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Mysteries for Kids!

January 28th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, January 28, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MysteryNet’s Kids Mysteries

 

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

If you love a good mystery story, you’ll enjoy this website that offers several interactive mystery stories for kids to read and solve, along with an archive of mystery stories written for kids by kids.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 
  • Solve-It – Read a short mystery story containing clues. Follow the clues to solve the mystery. If you’re stumped, the solutions are readily available. This section contains an archive of “Solve-It” mysteries that will entertain you for hours.
  • Quick-Solve – This offers just one short mystery case that kids can try and solve. Then, it explains how the character in the story solved the mystery for comparison to your own strategy.
  • Mysteries By Kids – Read the winning mystery stories submitted by kids during a contest conducted by this website. There are about 20 stories to enjoy.
You’ll also find complete instructions on how to perform a magic trick!

This is part of the larger MysteryNet website that offers extensive information on famous mystery fiction detectives from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Perry Mason and Hercule Poirot.

You’ll also find the biographies of great mystery writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Mickey Spillane, and R.L. Stine, to name a few.

If you have older students, you may want to peruse the main site for the resources and information it offers. Of particular interest is the Mystery Time Line (on the right side bar) that explains the evolution of mystery fiction, and the authors and characters that define this genre.

If you read a mystery with your kids, you can then visit the Mystery Time Line to find out more about the author. Or visit the timeline to get a feel for the kinds of characters and storylines used by certain authors – and then select one of their mystery stories to read. Either way, the site will enhance your appreciation of a good mystery!

Must-Try Winter Science Experiments!

January 27th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, January 27, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

LemonLimeAdventures – 20 Must-Try Winter Science Experiments for Kids!

 

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

 

This blog, created by an ex-early childhood teacher is chock-full of fun, educational learning activities.
For this review, we’ve focused on her 20 must-try winter science experiments. Each experiment comes complete with instructions and pictures and most have an accompanying video so you know exactly what to expect. Check out:

Winter Science Experiments that Explain the Why behind the Dinners:

  • How to Make Butter
  • The Science behind Cranberries
  • The Biology of Bread
Find some Winter Science Experiments That Teach Freezing and Changes in States of Matter like: 
  • Make Ice Grow
  • Storm in jar
  • Ice Bubbles
  • Ice and Water Experiments
Look for Winter Science Experiments That Teach Melting and Change Over Time
  • Lego ice excavations
  • Icy hands melting
  • Simple ice melt
  • Beautiful Melting Ice Science with Watercolors
There is so much here that you must come back often to explore
  • Winter Science Experiments that Explore Chemistry
  • Winter Science Experiments that Explore Natural and Life Science
  • More Winter Ideas for Fun and Learning
  • More Science Experiments for Kids
And there is so much more. Come often and have fun with science!

Learn Braille Basics

January 24th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, January 24, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

hotBraille.com

 

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

 

Braille is a means of reading and writing for blind people that was invented by Louis Braille. At this website you can read a short biography of Louis Braille and then learn the letters of the Braille alphabet. You can even see your name in Braille!

When you get to the link, choose from the following on the left hand menu:

The Braille system

  • Braille – a brief introduction to Braille and the Grade 1 Braille lesson
  • Grade 2 – learn a set of contractions used to print Braille.
  • Louis Braille – a brief biography of Louis Braille

Your name in Braille – see what your name looks like in Braille letters in 3 formats:

  • Black
  • 3D
  • Big

The only problem with a computer version of Braille is that you can’t feel the dots that compose the letters and words. We suggest that while out and about, check out Braille menus at restaurants, some ATM machines at banks, or go to your local library where you can find the Braille alphabet and Braille books.

Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Hearst Castle

January 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Friday, January 23, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Hearst Castle

 

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

 

Take a virtual tour of the magnificent estate of legendary newspaper baron, William Randolph Hearst. Located in San Simeon, California, “La Cuesta Encantada” – Spanish for The Enchanted Hill, includes a twin-towered main building, three guesthouses, and 127 acres of terraced gardens, fountains, and pools.
When arriving at the link above, use the map to explore the 360° images of:
  • Roman Pool
  • Neptune Pool
  • Floor 3, Room 1
  • Theater
  • Gothic Study
  • Assembly Room
  • Garden by Casa Grande
  • Gardens

Use your mouse or the navigation tools at the bottom of the image to move around the image. Click the compass rose in the lower right corner to turn the navigation map on or off. Be sure to have your sound turned on to enjoy period background music while in the house and sounds of nature while in the gardens.

After your virtual tour, select “History” in the upper tool bar. Using the side bar menu, see more images of the estate as well as learn a lot more about this beautiful property. Select “Hearst Castle Gardens” for more in depth explanations about the flowers, plants, and trees of the gardens. Learn about the lives of those associated with Hearst Castle by choosing “Historic People”. Examine more closely a few of the 25,000 artifacts showcased throughout the castle by selecting “Art” on the sidebar.
A trip through this United States National Historic Landmark is an interesting look into a modern-times castle.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

January 21st, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, January 21, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Children’s University

 

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

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.
When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes:
*World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.

*Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.

*Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
*Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
*Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”? This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
*Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
*Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.
The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

We focused on Language Arts for this review, but you can find great games and interactives on the Main/Home Page that include the following topics:

  • The Body and Medicines
  • Energy and the Environment
  • The Earth and Beyond
  • Teeth and Eating
  • Micro-organisms
  • The Brain and Senses
  • Talking Textiles
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Black History

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt – Children and the Depression

January 15th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, January 15, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt

 

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

 

Wow! This site is well-worth a visit. The Great Depression resulted in an effort to help the thousands of Americans in need. Programs were developed like the Civilian Conservation Corps., the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt struck a New Deal for America – all in an effort to employ people to get them back on their feet again. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, so accessible to the people, received requests for assistance from many, many children.
At this website you can read about the impact of the Great Depression on kids. There are lesson plans, photos, links to resources for continued study and more. This is one of the more unusual and really helpful history sites we’ve seen. Here’s a brief explanation of the site taken directly from the webpage – but do visit – there is so much more as you click your way around:

During the Great Depression, thousands of young people wrote to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for help. They asked for clothing, money, and other forms of assistance. Robert Cohen of the University of Georgia tells us the story.

  • How the Depression Affected Children
  • The Letters
  • Mrs. Roosevelt’s Response
  • Digging Deeper
  • Lesson Plans
This website is an excellent supplement to your depression-era studies.
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