Interactive Discoveries of the Romans

February 23rd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, February 23, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discover the Romans

(www.nms.ac.uk/explore/games/discover-the-romans/)

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

 

Today’s website from the National Museum of Scotland provides visitors with interactive activities that explore Roman history.

Activities include: 

  • Land of the Romans – Using an interactive map, explore the land that the Roman Empire occupied in 150 AD.
  • Dress a Roman Soldier – Decide which garments and weapons were used by a legionary and an auxiliary soldier.
  • Build a Roman Fort – Add the buildings and walls to a Roman fort and discover the purpose of each and see some artifacts that might have been found in the buildings.
  • Latin Translator – Help translate a Latin inscription and learn some word meanings.

In addition to these easy-to-use interactives, there is a downloadable teachers’ pack with information and additional activities to dig deeper into Romans in Scotland. Please note that the activities in the teacher pack correlate to exhibits in the museum but parents can adapt for home use.

Today’s site makes a nice addition to your studies of the Roman Empire.

Free Language Arts & Literature Activities!

February 22nd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Fun School – Language Arts

(easyfunschool.freeunitstudies.com/IndexLanguageArts.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website, created for home educators, archives free language arts lessons, literature unit studies, and activities.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of the free Language Arts & Literature Activities that includes: 

  • Language Arts, Miscellaneous – Get a list of commonly misspelled words, make a “Book Report Sandwich,” get high-interest activities for reluctant readers and writers of all ages.
  • Suggested Reading Lists – Explore the “Best Books” for young adults over the years, books for the college bound, and discover the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Award winners.
  • Unit Lessons/Studies and Word Searches – Find an assortment of complete and incomplete unit lessons along with some word searches themed around classic literature including:
    • The Swiss Family Robinson
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Treasure Island
    • Anne of Green Gables
    • Bunnicula
    • Charlotte’s Web
    • The Hobbit
    • How to Eat Fried Worms
    • James and the Giant Peach
    • Johnny Tremain
    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    • Little House on the Prairie
    • The Secret Garden
    • Velveteen Rabbit
    • Wizard of Oz
    • Where the Wild Things Are

When you’re through exploring the Language Arts resources, head over to the home page for more free lessons and activities for many subjects including history, art, science and nature studies.

FREE Science Lessons, Activities, & Printables

February 21st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, February 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Science Spot

(www.sciencespot.net/)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables.

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

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.
  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t follow all of these links – so parent supervision, as always, is advised.
  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

President’s Day Math and more

February 20th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, February 20, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

Monday is usually Math Day at ClickSchooling. We found a few math activities themed around President’s Day, but thought you’d also enjoy a variety of resources to help your family learn while celebrating.

Eduplace.com: Where Did They Come From?

(www.eduplace.com/activity/presidentshomes.html)


 This free lesson combines math and social studies. Download and print free worksheets that help students analyze data and create a bar graph showing the home states of U.S. Presidents (up through Obama). Find out which state has given us the most Presidents. 

The White House

(www.whitehouse.gov/1600/Presidents)

This is a great source for fun and educational facts on U.S. Presidents that will appeal to all ages. It’s housed at the official White House website. When you get to the site simply click on the president’s name — #1 – #45.

The White House Historical Association

(www.whitehousehistory.org/teacher-resources/every-day-is-presidents-day-at-the-white-house)


Get a free lesson plan titled, “Every Day Is Presidents’ Day at the White House,” for grades K-3. Be sure to click on the lesson plans and activities links to access free materials that supplement the lesson.

Homeschool Helper

(homeschoolhelperonline.com/holidays/presidents-day/)

Get free unit studies on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln along with links to other Presidents’ Day resources, printables, and crafts. While you’re there, use the menu to check out their free unit studies on every subject.

DLTK

(www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/presidents.html)

This terrific site offers free coloring pages and craft activities that are appropriate for ages 3-12. For President’s Day you’ll find an assortment of coloring pages, some toilet paper roll crafts, and even instructions to make a milk-carton log cabin.

Cybersleuth Kids

(cybersleuth-kids.com/games/wordsearch/presidents_day_WS.htm)


Try a U.S. President Word Search!

Happy President’s Day!

The Art of Crime Detection

February 18th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, February 18, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Art of Crime Detection

(eduweb.com/portfolio/artofcrimedetection/)

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

 

Try your hand at being a police sketch artist with this interactive website originally created for Sanford’s “A Lifetime of Color” website. Along the way, visitors will discover the difference between the right brain and the left brain and how they work together in the world of a sketch artist.

After reading through the slide presentation that explains how the right brain and left brain interpret information differently, visitors are presented with two “crimes” to solve, The Toilet Paper Caper and Pushing Other People’s Buttons. Using the online PDArtist, students decide whether to rely on their right or left brain or both to create an image of the perpetrator. Using the online tool, they make decisions to choose the image that most closely represents what is remembered about the perpetrator regarding: 

  • The shape of the head
  • The width of the eyes
  • The thickness of the eyebrows
  • The size of the nose and lips
  • The length of the hair

The choices available for each category depend on which side of the brain is chosen. This helps solidify an understanding of what information is processed with each side of the brain and what information artists use to create realistic images.

When you are done solving the crimes, there is one last assignment where the student can use the PDArtist to try to create an image of a friend or family member

Not only is this website easy to navigate and a lot of fun trying to solve the mysteries but may also open the door to a new interest for any budding artist.

Explore the Tombs of the Pharaohs

February 17th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, February 17, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

(archive.fieldmuseum.org/tut/explore.asp)

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

 

Visit the Valley of the Kings with this virtual field trip from the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Visitors will learn about the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, examine Egyptian funeral artifacts, and discover the stories surrounding the pharaohs.

After reading the introduction, select the “Begin your Exploration” text link to start the interactive tour. Follow the instructions to navigate through the tour. Choose your destination by clicking one of the choices on the map: 

  • Tomb of Yuya and Tjyu
  • Tomb of Tuthmosis IV
  • Tomb of Amenhotep II
  • Tomb of Tutankhamun

While all the tours contain images and interesting information about the king, the tour for King Tut provides much more detail about this Pharoah.
 
When you are finished examining the tombs, go back to the home page and dig deeper by using the right-hand menu options to learn more about King Tut, examine additional artifacts, explore the photo gallery, and to find the answers to some of the most common questions about King Tutankhamun.

This site is an excellent addition to studies of Egypt and mummies.

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 16th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, February 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

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

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including: 

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Free Listen and Read books

February 15th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Listen and Read

(teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/index.htm)

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

 

This resource from Scholastic is where you can enjoy 15 non-fiction, read-along books that are accompanied by images and audio narration. There are even activities and/or quizzes at the end of each book to help the reader review what has been learned.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the online book titles. The first 8 books on the menu are about careers that kids are often curious about including a Firefighter, Pediatrician and Veterinarian. Then the rest of the books are divided into: 

  • Animals
  • The President (Obama)

Click on any story and a new page opens where you can start reading the book, one page at a time. Each page is accompanied by an engaging photograph or illustration, and the option to click “Listen” to hear a narrator read the words on the page. Just follow the arrows to read the entire book.

At the end of the book you’ll find a simple quiz or activity that reviews the vocabulary words or simple concepts and information learned in the stories. Once you do the activity, you can advance to the next book. You can skip the activity, if desired, and move on to the next book by simply returning to the main menu.

Free Valentine Science Activities

February 14th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, February 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

If you enjoyed the Valentine math activities yesterday, here are some Valentine’s Day science activities for today. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Exploratorium: The Sweet Lure of Chocolate

(http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/exploring_chocolate/) 


Examine the fascinating science and history of chocolate, including the chocolate-making process with a virtual visit to a chocolate factory. Find out about the latest research into the possible health effects of chocolate consumption.

Valentine Candy Science

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9bzSZhDGG0)

  

Watch this video to learn if Valentine candy will sink or swim; and more!

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/videos/feature_valentines.htm)

Watch a chemistry professor share some science insights about chocolate, roses, and relationships.

Free Valentine Math Activities

February 13th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, February 13, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Valentine Math Activities

(See below.)

Age Range: Varies (Grades K-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Here are some Valentine’s Day Math Activities for you and your kids to enjoy.

Conversation Candy Hearts Math

(lessonplanspage.com/mathconversationheartcandymathidea23-htm/)


You’ll need a box of conversation candy hearts to use this classroom activity for learning estimation, sorting, counting, addition, and graphing. At the top of the page it says this activity is for grades 8-9, but they mean ages 8-9, or about grades 2-4. This activity can be easiliy tweaked for younger children as well.

Valentine’s Day Word Problems

(www.edhelper.com/ValentinesDayMath113.htm)

Word problems about the cost of candy and Valentine’s Gifts. About grades 3-5.

Printable Valentine Dominoes

(www.abcteach.com/free/h/heart_dominoes_set_color.pdf)

Dominoes are great tools to help with learning math in grades K-6. Print out this set and then use them to play Domino Math. Click here to get instructions.(www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/MathDomino.htm)

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