Posts Tagged ‘detective’

Solve the Mysteries of Plant Life!

March 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Plant Escape

(extension.illinois.edu/gpe/index.cfm/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Designed for Grades 4-5, but can be tweaked for a broader age/ability range – with parental supervision)

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers this free, fun science unit that will help your students solve the mysteries of plant life!

The interdisciplinary lessons introduce kids to plant science and how foods grow while enhancing their knowledge of science, math, language arts, social studies, music and art. The activities are flexible and can be used separately or in an ordered manner. Some are designed with independent study in mind, others are group or classroom activities that can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, click “enter” to begin the adventure. Or, if you prefer, click on the “Teacher’s Guide” on the menu to get some pointers in how to use the program. Either way, you will be introduced to six “Case Studies” as follows:

  • In Search of Green Life – Find out about the interrelationships that exist between people and plants. Learn about plant structure, plant parts, plant life cycles, and growing plants indoors.
  • Soiled Again – Learn about the composition of soil, nutrients in soil, gardening indoors, and composting.
  • Is It Dust, Dirt, Dandruff or a Seed? – Explore seeds, seed structure, germination, and non-flowering plants.
  • Plantenstein is the Suspect – Discover how plants reproduce and learn about pollination and flower parts.
  • Mysterious Parts That Surprise – Learn all about the differences and similarities between bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers.
  • You’ve Learned the Mysteries of Green Life – Test your knowledge of plants and plant life and enjoy additional activities such as growing lettuce, making a salad, and growing an indoor garden.

Each “Case Study” assumes the student is a detective searching to solve plant mysteries. These “Case Studies” are lessons cleverly disguised as fun activities that teach as they engage students in the process of learning about the science of plants.

Fun Arithmetic Practice Games

March 5th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, March 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Turtle Diary – Math

(www.turtlediary.com/math-games.html)

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

 

This colorful site has free, animated, interactive games to help young kids learn and practice basic arithmetic.


When you get to the website, you will see a menu of free math games. You can choose by type, grade or topic. Here is a list of some of the games by grade: 

  • Preschool: Count Money, Pattern Match, Color by Number
  • Kindergarten: Using a Calculator, Skip Counting, Pattern Match
  • First Grade: Bingo Multiplication, Battle for Roman Numerals, Time Zone
  • Second Grade: Estimate and Rounding, Adding Money, Congruent Shapes
  • Third Grade: Find the Multiples, Tangrams, Calculate Area
  • Fourth Grade: Target the Fraction, Reasonable Temperature, What Are Polygons
  • Fifth Grade: Divide and Grab, Decimal Detective, Monster Multiplication

And so many more!

Corn Math & Much More!

June 26th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 26, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Corn Math

(www.campsilos.org/mod3/students/index.shtml)

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

 

At this archived website you will find interesting corn-themed activities and lessons in math (and more!) that are geared for about 4th grade and up. However, there is material that younger children will enjoy as well.

When you get to the site you will see quick facts about corn math, corn products, and corn geography. But that’s not all! There is a menu at the top of the page with lessons and web-based activities designed for classroom use (that can be tweaked for home use) that include: 

  • History Detective – A remarkable exploration of the history of corn including Native American folk tales about corn.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Take the challenge and find the answers to the questions about corn by following Internet links to information resources. Then take the “Corny Quiz.”
  • Newsroom – Develop a video segment about corn production for KORN-TV by following the lesson plan and using web-based research.
  • Mystery Photo – An exploration of the microscopic world of corn.
  • Amazing Mazes: Find out about the history of corn mazes. Then create your own computer-generated maze!

Then on the side bar, check out: 

  • Teachers – The teacher section offers an outline of the lessons contained at this site, along with information on curriculum standards addressed by the lessons. It provides background and resources that will help with lesson presentation. Remember, this was designed with the classroom teacher in mind – so some of this may not be as helpful to the home educator.
  • Resources – Contains many links to other websites about corn.

Note: Most of the links on this site are good, but we did find a few dead links. Regardless, there is so much information here that the dead links are more of a nuisance than a deterrent to learning.

Be a Portrait Detective

June 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 3, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Portrait Detectives

(www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/portraits/)

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

 

The Walker Art Gallery provides this fun website for kids that lets them learn about art history through the study of portraits.

The site explains that a portrait is a treasure trove of clues and ideas. It can tell you who a person was, how they lived and what they thought about themselves. It can even tell you about the painter and their life.

Using paintings from the Walker, the website provides a tutorial on how to find and interpret clues in a portrait. You can take a virtual “Guided Tour” of three portraits in which the museum explains the portrait to you, or you can visit the “Explore” section where you do the detective work and find the clues yourself.

To begin your investigation, go to the website where you will see a menu of six portrait icons. Click on any of the three portraits in the top row, and a new page opens with instructions for how to take the “guided tour” through pictures and text. Click on any of the three portraits in the bottom row, and a new page opens that allows you to begin your own exploration of the portrait by finding clues that answer the questions provided.

Be sure to click on the button “Something To Do” right above the portrait menu. It offers activity suggestions to enhance learning offline.

The site is designed so that your whole family can enjoy doing a computer activity together.

Free eBooks

January 18th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 18, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Project Gutenberg

(www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)

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

 

Select from over 50,000 free eBooks to read online or download.

Many of you may already be familiar with the Gutenberg Project that is composed of a team of volunteers endeavoring to make as many books as possible available online at no cost. Currently, there are over 50,000 books. Gutenberg makes it easy for you to find just the titles that might interest you.

When you get to the site, click on “Book Categories” in the menu on the left side of the page. When a new page opens, scroll down where you can select from categories such as children’s literature, mysteries, detective stories, science fiction, one-act plays and more! Click on any category, and a new page opens with a list of the free books available. These books can be read online or downloaded.

In the Children’s Literature bookshelf, access the writings of L. Frank Baum, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Edith Nesbit, and Anna Sewell.

Other authors in the bookshelves of Project Gutenberg include Agatha Christie, Andre Norton, Lester del Rey, and Dostoyevsky.

Project Gutenberg has also put together a selection of audio books. Imagine your family enjoying one of the following authors during a long ride in the car or around a crackling fire: 

  • Aesop
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • L. Frank Baum
  • Charles Dickens
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Robert Frost
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Jack London
  • Nietzsche
  • Plato
  • Poe
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Shakespeare
  • Mark Twain
  • Jules Verne
  • H. G. Wells
  • Walt Whitman
  • and more!

To find the list of audio books, start here.

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_Audio_Books_Project


One more thing: Project Gutenberg is always in need of more volunteers willing to proofread one page per day. You or your teen might like to join the team and take advantage of this exciting, fulfilling, skill-building opportunity.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

January 11th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 11, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/languages/words/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7 approximately, children with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes: 

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.
  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

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