Free Science Lessons & Interactives!

October 9th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Young Scientist Lab

(www.youngscientistlab.com/students/digital-science-activities)

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

 

Discovery Education and 3M Corporation sponsor this website that provides free activities “to capture your curiosity and engage you in the scientific thinking process; while having fun!”

When you get to the site, choose from the 10 activities in pdf format including: 

  • Balloon Rocket
  • Disappearing Glass
  • Sandwich Bag Dartboard
  • Water Jug Race

You’ll also see a menu at the top of the homepage that includes “Teachers,”  “Students” and “Parents.” Under “Teachers,” you’ll find the content sorted by grade range (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) that includes Lesson Plans and Interactives. You can download (pdf) complete lesson plans that teach about recycling, light, adhesives, and more. The Interactives help students discover the real-world science around them. Download animations that explain wind energy, circuitry and the history of innovations.

There is a lot of content to explore on this site including a blog and information on a contest in which your emerging scientists can participate to win prizes (closed for 2018).

Resources for Learning Math

October 8th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 8, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math2.org

(www.math2.org/)

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

 

Math2.org offers resources for learning math. It is a member of the Web Math Collaboration (WMC), a federation of math websites with the goal of providing “freely accessible open spaces for people to collaborate on and discuss mathematical subjects, help those who have difficulties in mathematics, and provide mathematical resources to the public.”

When you get to the website you’ll see it is very clearly organized and includes: 

  • Math Reference Tables (also available in Spanish!) —  All of the most important tables and formulas you need to study math: basic arithmetic facts, trig identities, integrals and derivatives, and even Fourier transforms, all in one convenient place for you to use and review. The conic sections are simply but clearly illustrated, and the calculus even includes proofs!
  • The Math Message Board — Post your math questions in this forum and get answers on this very active board! (As with all forums, children will need adult supervision.) Browse through past questions and enjoy the lively give-and-take in this helpful math-loving community; try your hand at verifying the solutions to any that catch your interest.
  • Have A Math Question? — This section refers those with questions to either the Math Message Board (described above) or to the “Ask Dr. Math” website.
  • Links — A list of links to other websites that offer everything from general math resources and lesson plans for grades K-16 to an extensive collection of mathematical theorems and formulas.
  • Other Resources — You’ll find an English-Spanish math dictionary here! Bonus: If you would like to see what else this webpage author has created, click on “Dave Manura” at the bottom of the page.

Learn a Foreign Language with Linguanaut

October 6th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 6, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Linguanaut

(www.linguanaut.com/index.htm)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in learning some basic foreign language skills, then this ad-supported site might be a good place to start.

Choose from over 50 different languages from around the world and learn important words and phrases as well as alphabets. Some language lessons include verbs, adjectives, ‘survival terms’ (words and phrases used in emergencies), and other important words. Some languages available are: 

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Norwegian
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • French
  • Farsi
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Korean
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Polish
  • Arabic
  • And many more

Using the upper navigation bar you can also select from the following: 

  • Phrases
  • Alphabet
  • Language Tests
  • Videos
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Find Language Tutors
  • Fun Page

Once you click on one of the above sections, you can refine your selection further by selecting from the available languages.

The virtual keyboards are “a keyboard on steroids loaded with characters to help you write” and include international keyboards for Farsi, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, and more. There are also printable language tests and videos for some language lessons.

Before leaving this site, be sure to stop by the Fun Page for some learning games such as Morse Code and Encrypt Messages.

Tour the Wilmington Railroad Museum

October 5th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 5, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wilmington Railroad Museum

(www.wrrm.org/gallery.html)

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

 

All aboard! Take a virtual tour of the Wilmington Railroad Museum in North Carolina with this site.

On this page, visitors can watch a slideshow of the model train displays and watch an 11-minute video of the model trains in motion. Be sure to have your volume turned on to enjoy the sounds of the trains. 

Hover your mouse over the “Gallery” link in the upper menu to move to your next stop on the tour. Choose from: 

  • Model Railroads – See images of the various model train displays and operating layouts as well as a YouTube-hosted video of a trip around their largest display. (The link takes you to the YouTube site so be sure to preview for suitability prior to allowing children to visit.)
  • Modular Model Railroads – Browse the images and information about modular displays that can be displayed at other locations other than the museum.
  • Museum Displays – View pictures of other railroad related items.
  • Outdoor Rolling Stock – Check out the full-size engines and cars at the museum.
  • Steam Engine Renovation – View the slideshow of the restoration of the ACL Steam Engine #250 as well as the Eagle Scout Chris Taurasi and his troop’s contributions to the project.
  • Museum Move – 2007 – Through pictures, watch what it took to move the museum contents to its new location.

Your tour continues by selecting the “History” link in the upper menu. Discover historical photographs of the Wilmington Railroad, learn about the architect of the 1887 ACL Building and read about the Legend of Joe Baldwin as well as early newspaper articles concerning railroad business. 


For the final stop on your tour, click the “Links” option to find other railroad websites.

History Lesson Plans

October 4th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 4, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NPS – Teaching with Museum Collections

(www.nps.gov/museum/tmc/tmc_park.html#browse)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Find over 60 well laid out history lesson plans themed around specific national parks at this website from the National Park Service.

Visitors can browse through the available lesson plans using three search criteria: By Park, By Skill, or By Theme. Lesson plans follow the same pattern of presentation: 

  • Title – includes information about the plan developer, suggested grade level, number of sessions and suggested length of time to implement
  • Overview – which park collection is used, a plan description, and any essential questions the plan tries to address
  • Museum Collections, Similar Items and other Materials Used – a chart with images and/or links to related museum objects
  • National Educational Standards – applicable national standards met
  • Student Learning Objectives – objectives for each lesson or activity in the plan
  • Background and Historical Context – “the topic of the lesson unit plan” in “historical context for teachers and students”
  • Vocabulary – appropriate word lists and definitions
  • Teacher Tips – suggested materials and resources needed 
  • Lesson Implementation Procedures – instruction for implementation of the plan as well as warm up and discussion suggestions
  • Evaluation/Assessment for Measurable Results – ideas for measuring understanding of the material
  • Extension and Enrichment Activities – suggestions for building on the lessons
  • Resources – resources used in the development of the lesson plan
  • Site Visit – places to visit related to the topic
  • Charts, Figures and other Teacher Materials – any related materials used in the plan

Plans feature over 20 National Parks and focus on a variety of themes including American Indian History, Art/Music, Fashion/Design, Family Life, Politics and Government, Labor History, U.S. Presidents, Women’s History, War and Conflict, and much more.

We are sure visitors will find these lesson plans a valuable history resource.

Fun Grammar Lessons, Videos, & Activities

October 3rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammaropolis

(www.grammaropolis.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 to adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website provides really entertaining videos, e-books, and interactive games designed to help kids learn the parts of speech and grammarYou have to pay to access all of the programs on the site BUT there is plenty of free content that your children will enjoy as well.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a video with explanations about the program, followed by a menu where you can explore samples of the books, videos, quizzes, and games that are included in the “Grammaropolis” program.

The easiest way to explore the free grammar content is to use the horizontal menu buttons at the top of the home page. Place your cursor over each button to see what topic it covers including:

  • Nouns – Learn about common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, and abstract, compound, and collective nouns.
  • Verbs – Discover action verbs along with transitive, intransitive, and linking verbs.
  • Adjectives – Find out about possessive, demonstrative, interrogative, comparative, and superlative adjectives. Learn about articles, too!
  • Adverbs – Explore adverbs, adverb clauses, and comparative and superlative adverbs.
  • Pronouns – Learn about subjective and objective personal pronouns.  Study possessive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, intensive, reflexive, and relative pronouns.
  • Conjunctions  – Find out how conjunctions join words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence. Learn about coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions.
  • Learn how to identify and use prepositions and interjections, too!

Click on any topic and a new screen opens where you can take an animated mini-tutorial. Just click on the arrows to scroll to each new page. Scroll down below the invitation to “join today” to choose from free: 

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Quizzes
  • Games
  • Apps

This multimedia resource developed by a classroom teacher is appealing to a variety of learning styles. The free content here is a great way to introduce parts of speech or review them.

Popcorn Science and More!

October 2nd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 2, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Popcorn.org

(www.popcorn.org/Learn/For-Teachers/Teaching-Tools1)

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

 

October is National Popcorn Month and at Popcorn.org you will find all kinds of lessons and activities themed around popcorn to help you celebrate.

When you get to the site you will see the list of Lesson Plans written for the classroom; but they can be tweaked for homeschooling as well. The ones related to science include: 

  • Agricultural Sciences – how new plants are made, how seeds come through the soil, seed germination tests, and more
  • Agriculture Science Projects – projects using chemistry, botany, environmental sciences and microbiology
  • Health Sciences/Nutrition – popcorn in the food pyramid
  • Science – growing popcorn, the effect of moisture on popcorn, popcorn color comparison, and more

Be sure to check out the popcorn worksheets, coloring sheets and activities listed on the left sidebar menu for kids. There’s also a list of popcorn-related books.

This site is sure to whet the kids’ appetites for popcorn – so make sure you have some in the house before you visit the site!

Math Card Games

October 1st, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 1, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Positive Engagement Project – Mathematics

(pepnonprofit.org/mathematics.html)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website created and maintained by The Positive Engagement Project has so much to offer! Their mission is to get students positively engaged in active learning, while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.

Today we are focusing on Math, but once you’ve looked at this valuable resource, go to the other links under “Free Downloads” to see the vast array of quality learning games and strategies that they’ve put together for English Language Arts, Science, Engagement Strategies, Test Review/Strategies, and Character Education.

When you get to the site, click on Download File under ACING MATH: (ONE DECK AT A TIME!) – it’s actually a 69-page book (pdf)! The website explains that this is a collection of math games ranging from Kindergarten to the upper elementary grades, using only an ordinary deck of playing cards. There are games covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, decimals, patterns, positive and negative integers, as well as many others – over 50 different games with directions and illustrations! Each game tells you how many players are needed, an age range, the materials needed, which math skills are learned playing this game, and very specific instructions to play.

Bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of all that they offer!

Wildflower Coloring Pages

September 29th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, September 29, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildflower Coloring Pages

(www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/coloring/index.shtml)

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

 

Grab your crayons, colored pencils and markers and get ready to color some beautiful wildflowers while learning about them.

This page from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service supplies printable and downloadable images of wildflowers as well as weeds. 

There are four choices at today’s link: 

  • Color Wildflowers – From the Alpine Forget-Me-Not to the Yellow Stonecrop, choose from 44 different flowers, each of which includes information about the plant.
  • Color of Flowers – Each sheet includes 4 color-by-number flowers.
  • Coloring Books – Choose from 7 different wildflower coloring book PDFs.
  • Color Noxious Weeds – Learn about noxious weeds and color their picture.

There are more wildflower activities for kids available on the left-hand sidebar including vocabulary, puzzles and more teacher resources.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Pompeii

September 28th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

It’s Friday, September 28, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Google – Pompeii

(tinyurl.com/y7km8kuw)

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

 

Using Google Maps, take a virtual tour of Pompeii.

When arriving at today’s link use your mouse to move around the location to explore the ruins. When you have finished with your interactive exploration, look in the lower right-hand corner and select the stacked arrow icon to reveal additional views and more images taken by others. Here you will find images of:

  • Pompeii Archaeological Park
  • Pompeii – Porta Marina
  • Forum at Pompeii
  • House of Ancient Hunting
  • Teatro Grande
  • Porta Vescuvio
  • Temple of Isis
  • Scavi di Pompeii
  • Casa del Fuano
  • And more.

Also check out Pompeii in Pictures. Created by Pompeii enthusiasts, Jackie and Bob Dunn, see a collection of images of the excavations of Pompeii along with informative text.

When arriving at the link, feel free to read through the notes. Below all of this information is an interactive map that can be used to navigate through the tour. Be prepared to make a lot of choices to begin viewing images. Choose a region on the map, then a region map will open. Select a location, then quite often another location map will load. Make another selection to view the images. It seemed easier to navigate using the upper dropdown menu. Select a region or topic of interest, then scroll down under the map to make another selection. Use your back button to return to previous pages.

While navigation may be a little labor intensive, it is worth the effort to see this historical location.

There are also additional tours available under the “Surrounding” dropdown menu for other ancient locations in Italy.

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