Math Dude’s Tips

September 11th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Math Dude

(mathdude.quickanddirtytips.com/categoryindex/all/Page/1/sortbyalpha/)

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

 

This is an unusual ad-supported website that offers explanations and tips for making learning math easier from Jason Marshall, Ph.D., also known as “The Math Dude.”  Marshall is a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars.

Math Dude’s tips are archived on a big, umbrella website called “Quick and Dirty Tips” with advice from experts in a variety of fields including education, money, work, health, and more.

We only looked at the Math Dude section for this review. Parents, as always, should preview this site and determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use by children and teens.

When you get to the site you’ll see “The Math Dude’s Most Recent Tips”, followed by “The Math Dude’s Most Popular Tips” and “The Math Dude’s Archive”. You can jump right in by clicking on any tip. A new page opens where you will see the tip or lesson presented in blog format, and you can click on an audio recording to listen as Jason delivers the tip. There are lots of math tips to select from like: 

  • Learn how to add quickly, convert decimals to fractions, multiply by eleven, determine area and volume, explore Venn diagrams, and more.
  • Make a Mobius Strip, learn about the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio.
  • Get a definition and explanation of math terms including irrational and rational numbers, sets and subsets, associative property, distributive property, trigonometry, and more.
  • Find out how to amaze your friends with number tricks, calculate how fast your money will grow, estimate how fast someone is running, and send encrypted messages.

Find tips for science, writing and grammar by locating the “Education” tab on the tiny horizontal menu located below the “Quick and Dirty Tips” headline at the top and clicking on it.

Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids

September 9th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, September 9, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AHC-Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids

(www.artistshelpingchildren.org/musicalinstrumentsartscraftstideashandmadekids.html)

Age Range: 4-16 (Grades K-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free instructions on how to make your own musical instruments that will help everyone pass the time more happily.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page slightly to the menu of possibilities that includes: 

  • African Drums
  • Bells on a String
  • Bongo Drums
  • Bagpipes
  • Tambourines
  • Guitar
  • Cymbals
  • Didgeridoo
  • Maracas
  • Castanets
  • Kazoo
  • Rainstick
  • Banjo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • and many more!

Best of all, many of these instruments can be made by recycling things you’ll find around the house such as coffee cans, bottle caps, oatmeal boxes, paper plates, tissue paper, straws, combs, pie tins, etc.  

Not only that, many of the instruments offer cross-curricular connections with Social Studies. There are instruments for celebrating cultural holidays and religious festivals. 

Click on any item on the menu and a new page opens with information about the instrument, a materials list, and complete instructions with pictures. In some instances, you’ll find how-to video clips.

When you’re through making a joyful noise, be sure to check out the rest of the site that offers innumerable ways to express creativity.

Tour the Regions of California

September 8th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Regions of California Virtual Field Trip

(edtech2.boisestate.edu/jessicacassese/502/vtour.html)

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

 

Tour the California regions with this website created by a student at Boise State University.

When arriving at today’s link, start off your tour by watching the cute “Regions Video” which explains all the regions to the tune of “California Dreaming” then read through the brief summary below the video that provides information about the tours.  

Using the left-hand menu, select your destination: 

  • Coast
  • Mountains
  • Desert
  • Central Valley

Each regional tour provides a video or pictorial overview, maps, and a summary paragraph with links for further exploration. Please note that many of the links open to off-site pages so always preview before allowing students to visit.

Also included on the left-hand sidebar are questions for the student to answer about the region with links to where information can be found as well as a link at the bottom for the answers.

This site was intended for upper elementary students but younger and older kids will enjoy it as well.

California State History for Kids

September 7th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

California Fact Cards

(factcards.califa.org/mainmenu.html)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Looking for a starting place for your California state studies? This website provides a wealth of basic information about the state’s history.

On the home page, use the list of topics to search for information. Topics include: 

  • Indians
  • Explorers
  • Missions
  • Mission Life
  • Ranchos
  • Governors
  • History by the Decades

After the selected topic page opens, further refine your research by selecting the appropriate sub-topic. Most pages not only include a list of basic facts about the subject, but also include paragraphs with more in-depth information as well as an image. Because the information is presented in concise, bite-size pieces, students’ interest may be piqued to dig deeper on their own. In addition, each page is also printable for use offline using the “Print” link in the upper menu.

This site is simple to navigate and the text is written at the 4th-6th grade reading level making it an excellent resource for your elementary and middle school students to discover facts about California.

Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

September 6th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

(www.myvocabulary.com/)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes: 

  • Root Word Lesson – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.
  • Subject Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.
  • Subject Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “accessories” to “Yellowstone”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.
  • Test Prep – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT/GRE vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

Free Cartoon Science Experiments

September 5th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Hunkin’s Experiments

(www.hunkinsexperiments.com/default.htm)

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

 

This archived website has hundreds of cool cartoons that will have you conducting science experiments with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more! The creator, Tim Hunkin, trained as an engineer, became a cartoonist and television writer, and now builds interactive exhibits for museums.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of experiments grouped under headings such as: 

  • Food
  • Mathematical
  • Biological
  • Electrical
  • Sound
  • Hobbies
  • Clothes
  • Light
  • and more.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of experiments in that category. Click on an experiment to see a cartoon illustration with directions on how to conduct it. This is so whimsical and user-friendly, it’s sure to entice even the most reluctant scientist in your family.

Activities in French for Kids

September 2nd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, September 2, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids-R-Crafty

(www.kidsrcrafty.com/)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site, one of the many DLTK Sites for Kids, provides younger students with learning activities in both English and French. The home page provides an introduction in both languages.

Use the left-hand side menu to find the French activities which include: 

  • Éctiture – (Education) – activities to help the student learn to write
  • Labyrinthes – (Mazes) – simple mazes with French captions
  • Les Formes – (Shapes) – coloring pages to learn shapes
  • Les Lettres – (Letters) – trace and color the letters of the alphabet and learn French words that start with that letter
  • Les Nombres – (Numbers) – Learn numbers 1-10 and color the correct amount of objects represented by the number.

Each main page has information and instruction in both English and French. Once you have selected an activity, use your browser print function to print out the page to use a worksheet. While this site is generally geared for very young learners, it can also be use with older elementary students to learn some basic French.

Canadian Farm and Food Virtual Tours

September 1st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

FarmFood360

(www.farmfood360.ca/)

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

 

Discover the farms of Canada with these virtual tours at this website from Farm & Food Care Ontario.

When arriving at today’s link visitors will find images of the available categories for which there are tours. Select from: 

  • Milk and Cheese
  • Dairy Cow Farms
  • Egg Farms
  • Vegetable Farm
  • Chicken Farm
  • Beef Cattle Farms
  • Veal Farms
  • Goat Farms
  • Pig Farms
  • Turkey Farm
  • Grain Farm
  • Fruit Farm
  • Greenhouse Vegetable Farm
  • Sheep Farm
  • Dees and Elk Farms
  • Ratite Farms

Once you select an image, a dropdown will open revealing some quick Canadian farm facts and the available tours. Click the desired image and begin your tour. There are two different types of tours including picture and text tours and a few 360 video tours that open on YouTube. The tours are user-friendly and easy to navigate.

When you are finished with your tours, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Farm & Food Care logo. On this page, hover over the “Resources” link in the upper menu then select the “Did You Know” Resources link. On this page visitors will find infographics, downloadable farm fact sheets, more farm photos to continue your virtual tours, a farm glossary and you can even “meet” Ontario farm families.

History for Kids

August 31st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, August 31, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsPast.com

(www.kidspast.com/)

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

 

This website provides an engaging online history textbook, history games, and interesting historical quotes.

When you get to the ad-supported site, use the menu and click on “World History” to access a sort of virtual, interactive textbook containing a variety of articles on topics including: 

  • Prehistoric Humans
  • The Ancient Greeks & Romans
  • African, Indian, and Chinese Civilizations
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • Medieval Europe
  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation
  • The American Revolution
  • The French Revolution
  • And much more!

The articles are easy to read, interesting, and enhanced with pictures and illustrations. Note: It may take a minute or two for each chapter to fully download  – but your patience will pay off.

Once you’ve read the articles, use the sidebar menu to click on “History Games” and try playing the innovative arcade-style games that help kids retain the history facts and concepts in the articles.

You can also explore “Historical Quotes” from the menu that offers interesting comments from historical figures in every walk of life.

KidsKnowIt Network also provides fun history songs that kids may enjoy. Just click on the icon that says, “Play A Song for This Topic,” just below the menu on the left side of the screen.

Dr. Goodword’s Language Lover’s Paradise

August 30th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, August 30, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

(www.alphadictionary.com/ww/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This archived website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include:

  • Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!
  • Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!
  • Reference Shelf — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. Sign up to receive a daily email with vocabulary words. You’ll also find: 

  • Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!
  • Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out.

And more!

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