Posts Tagged ‘game’

Fun with Words!

February 16th, 2022

Magnetic Poetry

(magneticpoetry.com/pages/play-online)

Grades 1-12, with parental supervision

This Language Arts Wednesday we are featuring this company that makes magnetized words that stick to refrigerators, cookie sheets, etc. Use them to create rhymes, poems, sentences, and cryptic messages.

At their website, you can use free virtual magnetized words to create fun, silly, and serious poetry – or to just have fun with words. Click on any one of the Magnetic Poetry games:

  • Original Kit
  • Kids’ Kit
  • Happiness Kit
  • Nature Poet
  • Poet Kit
  • Mustache Poet
  • Geek

You can drag and drop the virtual magnetized words to create poems or whatever you or your child’s imagination can conceive.

There is great potential here to open a game and leave it on the computer screen in a heavily trafficked area of the house. Start one line of poetry and leave it unfinished. Invite those passing by to add a line or two. See what develops as everyone takes a turn.

Have fun!

Grammar University for Kids

January 12th, 2022

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/languages/words/introduction/)

Grades 1-7 approximately, with parental supervision

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language.

Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes:

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.

  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.

  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.

  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.

  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”? This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!

  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.

  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as: “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.

  • And more!

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

Holiday Math with the Gingerbread Man!

December 20th, 2021

Mathwire: Gingerbread Man Math

(www.mathwire.com/themes/themegb.html)

Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision

Learn about measurement, symmetry, probability, glyphs, and play a gingerbread man game that helps students practice coordinate graphing skills.

This site archives an assortment of fun and challenging gingerbread-themed math activities with illustrations, animations, and downloadable worksheets that meet the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ standards including:

  • Gingerbread Man Glyphs & Graphing Ideas
  • Gingerbread Man Games
  • Gingerbread Man Problem solving
  • And more!

There’s enough here to keep you busy during the holidays.

NOTE: We will be taking a break from ClickSchooling reviews until January 3, 2022. Happy Holidays!

U.S. & International Geography Game!

December 4th, 2021

Challenging & Fun Geography Game!

(www.globalschoolnet.org/geogame/index.cfm)

All grades, with parental supervision

Sponsored by Microsoft and affiliated with the Global SchoolNet Foundation, this website links children around the world through a myriad of FREE features and activities that you can explore when you get to the site

You must register to participate in the activities including the incredible Geo Game and GeoGame Project that helps kids learn geography terms, teaches them how to read and interpret maps, and increases their awareness of geographical and cultural diversity. It’s designed for middle to upper ELEMENTARY students, but students in all grade levels are encouraged to play.

When you get to the site click on the “Project Description” in the center of the screen. It will explain the GeoGame project and the GeoGame. Don’t skip this, as it will really make navigating the site MUCH EASIER. It provides teaching strategies and explains what materials you will need to play the game (i.e., U.S. map with time zones & latitudes, road maps, atlas, almanac, encyclopedia, etc.). This is especially helpful if you want to participate in the project — which is a little different than just playing the GeoGame.

Of course, you can just play the GeoGame without participating in the project. In that case, read through the directions for playing the game and then click on “Play the Game” on the menu at the top of the screen. (Don’t forget, you will have to register to play.) A new page opens with a selection of traditional GeoGames. Select a game category of interest and a new page opens listing the games in that category by I.D. number. Click on a specific game and a new page opens asking you to match the geography clues with the names of various cities and geographical locations. You will need the suggested materials (maps, etc.) to decipher the clues in order to match them to the city or location they describe. Allow at least 30 minutes or more to play the games — as research is a big part of the challenge in order to win!

This really is a remarkable use of technology and cooperative effort by students, teachers, parents, and educators to improve everyone’s knowledge of the world.

Learning U.S. History with Games

December 2nd, 2021

Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Free US History Games

(www.mission-us.org/)

Grades 5-8, with parental supervision

ClickScholar Priya suggested this website, sponsored by Public Broadcasting, that offers free interactive games to immerse players in U.S. history content. The games are available for use online as well as for iPad and Android tablets.

Description: When you get to the site you’ll see six game choices described as follows:

  • Mission 1: For Crown or Colony? – 1770 The American Revolution
  • Mission 2: Flight to Freedom – 1848 The Antebellum Era
  • Mission 3: A Cheyenne Oddessey – 1866 Westward Expansion
  • Mission 4: City of Immigrants – 1907 The Immigrant Experience
  • Mission 5: Up from the Dust – 1929 The Great Depression
  • Mission 6: Prisoner in my Homeland – 1941 World War II

Click “Start Mission” to begin the games.

Note: If you click on “Educators” on the menu at the top of the home page, you’ll find “Educators Guides” which provide instructions and tips for using the games as learning tools in the classroom. Some of the information may be helpful for home educators as well.

Creative & Interactive Periodic Table of Elements

November 30th, 2021

University of Nottingham:  BEST Periodic Table of Elements on the Net

The Periodic Table of Elements has become much easier to understand through the interactive capability of technology. Here is a recap of some of the BEST periodic tables I’ve reviewed for ClickSchooling over the past 15 years.  

Grade 4 & up approximately, with parental supervision

The Periodic Table of Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/)

In my opinion, this is the most fun periodic table on the Net. When you click on an element on the periodic table, it plays a video showing scientists in the lab having fun demonstrating the properties of the elements. Developed by the University of Nottingham, each video is short (2-4 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, it’s history, and how it is used. The scientists’ antics with beakers, Bunsen burners, and bloopers are narrated by mild-mannered professor Martyn Poliakoff who has wonderful, wild, Einstein-ish hair!

WebElements

(www.webelements.com/index.html)

This is a click-and-learn table. Each element opens to its own page, maintained by the site that includes a description and photographs. This table has all kinds of hyperlinks within the descriptions to further explain the aspects of the element, along with an interesting sidebar that mentions the element’s uses and where it can be found.

The Photographic Periodic Table

(periodictable.com/)

Includes a photograph of every element on the periodic table, along with a description of the element. Some of them are beautiful – this is a visual treat!

Games: Chemical Elements & Their Symbols

(www.quia.com/custom/3main.html)

Provides free learning tools and games to help budding chemists memorize facts from the Period Table of Elements through:

  • Flash Cards
  • Match Game
  • Word Search
  • Concentration

The Periodic Table of Comic Books

(www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/index.html)

A couple of chemists took it upon themselves to collect comic strips that mention elements from the Periodic Table and compile them on this website.

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