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History Books, Crafts, & Games for K-12

December 5th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, December 5, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website
A Book In Time

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

Veteran homeschool mom, Carol Henderson, owns this website that she designed to help other home educators find interesting and fun “real” books about history and social studies along with timelines, maps, craft activites, and interactive history websites with games and more that enhance the study of World History and American History.

When you get to the site, use the menu to find:

*History Reading Lists – A chronological listing of the best fiction and nonfiction books for kids and teens about important people and events in the Ancient World, Middle Ages, Age of Discovery, World Wars I & II, and The Present Era. Book titles are linked to site affiliates for ease of purchase. You can also look for the titles at your library.

*Crafts & Projects – Get craft activities that extend learning about any era in American and World history. You’ll find instructions for making Corn Husk Dolls, an Egyptian Pharaoh’s Death Mask, Origami Dinosaurs, A Knight’s Helmet, recipes for authentic foods of different historical eras, and much more! Some require purchase of materials to do the craft, which are linked to this site’s affiliates.

*Online Games – Get links to a terrific selection of online games (many hosted by museums) that boost learning about history and geography. Enjoy games about Mesopotamia, Egypt, ancient Greece, Rome, Israel, China, Japan, Incan & Aztec Empires, Middle Ages, Vikings, The Black Plague, Renaissance, Shakespeare, Victorian Era, and much, much more! The activities I visited were free or free with registration.

*Maps & Timelines – This section recommends some innovative ways for students to use maps and timelines as they study history. There’s a selection of books, kits, maps and timelines for sale, and also free instructions on how to make your own materials along with links to websites that provide free resources such as printable maps.

Most of the information at this site includes suggested grade levels from Kindergarten through High School. The site is well-maintained: I only found a few links that led to error messages which is unusual for a site with so much content.

ABookInTime.com is a fabulous resource for finding books and activities to supplement learning about history. You’ll want to return often.

Sparticl – Science for Teens!

October 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, October 22, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Sparticle.org

Age Range: 13-19 (middle and high school, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Brett suggested this website developed by Twin Cities Public Television with the support of 3M. This brand new, free web and mobile service is designed to improve teens’ understanding of and interest in science through a collection of the very best the web has to offer in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (or STEM).

As explained at the website, “You and your students can get answers to science questions, browse cool images, watch great videos, play fun games, and discover great hands-on activities. All of the content has been curated and vetted by a team of experts. Each topic has a mix of easy, medium, and challenging articles, and multiple videos. Sparticl can be used in the classroom, after school, and at home.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and some featured science videos, games, and articles. Use the horizontal menu near the top of the page to access the science behind:

*Living Things – Includes Life Science Basics, Mammals, Aquatic Life, Bugs & Worms, Retiles & Amphibians, Plants, Birds, and Microbes & Fungi.

*Matter & Energy – Learn Physics Basics, Chemistry Basics, Materials Science, Energy, Forces & Motions, Sound & Waves, Light & Electricity, and Particle Physics.

*Tech & Invention – Get the scoop on Gadgets & Inventions, Biotech, Computers, Engineering, and Transportation.

*Body & Brain – Explore the latest in Health & Medicine, the Human Body, Food & Nutrition, Genetics & Heredity, and Mind & Behavior.

*Earth & Space – Discover the Solar System, Universe, Dynamic Earth, Ecology & Environment, Biomes & Ecosystems, Oceans & Water, Atmosphere & Weather, Landforms & Geology, and Rocks & Minerals.

*Explore – Access the latest science News, learn about Dinosaurs & Fossils, Natural Disasters, Everyday Science, and much more!

This is a remarkable resource. Bookmark it to return often!

Newton’s Apple Science Videos & Activities!

July 23rd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, July 23, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

PBS: Newton’s Apple http://www.tpt.org/newtons/

Age Range: 7-15 (approximately, with parental supervision)

Twin Cities Public Television offers this website as a companion to their award-winning television show called “Newton’s Apple” that offers hundreds of steaming video clips on science topics that include:

  • Animals and Plants
  • Earth and Space
  • Health and Medicine
  • Chemistry and Food
  • Technology and Invention
  • Physics and Sports

These video clips are from various educational television shows and documentaries. Watching a brief film clip on topics such as Acid Rain, Dinosaurs, Mummies, Penguins, Rotting Food, Zoo Veterinarians, etc., can spark an interest in a science topic. If you enjoy the film clips, you can purchase the videos at the website — or look for the titles at your local public library or through your video/DVD rental store or plan.

You can also try the FREE hands-on lessons and activities provided in the “Teacher Guides.” Designed for classroom use, they are easily adapted to homeschooling, and you don’t have to watch a video to learn something from them.

The site also offers “Science Try Its” that are essentially very simple ideas and suggestions for ways to think about and explore various science topics and concepts — great when you run out of ideas or need a jump-start.

This site is well-organized. You can browse the science categories or simply enter a keyword in the search mechanism to find information on any science topic of interest.

 

Learn History & Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

July 18th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, July 18, 2013, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Roadside Peek

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

One of the great things about a summer road trip is seeing the landscape that reflects our culture through the architecture and signage along the way. 

At this website you can take a virtual journey along old routes and highways (through photographs and text) to see the long-gone, but not forgotten drive-in restaurants, gas stations, motels, neon signs, and tourist traps of the 1950s-1970s.

Many are the roadside haunts of your parents and grandparents – so, ask them to take this nostalgic online tour with you, and I’ll bet they’ll provide some personal and historical perspective for your whole family.

When you get to the site use the menu to explore:

*Architecture – See examples of Art Deco, Googie (space-age architecture), Tiki Villages and more.

*Auto Alley – Visit vintage auto showrooms, gas stations, and car washes.

*Eateries – Check out the burger joints, coffee shops, diners, and hot dog stands of bygone eras – often shaped like the food they served!

*Entertainment – Explore bowling alleys, drive-in theaters, and skating rinks of yesteryear.

*Neon – Be dazzled by the neon lights advertising motels, theaters, eateries, and more.

*Road Icons – Discover roadside attractions that include giant cows, artichokes, and dinosaurs, as well as legendary folk heroes.

You can even explore these memorable roadside stops by regions including the East, Great Plains, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest.

If this makes you want to hop in the car and find your own roadside treasures, be sure to check out RoadsideAmerica.com for an online guide to offbeat tourist attractions.   

And don’t forget to take along my book, Carschooling, to entertain the family between roadside attractions.

 

The Science of Autumn Leaves Video!

October 9th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, October 9, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Kids Know It: Autumn Leaves Movie

Age Range: 9-14 (approximately, with parental supervision)

The Kids Know It website offers a series of free science videos, including the one  featured in this review that explains the science of Autumn leaves.

When you get to the site you’ll see the title “Autumn Leaves” and a video screen. Click on “Play” to launch the video.

  • Autumn leaves and colors
  • Chlorophyll
  • Carotenoids
  • Anthocyanins
  • Tree types and their leaf colors

An animated host with a robotic voice narrates the video that explains why leaves change color in Autumn.  It’s a great introduction to the science of fall leaves and may springboard your child’s interest to learn more.

When you’re through watching the Autumn leaf video, use the menu on the left side of the page to watch more free, educational videos on topics that include:

  • Animals
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Dinosaurs
  • Geology

And manymore!

Free Video Physics Lessons w/ Science Jim!

August 7th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2012, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Jim

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision, younger children may enjoy some aspects)

This commercial website is a companion to the “Science Jim Show” video and web classes (available for a fee) that teach science in an entertaining way. The site archives a variety of “Science Jim Shows” that you can watch for free to explore physics through the latest science news and through some cool experiments that you can try at home.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the free “Science Jim” videos that include topics such as:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Bats
  • Candy
  • X-Rays
  • Pterosaurs
  • Deep Sea Creatures
  • Germs & Microbes
  • Frogs
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Radiation
  • Bees
  • Snot
  • Higgs Boson Particle

Just select a video and click on the arrow to watch the presentation. These are highly entertaining and will engage the most reluctant scientist. The presentations provide a good overview of the topic and may inspire further investigation and learning!

 

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