It’s National Library Week!

April 16th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

EducationWorld.com

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

April 13 – 19 is National Library week! The Public Library offers a lot of opportunities for its members. You can read books for free (there is only a charge if books are returned late, not returned at all, or returned with substantial damage). They also offer books on tape, books on CD, large print books, downloadable audio books and even DVDs and videos with closed captioning. There is a virtual plethora of information on just about any subject that you can imagine with resources for every age group. They have help and resources for parents and caregivers and typically offer tremendous children’s programs. Everything from preschooler’s story time, author events and Summer Reading programs for all ages to homework help and study and research groups can be found. In addition, your public library typically hosts community events like charity drives and classes such as computer, crafts and literature and much, more; all for free or very reasonable fees. The library usually will have meeting rooms available for use and will host a number of programs and meetings for private and public companies that are offered for free and are open to the public.

 

This week, Education World provides five lessons that focus on library skills. Take advantage of these free activities to help your readers excel in the library:

 

Mapping the Library – Help students compare your school library with another library (a virtual library Web site is provided as one possibility). Use those observations to create a map of your school library that can serve as a guide for others. (Grades Pre-K-5)

 

Huey and Louie Meet Dewey - Exercise library organization skills using a worksheet that invites students to come to the aid of two rambunctious students in the school library. (Grades 3-8)

 

Save the Library! – Students learn about the many resources a library offers, then write an essay to help save the library from budget cuts or, worse yet, closure! (Grades 3-8)

 

Alphabetize for a Reason – Show students how to organize information by using the alphabet. (Grades K-5)

 

Library Scavenger Hunt – Introduce students to library resources and research. (Grades 6-12)

 

Education World is a massive and amazing website for educators – with all kinds of Internet based lesson plans and activities themed around specific subjects and holidays. Just go to the site, type a topic into the search engine, and you will be rewarded with many links to websites that provide information, resources, lessons, curriculum, activities – everything your teaching heart could desire. We’ve featured pages within the Ed World site before at ClickSchoolingYou can create a complete unit study with the resources provided at the site, or just try a few of the suggested activities.

 

This ad supported website does a great job of making free, internet-based curriculum and educational resources available to teachers and parent-educators and National Library Week is just one of many thousands of topics offered at the site. Because the site is so large and because web addresses change so quickly you will occasionally find dead links but overall it is well-maintained. Bookmark it – you’ll want to return here often.

Serious and Silly Physics Songs

April 15th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 15, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PhysicsSongs.org

 

Age Range: All (Created for college students, but many songs will appeal to a wide range of ages, with parental supervision)

 

This website archives free songs about physics that help students remember critical concepts and formulas in a fun and entertaining way. The website is hosted by Haverford College and maintained by an associate professor of physics.

 

As explained at the website, songs may activate a different part of the students’ brains that “links into the musical aspect of intelligence, helping many students to build a richer ‘knowledge tree’ relating to the concept being taught, and thus promoting better retention.”

When you get to the site which is presented in a chaotic sort of way, you’ll see an old announcement about a physics sing-along event. Scroll below it to watch examples of video presentations from the 2013 sing-along. 

 

Scroll down a little further to view the video presentation called The Nano Song - the winner of the Nano Tube Contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society.

 

In the video “Miss Glory” sings to Muppet-type puppets and explains nanotechnology. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics to give you an idea…

Puppet: Miss Glory, what is nanotechnology?

Miss Glory sings:

Well, nanothings are way too small for you or I to see,
But soon the world will change because of nanotechnology.

A million nm that are lined up in a row
Are just about as long as a single flake of snow
Even germs are several thousand nm’s tall, 
So when you hear that something’s nano, it’s very very small.

 

Go to the site to hear the entire song – and I promise you’ll be singing along with the chorus in no time at all!

Then, look below the featured videos to find a menu that includes:

*Log of Recent Additions to PhysicsSongs.org - Includes the not-to-be-missed Bohemian Mechanics set to Queen’s legendary rock song, Bohemian Rhapsody. You’ll also find Newton’s Rap, and the Electromagnetic Hymn of the Republic.

 

*Fully Functional Physics Songs Database Search - Use the search engine to find physics songs on this site and others.

 

*Chapter-By-Chapter Suggestions for Songs to Use in Classes - A few topics (kinematics and Newton’s Laws) that are covered in the first 3 chapters of a typical introductory physics book/course are paired with links to suggested songs to enhance learning.

 

*Categorized Links to Other Physics Song Pages - Includes songs set to familiar tunes as well as original or less-familiar tunes.

 

You’ll also find links to songs by professors including Dr. James Livingston of MIT.

 

The Physical Revue by Tom Lehrer is also available, as are songs sung by the Cavendish Society in the early 1900′s, and the song list from the Physics Sing-Along of 2006 and 2007.

 

There’s even a “Holiday Season” party sing-along sheet with “Physics Carols” in printer-friendly format.

The site suggests many ways to use the songs including:

  • Add song links to a course web page to “spice it up”!
  • Sing the songs in class, or play recordings of them, or suggest that a musically-talented student sing them!
  • Read the lyrics of songs in class as poems.
  • Ask students to write their own songs, perhaps using some of those you can find through this page as inspiration.

All of these ideas can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

NOTE:  We couldn’t review ALL of the songs here. Since this was intended for college students (adults), PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW THE MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT FOR CHILDREN.

Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 14th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, April 14, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Vedic Mathematics

 

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up with parental supervision)

 

This commercial site provides information and free sample tutorials on Vedic Mathematics. What’s “Vedic Mathematics”? As explained at the website:
“Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research, all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae.
These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore a great help in directing the student to the appropriate method of solution. …The simplicity of Vedic Mathematics means that calculations can be carried out mentally (though the methods can also be written down).”
Words really don’t begin to describe this innovative way to solve math problems and mentally calculate answers to math equations. It almost makes learning math like learning fun magic tricks. Go to the website and try the free sample tutorials that explain ways to find arithmetic solutions for:
  • Multiplication
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Finding Square Roots
  • Division

Click on any tutorial. Read the instructions and apply the Vedic method to find the solutions to an array of sample problems. Your kids will enjoy experimenting!

For those who have never heard of or tried this method before, it will really set your mind to thinking about math differently.
If your kids struggle with mathematics the Vedic system may provide an alternative method that suits the way your child learns best. This site sells products that teach the Vedic system, but the sample tutorials are free. It also provides many links to other websites with articles, downloads, activities, and further resources for learning Vedic mathematics. We have not reviewed these other websites.
Just FYI, YouTube.com carries some free Vedic math tutorials. Just go to YouTube.com and enter “Vedic math tutorials” in the search engine. A menu of free instructional videos on the Vedic system pops up that you can explore on your own. We have not reviewed the YouTube presentations on Vedic math, so parents AS ALWAYS should preview the material and supervise use.

Stop Teaching Math the Hard Way!

April 14th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

Take a Walk through Central Park

April 11th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, April 11, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

72nd Street Virtual Walk

 

Age Range: 5-adult (Grades K-adult; children, with parental supervision)

 

Hosted by the Central Park Conservancy, take a fascinating virtual walk across 72nd Street in Central Park. Officially opening in 1876 after 16 years of planning and construction, Central Park became the first urban public park in America. Situated on 843 acres in Manhattan, this National Historical Landmark is enjoyed by more than 30 million visitors each year. Through this website you too can visit Central Park from anywhere.

 

When arriving at the site select the “See the Virtual Tour” image to begin the guided tour. Throughout the tour, an audio guide provides historical information, intriguing fun facts, and directs your attention to areas of interest. Stops on your tour include: 

  • West 72nd Street Entrance
  • Imagine Mosaic at Strawberry Fields
  • Wagner Cove
  • Cherry Hill
  • Bow Bridge and Lake Shore
  • Bethesda Terrace
  • The Glade
  • Conservatory Water
  • Alice in Wonderland Statue
  • Hill Path And East 72nd Street Entrance

 

Easily navigate through the park by following the arrows on the paths.

Supplementary text available on your stops provides descriptions of the trees in the area and how to locate them in the park. Also included on your tour are 360° panoramas to explore and additional photos of the park’s restoration and history.  

 

This virtual tour provides a glimpse into the splendor and beauty of Central Park. It is well worth the visit.

Eyewitness History

April 10th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, April 10, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

EyeWitness to History

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is a most remarkable website for the study of history as it presents eyewitness accounts of historical events that have occurred throughout the world. You can read journal entries from ancient times through today, see illustrations, paintings, drawings and photographs depicting world events, and listen to recordings of historical voices of the 20th century.
 
The historical eras these primary sources cover include:
  • Ancient World – for example, an eyewitness account of the destruction of the Roman town of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
  • Middle Ages/Renaissance – for example, an eyewitness account of the ravages of the Black Death plague of 1348 that killed 25-50% of the European population.
  • 17th Century – for example, an eyewitness account of The Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
  • 18th Century – for example, an eyewitness account of the execution of Nathan Hale in 1776 who said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
  • 19th Century – for example, an eyewitness account of the inhumane conditions aboard a slave ship in 1829.
  • Civil War – for example, an eyewitness account of the Surrender at Appomattox.
  • Old West – for example, an eyewitness account of the death of Billy the Kid in 1881.
  • 20th Century – for example, an eyewitness account of the discovery of King Tut’s Tomb in 1922.
  • And other eras including World War I and World War II.

Also available at the site is a feature titled “It Happened This Month.” You can read eyewitness accounts of historical events that took place during this month in history.

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return here often.

Teach middle school language arts in an hour a day!

April 9th, 2014 by admin No comments »

Analytical Grammar

Calendar of Children’s Books

April 9th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

About.com – Calendar of Children’s Books

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

About.com is an ad supported website that was founded in 1996. First called The Mining Company, they slowly transformed into About.com.
They say they have nearly 1,000 Experts that write for About.com and are one of the most visited sites on the Internet with over 25% of the U.S. visiting each month. They help users discover, be inspired, and learn about topics ranging from parenting and healthcare to cooking and travel.
The About.com Calendar of Children’s Books is a treasure trove of resources available to help support students reading at any level all brought together in one convenient location. When you arrive on the monthly calendar page you’ll see the list of monthly reading themes. These themes are based on the seasons, various cultural and government named holidays and recognized social causes, sometimes a famous person or an author’s birthday, and so on. Scrolling down the page you’ll find some general reading help for each theme and recommended reading. Then the calendar for the month will outline in chronological order; any notable date or historical event or famous person’s birthday – anything that might give you a reason to pull out a book and read!

As a bonus, across the top of the page is a menu directing you to age appropriate help for parents of children ages 0 – 3, 4 – 8 and 9 – teens designed to help raise readers. There are articles and book recommendations for new and prospective parents, help for transitioning from picture to chapter books, resources for reluctant readers, and even recommended reading lists.

To give you a little taste of what awaits you at this wonderful website, here is a little clip of the April 2014 calendar.

Here are some books and tips to help you raise a reader who is enthusiastic about books. Learn about the importance of reading aloud to your child at every age, the value of audiobooks, and resources for locating exceptional books for elementary and middle school students.

Bookmark this calendar and come often. This is a great resource to visit for tips and ideas to keep your readers reading!

Fun Family Science Experiments

April 8th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 8, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SciFun.org: Home Experiments

 

Age Range: 6-106 (Grade 1 through adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website developed by a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, encourages science literacy by providing free, family-friendly science experiments that you can do at home. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of experiments that include:

*Exploring Acids & Bases – Use an indicator made from red cabbage juice to determine whether household products are acids or bases.

*Chemiluminesence – Examine the chemiluminescent reaction that makes a Lightstick glow in the dark.

*Will A Bowling Ball Sink or Float? – The answer may surprise you.

*Make a Rainbow in a Glass – with common liquids you can find around your house.

*Build an Electric Motor – Just use wire, a couple of magnets, and a battery.

*Things That Glow in the Dark – Discover what makes certain materials “glow” under a black light?

*Needle Through A Balloon – Find out how to insert a needle into a balloon without popping it.

*Collapsing Can Trick – Crush a can using only air pressure.

*Egg in a Bottle – Even though the egg is bigger than the opening of the bottle, learn how to get it inside the bottle without touching it.

There are lots more! When you’re through experimenting check out the Home Page with links to an interactive Periodic Table of Elements and information on the Chemical of the Week and so much more!

An important note: You’ll also find science products for purchase, but you don’t have to buy a thing to access the free science experiments.

Billy Bug Geometry

April 7th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, April 7, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Oswego School District: Billy Bug Geometry

 

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a fun game to help elementary-aged students practice finding geometry coordinates on a number grid.
When you get to the site, you’ll see the instructions for the game. The idea is to help an animated bug find the grub hidden on the grid by locating the coordinates that are provided.
Students are challenged to see how long it will take them to feed “Billy” 10 times. A game timer keeps track of the student’s progress.
This is just a simple, interactive math practice tool. Kids who like computer games are sure to have fun and learn a little about geometry too.
css.php