Mysteries for Kids!

January 28th, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Wednesday, January 28, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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MysteryNet’s Kids Mysteries


Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)


If you love a good mystery story, you’ll enjoy this website that offers several interactive mystery stories for kids to read and solve, along with an archive of mystery stories written for kids by kids.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 
  • Solve-It – Read a short mystery story containing clues. Follow the clues to solve the mystery. If you’re stumped, the solutions are readily available. This section contains an archive of “Solve-It” mysteries that will entertain you for hours.
  • Quick-Solve – This offers just one short mystery case that kids can try and solve. Then, it explains how the character in the story solved the mystery for comparison to your own strategy.
  • Mysteries By Kids – Read the winning mystery stories submitted by kids during a contest conducted by this website. There are about 20 stories to enjoy.
You’ll also find complete instructions on how to perform a magic trick!

This is part of the larger MysteryNet website that offers extensive information on famous mystery fiction detectives from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Perry Mason and Hercule Poirot.

You’ll also find the biographies of great mystery writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Mickey Spillane, and R.L. Stine, to name a few.

If you have older students, you may want to peruse the main site for the resources and information it offers. Of particular interest is the Mystery Time Line (on the right side bar) that explains the evolution of mystery fiction, and the authors and characters that define this genre.

If you read a mystery with your kids, you can then visit the Mystery Time Line to find out more about the author. Or visit the timeline to get a feel for the kinds of characters and storylines used by certain authors – and then select one of their mystery stories to read. Either way, the site will enhance your appreciation of a good mystery!

Must-Try Winter Science Experiments!

January 27th, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Tuesday, January 27, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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LemonLimeAdventures – 20 Must-Try Winter Science Experiments for Kids!


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


This blog, created by an ex-early childhood teacher is chock-full of fun, educational learning activities.
For this review, we’ve focused on her 20 must-try winter science experiments. Each experiment comes complete with instructions and pictures and most have an accompanying video so you know exactly what to expect. Check out:

Winter Science Experiments that Explain the Why behind the Dinners:

  • How to Make Butter
  • The Science behind Cranberries
  • The Biology of Bread
Find some Winter Science Experiments That Teach Freezing and Changes in States of Matter like: 
  • Make Ice Grow
  • Storm in jar
  • Ice Bubbles
  • Ice and Water Experiments
Look for Winter Science Experiments That Teach Melting and Change Over Time
  • Lego ice excavations
  • Icy hands melting
  • Simple ice melt
  • Beautiful Melting Ice Science with Watercolors
There is so much here that you must come back often to explore
  • Winter Science Experiments that Explore Chemistry
  • Winter Science Experiments that Explore Natural and Life Science
  • More Winter Ideas for Fun and Learning
  • More Science Experiments for Kids
And there is so much more. Come often and have fun with science!

Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 26th, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Monday, January 26, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Fibonacci Numbers & The Golden Section


Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)


In the 13th century Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents.

My suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too).

After listening to the interview, head over to the INTRODUCTORY PAGE that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!

Learn Braille Basics

January 24th, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Saturday, January 24, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!


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


Braille is a means of reading and writing for blind people that was invented by Louis Braille. At this website you can read a short biography of Louis Braille and then learn the letters of the Braille alphabet. You can even see your name in Braille!

When you get to the link, choose from the following on the left hand menu:

The Braille system

  • Braille – a brief introduction to Braille and the Grade 1 Braille lesson
  • Grade 2 – learn a set of contractions used to print Braille.
  • Louis Braille – a brief biography of Louis Braille

Your name in Braille – see what your name looks like in Braille letters in 3 formats:

  • Black
  • 3D
  • Big

The only problem with a computer version of Braille is that you can’t feel the dots that compose the letters and words. We suggest that while out and about, check out Braille menus at restaurants, some ATM machines at banks, or go to your local library where you can find the Braille alphabet and Braille books.

Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Hearst Castle

January 23rd, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Friday, January 23, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Hearst Castle


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


Take a virtual tour of the magnificent estate of legendary newspaper baron, William Randolph Hearst. Located in San Simeon, California, “La Cuesta Encantada” – Spanish for The Enchanted Hill, includes a twin-towered main building, three guesthouses, and 127 acres of terraced gardens, fountains, and pools.
When arriving at the link above, use the map to explore the 360° images of:
  • Roman Pool
  • Neptune Pool
  • Floor 3, Room 1
  • Theater
  • Gothic Study
  • Assembly Room
  • Garden by Casa Grande
  • Gardens

Use your mouse or the navigation tools at the bottom of the image to move around the image. Click the compass rose in the lower right corner to turn the navigation map on or off. Be sure to have your sound turned on to enjoy period background music while in the house and sounds of nature while in the gardens.

After your virtual tour, select “History” in the upper tool bar. Using the side bar menu, see more images of the estate as well as learn a lot more about this beautiful property. Select “Hearst Castle Gardens” for more in depth explanations about the flowers, plants, and trees of the gardens. Learn about the lives of those associated with Hearst Castle by choosing “Historic People”. Examine more closely a few of the 25,000 artifacts showcased throughout the castle by selecting “Art” on the sidebar.
A trip through this United States National Historic Landmark is an interesting look into a modern-times castle.

Time Warp into History

January 22nd, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Thursday, January 22, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Time Warp Trio


Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7, with parental supervision)


Designed to go along with the television series produced by WGBH shown on the Discovery Kids Channel and the popular book series by Jon Scieszka, Time Warp Trio, this website provides interactive history learning adventures, games, and more.
When arriving at the website you will see what content is new this week and be able to select what you would like to do. Use the upper menu to select from the Adventures, or the Games, the Show.

When you select the Adventures, you can select the Adventure you wish to explore that either corresponds with the episode you watch or you can simply choose a time period or topic relevant to your studies. Each adventure presents basic information about the episode along with a map showing the location of the event. Then choose from the included exploration and learning extension such as: 

  • Cool Books – check out some warptastic reads
  • Who’s Who – Meet Joe and Co. and many more
The Games include:
  • Put it Back, Jack – Time-bending research game
  • Green Mist Mysteries – Interactive Time Warper Stories
  • Wordsplosion – Poetry gizmo, create, print & send
  • Plentifax 487 – The ultimate Time Traveler’s guide
  • Sandwiched of Time – Fast-paced challenge quiz
  • Sound Detective – Goofy game to fix time & space
In the upper left hand menu, select the Teacher’s & Parents link to find printable PDF Lesson Plans to accompany each episode that include additional offline activities, handouts, curriculum connections and standards, and more.

Because content is added regularly, you will want to bookmark this site to come back often to find out what is new. Whether you are a fan of the television series or not there is a lot of fun learning value at this website.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

January 21st, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Wednesday, January 21, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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The Children’s University


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


This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.
When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes:
*World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.

*Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.

*Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
*Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
*Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”? This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
*Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
*Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.
The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

We focused on Language Arts for this review, but you can find great games and interactives on the Main/Home Page that include the following topics:

  • The Body and Medicines
  • Energy and the Environment
  • The Earth and Beyond
  • Teeth and Eating
  • Micro-organisms
  • The Brain and Senses
  • Talking Textiles
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Black History

The Great Backyard Bird Count

January 20th, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Tuesday, January 20, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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The Great Backyard Bird Count


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


It’s not too early to mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 13-16, 2015.
This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to the website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: 

Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

Fun Math Assessment Activities for Grades K-12

January 19th, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Monday, January 19, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Balanced Assessment


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


This website provides a way to assess a student’s mathematical comprehension and skills through an assortment of interesting and fun math activities. The website description follows:
From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12, and trained teachers to use these assessments in their classrooms. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To go directly to the math activities, scroll down to the section titled, “Our Library of Assessment Tasks.” There, you can click on a grade range to see all of the math activities archived for that range, or you can sample one of three “favorite tasks.” We chose to sample one task in each grade range and were surprised by how innovative and thought-provoking they were. The menu selection by grade range and the favorites in each category include:
  • Primary (K to 2): Shirts in the Mirror, Dot-to-Dot, TV Shows
  • Elementary (3 to 5): Fermi Four, Gardens of Delight, Broken Calculators
  • Transition (5 to 7): Hockey Pucks, Bricks for Books, Crazy Clocks
  • Middle School (6 to 8): Walkway, Confetti Crush, Fractured Subtraction
  • High School, Basic: Granada and Ferrari, Oops! Glass Top, Postcards from the Falls
  • High School: Ostrich and Seahorse, Bumpy-Ness, Fermi Estimates II
  • High School, Advanced: Para-Ball-A, Red Dots, Blue Dots, Dart Boards
  • Technology-based (7 to 12): Full of Beans, Twinkle, Twinkle, Detective Stories

You can see that the titles of the math activities are engaging and inspire curiosity. All of the activities require students to display inventiveness in bringing together disparate elements of what they know in order to solve the problem, and often there will be more than one correct approach and/or answer. Every activity comes with a solution and scoring rubric. There is detailed information at the site for how to use the materials to assess a student’s comprehension and ability as well.

Whether you want to assess your child’s math skills or not, the activities here are more interesting, challenging and enjoyable than the usual math fare. Everything is printable so you can do the activities offline.

Free Downloadable Drawing Lessons

January 17th, 2015 by admin No comments »


It’s Saturday, January 17, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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Drawspace Free Lessons


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


Part of the commercial Drawspace website, this page offers over one hundred free drawing lessons. Lessons may be viewed online or can be downloaded as PDFs to use offline.
Lessons are broken down into color-coded level categories covering subject matter such as:

Beginner Lessons

  • Resources
  • Learn to see
  • Draw with lines
  • Squirkling
  • Perspective 1
  • Hatching
  • Shading forms
  • Focus on people
  • Cartoons & critters
Intermediate Lessons
  • Skills & secret
  • Perspective 2
  • Crosshatching
  • Animals & fantasy
  • 3-D cartoons
  • Caricatures
  • People
  • Places & things
  • Color basics
  • Cartoons in color
Advanced Lessons
  • Diverse animals
  • Faces & Figures
  • Nature & still life
  • Studio series
  • Fantasy & fun
  • Creating in color
  • Drawing on the Masters
The lessons include well written, informative, and illustrated instructions making this a valuable resource for teaching art techniques. It might be a good idea to bookmark this website because you will find yourself coming back to it time after time.