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3-D Geometry, Math Interactives & More

September 19th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, September 19, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org – Geometry 3D Shapes

(www.learner.org/interactives/geometry/index.html)

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

 

You’ll be impressed by this presentation that provides free multi-media activities about three-dimensional shapes. Because instruction is presented in 3-D format it makes it much easier to visualize and understand.

After the introduction, you’ll learn about polyhedra, including prisms and pyramids. Then move on to surface area and volume of rectangles and cylinders. When you are finished clicking through the presentation you can test your skills.

This website is massive. Under the “Interactives” menu for Math, you can choose from over 150 other interactives, which can be sorted by grade level, that include: 

  • Area and Perimeter
  • Comparing Fractions
  • Decorative Boxes
  • Fractions
  • Learning Temperature Units and Their Symbols
  • Measuring Ant Tunnels
  • Numbers in Nature
  • Quilts
  • Robots
  • Shadows
  • And more!

Bookmark this site, as you just can’t see it all in one visit.

Remembering the Holocaust

September 1st, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 1, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

(www.ushmm.org/learn)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Note: Due to the disturbing nature of the topic, it is highly recommended that parents preview the material prior to allowing their students to visit this website.

September 1, 1939 marked the beginning of World War II and the unimaginable atrocities that were inflected on the Jewish nation. At today’s link from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website, students can learn about the Holocaust through historical images, videos, and texts.

Use the side bar menu to navigate through the materials by selecting: 

  • Introduction to the Holocaust – View the 38-minute video “The Path to Nazi Genocide” and the online transcript of the program, examine articles, documents, film footage, survivor testimony, maps, music, and personal stories, explore the timeline of major events, discover the Nazi propaganda and its power along with accompanying lesson plans and more.
  • Information for Students – Explore specific related topics to study broken into time frames of 1933-1938, 1939-1945, and after 1945, use the online activities and learning materials and resources to do more research, examine maps and photos, and dig deeper into the Holocaust.
  • Timeline of Events – Delve into the people and events of WWII and the Holocaust with this timeline filled with pictures, videos, and texts.
  • Holocaust Encyclopedia – Search for specific information and in-depth articles.
  • Holocaust and Related Maps – Discover the geography of the Holocaust and WWII with maps and animated maps, case studies, Holocaust Layer in Google Earth.

This is a very in-depth website so you will want to bookmark it to return while working through your studies.

Learn about Digital Photography

August 27th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 27, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Photography School

(digital-photography-school.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website created by Darren Rowse provides a bonanza of digital photography how to’s and helpful hints to make the most of your digital camera.

The best place for your student to start is on the “Digital Photography Tips and Tutorials for Beginners” page accessed by hovering over “Tips & Tutorials” on the upper menu, then selecting it from the list. On this page students can learn: 

  • The basics of exposure
  • How to use digital camera settings and features
  • Handling and care of a digital camera
  • Using a flash
  • Understand depth of field
  • Nature and wildlife photography
  • And much more!

Parents will want to check out the entry called “13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography” to help their children learn some basics of taking a photograph.

When your student is finished going through all the beginner information you may want to dig deeper using the upper menu to discover tips for taking portrait and landscape pictures, explore the cameras and equipment that is out there, and learn about ‘post production‘ of their photos with editing software and more.

There are courses that can be purchased from this website, but visitors will find a lot of great free information about photography that they could easily create their own short course for their student.

Tour Tocqueville’s 1831 America

July 15th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, July 15, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Democracy in America

(xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/)

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

 

Today’s website provides the full text (that you can read online or print out to read offline) of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville – one of the most influential works on the politics and culture of America in 1831-1832.

As the website introduction explains:

What he saw there, who he talked with, what he read and overheard, became the stuff of his analysis of our nation’s essential nature and probable destiny. And almost everything he saw and heard has, of course, simply vanished…. Cincinnati is no longer a frontier boom town and the trackless wilderness of Tennessee has been comfortably suburbanized and malled along with the rest of the country….

And so we’re attempting to construct a virtual American ca. 1831-32…. based on Tocqueville’s itinerary, on his and his friend Beaumont’s letters and journals, on contemporaneous accounts of other foreign visitors, and on a variety of examples of material culture of the period, mostly paintings and engravings. It also holds explorations of Women’s Place at the time, of attitudes toward race and color, towards religion, and towards everyday life.

Democracy in America gives keen insight to life in the United States in the early/mid-19th century.

In addition to the text, the site offers an interesting VIRTUAL TOUR of Tocqueville’s America in 1831, through featured textual excerpts, illustrations, pictures, and more. It’s a great way to preview the book and get a peek at American culture over 150 years ago. The virtual tour alone provides an interesting social studies lesson.

When you get to the site you will see a map in the center of the screen. Above it is a link to the full text of the book and an introduction to the website.

A menu surrounds the map. The Virtual Tour is the first link on the menu on the left-hand side of your screen. It is followed by links to various other highlights based on the book including: 

  • Red, Black & White: Race in 1831
  • Everyday Life in 1831
  • American Religion in 1831
  • American Women: 1820-1842
  • and much more.

This is a fascinating historical account of life in America that sheds light on our past while illuminating the stark contrasts to present day America. After exploring the site, you can’t help but speculate what the future will bring.

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 17th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

As the website states, “Out in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests. So come explore the world of pests. Then use your new knowledge to outwit the pests in your world.” Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters. You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists. Click on the “continue” button to examine the “Pest Guide from A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes. Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Pest Games – Play interactive games like “Name That Pest!” that test your knowledge of the critters in the “Pest Guide.”
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for a wide grade-range that feature insect anatomy, native habitats and behaviors of insects and rodents, info on termite specimens and colonies, and learn how to prevent an infestation. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy.
  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.

Free Beginner Piano Lessons

May 7th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 7, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hoffman Academy Piano Lessons

(www.hoffmanacademy.com/)

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

 

Formerly FreePianoLessons4Kids.com, Hoffman Academy offers hundreds of free video lessons for the beginner pianist that teach ear training, sight reading, theory, technique, and much more. Created by Joseph Hoffman as a way to make piano lessons available to all, students work through the lessons at their own pace and are able to review any or all lessons as needed to master the material. And an extra bonus is that lessons can be done on your schedule with no need to leave your home. The fun, easy-going, and often entertaining nature of Mr. Hoffman as he presents the material will keep your student engaged and looking forward to the next lesson.

When arriving at the website, visitors may wish to watch the introduction video that helps explain the program. Then select the “Start Learning” button in the middle of the top image. From the very first lesson, your student will play a basic song, “Hot Cross Buns”, all the while building music and piano playing skills. There are currently seven units with 20 plus lessons in each. Students will learn: 

  • Reading music
  • Notes
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Chords
  • Piano Posture
  • Fingering of the keys
  • And so much more

There are also bonus lessons for popular tunes such as: 

  • “Let it Go” from Frozen
  • “Star Wars Theme” and “The Imperial March” from Star Wars
  • “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the 1876 play Peer Gynt
  • “S’vivon” a traditional Hanukkah song
  • “Jingle Bells”

Be sure to visit the support page as well for helpful information about Getting Started, Practice Helps, and Other Topics.

This well-organized website is a wonderful place to start your student on the road to learning piano. You will want to bookmark this site as new lessons/units are being created regularly.

Please note that while the video lessons are always free, supplemental materials are available for purchase.

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