Posts Tagged ‘activities’

History and Social Studies and More, Oh My!

September 29th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 29, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids.gov

(kids.usa.gov/index.shtml)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This sister website to the USA.gov website, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, serves as an internet gateway to educational information and services available through government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.

Using the navigation buttons at the top of the page, first decide your audience, Kids Grade K-5 or Teens Grade 6-8, then choose to:

  • Learn Stuff
  • Play Games
  • Watch Videos

This is where the fun begins. Choose from the suggestions in the scroll-able upper menu box or find the subject you are interested in by selecting it from the icons below the box. The icons will take you to another page broken down into topics. From here either browse through the list of linked websites or click the topical text link to be taken to the page of links.

All kinds of subjects are available, but we will focus on History. On the “Learn More” tab find great resources to learn about: 

  • American History
  • Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
  • Groups and Cultures
  • Presidents
  • Time Periods and Eras
  • Wars

History games include: 

  • America by Air – Among other activities, take a virtual flight across America.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Kid’s Zone – Games that teach about life in colonial America
  • History and Culture – Smithsonian Education – a selection of games sponsored by the Smithsonian
  • And many more!

Watch videos about: 

  • Native American Indians
  • Martha Washington
  • Webcasts from the Library of Congress

(Note: While reviewing this site we found some links no longer took you directly to the right page, but adventurous researchers can dig a little on the site to locate what they need.)

Select the Teachers button in the top menu to find activities, worksheets, lesson plans and more. The Parents page provides parental resources for a subject.

This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site to come back time and again for all your subjects.

Fun Themes Help Kids Read for Pleasure

September 21st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, September 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kidsmomo

(www.kidsmomo.com/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8. As always, parents should preview the site and reading recommendations to determine suitability of content.)

 

Two women book publishers (with a great sense of humor and love of children’s books) created this website with activities, videos, and reviews designed to introduce kids to quality books to encourage reading for sheer pleasure in a non-academic mode.

When you get to the site you’ll find a menu that offers: 

  • Reviews by You(th) – Read kid-submitted book reviews, with peer comments and ratings. Submit your own review!
  • Recommended Reads – Enjoy a series of blog posts with long lists of great books to read in a variety of topic/subject categories.
  • Videos & Podcasts – Enjoy listening to kid-friendly chats and watch clever video clips featuring book recommendations.
  • Themes – Get recommendations and reviews for books about boys, series starring girls, poetry, mythology, biographies, foreign lands, and more.

This site offers a clever way to engage kids in the joy of reading for fun and pleasure! Be sure to bookmark it so you can return to see the latest posts, podcasts, videos, and reviews.

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.

Explore the “Space Place” for Kids!

September 13th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, September 13, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA Space Place

(spaceplace.nasa.gov/)

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

 

NASA sponsors this non-commercial website to show kids that science, technology, and learning about space are fun and within their grasp. It offers free projects and activities that lead kids step-by-step through challenging subjects such as the electromagnetic spectrum, orbits, gravitational waves, tidal forces, binary and hexadecimal notation, and more. As the website explains, these topics are “treated simply and concisely, with everyday analogies and metaphors, concrete examples, and compelling illustrations.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the Space Place logo and below it a menu of activities that includes:  

  • Explore – Learn about planets, lasers, weather satellites, orbits, gravity, and more through interactive animations, demonstrations, and videos.
  • Do – Build a bubble-powered rocket, make moon cookies, make a relief map, build a physics machine, and whip up some El Nino pudding! You’ll find instructions and illustrations for these hands-on projects.
  • Play – Play interactive games that teach as they entertain. Go on a virtual mission to Jupiter, explore the solar system, compare the sizes of planets, do space-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, and more.

This is a terrific way to engage kids in learning about science through technology.

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.

Free Storm, Oceanic and Atmosphere Science Activities

August 30th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science with NOAA Research

(www.oar.noaa.gov/k12/index.html)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website is provided by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using online resources.

You can also download FREE Student Activity Books and teaching materials (from the “Teacher” link) for each of the topics that include: 

  • El Niño – Find out about El Niño, how it forms, and its effects on the weather of the world.
  • Storms – Investigate hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning by tracking their courses and measuring their strength. Learn how weather is forecast.
  • Atmosphere – Investigate the origins and effects of global warming and the effects solar events have on the Earth.
  • Fisheries – Manage various species of fish after learning about what overfishing and the environment can do to commercial fishing.
  • Great Lakes – Interpret maps of winds, waves, and temperature. Learn about zebra mussels and how to control them.
  • Oceans – Take real measurements such as temperature and wave height and graph the changes. Also, find out about ocean currents.
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