Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Learn All About Chocolate

September 18th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 18, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

All About Chocolate: Just For Kids

(archive.fieldmuseum.org/chocolate/kids.html)

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

 

Learn how to pick cacao beans, ferment them, and process the beans into chocolate, and more.

When you get to the site, select from: 

  • Fun Facts – Several pages of interesting information
  • Manufacturing Chocolate from Seed to Sweet – Click on “Begin the chocolate-making process” (you’ll need Flash player). It will take several seconds for the program to load, but your patience will be rewarded when you click on the “enter” button, and follow the 12 interactive steps to see: 
    • How Cacao Trees Grow
    • Harvesting Cacao Pods
    • Fermentation
    • Drying Cacao Beans
    • Shipping the Beans
    • Roasting the Beans
    • Winnow the Beans
    • Grind the Beans
    • Mixing
    • Refining
    • Conching
    • Tempering
  • Chocolate Recipes for Kids – from cookies to clay
  • Cacao Crossword Puzzle
  • Chocolate Lover’s Word Find

Also don’t miss the menu items on the right side of the Just for Kids page including All About Chocolate and Educators Resources where there is a free, downloadable series of 12 lessons about chocolate and more.

This is a terrific website for learning all about chocolate!

Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 11th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 11, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Kids

(www.sciencekids.co.nz/)

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

 

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.

When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics: 

  • Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).
  • Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.
  • Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!
  • Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and much, much more!
  • Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.
  • Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.
  • Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!
  • Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.

This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

Math Tricks, Games, & Lessons!

April 9th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, April 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Murderous Maths

(www.murderousmaths.co.uk/)

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

 

Murderous Maths books use humor to make learning math entertaining and funny. (The word “murderous” here means “extremely difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant.”) The comic-style books feature a range of quirky characters that teach math concepts through fun and absurd stories. At the website you’ll find many of the math tricks, games, and lessons featured in the books that you can access for free.

When you get to the site, it all looks a little chaotic. There’s a brief introduction with links to content on the site, and an icon menu. Place your cursor over the illustrations to see where each one leads. If it looks interesting, click on it to learn more. We found the easiest way to get to the freebies, is to use the tiny menu bar located at the bottom of the page that includes: 

  • Fun – An assortment of math tricks and games to entertain you, and amaze your friends. For example, find out how to guess someone’s “Age By Chocolate” – and read the explanation for how it’s done.
  • Contents – Under Features, enjoy colorfully illustrated lessons that teach:
    • Finger Times Tables
    • Pascal’s Triangle
    • The Area of an Ellipse
    • Fibonacci and Nature
    • Calculating the Area of a Trapezium
    • Square Triangle and Cube Numbers
    • How to Work Out Square Roots Without a Calculator
    • And More!
  • Teachers – Number tricks, powerpoints and miscellaneous fun

This is a terrific way to supplement math studies and engage reluctant mathematicians.

Discover How Chocolate Bunnies Are Made

March 30th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, March 30, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

R.M. Palmer: Factory Tour

(www.rmpalmer.com/easter/making-candy-fun/#page-videos)

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

 

Chocolate bunnies are everywhere at this time of year. Did you ever wonder how they are made?


At this website you can take a free virtual factory tour of America’s largest producer of chocolate bunnies. Through the video selection from the Food Network, discover how the chocolate is made and molded into rabbit shapes that are packaged for placement in Easter baskets to delight children of all ages.

Once you’ve taken the tour, use the left sidebar menu to find: 

  • Easter Bunny History – Learn how the Easter Bunny tradition began and evolved.
  • Activities – Personalize your own letter from the Easter Bunny.
  • Recipes – cakes and cookies made from chocolate eggs and bunnies
  • Crafts – Bunny Ear Pouches, Easter Candy Cones, Carrot & Golden Egg Chicks
  • And more!

Scroll to the bottom of the page and locate the “FAQs” link to learn more about the R.M. Palmer company.

Enjoy this sweet tour.

Science with Goos, Doughs, Clays, & Compounds!

March 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100+ Goo Recipes

(web.archive.org/web/20050414073557/www.geocities.com/Heartland/3893/Goo.html)

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

 

One of the greatest ways to introduce kids to science is through experiments that involve mixing things together to create something new, interesting, odd, strange, weird and fun! 

There are no bells and whistles at this website, just a simple archive of over 100 recipes for concoctions like slime, play dough, silly putty, and more. (Sometimes, simplicity is so refreshing, isn’t it?) NOTE: Not all of the links work, but there are definitely enough recipes to keep your children busy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of recipes divided into categories that include: 

  • Dough’s – Get recipes for play doughs made from flour, coffee, cornmeal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and more!
  • Clay, Goo & other Compounds – Make chocolate clay, clean mud, and the popular non-Newtonian solid using cornstarch and water. Make clay from dryer lint and Kool-Aid, make GAK (using borax and Elmer’s glue), get recipes for sand clay, silly putty, and slime!
  • Papier-mâché – Use dryer lint, strips of paper, and pastes of all textures to create imaginative designs.
  • Paints, Dyes and Crayons – Learn to make your soapy finger paint, and pudding paint. You’ll even find instructions for coloring rice and pasta.
  • Bubbles, Chalk , Stamps, Make-up – Get recipes for all kinds of bubble solutions, make sidewalk chalk, and create your own fruit-flavored stamps.
  • Art, Activities, Gifts – Make salt sculptures, preserve flowers, make ornaments and bath salts.

Click on any one to get the instructions. Then, your kids can mix potions (just like real chemists!) and make fun substances that they can use for open-ended play or to use in arts and crafts projects.

Economics Games Online!

August 21st, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 21, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Where in the World and What in the World is Money?

(www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/students/money/index.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Ride a time machine back several centuries to invest everything you have for a chance at phenomenal wealth!

All you have at the beginning of the game are chocolate candy, a gold pendant, a few coins, a paper monetary note, and some song lyrics scribbled onto a napkin. Invest them wisely, and you will learn about the history of money, what forms it took at various times in various countries, and how it developed into what we use today. Will your pocket full of miscellany really increase in value over time? Play this game to find out!

When you have finished this game, you might like to try all of the other games available from the main site. (Scroll down the page a little to find them under Student Interactives –www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/econed/index.htm)

One of these games is called “Trading Around the World” – Decide which country you are from and trade with people from different countries. Try your hand at bartering and negotiating prices. Try to achieve various goals such as becoming very rich or acquiring an assortment of goods. You should come away from this game with an understanding of the work of the IMF with regard to trade barriers.

Another game is “Monetary Mania” as well as an informative video. Each game or activity includes the recommended grade range and a description.

You’ll also find Lesson Plans and Online Exhibitions. Everything on this website also comes with a Teacher Guide!

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