Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

October 19th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 19, 2020, 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. Look under the “Teaching With” link to find guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, and more, 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!

Make Paper Toys

October 17th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 17, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paper Toys

(www.papertoys.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides free patterns that you can print, cut, fold and glue to make dozens of paper toys including architectural wonders, cars, animals, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the many patterns available including: 

  • Apache Helicopter
  • Bill Gate’s House
  • Bruce Lee Paper Doll
  • Dale Earnhardt NASCAR #3
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Great Pyramid
  • Party Hat
  • Queen’s Crown
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • And many more!

Click on any one and a new page opens with the pattern to print along with some instructions on how to assemble it.

These are great indoor activities for bad weather days – plus, many of the projects make great gifts! Have fun!

Journey to County Cork, Ireland

October 16th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 16, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Prezi: Virtual Field Trip to Ireland

(prezi.com/kxuz_ybsgksz/virtual-field-trip-to-ireland/)

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

 

Through images, text, and videos, take a quick trip to County Cork, Ireland with this presentation created by Andrea Bresnahan on the larger Prezi website. A prezi is an online, user created, digital presentation similar to a PowerPoint presentation.

When arriving at today’s link, use the arrows to navigate through the presentation. Along with the images and embedded YouTube videos, visitors can: 

  • See the moors of Ireland
  • View the flag and maps of Ireland
  • Learn about Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone
  • Discover the Drombeg Stone Circle
  • Examine bits and pieces of history
  • And more!

While this presentation is brief, it gives visitors a lovely glimpse of County Cork.

Discover our Centennial President – Benjamin Harrison

October 15th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 15, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

(bhpsite.org/learn/benjamin-harrison/)

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

 

Visit today’s website to learn all about our 23rd president, also known as the centennial president because he was inaugurated 100 years after George Washington.

Born August 20, 1833, Benjamin Harrison came from a long line of famous politicians. Great-grandson of founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Harrison V, and grandson of our 9th president, William Henry Harrison, a.k.a. “Old Tippecanoe”, he had big shoes to fill. Using the links on the left hand side bar, dig into the life and times of Benjamin Harrison and discover: 

  • The early years
  • His Civil War service
  • His life as a lawyer
  • His presidency
  • His wives
  • And more

Along with concise articles and interesting image galleries, there is a brief audio recording of the president and a quick virtual tour of his home on Delaware Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Add this website to your list for presidential studies.

Free, Fun, “Parts of Speech” Tutorial & More!

October 14th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, October 14, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Parts of Speech Tutorial

(www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/grammar_tutorial.htm)

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun “Parts of Speech Tutorial” is comprised of a series of animated games that help kids identify and use nouns, adjectives, verbs, commas, and capitals. It’s part of the massive, ad-supported Sheppard Software website that offers hundreds of free learning games for children in language arts, math, science, history and more.

When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a stage. Click on the word “Play” on the stage curtain to create a character using nouns, adjectives, and verbs. If you’re uncertain of those parts of speech, then look at the menu on the left side of the page to find educational games that include:

  • Noun Explorer – Learn the definition of a noun and use it to feed fish in the animated game.
  • Adjective Adventure – Select fly adjectives and use them to feed the spiders.
  • Verbs in Space – Use verbs to hammer robot aliens in space.
  • Magical Capital – Help a fairy capitalize words in sentences.
  • Comma Chameleon – Select punctuation marks and help the chameleon place them in a sentence correctly.

Once you play those games, go back to the main page to build your character for the stage. This is an engaging way to help kids learn and practice parts of speech.
 
When you’ re finished, be sure to click on the words “Sheppard Software” at the top of the screen to explore all of the learning games offered at this site. You’ll want to bookmark it to return often.

Free “File Folder” Science Games

October 13th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

File Folder Fun – Science

(filefolderfun.com/SearchAge)

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

 

This site offers free, printable file folder games and activities that help young children learn about topics in science.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the grade you are interested in and click on the link for the science related activities. Or to make it easier, we have listed the links below: 

Read the explanation and/or instructions, then download the game/activity you are interested in. There are also skill building links and supplementary resources.

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.)

When you are through exploring the science activities, check out the language arts, social studies, and math activities for grades PreK-3. There is so much at this site, so bookmark it to return often!

[ClickSchooling] Math Cats: Fall Math Idea Bank

October 12th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 12, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Cats: Fall Math Idea Bank

(www.mathcats.org/ideabank/fallmath.html)

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

 

Fall is here! At this website you’ll find free, fun, fall-themed math activities.

The activities include: 

  • Leaf Math – Seeking a symmetrical leaf
  • Spider Math – Draw a perfectly symmetrical spider.
  • Pumpkin Math – Make estimates.

Once you’ve had fun with the fall math activities, check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids. Under Math Cats Explore the World you can access math activities that include: 

  • Discover EXACTLY how old you are – in hours, minutes, and seconds.
  • Try to balance objects – ranging from electrons to galaxies!
  • Play 12 math games online!
  • Polygon Playground – Explore symmetry and tessellations!
  • Math Crafts – Make string art, polyhedra, hexagrams and more!

And many others!

Free Piano and Music Appreciation Lessons

October 10th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 10, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Lessons 4 Children

(www.pianolessons4children.com/)

Age Range: 5-9 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

Designed for beginner and elementary level students, this website offers several video piano lessons as well as music appreciation lessons of famous composers and sing-a-longs.

This site is provided by Maria Miller, creator of Math Mammoth. The lessons, presented in a fun, friendly, and informative way include:

  • Lesson 1: How to sit at the piano
  • Lesson 2: Names of the white keys on a piano
  • Lesson 2b: Names of the black keys on a piano
  • Lessons 3 & 4: Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Lesson 5: Chords
  • Lesson 6: Mary Had a Little Lamb, with chords
  • Lessons 7 & 8: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Lessons 9 & 10: Old McDonald Had a Farm
  • Lessons 11 & 12: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Lesson 13: Alphabet Song
  • Lesson 14: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
  • And more!

The famous composers section includes examples from the Baroque, Romance, Classical, and 20th Century periods. Each of these lessons provides a brief biography, images, and video and/or audio examples of great works being performed by various artists.

In the sing-a-long section not only will you find videos for your favorite children’s songs, but also the accompanying lyrics and downloadable sheet music!

This site is a great place to start when teaching your children piano and music appreciation.

Virtual Tour of Latex Balloon Factory

October 9th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 9, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Headquarters

(www.balloonhq.com/faq/making.html)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Ever wonder how latex and Mylar balloons are made? You can find out by taking a virtual field trip to this site.

When you get there scroll down a little and you can read a general overview and some Q&A’s about how balloons are manufactured. There are some photographs that help illustrate the text. You will discover how balloons are molded, how the rolled lip is formed, how they are colored and imprinted, and there is even information on how to make latex balloons at home! (Parental supervision is required!)

But don’t stop with the tour. This site has all kinds of fascinating and educational information about balloons (some more appropriate for high school level and beyond). When you finish the “tour” click on “The Guide” on the menu at the top of the screen. Look under the headline: The How’s and Why’s of Balloons. You will see a menu that offers: 

  • How balloons are made – click on it to repeat the tour.
  • How helium-filled balloons float – includes a discussion of “Archimedes’ Principle.”
  • How balloons pop – an in-depth discussion of the effects of static electricity on balloons, an engineer’s explanation of stress on balloons, the molecule arrangement of balloons, and much more.
  • Balloon Science 101 – includes science discussion about balloons from the simple to the highly technical (for example: Stupid Human Tricks with balloons to Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics as applied to latex).
  • Balloons and Teaching – A complete 6-week sample curriculum that covers balloon safety, twisting balloons, connecting balloons, making balloon sculptures, hats, and critters – and some interesting suggestions/experiments with balloons and dry ice.

You can also read all about the history of balloons and much more! This is a delightful site for the balloon aficionado in your family. 


We also found a YouTube video of how balloons are made. Be sure to have a gross of balloons handy – the urge to inflate and pop will be overwhelming!

Games That Teach Global Issues to Youth

October 8th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 8, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Global Social Sciences Games

(www.tigweb.org/games/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12 approximately, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This website offers an assortment of free, interactive, educational games to inform youth about global social and political issues and methods for implementing “a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.”

The games require good reading and comprehension skills. The global issues touched upon in the games include: education, environment, globalization, health, human rights, peace and conflict, and more.

TakingITGlobal was started by two teenagers in 1999 and now receives funding and support from a variety of foundations and companies including Microsoft, the Staples Foundation, and the UN Foundation among others. We mention this because it’s relevant to understanding the philosophical and political point of view behind the activities and games offered at the site. Parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

That said, when you get to the site you’ll find a selection of games. Here are the descriptions from the website: 

  • Butt Out: Tobacco Trivia – Test your knowledge about tobacco while playing our Tobacco Card Game!
  • Geography Genius: Flags of the World – Learn more about the world as you guess countries based on flags, shapes, and statistics!
  • GRUB: Food Bytes – Do you hunger for information about food choices and food systems? Use your noodle to match the cards and answer trivia questions, and watch your score mushroom!
  • Orange Revolution – The Orange Revolution grabbed the world’s headlines in late 2004 and early 2005 as the results of the Ukrainian presidential election were contested by the leading candidates. Can you maintain order and peace, or will your decisions cause thousands of protestors to revolt?
  • Ayiti: The Cost of Life – A role-playing video game in which the player assumes the roles of family members living in rural Haiti. Over the course of the game, the player must choose among and balance various goals, such as achieving education, making money, staying healthy, and maintaining happiness while encountering unexpected events.
  • And so many more!

When you’re through playing the games, use the menu to explore this expansive site. The mission of TIG is to help youth worldwide become informed, inspired, and involved.

Again, some of the games contain controversial subject matter, therefore, parents (as always) should preview the games and supervise Internet access.

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