Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Be a WebRanger!

April 11th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WebRangers

(www.nps.gov/webrangers/index.cfm)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a free online WebRanger program for kids with over 50 games and activities that teach about national parks, monuments, and historic sites all provided by the National Park Service.

We suggest you click on “Visit” on your first experience and just look around and play the activities (rated Easy, Medium, and Hard) in these categories: 

  • People – Learn about U.S. Presidents, Thomas Edison, Paul Revere.
  • History – Discover arctic artifacts. set sail on a Navy war ship in 1812.
  • Nature – Discover dendrochronology (tell time with tree rings) and take The Puma Challenge!
  • Puzzles – Break the alpha code names for national parks, send a message with a signal flag, go on a website scavenger hunt.
  • Science – Test the water quality, virtually explore tidepools, find out what dinosaurs ate.
  • Parks – Play “Name That Park,” help a ranger, learn the 10 essentials for having fun and staying safe in parks.
  • Animals – Pack a virtual dog sled, protect bald eagles, and help baby sea turtles find the ocean.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of multi-media online games and activities that teach as they entertain. From simple match games to challenging quests, you won’t believe the amount of content delivered.  

Bookmark this site, you simply can’t see it all in one visit.

Also, National Parks Week is April 15-23, 2017 and during April 15-16 and 22-23: Visit for free! On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission! Many of them are also offering educational and entertaining activities including historical reenactments, living history, guided tours, volunteer clean-up programs, and much, much more. Find your park!

Fun Poetry Lessons & Activities for Kids

April 5th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 5, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Giggle Poetry

(www.gigglepoetry.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

April is National Poetry Month! This website offers such a fun way to introduce kids to poetry. It provides free lessons and activities that will inspire the poet in your child. This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of featured items in the center of the screen and a menu on the left that you can use to navigate through topics such as: 

  • Poetry Class – Use these easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to write funny poems in no time at all. Write poetry about feelings, songs, seasons – and learn to write limericks and haiku too.
  • Poetry Fun – Try to say some tongue twisters, learn to rhyme, and try your hand at fill-in-the-blank poetry.
  • Poetry Theater – Perform plays using a selection of popular and funny poems archived here.
  • Read & Rate – Find a selection of poems on topics such as summer fun, birthdays, yucky poems, love poems, food poems, scary poems and many more. Read the poetry and then rate it on the giggle meter.
  • Ask the Poet – Read the bios and get the scoop on your favorite children’s poets.

There is much more to explore at this site, so bookmark it to return often.

The Science of Cooking

April 4th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking

(www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/)

Age Range: 6-16 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers free lessons, activities, virtual field trips and access to webcasts that explain the science of food.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items and a menu selection that includes: 

  • Eggs – Turn your kitchen into a lab and learn the scientific processes that occur when you cook eggs.
  • Pickles – Discover the ancient culinary craft of preserving foods in salt brine and vinegar and how it manipulates microbes in foods.
  • Candy – Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule and discover how different types of candy are made.
  • Bread – Take “Bread Science 101” that includes a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
  • Seasonings – Explore your senses through the world of spices.
  • Meat – Learn about fat, proteins, and collagen – and the molecular art of grilling.

This is the ultimate kitchen-science excursion – and fun for the whole family!

Free Bee Identification Cards

March 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has “offered to pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Pollinator Info” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

Free Mnemonic Multiplication Videos

March 27th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 27, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Multiplication.com

(www.multiplication.com/learn/fact-navigator)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website, offers free video lessons on how to learn the multiplication times tables from 0-9, through the use of mnemonic memory devices.

These learning tools help kids associate rhymes, stories, pictures and activities with arithmetic to make memorization easier. 

The premise is to address the learning modalities of every student. Each lesson uses pictures for the visual learner, stories for the auditory learner and an activity for the kinesthetic learner who learns by moving, doing, and touching.

When you get to the website, you can choose from the multiplication facts shown or you can start with the pre-test link at the top of the page to determine which multiplication facts are problematic for your child/student.

There are also lessons on how to teach the times tables from zero through nine under the Parents link. And make sure to check out the games!

As we mentioned, this is a commercial website. The freebie is an introduction to their books, games, and other math resources available for purchase.

Spring Math Activities & More!

March 20th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 20, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Cats: Spring Math Idea Bank

(www.mathcats.com/grownupcats/ideabankspringmath.html)

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

 

Spring has sprung! At this website you’ll find free, fun, spring-themed math activities that include outdoor estimation activities, graphing weather changes, and calculating the height of trees.

Once you’ve had fun with the spring math activities, check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids. Under Math Cats Explore (www.mathcats.com/explore.html) you can access math activities that include: 

  • Discover EXACTLY how old you are – in hours, minutes, and seconds.
  • Try to Balance Objects – ranging from electrons to galaxies!
  • Play 12 Math Games online!
  • Polygon Playground – Explore symmetry and tessellations!
  • Math Crafts – Make string art, polyhedra, hexagrams and more!
  • And lots more!
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