The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 6th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, February 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 16-19, 2018.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to the website http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, explore the kids page with fun online games that teach about birds as they entertain, and view the bird photo gallery.

Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.comUse a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

Calvin & Hobbes Math Comics & More

February 5th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, February 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Comic Math: Calvin & Hobbes

(www.comicmath.com/calvin-and-hobbes-math-comics.html)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up approximately, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides links to Calvin & Hobbes comic strips that mention math.

The idea is to make math more fun by providing math-related comics that engage students. This website is on a mission to create a complete directory of all math-related Calvin & Hobbes cartoons.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of links to C&H comics from 1985 to 1995. If you click on any of the links to comics, you’ll be taken to another site where the comic strips are archived. That site has random ads. Therefore, parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use. You may want to just print out some of the comic strips to share with your kids.
 
But there’s more to this site than meets the eye.
 
You’ll also find math-related comic strips from FoxTrot and Peanuts. Click here for the direct link. Careful! If you scroll up or down the page, you’ll find comics that are for more mature audiences and math majors. Some contain adult humor or language.
 
As you investigate the rest of this site, you’ll find blog posts by the site owner, who also happens to be a math tutor and author of some of the web comics. You can purchase comic books and cartoon guides at this site that teach math and other subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology. You’ll also find a page that features videos of Vi Hart and her amazing math doodles, drawings, and songs.

Discover Music with the London Symphony Orchestra

February 3rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, February 3, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

London Symphony Orchestra – Play

(play.lso.co.uk/)

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

 

Explore the world of orchestra music with this portion of the larger London Symphony Orchestra website.

After arriving at the home page, click through the panes to the “Explore” slide and locate the “Select a performance” link. On this page, search through the slides to find a desired performance you would like to select. Currently there are five choices: 

  • Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
  • Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony
  • Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
  • Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
  • Ravel’s Bolero

Once a selection has been made, chose the “Start watching” link to see multiple camera angles of the performance. There are 4 views visible on your screen that you can set for the specific angles you wish to see. In the upper left of the window there is a menu button. Select this to reveal additional options including “Explore Orchestra” where visitors can learn about the instruments in the orchestra performance, read biographies of the musicians, view Masterclass videos, as well as download teacher resource information.

This website provides a wonderful introduction to orchestral music for students of all ages.

3-D Geologic Exploration of National Parks

February 2nd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, February 2, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geology of National Parks

(3dparks.wr.usgs.gov/)

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

 

At this website you can take virtual tours of the U.S. National Parks – from Arches to Zion!

The virtual tours highlight the geology and natural history of the parks, and are offered for viewing through 3-D anaglyphic images or through regular photographs.

If you don’t have 3-D glasses handy, you can enjoy the tours by just looking at the photos and reading the accompanying text.

If you want to see the 3-D images you’ll need 3-D glasses. As suggested at the website, you can do a search for 3-D glasses online and find all kinds of sources (and prices) for them. We also located a NASA lesson plan on how to make your own 3-D glasses.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of National Parks. At the top of each park page, you’ll see that you can click on any of these choices: 

  • 3D Photo Tour – to take a virtual tour of the parks by viewing 3-D images. The 3-D effect only works with 3-D glasses. Each photo is accompanied by text that explains what you are seeing.
  • Standard Photo Tour – to take a virtual tour of the parks by looking at a series of beautiful photographs. Each photo is accompanied by text that explains what you are seeing.
  • Thumbnail Gallery – To view all the images available, select this option.

Each page also provides a link to the website for that particular national park where you can get lots more information about it. There is educational content on some of the sites for students, and good info about park highlights and visiting hours, etc.

This is a terrific resource for budding geologists – and, considering the price of gas these days, this website offers a great way to visit our national parks without leaving home!

The Presidential Campaign of 1896

February 1st, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, February 1, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Presidential Campaign – Cartoons & Commentary

(projects.vassar.edu/1896/1896home.html)

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

 

This website from Vassar College presents information relating to the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley over William Jennings Bryan. Historians consider this election to be one of the “most dramatic and complex in American history.”

When arriving at today’s link, review the introduction and information about symbols used throughout the pages. Under this information visitors will find links to the pages of the site broken down into sections: 

  • Leaders – Learn about the important people of the time such as Susan B. Anthony, J.P. Morgan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie as well as the candidates and more.
  • Themes of the Campaign – Discover the “hot topics” that fueled the campaigns including the Civil War, racial prejudice, economic depression, woman suffrage, and much more.
  • Popular Culture of 1890’s – Explore inventions, medicine, amusements and more of the time.
  • Special Features – Under this section find “Classroom Ideas” for using the 1896 website including discussion questions, writing prompts, further reading suggestions, and advanced researching ideas.

Throughout the website are images of political cartoons which can also be accessed from the link in the upper menu at the top of the home page. Please take note of this important statement on the website homepage: 

“1896” contains many images and arguments that the site’s architects find offensive, including antisemitic and racial slurs. These themes–and protests against them, which were largely ignored in the press–represented the state of public opinion at the time. We include such material as part of our commitment to a full understanding of the past and its legacies today.


As always, please preview this website prior to allowing your students’ use.

Language Arts Online Games

January 31st, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, January 31, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PrimaryGames

(www.primarygames.com/reading.htm)

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

 

For all kids who love to use the computer – here’s a great site to get some basic drill and practice in spelling, reading, and grammar using interactive, online games.

When you get to the site you will see the words “Reading Games.” Below it is an icon menu of the many games offered in this subject.

You will find all kinds of games to practice Language Arts including: 

  • Jigmania: Snow White – Read the story of Snow White while unscrambling pieces to make a picture. Can you put this legendary story back together again?
  • Clueless Crossword – Can you solve the crossword without using clues? Complete the crossword puzzle by guessing the letters.
  • Word Grid – How many words can you form with the given letters?
  • Missed Letters – Practice letter recognition by trying to find the missing letter that completes each.
  • And many more – including alphabet and letter recognition games for the very young.

Bookmark this site. Because once you’ve exhausted the Language Arts section, you can explore the games for other subjects by looking at the menu at the top of the screen. You’ll see that this site offers interactive online games to learn science, math, social studies and more!

Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

January 30th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 30, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CELLS Alive!

(www.cellsalive.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cellsIt was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.


When you get to the site, click on a link of interest or scroll over “Contents” in the menu bar to explore categories that include: 

  • Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.
  • Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.
  • Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.
  • Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

Under “Explore” in the menu bar, you can also examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle (mitosis), watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can purchase downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content. 

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 6 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too  – parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 29th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 29, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section

(www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/hosted-sites/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fib.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

In the 13th century, Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents. 

Our suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too). 

After listening to the interview, head over to the introductory page that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!

Free Spanish Lessons, Games, & Apps for All Ages

January 27th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 27, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

OnlineFreeSpanish

(www.onlinefreespanish.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers engaging, FREE, introductory Spanish lessons for children and their parents that includes games, activities, printable coloring pages and worksheets, and mobile apps!

When you get to the site you’ll see currently featured activities and an icon menu for levels, print, and content for tablets. Activities throughout include: 

  • Tablets – Get free apps that teach Spanish words, numbers, colors and more
  • Lessons – Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen. Each lesson includes a link to “Related Lessons and Activities” that provide printable worksheets to reinforce learning.
  • Activities – Click and drag Spanish words to matching pictures, play a variety of word search games, and guide a bee safely through a frog pond by unscrambling letters to spell Spanish words.
  • Printables – Choose from an assortment of fun printable materials that reinforce learning the lessons. There’s a picture dictionary, word search puzzle, and coloring pages of farm animals, fruits, bugs, numbers, and more.

You’ll also see an icon menu of select games – just click on any one to get started. New activities are added to the site regularly, so bookmark it to return often. Or sign up to receive the free newsletter that will keep you updated on additions to the site.

Virtual Museum of European Roots

January 26th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, January 26, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Museum of European Roots

(www.europeanvirtualmuseum.it/default.htm)

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

 

Discover European artifacts with this website from the Leonardo da Vinci programme.

Begin exploring the collections by selecting a museum from the scrolling images: 

  • Athens
  • Rome
  • Sofia
  • Budapest
  • Bucharest
  • Wein
  • Berlin
  • Euro Innovanet

When the page opens, read through the information then select the “Go to the Virtual Museum” image link. On the next page will be a chart of pieces to examine. Click the image for more views and information about the item.

There are several ways to navigate around this website. When on an artifact page, select the “MU.S.EU.M” link in the upper menu to return to the home page or select the “Virtual Museum” link to be taken to an alternate page that allows browsing items based on what an object might be used for or represent. This page also includes a clickable map to browse by location and a clickable timeline to search by time-period. Visitors can always use the “Site Index” link on the side bar menu to find more locations on the site such as the “Special Collections” page and “Deepenings” page which provide in-depth explanations of topical pieces.

This site would make a nice addition to your European history and geography studies.

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