Free Quality Science Lessons/Activities for K-12

August 14th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, August 14, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science NetLinks

(sciencenetlinks.com/)

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

 

This ad-free website, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, provides free, quality science lessons, hands-on activities, printables, interactives, teaching aids, and links to science resources for grades K-12All of the resources can be used online or printed to use offline.


When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured activities and resources. Click on “Lessons” located on the menu at the top of the page to access an archive of learning resources that cover: 

  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Health/Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Technology

You’ll even find resources for Social Sciences, Mathematics/Statistics, and Careers.

Click on “Tools” to find interactives that help you: 

  • Explore 29 different structures in the brain with a 3D Brain App
  • Learn about solar and lunar eclipses
  • Find out about the science of the Olympic winter games

Don’t miss the “Afterschool” section that offers free science experiments you can do at home to learn about geysers, classifying organisms, honeybees, forces, sound, gravity, and more.  

Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often!

Challenging Math & Logic Puzzles – All Ages!

August 13th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 13, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zoopz.com: Games That Make You Think

(www.zoopz.com/)

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

 

Don’t let these games from Meyers Labs fool you – they offer fun ways to learn fundamental and challenging concepts that are required for math.

When you  get to the site, you’ll see a menu of puzzles that includes: 

  • Frog Jumpin’
  • Inch Worm
  • Galactic Journey
  • Maze Craze
  • Ink Blobs
  • Mosaic Design
  • and more.

Click on any game and a new window opens. Some of the games come with instructions, others are intuitive. Some of the skills these games enhance are: 

  • Recognizing Patterns
  • Sequencing
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Recognizing and Sorting Shapes and Colors
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Memory
  • Performance Under Pressure
  • and more!

It helps to read the “Parents & Teachers” notes (at the bottom, on the left side of the home page) that explain which skills are addressed by each game.

Historical Music from the Library of Congress

August 11th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 11, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: National Jukebox

(www.loc.gov/jukebox/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision. NOTE: See warning below.)

 

The Library of Congress provides a “National Jukebox” that makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge.

This exhibit transforms your computer into a gramophone featuring more than 10,000 78rpm disc recordings issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925. You can listen to a broad range of songs including marching band music, novelty tunes, hits from musical theater productions, dance tunes, and opera arias. You’ll also find spoken recordings.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the music audio player – and just above it this: 

WARNING: Historical recordings may contain offensive language.

These music selections are presented as part of the record of the past. They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of people in a very different time period. For that reason, they may contain content that is offensive to users. As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE and supervise all Internet activity.

Once you get past the disclaimer, look below the audio player to find a menu of featured recordings and playlists. Use the menu in the left margin that includes: 

  • Browse all Recordings – Search by language, target audience, record label, date range, composer, lyricist, performer and genre.
  • Artists – Browse the artists from A-Z. Find recordings by music greats such as opera singer Enrico Caruso, Broadway legends Al Jolson and Fanny Brice, whistling virtuoso Charles Kellogg, composer and band leader John Philip Sousa, and thousands more.
  • Genres – Find a wide selection of genres of music including classical, opera, religious, popular music, blues, ethnic music, humorous songs, etc.

This is an AMAZING musical resource that takes time to explore. Bookmark it to return often.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Hawaii

August 10th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, August 10, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtually Hawaii

(satftp.soest.hawaii.edu/space/hawaii/virtual.field.trips.html)

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

 

Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959. Visit the islands online with this virtual field trip.

After reading the introduction, select the island to visit by clicking on one of the images on the left had side of the page. Through images and text tour the islands of: 

  • Oahu
  • Big Island
  • Maui
  • Kahoolawe
  • Molokai
  • Kauai

Each island has a choice of tours available – some use clickable maps to reach a destination, others have downloadable movies of aerial views. When the tour opens, read through the text and click on the images for larger views. When finished with these tours, select the “Go to VH Home Page” and locate the “NEW radar images” in the right hand upper paragraph to see radar images of the islands.

We did find that this site appears to be an older website that may not be maintained and a few of the links did not work, but there is still plenty of great information and images available making it worth a look-see.

Make the Dirt Fly: Panama Canal History

August 9th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, August 9, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian Libraries: Make the Dirt Fly

(www.sil.si.edu/Exhibitions/Make-the-Dirt-Fly/index.html)

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

 

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914 creating a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This digital exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries explains the history and process of undertaken to build the canal.

To enter the exhibition, click the home page image then read through the next few frames, using the red arrow on the right-hand side of the screen to move through the slides. After the first few slides, there will also be a map on the pages that can be used to move to different sections of the presentation. Topics covered include: 

  • Why Build a Canal?
  • Choosing a Route
  • Making the Dirt Fly
  • Waging War on Mosquitoes
  • Life in the Canal Zone
  • Civil Engineering
  • An Engineering Icon
  • Did you know?
  • Suggested Reading

Each topic includes informational text, relevant images that can be enlarged by clicking on them, quotes from people of the time, and additional facts relevant to the subject.

This site makes a nice resource for your history studies of building of the Panama Canal.

Little House on the Prairie Activities

August 8th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, August 8, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Laura’s Prairie House

(www.laurasprairiehouse.com/)

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

 

This website claims to be the definitive place for information, resources, and learning activities based on the Little House on the Prairie book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The content here is terrific, even if the ads are a nuisance.

When you get to the site you’ll see Google ad links, followed by an introduction to the site and a list of the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Click on the book titles to read a brief description of each book. Then, continue to click on subsequent links, or use the menu to find: 

  • Crafts & Activities, Recipes, Music and more – Make maple syrup candy, do a book character word search puzzle, print out worksheets and lesson ideas that include how to grind wheat, churn butter, make a braided rug, and more! You’ll even find lyrics to some of the songs & hymns mentioned in the books.
  • Little House Historical Sites – Get suggestions for taking an educational vacation by visiting memorial sites across the U.S.
  • Biographies of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Friends & Families – Learn more about some of your favorite characters from the books.
  • Little House on the Prairie Television Series – Find episode guides for all 10 seasons, the cast of characters, and more.

There is a great deal of content and resources here that fans of this series are sure to appreciate. Many of the activities can be enjoyed, even if you haven’t read the books.

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

August 7th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 

  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, killer clams, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Math Fun Facts

August 6th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 6, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mudd Math Fun Facts

(www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/about.shtml)

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website was originally designed as a warm-up activity for calculus courses taught at Harvard. In an effort to help college students see the interesting stuff that motivates mathematicians to study the subject, a professor began to tell his students “Fun Facts” – or daily mathematical tidbits from all areas of mathematics (not just calculus), meant to arouse their curiosity and fascination with the subject. The students loved it. That motivated the professor to archive the “Fun Facts” that he and his colleagues collected at today’s website. Even though this is designed for college level students, there are ideas and math patterns that will fascinate and challenge students of many grade levels and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then, use the combination menu and search engine on the left to get “Fun Facts” about: 

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Number Theory
  • Probability
  • Topology
  • and more!

A nice feature is that you can search by difficulty level from “Easy” to “Advanced” in any of the subject categories. Once you make your selection a new page appears with a menu of “Fun Facts” from which to choose. Click on any one of these and a new page opens that explains and illustrates the concept. “Fun Facts” not only challenges those skilled in mathematics, but it provides a way to give less skilled students a glimpse of advanced mathematics. Students will become familiar with math vocabulary and “buzzwords” even if they don’t fully understand what they mean. It might just spring-board their curiosity to do some further research that will enhance their math education.

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August 6th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

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Study Spanish for Free

August 4th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 4, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

123 Teach Me: Spanish for Children

(www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the larger 123 Teach Me website provides lessons, games, quizzes, videos and more for kids who are learning Spanish.

Older students can visit the home page to find resources for learning Spanish geared more towards their age level. For the purposes of this review we are focusing on the Spanish for Children page

When arriving at the kids’ page, there is a colorful menu with the following options: 

  • Spanish Games for Kids – Students can choose from 12 different games to learn and practice their Spanish. Be sure to have your Flash enabled to play the games.
  • Games for Younger Kids – Younger children can play simpler games such as Memory, Spanish Bingo, Space Invader and more to learn Spanish vocabulary.
  • Flashcard & Vocabulary – digital flash card and activities for learning vocabulary
  • Spanish Alphabet for Kids – Learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet with visuals and audios as well as sample words that begin with the letter.
  • Alphabet Videos & Quizzes – a couple of alphabet song videos, as well as letter flashcards and quizzes
  • Music Videos for Kids – YouTube videos of Spanish songs that also provide the words in Spanish and English
  • Quizzes for Kids – Students can test themselves with matching games, word searches and more.
  • Short Stories + Quizzes – video presentations in Spanish of classic tales such as Midas the King, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Each video includes the text of the story in Spanish and English and an interactive quiz.
  • Audio Short Stories – similar to the Short Stories + Quizzes section, audios include the text in Spanish and English as well as interactive activities.
  • Spanish Numbers for Kids, Spanish Colors for Kids, Spanish Vocabulary for Kids – include a variety of interactive activities for children to learn words in Spanish
  • Printable Worksheets – a large variety of worksheets for vocabulary, printable lessons, short stories, flash cards, crafts and more
  • Spanish Speaking Countries – a short geography lesson relating to the countries where Spanish is the official language

Select the “Next” option on the bottom of the menu for even more content for Grammar Lessons, Videos in Spanish, Reading Comprehension, Fun Lessons, and Spanish Holidays. There are a lot of great resources at this website and we have only scratched the surface. Be sure to bookmark this one.

* Please note that some of the activities are on other websites that have not been completely reviewed by our team. As always, be sure to check out the sites prior to allowing children to visit.

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