Paper Snowflake Art

December 10th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, December 10, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dave’s Paper Snowflake Patterns

(www.daves-snowflakes.com/index.html)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Are you a fan of paper snowflakes? Have you ever shown your children how to make them? Would you like to teach them how to make them? If so, visit this website.

There are 6 free patterns to print and cut – the lines to tell you where to fold, and then the pattern is right on the printed page. Very complicated-looking snowflakes come out very easily.

Dave (the owner) dedicated this site to the memory of his mother, who gathered the family around the tree every Christmas Eve to make decorative snowflakes. He shares his patterns for making these works of art with adults and kids alike. There is a photo gallery of the beautiful handmade snowflakes and pictures of Dave’s Christmas trees decorated with his family’s art. What a wonderful tradition!

Also check out snowcrystals.com. You haven’t really seen a snowflake until you visit this website that contains incredible images of real snowflakes and explains the science behind them.

San Diego Zoo Animal Webcams

December 9th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, December 9, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

San Diego Videos and Webcams

(zoo.sandiegozoo.org/content/video-more)

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

 

Visit some of the animals in the San Diego Zoo in California with the videos and webcams found at this website.

Peek in on the following animals in their exhibits: 

  • Penguin
  • Ape
  • Koala
  • Panda
  • Polar Bear
  • Elephant
  • Tiger
  • Condor

On some cam pages, there are links to learn more about the animals or read blog entries relating to the animals.

On today’s link, choose the “Videos” link to see many behind-the-scenes activities including ultrasounds of pandas, a pacemaker implanted in a Tasmanian Devil, setting up “Snow Day” for the snow, meerkat pups, giraffe calf, aye aye baby, capybara babies, elephant videos, and much more.

Animal lovers of all kinds will enjoy visiting this website.

Learn History through Poetry

December 8th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, December 8, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History for Kids

(www.history-for-kids.com/)

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

 

Use the fun poems found at this ad-supported website from author S.K. Dinning to help your students remember various history stories.

Review the home page for information about the site and how to use it. Use the left-hand side bar menu to select from the history topic of interest: 

  • Ancient History
  • Middle Ages
  • British History
  • American History
  • Myths & Legends
  • Pirates

Once you have selected your topic, visitors will find a selection of titles that when clicked on take you to the poem. Included on each page are either a timeline of history facts or other interesting facts.

Also, using the right-hand menu, visitors will find some “Colouring” pages, suggested history board games and books, interviews with other writers, a gallery of artwork by kids, and some silly history jokes.

If you are looking for lighthearted ways to add some fun to your history studies, you will most certainly enjoy this website.

Fun, Interactive English Language Timeline

December 7th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, December 7, 2016, and time for Language Arts 

at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC: Ages of English Timeline

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/launch_tl_ages_english.shtml)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you can explore a free, engaging, multi-media,

interactive timeline of the history of the English language, and learn how it developed, and why it has changed and evolved. You can even listen to samples of how the language was actually spoken at any given time. (No guarantees you’ll understand what they’re saying!)

As you’ll discover through images and audio (so turn on your speakers), English has developed “through invasion, invention and global expansion.”

 

When you get to the site you have the choice to launch the timeline in a Flash or non-Flash version. Go with the Flash version – it’s lots more fun for kids! Then, explore the ten ages of the English language that include: 

  • The Anglo Saxon Invasions – 449 AD
  • The Viking Raids Begin – 787 AD
  • The Norman Conquest – 1066
  • The Resurgence of English 1200 – 1400
  • The Invention of the Printing Press 1476
  • The Renaissance – 1500 to 1650
  • The Colonization of the New World – 1600s
  • The Industrial Revolution – 1760 to 1830

In each stage of the Flash version, you simply click on images in a colorful cartoon-drawing to learn various aspects of the history of the language through pop-up text and audio clips. 

You’ll gain understanding about the origins of words, and discover what inquiring minds want to know – how did “Beowulf” really sound? There are fun facts and explanations of phrases and idioms too. As the website claims, “From runes to rap, the development of English follows a fascinating trail.”

Free Cup Stacking Tutorial Videos

December 6th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, December 6, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Speed Stacks

(www.speedstacks.com/learn/?lang=en)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Cup Stacking (also known as Sport Stacking and Speed Stacking) is an amazing sport of fitness, agility, concentration and quickness.

Essentially, cup stackers take matching cups of any shape or size, and stack them in pyramids and then unstack them at an unusually high rate of speed.

At this website you can explore this craze and watch cup stacking tutorial videos. Learn how to speed stack – a fun sporting idea that can be done indoors or outdoors to satisfy that P.E. requirement.

When you get to the site you’ll see the introduction video and 7 other “How To” training or rules videos you can watch for free. 

This is a commercial site that sells stacking cups, mats, and various other paraphernalia – but you don’t have to buy a thing to watch the tutorials.

If your kids think this looks like fun, a set of stacking cups may make great stocking stuffers!

Free Math Enrichment Games and Problems

December 5th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, December 5, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH

(nrich.maths.org/)

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

 

This website is a project of the math faculty at The University of Cambridge and provides FREE math games, interesting problems, and helpful materials that are suitable for students of a wide age, ability, and grade range.

Don’t be deceived by the simple look of the home page – this site harbors a rich resource bank with thousands of fun and fascinating math challenges and printable materials that will engage your students while helping to develop problem-solving and mathematical thinking skills. Read the introduction, then, click on the icon for the grade level you are interested in to find an assortment of math activities. Be sure to click on the link to the “Help Section” as it really explains the most beneficial way to use the site.

Note: Because this is a UK website, some of the references may be unfamiliar particularly when it comes to money. Parents can easily guide children to substitutions so they can do the exercises.

Bookmark this website – it is updated with new material regularly.

Christmas Music Printable Lyrics and More

December 3rd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, December 3, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

The Christmas season is quickly approaching, so brush up on your favorite Christmas songs with the help from these websites.

Kidsjellybean.com

On this simply laid out website, listen online or download MP3 or Midi audio files of some of the most popular Christmas songs to use for a sing-along. Click the “Printable Lyrics” link by each title to open a new window with the lyrics in plain text. Use your browser print option to print them out.

Print a Song 

Over 100 different Christmas song lyrics, downloadable in PDF format, from popular standards like the “12 Days of Christmas”, “Away in the Manger”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to more modern tunes such as the “12 Pains of Christmas”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, “Feliz Navidad”, “Snoopy and the Red Baron”, and “Where are you Christmas”. Click on the individual titles on the list to open the PDF in a new window to either save or print. There is also a 6-page “Caroling Group” of songs that include: 

  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (Christmas Song)
  • Silver Bells
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Winter Wonderland
  • White Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Frosty the Snowman

Free Christmas Carols Book

Download the 125-page PDF book called “The Caroler” to keep handy throughout the holiday season. Please note that at one time there were links to sheet music and midi files for the songs in the PDF, but those links no longer work. But don’t let that deter you from checking out this one-stop resource.

These sites will have you ready to sing your way through the holidays.

Tour Spangler Candy Cane Factory Virtually

December 2nd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, December 2, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spangler Candy Cane Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/our-brands/candy-canes/tourm)

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

 

The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make millions of candy canes a day! At this site you can take a tour of their factory.

When you get to the site you will see text and photographs explaining the process used to make candy canes. When you are through with the tour, you can learn about the history and legends associated with candy canes by clicking on Candy Cane Legends link in the upper menu.

SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS:
The legends contain some religious content. We mention this, because in previous years that we have featured this site, we received (in response) many links from list members with the “true story” of candy canes. We also get links to sites that debunk the “true story” of candy canes as urban legend. AS ALWAYS, we leave it to each parent to review and research the information and determine what is suitable for their own children.

Before you gather the kids around the computer to take this tour, you might want to stock up on some candy canes – as it really stimulates the appetite for these wonderful red and white holiday confections.

Free Literature Study Guides

November 30th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.ntc-school.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are:

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Review
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Dinosaurs for Kids

November 29th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 29, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Dinos

(www.kidsdinos.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. The Kids Know It Network developed this Google-ad-supported website that offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (The site is geared for kids. Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults.)

When you get to the site you’ll see a dinosaur animation and below it 4 icons with the offerings on the site. Below those you can learn about the featured dinosaur of the day. 

  • Explore Dinosaurs – The Dino Database features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more!
  • Play Games – Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Create and name your own dinosaur. Match dinosaurs with their shadow shapes. Learn about dinosaur classification. Play dinosaur hangman and improve your spelling and vocabulary. Paint and print your very own dinosaur masterpiece. Use interactive Dinosaur Flashcards to memorize the names of every dinosaur and learn facts about them. You can even customize the flashcards to display just the dinosaurs you select.
  • Learn History – Learn all about paleontology.
  • Free Worksheets – A puzzle and lots of coloring worksheets in .pdf format.

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

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