Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Yo-Yo Math!

June 1st, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 1, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yo-Yo Math!

(www.barrbunch.com/coverupgames/yoyo.pdf)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Saturday, June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day! It’s also the birthday of yo-yo manufacturer Donald F. Duncan. Here are some fun ways to celebrate with some Yo-Yo-themed math activities and more.

The link above takes you directly to the pdf where you can download and print a Yo-Yo Math Mat. Hang on — there’s more to this site than just the Yo-Yo mat, so read all the way through this review. 

Once you print out the Yo-Yo Math Mat, use it to play a math game with your child(ren). You will need a math mat for each player, at least one die, and tokens (pennies or poker chips work). Let’s say you were going to play a game of number recognition from 1-6. Give each child a math mat and tokens. Each child takes turns rolling the die. If the child(ren) can identify the number on the die, then he/she covers one yo-yo design on the mat. Continue until someone fills all of the squares on the mat. Older or more math-savvy children could roll 2 die and add the numbers together, or multiply the numbers. Those that get the correct answer would cover their yo-yos with tokens.

These mats can also be used to practice letters, sight words, and punctuation marks, etc. It just depends on the ability level and interest of the child. You’ll find all kinds of math mats at this site for just about every topic imaginable. The main math mat page is here.

After doing your math homework, it’s time for some Yo-Yo fun!

Yomega.com: Learn Cool Tricks

At this site you can watch videos that demonstrate popular tricks like “Walk the Dog” or “Shoot the Moon.” Kids can improve coordination and dexterity by trying these Yo-Yo techniques. Yo-Yo ability varies from kid to kid. These tricks look geared for ages 9 and up. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine suitability for your own child.)

Make a Chinese Paper Yo-Yo

A Chinese Paper Yo-Yo may be easier for a young child to use. This site provides instructions on how to make your own.

Science with Ladybugs!

May 26th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LadybugLady.com

(www.ladybuglady.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website is all about ladybugs! Maintained by an entomologist, this site offers free scientific information, terrific photographs, fun facts, coloring pages, and ladybug craft ideas!

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the “Facts about Ladybugs” link on the menu on the left side of the screen to find the answers to questions such as: 

  • What do ladybugs eat?
  • Are ladybugs poisonous?
  • How did the ladybug get its name?
  • Do the spots tell you how old they are?
  • And many more!

You’ll also find ladybug crafts and coloring pages. And you’ll find information to use for science projects and fairs, and why they are considered a “beneficial” insect.

Curious Math Tips & Tricks

May 18th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, May 18, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Curious and Useful Math

(https://www.curiousmath.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Oh, what fun you can have at this site. Here you will find all kinds of quick tricks for solving certain types of arithmetic problems.

For example: 

  • Discover how to tell if you can divide a number evenly by 2, 3, 4… on up and by 15, 24, 33, and 36 too – just by looking at it!
  • Get all kinds of multiplication/squaring tips – and even tips for finding square roots by hand.

In addition to handy, dandy tips and tricks that make math easy without a calculator, you will find little math magic tricks to amaze your friends that you can do with birth dates, calendar dates, people’s ages, biblical numbers, etc. 

Have fun!

Virtual Tour of Mt. St. Helens

May 15th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, May 15, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Tour of Mt. St. Helens

(www.fullscreen360.com/st-helens)

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

 

Forty years ago on Monday, Mount St. Helens erupted spewing volcanic ash for miles. This website offers 360 degree panoramic images of the Mt. St. Helens volcano as it looks more recently.

When you get to the site, you see the instructions on how to view the panoramic images. Then use the scroll bar to move down and read about: 

  • Spirit Lake
  • Ape Cave
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory

And to the right you can read some Fun Facts and see the satellite map of the area.


This is a great way to see the view from the top without hiking in and back out again for almost 10 miles.

Dinosaurs for Kids

May 12th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, May 12, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dinosaurs for Kids

(www.kids-dinosaurs.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. This Google-ad-supported website offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults as well.)

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to view:  

  • Top Dinosaurs
  • Dino Facts
  • Fun

The site features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more! Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Print and trace your very own dinosaur. And more!

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

Grammar Gorillas & More!

May 6th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunBrain: Grammar Gorillas

(www.funbrain.com/games/grammar-gorillas)

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

 

As we celebrate National Pet Week, today’s websites are centered around gorillas. It will have your kids swinging on vines…

Did you know that “Grammar Gorillas” is also a term used to describe any feature of grammar which people find particularly challenging? At this site, learn various parts of speech and grammar with this fast-paced, fun, and interactive game called “Grammar Gorillas.”

Most people don’t have pet gorillas. However, in Woodside, California there was a very unusual “pet” gorilla named Koko, who had learned to sign over 1,000 words and could also understand spoken English! Here are a couple of websites that feature Koko and her uncanny ability with language arts: 

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