July 15th, 2015 by admin
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It’s Wednesday, July 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!
Start with a Book
Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)
This website is a project of the PBS show, Reading Rockets and along with funding from The Park Foundation, Inc. they offer themed books and activities for summer reading and learning.
When you get to the website click on any theme from the menu in the center of the page to open a new page that provides instructions on how to explore the particular theme by:
- Choosing books and book-related activities
- Exploring more hands-on activities
- Trying some summer writing
- Digging deeper with these websites
- Playing and learning with interactive mobile apps
The books are all clearly marked with grade and/or reading level. The activities include a materials list with pictures and instructions and discussion help. Many themes like these can be explored:
- The moon and stars
- Thunder and lightning
- and many more!
This website is full of information to help parents develop a love for reading within their children. Bookmark this website and check back often.
July 14th, 2015 by admin
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It’s Tuesday, July 14, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
Pulse of the Planet (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/)
Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)
This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers daily (Monday-Friday), free, engaging two-minute sound portraits that blend science, nature, and culture worldwide. These audio clips contain fascinating information that may springboard you to further science investigation and learning.
Just take a look at some of what’s available from this month so far:
- Jul 14 – Acoustical Ecology – Loons: Development and disturbance can silence the beautiful call of the common loon.
- Jul 9 – Long Leaf Pine – Restoring: Forestry experts at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are working to restore Long Leaf Pine, a species that once ranged from Virginia to Texas.
- Jul 8 – Natchez – Oral History: The Principal Chief of the Natchez offers a unique perspective of his people’s cultural heritage.
- Jul 2 – Terraforming: It may work on Star Trek, but in real life Mar’s thin atmosphere will be writing the script.
- Jul 1 – Okefenokee – Standing Up to Bears: What hisses at bears to defend its nest eggs? Hint: it’s bigger than a robin.
Just listen to the featured sound clip (and print out the transcript or download the MP3 if desired). Then, use the menu to access all of the “Daily Programs” audio clips from 1998-2015.
But there’s more! In the “Educator Resources” section you’ll find free lesson plans with activities “suitable for classrooms or home-schoolers” using Pulse of the Planet programs. The lesson plans for grades K-12 contain downloadable audio files. You must register (free and painless) to access the lessons.
Click on “Monthly Features” for the in-depth studies, and peruse the rest of the menu for other wonderful science surprises.
July 13th, 2015 by admin
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It’s Monday, July 13, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 10 and up (about middle school and beyond with parental supervision)
This website provides free, interactive mathematics software for students of many ages that teaches algebra, geometry, graphing, statistics, and calculus.
It’s available in many languages for users around the world and includes:
- Video Tutorials
- and much more!
When you get to the site you’ll see “Featured Materials” that will acquaint you with the materials and how to access them.
It’s helpful to poke around the site, get a feel for the content provided in the software, and then visit the “user forum” to get additional advice.
Notice that as you open each page, a horizontal menu appears on the left to show you similar material.
July 10th, 2015 by admin
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It’s Friday, July 10, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!
Big League Baseballs – Museum of Baseballs
Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)
This website will be a hit with your baseball fan. Created by the e-commerce company, Big League Authentics, LLC, this website provides visitors with a visual exploration of “vintage and modern Rawlings, Reach and Spalding Official National League and American League Baseballs, and Rawlings Commemorative World Series, All-Star Game and other Special Event baseballs.”
When arriving at the link above, choose from the following to begin examining baseballs of all kinds:
- National League
- American League
- World Series
- All-Star Game
- Special Event
- MLB International
- Official Game – Style Promo
- Rawlings Corporate
- Miscellaneous, Misprints, & Prototypes
- MiLB and Independent Leagues
- Collegiate Leagues
- International Pro Leagues
- Amateur Leagues
After selecting the collection you would like to browse, select the ball you would like to examine closer. Under the image there are different available image size options available to zoom in closer. If the image is clicked, it opens to an image only page. If you do choose to click on the image, you will need to use your back button to return to the original page. You can use the ‘prev’ and ‘next’ buttons at the top of the page to move through the collection. Many of the balls provide textual information about the ball. To return to the main museum page, select the “Museum of Baseballs” text link at the top of the page.
Some of collections are broken into sub-categories and even sub-sub categories, so there are hundreds of baseballs to check out on this website. This is definitely an interesting website for the baseball lover in your house.
July 7th, 2015 by admin
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It’s Tuesday, July 7, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)
This website is sponsored by the non-profit foundation called SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development), to support teachers, parents and other mentors with resources to help students learn about technology and science with regard to global issues, such as water, energy, climate change, and much more. SEED offers free science resources including informative articles, lab experiments, as well as math puzzles and games.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured resources. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to explore:
- Articles – Enjoy science articles (that can easily be used as lessons) on topics such as: Air & Space, Earth Science, Health & Safety, Energy, Water, and more. Place your cursor over the topics to see a drop-down menu of related articles. All of the articles include fascinating information and are linked to experiments students can do to demonstrate the concepts covered in the articles.
- Laboratory – This online lab provides students with the materials list (includes common household items and materials available at a pharmacy or hardware store) and instructions for conducting experiments to learn more about Air & Space, Earth Science, Electricity & Magnetism, Properties of Liquids, and Energy. Click on any topic and see a drop-down menu of experiments. For example, students can build a personal seismograph or build their own star! There are Teacher’s Notes, as well as examples of results.
- Math Puzzles – Sharpen your math skills with fun puzzles and games that include arithmetic, probability, algebraic thinking, geometry, topology, logic, and more.
All of the resources are available in a variety of languages too, just look for the language menu at the top of the page.
You can also purchase science kits, books, and games from the online store, but no purchase is necessary to access the free resources mentioned above.
There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.