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Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

March 14th, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=6)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans for grades K-3, 4-7, 6-9, and 9-12
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers: 

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.

The 60 Symbols of Astronomy & Physics

January 24th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 24, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sixty Symbols

(www.sixtysymbols.com/index.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic website offers FREE videos about physics and astronomy featuring experts from The University of Nottingham, who explain the strange letters and squiggles (many more than 60 of them) used by scientists.

As explained at the website, “Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos by experts from The University of Nottingham. It’s worth noting many symbols have multiple uses across scientific disciplines and we sometimes tackle them from an unexpected viewpoint.” Here’s some of what you’ll see: 

  • Click on “E” for energy and see an Einstein doll on a swing as a demonstration of potential and kinetic energy.
  • Click on the symbol for the planet Venus (looks like a hand mirror) and learn all about it. You’ll also learn the history of the symbol and it’s use as the universal symbol for women.
  • What has a symbol of a cat got to do with physics? Visit the site, click on the cat and find out!

When you get to the site you’ll see the table of Sixty Symbols (and then some). Click on any one and a new page opens where a video launches that explains it. They are wonderfully engaging and educating.

Fun, Interactive English Language Timeline

December 7th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 7, 2016, and time for Language Arts 

at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC: Ages of English Timeline

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/launch_tl_ages_english.shtml)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you can explore a free, engaging, multi-media,

interactive timeline of the history of the English language, and learn how it developed, and why it has changed and evolved. You can even listen to samples of how the language was actually spoken at any given time. (No guarantees you’ll understand what they’re saying!)

As you’ll discover through images and audio (so turn on your speakers), English has developed “through invasion, invention and global expansion.”

 

When you get to the site you have the choice to launch the timeline in a Flash or non-Flash version. Go with the Flash version – it’s lots more fun for kids! Then, explore the ten ages of the English language that include: 

  • The Anglo Saxon Invasions – 449 AD
  • The Viking Raids Begin – 787 AD
  • The Norman Conquest – 1066
  • The Resurgence of English 1200 – 1400
  • The Invention of the Printing Press 1476
  • The Renaissance – 1500 to 1650
  • The Colonization of the New World – 1600s
  • The Industrial Revolution – 1760 to 1830

In each stage of the Flash version, you simply click on images in a colorful cartoon-drawing to learn various aspects of the history of the language through pop-up text and audio clips. 

You’ll gain understanding about the origins of words, and discover what inquiring minds want to know – how did “Beowulf” really sound? There are fun facts and explanations of phrases and idioms too. As the website claims, “From runes to rap, the development of English follows a fascinating trail.”

Free Literature Study Guides

November 30th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.ntc-school.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are:

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Review
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Dinosaurs for Kids

November 29th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 29, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Dinos

(www.kidsdinos.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. The Kids Know It Network developed this Google-ad-supported website that offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (The site is geared for kids. Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults.)

When you get to the site you’ll see a dinosaur animation and below it 4 icons with the offerings on the site. Below those you can learn about the featured dinosaur of the day. 

  • Explore Dinosaurs – The Dino Database features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more!
  • Play Games – Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Create and name your own dinosaur. Match dinosaurs with their shadow shapes. Learn about dinosaur classification. Play dinosaur hangman and improve your spelling and vocabulary. Paint and print your very own dinosaur masterpiece. Use interactive Dinosaur Flashcards to memorize the names of every dinosaur and learn facts about them. You can even customize the flashcards to display just the dinosaurs you select.
  • Learn History – Learn all about paleontology.
  • Free Worksheets – A puzzle and lots of coloring worksheets in .pdf format.

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

Learn to Speak the Sauk Language

November 5th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 5, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Talk Sauk

(www.talksauk.com/#/)

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

 

Discover the traditional language of the Sac and Fox Indian Nation of Oklahoma with this website. Derived from the Algonquian language family, the Sauk language is currently only spoken by a handful of elders. The Sauk Language department created this website to help “keep the Sauk language as a living and integral component of the Sac and Fox Nation”.

When arriving at the colorful website, select the “Menu” option in the upper left to expose the menu and find: 

  • Sauk Language Stories – Read and listen to “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” and the story “Kâta Kîshkô” and see the Eric Carle book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear translated into Sauk.
  • Interactive Sauk Apps and Games – Play matching games, enjoy the online or downloadable coloring book, or explore the online games of Sauk Count and Climb and Sauk Drop and Catch which are also available as apps for your smart device.
  • Sauk Language Videos – Watch animated stories, see videos about the Sauk language, and learn to count to 10.
  • Sauk Dictionary – Use the visual dictionary to learn the Sauk language word for animals, food, numbers and other everyday words. Click an image to hear the word in the Sauk language. This feature covers the words in the matching games.
  • Sauk Phrases – Read phrases in English related to colors, days, weather, eating, greetings, feelings, and much more, then click the phrase to hear it in the Sauk language.
  • Sauk History and more – Select “About” to learn more about the Sauk Nation’s history and more.

Visitors do not need to be part of the Sac and Fox Nation to appreciate the value and beauty of the language. This website provides a wonderful introduction to the Sauk language and students may be inspired to dig deeper into the language of their own heritage.

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