Pond Scum Science

April 9th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 9, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ron’s Pond Scum

(www.silkentent.com/gus1911/RonPond.htm)

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

 

This website provides a virtual exploration of the critters living in pond scum.

When you get to the site, simply click on the links in the text to see remarkable photographs and learn about:

  • protozoan
  • paramecium
  • actinopods
  • vorticella
  • anchor worms
  • fly larvae, amoeba
  • water mites
  • algae
  • and other single-celled and multi-celled oddities

All of this comes to you courtesy of a retired Computer Systems Analyst named Ron DeAngelis. Several years ago, he set up an outdoor fish pond and became interested in micro pond life. He bought a good microscope and when he discovered he could take excellent pictures with a digital camera, “Ron’s Pond Scum” was born!

Ron gets emails from students all over the world, as well as from frustrated parents who confide that without Ron’s website, their child would never have finished his or her science project.

Ron’s Pond Scum is a terrific way to explore the life teeming in pond water without getting wet. It’s a great supplement to any science curriculum. 

Practice Math with Games

April 8th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, April 8, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Play Kids Games

(www.playkidsgames.com/mathGames.htm)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to help kids learn and practice their math skills.

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

  • Space Shuttle Launch: You choose whether to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math question correctly, you get to watch your rocket ship launch successfully and reach the moon.
  • Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the hungry crocodile gets a snack!
  • Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their numbers.
  • Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
  • Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully ricochets off the components of a math question, you need to answer it correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
  • Math Tunnel Blaster: Shoot the correct answers to make your way through the walls and through the tunnel.
  • Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot Calculator they appear horizontally).

But that’s not all! There are other subjects available at this site. Just click on the button of your choice at the top including: 

  • Alphabet
  • Memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Geography
  • Arts

And more!

Pavement Drawings and Sidewalk Chalk!

April 6th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, April 6, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pavement Drawings – 3D Illusions

(www.julianbeever.net/index.php/phoca-gallery-3d)

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

 

This website features the work of sidewalk art master Julian Beever. If you have kids who like to draw on the sidewalk (or if you enjoyed it yourself as a child) – don’t miss this website! It takes sidewalk art to a whole new level.

When you get to the site you’ll see small thumbnail renderings of the 3D pavement drawings. There are over seventy-five 3D illusions to amaze and amuse you. You can also see some of the artist’s self-portraits (under “Miscellaneous”) – that appear to be reflections on a concrete canvas. 

This is a delightful exhibit – sure to inspire the sidewalk artists in your family. If it does, then don’t miss this recipe for how to make your own sidewalk chalk.

Virtual Tour of a Science Museum in Japan

April 5th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, April 5, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Little Day Out-National Museum of Nature and Science

(tinyurl.com/y4p9g6nu)

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

 

The National Museum of Nature and Science is one of Japan’s biggest science museums, with over 10,000 exhibits that explore everything from outer space and dinosaurs to the unique ecosystems of Japan and the world’s latest advances in technology.

Little Day Out, a Singapore-based online magazine, toured the museum and gave us a nice overview. Scroll through the text and pictures starting with the Japan Gallery (history of Japan) and moving to the Global Gallery (earth’s history).

When you are done reading all about the museum, head on over to the museum site here where you can watch an introductory video – with a cartoon dinosaur as your tour guide. The first 6 minutes gives you a tour; the rest explains the rules of behavior while visiting the museum. Arigato gozaimasu!

The History Of Jell-O!

April 4th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, April 4, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jell-O Gallery

(http://www.jellogallery.org/history.html)

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

 

The mere mention of Jell-O causes most people to giggle — but the silliness of Jell-O’s history is serious business.

Here are some more fun facts: Did you know that immigrants entering Ellis Island were served Jell-O as a welcome dish? Or that there were chocolate and cola flavored gelatins that were discontinued? Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish created artwork depicting Jell-O. Hollywood movie-makers used Jell-O to create the effect of parting the Red Sea in the 1923 silent film “The Ten Commandments,” and the horse-of-a-different-color in “The Wizard of Oz” was sponged down with green Jell-O. Astronauts at space station Mir marked time in space with Jell-O. The Smithsonian Institute even proclaimed, “American History is Jell-O History!”

Jell-O makes history fun — but don’t be too surprised if everyone craves Jell-O after visiting the site. If so, use the recipes at the site to make some yummy concoctions with Jell-O. Have fun!

, April 3, 2019, and time for Language Arts

April 3rd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 3, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Easy Essay

(www.theeasyessay.com/)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a FREE automated expository essay program that “can teach almost anyone how to organize an essay in 5 minutes” and is ideal for helping students learn to write essays and prepare for essay exams.

It’s an ingenious way to help organize your thoughts so that you can write a decent essay.

When you get to the site you can try a free demo – click on “Get Started Now.” Once you’re hooked and want to continue, you must register to use the site. Registration is FREE and allows you to work at your own pace, saving and editing the essays that you create. When your “Easy Essay” is complete, you can print it or save it to your own computer.

If you want to write a longer paper, the program can automatically expand into a 17 paragraph thesis. This program is also usable in any language. See “Tutorial” from the home page for detailed information. 

We enjoyed test-driving this program, and think many of you will too. It will be “helpful for virtually anyone who desires to better organize their written or verbal communications.”

Make Asteroids Collide with Earth!

April 2nd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Impact Earth!

(www.purdue.edu/impactearth/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This is so cool! Purdue University sponsors this free, web-based computer program that lets you calculate the damage an asteroid would cause if it collided with Earth.

You can customize the size, density, and speed of the incoming object, determine where it will land, and watch an animation of the asteroid’s crash course with our planet. Then find out the catastrophic results of your efforts (if any).

When you get to the site, wait for the program to load. (While you’re waiting, use the menu to learn about “Famous Craters,” read documentation about this project, and check out a short glossary of terms used in the program.) Then, simply enter the parameters including: 

  • Projectile Diameter
  • Projectile Density
  • Angle of Impact
  • Velocity
  • Target (Water, Sedimentary Rock, or Crystalline Rock)
  • Distance from Impact

Finally, click on “Calculate Impact” to start the animation and see the results. If you’re not sure what to input, there are drop-down lists with suggestions you can use. Once you get the hang of it, it’s fascinating to try different scenarios to see if humanity survives your asteroid or suffers total annihilation.

Fun Math Games & Printables for Kids

April 1st, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, April 1, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Math Games

(www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

We stumbled upon this ad-supported website that offers a wide variety of free, online, interactive math games, printable worksheets and quizzes, video tutorials and more!

This colorful site is user-friendly and engaging. Most kids will be enticed to try a game or two, or three, or more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and the featured math topics that include: 

  • Numbers – Fun challenges related to numbers, patterns, fractions, decimals, etc.
  • Geometry – Learn about shapes, grids, weights, angles, rotation, and more.
  • Facts – Read interesting math facts and trivia.
  • Videos – Watch educational clips that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and more.
  • Printable Worksheets – Includes addition, multiplication, fractions, etc.
  • Pictures – See math photos, images, and diagrams.
  • Printable Quizzes – Test your knowledge of division, decimals, money, basic algebra and more!

You’ll also find logic games, math riddles, board games, and math puzzles. This is a terrific resource that will enhance learning math. Bookmark it, to return often.

Sing and Play with Bobby McFerrin

March 30th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 30, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BobbyMcFerrin.com

(http://bobbymcferrin.com/sing-and-play-with-bobby/)

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

 

This website provides two interactive music games using two popular songs from ten-time Grammy Award winner and innovative performer-composer-conductor Bobby McFerrin – who also happens to be a tireless advocate for music education.

When you get to the website you will see a menu with two choices: 

  • Launch “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” – McFerrin composed and performed this song that is one of the most popular of the late 20th century. The entire song is composed of McFerrin’s 4-octave range voice that mimics instruments. The song was created with 7 different overdubbed vocal parts all sung by McFerrin. Explore each of the 7 vocal parts and create your own versions of the song.
  • Launch “Just Enough” – Find out how Bobby created the bass, percussion, melody, and riffs for this song that has 8 different parts. Create your own versions of the song.

When you’re through playing these games, you can visit the rest of McFerrin’s site to learn more about him by clicking his name in the upper left corner of the website.

Virtual Tour of the Postal Museum

March 29th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 29, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Postal Museum

(postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour.html)

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

 

Postal history opens a unique window into the past. It brings personal histories to life and offers a compelling avenue for study. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum provides educators with an interesting selection of classroom resources and materials that can be used online or downloaded, as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its collections through virtual tours and online galleries

When you get to the site, click on the tour to see the 360 degree panoramas that lead you through the galleries of the museum: 

  • Moving the Mail
  • Stamp Gallery (Fire and Ice)
  • Alphabetilately
  • Mail Call
  • Binding the Nation
  • Postal Inspectors
  • Customers and Communities
  • Systems at Work

When you are through with your tour, check out the Collections, Exhibits, and Research links in the main menu bar. Learn about “Collection History”, “Collection Projects”, “Preservation” and more. Explore past, present and future exhibits to discover America’s postal history from colonial times to the present.

Also, don’t miss the Education and Activities links at the top. There are classroom resources and curriculum guides for such interesting topics as Owney the Dog, Victory Mail, and We Were There: Letters From the Battle Front.

With the wealth of information and educational materials available, this website will surely receive your stamp of approval.

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