Archive for the ‘health’ category

Interactive Spanish Mystery

August 13th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 13, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC Languages – Spanish – Mi Vida Loca

(www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger BBC Languages website provides a unique and fun way to learn Spanish. Through a 22-episode, interactive mystery, Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) not only teaches students basic Spanish phrases but they will also get a peek into life in Madrid.

Interactive episodes teach language function, grammar, and essential phrases which include: 

  • Greetings
  • How to order food and drink
  • Directions
  • Shopping
  • Time
  • Travel
  • Health
  • Weather
  • Numbers
  • And more!

After going through the episode, students then can either review the lesson again, go to the Learning Section, or move onto the next episode. In the Learning section, students go over what has been learned in the episode, practice what they have learned, test themselves, and can even print out the vocabulary and activities for the lesson.

Teachers can use the menu to locate the syllabus and printout transcripts of the episodes or review the teacher guide and the user guide to understand how the program works.

This is definitely a ‘don’t miss’ website for those students who are visual learners and who also enjoy online activities while learning.

Newton’s Apple Science Videos & Activities!

June 14th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 14, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS: Newton’s Apple

(www.tpt.org/newtons/)

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades 1-10 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Twin Cities Public Television offers this website as a companion to their award-winning television show called “Newton’s Apple” that offers hundreds of steaming video clips on science topics that include: 

  • Animals and Plants
  • Earth and Space
  • Health and Medicine
  • Chemistry and Food
  • Technology and Invention
  • Physics and Sports

These video clips are from various educational television shows and documentaries. Watching a brief film clip on topics such as Acid Rain, Dinosaurs, Mummies, Penguins, Rotting Food, Zoo Veterinarians, etc., can spark an interest in a science topic. If you enjoy the film clips, you can purchase the videos at the website – or look for the titles at your local public library or through your video/DVD rental store or plan.

You can also try the FREE hands-on lessons and activities provided in the “Teacher Guides.” Designed for classroom use, they are easily adapted to homeschooling, and you don’t have to watch a video to learn something from them.

The site also offers “Science Try Its” that are essentially very simple ideas and suggestions for ways to think about and explore various science topics and concepts – great when you run out of ideas or need a jump-start.

This site is well-organized. You can browse the science categories or simply enter a keyword in the search mechanism to find information on any science topic of interest.

Let’s Get Some Exercise!

April 5th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BAM! (Body and Mind) – Physical Activity

(www.cdc.gov/bam/activity/index.html)

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

 

Most kids these days aren’t active enough. Here’s an innovative website to help your kids stay healthy and get enough exercise.

Here’s what you will find at this website: 

  • Activity Calendar – Select activities you’d like to do, and schedule them into your week. This handy calendar is printable, so you can check off each activity as it is completed.
  • Activity Cards – Here you can learn the rules for many different sports. Which one would you like to learn next?
  • “I Heard” Hurdle Race – Answer all of the questions correctly, and your athlete will clear all the hurdles. If you miss any, you can go back and try for a better result. This game is short, so it won’t make you lose sight of the goal, which is to actually go out and get moving!
  • Meeting the Challenge – Read about successful athletes who have overcome major challenges (disabilities).
  • Motion Commotion – Take a short profile quiz to help you get into activities you will like.

Bonus: Get some advice from the Xperts on how to stay physically active.

Check out the other health-related sections of this site: Diseases, Food and Nutrition, Your Safety, Your Life, and Your Body.

Fun Science with Bird Games & Activities

February 16th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 16, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Audubon: Just For Kids

(web4.audubon.org/educate/kids/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

The National Audubon Society’s mission is “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.” At their website, they offer a kids’ section filled with games and activities that teach children about birds and other animals.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of activities that include: 

  • Green Scene – Solve riddles that test your knowledge about ecology as it relates to air, health, water, energy, land, and wildlife.
  • The Game Place – Play games that teach about bird species and their songs, as well as bird migration.
  • Video & Live Cams – Enjoy live streaming from cameras trained on a Hummingbird nest and Barn Owl nest. Watch a variety of wildlife video clips that include a bat, bobcat, cougar, fox, hawk, and more!
  • State Bird Department – Do you know the name of your state bird? Find out here!

When you’re through exploring the “Just For Kids” section of this site, use the menu at the top of the screen for more in-depth information on birds, conservation efforts, and more.

Terrific Science Freebies

January 5th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Terrific Science

(www.terrificscience.org/freebies/)

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

 

This website, developed by two enthusiastic chemistry teachers named Mickey and Lynn, provides a wide assortment of free lessons and activities that teach students of all ages the scientific method through fun, hands-on investigations.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Freebies” including:

  • Lesson and Lab Exchange – Get hundreds of free, downloadable science lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These lessons run the gamut from teaching chemistry with glitter wands to an 8-part series on forensic science.
  • National Chemistry Week – Explore an archive of chemistry lessons and experiments offered during Chemistry Week in 2005-2008.
  • Health Science Resources – Enjoy hands-on activities that emphasize water safety, personal hygiene, indoor pollution, chemical safety, skin health, and information on drug-resistant bacteria.
  • Terrific Science Movies plus Activities – View a variety of movies (excerpts from the science teachers’ workshops) that include fun animations and activity demonstrations. Some of the movies have accompanying activity instructions.

When you’re through exploring the “Freebies,” poke around the rest of the website for additional information and resources on the art of teaching science.

Free Virtual Tour of the Human Body!

April 21st, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, April 21, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MEDtropolis: The Virtual Body

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website was “built for the latest health information that will educate and entertain kids and adults alike.” It includes a free virtual tour of the human body that is divided into four sections: Brain, Skeleton, Heart and Digestive Tract. The narrated tour gives a thorough explanation of each section. Students can also test their knowledge with interactive activities like “Organize Your Organs” or “Build a Skeleton.” 

When you get to the site select the language you want to use – English or Spanish! A new page opens with a menu of four items that include:
  • The Human Brain – Click on this item to discover “The Brain Book” that describes voluntary and involuntary functions, brain food, and everything you wanted to know about headaches! You’ll also find “The Brain Parts” where you can learn about the components that make up the brain. Then, take the audio-tour by clicking on “Narrated Neurons” and discover the brain’s potential.
  • Skeleton – Take a guided, virtual tour of the human skeleton. Click on “Zoom In” to get a closer look at the skeleton and its functions. Test your knowledge by playing the interactive game, “Build A Skeleton.”
  • Human Heart – Learn the parts of the heart and watch a terrific animated clip of the human heart in motion. Take the narrated virtual tour of the human heart too.
  • Digestive Tract – Find out the names of the organs in the intestinal tract and take a narrated, guided tour of the digestive system. Play “Organize Your Organs” and find out how much you really know.

This site offers a great introduction to learning about the human body.

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