Presidential Study Tool

January 25th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, January 25, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PresidentsUSA.net

(www.presidentsusa.net/)

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

 

This ad-supported website from Baaron’s Hill, LLC provides a comprehensive one-stop resource for information relating to the Presidents of the United States and the Presidency.

Begin your research by selecting a President from the clickable list on the home page or scroll below the list to explore a Presidential related subject including some interesting topics such as: 

  • Collectible Items and Memorabilia
  • Movies, Television, and Plays featuring the Presidents
  • Nicknames
  • Pets of the First Family
  • Political Commercials, Ads, and Presidential Campaign Slogans
  • Quotes
  • Rankings and Public Opinion
  • Recordings (Audio and Video) Starting with Grover Cleveland
  • Religion and Beliefs of the Presidents
  • Scandals and Impeachments
  • Ttransportation Used by the Presidents
  • Trivia, Physical Characteristics, Habits, Foods
  • Veto Record

And much more. 

After selecting a President, the page will open presenting general information with more clickable links to dig deeper into the topic. Please note that some links will take visitors off the home site to other websites, so, as always, please be sure to preview prior to letting students explore on their own.

This website pulls together thousands of Presidential internet resources into one easy-to-navigate location. This bookmark worthy site is a great tool for all your Presidential and U.S. history studies.

Language Arts Brain Food

January 24th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, January 24, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brain Food: Word Puzzles

(www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/c/word.shtml)

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

 

This website offers a variety of interactive word puzzles and games that will enhance your Language Arts curriculum.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of word activities that include: 

  • Word Searches – Find the hidden words themed around topics such as: The Body, Medieval Times, Varieties of Cheese, Horses, The Bible, Winter, Palindromes, Aviation, North American Birds, Car Parts, Calendar, Vowels – and many, many more. Just keep clicking the “next” button at the bottom of each page to see them all.
  • Associated Words – Think of a single word that goes with the word given, to form a compound word.
  • Word Fragments – Using the word fragment provided, think of a word that contains the fragment — that is, you must form a word by adding letters to the beginning and/or the end of the fragment.
  • Garbled Proverbs – In each of these puzzles, a proverb is written with exactly one letter of each word replaced with another. Can you figure out what the original proverb is?
  • Cryptograms – Cryptograms are encoded sayings or quotations where each letter has been substituted for another. Can you decode them?
  • Language Puzzles – Challenging puzzles about words and language. Put your thinking cap on!

When you are through exploring the “Word Puzzles” portion of the site, you may want to try the “Word Boxes.” Word Boxes are like miniature crossword puzzles, except that each word is filled in across and down the grid.

This site has number and logic puzzles too. In fact, there is so much content here that we were unable to review it all. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability for their own children.

Free Science Units on Atoms & Molecules and Plants!

January 23rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funtastic Unit Studies

(funtasticunitstudies.com/lessons-and-activities/)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website is provided by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom with a degree in biology, who has written some unit studies (available as e-books) on science and history. Designed with homeschoolers in mind, the unit studies are available for purchase on the site, but Susan also offers some free science lessons and activities (taken from the pages of her e-books)!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page under “Lessons and Activities” to access: 

  • Atoms and Molecules for ages 8-13 – Learn the definition of atom and molecule, print out a Periodic Table of Elements, do activities to enhance learning, and take a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
  • Plants for ages 4-8 – Learn the parts of a plant including seeds, roots, stem, and leaves. Enjoy activities to boost learning, and answer review questions.

Click on either link to open a pdf that contains the lesson (within the framework of the actual e-book). You’ll have to scroll about 1/3 down the page, past the “Table of Contents” to get to the lesson.
 
Once you’ve explored the Science freebies, check out some of the author’s free American History Activities that correspond to her books: 

  • The Pilgrim Adventure
  • The King Philip’s War Adventure
  • The Salem Adventure
  • The Civil War Adventure
  • and more.

Again, these free lessons and activities are excerpts from Susan Kilbride’s e-books that you can purchase via the website.

Fun Family Math Challenges!

January 22nd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 22, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Figure This!

(www.figurethis.org/index.html)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers this website that is designed to help families enjoy math OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges that improve problem solving skills. The challenge activities that are designed with middle school math in mind, can be done online or downloaded in pdf files to print and use offline.

When you get to the site you will see animated characters and the words “Take A Challenge.” Click on those words and go directly to 4 math challenge problems that include: 

  • Line Up – How long would you have to wait if you were number 300?
  • Beating Heart – How fast does your heart beat?
  • Popcorn – Which shape holds the most?
  • Don’t Fall In – Why are most manhole covers round?

If you decide to take the challenge, notice that each time you click on a different math challenge, the menu bar at the top of the page will change allowing you to access hints and tips that will help solve the problem. If you like these challenges then go to the “Challenge Index” on the menu where you can access 80 challenge problems archived at the site.
 
Before you begin the challenges, you might want to take a moment or two to view the menu items on the home page. It includes information for teachers and for families in English and in Spanish along with a “Math Index.” The Math Index lists all of the challenges archived at the site by math topic such as algebra, geometry, measurement, numbers, statistics and probability – allowing you to more easily access the activities that relate to the strand of math you want to study.
 
Each of the challenge activities are designed to capture students’ attention with real-life problems making the math much more meaningful and thought-provoking. Families can have fun solving the challenge questions together. Bookmark this page, so you can return to the site and explore them all.

Crafts for Kids

January 20th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 20, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

All Free Kids Crafts

(www.allfreekidscrafts.com/)

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

 

Find hundreds of crafting projects to do with kids of all ages at this website from Prime Publishing.

Collected together from other websites, this site “provides tutorials, videos, and how-to content for parents and teachers.” Use the topics in the “Categories” side bar menu to search for: 

  • Animal Crafts for Kids
  • Bath Crafts for Kids
  • Costumes and Clothes
  • Decorative Crafts
  • Edible Kids’ Crafts
  • Game Crafts
  • Holiday Crafts for Kids
  • Homemade Gifts
  • Homemade Toys
  • Instruments and Music for Kids
  • Learning Activities for Children
  • Outdoor Crafts and Activities
  • Paint, Sculpt & Color
  • Play & Pretend
  • Recycled Kids’ Crafts
  • Seasonal Kids’ Crafts
  • Sports Crafts
  • Travel Activities for Kids

And much more. Not sure what you are looking for? Check out the “Project of the Day” in the left sidebar for inspiration.

Visitors can also register for free on the site for a user account that offers additional features including a personal kids Craft Box to save your favorite crafting ideas that you found on the site.

Bookmark this website as your go-to place for all things kids-crafty.

Travel to Italy Virtually

January 19th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, January 19, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ItalyGuides.it

(www.italyguides.it/en)

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

 

Tour the great sites of Italy with this virtual tourist website.

Choose an image on the home page to begin your tour and select your destination from: 

  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Venice
  • Siena
  • Capri
  • Sorrento
  • Lucca
  • Pisa

Or click the “Show all destinations” link under the images and visit the top places to go in Italy: 

  • Lazio
  • Tuscany
  • Veneto
  • Campania
  • Sicily
  • Umbria
  • Emilia Romagna

Once a location has been selected, choose an image of a specific place to explore then use your mouse to navigate the beautiful 360° image of your selection. Most locations also include a brief history and interesting facts for that area. Use the upper menu and select “Photos & Maps” to find an interactive map and additional photos of the area or choose “Travel Guides” to find travel tips and food guide. 

Digital American History for K-12

January 18th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, January 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital History

(www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)

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

 

The University of Houston sponsors this free, in-depth, American history website.

Topics include: 

  • A U.S. history textbook
  • Lesson plans and e-lectures
  • Primary source documents including court cases and Supreme Court decisions
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Essays, letters, and cartoons
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Multimedia exhibitions
  • Video, films, and flash movies
  • Audio presentations of speeches and debates
  • Interactive modules, history games, and quizzes
  • Historical Music
  • Reference resources that include classroom handouts
  • Resources to create your own multimedia American history exhibitions

The content here covers 44 historical eras with exploration activities on topics such as: 

  • Mexican, Tejano, and Texian perspectives on the battle of the Alamo
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to relocate Japanese Americans during WW II
  • Children’s perspectives on slavery, westward migration, and WW II

When you get to the site you’ll see an interactive timeline in the center of the homepage. Click on any block to sample what’s available here. Or use the extensive menu below the timeline to begin your exploration of the array of historical content.

You’ll even find links to living history museums, presidential libraries, and other historical websites.

Once your history thinking cap is fully loaded, take the quiz to find your History I.Q.

Photo “Ark” of Earth’s Biodiversity

January 16th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildscreen Arkive

(www.arkive.org/)

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

 

Gather the family around the computer for this free photographic “Ark-ive” of wildlife imagery that promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s biodiversity and conservation of the world’s threatened species.

Sponsored by Wildscreen, a non-profit organization, this site is more than just a beautiful photo gallery of the earth’s many plants and animals; it is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s endangered species!

Get up close and personal with nature as you flip through the amazing high resolution images of species including: 

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • and more

Click on a category, and a new page opens to a menu of flora or fauna represented. For example, click on “Reptiles” and a new page opens where you can learn more about Galapagos marine iguana, and many more!

View incredible photographs, videos, and read interesting fact sheets to learn information such as: 

  • Biology
  • Range
  • Habitat
  • Threats
  • Conservation

There are also external links within each page to lead you to the organizations or societies helping a given species.

Challenging Math Problems & Puzzles

January 15th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 15, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maths Challenge

(mathschallenge.net/)

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

 

This website offers a free archive containing hundreds of math problems and puzzles for a variety of skill levels.

When you get to the site you’ll see a horizontal menu near the top of the page. Click on “Problems” to access the archives. You can search by keyword for specific math strands such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, etc.
 
You can also search by level of difficulty. The problems are ranked with stars and explained as follows: 

  • One Star – These problems require nothing more than a logical mind and a willingness to try things out on paper.
  • Two Stars – Problems begin to require insights and mathematical tools. For example, geometrical problems may require the use of simple trigonometry, number problems may require knowledge of factoring, etc.
  • Three Stars – A good knowledge of school mathematics and/or some aspects of proof will be required.
  • Four Stars – A comprehensive knowledge of school mathematics and advanced mathematical tools will be required.

Each word problem or puzzle comes with an illustrated solution, and often has suggestions for further exploration and learning.

Online Art & Music Story Books for Kids

January 13th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 13, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MightyBook

(www.mightybook.com/art_and_music.html)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to access a variety of illustrated, animated, and narrated children’s online books that introduce kids to works of art masters set to the music of classical composers.

When you get to the site you will see links to these online engaging art and music books: 

  • Bach and Van Gogh – This delightful book plays beautiful Bach symphony music while slowly showing you images of artwork by Van Gogh.
  • Remington & Dvorak – This mash up combines powerful images of the American West by Frederick Remington accompanied by the strong and adventurous sounds of Antonin Dvorak.
  • Carnival of Harlequin – Drag and drop puzzles pieces to assemble the whimsical art of Joan Miro while listening to the airy sounds of Tchaikovsky. Links in this book let you learn more about the artist and composer through pictures and narration.
  • Mona and Beethoven – This silly little interlude features a talking Mona Lisa, barely tolerating Beethoven’s jokes as he makes attempts at comedy.
  • And much more.

When viewing these free sample books, you will also see some random advertisements. Parents, as always, should supervise Internet use. (This company does offer the books without advertising for a paid membership.)

When you’re through exploring the Art and Music section, check out some of the other free online activity books also available on this site.

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