The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 5th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 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 15-18, 2019.

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 Great Backyard Birdcount website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, and view the bird photo gallery.


Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com. Use 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.

Free Math Courses

February 4th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, February 4, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HippoCampus – Math

(www.hippocampus.org/)

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

 

The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education has made a fantastic resource available for free for individual middle school, high school, and college students to further their education.

When you get to the site, the math subjects under NROC Collection that can be selected from the menu at the left are: 

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra & Geometry
  • Calculus & Advanced Math
  • Statistics & Probability

If you select “Algebra & Geometry” for example, you’ll see a list of presentations: Algebra 1, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and Geometry. Choose one and a list of topics in each course will appear. Click on any one to see a 2-5 minute video explaining that topic. Use the arrow just below the video to move to the next topic, or choose whichever topic you want to view next from the list on the left of the video. (If you scroll all the way down the page, there are links to textbooks for Algebra 1, first and second semester that may help as you listen to those videos.)

These high-quality multimedia interactive lessons constitute a complete high school level course — all for FREE!  But there’s more! Other courses currently available are Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History & Government, and even Religion!

Bookmark this one. There is enough under any one of these subjects to keep a middle school, high school, or college student engaged and learning for a good long time.

Groundhog Art!

February 2nd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, February 2, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundhog Day

(www.groundhog.org/resources-for-teachers)

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

 

Today, February 2nd, is Groundhog Day! In North America the groundhog is said to wake from winter hibernation and crawl out of its burrow.

If the groundhog sees his shadow, he gets frightened and returns to his den for another six weeks, prolonging winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, he emerges from his home and spring begins. The “official” groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil. He lives at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

NOTE: This site gets so much activity on February 2nd, that you may get an error message. Don’t let it deter you. Keep trying or wait until tomorrow and try again. The lesson plans and educational activities can be done anytime. So, bookmark this site to access them when there’s less traffic. Happy Groundhog Day!

When you get to the site, you will see a list of the most popular activities including: 

  • Color Phil
  • Phil’s Letter Trace
  • Shadow Play
  • and more

Be sure to check out the More Resources on the right hand sidebar for Preschool, Elementary, Middle School and High School in categories such as Math and Music.

Want more? Then don’t miss the fun and games designed especially for little ones at Universal Preschool hereFind out how to make a paperbag groundhog or a cardboard box burrow or go on a groundhog hunt!

Virtual Tour of VW’s Transparent Factory!

February 1st, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, February 1, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Tour of VW’s Transparent Factory!

(www.caranddriver.com/photos/g18001664/vws-transparent-factory-gallery/)

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

 

Just the idea that an automobile factory could be almost completely transparent is in itself amazing.

In this virtual tour, created by “Car and Driver” as they actually toured this unique and spotless manufacturing facility in Germany, you will see some great photos of the building and of the assembly process — including the robot assemblers! Just click through the 28 photos. 

Then make sure you check out CNBC’s 7 minute segment on YouTube here to learn more about the factory.

Free Lessons & Activities About Wheat and Agriculture

January 31st, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, January 31, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wheat Mania!

(www.wheatmania.com/allaboutwheat/default.htm)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades Pre-K – 10, with parental supervision)

 

Learn “All About Wheat” with this website sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission.

The topics include: 

  • Planting and Growing Wheat
  • Harvesting Wheat
  • Wheat Uses & Products
  • Learning About Wheat
  • Wheat Trivia

Be sure to check out the “Awesome Activities” including: 

  • Spaghetti Maze
  • Pancake Spin
  • Graham Cracker Game
  • Recipes
  • and other resources

The Kansas Foundation For Agriculture in the Classroom has an educator’s guide with an amazing assortment of lesson plans including “Celebrate Wheat” and many more agricultural topics. Each topic has a suggested grade level and amount of time needed to go through the lesson. You can link to that site directly here.

Get ready for World Read Aloud Day!

January 30th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BooksInTheClassroom.com

(www.carolhurst.com/profsubjects/reading/readingaloud.html)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K – 9, with parental supervision)

 

Friday, February 1, 2019, is World Read Aloud Day! Developing a love for reading within your children could be as easy as reading aloud to them regularly.

When you read aloud you show your children that YOU feel that reading is an important part of your life. Taking the time to discuss the text or problem solve the character’s current dilemma or even guessing the end to a good book can help to strengthen their ability to concentrate for a period of time, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves clearly. When we continue the practice of reading aloud past the early years to our children we see their vocabulary, language, grammar and writing skills prosper. Children can become aware of other places and other lives through the books we read to them. The benefits are enormous – reading aloud creates life-long readers

We located a wonderful list of recommended titles for reading aloud. It should be noted that even though there is a lot of good information here the purpose of this website is to sell books, though you are not required to purchase any. You can check out these titles at any library and still use them in the ways suggested. 

When you get to this ad-supported website, you’ll find an interesting article about reading aloud to students. The article is written to classroom teachers and discusses the beginning of the school year but all of the information contained here is easily adapted to homeschoolers. On the left sidebar you’ll see a list of read-aloud titles categorized by curriculum area and grade. Each title comes with a short synopsis of the book and springboard ideas to other reading selections. One of the things we like best about this list is that the author takes time to help the “instructor” (in this case, we, parents) to understand how and when to progress to more complex books.  

Don’t stop on the Read Aloud page though. Bookmark this site and come back often to use the many free resources for teaching children, preschool through middle school, across the curriculum.

Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

January 29th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Computer Science Unplugged

(csunplugged.org/en/topics/)

Age Range: 5-15 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free lessons and activities that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Google and Microsoft.

Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see the five topics: 

  • Binary Numbers
  • Kidbots
  • Sorting Networks
  • Error detection and correction
  • Searching Algorithms

There are 3-6 lessons in each topic – there’s also a unit plan along with curriculum integrations. Some of the choices are: 

  • Binary Candles or Normal Candles on your Cake
  • Storytelling
  • Growing into a butterfly
  • Quick card flip magic
  • Where is my hat
  • and more!

You’ll also find photos and some videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

Math Puzzles

January 28th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 28, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MoMath

(momath.org/activities/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This activity page is from the real-life Museum of Mathematics in New York. The museum is dedicated to “revealing the wonders of mathematics” to the general public through exhibits and activities that stimulate inquiry and spark curiosity.

The museum also sells products, but you don’t have to purchase a thing to explore the activities. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of activities and puzzles including: 

  • Pi Puzzle
  • Patriotic Puzzles
  • Fold and Cut
  • Bead Geometry
  • Pipe Cleaner Algorithms
  • And lots more!

Follow the instructions and/or print out the PDF for folding, cutting, etc.

Music with Mozart

January 26th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 26, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(www.classicsforkids.com/composers/composer_profile.php?id=46)

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

 

Gather the family around the computer for a treat about the life and music of one of the world’s great classical music composers, Mozart, born January 27, 1756.

This site has archived radio shows that bring great composers to life through music and stories. When you get to the site, you will see a painting of Mozart’s face and a little biography about him. Scroll down to the two audio clips and you can listen to music written by Mozart that may be familiar to you. Then scroll down further to the six ‘shows’ about Mozart:

  • About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Mozart’s Operas
  • Janissary Music
  • What’s a Rondo?
  • Child Prodigy Composers
  • The Magic Flute

Each one is about 6 minutes long and has music and narration to learn more about this great composer and his music.

Virtual Tour of Amazon Rainforest!

January 25th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, January 25, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSU: Virtual Amazon Tour

(msu.edu/user/urquhart/rainforest/)

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

 

Michigan State University offers this free interactive virtual tour of the Amazon rainforest. When you get to the site you’ll see a photograph of the rainforest.

Place your mouse cursor over the picture to reveal images that include: 

  • Boa Constrictor
  • Capybara
  • Jaguar
  • Orb-Weaving Spider
  • Parrot
  • Poison Dart Frog
  • Rhinoceros Beetle
  • Scarlett Macaw

And more! Click on any image and a new page opens where you can read information and sometimes watch a video about the item you selected. You can also scroll down to see the full list. And be sure to check out the link for teachers: Using the Virtual Rainforest in the Classroom.

This is a fun way to see and learn about some of the unique flora and fauna in the Amazon rainforest without leaving home.

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