Free Storm, Oceanic and Atmosphere Science Activities

August 30th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science with NOAA Research

(www.oar.noaa.gov/k12/index.html)

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

 

This website is provided by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using online resources.

You can also download FREE Student Activity Books and teaching materials (from the “Teacher” link) for each of the topics that include: 

  • El Niño – Find out about El Niño, how it forms, and its effects on the weather of the world.
  • Storms – Investigate hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning by tracking their courses and measuring their strength. Learn how weather is forecast.
  • Atmosphere – Investigate the origins and effects of global warming and the effects solar events have on the Earth.
  • Fisheries – Manage various species of fish after learning about what overfishing and the environment can do to commercial fishing.
  • Great Lakes – Interpret maps of winds, waves, and temperature. Learn about zebra mussels and how to control them.
  • Oceans – Take real measurements such as temperature and wave height and graph the changes. Also, find out about ocean currents.

Free Interactive Math Worksheets, Flash Cards, & Quizzes

August 29th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 29, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Martini’s Classroom

(www.thegreatmartinicompany.com/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free, interactive math flash cards, math worksheets, quizzes, and printable math worksheets for elementary and middle school math.

The list of math topics include: 

  • Addition
  • Counting
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Exponents
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Inequalities
  • Long Division
  • Multiplication
  • Negative Numbers
  • Order of Operations
  • Percentages
  • Place Value
  • Radicals
  • Square Roots
  • Subtraction
  • Word Problems
  • And More!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a selection of flash cards, instructions on how to use them, and a menu that is a little overwhelming. We found it helpful to go to the “Math Teacher’s Index” to see everything this site offers listed in alphabetical order.

While the interactive flash cards are a highlight of this site, we were really pleased to see the interactive worksheets for long division, long addition, long subtraction and long multiplication as well. You can actually do the long division problems, step by step, digit by digit, and check your work online. You can set the number of digits you want to use, and then simply type in the solutions in each step of the equation. This interactive, online aspect is very engaging.

Bookmark this page for easy access to it as a fun online learning resource to complement whatever textbook or method you prefer for learning math.

Learn about Digital Photography

August 27th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 27, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Photography School

(digital-photography-school.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website created by Darren Rowse provides a bonanza of digital photography how to’s and helpful hints to make the most of your digital camera.

The best place for your student to start is on the “Digital Photography Tips and Tutorials for Beginners” page accessed by hovering over “Tips & Tutorials” on the upper menu, then selecting it from the list. On this page students can learn: 

  • The basics of exposure
  • How to use digital camera settings and features
  • Handling and care of a digital camera
  • Using a flash
  • Understand depth of field
  • Nature and wildlife photography
  • And much more!

Parents will want to check out the entry called “13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography” to help their children learn some basics of taking a photograph.

When your student is finished going through all the beginner information you may want to dig deeper using the upper menu to discover tips for taking portrait and landscape pictures, explore the cameras and equipment that is out there, and learn about ‘post production‘ of their photos with editing software and more.

There are courses that can be purchased from this website, but visitors will find a lot of great free information about photography that they could easily create their own short course for their student.

Picture Perfect Museum of Photography Tour

August 26th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, August 26, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Museum of Photography

(http://www.photographymuseum.com/guide.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Take a picture-perfect guided tour of the American Museum of Photography with this website. Don’t let the home page of this tour dissuade you from visiting.

When arriving at today’s link you will see a page of text with many underlined links that will take you to different destinations. After reading through the text to learn more about the different exhibits, in the Exhibitions paragraph, locate the “Exhibitions Floor” link to go to the meat of the tour. When the page opens choose one of the 3 exhibitions available: 

  • Inventing Modernism – Learn about the beginnings of modernism in photography and examine example of this art form.
  • Beneath the Wrinkle – Discover the photography of Clarence H. White and how his work transformed when he was commissioned to illustrate a narrative for McClure’s Magazine: “Beneath the Wrinkle” by Clara Morris.
  • Auto Chromes: The World Goes Color-Mad – Explore the first steps into color photography.

Back at the home page you will find more adventurous tours into the world of photography with such online exhibits as: 

  • Special effect photography including photography noir, fictions, photomontage, faux snow pictures, creating clones with a camera, “spirit photography”, and more
  • Photography with a historical and cultural significance
  • Animal photography
  • Masterworks of Photography
  • Architectural photography

When you are finished digging through the museum check out the “Research Center” to learn about various photographic processes, preservation of photos, and more.

Note: As always, please be sure to preview this website before allowing your students to visit as there may be some images that some will find not suitable for children.

Bookmark this one to include in your art studies.

History through Legends

August 25th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, August 25, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Best of Legends

(bestoflegends.org/index.html)

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

 

Today’s website is one woman’s creative endeavor to plot the historic trail of swashbucklers, dragon-slayers and other characters featured in ballads, fiction, fairy tales and film. Not only does it provide historic background for characters like Robin Hood and King Arthur, but it provides interactive access to primary source documents and current scholarly opinion through essays and reviews.

The site is filled with thoughtful historic commentary about the tales that have intrigued humans for hundreds of years and you can even read the stories in multiple versions and interpretations for free online.

When you get to the website you will see a brief introduction. Use the menu to explore categories of interest including: 

  • Robin Hood
  • King Arthur
  • Beowulf
  • Pirates & Privateers
  • Ballads & Broadsides
  • Swashbucklers & Fops
  • Fairy Tales
  • Shakespeare’s Stories
  • Sagas & Sea-Kings
  • Paladins & Princes
  • Poets & Painters
  • Erin & Alba

This is a truly remarkable archive. As always, parents should preview the site and the stories to determine suitability – remember, that even some fairy tales in their original form deal with potentially frightening issues of loss and death in addition to joyous and redemptive themes. While the tales will entertain older elementary and middle school students, the research is geared for high school ages and beyond. This site presents the history of legend and lore, and brings it alive with tales full of “romance, adventure and panache.”

Reading Lists for Homeschoolers!

August 24th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, August 24, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

iHomeschool Network/Reading Lists

(ihomeschoolnetwork.com/homeschool-reading-lists/)

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

 

Just in time for back to school! Here is a resource you’ll love. The iHomeschool Network has earned our praise for developing the reading list of all reading lists! They explain: 

Sometimes it’s difficult to sort through all of the massive amounts of information to discover what is truly useful to our homeschooling children or our own selves. With so many resources available both online and in everyday chatter among homeschooling families, internet searches, Pinterest and chat groups it can be hard to narrow down to what works versus what doesn’t. That’s why we wanted to bring you our favorite reading lists for homeschoolers.

They have gathered their top reading lists and sorted them by relevant categories and organized them alphabetically! When you visit the website, scroll down through the various categories to locate a myriad of reading lists. Choose from: 

  • Reading Lists for Homeschool How-to, Resources, and Advice
  • Homeschool Educational Methods
  • Reading List by Age Groups:
    • Early Childhood
    • Babies & Toddlers
    • Preschool – Kindergarten
    • Elementary School (1st Grade – 4th Grade)
    • Middle School (5th Grade – 8th Grade)
    • High School (9th Grade – Graduation)
  • Reading Lists by Subjects
  • Classics
  • Favorites/Topical
  • And Many More!

Bookmark this page and return often. You’ll find yourself falling in love with reading all over again while you share the love with your children!

Design a Satellite!

August 23rd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, August 23, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Design a Satellite!

(www.eduweb.com/portfolio/designsatellite/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This website activity, created by Eduweb, was a companion to an exhibit on display in the Littleton Historical Museum in Littleton, Colorado.

When you enter this site, you will first watch a brief animated, narrated, captioned explanation of your mission — to design a satellite! (Be sure to have your speakers on if you want to hear the music.) Then, you will need to ask the people of Littleton for advice on how to: 

  • Get into orbit
  • Make power
  • Point at earth
  • Relay signals

Each person will have a suggestion for you. For example, for getting into orbit, you can choose between a helium balloon, a regular balloon, and a slingshot. All of these sound impossibly zany at first, but for each task there is exactly one correct answer. After you have chosen the four best ideas, you can go ahead and attempt to launch the satellite.

Hint: The items that the Littleton citizens suggest are not the actual items you will use on the satellite; rather, you need to consider whether or not you can apply the same principles for your satellite as the suggested items employ. Also, even after you have figured out how to design a working satellite, you will want to try several other combinations to see what will happen.

Good luck, and have fun!

MathTV – Free Math Lessons and Video Textbooks

August 22nd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 22, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathTV

(www.mathtv.com/)

Age Range: 15 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free math instruction videos on specific math topics mostly on the college level, but we thought high schoolers would find this helpful as well.

Turn on your speakers and head to the site. “Select a Topic” to choose lessons of interest that include: 

  • Basic Mathematics – fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, ratios, percent, etc.
  • Algebra – positive and negative numbers, linear equations, functions, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, logarithms, graphing, and more.
  • Trigonometry – functions, triangles, radian measure, identities and formulas, equations, polar coordinates, etc.
  • Calculus – limits, derivatives, integration, applications, and more.

Then, notice the featured math topic and the display of icons with pictures of various teachers and students. Click on any one and a video of them explaining the math topic/lesson appears on the screen.

Click on “Videos by Textbook” to access math textbook video lessons. (The actual textbooks may be purchased through the XYZ Textbooks link at the bottom of the page). All of the lessons in the textbook have video tutorials! Simply click on the textbook of choice, and a table of contents appears. Click on the topic of choice, then the video of choice. The textbook titles include: 

  • Basic Mathematics
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Algebra
  • and more advanced math textbooks.

This is a remarkable resource whether you need a little help with a particular math topic or want an entire math curriculum delivered on video.

Note: MathTV also has some interesting and helpful math videos on their YouTube channel.

Music Theory Lessons, Games, Quizzes, and More

August 20th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 20, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Music Tech Teacher

(www.musictechteacher.com/musicquizzes.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides over 100 free interactive music games and quizzes that teach music theory (including the names of musical notes and rhythms) and the names of musicians and composers.

When you get to the site, navigate through the upper menu to locate: 

  • Music Information: Theory – Learn the names and sounds of instruments, musicians, composers, music terms, scales, treble and bass clef note reading, rhythms and rests, and more.
  • Flash Piano Practice – Use your keyboard to practice playing “Chopsticks, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Ode to Joy and more.
  • Quizzes – Select the right notes on the keyboard to help Mighty Music Man move a piano, play instrument scramble, do a music word search or hangman puzzle, or test your knowledge of instrument “families.” Discover what you know about music terminology, tempos, and technology. Match composers with compositions, learn some jazz music trivia, play a game of musical “Jeopardy,” and fill in the missing notes on popular musical pieces. Test your sense of rhythm and your knowledge of music intervals, scales, and chords. You won’t believe the selection!
  • Music Mazes and Puzzles to Print – Enjoy a selection of printable music-themed mazes to print out and do offline, along with all kinds of free music theory worksheets.

This is an amazing resource for music students and teachers alike.

Hike Angels Landing Virtually

August 19th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, August 19, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Angels Landing ehike – Zion National Park

(www.nps.gov/zion/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtour.htm)

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

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Angels Landing in the Zion National Park with this website from the National Park Service.

When arriving at the site, read the brief overview then select the “Angels Landing eHike” text link. Be sure that your sound is turned on for this tour to experience the sounds of the park. When the tour begins, watch the introduction, then navigate through the slides using the arrows under the images. Each slide is accompanied by informative text to learn about the location. Click on the movie camera or park ranger icons to watch brief movies of different locations. Slides include presentations of: 

  • Angels Landing
  • Zion Canyon
  • Big Bend of the Virgin River
  • Bridge Mountain
  • Zion Lodge in the 1920’s
  • West Rim Trail
  • Refrigerator Canyon
  • Walter’s Wiggles

While on your hike, discover the special features of Angels Landing and Zion Canyon, learn about the plant and wildlife in the area, the people who lived there, and much more.

There is a lot to explore while visiting this user friendly website, so be sure to set aside enough time to take a leisurely walk through it.

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