Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Fun Metric Conversion Activities for Kids!

April 20th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 20, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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NIST: Taking America’s Measure

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental guidance)

 

The National Institute of Standards & Technology sponsors this no frills website which is designed to help kids understand the need for standardized forms of measurement like the Metric System through fun activities such as word searches, riddles, and crossword puzzles. In addition, you will find some great learning and measurement conversion tools.
When you get to the site scroll down to find a word search puzzle and then scroll way down the page to view a green menu of activities. Click on any menu item and a new page opens to reveal that activity. Don’t miss: 
  • Metric Measures – Includes a free downloadable “Metric Pyramid” that you can print out and fold into a pyramid that contains metric equivalents for common measurements. Make a recipe for “Metric Chocolate Chip Cookies” and learn how metric measurement is used in the kitchen. Find out everything you need to know about the Metric System for everyday life, and check out the links to FREE metric conversion tools on the Net.
  • Snapshots in Time – Discover some of the historical events that led to the development of measurement standards – from a terrible fire, to tampering with President Wilson’s wax Presidential seal, to the colors of traffic lights.
  • A Tall To Small Tale – Go on a hunt to find 20 prefixes that describe how big or small something is, no matter what you are measuring!
  • What’s Your Nano IQ? – Take a fun quiz to test your knowledge of Nano measurements.
The activities and information at this site demystify measurement in a fun and interesting way.

Free Insect Learning Guides for Kids

March 24th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 24, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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SaveNature.com: Discover Insects

 

Age Range: K-6 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by SaveNature.org provides free, downloadable Learning Guides to help kids understand insects and their importance to ecosystems and the diversity of life on Earth.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and a menu of Learning Guides that include information on rainforests, coral reefs, and hummingbirds as well as:
  • Insect Activity Sheets – Get an insect coloring page, make your own “Insect Lab,” learn to classify arthropods, get bug recipes for dry-roasted insects and chocolate chip chirpies, discover the biodiversity in your own backyard and more!
  • Insect Fact Sheets – Print out terrific scientific facts and info on a variety of bugs that include:
    • Honey Bee
    • House Cricket
    • Monarch Butterfly
    • Termites
    • Yellow Mealworm Beetle
    • Bumble Bee
    • Madagascar Hissing Roach
  • Other Arthropod Fact Sheets – Download and print out info on:
    • American Brown Recluse Spider
    • California Tarantula
    • Orb Weaver Spiders
    • Sowbug, Pillbug
    • Western Black Widow
    • Scorpion
    • Millipedes/Milpies bilingual
You can also read articles and watch short video clips about insects too!

Online Stories & Interactives for Kids

March 18th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, March 18, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Johnnie’s Story Page

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers an archive of links to interactive stories and reading activities for children up to ten years of age
When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
  • Beginning Readers – Over 40 interactive stories from the British Council, PBS, and Scholastic, along with alphabet and phonics activities from Starfall.
  • Classic Stories – Click on the links to read familiar children’s stories online such as Mother Goose, fairy tales, Greek mythology, Aesop’s Fables and more.
  • Older Readers – You’ll find links to myths, legends, ghost stories, and even Roald Dahl’s website (he’s the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Cookbooks Based on Children’s Literature

February 25th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, February 25, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Vandergrift’s Children’s Literature

 

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

 

Nothing brings literature to life like doing the things the characters in the book do! So many wonderful children’s stories have references to food – the characters talk about food, grow food, make food, cook food, eat food, think about food, and use food for unusual, funny, and fascinating purposes.
At this website you will find a list of cookbooks that contain recipes based on children’s literature. From Peas Porridge Hot – A Mother Goose Cookbook to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes (Dahl is the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and more) to The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook – this website provides a way to find recipes for delicious foods that reinforce learning language arts. Just print out the list, take it to your library or bookstore, and cook up a good read.

Once you do that, visit the rest of this site by returning to the home page where you will find inspirational messages on how to share good literature with children along with fascinating insight to gender and cultural issues in stories designed for children. There are bibliographies of books on author’s lives. You will even find “A Sort of Children’s Literature Literacy Test” – in which you are given the first line of a picture or story book and asked to name the title of the book!

Valentine Math Activities

February 9th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, February 9, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Googol Power: Valentine Math

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Valentine’s Day is coming fast! As our friends at GoogolPower.com say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”
When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:
  • Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!
  • Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”
  • Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”
  • Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.” (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)
  • Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems.

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.

Candy Corn Math Ideas and More!

October 27th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, October 27, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various – see below

 

Age Range: All (All grades: Most of the activities are for Grades K-8, but fun for all.  Parental supervision required.)

 

This website offers an article that contains all kinds of great ideas for how to use candy corn to teach math – from simple concepts for young students to more advanced math problems. In fact, the article refers to the “Internet Math Challenge From the University of Idaho” as a potentially fun math problem for geometry students. (You’ll find the solution HERE.)

Education World: 35 Chocolate Activities

Get a list of fun ideas using M&M’s, chocolate Kisses, candy bars and more to explore math, science, and language arts.

Math Investigations.com’s Candy Math Worksheet

Use M&Ms or other candies to review estimation, grouping, addition, and graphing with this free, printable worksheet.

Halloween Candy Math – Find a list of activities you can do with an assortment of candy including setting up a candy store and making a number book. Other activities teach estimation, measurement, fractions, and more.

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