Posts Tagged ‘game’

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.

Thanksgiving Day Vocabulary

November 24th, 2021

MyVocabulary.com – Thanksgiving Day

(myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/thanksgiving-day-vocabulary/)

Grades 4-10, with parental supervision

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

Today we are focusing on Thanksgiving Day. When you get to the site, you’ll see a list of the 24 Thanksgiving vocabulary words. Then there are:

  • 3 complete word puzzles
  • A fill in the blank puzzle
  • A definition match
  • A crossword puzzle
  • A word search puzzle
  • And a word find puzzle

And there’s a list of vocabulary words related to Thanksgiving for every letter of the alphabet except ‘x’. After that, check out the 12 Thanksgiving Lesson Plans, Activities, Discussion Questions and Ideas. Have fun with some of these around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Discover The First Thanksgiving

November 11th, 2021

Plimoth Plantation: You Are The Historian

(plimoth.org/for-students/you-are-the-historian)

Grades 1-8, with parental supervision

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Notice the Teacher’s Tools under the “Learn” drop-down menu on the homepage.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking on the image or the button “Do you have what it takes? Click here to begin!” A new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Click on “Begin Game” to begin the journey.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

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