities.)

This is a terrific resource for encouraging the development of language arts and foreign language skills that will engage the young and young at heart.

Math Games with Dice & Catapults

May 7th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, May 7, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SpaghettiBoxKids

(spaghettiboxkids.com/blog/math-games-with-dice/)

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

 

A Dad, with a strong belief in the merits of learning through play, created this website/blog with good, old-fashioned, activities that help a child’s ability to focus and learn.

There are activities covering a variety of subjects including math, science, language arts, and more – laced with some parenting tips and strategies for learning.

When you get to this archived site, you’ll land on the “Math Games with Dice” page. There, you’ll find a menu of math dice games (from simple to advanced) that help kids learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and exponents. You’ll just need a pair of dice to get started.

Also check out More Math Games with Dice” that require familiarity with the Mayan Numeric System. And yes, there’s a page on the site that teaches Mayan Numbers for Kids.” 

We found the easiest way to access the terrific content at this site was to view the Site Map that lists the activity titles, making it easy to pinpoint games of interest to you and your family. 

BEST OF ALL:  Don’t miss the Catapult Designs for Kids! You’ll find a variety of instructions for making catapults out of stuff you’ve got around the house including coffee cups, soda cans, egg cartons, soup cans, and more. The whole family can launch and learn for hours and hours of fun.

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