Posts Tagged ‘Chinese’

Math Fun with Tangram Puzzles

April 11th, 2022

It’s Monday, April 11, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

The Tangram Channel

(www.tangram-channel.com/)

All grades, with parental supervision

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc. Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.

This website offers terrific information about Tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions. When you get to the site, read what a Tangram is and read its brief history. Scroll down the page to locate free printables (a link to the Teachers Pay Teachers website where you can join for free and download any free resource).

Then look at the menu at the top of the page and use it to explore:

  • Tangram Puzzles
  • Tangram Solutions
  • Crafts & Activities
  • And much more!

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

Begin Learning a Foreign Language Today!

February 5th, 2022

Polly Lingual

(pollylingu.al/en)

Grades 6-12, with parental supervision

With this commercial website, visitors can use the free lessons to learn basic foreign language skills.

While some of the lessons are for paid members only, indicated by the Polly Lingual icon, there is still a lot of great material available for free on this site, especially in the Beginner sections. Language choices include:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Dutch

Lessons can include vocabulary audios, grammar instructions, interactive games such as Memorama, Alphabet Soup (word searches), Whack-a-Word, and Hangman as well as additional downloadable worksheets. There is a Verb Conjugation Trainer tool to brush up on verb conjugations as well as interactive maps showing locations a language is spoken which also provides some additional information about that location.

Even if visitors may need to search for the free material, there are some great teaching opportunities available on this site that might make checking it out worthwhile.

Explore the History of Calendars

January 6th, 2022

WebExhibits: Calendars through the Ages

(www.webexhibits.org/calendars/index.html)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

Part of the larger WebExhibits online museum from the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement, this website examines the origins and history of calendars.

When arriving at today’s link, use the upper menu to decide what topic you would like to explore:

  • Years & Months – Learn about the astronomical events on which a calendar is based then use the sidebar menu to dig deeper into the astronomy of calendars, see a perpetual calendar, the phases of the moon within a given month, the history of our calendar, terms used, and more.

  • Various Calendars – Discover the differences in the Gregorian calendar (which most of us use) and the Chinese, Christian, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Mayan, Roman, and other calendars past, present, and future.

  • Our Week – How did the 7-day week come to be? Where did the names of the days come from? What other connotations are associated with the days of the week? These questions and more are answered in this topic.

  • Timeline – Not your typical history timeline, this is a timeline of interesting calendar facts.

Visitors will also notice on the main menu “Node View”. From here you can navigate through a cloud map of the site to narrow your research.

With a new year upon us, this website provides an interesting look into the passing of time and a unique history study unit.

Explore the Eiffel Tower in Paris!

December 3rd, 2021

La Tour Eiffel: Eiffel Tower Virtual Tour

(www.toureiffel.paris/en/explore)

All grades, children with parental supervision

Take a virtual field trip to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

When arriving at the site, click on “EXPLORE” to see the drop down menu. You can then select from these options to begin your tour:

  • The Top – Vertigo – 360° virtual tour
  • Second Floor – Amazement – 360° virtual tour
  • First Floor – Explore
  • The Esplanade – Wonder

When you have finished with these options, click on “THE TOWER” to explore more about key information, origin & history, and more! This site is packed full of information and photos of the tower.

For a learning experience for those students studying a foreign language, use the drop down menu in the upper right to select to see this site in 8 different languages including French, Spanish, Chinese, and more.

So grab your beret, pack your croissants, and enjoy a fine day in Paris at the Eiffel tower from the comfort of your home.

Study Mandarin Chinese

November 27th, 2021

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese.

Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises. Implementing the “10 Minutes a Day” method, lessons include:

  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are:

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunities here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

Useful Foreign Language Resource

October 2nd, 2021

Surface Languages

(www.surfacelanguages.com/)

Grades 5-12, approximately, with parental supervision

Hello. Hola (Spanish). Salut (French). Szia (Hungarian). Ahlan (Arabic). Hej (Danish). Learn thousands of useful phrases for over 40 different languages with this free online resource.

Using audios of native speakers, flashcards, and simple word games, this website offers the budding linguist a wonderful starting point to become versed in thousands of fundamental words and phrases. Learn:

  • Alphabets
  • Numbers
  • Descriptive words and phrases
  • Food related words and phrases
  • Time related words
  • Phrases to use in an emergency
  • Communication problem phrases
  • Directions
  • And much, much more

Just a sampling of the ever-growing list of languages available includes:

  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Maltese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Welsh
  • Yiddish

Also currently available are 4 language courses for beginners which consist of 15-27 lessons intended to teach basic grammatical structure and sentence patterns. Languages courses currently available are:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)

Practice your language skills while on the go for free by downloading the companion app available for certain smart devices!

With this website open the doors to different languages beyond the ones traditionally taught and inspire your students to explore new worlds of communication.

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