Posts Tagged ‘puzzles’

Language Arts Brain Food

January 24th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 24, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brain Food: Word Puzzles

(www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/c/word.shtml)

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

 

This website offers a variety of interactive word puzzles and games that will enhance your Language Arts curriculum.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of word activities that include: 

  • Word Searches – Find the hidden words themed around topics such as: The Body, Medieval Times, Varieties of Cheese, Horses, The Bible, Winter, Palindromes, Aviation, North American Birds, Car Parts, Calendar, Vowels – and many, many more. Just keep clicking the “next” button at the bottom of each page to see them all.
  • Associated Words – Think of a single word that goes with the word given, to form a compound word.
  • Word Fragments – Using the word fragment provided, think of a word that contains the fragment — that is, you must form a word by adding letters to the beginning and/or the end of the fragment.
  • Garbled Proverbs – In each of these puzzles, a proverb is written with exactly one letter of each word replaced with another. Can you figure out what the original proverb is?
  • Cryptograms – Cryptograms are encoded sayings or quotations where each letter has been substituted for another. Can you decode them?
  • Language Puzzles – Challenging puzzles about words and language. Put your thinking cap on!

When you are through exploring the “Word Puzzles” portion of the site, you may want to try the “Word Boxes.” Word Boxes are like miniature crossword puzzles, except that each word is filled in across and down the grid.

This site has number and logic puzzles too. In fact, there is so much content here that we were unable to review it all. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability for their own children.

Challenging Math Problems & Puzzles

January 15th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 15, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maths Challenge

(mathschallenge.net/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free archive containing hundreds of math problems and puzzles for a variety of skill levels.

When you get to the site you’ll see a horizontal menu near the top of the page. Click on “Problems” to access the archives. You can search by keyword for specific math strands such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, etc.
 
You can also search by level of difficulty. The problems are ranked with stars and explained as follows: 

  • One Star – These problems require nothing more than a logical mind and a willingness to try things out on paper.
  • Two Stars – Problems begin to require insights and mathematical tools. For example, geometrical problems may require the use of simple trigonometry, number problems may require knowledge of factoring, etc.
  • Three Stars – A good knowledge of school mathematics and/or some aspects of proof will be required.
  • Four Stars – A comprehensive knowledge of school mathematics and advanced mathematical tools will be required.

Each word problem or puzzle comes with an illustrated solution, and often has suggestions for further exploration and learning.

Online Art & Music Story Books for Kids

January 13th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 13, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MightyBook

(www.mightybook.com/art_and_music.html)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to access a variety of illustrated, animated, and narrated children’s online books that introduce kids to works of art masters set to the music of classical composers.

When you get to the site you will see links to these online engaging art and music books: 

  • Bach and Van Gogh – This delightful book plays beautiful Bach symphony music while slowly showing you images of artwork by Van Gogh.
  • Remington & Dvorak – This mash up combines powerful images of the American West by Frederick Remington accompanied by the strong and adventurous sounds of Antonin Dvorak.
  • Carnival of Harlequin – Drag and drop puzzles pieces to assemble the whimsical art of Joan Miro while listening to the airy sounds of Tchaikovsky. Links in this book let you learn more about the artist and composer through pictures and narration.
  • Mona and Beethoven – This silly little interlude features a talking Mona Lisa, barely tolerating Beethoven’s jokes as he makes attempts at comedy.
  • And much more.

When viewing these free sample books, you will also see some random advertisements. Parents, as always, should supervise Internet use. (This company does offer the books without advertising for a paid membership.)

When you’re through exploring the Art and Music section, check out some of the other free online activity books also available on this site.

Toy Hall of Fame

December 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 22, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Toy Hall of Fame

(www.toyhalloffame.org/)

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

 

Take a fun tour of the National Toy Hall of Fame and discover if your favorite toy has been inducted.

Part of the Strong National Museum of Play, discover the history and more of toys that are in the Hall of Fame. Click the “Inducted Toys” link in the upper menu to see what toys have been selected for inclusion since 1998. Click on the toy name to read its story and see some images. Some memorable toys included are: 

  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Frisbee
  • G.I. Joe
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Slinky
  • Duncan Yo-Yo
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Twister

And so many more. Some toys are generalized such as the baby doll, playing cards, bicycle, or ball and other inductees are unique childhood playthings stemming from creativity and imagination like a blanket, a stick, and the cardboard box. Visitors can even nominate a toy to be included. Toys must meet certain criteria to be considered including being recognizable, memorable, not a generational passing fad, fosters learning, creativity, and discovery through play and more.

But wait! The toy tour does not stop here. Select the “Research & Publications” link in the green top menu, then choose “Access to Artifacts Collections”. On this page, locate the links under “Learn more about Strong’s key holdings” to browse collections or find the “online database” link to see thousands of other toys sorted by: 

  • Toys – action figures, baby toys, construction toys, mechanical and pull toys, play sets, educational toys, puzzles, riding toys, stuffed animals, transportation toys, yo-yos and tops and more
  • Dolls – baby dolls, fashion dolls, celebrity dolls, cloth and rag dolls, collector dolls, paper dolls and more
  • Games – board games, card games, outdoor games, role-playing games and more
  • Video Games – arcade, computer, console, handheld and more electronic games
  • Other Collections – advertising, collectible cards, character products, outdoor play and much more

Visitors can spend hours browsing through all this site has to offer and older visitors may find themselves taking a trip down the memory lane of their childhood days. Be sure to bookmark this site as new items are added regularly.

Christmas Tree Farm Virtual Tour & Lesson Plans

December 8th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 8, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Christmas Tree Farm & Lesson Plans

(www.christmastrees.on.ca/index.php?action=display&cat=13)

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

 

Not only do you get to take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm today – but you can explore an extensive website all about Christmas Trees complete with themed lesson plans!

We’ve featured this site in previous years – but it’s worth an annual virtual trip to see. At this website you can take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm in Ontario, Canada. When you get to the site, scroll down to locate the tour links and click to learn all about the growing and harvesting process through photographs and text. Then, read all about the history of Christmas trees. Locate the “Education” link in the upper menu to find “Activities for Kids” to print out some Christmas tree themed games and puzzles including dot-to-dot, word searches, crossword puzzles, and counting tree rings! Select the “Teacher’s Guide” link to find teaching plans. But wait! Keep reading.

Christmas Trees and More!


This website from the University of Illinois Extension Program has extensive information on Christmas trees presented through a printable series of lesson plans for grades K-7. Learn the plant parts of a Christmas tree, its development from seed to harvest, watch video clips of the life of a Christmas tree, learn about out nation’s official Christmas tree, and follow links to more information on tree farms and where to find them, Tree Events, and more. By the way, some of the lessons provided here suggest a year-round curriculum on trees – so you can print it out and use it all year long.

Latin Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 6th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

(www.myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/christmas-holiday-traditions-vocabulary/interactive-puzzles/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas/Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.
 
Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities: Christmas & Holiday Traditions Crossword Puzzle
 
Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 10 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 

  • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
  • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
  • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
  • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
  • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol) 

Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.

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