Posts Tagged ‘puzzles’

Nottingham Castle Tour for Kids

April 17th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, April 17, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids’ Castle

(www.kidsonthenet.com/castle/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Gather the kids around the computer to embark on a tour of a virtual castle! The castle at this site is animated, but it is historically accurate and based upon Nottingham Castle as it existed in 1480.

When you get to the site, click on the drawbridge to enter. A new page opens showing a map of the castle. Click on the banner, “Kids’ Castle” to read the key to the “shield symbols” . Then, as you tour each section of the castle by clicking on a section of the map, you will see those shields pop up offering activities, more information, games, clues to puzzles and other interesting ways to further your learning about castles, and the lives of the people who lived in and around them.

This tour provides a great unit study all by itself, and a terrific way to enhance knowledge about heraldry, knights, and more.

Inca Geometry

April 13th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, April 13, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geometry from the Land of the Incas

(www.gogeometry.com/index.html)

Age Range: 15-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers an array of resources including animations, science, and Incan history in order to help students learn Euclidean geometry.

The Incas were a civilization in western South America near Cuzco, Peru. You may have heard of Machu Picchu, an ancient fortress city of the Incas in the Andes Mountains. The Incas were superb craftsmen and architect-engineers. Nazca Lines are geoglyphs (drawings on the ground) that are believed to have been created by The Incas during the 15th and 16th centuries. There are about 300 figures – among them are geometric shapes. 

When you get to the website you’ll find geometry problems with step-by-step solutions, proofs, colorful animations, quizzes, puzzles, quotations, and more. Click on the featured ilustration that interests you or scroll down the page to find the “Table of Content” for more. 

There is lots of content here – so much, in fact, that we weren’t able to review it all. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability for your own children.

Free Read/Write Curriculum for K-12

April 8th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 8, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ReadWriteThink

(http://www.readwritethink.org/)

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

 

ReadWriteThink.org is a result of a partnership between the International Literacy Association (ILA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation, whose mission is to “provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.”

Bookmark this site NOW. It’s one of the best Language Arts sites we’ve seen – and we’ve seen a lot!

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured highlights including: 

  • National Poetry Month
  • Write a Spring Haiku
  • Spring Weather

Then scroll over Classroom Resources in the top menu and choose from: 

  • Lesson Plans
  • Student Interactives
  • Calendar Activities
  • and more

Under Lesson Plans, you’ll find an array of standards-based lesson plans that integrate Internet content into the teaching and/or learning experience. Each lesson includes a grade level, a detailed instructional plan and materials such as worksheets, interactives, and links to web resources. And it’s all FREE! You can also explore Teacher Resources by Grade.

Use the Student Interactives section to incorporate online activities (such as games, webquests, puzzles, writing starters, etc.) into your language arts curriculum for K-12 students. The activities are tied to specific lessons, but can be used independently or with other lessons as well.

And don’t miss the Calendar Activities. You can view the calendar by day, week or month to see activities and online resources associated with events in literacy and literature. For example, on the April calendar you’ll find language arts lessons with enrichment activities to learn about: Hans Christian Andersen, Maya Angelou, Pocahontas, Noah Webster, and more. (Just click on the description on any given day of the calendar to access the resources.)

Students can enjoy using technology while developing their literacy skills. The beauty of the ReadWriteThink website is that homeschoolers – no matter what methodology you use – will find something useful. Traditionalists can follow lesson plans, while unschoolers can enjoy the activities that peak their interests. Eclectics can use a little of everything.

Learn About Fish!

April 7th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fish-On!

(tinyurl.com/up5q2fn)

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

 

This site from Wildlife Forever offers a Fish On! Lesson Plan for Grades 4-12, but it can be tweaked for the younger grades. Learn all about fish!

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction. The art contest has ended for this year, but you can still use the lesson plan and have your kids draw. Scroll down through the lesson: 

  • Objectives
  • Vocabulary
  • Background

There are also student worksheets with quizzes, puzzles and math facts. Keep scrolling down for a glossary of terms, a list of each fish by state, and then to the fish! Each fish is on its own page – there’s a colorful illustration, details about each one, and ends with “Did You Know?” And you can see some of the art contest winners’ entries from previous years throughout.

Free Online Coloring Pages and More!

February 1st, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, February 1, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Coloring4All

(www.coloring4all.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a range of fun, free, creative online coloring pages and puzzles for kids.


When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and an icon menu of over 50 online coloring pages. Children can virtually color pictures of cartoon and storybook characters as well as animals and everyday things. Also check out the top menu that includes: 

  • Printable – Print out black and white drawings of favorite storybook and animation characters as well items like flowers and a snowman – and color them offline.
  • Puzzles – Put jigsaw puzzles together online. Choose from a selection of images, then drag-and-drop the pieces into place.

NOTE: We found the Drawing and Dots did not work for us, but there is enough here otherwise to have fun. Also, because there are randomly generated ads on this site, parents should preview the site and supervision Internet use.

Latin/Greek Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 18th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 18, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

(tinyurl.com/yeglwvq9)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin/Greek root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas and Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin/Greek root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.

Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities: 

  • Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 9 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 
    • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
    • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
    • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
    • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
    • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol)
  • Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.
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