Posts Tagged ‘shapes’

Math with Balloons

October 31st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, October 31, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Math

(www.mbd2.com/Homeschool_Projects/Index.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Magical Balloon-Dude Dale (a master balloonist) offers free math activities for homeschoolers using the kinds of balloons that are used to make balloon animals and other creations.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of 4 math activities using balloons – but only the first 3 have working links that include: 

  • Parts/Fraction Curriculum – Use balloons to learn counting, adding, sorting, measuring, calculating the number of parts, fractions and/or decimal conversion.
  • Mathematical Symbols Curriculum – Understand basic geometric shapes and use balloons to create a sphere.
  • Half of a 1/2 of a .50 Curriculum – Improve understanding of fractions such as 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 while making a balloon flower.

Click on any one, and a new page opens with the complete instructions, accompanied by photographs and a materials list.

If you look on the right side of the screen in each activity you will see a link to a FREE download of the “HomeSchool Curriculum” that includes bonus material. Print it out to use offline.

The projects require certain types of balloons, a ruler, a marker – and one exercise requires calipers. You can purchase a kit that provides all of these materials (as well as an answer key to the questions) at the website for about $40. It is not necessary to purchase the kit to do these exercises. You may already have the materials needed, or be able to purchase them less expensively. And just doing the activity is a terrific learning experience – with or without an answer key to the questions.

The projects at this site are designed to develop problem solving skills, mathematics ability, and eye-hand coordination, while teaching kids to make balloon animals. What fun!

3-D Geometry, Math Interactives & More

September 19th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, September 19, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org – Geometry 3D Shapes

(www.learner.org/interactives/geometry/index.html)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

You’ll be impressed by this presentation that provides free multi-media activities about three-dimensional shapes. Because instruction is presented in 3-D format it makes it much easier to visualize and understand.

After the introduction, you’ll learn about polyhedra, including prisms and pyramids. Then move on to surface area and volume of rectangles and cylinders. When you are finished clicking through the presentation you can test your skills.

This website is massive. Under the “Interactives” menu for Math, you can choose from over 150 other interactives, which can be sorted by grade level, that include: 

  • Area and Perimeter
  • Comparing Fractions
  • Decorative Boxes
  • Fractions
  • Learning Temperature Units and Their Symbols
  • Measuring Ant Tunnels
  • Numbers in Nature
  • Quilts
  • Robots
  • Shadows
  • And more!

Bookmark this site, as you just can’t see it all in one visit.

Free “File Folder” Math Games

July 18th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, July 18, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

File Folder Heaven

(www.filefolderheaven.com/sample-some-freebies)

Age Range: 3-7 (Grades PreK-2, with parental supervision)

 

“File Folder Activities” is a clever method for organizing games and learning materials so that kids can easily access them.

This site offers free, printable file folder games and activities (created by a Special Education teacher) that help young children and children with disabilities to practice basic skills such as: 

  • matching
  • sorting
  • identification of shapes, colors, and numbers
  • counting
  • beginning math and phonics

The activities at this site are for younger children, but older children may enjoy preparing them for their siblings. (While there are a variety of free File Folder activities at this commercial site, there are many more available for sale.)

Learning Spanish for Kids

June 11th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 11, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanishtown: Spanish for Kids

(www.spanishtown.ca/spanishforkids/spanishforkids.htm)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

This Google ad-supported website provides interactive exercises that teach young children Spanish vocabulary from basic to intermediate level. As you do the activities you can listen to the correct pronunciation of the words by a native Spanish speaker.

When you get to the site you’ll see a preview menu by grade level from 1-4. Click on any one and a new page opens with a broader menu of choices that includes activities for learning: 

  • Vocabulary – Learn to say colors, numbers, shapes, parts of the body, animals, methods of transportation, words for family members, weather, clothing, food, holidays, and basic conversational sentences.
  • Counting – Learn to say numbers from 1-100 along with some basic math terminology.
  • Grammar – Learn to say some verbs in present and past tense.

To complement and reinforce the vocabulary you will also find a selection of word-find puzzles, crosswords, and matching activities.

This is not a comprehensive language course. It’s a simple way to introduce learning the Spanish language, or to practice skills that you’ve already acquired. Parents that don’t speak Spanish can learn right alongside their children.

The site offers downloads to tests, lesson plans, and learning sheets for classroom teachers that can be tweaked for use at home.

NOTE: “Spanish for Kids” is part of a larger website. We did NOT review other parts of the site. The kids’ section requires adult assistance to navigate. The site has random ads and Google advertisements that if clicked on, will lead to outside websites so PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE AND SUPERVISE USE.

Color with Leo

April 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 23, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color with Leo

(www.colorwithleo.com/index.php)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Join Leo and learn about the principles of art through lessons, coloring pages, interactive activities and games. Produced by Silva Animation Studio, Inc., this website was founded for “the sole purpose of creating a free, art based, website devoted to develop a child’s artistic instinct.”

There is a large variety of instruction available at this website. Select from the following in the upper menu:

  • Parents & Teachers – Choose from topical lessons about animals, elements and principles of art, seasonal lessons, creating sculptures, and “About Me” lessons.
  • Coloring pages – Printable coloring pages in categories that include “Best Friends”, “Famous Paintings”, “Portraits”, “Seasons & Holidays”, “Puzzles and Activities”, and “Shapes”
  • Art Studio – Interactive games designed to teach skills such as basic shapes, color mixing, online coloring, color matching, drawing and more
  • Games – Play more online games such as “Select the Shape”, “Paint Drip Catch”, “Does Not Belong”, “Complete the Shape”, “Painting Puzzles”, “Mayan Quest” and many more.

This is a bookmark-worthy website that visitors will come back to time after time.

Fun Physics Simulations for K-12

April 19th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, April 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhET Interactive Simulations

(phet.colorado.edu/)

Age Range: 5-18 and up (Grades K-12 and beyond, with parental supervision)

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder sponsors this website with free, fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena. As explained at the website:  “We believe that our research-based approach – incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing – enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world. “To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. “As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, information on how to run/use the simulations, and a button that says, “Play with Simulations.” Click on that and a new page opens where you will see an icon menu of the latest simulations on the site including: 

  • Forces and Motion
  • Gene Expression
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Molecule Shapes
  • States of Matter

Use the menu on the left side of this same page to search for simulations by topic, for example: 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Math
  • Cutting Edge Research

And, you can search for simulations by Grade Level including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University.

Be sure to bookmark this site – you’ll want to return again and again.

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