Make Paper Toys

March 11th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 11, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paper Toys

(www.papertoys.com/)

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

 

This website provides free patterns that you can print, cut, fold and glue to make dozens of paper toys including architectural wonders, cars, animals, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the many patterns available including: 

  • Apache Helicopter
  • Bill Gate’s House
  • Bruce Lee Paper Doll
  • Dale Earnhardt NASCAR #3
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Great Pyramid
  • Jimi Hendrix Guitar
  • Party Hat
  • Queen’s Crown
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

Click on any one and a new page opens with the pattern to print along with instructions on how to assemble it.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! From the menu on the left side of the home page, under the advertisement, download the free e-book “22 FUN Activities for Kids.” This well-designed e-book includes colorful illustrations and instructions that your kids will love including: 

  • Build A Tent City
  • Make Scratch Pictures
  • Make Soap Sculptures
  • Make Pinecone People
  • Make Water Globes
  • Make A Sock Puppet
  • Make A Friendship Bracelet

…and many more!

These are great indoor activities for bad weather days – plus, many of the projects make great gifts! Have fun!

Take a Virtual Journey to Freedom

March 10th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 10, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Journey: You are a Slave

(www.nationalgeographic.org/media/richmedia/0/195/project/j1.html)

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

 

At this website from National Geographic take a brief virtual journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

When arriving at the link, read the introduction and select to either go or stay to discover your fate. Once you select to go, the journey begins. Throughout the tour, visitors will continue to make choices about their journey. Along the way, you will: 

  • Meet Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett, William Still, Frederick Douglas, and Susan B. Anthony.
  • Hear songs and sounds that might have been heard along the way.
  • Discover the towns you would might have traveled through.

This brief tour provides a glimpse into the underground railroad and makes a good starting point for future studies.

Journey the Underground Railroad

March 9th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, March 9, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Underground Railroad – Escape from Slavery

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/)

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

 

Take an interactive journey along the Underground Railroad with this website presentation from Scholastic.

After reviewing the introduction, click the “Begin the Journey” link to start the interactive. Through the interactive activities and stories visitors can learn what it might have been like to have been a slave traveling along the Underground Railroad. As visitors follow the trail they will: 

  • Learn what life was like for a slave on the plantation.
  • The dangers of escaping slavery
  • Reaching safe places along the trail and the people along the way
  • Arriving in the north and freedom
  • Students can then “Tell the Story” using thought-provoking prompts.

Throughout the presentation, there are clickable links to more information and visitors can also select the ‘headphones’ icon to have the passage read aloud to them – a great option for younger students.


There are more activities available to expand this study. At the top of the page is a link to the Teacher’s Activity Guide. Once the page opens, scroll down to “The Underground Railroad Teaching Guide” to view helpful teaching notes. Back on the home page, visitors can: 

  • Read the Myths of the Underground Railroad.
  • Watch additional Slideshows about slavery, abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad.
  • Find more related Activities to do on and offline.
  • View Primary Sources including photographs, paintings, and posters.
  • Further reading book suggestions (Note: These are linked to the Scholastic store.)
  • Printables

There is a lot of information and activities available on this site that can easily translate into a whole unit study. 

Say ‘Thank You” in Every Language

March 8th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Omniglot

(www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/thankyou.htm)

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

 

This website will teach you how to say “Thank You” in the many languages of the world.

Most of the languages include audio files so you can hear how the word is supposed to sound when it’s pronounced. Plus, in some cases the name of the language is linked to another page containing more words and phrases you can learn.

BONUS! YouTube: Thank You Song In 45 Languages.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZmphu1HUxE)

You’ll tap your toes and clap your hands along to the beat as you learn to sing “Thank You” in 45 languages from Arabic to Vietnamese. This is a really uplifting video presentation – don’t miss it!

NOTE: YouTube is a great resource, but it contains randomly posted ads and comments. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise internet use.

Make Your Own Science Toys!

March 7th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Toy Maker

(www.sciencetoymaker.org/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides complete step-by-step instructions on how to make your own science toys using easily accessible and cheap materials so that “nobody is excluded because of cost.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and an animated menu of science toys in two categories: 

  • Quick and Easy – This section provides instructions for making science toys that young kids (elementary school age) can do. Make a propeller, a vortex, a top, an oscillating woodpecker, a parachute, a periscope, a robot finger and more!
  • Advanced – Tweens, teens and adults can make these science toys that include a water rocket launcher, a putt-putt boat, hot air balloon, helicopter, robot hands, and even a lie detector!

Click on any one and a new page opens with instructions (some in streaming video), photos, illustrations, explanations, related activities and links for further research.
 
The projects are open-ended enough to encourage creative invention and tinkering. As the website explains, it is “a resource for inspired parents, kids, teachers, teenagers, home schoolers, science fair participants and citizen scientists everywhere.”

Interactive Math Games & Logic Puzzles

March 6th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, March 6, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Kid’s Heart Math

(akidsheart.com/math/mathgames/mathgames.htm)

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

 

This website offers a variety of free, fun, interactive math games and logic puzzles. (Turn on your speakers to hear the sound.)

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that includes: 

  • Arithmetic Games – Play games that hone addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.
  • Memory Match Games – Match words to equivalent numerals.
  • Logic and Strategy Puzzles – Get printable Sudoku puzzles, and other games.

Click on any one and a new page opens where you can read the instructions and launch the game.

The math games offer a great way to brush up on arithmetic skills without the tedium of practice drills. The logic puzzles will challenge players of all ages.

Play Music Games

March 4th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 4, 2017, and time for Music at 

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Pedagogy Plus

(www.pedaplus.com/cms/)

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

 

This website created by piano teacher, Jon Ensminger, provides great games for improving music skills.

Interactive games that can be played on the computer or an iPad include: 

  • Flashnotes – Identify the notes on the 4 clefs: treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs.
  • Flashnotes Keyboard – Identify the piano keyboard key indicated on the clef.
  • Keyboard Draw – Fill in the piano keyboard colored keys based on the first note indicated.
  • Flash Scale Degrees – Indicate how many scale degrees a note is on the staff.
  • Flash Intervals – Identify the degree and type of intervals between two notes.
  • Flash Key Signatures – Identify the key based on the signatures in the staff.

Games that require the Adobe Flash plugin and can only be played on a computer include: 

  • Treble Clef Beginner
  • Bass Clef Beginner
  • Treble Clef Advanced
  • Bass Clef Advanced
  • Alto Clef Advanced
  • Tenor Clef Advanced

The above games help practice identifying notes on the different clefs.

This website is a wonderful tool for young musicians wishing to perfect their music reading skills.

Visit the Pyramids of Egypt

March 3rd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 3, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS NOVA: Pyramids

(www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/explore-ancient-egypt.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The tomb of Egyptian boy, King Tut, was discovered on November 4, 1922. Would you like to explore a pyramid and check out a pharaoh’s burial chamber? At this PBS website, you can take a free virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tombs and temples of Thebes, and you can even take a virtual walk around the Sphinx! This interactive virtual tour of the Land of the Pharaohs is provided through 360° panoramas and stunning photographs with interesting and informative text.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of pyramids in the center of the page. Click on the words, “LAUNCH INTERACTIVE” next to the picture. A new screen opens to a map of ancient Egypt and drop-down menus that allow you to explore: 

  • Old Kingdom – Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Khufu Pyramid, the Khafre Pyramid, the Sphinx, and the Giza Plateau.
  • New Kingdom – Virtually tour the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Colossus of Memnon, the Tomb of Riekhmire, and the Tomb of Ramose.

Simply click on the place you want to explore. If you select a pyramid, the image will appear on the screen with a drop-down menu that invites you to look inside the pyramid, see a cross-section map of the pyramid, view artifacts, and browse the photo gallery.

If you select a monument such as the Sphinx or Colossus of Memnon, you can take a “walk-around” virtual tour.

The images and content are spectacular. Younger children may enjoy this presentation with adult assistance to read the text and navigate the site.

Explore the World of Ancient Greece

March 2nd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, March 2, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Odyssey Online: Greece

(carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/GREECE/welcome.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This interactive presentation from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University explores the world of ancient Greece.

After watching the introductory slide show, select your topic of interest:

  • Death & Burial – Discover what the Greeks believed about death and explore artifacts related to burials.
  • Victory & Conquests – Learn how athletics and being a warrior were closely related during the days of ancient Greece.
  • Gods, Goddesses & Heroes – Read the stories of the Greek gods and goddesses and just for fun, see how J. K. Rowling intertwined Greek mythology in her famous novels.
  • Animals Real and Imagined – Examine artifacts of animals both real and imaginary and their significance to ancient Greeks.
  • Greek Democracy – Explore the roots of democracy and how it helped form democracy in the United States today.

This website could make a good introduction into your ancient Greece studies or used as fun way to reinforce concepts taught.

Free Virtual Magnetic Poetry

March 1st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Magnetic Poetry

(magneticpoetry.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

Are you familiar with the Magnetic Poetry company? They make magnetized words that stick to refrigerators, cookie sheets, etc., that you can use to create rhymes, poems, sentences, and cryptic messages. At their website, you can use free virtual magnetized words to create fun, silly, and serious poetry – or to just have fun with words.

When you get to the site, you’ll see their featured products and a horizontal menu at the top of the page.

Click on “Play Online” and a new page opens with five Magnetic Poetry games. Click on any one and a new screen opens where you can drag and drop the virtual magnetized words to create poems or whatever you or your child’s imagination can conceive.

There is great potential here to open a game and leave it on the computer screen in a heavily trafficked area of the house. Start one line of poetry and leave it unfinished. Invite those passing by to add a line or two. See what develops as everyone takes a turn.

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