Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 14th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CSI: Forensic Science Interactive Games

(forensics.rice.edu/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 through adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and others, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series.

You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources. Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.

You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master.

Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “For Educators” to access: 

  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires a lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

Lots of Math Games!

November 13th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 13, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathPup Games

(www.mathpup.com/)

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

 

Here are over 100 math games to play on tablets, phones and PC’s.

When you get to the site, you can choose math games by grade level or math skill or click on any one of over 100 games with topics covering: 

  • Absolute Value
  • Addition
  • Comparison
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Integers
  • Multiplication
  • Money
  • Prime Numbers
  • Rounding
  • Time
  • Subtraction
  • And many more!

This is an engaging site that teaches, informs, and entertains while it helps students hone their math skills.

Explore the Music of the World

November 11th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Daria Music – Homeschoolers

(www.dariamusic.com/homeschoolers.php)

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

 

Explore the world of music with folksinger, Daria, at this website.

Today’s link takes visitors to a page specifically addressed to homeschoolers with textural links to fun educational activities. Activities include:

  • Explore Instruments – Listen to the sounds and songs of a cajon, drum, guiro, shekere, washboard, didgerido, dulcimer, and guitar, then color the instrument online or learn how to make your own.
  • Songbook – Search through Daria’s songbook for lyrics to silly songs and foreign language songs.
  • Daria’s Travels – Learn about the places that Daria has traveled through slideshows and texts.

When you are finished with the Homeschoolers page, use the top navigation menu and select the Activities/Crafts link to find loads of DIY projects for making your own instruments using readily available materials. Visitors will also find loads of instrument coloring pages.

Use the menu below the header to choose to watch “Videos” of the performer’s songs, or select “Songs” then the “Silly Songs & Musical Jokes” link to learn some fun songs (some have audios) or read some goofy jokes.

Not only will this website be a nice addition to your music studies, but, because of its multi-cultural focus on instruments around the world, it will be beneficial to your social studies and geography studies.

Virtual Tour of America through Postcards

November 10th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Tour America Through Postcards

(www.postcardsfrom.com/t1/arcin.html)

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

 

This ClickScholar-recommended website provides a virtual postcard tour of the United States. A husband-wife team documented their RV road trip visiting the capitals of all 50 states. He used his skills as a photographer and graphic designer to create the customized postcards. She is a former history teacher and writer who conducted interviews and collected “fun facts” to provide the educational content on the tour.

When you get to the site you will see a list of the states in the order they visited them. Click on a state and a new page opens displaying the unique photo-postcards. Then, click on the menu items above the postcard that say: 

  • Maps
  • Travel Tips
  • Stamps
  • Fun Facts

Those links will connect you to educational information about that state.

Don’t miss the “Just for Teachers” item on the sidebar menu for suggestions on how to use this site to encourage learning history, geography, and social studies.

If you dream of taking a similar journey, you’ll find a “Travel Tips” section at the site. The FAQs answer questions about how this couple funded their trip, since they quit their jobs to be on the road for almost three years. This is a fascinating and inspiring look at the United States.

Online Civics Lessons

November 9th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

EL Civics for ESL Students

(www.elcivics.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides brief lessons with supporting materials for civic studies. All the lessons are presented in a concise manner making it a good starting point for your studies or as a study review for older students.

Navigation of the site is straight-forward. Either use the left-hand sidebar menu or select from the generalized options on the home page. Search for lessons relating to civics and government, holidays, states, and life skills. There are also many lesson and worksheets for ESL students.

The civics and government lessons include: 

  • 13 Colonies with Map
  • American Indian Tribes
  • The Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, the Constitution and more important documents
  • Civic Theories
  • Civil War, World War II, and Cold War
  • Democracy and the branches of the government
  • Famous Americans
  • The United Nations
  • Voting, political parties, rights and freedoms
  • National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, National Parks and other American treasures

And much more.

Lessons include images and some also have videos. Most lessons include related downloadable activities such as worksheets, puzzles, and other reading exercises.

Whether your students are just starting their civic studies or need to brush up on some topics, this website is well worth a visit.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

November 8th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. You can read most of the study guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading

In the side menu, other Language Arts categories are: 

  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Amazing Science Videos

November 7th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Vega Science Trust

(www.vega.org.uk/video/index.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This archived website offers free videos on science, technology, engineering and mathematics that provide a fundamental understanding of the principles of nature and the physical world.

When you get to the site you’ll see the video icon menu containing an archive of scientific videos which can all be viewed from this non-profit website. The videos cover a broad range of topics such as: 

  • Interviews with Scientists – Including Nobel prize-winners in the fields of physics, medicine, chemistry, and more.
  • Careers in Science – Interviews with a biochemist, ecologist, entomologist, food scientist, cosmologist, computer engineer, quantum chemist, robotics engineer and more!
  • Issues of Concern – Scientists and politicians discuss their primary world concerns including climate change, malaria, etc.
  • Masterclass Science Videos – Scientists share their personal views on key concepts and achievements as well as their approach to the scientific method. Topics include bird flight, life in space, and states of matter.
  • The Next Big Thing – Scientists discuss antimatter, cloning, defying death, energy, artificial intelligence, safety of mobile phones, nanotechnology, and “The Theory of Everything!”
  • Educational Resources – A selection of short instructional films (for school or home study use) on wind power, electricity, transistors, nanotubes, bucky ball workshops, states of matter workshops (solids, liquids and gases) and more.

Scientists guided the development of the videos so that the content is presented in a natural and engaging way that is intellectually challenging.

Free Challenging Online Math Curriculum!

November 6th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Alcumus: Art of Problem Solving

(www.artofproblemsolving.com/Alcumus/Introduction.php)

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

 

Note: Younger accelerated learners may enjoy this too. This website offers free math problems and lessons designed to challenge high-performing students.


When you get to the site, you’ll find a brief introduction and instructions on how to register. Registration is required to access the program, but the slight inconvenience is worth the effort to enjoy activities that cover: 

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Counting & Probability
  • Number Theory
  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2

Each strand offers engaging video lessons and challenging problems for students to solve. The program automatically adjusts to the student’s ability level.

Foreign Language Teaching Ideas

November 4th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 4, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching Ideas: Languages

(www.teachingideas.co.uk/foreignlanguages/contents.htm)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades K-11, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers loads of ideas for helping children learn foreign languages.

When you get to the site you will see a list of activities to choose from. Select the “Load More” button on the bottom of the group to bring up more pages of available activities. Many of the free activities are game suggestions or printables that will help kids learn vocabulary, numbers, colors, food names, and words for various body parts. While some of the activities offer examples in another language, you can certainly substitute ANY foreign language you are currently studying and get great results.

In reviewing this website, we found activities specifically for the following languages: 

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Lithuanian
  • Sign Language
  • Urdu

Please note that there are ads interspersed with the activity image links, but the activities are easily identified as each has a red icon box identifying it as an activity resource, idea, presentation, book or other teaching material with an age range under the icon. Select the “view” option to see the resource. (Review the “About” page for details about the icons and more.)

Reinforcing language skills through playing games is a whole lot more fun than typical drill and practice work suggested in textbooks – and many of these activities can be done in the car, at the grocery store, at an airport, and while waiting in line just about anywhere.

Visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium Virtually

November 3rd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Oregon Coast Aquarium

(aquarium.org/exhibits/)

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

 

Explore the exhibits at the Oregon Coast Aquarium with this website sponsored by the aquarium.

See what types of animals live in the aquarium by selecting an image from the available exhibits: 

  • Sandy Shores
  • Rocky Shores
  • Coastal Waters
  • Secrets of Shipwrecks
  • Sea Otters
  • Harbor Seals
  • Sea Lions
  • Giant Pacific Octopus
  • Seabird Aviary
  • Turkey Vultures
  • Orford Reef
  • Halibut Flats
  • Open Sea
  • Aquarium Grounds
  • Big Bites

Once an exhibit has been selected a page opens with a description and images of the location. Many of the pages offer a “What lives there?” section with images of creatures that live in a location. Select one of the animals to learn about it, it’s range and habitat and more.

In addition to the above exhibits, continue with your virtual tour by selecting the “Experience” in the upper menu, then select the “Aquari-cam” for a live look at the resident pinnipeds. Also, check out the “Sea Turtle Tracking” link to follow the travels of two rescued olive ridley sea turtles, Solstice and Lightning.

Under the “Education” link of the upper menu, find “Teacher Resources” then the text link in the first paragraph, On-Site School Programs page to download adaptable educational materials to use with your virtual tour.

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