Geography with Google’s My Maps

May 23rd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 23, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Google’s My Maps

(www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/?hl=en)

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

 

If you’ve ever visited Google Maps (or MapQuest or Yahoo Maps), you know that you can pan and zoom a world map from your computer. But did you know you can customize that map for your homeschooling?

My Maps requires a free Google account. The beauty of My Maps is: 

  • It’s free.
  • It’s easy.
  • Google stores it for you and provides a web address (a URL) so that you can share your map with friends or family.

When you get to the site, click the “Create New Map” button. (If you don’t have a Google account, it will prompt you to sign up.)

Here’s how it works: Once the map comes up, use the features on the map’s menu to customize it by adding colored pins and labels to it, draw lines on it, or even insert pictures. (Here’s a link to My Maps Help with more details on how to use the features.)

My Maps was very helpful last summer with information about specific California wildfires. The fire map also included info about air quality, evacuation orders, shelters, fire containment statistics, road closures, and more.

Once we started thinking about My Maps for homeschooling, the possibilities seemed endless: 

  • Label a map with events from your history studies.
  • Use the map as a quiz by putting questions onto it.
  • Share the map with other families in a reading group. When children complete a book, let them add a pin to the map indicating where the author was from or where the story took place.
  • Help young children trace routes to the grocery store or to Grandma’s house.
  • Use it as a diary for a family vacation.

And more!

Creative Writing Activities!

May 22nd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 22, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Let’s Get Creative!

(www.brucevanpatter.com/funstuff.html)

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

 

This website offers over 300 pages of fun activities to help kids enjoy creative writingThe designer, Bruce Van Patter, is an illustrator who shows kids how to bring their ideas for stories to life. He does offer some creative writing helps that can be purchased, but you don’t have to buy a thing to access the many freebies.


When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured activity pages. Look at the menu on the left side of the screen under the heading “A Quick List of Fun Stuff” that includes: 

  • The Story Kitchen – Enjoy using creative, interactive story-writing prompts.
  • Mugshots – Click on a picture of a character and answer a set of  questions to create your story’s character!
  • KidTales – Use one of Bruce’s fun drawings to inspire a story of your own!
  • What-if Genie – Look at the top of the page to read a “What-if” question that will inspire a story. Refresh the page (or click on the genie) to get a new one.
  • Creative Times – Develop a story based on a wacky news headline!
  • DaVinci’s Doodles – What is the story potential of a doodle? Try this activity and find out!
  • Wacky Headlines – Help your child write “outside the box” by using parts of speech to create elements of randomness.

You’ll find many more activities to choose from too. 

Also, be sure to check out what Van Patter has “For Families” in the horizontal menu bar located at the top of the home page.

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 21st, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

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

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, click on Videos – PestQuest. Turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists.


Click on “Pest Guide” on the top menu bar to examine the “Pest List – Bugs A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes.


Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for K-5 including Intro to Pests and Totally Termites. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy for Grades 4-8.
  • Games – Play interactive games like “Crush That Bug!” – similar to Candy Crush.

Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters.

Free Classical Math Curriculum from 1878

May 20th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, May 20, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DonPotter.net

(www.donpotter.net/education_pages/math.html)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This very plain website houses a most unusual math resource. It has a downloadable arithmetic book from 1878! Even if you have a fabulous math program already, it is fun to look at and see what kids learned from over 140 years ago.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction explaining that the book, “First Lessons In Arithmetic,” was published in 1878 and handed down from one generation to the next by the Potter family. Don Potter decided to put the antiquated volume on the net because, “This math book will provide home school parents… a incomparable tool from the past to help their students master the fundamentals of arithmetic.”

Chapters on the menu include: 

  • Counting & Addition
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Notation and Numeration
  • Advanced Addition & Subtraction
  • Long Multiplication
  • Long Division
  • Money, etc.

Click on any chapter, and a .pdf file opens with problems and instructions, accompanied by illustrations sure to create nostalgia for a bygone era. In addition to the free textbook, Mr. Potter offers a few other links to math resources on this site as well.

Free Art and Design Lessons

May 18th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 18, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artyfactory

(artyfactory.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website includes step-by-step, how-to art lessons. It also offers art appreciation tutorials on topics like “Still Life” or “Animals in Art” or broader “Art Movements.”

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Art Lessons
  • Art Appreciation
  • Design Lessons

Little ones can’t interact with Artyfactory on their own. The content and writing are at an advanced level. (In fact, it is suspect most of the content doubles as MacTaggart’s college course material.) But there’s tremendous potential here for a creative homeschooler as follows: 

  • Use it directly as reading or coursework for a high school student.
  • Adapt the lessons for younger pupils. The “Pencil Shading” exercises, for example, found under “Pencil Portraits” in the Art Lessons section, would be a fun challenge. The “How to Draw Animals” lessons might work with a talented middle school student, too, but these are no Ed Emberley thumbprints: they require a good eye and a controlled hand.
  • Fill in holes in your own knowledge. After spending some time on this site you’ll be able to introduce your children to Expressionism paintings and more next time you visit a museum.

There’s a wealth of information here: color theory (both technical stuff like the color wheel and the emotional impact of colors in painting), a thorough overview of African masks and Egyptian hieroglyphs, shading techniques in pen and ink, etc.

NOTE: As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.

See How Marbles are Made

May 17th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 17, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: How Marbles are Made

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSDg5Qui6aU)

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

 

This YouTube video shows the amazing craftsmanship in making marbles.

This 4-1/2 minute video shows the process of making recycled glass into beautiful marbles – not only for games, but for industrial tasks. Learn more about marbles here

  • History
  • Raw Materials
  • The Manufacturing Process

And to see even more details of what goes into the process of making marbles, here is a 2-part video from the Discovery Channel.

New England History-Only a Click Away

May 16th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 16, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Centuries: View from New England

(www.americancenturies.mass.edu/)

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England.  

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics: 

  • Highlights of the Online Collection – Browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic.
  • Explore the Online Collection – Using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest.
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – Search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries.)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include: 

  • Dress Up – See, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively.
  • First Person – Read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them.
  • Magic Lens -Easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens.”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from: 

  • Turn of the Centuries – Focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – Takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays’ Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

Basic Guide To Essay Writing

May 15th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

(lklivingston.tripod.com/essay/)

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

 

This website offers basic instruction in how to write an essay in a simple, easy-to-follow format.

The simple steps are: 

  • Decide on your topic
  • Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas
  • Write your thesis statement
  • Write the body
  • Write the introduction
  • Write the conclusion
  • Add the finishing touches

There is a great sample of a well-written essay at this site as well.

Another feature at this site are the links to other Internet resources for writing, grammar, bibliographies, research credits, study aids, and writing tutors – this is a comprehensive list and every link we tried was well worth the visit.

The Physics of Baseball

May 14th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Physics of Baseball

(www.laserpablo.com/baseball/baseball.htm)

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

 

This website was created by a retired high school physics teacher with a passion for baseball. At his website, he offers many free activities, lessons, and video clips that teach the physics of baseball.

When you get to the site, you can watch three video presentations/interviews that were broadcast on networks (PBS, etc.) including:

  • The Physics of Baseball
  • The Science of Home Runs
  • Out of the Park – The Physics of Baseball (includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide)

Then, continue the learning with the free, downloadable links to activities/worksheets (pdf) that explore the physics of baseball including: 

  • Anatomy of a Homer
  • Anatomy of a Pitch

You’ll also discover links to numerous free resources that further explore the physics of baseball.

Free Interactive Math Games

May 13th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, May 13, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HoodaMath

(www.hoodamath.com/)

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

 

HoodaMath.com is an ad-supported website that offers over 1,000 math games to learn and practice basic math skills for kindergarten through high school.

When you get to the site, you can choose one of the featured games or you can scroll down to see: 

  • Math Games by Grade
  • Math Games by Subject – Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Integers, Algebra

Notice that the games can be sorted by game style as well – such as games that require the player to escape, shop, grow, etc.

You’ll also find links to some animated math “movies” and math tutorials that provide instruction in Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent, Integers, Order of Operations, Algebra, and Geometry designed for grades 3-8. The videos are meant to be entertaining, but may seem silly to more mature kids.

To find the movies and tutorials, along with math tests and math manipulatives, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the home page. 

IMPORTANT: Every game is free to play but is accompanied by a randomly generated advertisement. As always, parents should preview the website and supervise all Internet access.

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