Easter Egg Math for K-12!

March 30th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, March 30, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various

 

Age Range: All (varies by website, children with parental supervision)

 

Easter and Spring Festivals are here! Eggs are everywhere in omelets to Easter baskets! Here are some fun ways to use eggs to learn math…See below for recommended websites. 
The egg’s interesting mathematical properties are explored at this site that seems to be designed for students in junior high and up. Explore the symmetry of eggs, dividing eggs equally, spherical geometry, and embryo calculus to determine how many cells are in a chick and more. When you get to the site just click on the module that interests you on the menu, and a new page opens with lesson plans and activities.
Print out this worksheet with egg-themed math word problems for elementary grades.
This website offers an Easter-egg-themed math lesson for Kindergartners in a classroom. It can easily be adjusted for use in a homeschool or as a family activity.
Recycle your egg cartons into a fun math game that kids of all ages will enjoy!
Are you an egghead? Kids (grade 3 and up) will have to use their eggs to figure out the answer to this reverse cryptogram.

Learn Welsh

March 28th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 28, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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A Welsh Course

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This simple website by Mark Nodine provides several lessons suitable for those wishing to develop beginning conversational skills in Welsh.
Most of the lessons are in textual format. The pronunciation lesson (Lesson 1) provides QuickTime audio examples. There are practice exercises for each lesson with the answers available on a different page.

Lessons include:  

  • Lesson 1. Pronunciation
  • Lesson 2. To Be or Not to Be
  • Lesson 3. Simple Sentences
  • Lesson 4. The Soft Mutation
  • Lesson 5. There are Many Things in this Lesson
  • Lesson 6. How to Be *Emphatic* and Possessive
  • Lesson 7. My Perfect Thing to Have: Imperatives
Also included are appendixes and a glossary as well as a page with links to cultural resources, language resources, and sources about Middle Welsh.

While not a complete language course, this website offers a stepping stone into the Welsh language that might just spark a desire for your student to pursue learning the language further.

Virtually Visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

March 27th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 27, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located next to the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, California. The museum’s website offers a virtual tour of their exhibit hall that includes photographs and information about the many marine animals housed at the aquarium.
When you get to the site you can explore the exhibit areas that include: 
  • Kelp Forests – The richest habitat along the California rocky shores, kelp forests provide food and shelter to a large number of animals living on the shore and in the ocean.
  • Rocky Shores – a difficult place for critters to survive, with drying air at low tide and battering surf at high tide. Meet the animals that call this environment “home” including sea urchins, sea anemones, and sea hares.
  • Sandy Beaches & Mudflats – A few animals have adapted to living in this shifting, moving habitat including crabs and sand dollars. Meet them in this exhibit.
  • Open Ocean – Get to know some creatures that live in the deep sea including bizarre and beautiful fish – and sharks too!
This website provides an overview of the aquarium’s exhibits and is an educational treat all by itself. It’s also a great way to prepare kids for a trip to an aquarium or tide pools.

Explore the Castles and History of Wales

March 26th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, March 26, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Castles of Wales

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This non-profit, educational resource website created by Jeffrey L. Thomas features photographs and/or information relating to over 400 different medieval castles of Wales. Not only will visitors be able view images of the well-known and lesser known castles, but they can also learn about the castle builders and Welsh history.
When arriving at the site, you can read the introduction, and then use the upper text link menu to navigate through. Select “Main Menu” to easily arrive at areas of interest such as: 
  • Main Castle Index – Use the hyperlinked, alphabetized index of castles to quickly arrive at the castle you wish to visit.
  • Welsh Castle Database – provides a larger annotated list of the castles in Wales, including those that no longer remain but have been mentioned in historical records
  • Castle Locator Maps – maps showing the locations of the major castles of Wales
  • Historical Essays – historical overviews, the evolution of the castle in Wales, and additional essays
  • Castle Builders – Discover the Welsh and Norman castle builders.
  • A Timeline of Medieval Wales and A Timeline of Welsh Castles
  • Castle Terminology – short definitions for terms associated with medieval castles, some of which are hyperlinked to examples
  • Abbeys & Other Religious Sites in Wales – includes a hyperlinked list of holy wells, abbeys, cathedrals, priories, and churches
  • Pre-Medieval & Other Historic Sites in Wales – a selection of other historical sites and monuments
  • Welsh Language Pages – In an effort to preserve the ancient Celtic language of Wales, some pages are available in Welsh. There are also a few links to Welsh language sites.
  • Drawings and Illustrations of Welsh Castles
And there’s so much more. This website would make an excellent resource for geography and history studies of Wales and castles.

A Help for Reluctant Readers

March 25th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, March 25, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Many have found comics and cartoons a great motivator for reluctant readers. This website contains researched, comic-style illustrated facts about “almost everything there is to know”!
When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu with topics that include: 
  • animals
  • art & architecture
  • biology
  • geography & geology
  • language
  • medicine
  • music
  • plants
  • psychology
  • science
  • and more!
Click on any one, and a new page opens with an index of choices in that category. For example, the “Language” section includes cartoons about grammar, nursery rhymes, phrases, slang, surnames, and writing. Your kids will find gems such as: 
  • When to use “I” or “me”
  • The stories behind familiar nursery rhymes such as “Little Jack Horner” and “Sing a Song of Sixpence”
  • The origin of phrases such as “pig in a poke” and “letting the cat out of the bag”
Kids relish learning things their parents don’t know and this website features odd tidbits and obscure facts in every category. There is no correct sequence for browsing this site. You (or your child) simply pick topics of interest to browse, rather like an encyclopedia.

One gratifying result of having your child visit this site is the number of times he or she will call out, “Mom, did you know this?” or “Look at this one!”

And don’t be surprised if many of the facts learned on this site pop up in later conversation as well. (Some folks refer to this as “retention,” a phenomenon that seems to occur more frequently when the material is interesting and fun.)

Free Insect Learning Guides for Kids

March 24th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, March 24, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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SaveNature.com: Discover Insects

 

Age Range: K-6 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by SaveNature.org provides free, downloadable Learning Guides to help kids understand insects and their importance to ecosystems and the diversity of life on Earth.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and a menu of Learning Guides that include information on rainforests, coral reefs, and hummingbirds as well as:
  • Insect Activity Sheets – Get an insect coloring page, make your own “Insect Lab,” learn to classify arthropods, get bug recipes for dry-roasted insects and chocolate chip chirpies, discover the biodiversity in your own backyard and more!
  • Insect Fact Sheets – Print out terrific scientific facts and info on a variety of bugs that include:
    • Honey Bee
    • House Cricket
    • Monarch Butterfly
    • Termites
    • Yellow Mealworm Beetle
    • Bumble Bee
    • Madagascar Hissing Roach
  • Other Arthropod Fact Sheets – Download and print out info on:
    • American Brown Recluse Spider
    • California Tarantula
    • Orb Weaver Spiders
    • Sowbug, Pillbug
    • Western Black Widow
    • Scorpion
    • Millipedes/Milpies bilingual
You can also read articles and watch short video clips about insects too!

Math Goodies & WebQuests

March 23rd, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, March 23, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Math Goodies

 

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website features a smattering of free interactive math lessons, printable worksheets, games and more to help students in about grades 5-8 learn math. Gifted younger children and remedial older students may benefit from the resources provided as well.
The site was designed by a math teacher who also developed a complete math course that is available for sale on the site. However, you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the generous sampling of math lessons and materials.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction followed by some featured items and lots of advertisements. Look below the introduction for the menu that includes: 

  • Lessons – Learn how to determine the perimeter and area of polygons. Find out how to simplify, compare, order, and convert fractions. Explore decimals and percentages. Find out how to write algebraic expressions and equations and much more!
  • Worksheets – Download math worksheets (pdf) that include an introduction to fractions, decimals, percent applications, probability theory, graphs, and symbolic logic.
  • WebQuests – This terrific resource provides math inquiries and instructions that lead to online explorations to find information and solve problems. Choose from a short but meaty selection of quests to recommended websites and learn about exponents and scientific notation, integers and science, math and climate, math and sports, number theory, percentages in daily life, and even a “Pi Day” celebration.
  • Games – An assortment of interactive math games. Not all of the games featured here are open for free play. The ones that were accessible included: Factor Tree Game, Integer Football, Percent Goodies, and Probability Goodies.
  • Puzzles – Enjoy interactive math-themed crossword puzzles about circles, fractions, logic, percentages, polygons, and probability.
You’ll also find homework help, articles, forums and more.

Art Lesson Plans from Dick Blick

March 21st, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 21, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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Dick Blick Art Lesson Plans

 

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

 

At this website, sponsored by an art materials supply store, you will find a series of Art Lesson Plans for grades K-12 (with most geared for grades 3-8). Designed for classroom use they can be tweaked for home use as well.
These lessons contain suggestions for artwork using multi-media – that is, many different mediums including: 
  • Paint
  • Crayon
  • Torn paper
  • Collage
  • Watercolor markers
  • Pastel glue
  • Paper weaving
  • Stencils
  • And more
The instructions are simple, include a materials list (if you don’t already have the materials you can conveniently purchase them at this website), and also provide an illustration of the completed work.

Search lessons by selecting Grade Level, Discipline, or Video Lesson Plans. Most lessons are downloadable PDFs.

This site provides fairly simple art projects using multiple mediums that will help you expose your kids to the many styles and forms of art.

The Virtual Egyptian Museum

March 20th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 20, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Virtual Egyptian Museum

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Through hundreds of images and informative text, examine the Senusret Collection at this virtual museum.
When arriving at the link use the upper navigation bar to choose:
  • Highlights – to view the top 10% of the collection grouped by civilization
  • Full Visit – view all items
  • by Type – items sorted by type (jewelry, mummy, object, etc. . .)
  • by Period – Egyptian pieces only arranged by dynasty
  • by God – pieces representing gods
  • by Material – pieces grouped by from what they are made
Once you have chosen how you would like to search the pieces, use the left hand tool bar to click the object you would like to examine. When the item appears in the window, there will be interesting text about the item and the ability to see a larger view of the object. Most items include additional views and close-ups of the item. Links to other related items can also be found on the page.

Visitors could spend hours exploring all of the artifacts at this museum, so you will want to bookmark this website.

Discover Ancient Egypt

March 19th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, March 19, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Discover Ancient Egypt

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Take an interactive adventure and explore an ancient Egyptian tomb and much more with this website presented by the National Museum of Scotland.
Choose from 6 interactive presentations: 
  • The Three Pyramids
  • Egyptian Tomb Adventure
  • Land of the Egyptians
  • Dress like an Egyptian
  • Egyptian hieroglyphics
  • Temple stores game
After making your selection, follow the easy-to-follow instructions to move through the presentation. Through the various interactive maps, images, games, informative text, and more, students will learn about:
  • The country of Egypt
  • How ancient Egyptians prepared bodies for the afterlife
  • Egyptian tombs
  • Egyptian clothing
  • Hieroglyphics
  • Supplies needed by craftsmen of the day
This website makes a fun addition to your ancient Egypt studies.
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