Posts Tagged ‘careers’

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.

Serious Science Projects for K-12

December 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Buddies

 

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.
You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

Math Using Ciphers & Secret Codes!

November 10th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, November 10, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NSA/CSS: CryptoKids

 

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

 

The National Security Agency and Central Security Service are America’s code makers and breakers for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. This website contains free games, puzzles, codes, ciphers and activities related to cryptology to educate and inspire the next generation of “mathematicians, linguists, engineers, and analysts.”

When you get to the site you can choose to view it in Flash (multi-media with sound and animation) or Text (printed copy only). Use the menu to explore:

*Codes & Ciphers – Learn the definition and history of codes and cipher. Use your math and logic skills to make your own cipher and learn how to break/decode ciphers.
*Games & Activities – Use math and logic to solve challenging brainteasers. Crack cryptograms using “substitution” or “transposition” ciphers. Make your own cipher machine from items found in your home. Use math, language, and memory skills to play some online games.
*Student Resources – Explore links to sites about the history of cryptology, see a photo gallery of cryptologists and the equipment they use. Check out the Cryptologic Museum. Read declassified top secret documents about the Korean War, Kennedy’s assassination, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more. Learn about careers in the NSA along with high school and college programs and scholarships.

This is an engaging site that teaches, informs, and entertains while it helps students hone their math skills.

Save the Estuary Online Game

October 21st, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, October 21, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NOAA: Waterlife

 

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

 

The game is based upon an ecosystem of a United States west coast estuary and follows an animated human girl as she encounters a talking sea otter. Together they visit an “oracle” (a wise old turtle) who introduces them to a geoduck clam. The characters embark on a journey that raises student awareness and interest in estuaries, water quality, tides, endangered and threatened species, pollution and marine debris, and what students can do to help. The characters face challenges along the way, and by using the game’s “Field Guide” they get in-depth information that helps them heal the estuary and return home safely.

There is lots of good content here delivered through downloadable pdfs, activities, and quizzes. We found the game to be a bit slow-moving and we didn’t spot any “obvious” way to fast forward. That may be intentional by the designers who want students to take the time to learn the various concepts and information offered.

THE BEST PART in our opinion, are the additional learning opportunities beyond the game at this site. Use the menu that includes: 

    • For Kids – Click on links to maps where you can find real estuaries to visit, or take a virtual field trip to an estuary.
    • Careers – Meet the scientists, researchers, and ecologists who work to help us all better understand and preserve marine estuaries.
    • What We Do – Watch video clips that bring the game to life, as you watch real people working and visiting estuaries.
When you’re through playing the game “Where Rivers Meet the Sea”, click on the “Games@NOAA” button on the right hand menu to play arcade games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.

Energizing Power Plant Tour

May 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, May 2, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Friday: Energizing Power Plant Tour

 

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

We use energy every day but do we understand how it is made and where it comes from? With this fascinating virtual tour through a power plant, discover the answers to these and many more questions about energy production. Sponsored by Xcel Energy and part of the larger Energy Classroom website, join your young guides, Jenna and Bobby, as they walk you through one of the biggest of Xcel Energy’s 86 power plants and explain how energy is made. There are 3 stops on your tour: 

  • Introduction – General information about the tour
  • Electricity – Walks through the steam energy production process from coal to transmission to customers
  • Environment – Explains the way the company works to conserve resources and keep the air and water clean

 

When you are finished with your tour, use the sidebar navigation or select “Energy Classroom” at the top of the navigation bar to find a great number of excellent resources available on this site to continue your study of energy. Resources include: 

  • Interactive games
  • Printable worksheets, information sheets, activity ideas, and experiments
  • Informative videos

 

Choose from the following topics:

  • Power Sources
  • Clean Energy Planet
  • Conservation
  • Power & Wildlife
  • Careers in Energy
  • Power Questions
  • Power Words
  • Teacher Resources
  • Energy Safety Calendar

 

While the materials on this site were created for students in grades 3-5, there is a wealth of information that can be adapted for both younger and older students. Turn on the lights to exploration of power when you visit the Energy Classroom website.

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