# Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 26th, 2015

It’s Monday, January 26, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Fibonacci Numbers & The Golden Section

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

In the 13th century Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents.

My suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too).

After listening to the interview, head over to the INTRODUCTORY PAGE that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!

# Free Home School Art Lessons

November 15th, 2014

It’s Saturday, November 15, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

HomeSchoolArts

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

This site is devoted to providing free art lessons in many mediums to homeschoolers. To get directly to the art lessons simply click on the medium you want to use on the menu that is located on the left side of your screen.
You can choose to have art lessons using:

• pencil
• pen & ink
• color pencil

Other mediums such as Watercolor, Pastel, and Acrylic do not yet provide lessons, but have links to recommended art books. The Oil medium provides a link to another website for lessons.

Click on the medium, then select a lesson. Lessons provide an introduction to the medium along with a list of supplies and materials you should have on hand prior to beginning the lesson. Then, follow the links and click your way through the lesson. The lesson instructions are easy to follow with diagrams, illustrations, and pictures to demonstrate method and technique.

Older students 12 and up should be able to follow the instructions without assistance. Younger students may need some help from Mom or Dad. The site also offers a special section of art activities for kids in K-6.

Parents should probably preview the lessons and assemble the materials needed prior to introducing the lessons to students. Nothing is worse than getting excited about learning art – only to discover you don’t have the materials needed. Plan ahead and your students will learn a lot – and have fun too!

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

September 23rd, 2014

It’s Tuesday, September 23, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Kids

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 Dude’s Tips

September 8th, 2014

It’s Monday, September 8, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

QuickAndDirtyTips.com – The Math Dude

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, with parental screening and supervision)

This is an unusual ad-supported website that offers explanations and tips for making learning math easier from Jason Marshall, Ph.D., also known as “The Math Dude.”  Marshall is a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) studying the infrared light emitted by starburst galaxies and quasars.
Math Dude’s tips are archived on a big, umbrella website called “Quick and Dirty Tips” with advice from experts in a variety of fields including education, money, work, health, and more.
We only looked at the Math Dude section for this review. Parents, as always, should preview this site and determine suitability of content and supervise all Internet use by children and teens.
When you get to the site you’ll see “The Math Dude’s Most Recent Tips”, followed by “The Math Dude’s Most Popular Tips” and “The Math Dude’s Archive”. You can jump right in by clicking on any tip. A new page opens where you will see the tip or lesson presented in blog format, and you can click on an audio recording to listen as Jason delivers the tip. There are lots of math tips to select from like:

• Learn how to add quickly, convert decimals to fractions, multiply by eleven, determine area and volume, explore Venn diagrams, and more.
• Make a Mobius Strip, learn about the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio.
• Get a definition and explanation of math terms including irrational and rational numbers, sets and subsets, associative property, distributive property, trigonometry, and more.
• Find out how to amaze your friends with number tricks, calculate how fast your money will grow, estimate how fast someone is running, and send encrypted messages.

You’ll even find tips to boost your business math skills, along with test-taking tips and a few brain teasers. Find tips for science, writing and grammar by locating the “Education” tab on the tiny horizontal menu located below the “Quick and Dirty Tips” headline at the top and clicking on it.

# Free Interactive Math Courseware

July 7th, 2014

It’s Monday, July 7, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Interactivate

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

This website offers free, interactive online courseware for learning math through activities, lessons, and discussions. When you get to the site, look for the words “Guide to Interactivate.” Click on it for a complete explanation with illustrations on how to use this site. If it seems a little overwhelming, just look for the “Jump To” drop down list at the top of the screen. Click on it to access:

*Activities – Choose from a large menu of math activities including an arithmetic quiz, a Hilbert Curve Generator, a Caesar Cipher for creating and decoding messages, clock arithmetic, use an equivalent fraction finder, color multiples in Pascal’s triangle, or have fun with Venn diagrams. Click on any one and a new page opens with the activity and instructions.

*Lessons – You’ll find lessons in a variety of mathematic strands including number and operations, geometry, algebra, probability and statistics. Click on any one and you’ll find the lesson plan that ties in with the activities that are included on this site.

*Discussions – Read instructional questions and answers between students and mentors about different areas of math including algorithms, Base 10, decimals, distributive property, multiplying and dividing fractions and much more.

Again, at first glance this site can seem overwhelming. Poke around a bit, try some of the activities, and read the tutorial (Guide to Interactivate) and it will all begin to make sense pretty quickly.
Bookmark this site – it’s a great way to supplement learning mathematics.

# Visit a Virtual Piano Museum

February 21st, 2014

It’s Friday, February 21, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Virtual Piano Museum

Presented by Concert Pitch Piano Services in Toronto, explore the history and care of pianos with this simple to navigate website.

When you arrive at the “Museum Lobby” you are presented with a list of links that take you to images of a variety of pianos, each captioned with an informational synopsis. In addition to browsing the various pianos, some other stops you will want to make while visiting the “lobby” are:

• Piano History
• Evolution of the Piano
• The Piano Timeline

After perusing the museum lobby, be sure to check out the sidebar for even more discovery. Choose “Diagrams & Images” to:

• Learn to identify piano types
• Examine the construction of a grand piano
• View drawn animations of keys in motion
• Find the serial number on a piano to help determine its age
• Understand how to properly measure a piano
• Identify worn and properly shaped piano hammers

And if you still want to dig deeper, check out the other links on the side bar:

• Story of the Piano
• What’s Concert Pitch?
• What’s a Pitch Raise?
• Piano Tuning Facts
• What’s Regulation?
• What’s Voicing?
• Piano Care Tips
• And much more

If you are interested in learning all about pianos, then this commercial website has a lot to offer.