Posts Tagged ‘activities’

The Particle Adventure!

August 26th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Particle Adventure

 

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

 

This website offers an award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors. Sponsored by the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it is available in an impressive array of languages including Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, German, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Slovenska, and Norsk!
Click the “Go” button to begin the adventure. Once you begin, the menu appears in the left column, and you can jump to any topic of interest. The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to proceed sequentially by using the arrows at the top right of each page.
Lively illustrations and good-natured humor keep you smiling as you learn fascinating and amazing facts about physics and the microscopic wonders of the world in which we live, plus a section on unsolved mysteries and several sections explaining how scientists have learned what we know so far.
Learn what Einstein tried, but failed, to find! Because each page contains only a short segment of text, this is highly readable and accessible even if you have no physics background at all.
In the lower part of the main page, you can also find links to more particle physics exploration for high schoolers, classroom activities (quiz yourself on what you have learned from this site!), a two-page summary of particles and their history, and a glossary of relevant terms. Older students can find some really advanced topics here! Younger children will enjoy the introductory page of “The Fireworks of Particles.” Also, “Quarkdance” takes you to a cute animation of quarks dancing to some toe-tapping accordion music. Make sure your speakers are on! There are also links here for further exploration of this topic, including posters about contemporary physics (frontier physics).

Free Online Math Games for K-8

August 25th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 25, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Johnnie’s Math Page

 

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

 

This website offers all kinds of interactive math games, tools, and activities. When you get to the site just click on a math strand on the menu that includes:
  • NUMBER – Includes Counting, Base 10, Odd/Even, 100′s Chart, Place Value, Adding, Integers, Number Line, Venn Numbers, Decimals, Factoring, and more.
  • GEOMETRY – Play with Pattern Blocks, Tangrams, GeoBoard, Symmetry, Shapes, Triangles, Angle Measurement, Polyhedra, Cartesian Grid, and more.
  • FRACTIONS – Explore Circle Fractions, Area Fractions, Like Fractions, Compare Fractions, Fractions Percents, Fraction Tiles, and more.
  • MULTIPLICATION – Use Flash Cards and Tiles to learn the facts, play fun games for practice, and more.
  • MEASUREMENT – Learn to tell time, weigh, and measure; use Standard Rule and Metric Rule; learn about liquid measurement, proportion and more.
  • STATISTICS – Make graphs and charts, and learn about the Mean Median.
  • PROBABILITY – Use spinners and dice to understand chance and probability.
  • FUN – Play challenging math games and logic puzzles from an interactive abacus to Hanoi Towers and more.

This is a great site to use for practicing math skills.

Explore Yellowstone National Park

August 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, August 22, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Yellowstone National Park

 

Age Range: All (Children, with parental supervision)

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Yellowstone National Park through hundreds of pictures, videos, and webcams. Part of the larger National Park Service website, when you arrive at the featured page, click one of the image links for Photo Gallery, Multimedia Presentations, or Webcams. On these pages you will find:

Photo Gallery:

  • Lodging Photos – images of the nine lodging facilities
  • Wildlife and Fish – still photos of wolves, grizzly bears, and fish
  • Old Faithful Webcam Photo Gallery – views of other geysers erupting caught on the Old Faithful Webcam
  • Photo Archives – thousands of images from Yellowstone’s Photo Collection

Please note that all of the images in these galleries are downloadable and royalty-free.

Multimedia Presentations:

  • Videos – hundreds of videos of Yellowstone Park, archived webcams, research and educational videos, and much more
  • Audio – a feast for the ears with the sounds of natural phenomena, wildlife, and thermal features (downloadable) as well as audio postcards that are short stories of life in Yellowstone Park.
  • Virtual Tours – more options for history, nature, interactive, and electronic field trips
  • Interactive Features – watch a video and view a timeline of the wildfires of 1988, check out the Old Faithful Virtual Visitor Center, track the Yellowstone Hotspot, use the interactive Google map to visit the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and enjoy even more electronic field trips for middle school students with the Windows into Wonderland option.

Webcams:

  • Old Faithful Geyser Streaming Webcam – watch real-time video of Old Faithful, wild life, and other geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin
  • Old Faithful Geyser – webcam inside the visitor education center
  • North Entrance-Electric Peak – from the historic Roosevelt Arch, this view from the north entrance station
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Officer’s Row
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Travertine Terraces and Parade Ground
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South

When you are finished taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellowstone, check out the “For Teachers” option located on the sidebar to find free “Curriculum for Your Classroom” materials to complement your virtual visit to Yellowstone Park. You will also want to explore the “For Kids” option on the sidebar for even more activities including games, coloring pages, and a scavenger hunt.

This website provides a thorough and memorable virtual visit to America’s first national park and one of its most beloved natural treasures.

Shock-ing Geography

August 21st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 21, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Shock-ing Geography

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learning geography can be fun with the use of this website. Using simple interactive maps, visitors can not only learn the locations of countries and states, but also study the physical geographical features of a location or explore the European historical world.
When arriving at the site choose locations from the political world, the physical world, or the historical world. After selecting a location a new window will open and the Shockwave driven map will load. You are then able to select a practice level:
  • Beginner – When you mouse over the map, the location name will appear in the upper corner.
  • Intermediate – A name of a location will appear in the upper corner and you need to click on the correct location. If you are correct the name will move to the location. If you need help finding the location select the “Show Me” button.
  • Advanced – Similar to the intermediate level, you need to find a location, but if you get it wrong, the program asks you to try again. If you do not know it, select the skip button.

When you are done with the practice session a score card appears with a percentage and how many were correct along with the option to try again or go back to the level selection window.

You may also select to take either an intermediate or advanced quiz. When selecting, the program does ask for name, professor and course name, but simply select “Take Quiz” to by-pass that.
To see a list of all the locations that are included in the activities, select the “Map list” text link beside the design and copyright information.
Be sure to bookmark this website to come back to time after time to build your geography knowledge skills.

High School Biology Games & Quizzes!

August 12th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 12, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

zeroBio

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is a website that was designed for science students in grades 9-12. It doesn’t contain full curriculum, but it does contain some really interesting and fun interactive quizzes, games and puzzles to practice what one usually learns in high school biology classes. Just by doing the activities you can test your knowledge of a subject or learn the material for the first time. (It’s very possible younger students would enjoy some of these activities and it would serve as an introduction to the kind of material they are expected to learn in the upper grades.)
When you get to the site you will see a welcome message. There is a drop-down menu you can use at the bottom of the page to navigate the site – but it may be easier to just use the click-through menu on the left and right sides at the top of the screen. You can access games and quizzes on genetics, molecule identification, and even a dissection lab!

Free Online & Offline Math Activities

August 11th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 11, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Teaching Ideas

 

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

 

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities and worksheets to help educators teach Math (and science, geography, and history as well). The resources are delivered through a variety of formats for use online and offline including:
  • PDF Files
  • Word Documents
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Websites
  • Text Documents (e.g. Notepad, Wordpad, Word)
  • Video Files
  • ~ and more!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief welcome message and some featured math resources and activities. Directly above the welcome message look for the blue menu bar and roll over “Maths” to find choices that include:

*Number Patterns – Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.
*Shape – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.
*Addition/Subtraction – Learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size.
*Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.
*Problem Solving – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands.
*Multiplication/Division – Check out interesting games, grids, and gadgets to help kids learn to multiply and divide.
*Fractions/Decimals/Percents – Get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.
There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.
Note: As you explore the site, you’ll notice comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.
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