Fun Online Math Tutorials & Interactives

October 20th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 20, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Kids Online Resources: Math

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Kids Online Resources, maintained by the Webb Family of Arcata, California, is a massive archive of web-based learning activities for a wide variety of subjects. On this featured page of the site called “Me & My Math,” you’ll find free animated and interactive math tutorials for the following math strands:
  • Numbers & Place Values
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • The Number Line
  • Fractions
  • The Laws of Arithmetic

Click on any one and a new page opens where the tutorial begins. I suggest you click on the “Help” button in each section to learn how to use the program effectively. There are hypertext/buttons throughout the lessons and in some cases they lead to small movies. The “Help” button alerts you to what to look for so you don’t miss a thing.

While the math here is basic, it seems to be designed for a teacher and student or parent and child to use together. There’s a good amount of text explanation mixed with the interactives, so non-readers will need help.
When you’re through exploring this math page, head to the Kids Online Resources main site – where you’ll find enough math activities and lessons to cover your curriculum for years to come. Plus, you’ll find web-based lessons and activities for:
  • Art/Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • And much, much more!

Don’t miss their Kid Science Link web page – with lessons and activities on Astronomy, Botany, Herpetology and more.

Listen to Music of Sound

October 18th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 18, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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FindSounds

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

At this free site, you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples. Once you find the sound you like you can listen to it, download the sound to hear it again and again, or send it to a friend!

When you get to the site you will see a search button. Type in the sound of the thing you want to hear and a new page pops up with a list of sound files for that item. Click on the file to hear the sound.

Or search through the sound categories:

  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Holidays
  • Household
  • Insects
  • Mayhem
  • Miscellaneous
  • Musical Instruments
  • Nature
  • Noisemakers
  • Office
  • People
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Tools
  • TV and Movies
  • Vehicles

What types of sounds are there? Thousands. For example you will find the sound that almost every musical instrument makes, from accordions to xylophones, the sounds animals make, all types of bird calls, holiday sounds like sleigh bells or spooky Halloween sounds, vehicle sounds such as an airplane or a police car, household sounds like boiling water and vacuum cleaners, insects, mayhem sounds (artillery, grenades, bombs, whips, arrows, etc.), nature sounds, the sounds people make including applause, burping, hiccups, snoring and more, and you can listen to the sounds of baseball, football, bowling, and tap dancing as well! There are even TV and movie sounds from cartoons to sci-fi films.

In addition to exploring the sounds in our world, this site has lots of potential for various presentation projects, and the kids will think it’s just a whole lot of fun!

John Muir Trail Virtual Tour

October 17th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 17, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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John Muir Trail Virtual Tour

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, explore the 1.7 mile John Muir Nature Trail in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx of New York City. When arriving at the link above, you may wish to familiarize yourself with navigating through the tour by clicking on the instructions links. Navigating is as simple as moving your mouse in the direction you want to go. Click on the “Point of Interest” and “Target Area” selections indicated along the path for interesting information about what you will find on the trail. As you travel along the trail, information is available in the adjoining text box. There is an interactive map of the trail under the presentation where you may select locations to be taken to directly such as:
  • Trail Entrance
  • Freshwater Wetland
  • Fordham Gneiss
  • Van Cordlandt Golf Course
  • Henry Hudson Parkway
  • Staircase
  • Old Croton Aqueduct

Visitors can also learn about the plant and wildlife along the way including:

  • Black Birch
  • Sassafras
  • Wild Cucumber
  • Oak Trees
  • Spring Peepers
  • Sweet Buckeye

When you are finished with your tour, select the “Menu” option and you will find historical information about John Muir, Van Cortlandt Park and the wildlife found in the park.

Tie on your virtual hiking boots and enjoy your walk in the park.

Movies from the Past for your History Studies

October 16th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 16, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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FedFlix

 

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

 

If you are looking for unique and interesting supplements to your history studies, FedFlix from the Internet Archive might just be the ticket. This portion of the website features the “best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors” and much more.
When arriving at the link above, use the search functions to find films for a specific topic, or you can browse the collection several different ways including by subject/keyword, by creator, alphabetically by title or author, or by when added to the site.
A sampling of topics we searched for included:
  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • FDR
  • National Parks
  • Space
  • Vietnam War
  • World War

The thousands of available film footage selections come from hundreds of contributors such as:

  • National Archives And Records Administration
  • House Oversight Committee
  • Department Of Defense
  • House Energy And Commerce
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Committee On Oversight And Government Reform
  • FDR Presidential Library
  • Committee On Energy And Commerce

After finding a film you wish to watch, click the link and you will be taken to the page with the movie along with information about the film and available options for downloading the files if desired.

These historical reels provide an excellent insight into the past and are a great addition to your studies.

Children’s Literature Quizzes

October 15th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, October 15, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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FunTrivia: Quizzes – Books for Kids

 

Age Range: 5-Adult (Grades 1-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find many online, interactive quizzes based upon children’s literature.
When you get to the site you will see a menu that you can use to find quizzes according to book series, book author, young adult books, and a general literature category that includes quizzes on fairy tales. Don’t let the sparse menu on the landing page fool you – there are tons of quizzes on just about every children’s book imaginable.

Click on a category and a new page opens with a large menu of quizzes indicating the difficulty level of each quiz that ranges from easy to difficult. Choose the topic that interests you – and another page opens where you can select what format you want to take the quiz in – html or flash. Make your selection, and a new page opens where the quiz begins.

It’s fun to test your knowledge and memory of various story lines and characters that you have met in books! That said; parents have different criteria for what is suitable in terms of children’s literature. Therefore, as always, parents should preview this site before exploring it with your children.

Note: There are innumerable quizzes on many subjects at this site. We have only reviewed the Children’s Literature section for ClickSchooling. Again, parents should preview this site before exploring it with children.

Virtual Cockroach Dissection!

October 14th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 14, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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Orkin: Virtual Roach

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Orkin Pest Control Company provides a free, virtual lab dissection of the American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) for the study of insect anatomy. As explained at the website, “Insects are a major component of every non-marine ecosystem on earth, placing Entomology at the core of agricultural, environmental and life science curricula.” The Virtual Roach is an auto-tutorial in insect anatomy that uses images from scientific illustrations, scanning electron micrographs and photomicrographs along with scientific terminology and references.

When you get to the site you’ll see the “Orkin” logo. To the right is a menu that allows you to select the views for the virtual dissection that include:

  • Exoskeleton – Head, Thorax, Abdomen, Habitus
  • Viscera – Circulatory, Digestive, Endocrine, Excretory, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive, and Respiratory systems

Click on any one to explore this fascinating virtual lab activity.

Directly above the main screen you’ll see the “Tabs” that include:
  • Index – See a list of all of the parts of the roach that are included in the virtual dissection.
  • Help – Don’t miss this – it briefly explains the features included in the tutorial and how to use them.

This is a terrific way to get familiar with insect anatomy and could be used as a pre-lab introduction or as a post-lab review tool should you decide to conduct a real dissection. Try not to say, “Eewwww!”

Free Resources to Teach Math

October 13th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 13, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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HelpingWithMath.com

 

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This ad supported website was designed by educators and technologists to help parents help their children improve in math. It provides free access to a variety of math resources, games, and tools including:
  • Math Worksheets – Includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, decimals, geometry, algebra, numbers (rounding, comparing, skip counting, place value, integers, multiples and factors)
  • Multiplication Tables & Charts – For 1x through 12x
  • Flash Cards – For addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Number Lines & Fraction Lines – Segmented at different intervals and includes negatives as well
  • Math Games – Drag-n-drop games that cover basic math facts and equivalent fractions
  • Math Puzzles – Includes multiplication crosswords, squares, and number jumbles
  • Addition & Subtraction Facts – With trick-based solutions to help with memorization

All of these resources are free and formatted for quick download and easy printing. You can sort by subject and grade level as well.

Free Foreign Language Courses

October 11th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 11, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Foreign Service Institute

 

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9 and up; children, with parental supervision)

 

Developed by the Foreign Service Institute, this website offers a large selection of public domain foreign language courses developed by the United States government. Each course provides a downloadable PDF student text and MP3 audio files that may be downloaded or listened to online. Some languages also include a workbook and an instructor’s manual. Languages to choose from include:
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Cambodian
  • Cantonese
  • Chinese
  • Chinyanja
  • Czech
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Fula
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hausa
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Igbo
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kirundi
  • Kituba
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Lingala
  • Luganda
  • MorĂ©
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Shona
  • Sinhala
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Twi
  • Vietnamese
  • Yoruba
While the material for these courses is not fancy and a bit dated, there is a lot of educational value available in these courses for the motivated student.

Virtually Tour an Egyptian Tomb

October 10th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 10, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum: Tomb Tour

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California maintains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the west. They also have built a replica of a noble person’s rock-cut tomb that the public can tour at the museum – or virtually at their website.
When you get to the site you’ll see four extensive galleries of images:
  • Burial Practices, Afterlife and Mummies
  • Gods and Religion
  • Kings and Pharaohs
  • Daily Life, Trade, & Neighbors
You may select either “Image” or “Video” to view the items. When selecting “Image”, you will be taken to an interactive image to select the objects you wish to view. Hover your mouse over the image and informational text is provided. If you select “Video”, you can select an image in the first slide then a brief video presentation, complete with audio explanation, opens.

When you have completed your tour, go back to the landing page, and you can select “Explore” on the right sidebar menu to see an interactive timeline, more information about Egypt, and a whole series of recommended websites devoted to Egyptology.

Travel through History with Maps

October 9th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 9, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Mapping History

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Examine history with the use of the interactive maps at this website. Supported by grants from the Oregon University System, the University of Oregon, and other fellowships and foundations, the maps employ timelines and descriptive text to help visitors make the geographic connection between historical events and time.
When arriving at the site, select from the following sections on the left hand menu:
  • American History
  • European History
  • Latin American History
  • African History

Each section is further broken down into time periods or events in history, and even further broken down to include an introduction and summary of the topic as well as the interactive maps available.

The interactive maps can be navigated through by using the timeline under each map to choose the appropriate time frame or by selecting the arrow buttons to move forward or backward through the time periods. Each time period within the map also includes informative text about the map and time period. You may also hover over various portions of the maps for additional captioning.

This straight-forward and easily navigated website provides an interesting and useful way to travel through history.

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