9 Animal Names in Cantonese for Kids

July 22nd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 22, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Museums Liverpool – Learn Cantonese

(www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/chinese-language/index.aspx)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades Pre-K-5, with parental supervision)

 

From the larger National Museums Liverpool website, we found this quick-stop page to learn how to say and write the names of nine animals in Cantonese.

This page is easy to use. Simply select one of the nine images of a piece of art work representing an animal, read a bit about the relevance of the animal in Cantonese culture and then select to either “Write” or “Listen”. When selecting “Write”, visitors can follow along with the animation to write the animal name. Select “Listen” to hear the name spoken in Cantonese.

Animals include: 

  • Bull
  • Rabbit
  • Chicken
  • Cat
  • Horse
  • Dog
  • Elephant
  • Monkey
  • Pigeon

When you have finished learning these nine words, continue exploring the other kids’ activities for other subjects including art, history and science. 

How Hot Dogs are Made

July 21st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, July 21, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NHDSC – How Hot Dogs are Made

(www.hot-dog.org/culture/how-hot-dogs-are-made)

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

 

Did you know that July is National Hot Dog Month? Celebrate by watching the 4-minute video tour of how hot dogs are made. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll know “The Real Story” about how hot dogs are made!

Now that you know how hot dogs are made, check out the rest of this site by using the menu at the top of the page, and learn: 

  • Hot dog statistics (including the top hot dog consuming cities)
  • Test your knowledge about hot dogs with an online quiz – great conversation starter at a summer BBQ!
  • Explore the history of the hot dog from the 9th century B.C. to the present day.
  • Read a hot dog primer for inquiring minds – find out why there are typically 10 dogs in a pack and only 8 buns in a bag.

Now that you know all about hot dogs, take the Hot Dog Trivia Quiz here!

There are 31 multiple choice questions to test your knowledge about one of America’s favorite foods. You’ll even find out when and where the first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile cruised the streets.

Exploring Both Sides of the Issue of Economics

July 20th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 20, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Stossel in the Classroom: Both Sides of the Issue

(stosselintheclassroom.org/both_sides/)

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

 

This portion of the larger “Stossel in the Classroom” website provides short video presentations from opposing viewpoints regarding various politically charged economic issues of today. These segments are compiled to encourage an open discussion from both sides of the issues.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll through the topics which include: 

  • NAFTA Has Destroyed American Manufacturing vs. Does Free Trade Create Prosperity?
  • Is College Worth It? vs. Vocational School vs. Higher Education
  • Everyone Must Vote? vs. “You.Must.Vote.”
  • Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour vs. Minimum Wage
  • The True Cost of Fossil Fuels vs. The Energy Debate: A Case for Fossil Fuels
  • And much more.

Teachers can use the “Both Sides of the Issue” segments as a starting point in teaching debate as well as current events for history and as a supplement to their economics courses. Hover over the left-hand side bar to locate the website navigation tools and you will find links to other portions of the site including: 

  • Videos – Web Segments – various stories from John Stossel
  • Classroom Extension – In the “Teacher Center, register for free and you can get the Stossel in the Classroom DVDs for free as well as access to downloadable teacher guides to accompany the DVDs. Your students can register under your account and you can assign them “homework” from the site. In the Student Center, students can search for topical video segments, find related discussion questions to answer and much more.
  • External Resources – A treasure trove of outside links across all subject areas

Please note that the viewpoints presented on this website are controversial, so, as always, please be sure to preview this website prior to allowing students’ access.

Free Spelling Games & Activities for K-12

July 19th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

VocabularySpellingCity

(www.spellingcity.com/spelling-games-vocabulary-games.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 with parental supervision, but most of the activities are geared for elementary grade students.) 

 

This ad-supported website offers free activities and games to help students improve their spelling and vocabulary skills.

The activities include audio recordings so you can hear every spelling word pronounced, and also hear it used in a sentence.

In addition to the freebies, the site offers a “Premium Membership” for a fee – but you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the following: 

  • Spelling Test Me – Take quizzes to test your spelling skill on words covering myriad topics such as science, math, history, etc. Try spelling contractions, Dolch Sight Words, SAT Vocabulary and more.
  • Spelling Teach Me – Students can choose from predetermined word lists and then engage in a classic spelling learning method that includes visual and auditory modalities in each lesson.
  • Spelling Games and Activities – Play word search, word unscrambles, word matching games and more – that are generated from word lists available at the site.
  • And lots more.

You’ll also find free, printable handwriting worksheets, and games that teach concepts such as alphabetizing and sentence structure.

Again, you can access the basic games and activities absolutely free without registration. If you want to save your word lists, then you must register for an account (at no cost). You can also purchase a “Premium Membership” that includes a variety of “extras” that you can learn more about at the website.

Candy Science Experiments!

July 18th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, July 18, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Candy Experiments

(www.candyexperiments.com/p/experiments.html)

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

 

This website was created by a mom who is a writer with a science background and her inquisitive daughter. Together they’ve developed an incredible archive of free science experiments you can conduct with candy

As explained at the website, this all began when her daughter asked a life-changing question: “What would happen if I put these Nerds in water?”
  
That first candy experiment led to many with results like these: “Drop a Warhead in baking soda water, and bubbles erupt. Leave a Skittle in water, and the S floats to the surface. Melt a Starburst, and shiny oil spots form.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of candy experiments. Click on any one and a new page opens with a list of materials needed and instructions on how to conduct the experiment. Try: 

  • Acid Test
  • Chocolate Bloom
  • Color Separation
  • Lifesaver Lights
  • Oil Test
  • ~And Many More!

Under “Resources” at the top of the page, access Printables and Websites to read blog entries, find links to articles about candy, and lots of other fun stuff.

Middle School Video Math Lessons!

July 17th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, July 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MasterMath

(www.mastermath.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=25)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-9, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free video lessons, worksheets and quizzes for middle school math plus Algebra I.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu of the video math lessons. Each grade year is divided into 4 quarters. Each math lesson includes: 

  • A 10-15 minute video that teaches a math concept
  • A printable worksheet to practice the concept
  • An online quiz to test comprehension of the concept

As the announcement explained, after Mr. Lisle shows the student how to do a problem, you can “pause” the video, try a similar problem, and then advance the video to see Mr. Lisle demonstrate the solution.

Mr. Lisle clearly presents the material that will help students understand math concepts such as: 

  • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Fraction-Decimal Equivalency
  • Solving Algebraic Expressions
  • Converting Units of Measure
  • Graphing Linear Equations

Our only criticism is that sometimes Mr. Lisle lapses into a monotone presentation style that may lose a student’s attention. To avoid that, we suggest watching one lesson, do some activities, take a break and then return to watch another lesson.

Windmill & Whirligig Art & Science

July 15th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 15, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

From Windmills to Whirligigs

(www.smm.org/sln/vollis/index/frontvollis.html)

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

 

The Science Museum of Minnesota offers this website that is a wonderful mix of whimsy, science, and art through an exploration of windmills and whirligigs.

You can see some amazing pictures of wind-driven artistic creations, hear what they sound like, watch movies of some of them in action, and get instructions for how to make your own!

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

  • Meet Vollis – Vollis Simpson has devoted a lifetime to making some of the most spectacular windmills and whirligigs you’ve ever seen. Take a photo album tour of his home and workshop and watch movies of his works of art in motion!
  • Visit The Yard – Take a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm where you can see some gigantic wind-driven sculptures.
  • Follow A Whirlwind Tour – This is a comic-strip account of a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm. (In our opinion, the real photos & movies are much better. This is sort of the result of a school-like activity to document what visitors experienced when they visited Simpson’s farm.)
  • Make Connections – Here’s where you’ll find a menu of links to other resources that extend learning about wind-driven devices and other stuff as well. Be sure to click on Beer Can Whirligig for instructions on how to make a simple whirligig out of beer or soda cans. Hmmm… perhaps you can make some whirligig gifts in time for Christmas!
  • Try These – Find an assortment of activities to do and things to make – from pinwheels to pop bottle whirlers to motion machines. You’ll also find reading recommendations themed around windmills and whirligigs.

This site offers lots of fun ways to learn how to harness wind power through artistic and whimsical devices. Great fun!

Take a Virtual Sea Odyssey

July 14th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, July 14, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Burgess Shale – Virtual Sea Odyssey

(burgess-shale.rom.on.ca/en/sea-odyssey/index.php)

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

 

Climb into a “virtual submarine” and dive into the depths of the past to see virtual recreations of creatures that once lived in the area now known as the Burgess Shale. Located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, the Burgess Shale is “one of Earth’s most important fossil deposits.”

With this website from the Royal Ontario Museum, watch video animations of: 

  • Descent – Dive below the sea surface to the seafloor.
  • Swimmers
  • Predators
  • Grazers
  • Filterers
  • Scavengers
  • Burial – what it may have looked like when the Burgess Shale community was covered by a rapid mudflow event

Underneath the video tours, click on the various species images to learn more and to find more video animations and images.

After you have finished your “virtual sea odyssey”, use the upper menu to learn more about the Burgess Shale and its discoveries. Select from: 

  • Introduction – Learn about the Burgess Shale through text and images.
  • Fossil Gallery – Examine images of the fossils found and see 3D animations and model of the creatures.
  • Science – Discover the science behind the Burgess Shale.
  • History – Explore the history of the research and discovery involved.
  • Parks Canada – Get more information about Yoho National Park and the Burgess Shale.
  • Resources – Find topical reading suggestions, other related museums and webpages, and lesson plan links.

Social Studies Online

July 13th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 13, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Go Social Studies Go

(www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

A Social Studies teacher created this ad-supported website to make social studies awesome and claims that it “brings to you the most complete Social Studies teacher resources in cyber space.”

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to find links to the categories that include U.S. History and World History. The U.S History page is broken down into three time periods and includes: 

  • Colonial America – Jamestown, Plymouth, The Mayflower, Colonial Life, Salem Witch Trials, Trouble over Taxes, Battle of Lexington and the American Revolution
  • Building America – Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, War of 1812, Indian Wars, Battle of Little Bighorn, Westward Expansion, California Gold Rush, Slavery in America, Fugitive Slave Act, The Civil War, Nat Turner, Reconstruction, After Slavery, Industrial Revolution
  • Into the 21st Century – Immigration, Women Get the Vote, World War I, Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Civil Rights, The Dust Bowl, Japanese Internment, Prohibition

The World History page also covers three time frames: 

  • Ancient History – Emperor Qin, Gladiators, Neolithic Revolution, Roman Empire, Greek Democracy, The Silk Road, Maya, Pompeii, Hammurabi’s Code
  • The Medieval World – Fall of the Roman Empire, Medieval Europe, Mongol Empire, Genghis Kahn, Mansa Musa, Islamic Golden Age, Black Plague, Samurai Japan, Marco Polo
  • The Modern World – Italian Renaissance, Age of Exploration, Age of Colonization, The Reformation, Mandela takes on Apartheid, Columbian Exchange, Scientific Revolution, Conquest of Mexico, The Berlin Wall, The French Revolution, Age of Imperialism, Industrial Revolution, World War I, Russian Revolution, World War II

Each topic includes text and images about the subject and some also include relevant videos, interactive tours, maps, and clickable image “stacks.”

There is a lot of great information available at this website for a lot of your history study needs.

Free Crash Course in English Literature

July 12th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 12, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Crash Course – Literature

(http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including: 

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine suitability of content.

After exploring the “Crash Course in English Literature,” use the menu to check out Green’s other Crash Courses: 

  • Crash Course in World History (42 videos)
  • Crash Course in Biology (40 videos)
  • Crash Course in Ecology (12 videos)
  • Crash Course in U.S. History (48 videos)

And lots more.

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