Christmas trees are everywhere!

December 12th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, December 12, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

(www.nwchristmastrees.org/)

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

 

Christmas trees are everywhere! Use them to explore natural and environmental sciences — and learn a little about botany and agriculture along the way!

Check out: 

  • How to Care for Your Tree
  • How to Recycle Your Tree
  • About Christmas Trees

And if you live in the Washington State/Oregon area, you can search for the perfect tree. Each farm lists the kinds of trees they grow, their services and special features.

Free Resources to Teach Math

December 11th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, December 11, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HelpingWithMath.com

(www.helpingwithmath.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website was designed by educators and technologists to help parents help their children improve in math.

It provides free access to a variety of math resources, games, and tools. Under Printables you can find topics including: 

  • Worksheets – Includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, decimals, geometry, algebra, numbers (rounding, comparing, skip counting, place value, integers, multiples and factors) or choose topics by grade
  • Multiplication Tables – Up through 10 or up through 12
  • Number Lines – Segmented at different intervals and includes negatives as well

Under Interactives you’ll find: 

  • Games – Drag-n-drop games that cover basic math facts and equivalent fractions
  • Flash Cards – For addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Lessons – Includes fractions, percent and division
  • Quizzes – Including addition, rounding, fractions and the number system

All of these resources are free and formatted for quick download and easy printing. You can sort by subject and grade level as well.

Explore the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

December 9th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, December 9, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

(art.famsf.org/)

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

 

Explore the art world with this website from the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

Browsing through the collections can be done in several ways. If the artist or piece name you are looking for is known, use the search box in the upper left sidebar. Or perhaps you would like to browse through collections based on what type it is. Select the appropriate option from the image menu on the page. Looking for something made during a specific time period? Choose from the 15th century through the 21st century. Studying a specific country? Find artwork made there. You can also see artwork based on its location in the museum.

Once you have opened a collection page window, artwork can be further filtered by: 

  • Artist
  • Country
  • Class
  • Century
  • Department

Select the image of the art to see a larger picture and to learn more about the piece as well as see any other available contemporaneous works.

As with any site, parents should always monitor their students’ use of this website as some artwork could be deemed unacceptable for family viewing.

Christmas Tree Farm Virtual Tour & Lesson Plans

December 8th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, December 8, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Christmas Tree Farm & Lesson Plans

(www.christmastrees.on.ca/index.php?action=display&cat=13)

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

 

Not only do you get to take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm today – but you can explore an extensive website all about Christmas Trees complete with themed lesson plans!

We’ve featured this site in previous years – but it’s worth an annual virtual trip to see. At this website you can take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm in Ontario, Canada. When you get to the site, scroll down to locate the tour links and click to learn all about the growing and harvesting process through photographs and text. Then, read all about the history of Christmas trees. Locate the “Education” link in the upper menu to find “Activities for Kids” to print out some Christmas tree themed games and puzzles including dot-to-dot, word searches, crossword puzzles, and counting tree rings! Select the “Teacher’s Guide” link to find teaching plans. But wait! Keep reading.

Christmas Trees and More!


This website from the University of Illinois Extension Program has extensive information on Christmas trees presented through a printable series of lesson plans for grades K-7. Learn the plant parts of a Christmas tree, its development from seed to harvest, watch video clips of the life of a Christmas tree, learn about out nation’s official Christmas tree, and follow links to more information on tree farms and where to find them, Tree Events, and more. By the way, some of the lessons provided here suggest a year-round curriculum on trees – so you can print it out and use it all year long.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, December 7, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial

(www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/18arizona/18arizona.htm)

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

 

On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. In the words of then President Franklin Roosevelt, it was “a date that would live in infamy”. This website from the National Park Service and from their “Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans” collection, helps students examine the events and history of Pearl Harbor and the memorialized USS Arizona.

After reading the introduction, scroll down to the “Table of Contents” which provides a linked layout of the lesson plan. Use the links in the layout to work through the plan. Concepts covered include: 

  • Setting the Stage: Historical Context – summary information about the purpose of the study
  • Locating the Site: Maps – Use the maps of Hawaii, Japan, the island of Oahu, and Pearl Harbor while working through the reading sections.
  • Determining the Facts: Readings – concise texts about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial
  • Determining the Facts: Charts – Use charts to answer questions.
  • Visual Evidence: Images – pictures that can be used with the lesson plan
  • Putting It All Together: Activities – four extension activities for better understanding

On every page there are thought-provoking questions to help students analyze the information presented. Select the “Supplementary Resources” link for additional sites for further study.  


Add this website to your list for World War II history studies. 

Latin Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 6th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

(www.myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/christmas-holiday-traditions-vocabulary/interactive-puzzles/)

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

 

This website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas/Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.
 
Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities: Christmas & Holiday Traditions Crossword Puzzle
 
Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 10 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 

  • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
  • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
  • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
  • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
  • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol) 

Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.

Track Santa’s Sleigh!

December 5th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NORAD Tracks Santa

(www.noradsanta.org/)

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

 

Track Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve! Those wacky scientists at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) use four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft.

Not only that, they provide lots of pre-Christmas Eve activities just for kids including: 

  • Visit Santa’s Kids’ Countdown Village – Visit this website each day in December to receive updates from the North Pole and discover surprises (activities like word searches and crossword puzzles).
  • Watch Holiday Cheer Videos – Watch videos created by students to celebrate Santa. And on December 24th visit NORAD’s site to see the video feed from Santa Cams positioned around the world.
  • Track Santa with Your Mobile Phone – On December 24th use “Google Maps for Mobile” to track Santa’s location worldwide.
  • Track Santa Through Google Earth – On Christmas Eve head to the NORAD site to track Santa’s flight in Google Earth.
  • About Santa – Watch a video of Santa reciting, The Night Before Christmas. Read FAQs about Santa and NORAD. Find out how many cookies Santa eats on Christmas Eve.
  • About NORAD – Find out why NORAD tracks Santa and how they do it!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a joyful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

Circle Math with Paper Plates!

December 4th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, December 4, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wholemovement – Folding Circles

(wholemovement.com/)

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

 

This is fascinating! Bradford Hansen-Smith has been folding circles and teaching people of all ages how to do it for twenty-five years. He states, “Mathematics is based on the geometry of drawing pictures of the circle and using parts of the circle for constructing information from these static images. The square and all other polygons are only a part of the circle, all limited to a specific number of sides. The circle has no sides, it does not have limits.”

Under “How to Fold Circles” you’ll find four free, fundamental activities with instructions to make: 

  • A Sphere
  • A Tetrahedron
  • An Octahedron
  • An Icosahedron

You’ll also find on the home page a fascinating animation that demonstrates how folded circles combine into a spherical pattern that Buckminster Fuller called the Vector Equilibrium.

Hansen-Smith was inspired by the work of Fuller, and now leads explorations into geometry and other forms of math by folding and joining circles. He claims that, “The circle is the most experiential, comprehensive, hands-on, educational tool we have… Every child in school should be folding as often as they draw pictures of circles, and discuss the information that is generated in the folding.”

Folding circles is accessible to anyone who can fold a circle in half, regardless of age or grade level. The main tool you’ll need are paper circles that are readily available in the form of paper plates.

By using the menu, you can read and discover more about folding circles along with information on Hansen-Smith’s workshops and products he sells in his online store.

Make Music Fun

December 2nd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, December 2, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Making Music Fun

(www.makingmusicfun.net/)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides engaging, FREE music appreciation resources including music lessons, interactive games, printable sheet music and music theory flashcards designed for kids.

When you get to the site you’ll find resources divided into two sections – Print It and Library. Examples of resources visitors will find include: 

  • Oliver Octopus Arcade – Play music theory arcade games and learn to identify the whole note, half note, eighth note, etc. Learn note names for the treble and bass clef.
  • Free printable sheet music that you can preview and listen to online – From beginner to intermediate players, you’ll find sheet music for the piano, violin, flute, recorder, trumpet and trombone.
  • Free Composer Worksheets – Print out fun wordsearch and dot-to-dot puzzles based upon your favorite classical composers including Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Chopin, Gershwin, Joplin, Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and more!

You’ll also find practice charts, theory worksheets, and even printable award certificates.

The library is an amazing resource! Access an archive of FREE music lessons on video for piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, percussion, and bagpipe. There are even video flashcards for learning music theory!

You’ll also find biographies of great composers in the baroque, classic, romantic, and modern music eras.

Learn the instruments of the orchestra (woodwind, brass, string, percussion, and keyboard) with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and other fun facts.

Don’t miss the “Homeschool Music Resource Index” of suggested music activities created just for homeschool parents. Print out music lessons that help children learn about tempo, rhythm, pitch, musical symbols, form, and much more.

There’s even a “Jazz Index” with lessons and resources for learning about jazz music and great jazz musicians.
 
This site provides the very best in blending music with educational technology.

Visit Antarctica Virtually

December 1st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, December 1, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shackleton100 – Antarctica

(www.shackleton100.com/antarctica/)

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

 

Part of the larger website commemorating the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s incredible, but unsuccessful mission to cross Antarctica on foot in the 1910’s, explore various locations on Antarctica as well as South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

After reading the introduction, reviewing the tips on navigating the site, and watching the brief Antarctica video, select a location marked on the map to begin your tour. Locations include: 

  • West Point Island (Falkland Islands)
  • Right Whale Bay (South Georgia)
  • Hercules Bay (South Georgia)
  • Grytviken Whaling Station (South Georgia)
  • Ernest Shackleton’s Grave (South Georgia)
  • South Georgia Museum
  • Half Moon Island (Antarctica)
  • South Pole (Antarctica)
  • Dark Sector Laboratory (Antarctica)
  • Scott’s Hut – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Shackleton’s Hut – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Crary Science Center – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Berg Field Centre – Ross Island (Antarctica)

These 360° image tours not only provide a glimpse into a part of the world most people may never visit, but also adds insight into the conditions that the Shackleton mission faced.

When finished with your tour, be sure to review the rest of the website. Throughout its pages there are many intriguing videos, interesting animations, and incredible images that tell the fascinating story of the Shackleton mission.

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