Fun with Ambigrams

November 28th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inversions by Scott Kim

(www.scottkim.com.previewc40.carrierzone.com/inversions/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

At today’s website you can explore the fascinating world of “ambigrams” also known as “inversions.”

What’s an ambigram? This is a “cool, artistic twist on wordplay!” Ambigrams are words that can be read in more than one way – that is, right side up, upside down, inverted, rotated, or mirrored.

At this website you’ll find classroom activities for grades 3-12, using ambigrams and inversions. According to the website, these exercises teach symmetry, art, geometry, language arts, and creative thinking. When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Classroom Activities – Get free ambigram-themed lessons and games including printable handouts and teacher notes.
  • Classroom Galleries – See samples of inversions or ambigrams submitted by students.

Please note, that this site recommends more learning resources about ambigrams at other websites. We have not reviewed these other sites and as always, parents should preview.

Ambigrams are a fun way to play with words, providing an opportunity to improve Language Arts skills in spelling and vocabulary, and much more!

Learn about the Universe (ages 5-13)

November 27th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StarChild

(starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

StarChild is a learning center from NASA for young astronomers to learn more about the universe.

When you get to the site, choose between Level 1 (easier reading) or Level 2 to learn more about: 

  • Solar System – Sun, Moon, Planets, and more
  • Universe – Galaxy, Stars, Black Holes, and more
  • Space Stuff – Astronauts, Space Travel, Hubble, and more

Each section has audio or video and activities such as Planet Tic Tac Toe, Moonlight Madness, Draw a Space Shuttle, and more.

There is also a Glossary – to look up the definitions of words used on the site.

Next week we will review the NASA site for older children, “Imagine the Universe.”

FREE Interactive, online math games, lessons and flashcards

November 26th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 26, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SmartTutor

(freeresources.smarttutor.com/)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This award-winning company develops interactive, online math and reading instructional material to assist children to improve their knowledge and gradesSmartTutor offers their curriculum and products for sale on this website but they also have many worthwhile math and reading activities that are offered for free without any purchase. Today we are focusing on math.

When you get to the website, scroll down to the icon menu to Free Math Lessons where the following concepts can be practiced by grade level: 

  • Number and Operations: Children learn numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, number systems and operations.
  • Measurement: Children learn measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, processes, techniques and tools of measurement.
  • Geometry: Children learn to analyze characteristics and properties of geometric shapes and use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.
  • Algebra: Children learn to understand patterns, relations, functions, use of models and algebraic symbols to analyze mathematical situations.
  • Data Analysis and Probability: Children learn to collect, organize, display and analyze relevant data to answer formulated questions.

SmartTutor says that all “activities are designed to engage children with content that is research-based in a high-impact learning environment. Children work with real-world examples, cool cartoon-like characters and high-impact graphics that keep them interested and motivated to learn.”

Back on the home page, check out the Educational Games, Printable Flashcards and more!

Listen to the Music of Colonial America

November 24th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 24, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Music of Colonial and Revolutionary America

(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp35KhnpWUYVQoTyKeE6n1fYE_SaGxYrS)

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

 

This large YouTube Playlist pulls together an assortment of musical renditions of songs from the colonial and revolutionary times in America.

Many of the videos present the music played with similar instruments traditionally used during the time period and some videos are from a variety of re-enactment fairs or locations. 

Because this is a playlist and a selection opens in a new window, once you have watched the video, use the left-hand side list to either return to the playlist page or select another video in the collection. Please be aware that video suggestions under the playlist on the video page may contain content that may not be appropriate for your family, so it may be best to monitor use of this page. 

Please also note that because the list currently contains 270 videos and is added to regularly, we were not able to view every video, but the ones we did select were fine and quite pleasant. Parents should always preview any YouTube video prior to allowing children to view them.

This playlist could add a bit of interest to your history studies as well as provide an overview of what colonial American music was like.

Cranberry Fun Facts and A Word Search

November 21st, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cranberry Facts

(www.teachervision.com/food/cranberry-facts)

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Cranberries – Read All About It! At this site you can read lots of information about cranberries including the origins of the name, how Native Americans used them, and best of all – fun facts about cranberries.

For example, did you know that Native Americans made a survival cake out of deer meat and cranberries called “pemmican”? Did you know that Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year? About 80 million pounds – or 20 percent – are gobbled up during Thanksgiving week! For more fun facts visit the site!

Have fun solving this Thanksgiving word search puzzle that you can print or do online. The information and words you learn from reading fun facts about cranberries will help you to recognize words like: “cranberries, “Pilgrims,” and “Plymouth” and more. Happy Thanksgiving!

The Science of Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 20th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner

(www.wksu.org/news/story/20130%20)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Listen to 3-minute audio clip in which professors talk about proteins, peptides, alkenes, amino acids, tryptophan and more. Discover the chemistry and molecular structure lurking in your Thanksgiving dinner.

Also, visit the following websites and amaze your Thanksgiving dinner guests with scientific knowledge of the chemical composition and scientific aspects of the feast!

How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work


How does this little device imitate a thermometer?

Everyday Mysteries: Sweet Potato or Yam?


Learn the scientific difference between a sweet potato and a yam.

The Chemical Make-Up of a Potato


Discover the chemical content and nutritional value of a potato. Do green potatoes really contain a deadly toxin?

The Science of Cranberry Sauce


Find out why cranberry sauces that use the same ingredients produce different results. Why does one become a gelatin?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Math Estimation Activity

November 19th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 19, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cranberry Estimation

(www.learner.org/series/modules/express/pages/ccmathmod_04.html?pop=yes&pid=913%20)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision; however, the whole family may enjoy this activity).

 

At this website, you can watch a 5-minute video of a teacher in a classroom helping young students use their reasoning skills to estimate the number of cranberries in a jar.)

You can watch the students interact and answer the teacher’s questions, and hear the comments of a narrator who explains the importance of the exercise. 

It would be simple to replicate this math experiment at home. And to help you do that, the Annenberg website provides a free lesson transcript.

Learn Native American Languages

November 17th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 17, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Languages of the Americas

(www.native-languages.org/)

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

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages.”

After arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links broken down into the following categories: 

  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families – Explore over 25 Amerindian language families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages – links to purchase books about Native American languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages – links to other related websites

Each category provides a list of links to more pages with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the “Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources” you will find links to: 

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • An online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad-supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

Tour the Indian Mounds in Georgia

November 16th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 16, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Georgia Indian Mounds

(tinyurl.com/gudo5b8)

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

 

Explore the Etowah, Ocmulgee, and Kolomoki Indian Mounds in Georgia with this website from Georgia Public Broadcasting.

To begin exploring, select one of the mounds on the map. When the presentation opens, read the introduction then scroll down to see the “Click to Start” option. A new map of the location will open for you to select various areas to learn about. After selecting a destination, move around the slide to find video presentations, 360° tours, image slide shows and information about the place. Use the drop-down menu in the upper left to navigate to a different location or to view a specific feature. Sites on your tours include: 

  • Etowah – This 54-acre site is located in Bartow County and thought to be the most well-preserved Mississippian culture site in Southeastern U.S.
    • The Mounds
    • Lesser Temple Mounds
    • Mortuary Mound
    • Plaza
    • Fish Trap
    • River
  • Ocmulgee – This national monument is found in Bibb County and served as home to the Mississippian Indians around 900 A.D.
    • Earth Lodge
    • Funeral Mound
    • Trading Post
    • Corn Field Mound
    • Lesser Temple Mound
    • Greater Temple Mound
  • Kolomoki – Located in the Kolomoki Mounds State park in Early County, it is recognized as the oldest and largest Woodland Indians site in the Southeastern U.S and was inhabited from 350-750 A.D.
    • Great Temple Mound
    • Plaza
    • Burial Mound
    • Ceremonial Mound

These tours make a great supplement to your American Indian studies.

Free Finance & Economics Lessons

November 15th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Finance in the Classroom

(financeintheclassroom.org/)

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

 

Get free lesson plans, printables, tools and much more to teach financial literacy and economics with this website from the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education Network, the Utah Jump$tart Coalition, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

When arriving at today’s link read the brief introduction and take a look at the Scope and Sequence to get an idea of what is covered for the different grade levels. The marked grade level boxes are clickable links to the grade level lesson plans. The lessons are broken down into subjects (Mathematics, Social Studies, and Language Arts) with the activities sorted under them. Many lessons include links to outside resources, so as always be sure to preview the external links prior to allowing children to use the site.

The left-hand sidebar menu provides additional ways to access the resources and is broken down as follows: 

  • Teacher Resources – Find links to the General Financial Literacy Course for grades 11-12, K-12 lesson plans & activities, and other resources such as videos, music, PowerPoint presentations, online resources and tools, and much more.
  • Student Resources – Discover how to earn a Passport certificate for the program, games and activities, book suggestions, vocabulary/glossary, printables, scholarship information and more. 
  • Parent Resources – Browse through discussion starters, website resources, DIY games, finance apps, videos and more.

In the Online Resources section, visitors will find a large selection of financial calculators for things such as cash flow, interest, college planning, credit, mortgage, taxation, insurance, investment, retirement, savings and more. There is also a great list of additional websites that focus on economics and financial literacy, some of which include lesson plans of their own.


There is a lot of material and content available to use for your homeschool studies so be sure to bookmark this one.

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