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Winter Solstice Science

December 16th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 16, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SciJinks: What’s a Solstice

 

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

 

The Winter Solstice will soon be here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere of planet Earth). It marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The winter solstice is celebrated by various cultures and religions worldwide. But what exactly is a solstice?
At this NASA-sponsored website, scientists provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the solstice complete with illustrations and photographs. This presentation includes information about: 
  • The Equator
  • Earth’s Axis of Rotation
  • Arctic Circle
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Antarctic Circle
  • Spring and Autumnal Equinox
When you’re through exploring the solstice page, use the menu to access mini-lessons and games that teach about: 
  • Weather
  • Hurricanes
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice
  • Tides and Oceans
  • Atmosphere
  • Satellites and Technology
  • And More!

Snowflake Science

December 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 2, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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SnowCrystals.com

 

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

 

We’ve featured this website by the geniuses at Cal Tech in the past. At this time of year, it’s well worth another look because it provides some great science explorations with snowflakes – and even explains how to make your own!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction, a pitch for their book, The Secret Life of a Snowflake, and then some terrific information on snowflakes that includes:
  • Natural Snowflakes – Includes a photo collection with normal and unusual forms.
  • Designer Snowflakes – Watch videos of snowflakes growing in the laboratory.
  • Snowflake Physics – Explore the “Snowflake Primer” to learn what snow crystals are, how they form, and why they grow in such diverse shapes.
  • Snow & Ice Activities – Get some unique projects you can do with ice and snow including making your own ice spikes (sort of like ice stalagmites) using distilled water and an ice cube tray in your freezer.

This is a fun and engaging website that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Archeology for Kids

November 25th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 25, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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National Park Service: Archeology for Kids

 

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Park Service, kids can learn all about the science of archeology. Many national parks maintain dig sites where researchers and scientists find clues to the stories of the past. This site includes information about archeologists and the fields in which they specialize.
When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu below the big words “Archeology for Kids” that includes: 
  • Who Are Archeologists – Meet men and women who study fossil remains of humans, animals, marine life, and the geology of the earth through time.
  • How Do They Work – Find out how archeologists explore various dig sites. Learn about surveys, measuring, excavation, dating, recording, artifacts, and more.
  • The Archeology Lab – Learn what archeologists do in the lab including cataloging artifacts, preserving specimens, and more.
  • Try it! – Enjoy three different fun activities to learn what archeologists do and how they sift for clues that help explain the people and cultures of the past.
  • Dig Deeper – Get information on what it takes to have a career as an archeologist.

Interactive Language Learning

November 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, November 22, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Duolingo

 

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

 

This free website for language learning uses fun interactive technology to learn and practice a foreign language.
When arriving at the link, select the language you would like to learn. Available languages include:
  • Spanish
  • Danish
  • Irish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Dutch (Netherlands)
After selecting your language, watch the quick tour hosted by the owl mascot, Duo. This tour explains the interface and how to use the program. Next you are able to choose to begin with “Basics” or take a short placement test if you are already familiar with the language. Interactive lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and more. Be sure to have your sound on and Duolingo requires the Adobe Flash plugin to accept speech input. There are hundreds of lessons broken down to focus on specific language skills. You need to complete certain skills to open new skill/lesson levels.

In order for your lessons to be tracked you will need to create a free profile. Once you have created your profile you can review words learned, practice with flashcards, check your activity on the program, and more. There is a language discussion board available so parents will want to monitor their students if they do not want them to participate in the board. While working through the lessons, student earn lingots, the Duolingo virtual currency. Lingots can be used in the virtual store for things such as a “Heart Refill” which “allows you to regain one heart lost during a lesson”, “Streak Freeze” which allows your activity “streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity”, and more program related bonuses.

From the website:

In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.”

And this program is also available as a free app so you can take learning on the go. Learning a new language can be fun using this website that appeals to different learning methods.

Songs and Games in Spanish

September 20th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, September 20, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Juegos y Canciones

 

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

 

This website was designed by a kindergarten teacher to appeal to the very young, but beginners of all ages can learn something here.
When you get to this website, you can read the long introduction (if you like), that explains this webpage author’s experiences learning and teaching Spanish abroad. (Teachers may find the discussion of bilingual education and second language acquisition of interest.) You will also find a bookstore full of Amazon-linked recommendations, an opportunity to participate in some discussions and help develop curriculum, and information about how families can learn Spanish together through immersion programs in Guatemala or Mexico.

But there’s a special treat at the bottom (scroll way down) under the heading “Songs and Games for You!

Here you will find popular tunes in Spanish such as the classic folk song, “De Colores,” and about a dozen other tunes available in midi or mp3 format (and many are in the downloadable iTunes collection as well). There are also printable lyrics in Spanish, plus games or hand motions or, in one case, a “show” (a series of illustrations) for you to watch while you sing.

There are also about a half dozen other games and activities for Spanish learning. Every page is available in English or Spanish. The email address is provided for the author of each song or activity so that you can contact them directly if you have any questions. Although the lyrics aren’t provided in English, the activity descriptions are often clear enough that you can guess! (And for the words that you can’t guess, just type “translate” into your favorite search engine.)

Learn Native American Languages

August 30th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 30, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Native-Languages.org

 

Age Range: 8-Adult (Grades 3 and up, with parental supervision)

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages”.
When arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links in the following categories:
  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages

Each category provides a link to another page with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources you will find link to:

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • Online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

In the Native American Language Families section, you will be able to explore over 25 Amerindian language families. The Recommended Books about Native American Languages section provides links to purchase books about Native American languages. Selected Links about Native American Languages contains links to other related websites.

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

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