Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Amazing Summer Learning Activities from NatGeo!

July 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Education – Summer Learning

(www.nationalgeographic.org/education/summer-learning/)

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

 

This website from National Geographic is a treasure trove of resources and hands-on activities that will stimulate the intellectually curious.

When you get to the site you’ll see some Cool Activities for Hot Days that include: 

  • Sediment Fossil Surprise – Grades 3-5
  • Conduct a Micro-Expedition – Grades 7-12
  • Design a Park – Grades 3-5
  • Think Like a Robot – Grades 5-9
  • Mapping Storybooks – Grades PreK-2
  • Create a Weather Map – Grades 2-3

And more!

Also, be sure to check out the links in the top menu: 

  • Teacher Resources – Ideas, Activites, Lessons, and more that can be filtered by grade, type, or subject
  • Reference – This Day in Geographic History, Current Events, Encyclopedia, and more
  • Mapping – MapMaker Interactive, 1 Page Maps, GeoStories, and more

There is a considerable overlap from one section to the other. All of them offer articles, projects, and activities to enhance learning. Bookmark this site – it will take several visits to see it all. (NOTE: Some of the links were not working at the time of this review.)

Free Science with Watermelons

July 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Watermelon.org

(www.watermelon.org/Watermelon-101)

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

 

It’s watermelon season in the northern hemisphere! Use this refreshing summer treat to beat the heat and learn science!

Is the watermelon a vegetable or a fruit? Click on the icon to find out. Also check out: 

  • How Watermelon is Grown
  • U.S. Growing Stats
  • Types and Varieties
  • History of Watermelon
  • And more!

You’ll also see the “Educators” link at the top of the page. Find the “Teacher Toolkit” with:

  • Activities and Printouts
  • Printable Worksheets
  • Coloring Sheets, etc.

And, see the menu on the right side of your screen for healthy eating tips, games and activities with recipes and find out how to host a “Watermelon Day” – a fun idea for a homeschool support group!

Find the British Redcoat with Math!

July 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 2, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com: Independence Day Activities

(www.education.com/activity/article/The_lost_redcoat/)

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

 

This massive, ad-supported, website offers a variety of educational activities and games to celebrate the 4th of July! We’ve focused on one game for this review, where kids (about ages 8-11) use social studies, geography, and math coordinate skills to “Find the Lost British Redcoat.”

When you get to the site, you’ll need to sign up as a member (free) to access the materials. Then see the complete instructions for the game along with a free, printable map grid to use as you play.
 
When you’re through finding the lost Redcoat, check out all of the fun and educational 4th of July activities archived at this site including: 

  • Make a patriotic pinwheel – fun for all ages
  • Make soda pop fireworks – using 4th grade science
  • Use math skills to make a patriotic patchwork “quilt” placemat – for second graders
  • Would you sign the Declaration of Independence? – an activity for teens!
  • And more!

Just click on an activity of interest to get the instructions and downloadable materials. Happy Independence Day!

Design Your Own Opera

June 30th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 30, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hansel & Gretel: Learning about Opera

(creativekidseducationfoundation.org/kids/opera/base.htm)

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

 

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being: 

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about: 

  • The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
  • Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
  • Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
  • Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
  • Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned.

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

Summer-Themed Writing Prompts & More!

June 27th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 27, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creativity Portal: Summer Writing Prompts

(www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/summer.writing.prompts.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides summer-themed writing prompts and story starters to encourage creative writing in students. You can use them for every purpose including journals, blogs, school assignments, and just plain old fun!


When you get to the site you’ll find the “Summer Writing Prompts” in the center of the page. Scroll down the page to see all 15.

After you’ve explored the prompts, you’ll want to poke around this site to discover more inspiring activities for writers including how-to articles and random writing prompt generators that you can access from the menus at the top and sides of the page.

You will also want to take a look at the Tools & Features for Teachers with all kinds of creative tools, projects, and tutorials for classroom use that can be easily tweaked for the homeschool environment.

IMPORTANT: There is so much content here we were only able to review a small portion. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine if the content is appropriate for your own children, and also supervise any internet use.

Math Activities for K-12

June 25th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 25, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSTE Online Resource Catalog

(mste.illinois.edu/resources/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by The Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers fun math, science and tech interactives for all grade, age, and ability levels from K-12.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math topics that includes: 

  • Number and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • And More!

Just click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of activities. Click on a title and a new screen appears with the online activity. From a simple geometric puzzle to solving quadratic equations, this site has a remarkable selection of interactive choices that will challenge and entertain you and your kids.

Do take some time to poke around this site. Check out “Projects” on the menu and sign up to participate in “BeeSpotter” – a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.

There’s a lot more here to explore – so many activities, so little time.

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