Posts Tagged ‘subscription’

Free Iditarod Math & More!

February 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Iditarod.com (iditarod.com/)

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

 

The Iditarod begins on March 5, 2016! Billed as “The Last Great Race On Earth,” mushers and their dog teams race over 1,000 miles across Alaska’s mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coast. In a period of 10 to 17 days each team’s dogs and their musher race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. They endure temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, long hours of darkness, and treacherous terrain.

At this “official” Iditarod website you’ll find information about the history of this race, exclusive race coverage, and free, Iditarod-themed lessons and activities to enhance learning in math, science, language arts, social sciences, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured articles, videos, and highlights. Use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Race Center – Get information on how this website works and learn about Iditarod rules, race preparations, and previous races.
  • Videos – Watch video clips from previous races that include stories from the trail.
  • Education – In this section there are two archives that you don’t want to miss: 
    • Teachers – Get access to a large menu of archived curriculum connections. Plus, get standards-driven lessons in math and other subjects delivered in a downloadable (pdf) activity book. You’ll also find downloadable weather-related math and science activities, applicable for all grade levels.
    • Students – Kids of all ages will enjoy this array of Iditarod activities including newsletters from canine journalists, cryptograms, word searches, coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, and a FUN QUIZ about the Iditarod to the tune of the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Download and play a PowerPoint math and science game developed by the Iditarod education team. Learn about caring for the sled dogs and watch some interesting pod casts.

  • Insider – Subscribe to the official newsletter of the Iditarod. You can register to get a free ad-supported subscription, or get one of several fee-based, ad-free subscriptions that provide membership benefits including access to videos and a documentary film.
  • Information – Learn the history of the race, see the Iditarod trail, explore the race archives, meet champions and record holders, learn mushing terminology, visit the veterinary center, and learn about the Junior Iditarod.

The resources at this site provide a way to see the real-world uses for math and science in a fun and exhilarating way.

Virtual Tour of Old Sturbridge Village, MA

November 15th, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, November 15, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Old Sturbridge Village

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Take a free virtual tour of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. This is the companion website to one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact village life.

As explained at the website, the museum has “59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three authentic water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts year-round.”

The website offers the opportunity to explore this living history museum without leaving home.  When you get to the website, click on the map to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits that include:

*Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.   

*Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.   

*Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.      

*Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.   

*Cider Mill: Cider mills used horsepower to press apples into cider, the region’s favorite domestic beverage.   

When you’re through taking the tour, use the menu on the left to learn more – and get some old-time recipes for Potted Cheese, Gourd Soup, and Marlborough Pudding.

Challenging Math Games for Grades 2-11

August 26th, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, August 26, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MangaHigh

Age Range: 7-16 (about grades 2-11)

This website offers free, sample math games (from its commercially available game-based learning system) that challenge and entertain students in the following math strands:

  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Angles
  • Area
  • Circle Theorems
  • Circumference
  • Coordinates
  • Cubic Equations
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Factoring
  • Fractions
  • Linear Equations
  • Mental Math
  • Multiplication
  • Negative Numbers
  • Parallel Lines
  • Percentages
  • Perimeters
  • Polygons
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Reflections
  • Rotations
  • Subtraction
  • Times Tables
  • Trigonometry
  • Trinomials
  • And more!

You can try snippets of the games for free, or register as a teacher/principal of your school to play the games in their entirety. Registration is free without obligation to purchase. (Note: It’s always wise to read the privacy statement before completing registration.) Should you decide to purchase a subscription to the program, you’ll be able to access additional tools to save games, track your student’s progress, etc.

As explained at the website, instead of force-feeding dry math content with anachronistic textbooks, MangaHigh entices networked students to learn mathematical concepts as part of game-play.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the menu of 18 sample games designed to engage students such as:

*Flower Power – Grow flowers and harvest them to make money. The average 7-minute game requires players to put more than 100 fractions, percentages and decimals in order of size, both positive and negative.

*Pyramid Panic – Students must master the full spectrum of geometry skills from area of a square, through Pythagoras to Sine, Cosine and Tangent in order to win this game.

*Save Our Dumb Planet – Use missiles to shoot down meteors on a collision course with Earth. A team of dumb scientists are on hand to suggest possible trajectories. Draw lines using equations, recognize the equations of simple lines and common curves, draw simple quadratic curves, and test to see if a point is on a line.  

*PEDMAS Blaster – Robots have run amok and need to be destroyed. Use your order-of-operations code-cracking abilities (including adding and subtracting whole numbers, times tables up to 10 x 10, and using powers and roots) to close these robo-rebels down.

Click on any one to read the instructions and begin the game. Things move quickly – so be prepared to be on your toes!

As explained at the site, the idea here is “to bring out the playful side of math while ensuring that students get the essential skills to master this important subject.” It’s great for remedial work too.

 

Free Game & Curriculum Teach the War of 1812!

January 17th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, January 17, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Hold the Fort!

Age Range: 9-14 (about grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website, sponsored by The National Park Service and Fort McHenry National Historic Monument in Baltimore, Maryland, that provides a free interactive, multi-media game and free curriculum to teach students about the War of 1812.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: information about the game, a preview video of the game, game screenshots, and the history of the War of 1812. If you click on “About the History” you’ll find a link to “Teacher Resources” provided by the Friends of Fort McHenry with free downloadable lessons for grades 4-8.

I highly suggest reading “About the Game” to understand the nuances of play. This game takes about 45-75 minutes to play, depending on how quickly you maneuver your player, and how well you prepare and command your troops at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore. You’ll engage in a variety of activities that will determine the outcome of the battle including:

  • Lead and inspire 1000 men under your command!
  • Manage fort resources to survive the long day and night!
  • Explore a 3D virtual world of the fort!
  • Play the Fife & Drum and command a Gun Battery!
  • And of course, fly the flag!

The goal of the game is to protect Fort McHenry from invasion by British troops, inspiring a young lawyer named Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner.

Fun with Homonyms & More!

January 16th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, January 16, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Homonym Game

Age Range: All (with parental supervision, non-readers will need assistance)

ClickScholar Nicole suggested this site – and it’s a hoot! A father named Dave and his six-year-old son Isaac collaborated to create this free game to challenge your knowledge of homonyms, homophones, and puns.

As explained at the website, “Homonyms are words with the same sound and spelling but different meanings. Homophones are words with the same sound but different spellings and meanings. Puns are homonyms and homophones that are funny.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Just click on the words, “Click here to Start” and the game begins. Essentially, you look at the pictures and read the rhymes for clues to guess the right homonym, homophone, or word that solves each puzzle. The original illustrations are pure whimsy, and the rhymes are pretty “punny.” LOL.

I tried about 12 or 13 puzzles for this review. I’m not sure how many are there in total, so if you visit the site and get to the end, let me know how many are there.

To learn more about the creators, Dave and Isaac (and see their picture), click on “Info” on the menu bar at the bottom of each page.

This is just too cute for words. Maybe it will inspire you and your kids to design some entertaining learning games too.

Social Sciences Video & Current Events Newsletter!

November 29th, 2012

Hi! It’s Thursday, November 29, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Izzit.org

http://www.izzit.org

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

I just learned about this non-profit, NON-PARTISAN organization that provides teachers, educators, and homeschoolers with engaging educational videos and materials “to teach the next generation about the ideas, institutions, and benefits of a free society” and foster understanding and support for the foundational ideas of the U.S. republic, such as individual liberty, personal responsibility, and equality before the law.

The site offers a FREE membership program that includes a daily current events newsletter (with two lessons) and provides members with one free educational video (selected from the extensive video catalog) each year. You must register to receive the freebies. There is no shipping or handling charge to get the free DVD, they only require that you provide feedback via their online form.

This site also has a subscription membership that allows members to receive multiple free videos each year and access to “Current Events Lessons” that are archived at the website. But again, you don’t have to purchase a thing to get one free video each year, and the free newsletter with current events lessons and discussion questions.

The videos available at this website promote thoughtful discussion and respectful debate about issues and events to help young people become independent-minded, fully engaged citizens. As explained at the site:

“We ask students to think about the role of government and the importance of voluntary associations in promoting human flourishing. Students gain a greater appreciation for how a free society with a strong rule of law enables a diverse people to coexist, cooperate, and prosper.

“We encourage a healthy skepticism about authoritative claims, so that students learn to seek out evidence rather than accept assertions. In this way, young people develop the ability to use reason and common sense to evaluate the information they will encounter throughout their lives.”

Once you register, you can select a free Social Sciences video from their catalog that includes the following categories:

  • U.S. History & Government
  • World History & Geography
  • Business
  • Economics

BONUS! You’ll also find videos covering Health/Physical Education, Language Arts, Math, Music/Art, and Science/Technology that are aligned with common core educational standards.

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