Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Free Math & Engineering Lessons for K-12

August 27th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 27, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TeachEngineering

(www.teachengineering.org/)

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

 

Get free, open-ended, hands-on lessons and activities to stimulate your students’ interest in math and science through engineering.

As explained at the website, “engineers create what has not been – they make things that have never existed before.” The free K-12 engineering curricula at this website integrates math, science, and technology through exploration of the “built world” around us so that it’s relevant to the lives of young people.

The idea here is to encourage students to pose questions about “why things work” and then gain skills and use their imaginations to create innovations that improve the world for everyone.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured “Most Popular.” Above it you can: 

  • Browse Curricular Units – These theme-based learning experiences are composed of multiple lessons designed to take place over several weeks in a classroom environment. There are units on bridges, cells, energy, floaters and sinkers, marine mapping, natural disasters, rockets, simple machines, weather and atmosphere, and more. They can be tweaked for the homeschool learning environment.
  • Browse Activities – In our opinion, this is the place to start because the stand-alone, hands-on, fun experiments are sure to engage your kids’ interest and may springboard you to further learning. There are over 1,000 activities (that include a materials list and instructions) covering a range of possibilities such as the exploration of acids and bases, designing a bicycle helmet, learning about kidney filtering, investigating Ohm’s Law, playing “Rock Jeopardy,” making Yogurt Cup Speakers and more.
  • Browse Lessons – Get over 500 different lessons that meet content standards on topics that include Air Pressure, Ampere’s Law, Art in Engineering, Machines, Magnetic Fields, Rivers, Rocks, Paper Airplanes, Water, and much more.

All of the lessons and activities include the estimated time it takes and the approximate cost for the materials.

TeachEngineering is a terrific resource so bookmark it to return often!

“Family Math Night” Activities!

August 20th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 20, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Night Modules

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

“Math Night” supported by the National Science Foundation is a fun event that was created for kids in elementary school and their parents. On Math Night, families go to school together and explore math displays (similar to a science fair), make math crafts, and compete in games to solve math problems.

Now, homeschoolers can join in the fun too! At this website you can get free access to the Math Night resources including math displays, crafts, games, and activities. You can print them out and use them to enjoy fun math projects at home.

When you get to the site just click on any item on the icon menu that includes: 

  • Abacus Arithmetic
  • Topology Tricks
  • Wrapping Paper Symmetry
  • Math is a Piece of Pi
  • Bridges of Koenigsberg
  • Binary Numbers
  • Geometry Gems
  • Algorithms, Braids, and Kolam Figures
  • Clock Arithmetic
  • Secret (and not so secret) Codes
  • Construction by Instruction
  • Mathematics of Music
  • Methods of Multiplication
  • The Slide Rule
  • Cake Walk Math
  • Mirror, Mirror
  • Make a Mountain Out of a Map
  • Math ‘N Music Notes
  • You Can Count On It!

A new page opens with a virtual tri-fold display about that activity. Use the menu at the top of the screen to learn about the module and access the printable materials you’ll need.

Want to try other activities? Look on the menu on the left side of the screen to access some “Pencil and Paper Games” as well as the rules for playing “Math Jeopardy.”

See How Peanut Butter is Made & More

August 17th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, August 17, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Peanut Company of Australia

(www.pca.com.au/the-story-of-peanuts/how-peanut-butter-is-made/)

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

 

Learn all about peanut butter, how it is made and more with these select websites.

At this site you can take a short virtual tour through text and photographs to see how peanut butter is made. Under the “For Kids” link, learn “The Story of Peanuts” and have some “Nutty Fun” with activities, puzzles and recipes. Check out more “Recipes” using peanut butter that kids can make with adult supervision.

And here are more sites about peanut butter: 

Virginia-Carolinas Peanuts

(aboutpeanuts.com/peanut-facts/classroom-resources/teacher-kits/)

This site provides FREE printed materials and downloadable curriculum materials relating to peanuts and peanut butter for grades K-5.

Peanut Butter Lovers

(peanutbutterlovers.com/about/)

This website explains how peanut butter is made – including how peanuts are grown, harvested, shelled, roasted, ground, and packaged. While you are at this site click on the “History” button to read all about how peanut butter came to be such a popular nutritional staple and check out the Fun PB Facts. You will also find nutrition facts, recipes, and information about allergies at this site as well.

National Peanut Board

(www.nationalpeanutboard.org/more/teachers/)

 
The National Peanut Board also offers free, peanut-themed lesson plans for grades K-6 in the Discover the Powerful Peanut post, as well as additional articles about how peanuts grow, the history of peanut butter, George Washington Carver and much more. Visitors can get recipes using peanuts too!

KidsHealth from Nemours

(kidshealth.org/en/kids/peanut-butter.html)

 

Make your own peanut butter! You’ll find a recipe here. Have fun!

Free Quality Science Lessons/Activities for K-12

August 14th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 14, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science NetLinks

(sciencenetlinks.com/)

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

 

This ad-free website, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, provides free, quality science lessons, hands-on activities, printables, interactives, teaching aids, and links to science resources for grades K-12All of the resources can be used online or printed to use offline.


When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured activities and resources. Click on “Lessons” located on the menu at the top of the page to access an archive of learning resources that cover: 

  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Health/Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Technology

You’ll even find resources for Social Sciences, Mathematics/Statistics, and Careers.

Click on “Tools” to find interactives that help you: 

  • Explore 29 different structures in the brain with a 3D Brain App
  • Learn about solar and lunar eclipses
  • Find out about the science of the Olympic winter games

Don’t miss the “Afterschool” section that offers free science experiments you can do at home to learn about geysers, classifying organisms, honeybees, forces, sound, gravity, and more.  

Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often!

Little House on the Prairie Activities

August 8th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 8, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Laura’s Prairie House

(www.laurasprairiehouse.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website claims to be the definitive place for information, resources, and learning activities based on the Little House on the Prairie book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The content here is terrific, even if the ads are a nuisance.

When you get to the site you’ll see Google ad links, followed by an introduction to the site and a list of the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Click on the book titles to read a brief description of each book. Then, continue to click on subsequent links, or use the menu to find: 

  • Crafts & Activities, Recipes, Music and more – Make maple syrup candy, do a book character word search puzzle, print out worksheets and lesson ideas that include how to grind wheat, churn butter, make a braided rug, and more! You’ll even find lyrics to some of the songs & hymns mentioned in the books.
  • Little House Historical Sites – Get suggestions for taking an educational vacation by visiting memorial sites across the U.S.
  • Biographies of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Friends & Families – Learn more about some of your favorite characters from the books.
  • Little House on the Prairie Television Series – Find episode guides for all 10 seasons, the cast of characters, and more.

There is a great deal of content and resources here that fans of this series are sure to appreciate. Many of the activities can be enjoyed, even if you haven’t read the books.

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

August 7th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 

  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, killer clams, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

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