Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Interactive Science Games for Kids

June 27th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 27, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Schools Online

(web.extension.illinois.edu/state/programarea.cfm?ProgramAreaID=5)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this site now. The University of Illinois Extension offers all kinds of free, multimedia, interactive science games that help kids learn about biology, zoology, meteorology, entomology, and more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games, click on any one to play-and-learn including: 

  • The Great Plant Escape – Discover the mysteries of plant life.
  • Where Your Food Comes From – Tons of interactives to find out the origins of chocolate, pineapples, bananas, peanuts, rice, coffee, tea and much more.
  • Riding the Winds with Kalani – Investigate the science of weather and what impacts it including the sun, seasons, clouds, precipitation and more!
  • Let’s Talk About Insects – Find out the definition of an insect, learn about insect life cycles, and discover their importance to life on earth.
  • Shake, Rattle and Slide – Learn all about earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers.

Many of these games are actually entire websites hosted by the University of Illinois and not only include the games, but teacher guides, suggested activities to enhance learning, and links to other resources. Plus, many of the games are available in a variety of languages.  

In addition to the science games, you’ll also find games about nutrition, exercise, sports, and more.

Corn Math & Much More!

June 26th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 26, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Corn Math

(www.campsilos.org/mod3/students/index.shtml)

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

 

At this archived website you will find interesting corn-themed activities and lessons in math (and more!) that are geared for about 4th grade and up. However, there is material that younger children will enjoy as well.

When you get to the site you will see quick facts about corn math, corn products, and corn geography. But that’s not all! There is a menu at the top of the page with lessons and web-based activities designed for classroom use (that can be tweaked for home use) that include: 

  • History Detective – A remarkable exploration of the history of corn including Native American folk tales about corn.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Take the challenge and find the answers to the questions about corn by following Internet links to information resources. Then take the “Corny Quiz.”
  • Newsroom – Develop a video segment about corn production for KORN-TV by following the lesson plan and using web-based research.
  • Mystery Photo – An exploration of the microscopic world of corn.
  • Amazing Mazes: Find out about the history of corn mazes. Then create your own computer-generated maze!

Then on the side bar, check out: 

  • Teachers – The teacher section offers an outline of the lessons contained at this site, along with information on curriculum standards addressed by the lessons. It provides background and resources that will help with lesson presentation. Remember, this was designed with the classroom teacher in mind – so some of this may not be as helpful to the home educator.
  • Resources – Contains many links to other websites about corn.

Note: Most of the links on this site are good, but we did find a few dead links. Regardless, there is so much information here that the dead links are more of a nuisance than a deterrent to learning.

Teach British History with 100 Objects

June 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 22, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching History with 100 Objects

(www.teachinghistory100.org/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

Using 100 objects from museums in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and from the British Museum, this website strives to help teachers to teach “the new national history curriculum in England.” But nonresidents of England can reap the benefits of this website as well as it provides a wonderfully unique way to explore British history.

On the home page, there are several ways to begin exploring the objects. Items can be sorted and displayed by: 

  • Key Stages – in the US these are like grade levels (approximate equivalents are: KS1 = 1-2, KS2 = 3-6, KS3 = 7-9)
  • History curriculum topic – Events, people, time periods
  • Date – specific time frames
  • Places – include Africa, Americas, Asia, Britain, Europe, Oceania
  • Theme – Beliefs and ideas, Conflict, Empires, Rules and rulers, Social and personal life, Technology and arts, and Trade and contact

You can use a combination of these search methods to narrow the selections down. Once you have input your desired search selections, images of all available objects meeting that criteria will populate on the page. Select the object image and the page will open. On the object page, there will be a larger image of the item, a brief description and much more information about the object including where it was from, what period, culture, what material it was made from, its dimensions and more. Use the right-hand sidebar menu to dig deeper by selecting: 

  • About the object – more in-depth details about the item
  • A bigger picture – explanation of the objects purpose and similar items
  • Teaching ideas – ways to use the item to explore history
  • For the classroom – Download the image and related images and find links to activities.

All the items have downloadable PDFs of all the information and images for the objects.

Add this website to your “go-to” list for British history.

Infrared Astronomy

June 20th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos: Infrared

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/)

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

 

Here is another portion of the Cool Cosmos website reviewed last week. At this website, IPAC at Caltech has taken the science of infrared astronomy and made it accessible to students of all ages through a variety of free educational activities, web-tutorials, lessons, videos, experiments and resources that explain the infrared universe.

When you get to the website, you’ll see some features that include: 

  • Infrared World – Find out the role of infrared light in Veterinary Science, Geology, Art, Firefighting, Search and Rescue, Environmental Monitoring, Archaeology and more!
  • Infrared Universe – Discover how infrared light helps scientists explore the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies.
  • Infrared Missions and Surveys – Indulge in infrared astronomy through an array of images from telescopes worldwide. You can also explore a gallery of infrared images and check out a timeline on infrared technology.

FREE LESSONS: Be sure to click on “Teachers” on the menu to find free infrared lesson plans, printables, research, resources, and more!

Through this website, you’ll discover that “to study the cool cosmos, infrared light is our window into the heat of the coolest things around.”

Ask An Astronomer Videos & Lessons

June 13th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ask_astronomer/video/index.html)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, NASA scientists and astronomers at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center & the SIRTF Science Center answer kids’ questions about the universe in entertaining video format.

Plus, the site provides free classroom activities, lessons, tutorials, image galleries, games, and resources that can be used to sate the curiosity of anyone interested in learning about the universe.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured videos. Below that is a menu of questions with video answers that include: 

  • Why is the sky blue?
  • What will happen to the Earth when the Sun dies?
  • How do you discover an asteroid?
  • What is the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way?
  • Why isn’t Pluto a planet any more?
  • What is a brown dwarf?
  • What causes an eclipse of the moon?

Once you’ve explored the videos, use the menu at the top of the page that includes: 

  • Cosmic Classroom – Find a wide spectrum of activities, experiments, and lessons that focus on infrared light.
  • Cosmic Kids – Learn to build your own model of the Spitzer Space Telescope, find out if people glow in the dark, enjoy a story about “What’s in Space?”
  • Image Galleries – A spectacular collection of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
  • Videos – Not only will you find the “Ask An Astronomer” videos, but you can enjoy Spitzer Observatory animations, and a series of funny and informative educational videos about a variety of science and technology topics.
  • Cosmic Games – Play astronomy-themed online games including Concentration, Hangman, Word Search, and more!

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

National History Education Clearinghouse

June 8th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 8, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National History Clearinghouse

(teachinghistory.org/)

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

 

This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K-12, by improving teachers’ access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history.

While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.

Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you’ll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you’ll see a display of featured items from the site’s content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the “Quick Links” for: 

  • Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
  • Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
  • High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You’ll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)

You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Teaching Materials – Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the “Ask a Master Teacher” tool and browse the FAQs.
  • History Content – Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in “Ask A Historian.”
  • Best Practices – Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.

Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers: 

  • Digital Tools
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Holidays and Heritage
  • Primary Sources
  • Student Activities
  • Teaching Materials

~and Much More!

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