Posts Tagged ‘education’

Maple Syrup Day Resources

December 15th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 15, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maple Syrup Day Resources

(See below.)

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

 

National Maple Syrup Day is December 17! We thought it would be fun to learn about maple syrup.

Read The Legend of Maple Syrup

(sugarmakerstimes.blogspot.com/2007/10/native-americans-and-legend-of-maple.html)


North America is the only place where maple syrup is produced. It was originally made by Native Americans. At this website you can read “The Legend of Maple Syrup” online.

Watch Videos on How Maple Syrup is Made
Part I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXeBOl4fXY)

Part II (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tidds7_gDM)


These videos were lovingly made by a family who has been in the maple syrup business for years. Gather your family around the computer, turn on the speakers to hear the music and narration, and enjoy a delightful virtual field trip to a maple sugar tree farm.

Maple Math (hubpages.com/education/maple-math)

A terrific presentation of a math lesson to discover line symmetry in maple leaves.

Maple Syrup Coloring Page

(homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/maplesyrupprint.htm#step7)


Print and color a picture of tapping the maple trees.

These websites are sure to whet your appetite for maple syrup. Have a Maple Syrup Taste Test! Purchase some real maple syrup and compare it to pancake syrup that is typically made from corn syrup and artificial maple flavor. Which do you like best?

Gingerbread Language Arts

December 14th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 14, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Gingerbread Language Arts

(see below)

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

 

Continuing with our holiday theme, here are some Language Arts sites related to gingerbread.

Jan Brett’s Audio-Visual Version of “The Gingerbread Baby”

http://www.janbrettvideos.com/how_to_draw_a_gingerbread_baby_high_bandwidth.htm

Gather the family around the computer for a treat! You can watch a film of beloved children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett reading her story, “The Gingerbread Baby,” aloud at this website. Not only that, she offers lots of arts and crafts activity pages all themed around “The Gingerbread Baby.” Simply click on “Home Page” at the bottom of the screen. When the Home Page opens, you’ll find links to “Activities” and “Coloring Pages” on the menu. If you click on either one, you can find a menu containing activity items related to “The Gingerbread Baby” story.

Topmarks Education: The Traditional Gingerbread Man Story

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/stories/gingerbread.htm

Read an interactive, online version of the classic, traditional tale of “The Gingerbread Man.”

The Annotated Gingerbread Man

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/gingerbread/index.html

You can read an annotated version of the classic tale, “The Gingerbread Man,” at this website. See various illustrations and books about “The Gingerbread Man.” Use the menu on the left side of your screen to discover similar stories from other cultures – such as “The Runaway Pancake”, “The Johnny Cake”, and “The Runaway Tortilla”.

Mayflower & Pilgrim Math Activities

November 21st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 21, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

In keeping with the holiday spirit, here are some Thanksgiving-themed math activities.

Mayflower Math Activity

This website offers a free printable math worksheet (.pdf) that combines the history of the voyage of the Mayflower with math. Designed for grades 5-6, there are aspects that may appeal to younger and older students as well.

You’ll also find a wide variety of Mayflower crafts that help children of all ages exercise their math skills and creativity at ArtistsHelpingChildren.org.

Young children may enjoy Pilgrim Hat Math. Count the dots in one column and match them to the same number of Thanksgiving-themed items in another column.

Become a History Detective

November 17th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 17, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Historical Scene Investigation

(hsionline.org/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives through investigating primary source documents.

Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials archived at this website. Through these “journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past” they compare the multiple points of view of those on the scene at the time.

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them “experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian.”

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the “Investigations” that include: 

  • Jamestown Starving Time
  • Bacon’s Rebellion
  • The Boston “Massacre”
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Constitution Controversy
  • Antonio A Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • Dropping the Bomb
  • Case of Sam Smiley
  • March on Frankfort
  • When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any “case file” and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on “Student View” to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.

Thanksgiving-Themed Language Arts

November 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 2, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving-Themed Language Arts

(See below.)

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

 

Here are a few Thanksgiving-themed Language Arts websites. Due to the nature of some of the content, parents AS ALWAYS should preview these sites to determine suitability.

THANKSGIVING WRITING

Thanksgiving Writing Prompts for Grades K-12


There are many ideas at this website to encourage children to think and write about Thanksgiving. Other November special days are also included.

THANKSGIVING SPELLING

Free Thanksgiving Worksheet for a first grader

The friendly turkey is feathered with words – also a coloring page.

THANKSGIVING POEMS

Archive of Thanksgiving Poems and Songs

Fun poems about Thanksgiving, Grandma’s House, Turkeys, and more. 

THANKSGIVING PARTS OF SPEECH

National Geographic Kids Magazine “Mad Lib” Activity

If you enjoy “Mad Libs” you’ll get a kick out of this fun way to practice learning adjectives, nouns, verbs and more. Type key words using the prompts on the form – then click “read” to see how the words you typed make the wild and wacky “Picture Perfect Turkey Day” tale even sillier.

Free Science Curriculum from Museum of Vision

November 1st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 1, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Vision

(museumofvision.org/education/)

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

 

This website is sponsored by the Museum of Vision that has helped educate people of all ages about the eye, vision, and the history of eye care for more than 30 years.

The Museum of Vision has published on its website curriculum guides which focus on the human eye, perspective and how the brain processes images like optical illusions and 3-D.

When you get to the site you’ll see the guides that are in .pdf files:

  • Healthy Eyes, Healthy Body – Designed for parents and educators to use when teaching children about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for their whole body
  • Eye Openers – Describes the basic concepts of vision, anatomy of the eye, optical illusions, binocular vision, etc.
  • Animal Eyes – The animal kingdom is full of amazing eyes. Discover eyes that look like yours, and eyes that are wildly different. Join scientists on their exciting quest to understand how animals actually see.
  • Art & Vision – Describes how artists create the illusion of 3-dimensions by exploring the basic concepts of vision, size scaling, overlapping, atmospheric perspective and linear perspective.

Click on any one and the .pdf file opens to reveal a well-formatted education guide with interesting text and colorful photos and illustrations. You can review it online or print it out to use offline. Every guide provides interesting discussion points and fun interactive activities. Then take a quiz – Discover your Eye Q!

In addition to the free guides, this website houses online exhibits. From the menu at the top, choose Exhibitions. A new page opens with a menu of online exhibits to explore.

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