Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Wacky Ways to Learn Parts of Speech!

July 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 3, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wacky Web Tales

(www.eduplace.com/tales/)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 3-8 – and fun for all! – with parental supervision)

 

Houghton Mifflin (the education textbook publisher) sponsors this website that helps kids learn parts of speech – nouns, adverbs, adjectives, verbs, etc. Using interactive stories called “Wacky Web Tales” they offer an online version of the classic car game, Mad Libs.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Wacky Web Tales titles. Click on any one and a new page opens that reveals the story title and a form. The form requires you to type in parts of speech (such as a singular noun, adjective, or present tense verb). The words you enter will be used to create a Wacky Web Tale — simply click on the “See Your Wacky Web Tale” button at the bottom of the form.
 
If you are unsure what an adverb (or any other part of speech called for on the form) is – just click on the “Parts of Speech Help” button for some quick definitions.
 
Because you don’t know how the parts of speech you filled in on the form will be used in the story – the resulting Wacky Web Tale can be pretty funny!
 
This is a painless way to learn, reinforce, or remediate parts of speech.

Be an Energy Hog Buster!

July 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 2, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Hog!

(www.energyhog.org/childrens.htm)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

These interactive games for kids help them understand the importance of energy conservation in their home.

When you get to the site, you will be greeted by two animated energy inspectors. They will help you explore all of the “rooms” in a virtual house to find energy-wasters through playing five games. Your objective is to defeat the energy hogs in all of them to earn your official “Energy Hog Buster” certification! You can navigate by the “Navigation” control in the upper right corner or by clicking “Floorplan” or “Training Games” just below the game window. Watch the badge in the bottom left corner of your screen (it looks like a stack of numbered squares unless you click on it) to keep track of your progress. The games include: 

  • Fridge Frenzy – Upgrade to Energy Star refrigerators by finding the old fridges with matching contents. But hurry! Leaving refrigerator doors open too long wastes energy.
  • Bulb Hunter – Make your way through a dark maze, converting all of the bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs before time runs out.
  • Whack a Hog – Whack 20 energy hogs in the shower before they waste all the hot water. (Aim carefully; these hogs can be mighty elusive!)
  • Wacky Windows – Caulk all the windows before the energy hog gets in! Hint: Aim for the window corners, and remember to reload your caulk gun frequently. It’s helpful to have the speakers on for this game, although not necessary.
  • Attic Attack – Get up there and roll out the insulation, whacking the energy hogs before they can get you! This is another beat-the-clock game, and it’s the final game of the five needed for your certificate.

NOTE: The bonus game link and the “Hog and Seek” link did not work for us during our review of the site.

And there’s more: 

  • Click “Who is Hog” to get the low-down on several energy hogs you wouldn’t want to meet in your home.
  • Click “Teachers” to access Resources and learn about The Energy Hog Challenge.
  • Download the .pdf Scavenger Hunt – with an adult, answer ten of the twelve questions found here, and see what can be done to make your own home more energy efficient.
  • Check out the Handbook for pointers to share with your parents!

American History Videos, Games, & Timelines

June 27th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 27, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Have Fun with History

(www.havefunwithhistory.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of the site)

 

This ad-supported website provides free videos, interactive games and activities, history timelines, and links to many other resources to bring history alive “for students, educators and all lovers of American History.”

When you get to the website you’ll see some features and highlights. First check out: 

  • History Movies – Watch video recordings by news reporters and eye-witnesses, as well as animations, documentaries, and films of people and events that shaped American history. Selections range from the 1895 Edison experimental talking movie to educational films from the 1950s. You’ll also find  history-themed television dramas, modern well-made documentaries, and even Hollywood movies.
  • Activities – Enjoy fun interactive games that teach about history while they entertain. Some games are hosted on the site, and some games are hosted on other websites. Topics include: 
    • The Boston Tea Party
    • Presidential Turkeys
    • Jamestown Online Adventure
    • Animated Atlas
    • Lewis & Clark Expedition Game

Then below the featured video, choose from: 

  • History Topics – Explore videos by topic including: 
    • Colonial America
    • Revolutionary War
    • Civil War
    • Pioneers & The Frontier
    • World War I
    • Great Depression
    • World War II
    • Space Race
    • Native Americans
    • African American
    • And many more!
  • People Timeline
  • Events Timeline
  • History in a Minute

This is a great resource for supplementing any study of history, or exploring your interest in various historical eras.

Language Arts Through 20 Questions

June 26th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 26, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

20Q.net Inc.

(www.20q.net/)

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here’s a neat website. It’s the virtual, interactive version of the popular parlor and travel game, 20 Questions.

When you get to the site choose from over 20 languages to play the Classic 20 Questions game. Or choose from a selection of many themed games including: 

  • Star Wars
  • Disney
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Name Game
  • And more!

Choose any one and a new page opens that invites you to pretend you are a person, place, or thing related to that category. (It is not required to fill in your gender, age or location: just click “Play”.) Then, the 20Q Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) will determine who or what you are by asking a few simple questions. The questions are written on the screen, so you must read in order to play. Non-readers will need some help from Mom or Dad. The accuracy of the A.I. is amazing. Can you stump it? Try it and see!

You’ll also find a virtual version of Hangman (great for spelling and vocabulary development), and a Memory and Art game too. (Look under “Other Games” on the menu at the top of the screen.)

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 25th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see “Resources by Topic”. Or use the menu to the right of it to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the force of gravity; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes; planning a Hubble servicing mission; the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.

Then at the bottom, check out: Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia. You can also get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.

Learn about the Silver Rush of 1903

June 20th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 20, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Cobalt Adventure

(www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/expositions-exhibitions/cobalt/en/index.php)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8 approximately, with parental supervision. People of all ages may enjoy aspects of this site.)

 

At this website you can virtually experience an early 20th century Silver Rush through interactive games and lessons that teach social studies, history and geography.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • The Game – Select one of three real-life characters (an old prospector, a nurse, or a young shopkeeper) and head to Cobalt in Ontario, Canada to join the Silver Rush of 1903. This multimedia adventure (available in Flash or HTML) is different for each character, and there are 28 possible endings. After you’ve seen the results of any one decision you make for your character, you can choose “previous” to go back and choose again. At the end of each playthrough, you can click on “Actual Factual” to see what actually happened to the person you chose to be, plus plenty of other information about life in Cobalt at that time. (From the “Library” on the menu, all of the Actual Factuals are available; during gameplay, only the information pertinent to your most recent decision is available.)
  • Curriculum – Get four downloadable (pdf) lessons with ideas and activities designed to enhance what you learn from playing the game. Create a facsimile of a hand-colored postcard, write your own adventure story, use visual prompts to tell a story.
  • Library – Explore a photo gallery and view a collection of artifacts from the Cobalt Mining Museum that were used to create the multimedia game.

This game is available in English or French. If you want to view it in French, click “Francais” at the top of the home page.

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