Posts Tagged ‘careers’

Free Math Games, eBooks, Videos & More!

April 10th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 10, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

XP Math

(www.xpmath.com/)

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades 2-10 – varies depending on skill level – with parental supervision. Non-readers will need assistance.)

 

This website offers free math games, ebooks, and videos covering arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and probability.

The games were developed by the creator of the site – a middle school math teacher who enjoys integrating math and technology in the classroom.

When you get to the site, use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen to explore the Math Games Arcade:

  • Number & Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis & Probability

Note: When you place your cursor over the main menu item, you’ll see a drop down-menu with a full listing of the games offered in each topic area.

Back up at the top under “More”, you’ll find: 

  • Math Careers – We’ve never seen anything quite like this! Search by math topic, for example “Fractions,” and discover where knowledge of fractions is needed in a variety of careers including management, business, engineering, tech, service industry, sales, etc. Or you can search by job, for example “Dental Assistant,” and discover they use basic math and algebra including ratio and proportion, measurement, and mental math. There’s even a “Lite Version” that allows children to look up occupations such as astronaut, athlete, chef, doctor, firefighter, lawyer, musician, reporter, and more to find out what math strands they need to know.
  • Math Resources – access free e-books, and download math videos.

There is so much content here, it’s hard to do it justice. Bookmark it to return often.

Free Listen and Read books

February 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Listen and Read

(teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

This resource from Scholastic is where you can enjoy 15 non-fiction, read-along books that are accompanied by images and audio narration. There are even activities and/or quizzes at the end of each book to help the reader review what has been learned.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the online book titles. The first 8 books on the menu are about careers that kids are often curious about including a Firefighter, Pediatrician and Veterinarian. Then the rest of the books are divided into: 

  • Animals
  • The President (Obama)

Click on any story and a new page opens where you can start reading the book, one page at a time. Each page is accompanied by an engaging photograph or illustration, and the option to click “Listen” to hear a narrator read the words on the page. Just follow the arrows to read the entire book.

At the end of the book you’ll find a simple quiz or activity that reviews the vocabulary words or simple concepts and information learned in the stories. Once you do the activity, you can advance to the next book. You can skip the activity, if desired, and move on to the next book by simply returning to the main menu.

Classical Music Website for Teens

October 1st, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 1, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Classical Chops

(www.classicalchops.org/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Classical Chops is a free, online community for young musicians to express themselves while also learning from pros in the business!

Designed by the Creative Kids Education Foundation, the site offers the opportunity to “learn about current classical music trends, music composition, orchestration, famous musician’s history and advice, and communicate about what is happening in musical communities through blogging and video.”

When you get to the site you’ll see some icon images with descriptions. Click on any one to watch a video performance of classical music or an interview with a classical musician, composer, or singer.

Then, use the menu at the right side of the page to find out how to participate and share with this online forum including: 

  • Inspiration and Creativity – Watch video interviews about all things classical music. Then learn how you can create videos and submit them to be reviewed and possibly featured on the site.
  • Advice & Lessons – Watch video interviews and interactive lessons on music composition.
  • Performance – Watch videos of other musicians playing classical music and upload videos of your own performances to share with visitor to the site.

Oh! And don’t miss the additional resource suggestions on each page. They contain other suggested videos, articles books, DVDs, and CDs as well as links to other websites to some great sites where you can learn about orchestration, how to write a song, theory, ear training, music careers, and get free printable sheet music and staff paper. You’ll even find a few resources for music schools and music scholarships.

Kids Do Ecology!

January 26th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Do Ecology (kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California offers this multi-media website for kids to teach them the science of ecology.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of choices that includes: 

  • Learn About Ecology – Get an introduction to the study of ecology, learn about endangered species, find out about careers in ecology, and enjoy interviews with ecologists.
  • Data Science – Discover the scientific method! Learn to analyze data and present results. Design your own ecology experiment.
  • World Biomes – Learn about the 5 major biomes including aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra. Discover the flora and fauna that thrive in each.
  • Marine Mammals – Meet Blue, Grey, and Humpback whales, a variety of dolphins, and sea otters!

Each section contains clickable links to information, videos, sound, and fun facts. You can also check out some classroom science projects and an assortment of links to other science websites.

Dancing for Kids and Teens

October 31st, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, October 31, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dance Kids

(www.dance-kids.org/)

Age Range: 4-16 (Grades K-11, with parental supervision)

 

This website shares information and fun activities about dance for kids 4-9. (However, there is a sister site for teens – and you can scroll to the bottom of this review for info.)

When you get to the site you will meet your hosts, two animated children named – what else? – Fred and Ginger. Click on the door to enter the site. A new page opens with an animated screen. Simply roll your cursor over the pictures to see what’s available or – EVEN BETTER – just click on any picture and a new screen opens. That screen contains a menu at the top of the page from which you can navigate the site and it offers an assortment of activities themed around dance including:  

  • Games: Interactive, dance-themed games like word searches and puzzles
  • Dancing Globe: Learn about dance customs in different countries.
  • Dance Stories: Read stories about a child’s experience in dance school.
  • Dance Gallery: Through photos and brief text examine some of the many forms and styles of dance.

There are quite a few other dance-themed activities as well – and there is even a referral service for parents looking for dance classes for their children.

You say you have a teenager who loves dance? Then do check out the sister-site called Young-Dancers.org. It contains information on: 

  • Careers in dance
  • How to do certain trendy dances like hip-hop
  • Interesting quotes by famous dancers
  • A quiz to test your knowledge about dance
  • And much more.

These websites from the ISTD Dance Examinations Board might inspire your students to pursue their passion in dance.

Discover the Achievements of the 20th Century

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 30, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Academy of Achievement

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website instills you-can-do spirit, while teaching about the remarkable achievements of the 20th century and the people who achieved them!
When you get to the site you will see a picture of the Academy of Achievement and a brief introduction. Click on the picture and a new page opens offering the following menu items: 
  • Library – This is an incredible assembly of the single most favorite book titles that inspired some of the great achievers of our times. In their own words, people like Robert Ballard (Discoverer of the Titanic), Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon.com), Oprah Winfrey (Entertainment Executive), Ellie Wiesel (Nobel Prize for Peace), Wynton Marsalis (Pulitzer Prize for Music), Dr. Stephen Gould (Paleontologist), and many more tell you what book was pivotal in their lives.
  • Gallery – Click on this option and a new page opens with two main sections: 
    • Gallery of Achievers in the Arts, Business, Public Service, Science & Exploration, Sports, and The American Dream – Click on one of the topics and a new page opens with photos of people who have achieved a great deal in their field during the 20th century. Click on a photograph, and you can read an interview with that person – in some cases you can see videos and hear audio clips as well.
    • Steps To Success – Quotes by achievers on having passion, vision, preparation, courage, perseverance, and integrity.
  • Achievement TV – At one time television broadcasts on the lives of inspiring achievers were available to schools. Now those broadcasts have been moved to video and audio tapes that you can purchase at this website. There are FREE support materials for printout and download that include teacher’s guides, student activities and handouts, reference material, and more.
  • Curriculum Center – For educators, parents, teachers, and students in grades 4-12, this section of the site contains audio and video downloads as well as text materials on great achievers of our time that tie into curriculum materials for History, Language Arts, Science, Ethics, Business & Careers, and more. This is a remarkable collection of study materials, lessons, and activities to enhance numerous subject studies.
  • Achiever’s Club – Listen to audio addresses by members of the Academy of Achievement as they share practical insight that may inspire you to achieve excellence.
There is a vast amount of material at this website to enhance any social studies curriculum. Bookmark it, as you’ll want to return often.
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