Posts Tagged ‘student’

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.

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

August 7th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 7, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

(mathsnacks.com/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”

The site’s collection of “snacks,” are highly entertaining educational movies, games, and apps that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the videos and games you’ll find include: 

  • Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a Dodgeball coach who lacks a clear understanding of ratios.
  • Identify numbers that sum to ten, and decimals that sum to 1 – while driving a school bus full of monsters and deforming the neighborhood (this one you’ve got to see to believe).
  • Watch a supervillain and superhero match wits, scaling things up and down by the same factor.

There are many more as well. Each “snack” includes guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, to help solidify the concepts.

A handy reminder from the teachers’ page: “Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8.” Since they’re snacks, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re portable; if you have a mobile device, you can learn something new on the go. Perfect for Carschooling!

Be sure to check out the rest of the teachers’ page for helpful hints on how to get the most benefit out of this website.

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

July 26th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 26, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeReading

(www.freereading.net/)

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

 

This website offers a free, multi-media, open-source instructional reading program that includes a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities.

As mentioned at the website, FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities (under the “Find Activities” link) in the following categories: 

  • Print Concepts: Students learn how different forms of print are read.
  • Phonological Awareness: Students learn to blend and segment the sounds in spoken words.
  • Letter Sounds: Students learn to say the most common sounds for printed letters.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words.
  • Word-Form Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out.
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words by sight.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • And more.

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, word list generators, and much more.

Also check out “Teaching Tools” – as it provides a good overview of the site and how to use it to your student’s best advantage.

Exploring Both Sides of the Issue of Economics

July 20th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 20, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Stossel in the Classroom: Both Sides of the Issue

(stosselintheclassroom.org/both_sides/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger “Stossel in the Classroom” website provides short video presentations from opposing viewpoints regarding various politically charged economic issues of today. These segments are compiled to encourage an open discussion from both sides of the issues.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll through the topics which include: 

  • NAFTA Has Destroyed American Manufacturing vs. Does Free Trade Create Prosperity?
  • Is College Worth It? vs. Vocational School vs. Higher Education
  • Everyone Must Vote? vs. “You.Must.Vote.”
  • Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour vs. Minimum Wage
  • The True Cost of Fossil Fuels vs. The Energy Debate: A Case for Fossil Fuels
  • And much more.

Teachers can use the “Both Sides of the Issue” segments as a starting point in teaching debate as well as current events for history and as a supplement to their economics courses. Hover over the left-hand side bar to locate the website navigation tools and you will find links to other portions of the site including: 

  • Videos – Web Segments – various stories from John Stossel
  • Classroom Extension – In the “Teacher Center, register for free and you can get the Stossel in the Classroom DVDs for free as well as access to downloadable teacher guides to accompany the DVDs. Your students can register under your account and you can assign them “homework” from the site. In the Student Center, students can search for topical video segments, find related discussion questions to answer and much more.
  • External Resources – A treasure trove of outside links across all subject areas

Please note that the viewpoints presented on this website are controversial, so, as always, please be sure to preview this website prior to allowing students’ access.

Middle School Video Math Lessons!

July 17th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, July 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MasterMath

(www.mastermath.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=25)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-9, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free video lessons, worksheets and quizzes for middle school math plus Algebra I.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu of the video math lessons. Each grade year is divided into 4 quarters. Each math lesson includes: 

  • A 10-15 minute video that teaches a math concept
  • A printable worksheet to practice the concept
  • An online quiz to test comprehension of the concept

As the announcement explained, after Mr. Lisle shows the student how to do a problem, you can “pause” the video, try a similar problem, and then advance the video to see Mr. Lisle demonstrate the solution.

Mr. Lisle clearly presents the material that will help students understand math concepts such as: 

  • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Fraction-Decimal Equivalency
  • Solving Algebraic Expressions
  • Converting Units of Measure
  • Graphing Linear Equations

Our only criticism is that sometimes Mr. Lisle lapses into a monotone presentation style that may lose a student’s attention. To avoid that, we suggest watching one lesson, do some activities, take a break and then return to watch another lesson.

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.

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