Economics Games Online!

August 18th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 18, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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International Monetary Fund

 

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

 

Ride a time machine back several centuries to invest everything you have for a chance at phenomenal wealth!
All you have at the beginning of the game are chocolate candy, a gold pendant, a few coins, a paper monetary note, and some song lyrics scribbled onto a napkin. Invest them wisely, and you will learn about the history of money, what forms it took at various times in various countries, and how it developed into what we use today. Will your pocket full of miscellany really increase in value over time? Play this game to find out! At the end of the game, you will also get a brief explanation of what the IMF (International Monetary Fund) is, what its role is in international monetary exchange, and what it means to you when you travel to a different country.
When you have finished this game, you might like to try all of the other games available from the main site. (Scroll down the page a little to find them under Student Interactives.)
One of these games is called “Trading Around the World” – Decide which country you are from and trade with people from different countries. Try your hand at bartering and negotiating prices. Try to achieve various goals such as becoming very rich or acquiring an assortment of goods. You should come away from this game with an understanding of the work of the IMF with regard to trade barriers.
Another game is “Monetary Mania” as well as an informative video. Each game or activity includes the recommended grade range and a description.
You’ll also find Lesson Plans and Online Exhibitions. Everything on this website also comes with a Teacher Guide!

Free Online Guitar Lessons

August 16th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 16, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Justin Guitar

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Whether you are just beginning to play guitar or have years of experience, this website provides hundreds of leveled lessons for learning to play the guitar. Created and hosted by London based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer, and educator, Justin Sandercoe, lessons are presented through the use of on-site embedded YouTube videos, texts, and images. Using the sidebar menu to select from the following:
  • Lesson Index
  • Beginner’s Course
  • Intermediate Method
  • Quick Tips
  • Skills
  • Practice Time
  • Exercises
  • Technique
  • Chords
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Ear Training
  • Guitar Gear
  • Recording Tech
  • Masterclasses
  • Blank Papers

In addition to lessons from above, students can also learn techniques for playing:

  • Blues (Lead & Rhythm)
  • Folk (Fingerstyle)
  • Rock & Metal
  • Jazz

There are loads of extras on this website which include lessons to play riffs and licks, insights into songwriting, music transcribing, and ukulele lessons. Also included are numerous instructional videos for playing specific songs by popular artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and many, many more, all grouped by learning level to complement the various lessons.

While this site is free to use, there are various advertisements throughout where you may purchase justinguitar.com materials or make a donation to the site. Please note that these solicitations are not intrusive to the use of the website nor do they interfere with the value of the site.

If you have ever thought about learning to play the guitar, this website is a wonderful resource that you will find yourself coming back to time after time.

Don’t Let Math Wreck Your Homeschool Day

August 15th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Virtual Tour of Latex Balloon Factory

August 15th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, August 15, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Balloon Headquarters

 

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Ever wonder how latex and Mylar balloons are made? You can find out by taking a virtual field trip to this site. When you get there scroll down a little and you can read a general overview and some Q&A’s about how balloons are manufactured. There are some photographs that help illustrate the text. You will discover how balloons are molded, how the rolled lip is formed, how they are colored and imprinted, and there is even information on how to make latex balloons at home! (Parental supervision is required!)
But don’t stop with the tour….this site has all kinds of fascinating and educational information about balloons (some more appropriate for high school level and beyond). When you finish the “tour” click on “The Guide” on the menu at the top of the screen. Look under the headline: The How’s and Why’s of Balloons. You will see a menu that offers:
  • How balloons are made – click on it to repeat the tour.
  • How helium-filled balloons float – includes a discussion of “Archimedes’ Principle.”
  • Why do balloons pop? – an in-depth discussion of the effects of static electricity on balloons, an engineer’s explanation of stress on balloons, the molecule arrangement of balloons, and much more.
  • Balloon Science 101 – includes science discussion about balloons from the simple to the highly technical (for example: Stupid Human Tricks with balloons to Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics as applied to latex).
  • Balloons and Teaching – A COMPLETE 6-WEEK SAMPLE CURRICULUM that covers balloon safety, twisting balloons, connecting balloons, making balloon sculptures, hats, and critters – and some interesting suggestions/experiments with balloons and dry ice.

You can also read all about the history of balloons and much more! This is a delightful site for the balloon aficionado in your family. Be sure to have a gross of balloons handy when you visit this site – the urge to inflate and pop will be overwhelming!

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

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August 13th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Free Online News for Children 8-15

August 13th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Youngzine.com

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
  • World News
  • Science & Tech
  • Our Earth
  • Society & Arts
  • Sports
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.

High School Biology Games & Quizzes!

August 12th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, August 12, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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zeroBio

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is a website that was designed for science students in grades 9-12. It doesn’t contain full curriculum, but it does contain some really interesting and fun interactive quizzes, games and puzzles to practice what one usually learns in high school biology classes. Just by doing the activities you can test your knowledge of a subject or learn the material for the first time. (It’s very possible younger students would enjoy some of these activities and it would serve as an introduction to the kind of material they are expected to learn in the upper grades.)
When you get to the site you will see a welcome message. There is a drop-down menu you can use at the bottom of the page to navigate the site – but it may be easier to just use the click-through menu on the left and right sides at the top of the screen. You can access games and quizzes on genetics, molecule identification, and even a dissection lab!

Here’s a free homeschool lesson to help your kids be smart with money

August 11th, 2014 by admin No comments »

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Free Online & Offline Math Activities

August 11th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 11, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Teaching Ideas

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities and worksheets to help educators teach Math (and science, geography, and history as well). The resources are delivered through a variety of formats for use online and offline including:
  • PDF Files
  • Word Documents
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Websites
  • Text Documents (e.g. Notepad, Wordpad, Word)
  • Video Files
  • ~ and more!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief welcome message and some featured math resources and activities. Directly above the welcome message look for the blue menu bar and roll over “Maths” to find choices that include:

*Number Patterns – Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.
*Shape – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.
*Addition/Subtraction – Learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size.
*Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.
*Problem Solving – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands.
*Multiplication/Division – Check out interesting games, grids, and gadgets to help kids learn to multiply and divide.
*Fractions/Decimals/Percents – Get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.
There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.
Note: As you explore the site, you’ll notice comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.
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