Resources for Women’s History Month

March 23rd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, March 23, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TIME for Kids: Women’s History Month

(www.timeforkids.com/minisite/womens-history-month)

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

 

March is Women’s History Month and this mini site from TIME for Kids provides some great resources for your studies.

Once arriving at today’s link, use the left-hand side bar menu to begin exploring. Through slideshows, videos, interviews, articles and more, dig deeper into topics such as:

  • Women’s History Milestones
  • Trailblazing Women
  • Celebrating Women’s History
  • Where Are the Women?
  • Suiting Up
  • Girls with Grit
  • Women Warriors
  • Meet the Marchers
  • The Role of the First Lady
  • The Fight to Vote
  • A Famous First
  • An American Hero
  • Following Their Dreams
  • Let Girls Learn
  • A Swimming Star
  • The Day Women Went on Strike
  • A Woman on the $10 Bill
  • Star Ballerina

Select the “Women’s History Month Printables” link to find some grade level sorted downloadable PDFs about: 

  • Women at Work (grades K-1)
  • A Way With Wildlife (grade 2)
  • Women in Science (grades 3-4)
  • Interview a Woman in Your Life (grades 5-6)
  • And more.

While TIME for Kids has additional subscriber-only resources, there is plenty of free material available that will add to your Women’s History Month studies.

Open Source Literary Works & More

March 22nd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Open Culture

(www.openculture.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision – there is something for everyone here!)

 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”? Then take a look at today’s amazing website.

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style.
 
When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free: 

  • Audio Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.
  • Online Courses – Take over 1,200 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.
  • Movies – Access free movies online!
  • Languages – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.

Bird Nest Cams!

March 21st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(watch.birds.cornell.edu/nestcams/camera/index)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or click “All” under the Bird Cam menu to see them listed in alphabetical order including: 

  • Great Blue Herons
  • Great Horned Owls
  • Laysan Albatross
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • ~ and more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

Spring Math Activities & More!

March 20th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, March 20, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Cats: Spring Math Idea Bank

(www.mathcats.com/grownupcats/ideabankspringmath.html)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Spring has sprung! At this website you’ll find free, fun, spring-themed math activities that include outdoor estimation activities, graphing weather changes, and calculating the height of trees.

Once you’ve had fun with the spring math activities, check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids. Under Math Cats Explore (www.mathcats.com/explore.html) you can access math activities that include: 

  • Discover EXACTLY how old you are – in hours, minutes, and seconds.
  • Try to Balance Objects – ranging from electrons to galaxies!
  • Play 12 Math Games online!
  • Polygon Playground – Explore symmetry and tessellations!
  • Math Crafts – Make string art, polyhedra, hexagrams and more!
  • And lots more!

Learn a Language with Digital Books

March 18th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 18, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Unite For Literacy

(www.uniteforliteracy.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website provides a unique way to discover the languages of the world. The purpose of the website is to “support beginning readers of all ages” and to “provide unique audio support to families who speak (or are learning to speak) English, indigenous or foreign languages.”

Because the books are easy readers and with the added availability audio feature, we think this would be a wonderful tool for early foreign language learners.

When arriving at the site, you will see a pop up window that asks for “Your Community” information such as country, zip or county which you can dismiss if you want. Unite for Literacy uses the information for studies. Book texts can be in English or Spanish. Click the pencil icon to choose which you want. Then select the “Narration” icon to choose the language in which you would like the stories read. The books available in that language will populate. After selecting the book you want, use the arrows to flip through the pages, and select the appropriate speaker icon for the language in which you wish to hear the story. In addition to English, Spanish, and French, other narration languages include: 

  • Native American languages
  • Danish
  • Portuguese
  • Turkish
  • German
  • Italia
  • Vietnamese
  • Farsi
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Arabic

And much more. This website could provide your beginning language student with some valuable practice and open up a new window into new vocabulary.

Visit the Blarney Stone & Castle

March 17th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 17, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Blarney Castle & Gardens

(www.blarneycastle.ie/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Take a virtual tour of the home of the Blarney Stone, one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Legend has it that if one kisses the Blarney Stone they will never be at a loss for words again. While most of us may never be able to kiss the legendary stone, we can take a tour of the castle and grounds where it lies with the help of this website.

On the home page of today’s link, visitors can watch a fly-over view of the castle and the grounds. When you are ready to tour the grounds, hover over the “Plan Your Visit” link in the upper menu. Select the “Map & Virtual Tour” option to begin. When the page opens, there will be a map that you can hover over the ‘pins’ to see what is located there. Scroll down the page to find the 360° Blarney Castle tour. You will be able to use your mouse to explore: 

  • Poison Garden
  • Family Room
  • Castle Interior
  • Rock Close
  • Fern Garden

When you are finished with that tour, continue your exploration by selecting the “Explore Blarney Castle” link in the upper menu. On this page, through an image and brief text, you can learn about: 

  • Badger’s Cave
  • The Dungeon
  • The Witch Stone
  • The Estate
  • Wishing Steps
  • Witch’s Kitchen

And much more. Visitors can also explore further by selecting the following at the top of the page: 

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Experience the Gardens
  • Explore Rock Close
  • Visit the Castle

Select “History” in the upper menu to discover the history of Blarney Castle, see a family timeline, and view archived videos.

This is a great site to add to your studies of Ireland.

Explore the Ancient World

March 16th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, March 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Ancient Web

(theancientweb.com/)

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

 

Today’s website provides information about ancient cultures, specifically designed with students and teachers in mind.

When you get to the site you will see some featured ancient cultures in the center of the homepage. Click on the links, and you’ll find that some open to pages providing a brief overview of a particular ancient culture, while others open to new websites containing an array of multi-media content including interactive maps and flash animations. Select “The Ancient World” option on the home page to reveal all of the ancient cultures featured at this site including those of: 

  • Arabia
  • America
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Chile
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Persia
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Spain

Again, this site provides a simple overview of some cultures, and more in-depth info on others. Even the links leading to pages with less content serve as great introductions that could springboard your child to further independent investigation. You will also find recommended educational resources (books, DVDs, etc.) for sale – but you are not obligated to purchase a thing.

St. Pat’s Day Language Arts & Much More!

March 15th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rainbows, Shamrocks and Leprechauns

(www.homefires.com/articles/st_paddys_day.asp)

Age Range: 3-14 (Grades PreK-8 approximately – and fun for the whole family!)

 

With St. Patrick’s Day only a couple of days away, we are highlighting some fun ideas from Diane Flynn Keith’s websites for cross-curricular celebrations – many of which you can do last minute!

This website has a wonderful article by veteran homeschool mom, Fran Wisniewski offering a fun array of St. Patty’s Day arts, crafts, and activities for ages 6-14 that cover math, science, language arts, and much more!

And for preschoolers, St. Patrick’s Day Fun for Preschoolers has an article with a few suggestions for some fun learning activities you can do with the little ones. Try Diane’s family’s recipe for a festive beverage today – a “Darby O’Gill”!

Fun for the whole family: A Potato Curriculum – Potatoes are an Irish food staple. Go on a Potato Hunt, explore a potato, conduct a potato science experiment, get creative with mashed potatoes – and have fun learning!

Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

March 14th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, March 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=6)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans for grades K-3, 4-7, 6-9, and 9-12
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers: 

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.

Celebrate Pi Day!

March 13th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, March 13, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Joy of Pi

(www.joyofpi.com/pilinks.html)

Age Range: All (All grades. Parents – preview these sites and select the resources that will be most beneficial to your children.)

 

Tomorrow, March 14, is “World Pi Day” and people everywhere are celebrating the mathematical symbol Pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or 3.14159…).

Celebrate all week long with activities that enhance students’ understanding of all that is circular.

A companion to the book, “The Joy of Pi,” this website offers a terrific, comprehensive and current archive of links to information and resources all about Pi, including FREE downloadable lessons and activities. Learn the history of Pi, how to calculate Pi, and many other unique, fun, and innovative ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages.


Here’s another resource:


MEGSL (Math Educators of Greater St. Louis)

(megsl.org/pi.html)


A collection of pi facts, resources, and free downloadable lessons and activities. The site also maintains an archive of links to Pi math problems, discussions, and unique, fun, and innovative ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages.

BONUS! 

Albert Einstein for Kids

(http://www.albert-einstein.org/.index6.html)


Tomorrow is also Albert Einstein’s birthday! At this site you will find links to explore every stage of Einstein’s life. To get your kids interested in Einstein consider telling them that he was a genius – but that he didn’t talk until he was 3, he hated school and thought it was boring, he left school at 15 because of bad grades, and he wanted to study at the university but couldn’t pass the entrance exam! Nevertheless, at age 26 he published the Theory of Relativity, the quantum theory of light, and proved that energy and matter are linked in the physics relationship of E=MC².

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