Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Foreign Language Quizzes

June 13th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, June 13, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Quiz-Tree – Foreign Languages

(www.quiz-tree.com/Foreign_Languages_smain.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The Foreign Language portion of this ad-supported website offers animated, interactive educational quizzes for 6 different languages.

Students can use the quizzes to test their knowledge, prepare for an exam, or learn something new. When you get to the site, scroll down to see the topics for the following languages: 

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Mandarin

Each link opens to a new page with numerous quizzes.

These quizzes (games) are fun, eye-pleasing, and include sound effects (so turn on your speakers). Some are drag-and-drop, and some are multiple-choice. Some quizzes are timed. If you get an answer wrong, one of a set of disappointed tones will sound and you will get another chance. A different set of sounds applaud your successes. At the end of the quiz, your score will be displayed and you will be given a chance to try the quiz again.

A bonus feature is that you can download a fully-functional trial version of a program called Quiz-Buddy to create your own quizzes offline (under “More” at the bottom of the home page).

Bookmark this page to return often!

Explore the World of Ancient Greece

June 11th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, June 11, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Odyssey Online: Greece

(carlos.emory.edu/htdocs/ODYSSEY/GREECE/home.html)

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

 

This interactive presentation from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University explores the world of ancient Greece.

After watching the introductory slide show, select your topic of interest: 

  • Death & Burial – Discover what the Greeks believed about death and explore artifacts related to burials.
  • Victory & Conquests – Learn how athletics and being a warrior were closely related during the days of ancient Greece.
  • Gods, Goddesses & Heroes – Read the stories of the Greek gods and goddesses and just for fun, see how J. K. Rowling intertwined Greek mythology in her famous novels.
  • Animals Real and Imagined – Examine artifacts of animals both real and imaginary and their significance to ancient Greeks.
  • Greek Democracy – Explore the roots of democracy and how it helped form democracy in the United States today.
  • And more!

This website could make a good introduction into your ancient Greece studies or used as fun way to reinforce concepts taught.

Lesson Plans about Insects!

June 9th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Orkin: Science Education

(www.orkin.com/scienceeducation)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

Orkin Pest Control Company provides lessons plans and activities about the world of insects.

When you get to the site, scroll down to Orkin Man Lesson Plans and Activities & Coloring. The lesson plans include: 

  • Are You One of Us? – insect classification
  • The Art of Flying – how wings work
  • Is Seeing Believing? – compare images and drawings
  • Feeding Frenzy – how insects eat
  • Feeling Buggy – creative writing exercise

The Activities & Coloring section includes worksheets, coloring pages and interactive games all about bugs!

And check out this site: CockroachFacts. You’ll find not only easy-to-digest scientific fun facts, but also deeper information about life cycles, habitats, and other topics important to K-12 education.

Math with The Simpsons

June 8th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 8, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Simpsons Math Activities

(mathsci2.appstate.edu/~sjg/simpsonsmath/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; parents should preview and supervise)

 

In many episodes of the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons, there are references to mathematics including arithmetic, geometry, and calculus that uncover and poke fun of mathematical illiteracy. As explained at the website, “Al Jean, Executive Producer and head writer, has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University.”

Two math professors saw the potential to use math references in The Simpsons as an “ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students…”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, followed by a menu that includes: 

  • Mathematics on The Simpsons – Read a few articles that reveal where and how math is used in various episodes.
  • Engaging Students with Related Mathematics – Get free “Activity Sheets” based on math references in random episodes of The Simpsons. They are designed for classroom use (but can be tweaked for homeschooling) and cover concepts such as: 
    • The Pythagorean Theorem
    • Arithmetic and Number Theory
    • Pre-Calculus and Calculus
    • Probability

You’ll also find links to media coverage in which the writers and other crew members talk about the math and science in The Simpsons‘ episodes. And there are suggestions and cautions for teachers about using pop culture in the curriculum as well.

BONUS! Mathematics on Futurama! That’s right, the science fiction cartoon series has math and science references in almost every episode. One of the comedy writers on Futurama! has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard and you can read about his “inside jokes” in various episodes. The site is similar to The Simpsons math site, and contains free Futurama! math worksheets.

Note: While these programs may be pop culture icons, some contain controversial subject matter. As always, parents must preview the material and supervise Internet access.

Children’s and Young Adult Books – Summer Reading Programs

June 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, June 3, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Summer Reading 2020

(www.thoughtco.com/childrens-books-4133216)

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

 

If you haven’t checked it out, ThoughtCo is a wonderful resource for just about anything you can imagine. Today is Language Arts day and we want to spotlight the Children’s and Young Adult Books – Summer Reading Programs 2020.

When you get to the site you’ll see either a list or an article including: 

  • High Interest-Low Reading Level Books for Reluctant Readers
  • Top 10 Fun Books for History Lovers
  • Modern Fairy Tales for Teen Girls
  • 8 Children’s Books That Make Great Graduation Gifts
  • The 10 Best Summer Reading List for Teen Boys of 2020
  • Interesting Facts About Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Half Price Books Summer Reading Program for Kids
  • And so much more!

Find more resources on the left side bar. There is a lot here – return often to get the full benefit.

Fun Science Activities

June 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Instructables – Science

(www.instructables.com/teachers/projects/?subjects=science)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website contains thousands of instructions explaining how to do a wide variety of things from cooking to building robots and much more.

As the website explains, “Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of icons including: 

  • Model Earth
  • Solar System Dimensions
  • Homemade Parachute
  • Alka-Seltzer Rockets
  • Build a Model of a Human Cell
  • Make a Human Lung Model
  • Rainbow in a Bottle
  • and much more!

This is a terrific resource you can refer to again and again. Bookmark it to return often!

NOTE – Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use.

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