Posts Tagged ‘education’

Explore a Variety of Power Plants

August 5th, 2016


It’s Friday, August 5, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
 at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

MidAmerican Energy Virtual Plant Tours


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


Electricity is made in many different ways today and with the video virtual tours from MidAmerican Energy, visitors can learn all about the histories and processes of creating energy. Videos last between 5 and 10 minutes and use digital animation to present interesting and thorough explanations of the different types of energy plants.

These include: 

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Hydroelectric
  • Combustion-fueled
  • Coal-fueled

When you are done taking your tours, select the “Safety” option in the upper menu, then select “Education Programs” on the side bar menu. When that page opens, select the “Energy for Education website” text link to be taken to the “Electric Universe/Energy Underground” website where there are lessons, activities, games, and more for students in grades Kindergarten through 9th grade that will expand upon your virtual tours.

The virtual tours and the accompanying Energy for Education website will be a fabulous resource to use in your science studies of energy.

History Timelines

August 4th, 2016


It’s Thursday, August 4, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website: – History Timelines


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


If you are a fan of timelines, then this page on the larger ad-supported SoftSchools website will quickly become one of your favorites.

There are hundreds of timelines from which to choose covering topics such as: 

  • History
  • Biographies
  • Science
  • Presidents
  • U.S. History

When arriving at today’s link, choose a timeline from the long list. When it opens, there will be a brief description at the top and then a slideshow presentation of the events which is navigated through by clicking on the arrows on either side of the timeline. Below the slide show is a timeline graph that shows the location in time. Use the magnifying tools to expand the timeline below the slideshow. Underneath the slideshow timeline there is a horizontal version that visitors can scroll through to see all the information that is included. And for those who have their own blogs or websites, at the bottom of the page there is the html code to use the timeline on your site or perhaps in an education newsletter for your co-op.

There are a lot of great resources available at this site for all subjects and grade levels. You will want to be sure to save this website as one of your favorites.

Expand Geography Skills with Games

July 21st, 2016


It’s Thursday, July 21, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:



Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)


Help students improve their geography skills by using the games at this website from Reach the World and the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. While these games were meant for students in grades 3-5, younger and older students can reap the benefits of using this tool.

When arriving at today’s link, choose to either: 

  • Build Planet Earth
  • Map Countries and Cities

Using your mouse, drag and drop locations onto the globe. Activities are timed so students can try to beat their previous times with multiple practices. When you are finished, students can print out their maps.

Click on “Teacher Tools” on the sidebar for suggestions on how to use GeoGames to teach geography and for a lesson plan that includes downloads, vocabulary words, and more. There are even free apps for Android and IOS.

This game is easy to learn and fun to master. It is a nifty addition to your geography studies.

Free “File Folder” Math Games

July 18th, 2016


It’s Monday, July 18, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

File Folder Heaven


Age Range: 3-7 (Grades PreK-2, with parental supervision)


“File Folder Activities” is a clever method for organizing games and learning materials so that kids can easily access them.

This site offers free, printable file folder games and activities (created by a Special Education teacher) that help young children and children with disabilities to practice basic skills such as: 

  • matching
  • sorting
  • identification of shapes, colors, and numbers
  • counting
  • beginning math and phonics

The activities at this site are for younger children, but older children may enjoy preparing them for their siblings. (While there are a variety of free File Folder activities at this commercial site, there are many more available for sale.)

Online Elementary Songbook

July 9th, 2016


It’s Saturday, July 9, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Utah State Office of Education: Elementary Songbook


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


This website, sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, offers a free online songbook with lesson plans for teaching elementary music education.

When you get to the site you’ll see menu of songs that include children’s favorites such as: 

  • A Tisket, A Tasket
  • Bingo
  • Clementine
  • Down in the Valley
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Kum Ba Yah
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • and many, many more!

Click on any song and a new page opens where you will find the sheet music, lyrics, suggested activities, ideas for playing instruments, curriculum tie-ins, and more. There’s a complete lesson plan for each song listed. There are also audio files to listen to that accompany the song. Scroll further down the page to find “Movement/Dance Options” which provide dance suggestions for various songs.

While this online songbook was created with classroom teachers in mind, it can be easily tweaked for use in the homeschool or unschool environment as well.

Pencil Grip, Writing, Spelling, & More!

July 6th, 2016


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


Recommended Website:

Parent Child Education


Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)


This website contains many engaging FREE lessons and activities (created by classroom teachers) that help parents and educators teach a variety of subjects including handwriting, spelling, writing, and more.

Some of the language arts lessons/activities include: 

  • Determining Your Child’s Dominant Hand
  • Pencil Grip
  • Conventional Writing – Activities, tips and techniques you can use with your child to help them learn handwriting (with free handwriting paper downloads)
  • Spelling Tips and Activities – Get advice and fun activities that help kids learn and practice spelling.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and activities. Use the search tool on the right side of the landing page to access activities by age, topic, grade level, learning style, etc.

Under “Topics” you can select: 

  • Beginning Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing

Click on any one to find a menu of lessons/activities that include resources such as: 

  • Step-by-step instructions with video illustrations
  • A materials list
  • Activities, games or books to reinforce the lesson

You’ll find information on different learning styles, brain research, and advice to help parents better understand their child’s learning needs.