Fun Facts About Fungi

November 13th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Intermountain Herbarium

(herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/factindx.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision; however, non-readers will need help navigating the site and younger children may enjoy some of the interactive games)

 

This website is designed to help kids learn all about fungi.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Experiments, Puzzles, & Games – Click on this section to find activities that will help you learn about fungi. Learn the parts of a mushroom, discover where fungi live and grow, cook with fungus, try a science experiment or two, and play an online mushroom hunt game.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi – This section contains fascinating information about the biodiversity of fungi. Learn about various forms of fungi including mushrooms, lichens, and slime molds. Find out how insects coexist with fungi, learn the history of penicillin, and discover how forms of fungi are used in medicine and industry.
  • Teacher’s Guide – This section is really a site map that displays the topics covered in the items mentioned above. Also check out “Meet The Authors” where you can read a brief bio on the creators of this website.

This site provides a great introduction to the study of fungi. If your students want to know more, try this site as well: FungiSee stunning photography of fungi, yeasts, slimes, molds, rusts, etc.

Native American Math Activities

November 12th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 12, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Play Picaria

(thelittletravelers.typepad.com/the_little_travelers/2009/01/picaria.html)

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

 

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history. Here are some math activities inspired by the same.

Play Picaria – A homeschooling family offers step-by-step instructions for how to make your own game board and play Picaria, a fun strategy game developed by the Zuni or Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. It is similar to tic-tac-toe, but more challenging. Don’t miss the terrific tips and videos on worldwide traveling and learning with kids at this website, too!

Check out this site as well: Native American Geometry

Age Range: 9-14. This website was designed for students in grades 4-9 and teaches geometry through hands-on investigations and design activities. It has been used successfully in GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) programs as well.

Lessons from the Norman Rockwell Museum

November 10th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 10, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Norman Rockwell Museum – Curriculum Lab

(www.nrm.org/learn/curriculum-lab/)

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

 

Use the art of Norman Rockwell for your history, social studies and language arts classes with the lessons from this section of the larger Norman Rockwell Museum website.

When arriving at today’s link you will see images of some of Rockwell’s iconic work. Hover over the image to reveal the lesson name and suggested grade level. Or use the dropdown boxes above the images to search for lessons for a specific grade, subject, or theme. There are also three lessons featuring the work of Jerry Pinkney and can be sorted by using the “Artist” dropdown menu. 

Examples of units include: 

  • What’s the Headline – (Grades 6-12) Using the “War News” painting, explore the events leading up to the invasion of Normandy.
  • WWII on the Homefront The Four Freedoms – (All grades) Get creative with art and writing while learning about the purpose of Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.
  • Story Sparks – (Grades K-5) Use Rockwell’s works as inspiration for creative writing.
  • On the Twentieth Century – That was Then, This is Now – (All grades) Discover how Rockwell’s paintings depicted life in America and compare how life has changed from then to today.
  • Going and Coming – (All grades) Use the image to practice creative writing and communication of ideas skills.
  • And more

Lessons include objective information as well as the plan process. Some also include downloadable materials and suggestions for further exploration of the topic and image.

It appears that this section may still be under construction as there are occasional texts that say “[insert link to images]” but don’t let that stop you from taking a look at the site. Norman Rockwell fans will appreciate using his art for extended activities into other school subjects.

Explore the American Package Museum

November 9th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 9, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Package Museum

(www.packagemuseum.com/index.htm)

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

 

This website was designed as an online art exhibit of early 20th Century package design.

Corporations brand their products in unique ways through packaging designs. This exhibit features photographs of packages that are no long in circulation – everything from Alka-Seltzer to Wrigley’s Spearmint Chewing Gum.

When you get to the site simply click on the words “Enjoy your visit to The American Package Museum” to start the slide-show. There are over 100 products so it can take some time to view them all. If you want to jump right to a particular product then click on “Index” on the menu bar to see a list of products. Click on a product name and the photo of the package pops right into view.

It’s fun to see the old product designs – a nostalgic trip down memory lane for some parents. If you have some of these same products in your home today, why not take them out of the cupboard and compare the packaging to what’s in this exhibit? It could lead to lots of discussion about art, design, and advertising – and what works and what doesn’t.

Create Animated Maps

November 8th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animaps

(www.animaps.com/#!home)

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

 

Create fun and interesting animated maps with this site that “extends the MyMaps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.”

When arriving at today’s link, read over the information, check out some example animated maps, and, to get a good understanding of how to use Animaps, be sure to watch the “Basics Tutorial.” You can check out more maps that others have created under the “Most viewed” and “Latest maps” sections, however, as this is a public access site, be sure to review a map prior to allowing your children to do so to ensure they are suitable for your family. 

To create a map, visitors must either create a free Animaps account or log in using their Facebook account. This will provide a place to easily keep track of the maps you have created. Along with the ability to add multiple route markers for specific times, you can add text, images, icons, and more to your map. A fun feature is the ability to select a mode of transportation and change them along your route so that once your map is created, when you play it back, you can watch it travel your route. You can even share your maps or embed them into a web page if you have one.

While learning and creating new maps may take some time, the creative educational uses will make it worth the effort. This tool could not only be used to teach geography, but also used for other subjects. Some ideas for maps we came up with include: 

  • Create map history timelines showing where and when events took place.
  • Show the journeys of the explorers.
  • Plan out dream vacation trips and include travel cost information and points of interest to visit.
  • During an election, plot out the route of a candidate’s state visits.
  • Create a “book report” indicating settings or destinations from the story. (Around the World in 80 Days comes to mind as a perfect choice.)
  • Have foreign language students show locations where the language is spoken.

Map creation is limited only by the visitor’s imagination.

Create Your Own Comic Strip!

November 7th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Make Beliefs Comix

(www.makebeliefscomix.com/)

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

 

This website, launched by author and journalist Bill Zimmerman, offers a perfect demonstration that playing is learning.

It’s easy, fun, and educational to create your own comic strips! Visitors who use this interactive comic strip “game” will simultaneously practice and improve their language arts skills including, reading, writing, spelling, and creative thinking. Young and old, and everyone in between, will enjoy arranging these cartoon characters and putting words into their mouths.

To get started right away, click on “Create Your Comix!” Then select: 

  • Characters
  • Masks
  • Balloons & Prompts
  • Greeting Cards
  • Words
  • Objects
  • Backgrounds
  • Background Color

If you like, you can make your comic strip up to 9 panels long. But here’s the best part: you get to decide what to write in the word or thought balloons that accompany your comics. It’s amazing what children can write when it’s this much fun!

On the  top menu bar, under “Create Comix!”, you’ll find detailed instructions on how to create your comic along with story ideas. There are quite a few story starters, including Travel to a Mysterious Place, A Day at School, Finding Your Courage, and many more!

After you have created your comics, you can print them out. Assemble them into a book, display them on your wall, or use them to create your own greeting cards. You can even email them to a friend and to yourself. And don’t forget to send a copy to Grandma.

Also, be sure to check out the many Language Arts resources under “Writing”, “Teachers”, “Parents”, and more from the top menu.

Native American Science Lessons & Activities

November 6th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native American Science

(nativeamericanscience.org/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history.

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and several universities, provides a free university-level curriculum (that high school students and accelerated learners may also enjoy) that shows how Indigenous traditions are based on a solid understanding and description of natural phenomena. Topics include: 

  • Native and Western Views of Nature
  • Indigenous Research Methods
  • Environmental Justice
  • Indigenous Perspective
  • and more.

As explained at the website, “Our goal is to avoid romantic cliches and characterizations of Indian people and their traditional knowledge and to present this knowledge as well documented but different in approach from ‘Western science.’ These traditions are based on connection to the natural world, rather than separation from nature–in other words we are working with a science based on relationships, reciprocity and respect rather than solely on exploitation and economic concerns.”

And for the younger set, have them build their own canoe: Lesson: Can-Do Canoe

This free classroom lesson and activity (for ages 8-18 or grades 3-12) can be tweaked for homeschoolers. As explained at the website, “Explore the engineering design process by building model canoes from everyday materials and testing their design. The canoes must be able to float for three minutes and, for older students, support a load.” Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their canoes and discuss their findings.

Math Biographies, History, & More!

November 5th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MacTutor History of Math Archive

(www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/index.html)

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

 

This website archives the biographies of famous and not-so-famous mathematicians, including a “Mathematicians of the Day” feature. It also maintains an index of the history of various math strands like Numbers, Algebra, and Geometry, as well as the history of math in various cultures such as those in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, China, India, America and more.

When you get to the site, simply use the search tool or the menu on the left of the screen to access: 

  • Biographies Index – Read the life stories of mathematicians through the ages. Search for names alphabetically, or search various time periods from 500 AD to the present.
  • History Topics Index – Click on links to learn about mathematics in various cultures from Ancient Babylonia to the Mayan culture to present day America. You can also learn the history of various mathematical topics such as Algebra, Analysis, Numbers, Number Theory, Geometry, Topology, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Astronomy, and more.
  • Famous Curves Index – Learn the history of various math curves such as the Cartesian Oval, Devil’s Curve, Fermat’s Spiral, Involute of a Circle, Newton’s Parabolas, Serpentine, Talbot’s Curve, Watt’s Curve, the Witch of Agnesi, and more.
  • Mathematicians of the Day – Find out which mathematicians were born (and who died) every day of the year. Bookmark the site, and check it daily. The entire year is archived here – look up your birthday and see what mathematician was born on the same day as you!

This site offers a unique way to engage students in the study of mathematics, and a way to further explore math for those who simply can’t get enough of it.

Free Orchestra Game for Kids

November 3rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 3, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Carnegie Hall: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

(listeningadventures.carnegiehall.org/index.aspx)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This website, sponsored by Carnegie Hall, offers a free, interactive, animated game based on Benjamin Britten’s composition, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Children will learn about the instruments of the orchestra including the brass, strings, wind, and percussion instruments.

When you get to the site you must register (with a nickname and password) to play the game. You’ll learn about a symphony orchestra stage, the placement of the instrument families on the stage, and learn to identify the instruments and hear how they sound.

[ClickSchooling] National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

November 2nd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 2, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

(www.museum.ie/Natural-History/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/3D-Virtual-Visit-Natural-History)

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

 

Explore the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History galleries with the 3D virtual tours on this page from the museum.

Select one of four tours: 

  • Ground Floor – Irish Fauna
  • First Floor – Mammals of The World
  • Second Floor – First Balcony- Fishes, Birds and Reptiles
  • Third Floor – Second Balcony – Insect, Shells, Crustaceans, Corals, and Blaschka Models

When you click a tour, wait for it to load then use your mouse to navigate around the exhibit. Select the “View Fullscreen” to view the tour fully on your computer screen. In the tour, locate the circles along the way to move to an area. Use your mouse to move around a location 360°. Scroll in and out for a closer look at an object. Hit your “Esc” button on your keyboard to return to today’s link.

Visitors can find additional educational materials by selecting the “Explore & Learn – Natural History” option on the left-hand menu, then select the “Resources for your Visit” link to find some downloadable activities that can be modified by the creative teacher to use even though you are not able to visit the museum in person.

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