Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Free Science Units on Atoms & Molecules and Plants!

January 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funtastic Unit Studies

(funtasticunitstudies.com/lessons-and-activities/)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website is provided by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom with a degree in biology, who has written some unit studies (available as e-books) on science and history. Designed with homeschoolers in mind, the unit studies are available for purchase on the site, but Susan also offers some free science lessons and activities (taken from the pages of her e-books)!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page under “Lessons and Activities” to access: 

  • Atoms and Molecules for ages 8-13 – Learn the definition of atom and molecule, print out a Periodic Table of Elements, do activities to enhance learning, and take a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
  • Plants for ages 4-8 – Learn the parts of a plant including seeds, roots, stem, and leaves. Enjoy activities to boost learning, and answer review questions.

Click on either link to open a pdf that contains the lesson (within the framework of the actual e-book). You’ll have to scroll about 1/3 down the page, past the “Table of Contents” to get to the lesson.
 
Once you’ve explored the Science freebies, check out some of the author’s free American History Activities that correspond to her books: 

  • The Pilgrim Adventure
  • The King Philip’s War Adventure
  • The Salem Adventure
  • The Civil War Adventure
  • and more.

Again, these free lessons and activities are excerpts from Susan Kilbride’s e-books that you can purchase via the website.

Fun Family Math Challenges!

January 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 22, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Figure This!

(www.figurethis.org/index.html)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers this website that is designed to help families enjoy math OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges that improve problem solving skills. The challenge activities that are designed with middle school math in mind, can be done online or downloaded in pdf files to print and use offline.

When you get to the site you will see animated characters and the words “Take A Challenge.” Click on those words and go directly to 4 math challenge problems that include: 

  • Line Up – How long would you have to wait if you were number 300?
  • Beating Heart – How fast does your heart beat?
  • Popcorn – Which shape holds the most?
  • Don’t Fall In – Why are most manhole covers round?

If you decide to take the challenge, notice that each time you click on a different math challenge, the menu bar at the top of the page will change allowing you to access hints and tips that will help solve the problem. If you like these challenges then go to the “Challenge Index” on the menu where you can access 80 challenge problems archived at the site.
 
Before you begin the challenges, you might want to take a moment or two to view the menu items on the home page. It includes information for teachers and for families in English and in Spanish along with a “Math Index.” The Math Index lists all of the challenges archived at the site by math topic such as algebra, geometry, measurement, numbers, statistics and probability – allowing you to more easily access the activities that relate to the strand of math you want to study.
 
Each of the challenge activities are designed to capture students’ attention with real-life problems making the math much more meaningful and thought-provoking. Families can have fun solving the challenge questions together. Bookmark this page, so you can return to the site and explore them all.

Crafts for Kids

January 20th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 20, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

All Free Kids Crafts

(www.allfreekidscrafts.com/)

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

 

Find hundreds of crafting projects to do with kids of all ages at this website from Prime Publishing.

Collected together from other websites, this site “provides tutorials, videos, and how-to content for parents and teachers.” Use the topics in the “Categories” side bar menu to search for: 

  • Animal Crafts for Kids
  • Bath Crafts for Kids
  • Costumes and Clothes
  • Decorative Crafts
  • Edible Kids’ Crafts
  • Game Crafts
  • Holiday Crafts for Kids
  • Homemade Gifts
  • Homemade Toys
  • Instruments and Music for Kids
  • Learning Activities for Children
  • Outdoor Crafts and Activities
  • Paint, Sculpt & Color
  • Play & Pretend
  • Recycled Kids’ Crafts
  • Seasonal Kids’ Crafts
  • Sports Crafts
  • Travel Activities for Kids

And much more. Not sure what you are looking for? Check out the “Project of the Day” in the left sidebar for inspiration.

Visitors can also register for free on the site for a user account that offers additional features including a personal kids Craft Box to save your favorite crafting ideas that you found on the site.

Bookmark this website as your go-to place for all things kids-crafty.

Digital American History for K-12

January 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital History

(www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)

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

 

The University of Houston sponsors this free, in-depth, American history website.

Topics include: 

  • A U.S. history textbook
  • Lesson plans and e-lectures
  • Primary source documents including court cases and Supreme Court decisions
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Essays, letters, and cartoons
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Multimedia exhibitions
  • Video, films, and flash movies
  • Audio presentations of speeches and debates
  • Interactive modules, history games, and quizzes
  • Historical Music
  • Reference resources that include classroom handouts
  • Resources to create your own multimedia American history exhibitions

The content here covers 44 historical eras with exploration activities on topics such as: 

  • Mexican, Tejano, and Texian perspectives on the battle of the Alamo
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to relocate Japanese Americans during WW II
  • Children’s perspectives on slavery, westward migration, and WW II

When you get to the site you’ll see an interactive timeline in the center of the homepage. Click on any block to sample what’s available here. Or use the extensive menu below the timeline to begin your exploration of the array of historical content.

You’ll even find links to living history museums, presidential libraries, and other historical websites.

Once your history thinking cap is fully loaded, take the quiz to find your History I.Q.

Visit an 18th Century Fort Online

January 12th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, January 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum

(www.fortat4.org/insidefort.php)

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

 

With this website, take a virtual tour of the reconstructed 18th century Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

Use the map at today’s link to begin your tour and to view images and information about the dwellings and the people in the fort. Navigate through the slide show using the arrow keys and choose to learn about: 

  • Lt. & Mrs. Parker House
  • Killam-Hastings Lean-to
  • David Farnworth House
  • Park/Putnam Lean-to
  • Capt. & Mrs. Stevens House
  • The Great Chamber
  • Watch Tower
  • Dr. & Mrs. Hastings’ House
  • Parker/Sartwell Lean-to
  • Lt. & Mrs. Willard House
  • Capt. & Mrs. Spafford Lean-to
  • Ensign & Mrs. Sartwell House
  • Stephen Farnsworth Lean-to
  • James “John” Johnson Lean-to

When you are finished with your tour, use the top menu to read the “Fort History”, examine the “Timeline” or locate the “Educators” link for printable activities, lesson plans and more.

More Snowflake Science

January 9th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snow Crystals

(www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/)

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 Science – 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.

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