Posts Tagged ‘education’

Free Seismology Lessons, Videos, & More

June 7th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 7, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

IRIS (www.iris.edu/hq/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free science tools, lessons, animations, software and more to help students learn all about seismology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, geology and much more! 

Sponsored by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (funded by the National Science Foundation), this website has powerful, interactive learning tools from a consortium of over 100 U.S. universities dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. We know this may sound “heady” but there are all kinds of engaging multi-media activities that students of a wide range of abilities and interests will enjoy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a variety of offerings. We suggest clicking on “View The Seismic Monitor” that is prominently featured on the landing page. A new screen opens where you can access: 

  • Earthquake Headlines – Read news stories about earthquakes.
  • Last 30 Days Earthquakes – See a list of earthquakes, their location and magnitude over the past 30 days.
  • Special Events – Review recent earthquake teachable moments.
  • Plate Tectonics – Discover the continual slow movement of the tectonic plates.
  • Education Links – Get access to free animations, video lectures, lessons and resources with links to materials, and much more!

There is so much content here that you can’t really see and enjoy it all in one visit. Bookmark the site to return again.

Tour the Wreck of the USS Monitor and More

June 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 3, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour the Wreck of the USS Monitor

(monitor.noaa.gov/wreck_tour/wreck_tour.html)

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

 

The Union’s first Civil War ironclad, the USS Monitor was lost in a gale storm on December 31, 1862. Through this interactive tour of images, explore the wreckage at this website from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

Use your mouse to hover over different sections of the ship to reveal images and text about the wreckage. But the tour doesn’t stop here. Click the “Back” link under the tour to reach the home page of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website. Use the sidebar menu to dig deeper into the Monitor and other shipwrecks. Select “Shipwrecks” to see and learn more about Graveyard of the Atlantic in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Presented with interesting statistics about the wreck along with fascinating history and images, learn about: 

  • German U-Boats
  • Merchant Ships
  • Allied Ships

Next, check out the “OBX Trail Videos” to discover more about the Outer Banks and the history of the different shipwrecks.

Select “Image Gallery” to see even more images of the Monitor through the online gallery and from the National Marine Sanctuary online Encyclopedia as well as from the Naval History and Heritage Command’s website. Visitors can also explore the National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library to see video clips and images of America’s underwater treasures.

By selecting the “Education” link, visitors will find many resources to supplement their visit. Additional links to sites, videos, activities, printables, and much more round out your virtual tour.

There is a lot to see and do on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to often.

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 17th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

As the website states, “Out in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards, then we call them pests. So come explore the world of pests. Then use your new knowledge to outwit the pests in your world.” Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters. You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists. Click on the “continue” button to examine the “Pest Guide from A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes. Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Pest Games – Play interactive games like “Name That Pest!” that test your knowledge of the critters in the “Pest Guide.”
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for a wide grade-range that feature insect anatomy, native habitats and behaviors of insects and rodents, info on termite specimens and colonies, and learn how to prevent an infestation. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy.
  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.

Foreign Language Practice through Games

April 30th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 30, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Internet Polyglot

(www.internetpolyglot.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Internet Polyglot offers a variety of free interactive lessons and games to help you practice over 35 languages by memorizing vocabulary words and their meanings along with phrases and simple sentences.

Due to the large amount of content on this site, it may require a minute or two to fully load. Then, in the center of the page, read the descriptions for the tools that are available on the site and the instructions on how to use them. It will make overall navigation much easier.

Select the language you want to learn from the language menu on the left side of the page. A new page opens that displays all of the vocabulary lessons (includes audio) that cover topics such as animals, weather, transportation, food, money, shopping, education, entertainment, numbers, colors, clothing, time, and much more. You can also access: 

  • Tutorial Slide Show – Watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. This is sort of like virtual flash cards.
  • Guessing Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct definition.
  • Typing Game – A word is displayed and you type in the correct translation.
  • Matching Game – Drag-and-drop the translations that match displayed words.

You can play-and-learn all of these games for free on this ad-supported website.

Note: There were not a lot of ads on our visits to the site. However, the ads are randomly generated, so, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site and supervise use of it.

You must register (free) to create your own lessons, save your results, and customize the activities as desired.

As the website explains, Internet Polyglot assumes that users already have some experience and knowledge of a foreign language prior to using the activities at the site. It is intended as a supplement to a foreign language program – not as the sole method for learning a language.

Free Math Activity Book for K-5

April 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, April 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Helping Your Child Learn Math

(www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/title.html)

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

 

Here’s a free math activity book designed for parents to use with their children to help them learn important math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, there are no bells and whistles here, just easy-to-do math activities, sorted by grade range from K-5, that are formatted for user-friendliness.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Title Page” of the online book. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Next” buttons on each page to read the Foreword, Introduction, and to access the Activities that include: 

  • Math in the Home – Discover fun ways to use things you find around the house to learn measurement, fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometrical concepts, telling time and much more.
  • Math at the Grocery Store – Practice measurement, estimation, weighing, counting, and figuring price per unit versus price per pound while helping your children learn estimation skills – all while doing the grocery shopping!
  • Math on the Go – Do fun math activities as you travel from place to place using numbers found on license plates, buildings, buses, taxis, houses, and gas stations.
  • Math for the Fun of It – As the book explains, there are fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around you. Look for math in nature – in the symmetry in leaves and various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. You’ll find lots of other fun suggestions as well.

The book wraps up with some pointers for parents on helping children achieve in mathematics along with suggestions for helping children with school assignments, and resources for further learning.

By the way, if you get tired of clicking the “Next” buttons – you can access the entire table of contents with links to specific sections of the book here.

The activities in this online book are perfect for homeschooling families and can be used in any way that makes sense to you and your children. You can also print it out and use it offline as well!

Wacky Ways to Learn Parts of Speech!

April 6th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, April 6, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wacky Web Tales

(www.eduplace.com/tales/)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 3-8 – and fun for all! – with parental supervision)

 

Houghton Mifflin (the education textbook publisher) sponsors this website that helps kids learn parts of speech – nouns, adverbs, adjectives, verbs, etc. Using interactive stories called “Wacky Web Tales” they offer an online version of the classic car game, Mad Libs.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Wacky Web Tales titles. Click on any one and a new page opens that reveals the story title and a form. The form requires you to type in parts of speech (such as a singular noun, adjective, or present tense verb). The words you enter will be used to create a Wacky Web Tale — simply click on the “See Your Wacky Web Tale” button at the bottom of the form.

If you are unsure what an adverb (or any other part of speech called for on the form) is – just click on the “Parts of Speech Help” button for some quick definitions.

Because you don’t know how the parts of speech you filled in on the form will be used in the story – the resulting Wacky Web Tale can be pretty funny!

This is a painless way to learn, reinforce, or remediate parts of speech.

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