Science with Butterflies

July 11th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, July 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s Butterfly Site

(www.kidsbutterfly.org/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, a project of the Butterfly and Moth Information Network, has free information on the life cycle of butterflies, a stunning photo gallery of moths and butterflies, links to teaching and learning tools, and even printable science coloring pages!

When you get to the site you’ll see the features that include: 

  • Coloring Pages – Get coloring pages of a butterfly egg, larva, chrysalis (pupa), and an adult butterfly. And here’s a link to a lesson plan based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar

http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle/lesson.

  • FAQs – This is a great resource for learning about moths and butterflies, their anatomy (find out if they have brains and hearts), life cycle, habitats, and behavior. Are butterflies poisonous? How did they get their name? How do you say “butterfly” in other languages? The answers are all here.
  • Life Cycle – Enjoy a simple explanation of a butterfly’s life cycle illustrated with terrific photos. This is perfect for kids!
  • Links – For those kids (and adults) that want to know more, this is a wonderful archive of links to butterfly and entomology websites in the U.S. and worldwide. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.
  • Photographs – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.
  • Teaching & Learning Tools – Watch videos about butterflies, get a bibliography of field guides and reference books that include activities you can do at home – like growing a butterfly garden to attract these fascinating creatures to your backyard.

And for those of you studying foreign languages, you’ll find translations of the life cycle overview in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

How To Tie Knots!

July 10th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, July 10, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ropers Knots Page

(www.realknots.com/knots/index.htm)

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

 

This ad-supported, archived website provides a free directory of instructions with illustrations on how to tie knots. You’ll discover how to tie hitches, loops, nooses, monkey fists, and more. 

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu of knot instructions and a way to search for knots alphabetically by name. Then just click on the one that interests you – and get step-by-step, illustrated directions on how to tie the knot.

This site also contains links to many, many other knot sites created by scouting organizations, fishermen, artists and more. (Note: We did not review these other sites – parental supervision is suggested.) There’s even a series of websites devoted to math and knot tying. 

Oh, and you’ll find a link to learn how to tie a man’s tie as well.

Note: Because this is an ad-supported site where ads are randomly generated – it’s impossible to predict if the advertising on any given page is suitable for children. Parents, as always, should preview and then review the site with their children. 

Have fun!

Fun & Games with Music

July 8th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 8, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SFSKids – Fun and Games with Music

(www.sfskids.org/index.html?f=menu)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world of orchestral music with the fun activities at this website created by the San Francisco Symphony.

Through interactive games, students can learn about the instruments of the orchestra, the basics of conducting, and what is involved in composing music as well as listening skills to gain familiarity with orchestral music. Some audio excerpts are permanently part of the program while others that are noted with a leaf symbol are rotated out every 6 months to provide variety for the student.

When arriving at the SFSKids site, read the introduction then select the “Let’s Start!” link to read some brief instructions for using the site. There are instructions throughout each activity making this site very user friendly.

Exploration activities include: 

  • Sea of Knowledge – Discover Music – Discover facts about instruments, music, and composers.
  • Music Streams – Listen to Music – Listen to music selections from Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Copland, Gershwin, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Shubert, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Wagner, and many more.
  • Musical Skies – Play with Music – includes 2 different activities: 
    • Star Catcher – Select a musical piece and as you listen move your mouse to the rhythm of the music to catch stars with the rabbit.
    • Mood Journey – Make a musical selection then click on the ‘falling’ phrases to change the background as you listen.
  • Instrument Garden – Perform Music – Learn about and virtually play instruments.
  • Symphony Hall – Conduct Music – Learn how a conductor directs an orchestra with this activity.
  • Music Mountain – Compose Music – Learn the basics of music composition and compose your own tune.

There is a lot to explore on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to time after time.

Tour Idaho’s Capitol Online

July 7th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, July 7, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Idaho’s Capitol for Kids

(idahoptv.org/productions/specials/capitoloflight/kids/index.cfm)

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

 

Tour Idaho’s Capitol with this website from Idaho Public Education and the Idaho State Board of Education.

To begin your virtual tours, select the “Take a Tour” link on the home page. Then select to either take a video tour or a photo tour. The video tours include: 

  • Tour – Choose to see the full 11-minute tour of the restored Capitol or watch in segments. This tour is also available captioned.
  • 1905-1920 – “Learn what Idaho was like in the early 1900’s, find out who designed and built the original Capitol and discover why Idaho’s Capitol was an early 20th Century modern marvel”.
  • Restoration & Expansion – Explore “the restoration and expansion of Idaho’s Capitol and its hidden and not-so-hidden treasures.”
  • Capitol of Light – PBS documentary of the renovation and expansion of the Capitol.
  • Visions of Idaho –  PBS videos about Idaho history, geography and more.
  • Saved By the Bill – “Learn how an idea becomes law in Idaho”.

When you have finished with your tours return to the “Kids Home” page to learn more about Idaho’s Capitol. Hover over the eagle and click the link to reach the welcome page. Here visitors can download a fun facts sheet and a reference sheet of Idaho’s State Symbols. Select “Play Games” for online games such as: 

  • I Spy Idaho’s Capitol
  • I Spy: The Quiz Game
  • Claim It!
  • Seal of Fortune

Choose the “Teachers” button to find printable versions of the online games and answer keys, web links to the Idaho State Government, other Capitol websites, Idaho history sites, Idaho’s Indian Tribes, and just for fun.

This fun website is a great place to get an overview of Idaho.

Interactive US History Games

July 6th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 6, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mission U.S.

(www.mission-us.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Public Broadcasting, offers free interactive games to immerse players in U.S. history content. The games are available for use online as well as for iPad and Android tablets.

When you get to the site select from the following games: 

  • Mission 1: For Crown or Colony? – “Puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.”
  • Mission 2: Flight to Freedom – “Players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the ‘free’ North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?”
  • Mission 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey – “Players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation.”
  • Mission 4: City of Immigrants – “Players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement.”
  • Mission 5: Up from the Dust – “Players take on the roles of twins Frank and Ginny Dunn, whose family wheat farm is devastated by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. As they experience the hardships of the 1930s, players learn about Americans’ strategies for survival – as individuals, communities, and a nation.”

Watch trailers of the games for an overview of each mission then click “Play Mission” to begin the game. 

Note: If you click on “Educators” on the menu at the top of the home page, you’ll find “Educators Guides” that provide instructions and tips for using the games as learning tools in the classroom. Some of the information may be helpful for home educators as well.

English Grammar Games & Much More!

July 5th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 5, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fun 4 The Brain: English Excitement!

(www.fun4thebrain.com/english.html)

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

 

This website offers a variety of free, multi-media, interactive games to practice and learn English Language Arts including grammar, parts of speech, and sight words.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of six games that include: 

  • Panda Mayhem – Learn parts of speech and make silly sentences.
  • Base Word Baseball – Challenge your knowledge of base words and suffix endings.
  • Popcorn Words – Memorize the most common sight words.
  • Syllable Split – Break words into syllables.
  • Magic “e” Adventures – Find out what happens to a word when you add an “e” on the end. For example, “cap” becomes “cape”.
  • My Reading Tools – Use the reading tools you learned in the previous games to find the treasure.

But that’s not all! Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to find an array of free math games to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You’ll even find timed quizzes to do online or print out and do offline. There is a fun science game too, that will help you discover what happens when you mix oxygen and nitrogen.

Bookmark this site!

Fun, Online Math Games for K-9

July 3rd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, July 3, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathNook

(www.mathnook.com/)

This ad-supported website provides a free archive of fun, interactive, online games that help kids practice and hone their math skills.


You can choose games by grade level or category. Skills covered include:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Estimation
  • Exponents
  • Factoring
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Money
  • Measurement
  • Place Value
  • Prime/Composite
  • Rounding
  • And more!

When you get to this ad-supported site you’ll see a menu of math games. Just click on one of interest to get started. Most of the games have colorful animations, sound effects, and an arcade-style format.

The site also offers free math worksheets, math apps, teaching tools and videos – a great resource to supplement learning basic math skills.

Free Online Translator

July 1st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 1, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeTranslation.com

(www.freetranslation.com/)

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

 

This website offers a free, useful translation tool for anyone interested in translating something from one language to another.

Languages include: 

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • Malay
  • Arabic
  • and many more.

When you get to the site you will see the free translator. Type in the word or text you want to have translated in the first box, select the language you want it translated from and to and click “Translate”. In a second the translation will appear in the second box.

This is a great tool for a student studying a foreign language who needs a little help with a word or phrase – and it’s also fun to see different words or slogans translated into a number of different languages – and then compare and contrast the differences.

This IS a commercial site that sells translation tools and services – but you don’t have to purchase anything to use the free translator provided at the site.

Journey to the Stars and Back

June 30th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 30, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lockheed Martin – Generation Beyond

(www.generationbeyondinschool.com/virtualfieldtrip)

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

 

Watch this video virtual field trip presentation about the Lockheed Martin Space Operations Simulation Center in Littleton, Colorado and what it takes to make it into space.

When arriving at today’s link teachers will want to download the companion guide for an overview of the virtual field trip and additional activity ideas. Visitors can watch the virtual presentation in its entirety or select to watch the different segments: 

  • Chapter 1: VFT Introduction, 3D Printing and Virtual Reality in Space
  • Chapter 2: Testing & Prep for Space Missions to Mars, Jupiter, and Asteroid Bennu
  • Chapter 3: Orion Test Lab and Mars Habitat Module
  • Chapter 4: Managing Space Missions in Flight and VFT Conclusion

Visitors will tour: 

  • 3D Printing lab
  • Virtual Reality Lab Chill
  • Space Operations Simulation Center
  • Orion Test Lab
  • Mars Habitat Module
  • Mission Support Area

This virtual field trip is a great resource not only to see some interesting space technology, but also discover the many important career paths available in the space field.

Journey through Anglo-Saxon Life & Death

June 29th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, June 29, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Anglo-Saxon Discovery

(anglosaxondiscovery.ashmolean.org/index.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford provides young students a look into Anglo-Saxon life through interactive activities illustrated by children.

Using either the upper menu bar or the student illustrated images, navigate through the site to learn about:

  • Anglo-Saxon Arrival
  • Anglo-Saxon Life
  • Anglo-Saxon Death
  • Anglo-Saxon Kings and Kingdoms
  • Anglo-Saxon Oxfordshire
  • Edward Thurlow Leeds and Archaeology

Each page presents questions to be answered. Click on the question to be taken to another page with clickable answers (and/or more questions). Just as in our real-life studies where many questions lead to more questions, this website also presents information in a layered manner, with answered questions often leading to more questions and clickable information links.

Also available using the menu on the right side of the page are: 

  • Teacher Resources – standards, objectives and outcomes as well as sample lesson plans, printable companion activity sheets, and more
  • Games and activities – when we clicked this link the page had broken image links, but click on the text links to reach the following: 
    • How much do you know about the Anglo-Saxons?
    • Games
    • Activity Sheets
    • A few more ideas
  • Links – more websites related to Anglo-Saxon study
  • Meet the Vikings – mini-unit on Vikings like the larger Anglo-Saxon unit
  • Picture Gallery – student illustrations of Anglo-Saxons, archaeologists, and more
  • Virtual Gallery – items in the Leeds Gallery of the museum
  • Ashmolean Museum – takes visitors to the main museum

(Note that the Archives and Artefacts link was not working at the time of this review.)

The brief texts and fun illustrations from students makes this website appealing to younger students and therefore may keep them more engaged in the learning.

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