Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

March 23rd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 23, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyChineseLessons

(www.mychineselessons.com/chinese-lesson-index-p01.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun.

When you get to the site, you can start on Lesson 1, or view the “Lesson Index” to view the choices including: 

  • Hello! How Are You?
  • Numbers and Counting
  • Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday
  • Let’s Eat!
  • and more.

Each lesson explains how to draw the character and has helpful hints on how to memorize it. As explained at the site, “All of our online Chinese lessons are free and include Chinese lesson materials such as printable flash cards, online memory testing, puzzles, written and audio versions, and much more.”

See Inside A Submarine

March 22nd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 22, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NOVA: See Inside A Submarine

(www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/subsecrets/inside.html)

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

 

At this website you can take a virtual tour of the inside of two nuclear-powered submarines: the original USS Nautilus commissioned in 1955, and an “attack” submarine, the USS Springfield, commissioned in 1993.

Click on the USS Springfield and you can see: 

  • the control room
  • the sonar room
  • the torpedo room
  • the mess deck
  • and more

Check out the different rooms on the USS Nautilus as well. 

This site is part of the larger PBS/NOVA companion website to the film presentation, “Submarines, Secrets, and Spies.” If you click on that title (located on the left side of your screen) you will go to the home page where you can learn a great deal more about submarines and underwater research including the fascinating science of how sound travels underwater. In fact, you can take an informative “true or false” quiz on that topic – answer the questions, and then find out the scientific reasoning behind the correct answers. For example: True or False? Do dolphins produce notes 100 times higher than the highest note a soprano can reach? Go to the website to find out!

Explore the History of the H.L. Hunley

March 21st, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, March 21, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Friends of the Hunley

(www.hunley.org/)

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

 

This is a beautifully appointed website about the history and recovery efforts of the Civil War submarine, the H.L. Hunley

On February 17, 1864, the Hunley became the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship, a feat as important as the first airplane flown by the Wright brothers. But on the same day, she and all of her crew members suddenly disappeared. What caused her to sink? And would she ever be found? You can explore this mystery at today’s site.

When you get to the site, use the menu at the top to view: 

  • History
  • Science
  • The Mystery

With lots of text and many photos, learn about the building, innovation, evolution, and design of the Hunley, its contribution to the Civil War, the recovery effort, the preservation of the submarine, and more!

Language Arts Quizzes

March 20th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, March 20, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Quiz Tree

(www.quiz-tree.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers animated, interactive educational quizzes on a variety of subjects including Spelling, Reading, and lots more.

Students of all ages can use the quizzes to test their knowledge, prepare for an exam, or learn something new. For example, children in grades K-3 (who are just learning to read) can try the Dolch sight words. Spelling Bee hopefuls can try mastering the lists of misspelled words. Older students can prepare for the SAT and GRE.

When you get to the site, scroll down to see the menu. It may seem sparse, but each line in that menu opens to a new page with numerous quizzes. You can even access the quizzes by grade level. Some of the other Language Arts topics are: 

  • Commonly Confused Words
  • American Idioms
  • Advanced Vocabulary
  • ESL Grammar

These quizzes (games) are fun, eye-pleasing, and include sound effects (so turn on your speakers). Some are drag-and-drop, and some are multiple-choice. Sometimes hints are available but may cost you points. Some quizzes are timed. If you get an answer wrong, one of a set of disappointed tones will sound and you will get another chance. A different set of sounds applaud your successes. At the end of the quiz, your score will be displayed and you will be given a chance to try the quiz again.

Bookmark this page to return often!

Learn more about cells

March 19th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, March 19, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology – A Tour of the Cell

(www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/biology/interactive.jsp)

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

 

Can you imagine how many millions of these tiny cells are inside of your body at this very moment? Amazing! This tour of a cell from the National Science Foundation is very detailed and informative.

“Although the cell is the smallest unit of life, it is by no means simple.”

Thus begins this brief-but-fascinating exploration. The opening picture is a large, full-color image of a cell. To begin, click on any of the numbered parts of the cell and a beautiful, detailed close-up image of that cell art will appear, along with one or two paragraphs of information about it. Parts featured include: 

  • the cell membrane
  • DNA
  • RNA
  • endoplasmic reticulum
  • mitochondria

and more.

Once you have viewed a part of the cell, you will see small numbers below the photo of that part. These numbers provide a convenient way to navigate through the site sequentially, if you prefer. If you click “Explore More,” you will go back to the main page.

Secret agent math game

March 18th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, March 18, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Villainy, Inc.

(villainyinc.thinkport.org/default.asp)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

 

Use your math skills to save the world from the evil Dr. Wick! (Younger students may find this game motivational and fun, if there is someone nearby to explain how to do the problems.)

When you get to this website you’ll see the evil villain, Dr. Wick. who is plotting to take over the world. You are a secret agent and your assignment is to foil his plan by using your math skills in each of two missions. (Turn on your speakers to hear the villainous conspiracy as it unfolds; captions also appear at the bottom of the screen.)

Before embarking on the interactive missions, you must read the biographies of five secret agents and select two to accompany you. You might have to rely on them for hints from time to time, so choose carefully!

Here are just a few of the things you will practice: 

  • Figure out what you will need to do in order to solve a problem.
  • Use a calculator to multiply and divide large numbers.
  • Figure out the area of a rectangle.
  • Basic operations of fractions, decimals, and percents (add, subtract, multiply, divide).
  • Round to the nearest whole number.
  • Find the mean of a few numbers.
  • Label a graph, plot points, and interpret the graph.

Fortunately, you can get cryptic hints along the way, and most of the time you can redo each problem as many times as it takes to get the correct answer.

For a complete list of the skills covered, complete text of the script, a vocabulary list, supplementary worksheets, and even a teacher’s manual, see the section for teachers.

And for even more helpful tips you can use at home, see the section for families!

Art from the National Museum of Wildlife

March 16th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 16, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Museum of Wildlife

(www.wildlifeart.org/art/exhibits/)

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

 

View the amazing artwork featuring wildlife at this museum.

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Current Exhibits
  • Upcoming Exhibits
  • Past Exhibits
  • Long-Term Exhibits

Click on any piece of artwork and a new screen opens with a photo of the artwork and detailed information about the painting and the artist.

When you are through exploring the art exhibits, scroll over the word ‘Learn’ to find ‘Online Programs’ in the ‘Teacher Resources‘ section. There are lesson plans and more.

Virtual Tour of Ireland

March 15th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 15, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Eyes On Ireland

(www.irishphotos.com/)

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

 

Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, we thought we would feature a virtual tour of Ireland.

This website contains the most beautiful photos of Ireland — from familiar tourist attractions to the remote and rugged beauty of lesser known Irish landscapes. By viewing these breathtaking photos, you can essentially take a virtual field trip to Ireland.

The photos scroll by themselves. However, if you click on ‘Shop Online’ at the top, you can see the thumbnail pictures with titles underneath.

We also found a site with thousands of interactive panoramic pictures from destinations across Ireland: Virtual Visit Tours. You can scroll over “Places To See” in the menu to choose from all the 360° virtual tours these photographers have made.

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

March 14th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, March 14, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

(www.yourchildlearns.com/geography.htm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can you point to Zimbabwe on a map of Africa? Can you find the Spice Islands? If you use today’s website, you can!

Sponsored by Owl & Mouse Educational Software, the website offers for FREE:

  • Online Interactive maps of the U.S., Europe, Asia, and more.
  • Online Atlas with maps of the countries of every continent.
  • Map Puzzles – These interactive puzzles help you learn geography by assembling maps of Europe, the U.S., Africa, and more!
  • Printable Maps of the world, continents, and countries in large or small sizes.
  • Maps by Place – Choose a location and get a map of Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more!
  • U.S. Geography Mega Quiz with 1100 questions about the United States

Note: To get a good overview of what the site offers and teaching suggestions for how to use the maps – just scroll down below the menu on the home page.

“Maps that Teach” understands that geography is spatial and that kids learn best by doing. As children assemble the maps, they build a permanent mental picture of the world. They learn about the continents and where they are in relation to each other. They learn about the countries of the world, their capitals and major cultural landmarks, and physical features. The free resources here make learning geography easy and fun.

FREE Online Magazine For Kids

March 13th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, March 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Bunk Room

(www.thebunkroom.com/)

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

 

Here is a FREE online magazine written entirely by kids for kids called “The Bunk Room.”

The magazine, designed for kids ages 8-18, was started by two brothers who took the initiative to create their own newspaper one night, in their bunk beds (hence, the name) – while they were supposed to be sleeping.

Their mother, who has a publishing background, helped them turn their creation into an online magazine. The boys’ two sisters got in on the act as well. Mom and Dad supervise and help manage the endeavor.

“The Bunk Room” is a publication you can subscribe to, but you can read an issue on the website (scroll down a bit and on the right, there is a small box above “Sign Up for Email Updates.” Click on the middle of that box to open the issue in full-screen mode.)

Back on the home page, click on “In Box” to submit content from kid contributors (with parental/guardian/teacher approval, of course). Some suggested topics are: 

  • Day To Day
  • Road Trip
  • Future Life
  • Summer Camps
  • Good Deeds
  • Poem Corner
  • and more!

Articles can be anywhere from about 150-400 words.

“The Bunk Room” is a fun read for kids – and their quest for kid contributors is sure to inspire your family’s writers, poets, and artists.

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