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Tornado Science!

June 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 23, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Weather Wiz Kids

(http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-tornado.htm)

 

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

 

At this website designed for kids, a meteorologist describes the science behind tornadoes including what weather conditions are required for them to form. It includes terrific information, pictures, links to free lesson plans, experiments, and more.
When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to read the text and see pictures and illustrations that explain what tornadoes are, how they form, and information on weather conditions associated with tornadoes such as: 
  • Funnel Clouds
  • Supercell Thunderstorms
  • Mesocyclones
  • Microbursts
  • Waterspouts
  • Hail
  • Gustnadoes
  • Landspouts
  • Dust Devils
You’ll also learn about the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity and some Tornado Safety Tips. There are also links to FREE LESSON PLANS and Tornado Experiments that will enhance your children’s understanding of this dangerous weather phenomenon.

Learn Portuguese

June 20th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 20, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Easy Portuguese

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This Google ad-supported website helps visitors learn basic Brazilian Portuguese. The simplicity of the website design makes navigating through the available learning material a breeze.
From the home page, select lessons with audios to learn: 
  • Useful phrases
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar and parts of speech lessons for the beginner and intermediate learner
Continue the learning by selecting the “Learn Portuguese Menu” in the upper tool bar. In addition to the topics above, select from: 
  • Alphabet
  • Brazilian/Portuguese Names
  • Popular Words in Portuguese
  • Portuguese Verbs
  • Portuguese Grammar Tips
Grammar lessons include simple explanations of topics, examples, and accompanying vocabulary with audios. Vocabulary lessons provide the word in Portuguese, its English translation, and an audio file of the word. Visitors will need to be sure to have their volume turned up to hear the audios.

Please note that when visiting a page to view the lesson, we were able to turn off the ad so that it was not distracting.

This website provides great basics in learning Portuguese.

Earth & Space Science Interactives!

June 9th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 9, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Windows To The Universe

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The National Earth Science Teachers Association sponsors this website that offers comprehensive, multi-media information to encourage learning Earth and Space science as well as a range of other related sciences for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students.
When you get to the website you’ll see a sliding panel featuring several of the science presentations in the archives. You can click on any one to jump right in, or take some time to explore the menu and see what’s available including:
  • Sun – Explore the closest star to Earth including sunspots, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections.
  • Solar System – Discover planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, the heliosphere, and interstellar space.
  • Space – Study stars, galaxies, and other mysterious objects in our Universe.
  • Sciences – Learn how Earth and Space sciences are interconnected with geology, physics, chemistry, and biology.
  • Culture – Browse a collection of myths, folk tales, and stories about the Earth and sky. Check out artwork, poetry, books, and movies that portray the natural world.
  • People – Access biographies of scientists who made science history!
  • Games – Enjoy scientifically themed crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, word searches, and concentration. Play interactives about the carbon cycle, planets, space, and more! Enjoy coloring pages and paper activities.
  • Space Weather – Learn about radiation, fluctuating magnetic fields, solar wind and the complex ways they interact with Earth’s magnetic field, including disruption of cell phone communication.
  • Multimedia – Get links to all sorts of pictures, animations, videos, podcasts, and interactive multimedia that are on the “Windows to the Universe” website.
  • Postcards – Read collections of virtual postcards from scientists doing field research around the world with sharks, penguins, ice, rocks, the atmosphere, and the ocean.
  • Citizen Science – Find out about science projects where the public can get involved in scientific research and data collection.
You’ll also find news, research information, and tips for teachers. Note: This ad-supported site is free, however, you can purchase a membership to access the site ad-free, along with some other interactive features.

American Art Treasures to Go

May 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, May 2, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Smithsonian American Art Museum-Treasures to Go

 

Age Range: All (All grades, childrenwith parental supervision)

 

The Smithsonian American Art Museum launched this site in conjunction with its traveling exhibit of over 500 of the finest American art treasures. At this site you can see the images and read descriptions of the paintings and sculptures that made up the exhibit.
There are 8 themes including: 
  • Young America
  • Lure of the West
  • American Impressionism
  • The Gilded Age
  • Scenes of American Life
  • Modernism & Abstraction
  • Contemporary Folk Art
  • Arte Latino
This site presents a terrific opportunity to get familiar with American artwork and artists. Gather the family around the computer to take a virtual trip to see this incredible art exhibit.

Book Finder with Lessons, Author Bios, & More!

April 29th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 29, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Scholastic: Book Wizard

 

Age Range: 3-17 (Grades PreK-11 with parental supervision)

 

Have your children ever fallen in love with a particular book? Have they begged for more books like it? Have you scoured the library shelves trying to find something just as engaging to nurture their love of reading? Do you wish you could find extension activities to further learning through the books they love to read? Then you’ll love today’s website recommendation.
Scholastic’s Book Wizard offers three different ways to search over 50,000 books from all publishers to find just the right book for your child, and many search results include lesson plans, author bios, and study guides. Type in the name of a book your child likes, and the free Book Wizard will show similar titles in the same reading level with the same type of content with activities to further learning. What a time saver! When you get to the site, you can jump right in and use the search engine that includes options: 
  • Find Books – Just enter a book title, author or keyword. Once you’ve found the exact book you are looking for – you can click on the author’s name to read his/her bio, and (in many cases) access free lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and extension activities written specifically for the book. Note: Look for the words “Search By Level” under the input form. Click on those words to search for books and associated lessons and activities by preferences such as “Interest Level” and “Reading Level” for grades PreK-12. You can also search by Book Type, Subject, and Genre.

  • Similar Books – Enter a favorite book title, set the reading level scale (same, easier, harder), click “Search” and Similar Books performs it’s magic rendering a selection of titles your child is sure to enjoy.
Check out Scholastic’s Teacher’s page to locate oodles and gobs of resources!

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

April 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Kids on the Net

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.
If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include hangman, word searches, crossword puzzles, a metaphor and simile quiz, and some fill-in-the-blank story activities. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site. Be sure to click on the “Competitions” button to learn about a story-writing activity. Although this competition has ended, your kids might enjoy the writing activity.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids, or create an island all your own. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices going. Get your notebook and pencil handy and dive on in!

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

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