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FREE Science Lessons, Activities, & Printables

February 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Science Spot

(www.sciencespot.net/)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.
  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t follow all of these links – so parent supervision, as always, is advised.
  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

The Art of Crime Detection

February 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 18, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Art of Crime Detection

(eduweb.com/portfolio/artofcrimedetection/)

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

 

Try your hand at being a police sketch artist with this interactive website originally created for Sanford’s “A Lifetime of Color” website. Along the way, visitors will discover the difference between the right brain and the left brain and how they work together in the world of a sketch artist.

After reading through the slide presentation that explains how the right brain and left brain interpret information differently, visitors are presented with two “crimes” to solve, The Toilet Paper Caper and Pushing Other People’s Buttons. Using the online PDArtist, students decide whether to rely on their right or left brain or both to create an image of the perpetrator. Using the online tool, they make decisions to choose the image that most closely represents what is remembered about the perpetrator regarding: 

  • The shape of the head
  • The width of the eyes
  • The thickness of the eyebrows
  • The size of the nose and lips
  • The length of the hair

The choices available for each category depend on which side of the brain is chosen. This helps solidify an understanding of what information is processed with each side of the brain and what information artists use to create realistic images.

When you are done solving the crimes, there is one last assignment where the student can use the PDArtist to try to create an image of a friend or family member

Not only is this website easy to navigate and a lot of fun trying to solve the mysteries but may also open the door to a new interest for any budding artist.

Snowflake Art

January 28th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 28, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snowflake Bentley

(snowflakebentley.com/index.htm)

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

 

This site is devoted to the life’s work of “Snowflake Bentley,” a man who placed snowflakes under a microscope and photographed them. The images he captured will take your breath away.

When you get to the site, use the images to navigate to: 

  • Read a short biography of Wilson A. Bentley
  • Find articles written by Bentley and additional resource about snowflakes
  • Explore the Bentley Exhibit

Select “Bentley Exhibit” then scroll down to the bottom of the page to find “Snowflake Display” to see images of Bentley’s snowflakes. Click on the snowflakes to enlarge them so you can see the amazing details.

Return to the “Bentley Exhibit” page and check out the virtual tour of the Jericho Historical Society’s Bentley Exhibit in Jericho, Vermont. Click on the frames on the wall to get a closer look at the displays. Before leaving the website, play the game to see if you can match the flakes.

Step into the World of Van Gogh

January 7th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 7, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inside Art

(www.eduweb.com/insideart/)

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

 

Explore the world of Vincent van Gogh’s Bank of the Oise at Auvers while learning about the artist and the painting with this web game created by Eduweb.

In this game, the narrator is “sucked” into the painting. In order to escape, students navigate through the game with the help of “Trish Fish” by reading the information and clicking the appropriate links to discover the who, what, how, and where of the painting. Once the answers to those questions are found, they press “Out” to answer questions about what they have learned. From the home page, click on the Teacher’s Resources link to find how to use the program and an additional worksheet to use in your studies. Along the journey students will learn about: 

  • Painting style – impressionist, post-impressionist, and expressionist
  • Types of paintings – portrait, landscape, still life, abstract
  • Use of color and brushstrokes

This simple interactive may peak visitors’ interest in learning more about Vincent van Gogh, so we found this additional resource to dig deeper. Visit the Van Gogh Gallery to learn more about: 

  • The Works
  • The Man
  • The Legend

Both sites are excellent additions to your art studies palette.

Paper Snowflake Art

December 10th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, December 10, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dave’s Paper Snowflake Patterns

(www.daves-snowflakes.com/index.html)

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

 

Are you a fan of paper snowflakes? Have you ever shown your children how to make them? Would you like to teach them how to make them? If so, visit this website.

There are 6 free patterns to print and cut – the lines to tell you where to fold, and then the pattern is right on the printed page. Very complicated-looking snowflakes come out very easily.

Dave (the owner) dedicated this site to the memory of his mother, who gathered the family around the tree every Christmas Eve to make decorative snowflakes. He shares his patterns for making these works of art with adults and kids alike. There is a photo gallery of the beautiful handmade snowflakes and pictures of Dave’s Christmas trees decorated with his family’s art. What a wonderful tradition!

Also check out snowcrystals.com. You haven’t really seen a snowflake until you visit this website that contains incredible images of real snowflakes and explains the science behind them.

Native American Art

November 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 19, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Infinity of Nations

(nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/infinityofnations/culturequest/)

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

 

Learn about Native American art with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

After reading the brief introduction, choose from three different sections to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Object Gallery to discover headdresses, cultural objects, and contemporary art
  • Play Infinity of Nations Culture Quest to gain knowledge of Native nations and objects across the Americas
  • See Contemporary Native American Art from five different artists: 
    • Larry Beck – Yup’ik
    • Allan Houser – Chiricahua Apache
    • Bob Haozous – Chiricahua Apache
    • Diego Romero – Cochiti Pueblo
    • Bentley Spang – Cheyenne

When exploring the Object Gallery, click on the object you wish to learn about to open the object window. From here you can examine the piece more closely, learn about the item, and see more related images.

To play the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest, click on an object in the map and an interactive game of discovery begins. There are different activities for the different objects that once completed earns the player a ‘badge of knowledge’ which can be printed out. 
Complete all 9 quests and print out a Culture Quest Leader certificate.

Take a closer look at the contemporary art pieces with interactive exploration.

Select the “Teaching Resources” link in the lower right menu to find valuable information about Infinity of Nations and for tips on teaching about Native American art.

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