Free Iditarod Math & More!

February 8th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, February 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Iditarod.com (iditarod.com/)

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

 

The Iditarod begins on March 5, 2016! Billed as “The Last Great Race On Earth,” mushers and their dog teams race over 1,000 miles across Alaska’s mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coast. In a period of 10 to 17 days each team’s dogs and their musher race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. They endure temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, long hours of darkness, and treacherous terrain.

At this “official” Iditarod website you’ll find information about the history of this race, exclusive race coverage, and free, Iditarod-themed lessons and activities to enhance learning in math, science, language arts, social sciences, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured articles, videos, and highlights. Use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Race Center – Get information on how this website works and learn about Iditarod rules, race preparations, and previous races.
  • Videos – Watch video clips from previous races that include stories from the trail.
  • Education – In this section there are two archives that you don’t want to miss: 
    • Teachers – Get access to a large menu of archived curriculum connections. Plus, get standards-driven lessons in math and other subjects delivered in a downloadable (pdf) activity book. You’ll also find downloadable weather-related math and science activities, applicable for all grade levels.
    • Students – Kids of all ages will enjoy this array of Iditarod activities including newsletters from canine journalists, cryptograms, word searches, coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, and a FUN QUIZ about the Iditarod to the tune of the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Download and play a PowerPoint math and science game developed by the Iditarod education team. Learn about caring for the sled dogs and watch some interesting pod casts.

  • Insider – Subscribe to the official newsletter of the Iditarod. You can register to get a free ad-supported subscription, or get one of several fee-based, ad-free subscriptions that provide membership benefits including access to videos and a documentary film.
  • Information – Learn the history of the race, see the Iditarod trail, explore the race archives, meet champions and record holders, learn mushing terminology, visit the veterinary center, and learn about the Junior Iditarod.

The resources at this site provide a way to see the real-world uses for math and science in a fun and exhilarating way.

Resources for Less Commonly Taught Foreign Languages

February 6th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, February 6, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UCLA Language Materials Project

(www.lmp.ucla.edu/k-12/index.aspx?menu=007

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

 

The University of California Los Angeles offers this free archive of teaching resources including downloadable/printable lessons in pdf, audio files, video files, dictionaries, computer programs/software, games and more to help learn vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and conversational language skills in over 100 less commonly taught languages such as:

  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic
  • Cherokee
  • Danish
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Inuit
  • Japanese
  • Latvian
  • Maori
  • Navajo
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Samoan
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
  • Zulu

When you get to the site you’ll see the K-12 Gateway that offers links to free resources online as well as to materials that are available from libraries and retailers. You’ll also find lesson plans and teaching tips designed for classroom teachers that are presented in English, that can be adapted to teach any other language as well.

Use the search engine at the top of the page to select: 

  • Language – Choose from over 100 possibilities.
  • Material – Select the kind of learning tool you want to find, for example textbook, picture book, audio, video, etc.
  • Level – Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Audience – Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary

This is a comprehensive resource tool that you may refer to over and over again.

Museum Without Walls Audio Exploration

February 5th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, February 5, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum Without Walls Audio

(museumwithoutwallsaudio.org/)

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

 

Take an audio virtual tour of Philadelphia’s public art with the aid of this website from the Association for Public Art.

Select from more than 60 sculptures such as: 

  • Abraham Lincoln by Randolph Rogers
  • Areo Memorial and Duck Girl, by Paul Manship
  • Charioteer of Delphi
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial by Hermon Atkins MacNeil
  • Cowboy by Frederic Remington
  • Deinonychus by Kent Ullberg
  • Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial – various artists, all terraces
  • General Galusha Pennypacker Memorial by Henry Baerer
  • Frank L. Rizzo Monument by Zenos Frudakis
  • General Ulysses S. Grant by Daniel Chester & Edward C. French & Potter
  • Joan of Arc by Emmanuel Frémiet
  • John Wanamaker by John Massey Rhind
  • Lion Crushing a Serpent by Antoine-Louis Barye
  • Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs by Nathan Rapoport
  • Rocky by A. Thomas Schomberg
  • Smith Memorial Arch by various artists
  • The Lion Fighter by Albert Wolff
  • The Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther by August Kiss
  • The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
  • Washington Monument by Rudolf Siemering
  • Major General George Gordon Mead, Shakespeare Memorial, Swann Memorial Fountaine, William Penn by Alexander Milne Calder
  • And much more!

What makes this resource unique is that it provides audios narrated by various people describing the work of art, its history, and more related interesting information. Not only can audios can be downloaded or a free smartphone app accessed for those lucky enough to visit the sites in person, but there are also audio slideshows on the website that include narrated videos and images of the locations. There are also a few lesson plans available for download.

This virtual tour will be a great addition to your history and art studies.

Lessons for Black History Month

February 4th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, February 4, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Culture & Change: Black History in America

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/)

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

 

February is Black History month. Discover famous African-Americans and explore black history with this website from Scholastic.

Presentations include: 

  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights – Learn about Rosa Parks’ role in the fight against discrimination.
  • Integrating Central High: The Melba Pattillo story – Discover the dangers and events faced by 9 students during the desegregation of an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Famous African-American Inventors – Meet 14 inventors whose contributions changed the world around us.
  • History of Jazz – Join Grammy-Award winner Wynton Marsalis to explore jazz music and the people and events that formed it.
  • The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery – Take an interactive journey through the Underground Railroad that includes many additional resources to supplement this study.
  • Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage – Through slide shows, an interactive digital magazine, and a kid-created video presentation, explore the story of the first African-American child to integrate an all-white elementary school.

Any or all of these presentations will be a wonderful addition to your history studies and help your student gain a better understanding of black history.

Free Language Arts “Audio School”

February 3rd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, February 3, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

My Audio School

(www.myaudioschool.com/?page_id=4571)

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

 

This commercial website, founded by a homeschool parent, offers educational audio content such as classic books, old-time radio theater, historical radio and television broadcasts, and video clips on a variety of school subjects such as Ancient History, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the American Revolution, etc.

While 80% of the content is available for an annual fee of $14.99, 20% of the content is “unblocked” and available absolutely FREE, which is why we’re featuring it on ClickSchooling. Much of the free content focuses on Language Arts.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to see a menu of the free titles that include: 

  • A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty
  • Lord Byron, Selected Poems
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
  • Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
  • In Flanders Field by John McCrae

You’ll also find more free poetry selections, a variety of art appreciation videos, videos that teach kids about bird watching, and even John F. Kennedy’s Moon Speech.

Most of the titles also come with links to curriculum (available for sale on CurrClick.com), as a way to enhance learning.

Again, you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the free or “unblocked” titles.

Science with Manatee Cams & Curriculum!

February 2nd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, February 2, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Save The Manatee

(www.savethemanatee.org/info.htm)

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

 

This website is sponsored by the non-profit “Save the Manatee Club” established by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet, and Bob Graham, a former U.S. senator and governor of Florida. It provides terrific, multi-media educational information on recovery and protection of the endangered marine mammals and their aquatic ecosystems throughout the world.

When you get to the site, you’ll find a welcome message with “Helpful Hints” on how to view it. Use the menu on the right side of the page to explore: 

  • Manatee Facts, Myths, & FAQs
  • Manatee Population, Migration, Rescue & Rehabilitation
  • Manatee Birth and Reproduction
  • Anatomy of the Florida Manatee
  • Links to Other Manatee Sites

IMPORTANT! Don’t miss “Cool Manatee Stuff” on the menu where you’ll find: 

  • Manatee Video & Sounds
  • Manatee PowerPoint Slide Show
  • An Educator’s Guide
  • Manatee Book List
  • Action Kids – Get involved to save the Manatee!
  • Manatee Web Cams – Watch live streaming of Manatees!
  • Free Manatee Coloring & Activity Book (pdf)

Math and Computation with MIT’s “Scratch”

February 1st, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, February 1, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scratch (scratch.mit.edu/)

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

 

The good folks at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) developed this website that offers “Scratch,” a new programming language designed to help young people “create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art” – and then share them on the web.

As kids (8 and up) use Scratch, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, think creatively, analyze systematically, gain a deeper understanding of the process of design, and use technology to develop learning skills for the 21st century.

Scratch is available FREE of charge and can be downloaded for Mac OSX and Windows at the website.

According to the website, “Different people get started with Scratch in different ways. Some like to tinker with various blocks to see what they do. Others like to experiment with the sample projects that come with Scratch, and then make changes to the scripts.” The website offers clear instructions, along with suggestions for fun, initial activities.

In fact, when you get to the site, click on “Support” on the menu. A new page opens where you can access a step-by-step guide to using Scratch along with video tutorials, reference guides, and FAQs.

This is a great way to engage in math while having fun!

Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids

January 30th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 30, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids

(www.jerrysartarama.com/art-lessons/Skill-Level/Kids/index.html)

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

 

Part of the larger Jerry’s Artarama’s commercial website, today’s link provides over 65 video art lessons for middle to high school kids from the World of Art series.

Instruction includes lessons for: 

  • Making a vase from an old wine bottle
  • Drawing cartoons
  • Finger painting caterpillar
  • Painting a desert scene or a giraffe
  • Screen print leaves
  • New York City skyline diorama
  • Perspective instruction
  • Paper mach pie
  • Pattern study
  • Watercolor resist

Video lessons are presented by the following artists: 

  • Perry Milou
  • Bruce Blitz
  • Dan Nelson
  • Bob Ostrom
  • Tonya Hill
  • Lindsey Volins

After selecting and watching a lesson, click the “More” text link in the “Video Description and More. . .” section to find more lessons by the artist. Use the “Categories” link in the upper menu to find more advanced video lessons sorted by artist, medium, skill level, and subject.

Please note that the videos do include commercials for art products, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this website and reaping the benefits of the free lessons.

Castle Rock Pueblo Virtual Field Trips

January 29th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Castle Rock Pueblo Field Trips

(www.crowcanyon.org/EducationProducts/

ElecFieldTrip_CRP/index.asp)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers a tour of the pueblos and cliff dwellings of Native Americans in the Southwest including the Anasazi, Puebloans, and those who lived in the Mesa Verde region.

When you get to the site, there is a brief introduction. Use the menu to explore 3 different field trips of the Castle Rock Pueblo region located at the Crow Canyon archaeological site that focuses on three different historical time periods: 

  • Trip 1 – A.D. 1200s
  • Trip 2 – A.D. 1800s
  • Trip 3 – A.D. 1990s

On each trip you collect clues to solve a mystery as you read the detailed history and look at photographs, maps, sketches and paintings of the adobe and stone pueblo dwellings, ancient artifacts, and petroglyphs. As you read the account of the region and the people who lived there, you may come across words that are unfamiliar (i.e., kiva, Hopi, Zuni, adobe, etc.). These words are highlighted in the text – if you click on them a definition from the Glossary pops up. You will also learn much about methods used by archaeologists when they excavate sites of historical significance.

Study Guides and Lesson Plans are also available for the fourth and eighth grades.

This is a well-presented and carefully crafted educational site – don’t miss it!

Freedom in America: Some Assembly Required

January 28th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom in America: Some Assembly Required

(electronicfieldtrip.org/freedom/frontPage.html)

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

 

Discover the obstacles Americans faced to secure the freedoms we have today through games and activities provided by this website from Ball State University, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service.

When arriving at today’s link, select either the “Students Start Here” or “Teachers Start Here” links. When selecting the teacher link, learn about the purpose of the website and how to use it in conjunction with your studies. There are lesson plans and additional activities available at the “Website and Classroom” link in the top menu that include topics such as: 

  • The Revolution
  • The Constitution
  • American Freedom

The student section of this website allows students to independently dig into this topic of American history through virtual game boards. There are 3 different game boards, covering different time periods: 

  • Colonial Edition – Learn about the early struggles for freedom from pioneers coming to America through the Revolutionary War.
  • Founders’ Edition – Take a look at the Constitution including its foundation to its operation today.
  • Citizens’ Edition – Discover the paths of freedom since the writing of the Constitution including women’s rights and civil rights.

Once the student enters their name to start a game, games are automatically saved as the student plays. Up to 10 games can be stored. To play students ‘spin the wheel’ and their piece is moved along the board. Depending on where the piece lands depends on what happens next. There are challenging mini-games to be played and the student earns points. The final goal of the game is not only to learn the information but to score as many points as possible. The board is complete when all the mini-games have been played. In order to open a different game board, students must work through the previous board. Throughout the games are videos, images, text, and more reinforcing the material.

Bookmark this website to use with your American history studies again and again.

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