Get Acquainted with The Founding Fathers

May 5th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 5, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Colonial Hall

(colonialhall.com/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers the biographies of 111 Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

It includes biographies for: 

  • the signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • the signers of the Articles of Confederation
  • the signers of the U.S. Constitution

The biographies include interesting information on the life and times of each Founder along with a portrait picture.

This site also has the biographies of 34 of the Founding Fathers’ wives. You can also read the Declaration of Independence at this site!

When you get to the site you will see the “Featured Founder.” Click on the name, and a new page opens where you can read the biography. You will also see a menu on the left side of the screen that you can use to access all of the biographies archived at this site.

This website is a good resource for your elementary American history studies.

Free Tips for Young Writers!

May 4th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 4, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Blue Zoo Writers

(www.bluezoowriters.com/category/young-writers-tips/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a free online learning center to help writers of all ages learn to write better without taking up a lot of your time.

As explained at the site: 


As W. Somerset Maugham said: “There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” This is not a place for rules. On the other hand, it’s not a place for endless advice… My promise here: no fluff. Just help.


When you click on the link above it will take you to the “Young Writers – Tips” page. While the entire site offers helpful information for writers of all ages, this particular page is a good jumping off point – with lots of short writing tips especially useful for young writers. You’ll see a menu of articles that include guidelines and suggestions for writing: 

  • Poetry
  • Brainstorming Ideas for Stories
  • The Difference Between an Idea and a Story
  • Good First Lines to Start a Great Story

The articles include advice and examples from well-known writers such as Barbara Kingsolver, Sid Fleischman, Jan Yolen, Dr. Seuss, and more. You’ll find links to resources within the articles as well.

When you’re through exploring the “Young Writers Tips,” click on “Core Advice for Your Writing Craft and Career” on the menu. There, you’ll find more articles on becoming a better writer, including the “Blue Zoo Curriculum – An Outline.” It’s a set of core articles on 10 skills “a professional writer would do well to master” and are grouped into three categories: 

  • Being a Writer – Get advice on becoming a better writer along with some motivational techniques.
  • The Craft of Writing – Find out how to spin an appealing story and  how to create a sense of place.
  • Career Development – Discover how to build your writer’s brand.

Biographies of Scientists

May 3rd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, May 3, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific Biography

(scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/)

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

 

This website offers over 1,000 encyclopedia-style biographies of scientists along with illustrations.

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to search for a scientist by: 

  • Branch of Science – Search for a scientist by his/her field of study from Archaeology to Sociology.
  • Gender/Minority Status – Women, African Americans, Asian Americans, etc. (Note: This section is woefully short on scientists of varying races and ethnicities. Fortunately, the FAQ section on this website tells you how to submit names for inclusion.)
  • Nationality – Find scientists from many nations including the U.S., China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, and Russia.
  • Prize Winners – Read the Bios of Scientists and Mathematicians who have been awarded prizes (i.e., The Nobel) for their work.
  • Alphabetical Index – An A to Z list of all of the scientists and mathematicians whose biographies are archived on the website. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the scientist’s picture and bio. References are provided as well.

As mentioned previously, there are over 1,000 entries and we only read about 10. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

Free KenKen Math Puzzles!

May 2nd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, May 2, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KenKen Math Puzzles

(www.kenken.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free KenKen math puzzles. What’s a KenKen? It’s a logic puzzle that mixes a Sudoku puzzle and arithmetic. It was invented by a Japanese mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto. His goal was to improve his students’ math and logic skills.

As explained at the website:

KenKen is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles. In a way, KenKen is like a game of chess: The more you think ahead to your next move and consider all the possible outcomes, the better you’ll get-and the smarter you’ll become!

When you get to the website you’ll see the puzzles of the day. If you’re unfamiliar with KenKen, click on “How To Play” on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll not only read an explanation of how to play, but you can follow a step-by-step tutorial. Then, test your skills with the daily puzzles. 

Bookmark the site to return each day for the daily puzzles, or sign up (as a teacher) to receive the free newsletter and a set of KenKens will be emailed to you weekly.

Note: You can also purchase a Premium Membership, that allows you to use the puzzles ad-free. Details at the website.

Foreign Language Practice through Games

April 30th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, April 30, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Internet Polyglot

(www.internetpolyglot.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Internet Polyglot offers a variety of free interactive lessons and games to help you practice over 35 languages by memorizing vocabulary words and their meanings along with phrases and simple sentences.

Due to the large amount of content on this site, it may require a minute or two to fully load. Then, in the center of the page, read the descriptions for the tools that are available on the site and the instructions on how to use them. It will make overall navigation much easier.

Select the language you want to learn from the language menu on the left side of the page. A new page opens that displays all of the vocabulary lessons (includes audio) that cover topics such as animals, weather, transportation, food, money, shopping, education, entertainment, numbers, colors, clothing, time, and much more. You can also access: 

  • Tutorial Slide Show – Watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. This is sort of like virtual flash cards.
  • Guessing Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct definition.
  • Typing Game – A word is displayed and you type in the correct translation.
  • Matching Game – Drag-and-drop the translations that match displayed words.

You can play-and-learn all of these games for free on this ad-supported website.

Note: There were not a lot of ads on our visits to the site. However, the ads are randomly generated, so, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site and supervise use of it.

You must register (free) to create your own lessons, save your results, and customize the activities as desired.

As the website explains, Internet Polyglot assumes that users already have some experience and knowledge of a foreign language prior to using the activities at the site. It is intended as a supplement to a foreign language program – not as the sole method for learning a language.

Take a Virtual Trip to a Coffee Farm

April 29th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, April 29, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Greenwell Farms – Kona Coffee

(www.greenwellfarms.com/farm-tour)

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

 

Take a delicious virtual tour of the Greenwell Farms in Hawaii and learn how Kona Coffee is grown and processed.

Through images, text, and videos: 

  • Dig into the growth process from seeding to harvest.
  • Discover pulping, drying, milling, and roasting of the coffee beans.
  • What is Kona Snow?
  • Learn about ‘cupping’ coffee.
  • Uncover the challenges in coffee farming.
  • Examine the science and innovation used in farming.
  • Explore the history of Greenwell Farms.

Click on any of the images at this easy-to-navigate and colorful website to explore the farm and learn all about the coffee making process.

Create Your Own Maps

April 28th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, April 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyGreatMaps

(mygreatmaps.com/)

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

 

Create your own maps with this website from Mr. Nussbaum.

When arriving at the site, a welcome pop-up will appear encouraging you to sign up for a free account so that your maps can be saved. When you sign up as a teacher, you will be able to add student accounts so that you can see all the maps your students have created in one place.

Once your accounts have been created, the fun can begin. In the upper right, select the “Need help?” link to learn about the features of the map creator. To create your map, make a selection from: 

  • World maps – Includes world, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East, the Caribbean, Central America, and Atlantic Ocean.
  • State maps – Select the whole US, the 13 Colonies, eight USA Regions, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New England, Southern States, Western States, or any of the 50 states.
  • Country maps – Choose from Canada, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, China, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, India, Nigeria, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia.
  • Flags – Includes selections from various countries and states.

Once you have created your map and added features such as your key, notes, and more, the map can be saved, printed, and even shared. Once your students have learned to navigate the program and with a little practice, this tool will have your young cartographers creating all kinds of maps for geography and history projects.

How To Be A Writing Mentor to Your Child

April 27th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 27, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wonder Farm

(patriciazaballos.com/become-a-writing-mentor-to-your-child/)

Age Range: Varies (written with homeschool parents in mind).

 

One of the most challenging subjects or skill sets to help children learn is writing. Enter Patricia Zaballos, a veteran homeschool mom, writer, and educator who values “child-led, passion-driven, project-based learning, gently encouraged by enthusiastic adults.” For the past 12 years, she has facilitated writer’s workshops for homeschooled children, and teaches homeschool parents how to make writing more “fun, authentic, and meaningful for their kids.”

Patricia writes a terrific blog called “Wonder Farm” that currently features a free series on how to “Become a Writing Mentor To Your Child.” It is filled with thought-provoking commentary and practical albeit unconventional suggestions and ideas that will ease your anxiety and inspire your desire to help your kids learn to write. There are 8 installations so far that include:  

  • Part 8: Encouraging without Discouraging
  • Part 7: The Power of Positive Feedback
  • Part 6: Finding Meaningful Writing or Kids
  • Part 5: Grammar By Ear
  • Part 4: That Niggling Thing Called Spelling
  • Part 3: Three Points from a Mentor
  • Part 2: They Know Stuff
  • Part 1: Teacher or Mentor?

When you get to the website you’ll see the current blog post, “Grammar By Ear.” Read it. It may change your perspective and open a world of writing freedom and fun to you and your family. You’ll especially enjoy the free tips at the end of the article for helping kids learn grammar and punctuation.

Take the time to explore the archived blog posts, and use the menu to learn more about Patricia and her family, their homeschool journey, her book, and more.

The Secret Life of Machines

April 26th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Secret Life of Machines

(www.secretlifeofmachines.com/index.shtml)

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

 

Engineer and cartoonist Tim Hunkin developed a series of cartoons with simple explanations about how machines work. Tim’s unique take on explaining the mystery behind the mechanisms, resulted in a TV series that allowed him to further develop the explanations with more in-depth cartoons. These cartoons are featured on today’s website.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and then a menu of cartoon topics that includes: 

  • elevators
  • fax machines
  • internal combustion engines
  • refrigerators
  • sewing machines
  • telephones
  • televisions
  • vacuum cleaners
  • video recorders
  • washing machines
  • word processors
  • and many more!

Click on any one and enjoy reading the cartoons that explain how these machines work.

They made a series of videos from the cartoons that demonstrate the history and inventions of modern conveniences and other machines. They are really fun to watch and are housed by the Exploratorium website here. (You need to have QuickTime installed to view the videos.)

Samples of the videos are also on other sites such as Google Video and YouTube and you’ll find the links here.

Free K-8 Math Games & Worksheets

April 25th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, April 25, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dositey.com

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

 

This ad-supported and commercial website offers some free interactive games and printable worksheets that help kids practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu divided by grade level as follows: 

  • K-2 – Match numerals with number words and practice multiplication facts to 20.
  • 3-4 – Practice rounding numbers, add 3-digit numbers, and practice division.
  • 5-8 – Match fractions to their decimal equivalents, play games to learn the metric system, explore negative numbers, and solve some short word problems.
  • All Ages – Some math games for ages 5-105.

When you click on a menu item a new page opens with a menu of the free math games. Be sure to click on “See more Math” to access the printable worksheets.

You’ll also find some free Language Arts games that help kids develop reading skills.

This site offers the free math activities with the hope that you’ll like them enough to purchase a subscription that will allow access to all of the games and resources in a given category (without any advertising). You don’t have to purchase a thing to try the free games and worksheets.

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