Posts Tagged ‘education’

The Science of Autumn Leaves Video

October 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Biology – Autumn Leaves

(kidsbiology.com/biology-videos/autumn-leaves/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-10, with parental supervision)

 

The KidsKnowIt Network (now part of Education.com) 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 to learn about: 

  • 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: 

  • Acids and Bases
  • DNA
  • Food Chains
  • X-Rays

And more!

Old Fort Niagara Virtual Tour

October 19th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 19, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Fort Niagara

(www.oldfortniagara.org/virtual-tour)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York at the mouth of the Niagara River.

(Please note that this tour requires Adobe Flash to run. Due to issues with Chrome/Flash compatibility, we used the Firefox browser to review this site.)

After arriving at today’s link and allowing Flash to run, the tour automatically loads. Use your mouse to navigate the fort grounds and to locate hotspots indicated with down arrows. Click the rotating tour to stop the screen and zoom in on locations. When a hotspot is selected, a new window opens with information about the location as well as any available shortcut links to specific locations. Close the new window and you will find the hotspot location has opened a new tour or interactive map to that location. Within the mini-tours, there are informational locations found randomly when moving your mouse over an object in the exhibit. Select the signs icon in the upper left-hand corner of the tour to reveal the Old Fort Niagara map. Select any yellow dot on the map to find a location.

Hotspot destinations include: 

  • French Castle – includes views of the Commandant’s quarters, Jesuit Chapel, Soldiers’ Barracks, trade room, and officers’ mess
  • Bake House – Explore the workspace for the fort baker.
  • The River Defenses – view of the river from cannon station
  • Powder Magazine – Discover the storage space for ammunition and gun powder.
  • North Redoubt – Examine the British 1770’s addition to Fort Niagara’s defenses.
  • The Earthworks – Check out the landward side form of defense for the fort.

When you have finished your tour, check out the other educational materials available at the site using the links at the top of the page: 

  • History – Read about the 300-year history of the fort as well as read a featured article focused on a specific historical event at the fort.
  • Education – Select the Pre-Visit Materials link in the drop-down menu to download Old Fort Niagara’s colorful PDF booklet “Flintlocks & Council Fires” that includes history, activities, and links to videos.
  • Gallery – See “Static Images” of re-enactments, buildings, and more as well as find a link to the Old Fort Niagara Association’s YouTube page of videos.

Enjoy your tour!

Free Science Lessons & Interactives!

October 9th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Young Scientist Lab

(www.youngscientistlab.com/students/digital-science-activities)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Discovery Education and 3M Corporation sponsor this website that provides free activities “to capture your curiosity and engage you in the scientific thinking process; while having fun!”

When you get to the site, choose from the 10 activities in pdf format including: 

  • Balloon Rocket
  • Disappearing Glass
  • Sandwich Bag Dartboard
  • Water Jug Race

You’ll also see a menu at the top of the homepage that includes “Teachers,”  “Students” and “Parents.” Under “Teachers,” you’ll find the content sorted by grade range (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) that includes Lesson Plans and Interactives. You can download (pdf) complete lesson plans that teach about recycling, light, adhesives, and more. The Interactives help students discover the real-world science around them. Download animations that explain wind energy, circuitry and the history of innovations.

There is a lot of content to explore on this site including a blog and information on a contest in which your emerging scientists can participate to win prizes (closed for 2018).

Math Card Games

October 1st, 2018

 

It’s Monday, October 1, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Positive Engagement Project – Mathematics

(pepnonprofit.org/mathematics.html)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website created and maintained by The Positive Engagement Project has so much to offer! Their mission is to get students positively engaged in active learning, while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.

Today we are focusing on Math, but once you’ve looked at this valuable resource, go to the other links under “Free Downloads” to see the vast array of quality learning games and strategies that they’ve put together for English Language Arts, Science, Engagement Strategies, Test Review/Strategies, and Character Education.

When you get to the site, click on Download File under ACING MATH: (ONE DECK AT A TIME!) – it’s actually a 69-page book (pdf)! The website explains that this is a collection of math games ranging from Kindergarten to the upper elementary grades, using only an ordinary deck of playing cards. There are games covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, decimals, patterns, positive and negative integers, as well as many others – over 50 different games with directions and illustrations! Each game tells you how many players are needed, an age range, the materials needed, which math skills are learned playing this game, and very specific instructions to play.

Bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of all that they offer!

Genetics Lessons, Experiments, & Worksheets

September 25th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 25, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn.Genetics

(learn.genetics.utah.edu/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website, developed by the University of Utah, provides free lessons, experiments, activities, virtual labs, and worksheets designed to provide a basic education in the science of genetics.

When you get to the site, you can get a good introduction to the topics of traits, DNA & genes, proteins, heredity, mutations and more by exploring “Basic Genetics.” Other menu items include: 

  • Cell Biology – Learn about cell communication, stem cells and cloning.
  • Plants – Cotton and Insect Herbivores
  • Human Health – Metabolism, Genetic Disorders and Gene Therapy
  • Neruoscience –  Memory and Addiction
  • And more.

Also, under Science Tools, check out the Virtual Labs: 

  • Swab your cheek and extract DNA from your cells!
  • Use gel electrophoresis to discover how scientists work with tiny molecules they can’t see.
  • Perform a DNA microarray experiment to compare a healthy cell and a cancer cell.

You can also learn about the ecology of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

Be sure to click on the “Teach.Genetics” link located at the bottom of the home page where you’ll find additional tools and resources for learning about genetics, bioscience, and health. While this is designed for classroom use, it can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

Free Money Lessons for Kids

September 17th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, September 17, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Centsables

(www.centsables.com/)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free information for kids featuring animated superheroes who teach sound fiscal responsibility through their adventures.

Your kids can raise their financial I.Q. as they learn: 

  • Where money comes from
  • How to operate an ATM, write a check, and create a budget
  • How to save and invest money
  • How to wisely spend and share money

When you get to the site, click on the “Menu” icon in the top left corner of the page to access the different sections that include: 

  • Characters – There are “Heroes”, “Villains”, or “Allies”. Learn their “superpowers” such as controlling liquid assets or luring you into accepting tempting credit card offers.
  • Library – You’ll find Comic Books – fun stories (starring the financial superheroes) that reinforce your financial education; Lesson Books – with topics that provide basic info on money, how to earn money, how to save and invest money, and information on the stock market; and Factivity Books – 10 page ‘books’ with lots of money facts.
  • Fun & Games – Coloring sheets, crossword puzzles, word searches, and Sudoku puzzles that extend the learning.

In addition, you’ll find a glossary of terms used in the lessons and stories at this site. There’s good content here that’s presented in an engaging way for the target age-range.

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