Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, September 11, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

911 Memorial – Lesson Plans

 

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

 

9/11 is the Day of Remembrance. Help students understand the events and impact on history of that fateful day in 2001 with the lesson plans provided at the 9/11 Memorial website. The lesson plans were developed by The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

 

*Due to the nature of the events of 9/11 and the graphic images and sensitive content that are in some of the lesson plans and features of this website, it is highly recommended that parents review this site and its offerings prior to sharing with their children.

 

When arriving at the link above, you may select from the appropriate grade levels for your children. All of the lessons are downloadable and follow the same basic format providing: 

 

* Common Core Standards

* Key Questions/Issues Addressed
* Lesson Goals/Objectives
* Key Terms
* Materials
* Background for Lesson
* Instructions Activity/Procedures
* Evidence of Understanding
* Extension Activities

* Appendix (if applicable)
 

The lessons fall into different categories of topics. All levels include lessons about:

 

* Community and Conflict
* Heroes & Service
* Historical Impact
* History of the World Trade Center
* Individuals and 9/11
* Memory & Memorialization
* The Aftermath: Humanitarian, Charitable, and Volunteer Support

Lessons for grades 3-12 also include the following topics:

 

* Heroic Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up
* Historical Impact of 9/11
* Making of a Memorial Museum
* Mourning, Memorializing, and Meaning-Making of 9/11

You will also want to check out the other educational options by selecting the Teach + Learn option in the upper navigation bar. You will find teaching guides, interactive timelines, historical information, primary resources, helpful advice on talking to children about 9/11 and much more.

Select the “Memorial” option in the upper navigation bar to learn about the 9/11 Memorial and even view the memorial via a webcam.

Although this is a tough topic to approach as many of us lived through those dark days, this website provides us with the tools to teach our children the historical significance of that time.

Free Grammar Book with Activities & Worksheets

September 10th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Azar Grammar: Fun with Grammar

 

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

 

At this website you can download the book, Fun with Grammar for free and use the activities and games to supplement and enhance any study of grammar. The games reinforce the correct use of grammar through oral and written activities.

While designed for ESL classroom use, many of the activities can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment. This book was originally designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum, but it is not necessary to purchase the curriculum to enjoy and learn from the activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of book chapters that cover grammar topics such as:

  • Verbs – Present, Past, and Future
  • Nouns & Pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • Adjectives
  • Passive Voice
  • Gerunds and Infinitives
  • Comparatives and Superlatives
  • ~And More!

Look at the menu on the right to find free grammar worksheets. These are also designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum but can easily be adapted for anyone to use. Find these types of materials for Basic English Grammar, Intermediate and Advanced: 

  • Teacher-Created Worksheets
  • Expansion Activities
  • Vocabulary Worksheets
  • Song Lessons
  • PowerPoint Supplements

The Sun – Science, Tour, & Song!

September 9th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

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

 

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining…
Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!
Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.
This site provides a multi-media virtual tour of the sun through the use of text, photographs, illustrations, animations, and film clips. The entire tour takes about 20 minutes and includes information about solar wind, sun spots, solar eclipses, solar flares, and more.
New Mexico is the “clean energy state” and offers this website with solar energy science projects for grades 3-12 that include:
Grades 3-6:
* Let’s Study the Sun
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven
* Simple Solar Cell Demo
Grades 7-12:
* Intro to Electricity
* Solar Cell Demo
* Explore Passive Solar Design
* Explore Photovoltaics
* Electrolysis: Obtaining hydrogen from water
* Explore Fuel Cells
* Intro to Light & Matter
* Experiment with Passive Solar Design Lab
The information here is presented in a user-friendly way, and all of the lessons and projects can be downloaded and/or printed out for use offline.

Math Dude’s Tips

September 8th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, September 8, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

QuickAndDirtyTips.com – The Math Dude

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, with parental screening and supervision)

 

This is an unusual ad-supported website that offers explanations and tips for making learning math easier from Jason Marshall, Ph.D., also known as “The Math Dude.”  Marshall is a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars.
Math Dude’s tips are archived on a big, umbrella website called “Quick and Dirty Tips” with advice from experts in a variety of fields including education, money, work, health, and more.
We only looked at the Math Dude section for this review. Parents, as always, should preview this site and determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use by children and teens.
When you get to the site you’ll see “The Math Dude’s Most Recent Tips”, followed by “The Math Dude’s Most Popular Tips” and “The Math Dude’s Archive”. You can jump right in by clicking on any tip. A new page opens where you will see the tip or lesson presented in blog format, and you can click on an audio recording to listen as Jason delivers the tip. There are lots of math tips to select from like:
  • Learn how to add quickly, convert decimals to fractions, multiply by eleven, determine area and volume, explore Venn diagrams, and more.
  • Make a Mobius Strip, learn about the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio.
  • Get a definition and explanation of math terms including irrational and rational numbers, sets and subsets, associative property, distributive property, trigonometry, and more.
  • Find out how to amaze your friends with number tricks, calculate how fast your money will grow, estimate how fast someone is running, and send encrypted messages.

You’ll even find tips to boost your business math skills, along with test-taking tips and a few brain teasers. Find tips for science, writing and grammar by locating the “Education” tab on the tiny horizontal menu located below the “Quick and Dirty Tips” headline at the top and clicking on it.

Learn to Read Music

September 6th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, September 6, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Introduction to Reading Music

 

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

 

Free lessons in music theory! At this site you can learn the basics of how to read music in an online tutorial. When you get to the site, simply click on the topic button and follow the course that introduces information about clefs, time signatures, notes, rests, counting, symbols, and notations for shaping music. When you are through exploring music theory, click on the button at the bottom of the page that says, “Return to Education Section.” You will discover a menu with links to pages at the site where you can:
  • Learn and hear about different instruments (great for young children!)
  • Learn about different musical genres
  • Learn what happened on This Day in Musical History

This site has information that will appeal to the whole family.

Discover How Computer ICs are Made

September 5th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, September 5, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Renesas Virtual Factory Tour

 

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Computer geeks of all ages will enjoy this virtual factory tour that explains how ICs (integrated circuits) are made. Presented by Renesas Electronics in Santa Clara, California, the tour uses cartoon characters with speech bubbles of the audio narrated text, photos, and videos to explain the process of making IC chips.
When you arrive at the link, select the “Introduction: IC’s around you” to learn the basics of semiconductors, how and where ICs are used. If you want to skip the introduction, select the “Start Factory Tour” to begin the presentation. You can sit back and allow the tour to progress on its own or you may use the navigation above the presentation to select from the following: 
  • About the Factory Tour
  • Front End Processing
    • Before Entering the Factory
    • Water Arrangements
    • Rinsing
    • Deposition
    • Photolithography
    • Ion Implantation & Metallization
    • Inspections
  • Back End Processing
    • Dicing
    • Die Bonding
    • Wire Bonding
    • Encapsulation
    • Decoupling & Labeling
    • Inspection
    • Shipment
  • Renesas Electronics IDM Model

You may also navigate through the factory by selecting the “Production Flow” option which will open a window in the presentation that shows a ‘map’ of the processing procedures and will allow you to select your destination by clicking on the image.

While moving through the presentation, there are additional Topics that can be selected for deeper understanding of terms and processes.


Not only is this a very thorough tour, but there is a lot of technological information presented throughout giving a wonderful educational opportunity to the visitor.

Bridging World History

September 4th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, September 4, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Bridging World History

 

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

 

Part of the larger Annenberg Learner website, this portion of the website is a collection of 26 inquiry-based thematic units using videos, text, and interactive activities to help students discover world history. While the units can be used individually to supplement history studies, when used in their entirety and sequentially, they provide a complete chronological world history course.

Each of the lesson units include:

  • Videos produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting are usually divided into three segments, each focusing on a specific topic relating to the unit.
  • The Course Guide PDF not only provides instruction for using the unit but also can serve as the student workbook.
  • Online Text PDFs contain the reading material for the unit.
  • Learning Activities PDFs contain ideas for activities to be used by groups or individuals at various skill levels.

When arriving at the unit home page, use the left hand navigation bar to access the various components of the unit. In addition to the main study components, you will find:

  • References & Sources
  • Unit Audio Glossary
  • Related Units
  • Video Transcript

In the navigation bar beside the Bridging World History logo, be sure to check out the World History Traveler feature, an interactive that builds upon the lessons with the use of maps, images, documents, and texts. This tool can be used to focus in on particular events, places, or people or zooming out to see the larger picture of time and place.

Whether you are in need of supplemental material for your world history studies or looking for a full course, this website is definitely worth consideration.

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

September 3rd, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, September 3, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Wise Pockets

 

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.
This website is provided by the University of Missouri. It is designed to help classroom students in grades 3-6 become more knowledgeable about personal finance including saving, investing, and using credit. The lessons and activities can be easily adjusted for homeschool students.
What is unique here, is that personal finance concepts and lessons are taught through the use of children’s literature. Wise Pockets has selected books with themes that relate to money, and developed lesson plans and activities that extend the learning to help students become better money managers. There are 13 book titles in all that include:
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • The Leaves In October by Karen Ackerman
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paul Danziger
  • Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • and more!
Click on any title and a new page opens with a free, printable, classroom lesson containing objectives, detailed instruction procedure steps, activity sheets, and extension/enrichment recommendations.

Free High School Chemistry Labs & Lessons!

September 2nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MisterGuch: Free Chemistry Resources

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website created by a High School Chemistry teacher (with a cool sense of humor) is “committed to giving out the very best free stuff to teachers.” There are no bells and whistles here, just an entire year’s worth of free general and honors level high school chemistry lessons, labs, and worksheets.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices that include:
  • Free Chemistry Worksheets – Practice balancing equations, name chemical compounds, and learn about acids, bases, atomic structure, gas laws, thermodynamics and more.
  • Free Chemistry Labs – Download pdf and/or MS Word docs with instructions on lab activities that include experiments with gum, balloons, snow globes, paper planes, onion DNA, pennies, and more.
  • Free Curriculum Books – Mr. Guch has written lab manuals and other useful books that he makes available for free. They include:
    • 24 Lessons That Rocked the World – Get complete labs with instructions, safety information, a lab worksheet, a homework sheet, and solutions.
    • 17 Effective Activities For New Chemistry Teachers – This focuses on basic and introductory Lab activities.
    • The Complete Book of Chemistry Quizzes and Practice Problems – Covers the first semester of high school chemistry.

Just click on the topics of interest and a new page opens with a menu of activities that you can download in pdf or MS Word format and print out to use at home. (Some of the documents are large and may take a minute or two to fully download. Your patience will pay off.)

Learn Native American Languages

August 30th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 30, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Native-Languages.org

 

Age Range: 8-Adult (Grades 3 and up, with parental supervision)

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages”.
When arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links in the following categories:
  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages

Each category provides a link to another page with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources you will find link to:

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • Online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

In the Native American Language Families section, you will be able to explore over 25 Amerindian language families. The Recommended Books about Native American Languages section provides links to purchase books about Native American languages. Selected Links about Native American Languages contains links to other related websites.

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

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