Origami Art

November 18th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 18, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Origami Club

(en.origami-club.com/)

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

 

Origami is the art of folding paper into fun figures, interesting designs, and works of art. This ClickScholar-recommended site is one of the best origami sites we’ve seen. It was designed by graphic designer and artist, Fumiaki Shingu, as a way to share the magic of Japanese origami with people worldwide.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of origami possibilities that include folding paper into: 

  • Sea Creatures
  • Bugs
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Animals & Birds
  • Sweets & Food
  • Paper Air Planes
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Alphabet Letters
  • Numbers
  • Furniture
  • Clothes
  • Using Newspaper for Origami

And there is even a section of “Easy Origami” for beginners! Click on any one and a new screen opens with a selection of designs. Click on a design of interest, and a new page opens with complete instructions and animated illustrations that simplify the whole process. Anyone can learn the art of origami with the use of this website!

Discover the Farmers’ Museum

November 17th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 17, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Farmers’ Museum: Harvest of History

(www.harvestofhistory.org/)

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

 

Take a virtual tour of The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York with this website.

Use either the text links on the home page or the images below to select “Explore our Historical Village” to begin your tour. Either use the interactive map or choose an image to visit: 

  • Main Barn
  • Creamery
  • Empire State Carousel
  • Todd’s General Store
  • Westcott Shop
  • Filer’s Corners Schoolhouse
  • Dimmick House
  • Morey Barn
  • Morey Drive Shed
  • Filed Blacksmith Shop
  • More House
  • Middlefield Printing Office
  • Dr. Jackson’s Office
  • Dr. Thrall’s Pharmacy
  • Bump Tavern
  • Law Office
  • Cornwallville Church
  • Pope Hop House
  • Turkey House
  • Lippitt Farm House
  • Brooks Barn
  • Westmore Drive Shed
  • Brooks Granary
  • Poultry House
  • Herkimer Kitchen and Woodshed
  • Sweet Marble Barn

Click the location to open a new window that provides information about the location, images, related objects. Some locations also include videos. Click on the green box with three horizontal lines to open a left hand sidebar menu to locate the “In the Classroom” option to find lesson plans.


Back on the homepage, browse the other links to “Learn about Farming” and search the “Classroom Resources.” 

The tour is quite extensive and there is a lot of information to be found.

Colonial America for Kids

November 16th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Land of the Brave: Colonial America for Kids

(www.landofthebrave.info/)

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

 

Explore Colonial America with this ad-supported website from the U.K.

Information is presented with concise text, interesting images, maps, fast facts, and more. After reading over the generalized information relating to a topic, each section can be further investigated by selecting from a list of more specific material. Students can begin learning by selecting from the following general topics: 

  • Explorers & Discovery of America – from Leif Ericson to the colonization of America and all the explorers in between
  • Religious Beliefs & Religions – Learn about the Puritans, the various religions in the colonies, the Salem witch trials and more.
  • Important Original Documents – Explore primary source documents such as the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Sugar Act, state Constitutions and much more.
  • Revolutionary War & Battles – Discover the people and events of the Revolutionary War.
  • The Pilgrims & the Mayflower – Who were the pilgrims and the other people aboard the Mayflower?
  • Taxation in the Colonies – Examine the history of British Acts and taxation in the colonies.
  • Life in Colonial Times – Read about events that happened during colonial days and what it was like to live during that time.
  • Congress & Government – What was the government like during colonial days?
  • The First 13 Colonies – Dig into the history of the original 13 colonies.
  • Colonization, Trade & Colonialism – Explore the trade practices and commodities of colonial America as well as the colonization and colonialism that took place.
  • Famous Colonists & Patriots – Learn about the many important people of colonial days such as William Bradford, Captain John Smith, Thomas Hooker, Anne Hutchinson, Patrick Henry, the founding fathers and many more.

With so much information available, students will be able dig deep into colonial American history. 

(NOTE: As always, because this site is ad-supported, be sure to assist students while navigating around this website to avoid unwanted detours.)

Thanksgiving Poetry!

November 15th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Poetry Foundation: The Cranberry Cantos

(www.poetryfoundation.org/collections/101693/the-cranberry-cantos)

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

 

This website offers a great selection of Thanksgiving-themed poetry.

As explained at the site, “Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.” Some are somber and some are silly. Some are old and some are modern. We hope you find one to print out and enjoy with your family!

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 14th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CSI: Forensic Science Interactive Games

(forensics.rice.edu/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 through adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and others, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series.

You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources. Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.

You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master.

Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “For Educators” to access: 

  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires a lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

Lots of Math Games!

November 13th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 13, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathPup Games

(www.mathpup.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Here are over 100 math games to play on tablets, phones and PC’s.

When you get to the site, you can choose math games by grade level or math skill or click on any one of over 100 games with topics covering: 

  • Absolute Value
  • Addition
  • Comparison
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Integers
  • Multiplication
  • Money
  • Prime Numbers
  • Rounding
  • Time
  • Subtraction
  • And many more!

This is an engaging site that teaches, informs, and entertains while it helps students hone their math skills.

Explore the Music of the World

November 11th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Daria Music – Homeschoolers

(www.dariamusic.com/homeschoolers.php)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world of music with folksinger, Daria, at this website.

Today’s link takes visitors to a page specifically addressed to homeschoolers with textural links to fun educational activities. Activities include:

  • Explore Instruments – Listen to the sounds and songs of a cajon, drum, guiro, shekere, washboard, didgerido, dulcimer, and guitar, then color the instrument online or learn how to make your own.
  • Songbook – Search through Daria’s songbook for lyrics to silly songs and foreign language songs.
  • Daria’s Travels – Learn about the places that Daria has traveled through slideshows and texts.

When you are finished with the Homeschoolers page, use the top navigation menu and select the Activities/Crafts link to find loads of DIY projects for making your own instruments using readily available materials. Visitors will also find loads of instrument coloring pages.

Use the menu below the header to choose to watch “Videos” of the performer’s songs, or select “Songs” then the “Silly Songs & Musical Jokes” link to learn some fun songs (some have audios) or read some goofy jokes.

Not only will this website be a nice addition to your music studies, but, because of its multi-cultural focus on instruments around the world, it will be beneficial to your social studies and geography studies.

Virtual Tour of America through Postcards

November 10th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 10, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour America Through Postcards

(www.postcardsfrom.com/t1/arcin.html)

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

 

This ClickScholar-recommended website provides a virtual postcard tour of the United States. A husband-wife team documented their RV road trip visiting the capitals of all 50 states. He used his skills as a photographer and graphic designer to create the customized postcards. She is a former history teacher and writer who conducted interviews and collected “fun facts” to provide the educational content on the tour.

When you get to the site you will see a list of the states in the order they visited them. Click on a state and a new page opens displaying the unique photo-postcards. Then, click on the menu items above the postcard that say: 

  • Maps
  • Travel Tips
  • Stamps
  • Fun Facts

Those links will connect you to educational information about that state.

Don’t miss the “Just for Teachers” item on the sidebar menu for suggestions on how to use this site to encourage learning history, geography, and social studies.

If you dream of taking a similar journey, you’ll find a “Travel Tips” section at the site. The FAQs answer questions about how this couple funded their trip, since they quit their jobs to be on the road for almost three years. This is a fascinating and inspiring look at the United States.

Online Civics Lessons

November 9th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 9, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EL Civics for ESL Students

(www.elcivics.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides brief lessons with supporting materials for civic studies. All the lessons are presented in a concise manner making it a good starting point for your studies or as a study review for older students.

Navigation of the site is straight-forward. Either use the left-hand sidebar menu or select from the generalized options on the home page. Search for lessons relating to civics and government, holidays, states, and life skills. There are also many lesson and worksheets for ESL students.

The civics and government lessons include: 

  • 13 Colonies with Map
  • American Indian Tribes
  • The Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, the Constitution and more important documents
  • Civic Theories
  • Civil War, World War II, and Cold War
  • Democracy and the branches of the government
  • Famous Americans
  • The United Nations
  • Voting, political parties, rights and freedoms
  • National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, National Parks and other American treasures

And much more.

Lessons include images and some also have videos. Most lessons include related downloadable activities such as worksheets, puzzles, and other reading exercises.

Whether your students are just starting their civic studies or need to brush up on some topics, this website is well worth a visit.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

November 8th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. You can read most of the study guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading

In the side menu, other Language Arts categories are: 

  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

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