Be an Energy Hog Buster!

June 28th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, June 28, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Hog!

(www.energyhog.org/childrens.htm)

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

 

These interactive games for kids help them understand the importance of energy conservation in their home.

When you get to the site, you will be greeted by two animated energy inspectors. They will help you explore all of the “rooms” in a virtual house to find energy-wasters through playing five games. Your objective is to defeat the energy hogs in all of them to earn your official “Energy Hog Buster” certification! You can navigate by the “Navigation” control in the upper right corner or by clicking “Floorplan” or “Training Games” just below the game window. Watch the badge in the bottom left corner of your screen (it looks like a stack of numbered squares unless you click on it) to keep track of your progress. The games include: 

  • Fridge Frenzy – Upgrade to Energy Star refrigerators by finding the old fridges with matching contents. But hurry! Leaving refrigerator doors open too long wastes energy.
  • Bulb Hunter – Make your way through a dark maze, converting all of the bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs before time runs out.
  • Whack a Hog – Whack 20 energy hogs in the shower before they waste all the hot water. (Aim carefully; these hogs can be mighty elusive!)
  • Wacky Windows – Caulk all the windows before the energy hog gets in! Hint: Aim for the window corners, and remember to reload your caulk gun frequently. It’s helpful to have the speakers on for this game, although not necessary.
  • Attic Attack – Get up there and roll out the insulation, whacking the energy hogs before they can get you! This is another beat-the-clock game, and it’s the final game of the five needed for your certificate.

NOTE: The bonus game link and the “Hog and Seek” link did not work for us during our review of the site.

And there’s more: 

  • Download the .pdf Scavenger Hunt – with an adult, answer ten of the twelve questions found here, and see what can be done to make your own home more energy efficient.
  • Check out the .pdf Energy Hog Busting Handbook for pointers to share with your parents!
  • Click “Who is Hog” to get the low-down on several energy hogs you wouldn’t want to meet in your home.

Movies for Developing Math Skills

June 27th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, June 27, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathFLIX

(mathflix.luc.edu/)

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website began as a companion to the COUNTDOWN cable television program in Chicago that taught math to students as they watched TV. Now there are 1,000 math videos at this website. Your students can explore math topics from simple numbers and operations through Algebra, Geometry, Data Analysis and more.

When you get to the site choose “I am a Student” or “I am a Teacher”. Then, click on the topic you want to learn about and watch the movie. It’s as easy as that. Or click on a range of letters in the red “Content Index” box to alphabetically choose topics covered from Absolute Value to Zero (as an exponent).

The videos archived at the site allow students to engage in math challenges “without the distraction and pressure of fellow classmates but with the benefit of parental involvement at home.”

This is a great resource to utilize for math instruction and remediation.

DownloadDinosaur Art Projects

June 25th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, June 25, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Download-a-Dinosaur

(www.rain.org/~philfear/download-a-dinosaur.html)

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

 

This site has all kinds of downloadable and printable dinosaur designs that you can color, cut out, and glue together to make fun playthings and decorations.

When you get to the site you will see photographs of some of the creations you can make from the designs at this site. Scroll down the page to find the drop down menu box to “Select a Dinosaur.” Simply click on the dinosaur you want to make. For example: 

  • Triceratops
  • Pteranodon
  • Raptor
  • Stegosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Ankylosaurus
  • Mammoth
  • And more!

Click the “Go” button and a new page opens with the design and easy instructions for how to assemble it. Print out the design using your browser print option. These designs can be made in less than 30 minutes! It’s a great art project or craft activity – and educational too! 

Visit the Guggenheim Online

June 24th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 24, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guggenheim Collection Online

(www.guggenheim.org/collection-online)

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

 

This online collection features almost 1700 pieces of work from more than 575 artists from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Artwork can be searched by: 

  • Artist
  • Date
  • Medium
  • Movement
  • Venues
  • Special collections

Once you have made your selection, each piece includes an image of the piece as well as a description and other information about the work. Click the image to see a larger view. Also included are biographies of the artist and links to other works by the artist.

Art lovers will easily find themselves browsing through the collections for hours.

Where is. . .? Geography Game

June 23rd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, June 23, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Where is . . .?

(backpacker-adventure-club.de/geo/)

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

 

This very challenging game from the Backpacker Adventure Club tests the player’s knowledge of the location of cities around the world.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page past the map to read a bit about the game. Click on the ‘city catalogue’ text link in the passage or “Cities” in the upper menu to see the countries and cities included in the game. Select the country, then the city and a page will open showing the location on a Google map image. This portion of the website would make a great review option prior to playing the game.

There are two modes of play: 

  • Standard – This mode is divided into levels that increase in difficulty and keeps track of your score.
  • Practice – no scores are kept in this mode and it uses all the cities in the game

To play, select your mode. When the game starts at the top of the map it asks “Where is:” then the city and country. The player has 10 seconds to find the location by clicking on the map. Next a pin will drop at the location you selected then the correct location and a pop up window appears stating the difference in distance in kilometers from your answer and the correct location. Click “ok” to move to the next location. When playing in the standard mode the ‘deviation’ kilometers the player receives is subtracted from a maximum allowed to determine the points earned. To start over, simply refresh the page.

This game will challenge even the most skilled geography fan.

Are You a Grammar Ninja?

June 22nd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, June 22, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Ninja

(www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides a fun game to help students develop a working knowledge of the parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.


When you get to the website, read the instructions on how to play the game. Then, select a level of play (from beginner to master).

As the game begins, you’ll be presented with sentences and asked to find various parts of speech. The game tracks the time you require to answer the questions, as well as any errors you make. If you make a mistake, the game board displays the correct answer.

There are three levels of play culminating in the title “Master Grammar Ninja.” Your kids will find playing this game is a whole lot more fun than drill and practice work – and I’ll bet some of you parents will have fun testing your grammar skills as well.

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 21st, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

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

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see an icon menu and a regular menu to the right of it. Use either one to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; the force of gravity; planning a Hubble servicing mission; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Educators — Check out the “Resources” that provide an overview of what you’ll find at this website along with recommendations on how to further the learning.

Then at the bottom under “Features”, check out: 

  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.
  • Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia.

You say you want more?

Then visit the parent HubbleSite. Here are just some of the activities you’ll find: 

  • Get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.
  • Listen to podcasts about recent space discoveries!
  • Watch a fascinating video presentation about the increasing accuracy of telescopes within the past century!
  • Explore Astronomy — In this section you can take a “Way Out” Quiz and see how far the cow goes after he makes it over the moon; tons of fun, and if you play the entire game, you can register in a drawing to win a prize! You can also play an exciting game called “Black Holes, Gravity’s Relentless Pull!” Watch a video presentation of what happens when galaxies collide.

Free Math Video Tutorials

June 20th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, June 20, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Is All About Math

(www.isallaboutmath.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 4 and up. Age/grade range varies. Use parental discretion and supervision.)

 

This website provides short instructional math videos that can be used to supplement math studies. The videos consist of a narrated lecture and animations that illustrate the concept being discussed. The videos are enabled for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices for portable, on-the-go learning.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of math videos that include topics such as: 

  • Triangular Numbers (Parts I, II & III) – Elementary explanation of triangular numbers, a general formula for the sum of an arithmetic progression, and a solution to the Recursive equation.
  • Mathematical Induction (Parts I, II, & III) – Explains the Method of Mathematical Induction. Discussion of Francesco Maurolico, Pascal and John Wallis, plus Fermat’s Method of infinite descent, etc.
  • Weaving Numbers – Explanation of Vedic multiplication or weaving multiplication. Includes Fibonacci’s sieve or lattice multiplication, and more.
  • Dimension 2 – Explains how two numbers can describe the position of a point on a sphere, and how one can draw a picture of the Earth on a piece of paper.
  • The Fourth Dimension – Mathematician Ludwig Schläfli discusses objects in the fourth dimension.
  • Complex Numbers – Mathematician Adrien Douady explains the square root of negative numbers in simple terms.
  • Pi – An explanation and illustration of the most famous mathematical constant.

The narrator on some of the videos speaks in a monotone voice with an accent, so we found it necessary to really pay attention to hear and understand the lectures. Fortunately, the animated illustrations help the viewer to maintain focus.

We couldn’t find “about” information on the site, so it’s not clear who is providing the info or why. Currently, there are no advertisements on the site, and all of the videos can be accessed for free, without registration.

This is a helpful resource for supplementing the study of various math concepts.

Piano Lessons with the Piano Nanny

June 18th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, June 18, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Nanny

(www.pianonanny.com/)

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

 

Learn piano and music theory with the help of this website.

PianoNanny.com acquired the award-winning “Piano on the Net” online course which provides over 30 lessons at three different levels: 

  • Starter – Learn the basics of piano such as music notation, notes, and terms, fingering the keys, and more.
  • Intermediate – Build upon the starter lessons and expand knowledge base in musical studies with chords and more.
  • Advanced – Learn about the different genres of music and a more in depth understanding of music.

Lessons can include images, text, and sometimes audios. The student is encouraged to have a small keyboard in front of them as they go through the lessons so that they can learn the material.

Whether your student is a beginner or more advanced student, there is a lot to be learned with these free online piano lessons.

Vatican Museums Virtual Tours

June 17th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 17, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vatican Museums

(mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Visite.html)

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

 

At this, the official website of the Vatican Museums, you can take a virtual tour of the Museums within the Vatican including: 

  • Pio Clementino Museum
  • Chiaramonti Museum
  • New Wing
  • Gregoriano Profano Museum
  • Gregorian Egyptian Museum
  • Gregorian Etruscan Museum
  • Ethnological Museum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael’s Rooms
  • Pinacoteca

You can view the stunningly beautiful artwork created by masters like Raphael and Michelangelo that are included in the Museum’s collections, and zoom in for details of paintings, frescoes, and other artwork. Information on the pieces is provided as well.

While the artwork will appeal to many ages, exploring the sites requires the ability to read and use a computer keyboard, making this an excellent site for family explorations.

In order to view the virtual tours, your browser must have Java activated and the site must be allowed.

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