Archive for the ‘nature’ category

Free Math Activity Book for K-5

April 15th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, April 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Helping Your Child Learn Math

(www2.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/title.html)

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

 

At this archived site, you’ll find a free math activity book designed for parents to use with their children to help them learn important math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, there are no bells and whistles here, just easy-to-do math activities, sorted by grade range from K-5, that are formatted for user-friendliness.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Title Page” of the online book. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Next” buttons on each page to read the Foreword, Introduction, and to access the Activities that include: 

  • Math in the Home – Discover fun ways to use things you find around the house to learn measurement, fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometrical concepts, telling time and much more.
  • Math at the Grocery Store – Practice measurement, estimation, weighing, counting, and figuring price per unit versus price per pound while helping your children learn estimation skills – all while doing the grocery shopping!
  • Math on the Go – Do fun math activities as you travel from place to place using numbers found on license plates, buildings, buses, taxis, houses, and gas stations.
  • Math for the Fun of It – As the book explains, there are fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around you. Look for math in nature – in the symmetry in leaves and various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. You’ll find lots of other fun suggestions as well.

The book wraps up with some pointers for parents on helping children achieve in mathematics along with suggestions for helping children with school assignments, and resources for further learning.

By the way, if you get tired of clicking the “Next” buttons – you can access the entire table of contents with links to specific sections of the book here.


The activities in this online book are perfect for homeschooling families and can be used in any way that makes sense to you and your children. You can also print it out and use it offline as well!

Virtual Tour of a Science Museum in Japan

April 5th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 5, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Little Day Out-National Museum of Nature and Science

(tinyurl.com/y4p9g6nu)

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

 

The National Museum of Nature and Science is one of Japan’s biggest science museums, with over 10,000 exhibits that explore everything from outer space and dinosaurs to the unique ecosystems of Japan and the world’s latest advances in technology.

Little Day Out, a Singapore-based online magazine, toured the museum and gave us a nice overview. Scroll through the text and pictures starting with the Japan Gallery (history of Japan) and moving to the Global Gallery (earth’s history).

When you are done reading all about the museum, head on over to the museum site here where you can watch an introductory video – with a cartoon dinosaur as your tour guide. The first 6 minutes gives you a tour; the rest explains the rules of behavior while visiting the museum. Arigato gozaimasu!

Geography, History, & Culture

January 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, January 3, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geographia

(www.geographia.com/)

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

 

This website offers virtual guides to the geography, culture and history of different countries of the world.

These areas are included: 

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Latin America

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured country (currently Malaysia), and below that a menu of the most recent countries and destinations that have been added to the site. Click on any title and a new page opens where you can virtually explore a multi-media travel guide of that location.

Or, click on the menu on the left side of your screen to open a window to any of the locations described above.

Enjoy colorful photographs, interesting text, and the ability to sample some of the sounds and music of the location as well (so turn on your speakers).

This site is designed as a travel guide – but the educational content here makes it much more. You’ll learn about the geography, people, culture, nature and history of the country and find out about the national parks, attractions, places off the beaten path, activities, important dates and festivals, and much more.

There is a lot of content here, and we weren’t able to explore it all. Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

This site provides a great way to see the world without leaving home. It’s also a fantastic way to jump-start a social sciences curriculum. In addition, it may just inspire a destination for your next family vacation.

Native American Science Lessons & Activities

November 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native American Science

(nativeamericanscience.org/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history.

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and several universities, provides a free university-level curriculum (that high school students and accelerated learners may also enjoy) that shows how Indigenous traditions are based on a solid understanding and description of natural phenomena. Topics include: 

  • Native and Western Views of Nature
  • Indigenous Research Methods
  • Environmental Justice
  • Indigenous Perspective
  • and more.

As explained at the website, “Our goal is to avoid romantic cliches and characterizations of Indian people and their traditional knowledge and to present this knowledge as well documented but different in approach from ‘Western science.’ These traditions are based on connection to the natural world, rather than separation from nature–in other words we are working with a science based on relationships, reciprocity and respect rather than solely on exploitation and economic concerns.”

And for the younger set, have them build their own canoe: Lesson: Can-Do Canoe

This free classroom lesson and activity (for ages 8-18 or grades 3-12) can be tweaked for homeschoolers. As explained at the website, “Explore the engineering design process by building model canoes from everyday materials and testing their design. The canoes must be able to float for three minutes and, for older students, support a load.” Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their canoes and discuss their findings.

Resources for Teaching American History

August 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 23, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching American History – Teacher Resources

(teachingamericanhistory.org/teacher-resources/)

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

 

This portion of the larger TeachingAmericanHistory.org website provides a large variety of resources to use for your American history studies.

From today’s link, select from the following: 

  • American History Toolkits – collections of resources from the site focusing on a specific topic. These resources can include Guiding Questions, Essential Documents, Webinars, archived courses from the Presidential Academy section, and Lesson Plans. The topics cover The American Founding, Expansion & Sectionalism, Civil War & Reconstruction, The Progressive Era, The Great Depression and World War II, and Civil Rights.
  • Exhibits on the American Founding – Using primary and secondary sources, maps, images and more, students will explore major events related to the founding of the American Republic. Events covered include the Constitutional Convention, The Federalist-Antifederalist Debate, The Ratification of the United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights.
  • Exhibits on American History – Similar in nature to the Exhibits on the American Founding section, students will explore in depth the historical significance of specific themes and events such as Religion in America, The Election of 1800, Abraham Lincoln, and The Civil War.
  • Lesson Plans – links to other sites with history lesson plans
  • Presidential Academy – Provides a 30-session course focusing on three major documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. From the website description, “Each session is made up of a set of readings, all linked from its blog post, and usually one lecture. Guiding questions and focus issues are at the foundation of each week’s study.”
  • Multimedia Resources – links to find archived videos and podcasts
  • Homeschool Resources – specifically gathered for the homeschool family, visitors will find:  
    • Free Homeschool American History Curriculum – a free high-school level American History and Government curriculum focusing on primary documents. There is a sample of the curriculum to review and then a form to fill out to receive the curriculum by email.
    • Monthly Webinars – conversations focusing on the 50 Core American Documents
    • Classroom Webinars for Homeschool Co-ops – interactive webinars ideal for AP U.S. History or Government and Politics courses.
    • Saturday Webinars – monthly programs for those who want to know more about American history documents. These webinars are also archived making it a great anytime resource.
    • Documents Library – access to the over 23,000 primary documents on the site
    • 50 Core American Documents – a collection of the most important documents in American history and government with summaries, questions and links to related documents.

This site is a fantastic resource for your American history studies and well worth bookmarking.

Free homeschool curriculum

August 15th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 15, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AmblesideOnline

(www.amblesideonline.org/)

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

 

As the website states, “AmblesideOnline is a free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world.”

Charlotte Mason believed children should read and learn from living books rather than text books. If you ever wanted to try her style of teaching/learning, this would be a great place to start. Everything is laid out for you – daily plans and weekly plans for each year (grade).

When you get to the site, click on “Introduction to AmblesideOnline” to get an overview. Then use the menu on the left side bar to choose the weekly schedule for the year. There is a basic overview of the year, and then each subject is detailed. Each year also has Additional Books for Free Reading – with direct links.

From the side menu, you can also choose by subject: 

  • Art Study
  • Composers
  • Nature Study
  • Plutarch
  • Shakespeare
  • Poets
  • Hymns
  • Folksongs
  • Bible
  • and more!

You can also join a forum, check out their blog and link to extensive teacher resources.

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