The 60 Symbols of Astronomy & Physics

January 24th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 24, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sixty Symbols

(www.sixtysymbols.com/index.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic website offers FREE videos about physics and astronomy featuring experts from The University of Nottingham, who explain the strange letters and squiggles (many more than 60 of them) used by scientists.

As explained at the website, “Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos by experts from The University of Nottingham. It’s worth noting many symbols have multiple uses across scientific disciplines and we sometimes tackle them from an unexpected viewpoint.” Here’s some of what you’ll see: 

  • Click on “E” for energy and see an Einstein doll on a swing as a demonstration of potential and kinetic energy.
  • Click on the symbol for the planet Venus (looks like a hand mirror) and learn all about it. You’ll also learn the history of the symbol and it’s use as the universal symbol for women.
  • What has a symbol of a cat got to do with physics? Visit the site, click on the cat and find out!

When you get to the site you’ll see the table of Sixty Symbols (and then some). Click on any one and a new page opens where a video launches that explains it. They are wonderfully engaging and educating.

Math Video Lessons, Activities, & More

January 23rd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WatchKnowLearn.org

(www.watchknowlearn.org/Category.aspx?CategoryID=81)

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

 

The goal of this website is to collect all the best free educational videos made for children that explain every topic taught in schools including math, in every major language on Earth – and make them available on one website, usefully categorized according to subject and education level.

When you get to the site you’ll see two sections. The “Mathematics” section is on the right side of the page (the Directory to the rest of the site is on the left). Under the math section you’ll see some featured math videos, as well as a menu of math subcategories that include: 

  • Mathematics for Young Learners
  • Number Sense
  • Money
  • Measurement
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Logic and Set Theory

Click on any subcategory and a new page opens featuring the videos that have been archived to date. The videos are all free for viewing. The videos are moderated by WatchKnow to ensure appropriate content. 

To share videos, you must open an account (free) that also allows you to track your activities and enter contests. As I mentioned, this site also contains lots of useful video lessons on other topics including: 

  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics
  • And more!

Solve Musical Mysteries

January 21st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 21, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Musical Mysteries

(www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/music/mm/)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun, animated website from the BBC takes children on a mystery adventure to find the “Lost Music” as they learn about music.

Navigate through the story by clicking the next or “Get Going” option when ready. Games include: 

  • Seaside Activity – Complete the sound search puzzle.
  • Sound Story – Match the sounds to the words in the story.
  • Cave Sounds – Make a sound composition.
  • Mood Music – Listen to the music and select the emotion it creates.
  • Animal Match Up – Match the music to the animal you would associate it with.
  • Fact Files – Learn about the parts of an orchestra.
  • Instrument Match Up – Match the sound of the instrument to its image.

When you are finished with the activities, take a quick quiz to test what you have learned. Click the “Teacher’s Guide” link in the side bar, then select the “Teacher’s Area” text link on the page to be taken to another page with more links to printable lesson plans and worksheets to accompany the site.

Visit a Turn of the Century Train Depot

January 20th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, January 20, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Crawford County Historical Museum

(www.grayling-area.com/museum/tour.html)

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

 

Step back in time to the turn of the century with this tour of a restored 1882 passenger freight depot in Grayling, Michigan and the other displays at the museum.

Through videos, images, and text the Crawford County Historical Society strives to share information about the county, its history, and what is included in the museum. Select any video or picture to begin your tour. Choose from such displays as: 

  • The Depot
  • Lumber and logging displays
  • The Bear Archery manufacturing plant display
  • The Sheriff’s Display
  • The Trapper’s Wife
  • One Room Schoolhouse
  • General Store
  • Women’s Business Room
  • Seamstress Room
  • Medical Room
  • Saloon

When you have finished exploring the virtual museum, head back to the “Home” page and browse through the images on the sidebars to learn even more about days gone by in Michigan. And don’t forget to visit the “Train” page to see a video and images of the Pere Marquette 1225 Steam Engine, Algonquin Park, and the Lake State RR #3515 Diesel when they visited the depot.

This is a fun tour and a wonderful side trip in your state studies of Michigan.

Discover the Mayans

January 19th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, January 19, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mayan Kids

(www.mayankids.com/)

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

 

This is a terrific website all about the Mayan civilization that extended throughout Central America. Through fascinating facts, photos, illustrations and trivia tidbits, this site engages virtual visitors to this ancient world.

When you get to the site click “enter” and a new page opens. Use the icon menu at the top of the screen to explore:  

  • People – From eating “bug tacos” to doing math with a base-20 number system, the Mayans were innovative and captivating.
  • Places – Explore the rain forest, pyramids, and ruins that were home to the Mayans throughout Central America.
  • Beliefs – Learn about Mayan beliefs and ceremonies, gods and goddesses, and the Wizard of the Fatal Laugh.
  • Games – Try your hand at Mayan-themed word puzzles and match games.

Have fun!

Free eBooks

January 18th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, January 18, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Project Gutenberg

(www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)

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

 

Select from over 50,000 free eBooks to read online or download.

Many of you may already be familiar with the Gutenberg Project that is composed of a team of volunteers endeavoring to make as many books as possible available online at no cost. Currently, there are over 50,000 books. Gutenberg makes it easy for you to find just the titles that might interest you.

When you get to the site, click on “Book Categories” in the menu on the left side of the page. When a new page opens, scroll down where you can select from categories such as children’s literature, mysteries, detective stories, science fiction, one-act plays and more! Click on any category, and a new page opens with a list of the free books available. These books can be read online or downloaded.

In the Children’s Literature bookshelf, access the writings of L. Frank Baum, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Edith Nesbit, and Anna Sewell.

Other authors in the bookshelves of Project Gutenberg include Agatha Christie, Andre Norton, Lester del Rey, and Dostoyevsky.

Project Gutenberg has also put together a selection of audio books. Imagine your family enjoying one of the following authors during a long ride in the car or around a crackling fire: 

  • Aesop
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • L. Frank Baum
  • Charles Dickens
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Robert Frost
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Jack London
  • Nietzsche
  • Plato
  • Poe
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Shakespeare
  • Mark Twain
  • Jules Verne
  • H. G. Wells
  • Walt Whitman
  • and more!

To find the list of audio books, start here.

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_Audio_Books_Project


One more thing: Project Gutenberg is always in need of more volunteers willing to proofread one page per day. You or your teen might like to join the team and take advantage of this exciting, fulfilling, skill-building opportunity.

Shrinking Gummy Bears & Polymer Science

January 17th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 17, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids’ Macrogalleria

(pslc.ws/macrog/kidsmac/index.htm)

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

 

This educational website is a FABULOUS one for helping kids learn all about polymers. What’s a polymer? Go to the website and find out.

When you get to the site you’ll see a fun intro page with a menu that includes:

  • What is a Polymer? – To get to the bottom of it you’ll learn about atoms, elements and molecules and then discover some great and not-so-great things about polymers.
  • Where are Polymers? – Explore the online mall to discover polymers in shoes, clothing, auto parts, pool supplies, bagpipes, toys, food and more!
  • Types of Polymers – There are many kinds of polymers – both natural and synthetic. Explore cellulose, rayon, starch, rubber, proteins, gelatin, epoxy, nylon, polyester, polystyrene, PVC, silicone and more to learn about polymers that are tough and hard as well as polymers that bend and stretch.
  • Making Stuff – Learn how things are made from polymers. Discover composites, crosslinking, copolymers, and how polymers are made from monomers.

Play online games, including a mystery adventure about musical instruments under Flash Activities! Take polymer quizzes. Very young children may enjoy the “Find Paul” game (under Just for Fun) – go all over the website looking for Paul the Lemur, then enjoy his interactive coloring book and some activity pages that go with it.

This is a fun and engaging way to explore the science of polymers!

Free Math Worksheets, Interactive Drills & Games

January 16th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 16, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Slice

(www.mathslice.com/)

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

 

This site provides free math worksheets, drill-and-practice activities, and more for a variety of math topics.

There are free math worksheets, activities, drills, interactive games, movies, and apps for a variety of math topics including: 

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Money Math and Telling Time
  • Fractions, Percentages
  • Place Value
  • Exponents & Square Roots
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Area & Perimeter
  • Polynomials
  • and more!

When you get to the website you’ll see an icon menu of interactive games on a variety of topics (not just math). Look at the left margin to find the “Math Worksheets” menu. Look at the right margin to find “Online Math” interactive drills. Click on any one and a new page opens where you can enter parameters to customize the worksheets and drills to suit your student’s ability level.

MathSlice.com also provides fun games like Math Millionaire, Math Wheel, Math Jeopardy, Sudoku, Hangman and more – that you’ll find among the icon menus on the home page.

Not only that, the site provides free worksheets and drills for Spanish, Writing Practice, U.S. State Capitals, and Country Capitals too.

This is a great site to use to supplement learning math and a variety of other subjects.

Count to 10 in Over 5000 Languages

January 14th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 14, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Numbers List

(www.zompist.com/numbers.shtml)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12. NOTE: This site was not designed with children in mind; however, some kids may enjoy learning to count to ten in another language with parental assistance.)

 

At this website you can learn to count from 1 to 10 in five thousand languages – as long as you can read and figure out word pronunciations from text. (There are no audio clips here.) Even for those who might have difficulty, just seeing the amazing number of languages spoken on this planet is a social studies and foreign language eye-opener!

When you get to the site, select a language family from the drop down menu. You can further refine the languages shown by million-speaker languages only, living languages only, and/or dead languages only and even see only numbers 1-5 to simplify the chart. Once you hit the “List” button, a table is created with the numbers from 1 to 10 written in the many languages included in the family. Click the links above the tool to learn about the language families for the numbers list and writing systems. Also select the “Sources” link to understand the symbols in the chart.

Tour the Utah State Capitol

January 13th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, January 13, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Capitol

(utahstatecapitol.utah.gov/virtual-tour)

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

 

Tour the Utah State Capitol with this virtual tour.

When you arrive at today’s link the tour will immediately begin. Use the controls below the tour to stop or start the automatic tour or use your mouse to move. Click on the circle “I” icons in the image to get a closer look and learn more about the architecture, art, and history of the capitol. Use the interactive map to select desired destinations in the building such as the: 

  • Senate Chambers
  • Supreme Court
  • Rotunda
  • State Reception Room
  • House Chambers
  • Capitol Grounds South

When you have finished your tour, learn more about the Utah Capitol using the upper menu and selecting “Explore the Capitol.” From here you can explore its history with an interactive timeline and interesting articles and discover the artwork, monuments, and sculptures on the grounds.

This website is a good addition to your Utah state studies.

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