Posts Tagged ‘play’

Advent Calendar Math & Math Games

December 10th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, December 10, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Printable Advent Calendar

(www.dr-mikes-math-games-for-kids.com/advent-calendar.html)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, printable Advent Calendar that you can assemble and use to help young children learn basic math concepts and skills.

The calendar is courtesy of the website creator, Dr. Mike. He believes that children learn math best through playing games!

When you get to the site you’ll see the instructions for printing out and assembling the Advent Calendar, along with ideas for how to use it with young children. Then use the menu on the left side of your screen to explore the math games archived at this site including: 

  • Cool Math Games
  • Kindergarten – An assortment of games to help preschool and kindergarten children grasp basic math concepts with the understanding that little kids learn by experience – not by rote learning!
  • Home School – Dr. Mike provides creative and interesting games and tips to help homeschool families learn math. As Dr. Mike explains, “I’ve gone through all the games on this site, and evaluated them with you, the home-schooler, in mind. It’s my sincere hope that these resources will make your home-schooling a little more joyful – or a little less burdensome – wherever you may now be in your home-schooling journey.”

You’ll also find menu items that sort the games by grade levels 1-7, as well as printable games, calculator games, magic squares, times tables, fractions, and a variety of other games.

These games were selected because they expose children to math facts that result in rote learning without the boredom. Through playful games your children are immersed in math concepts that provide a foundation on which math skills and techniques can be successfully built. Plus, Dr. Mike gives tips on how to use them in the classroom or at home. As Dr. Mike says, “Most important, I’ll explain why these games help kids love math, why they’ll be learning more in an hour of play than they possibly could in a whole day of drills.”

Free Literacy Games for Beginners

December 5th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 5, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ICT Games: Literacy Games

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

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

 

This ad-supported website offers several interactive games to help young children learn and practice basic language arts skills.

When you get to the site you will see the menu of games including: 

  • Little Bird Spelling – Choose a grade level and then choose a bird house. This game will check spelling of the words listed.
  • Phonics Pop – Choose a set or group of sounds then pop the bubble of the sound heard.
  • The Dinosaur’s Eggs – Select a pattern, listen to the word and select the correct egg.
  • And more!

Also check out the math games to play under the link entitled Maths Games.

Fun with Ambigrams

November 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inversions by Scott Kim

(www.scottkim.com.previewc40.carrierzone.com/inversions/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

At today’s website you can explore the fascinating world of “ambigrams” also known as “inversions.”

What’s an ambigram? This is a “cool, artistic twist on wordplay!” Ambigrams are words that can be read in more than one way – that is, right side up, upside down, inverted, rotated, or mirrored.

At this website you’ll find classroom activities for grades 3-12, using ambigrams and inversions. According to the website, these exercises teach symmetry, art, geometry, language arts, and creative thinking. When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Classroom Activities – Get free ambigram-themed lessons and games including printable handouts and teacher notes.
  • Classroom Galleries – See samples of inversions or ambigrams submitted by students.

Please note, that this site recommends more learning resources about ambigrams at other websites. We have not reviewed these other sites and as always, parents should preview.

Ambigrams are a fun way to play with words, providing an opportunity to improve Language Arts skills in spelling and vocabulary, and much more!

Fun Facts About Fungi

November 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Intermountain Herbarium

(herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/factindx.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision; however, non-readers will need help navigating the site and younger children may enjoy some of the interactive games)

 

This website is designed to help kids learn all about fungi.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Experiments, Puzzles, & Games – Click on this section to find activities that will help you learn about fungi. Learn the parts of a mushroom, discover where fungi live and grow, cook with fungus, try a science experiment or two, and play an online mushroom hunt game.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi – This section contains fascinating information about the biodiversity of fungi. Learn about various forms of fungi including mushrooms, lichens, and slime molds. Find out how insects coexist with fungi, learn the history of penicillin, and discover how forms of fungi are used in medicine and industry.
  • Teacher’s Guide – This section is really a site map that displays the topics covered in the items mentioned above. Also check out “Meet The Authors” where you can read a brief bio on the creators of this website.

This site provides a great introduction to the study of fungi. If your students want to know more, try this site as well: FungiSee stunning photography of fungi, yeasts, slimes, molds, rusts, etc.

Native American Math Activities

November 12th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, November 12, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Play Picaria

(thelittletravelers.typepad.com/the_little_travelers/2009/01/picaria.html)

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

 

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history. Here are some math activities inspired by the same.

Play Picaria – A homeschooling family offers step-by-step instructions for how to make your own game board and play Picaria, a fun strategy game developed by the Zuni or Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. It is similar to tic-tac-toe, but more challenging. Don’t miss the terrific tips and videos on worldwide traveling and learning with kids at this website, too!

Check out this site as well: Native American Geometry

Age Range: 9-14. This website was designed for students in grades 4-9 and teaches geometry through hands-on investigations and design activities. It has been used successfully in GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) programs as well.

Create Animated Maps

November 8th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animaps

(www.animaps.com/#!home)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Create fun and interesting animated maps with this site that “extends the MyMaps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.”

When arriving at today’s link, read over the information, check out some example animated maps, and, to get a good understanding of how to use Animaps, be sure to watch the “Basics Tutorial.” You can check out more maps that others have created under the “Most viewed” and “Latest maps” sections, however, as this is a public access site, be sure to review a map prior to allowing your children to do so to ensure they are suitable for your family. 

To create a map, visitors must either create a free Animaps account or log in using their Facebook account. This will provide a place to easily keep track of the maps you have created. Along with the ability to add multiple route markers for specific times, you can add text, images, icons, and more to your map. A fun feature is the ability to select a mode of transportation and change them along your route so that once your map is created, when you play it back, you can watch it travel your route. You can even share your maps or embed them into a web page if you have one.

While learning and creating new maps may take some time, the creative educational uses will make it worth the effort. This tool could not only be used to teach geography, but also used for other subjects. Some ideas for maps we came up with include: 

  • Create map history timelines showing where and when events took place.
  • Show the journeys of the explorers.
  • Plan out dream vacation trips and include travel cost information and points of interest to visit.
  • During an election, plot out the route of a candidate’s state visits.
  • Create a “book report” indicating settings or destinations from the story. (Around the World in 80 Days comes to mind as a perfect choice.)
  • Have foreign language students show locations where the language is spoken.

Map creation is limited only by the visitor’s imagination.

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