Posts Tagged ‘education’

Find the British Redcoat with Math!

July 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 2, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com: Independence Day Activities

(www.education.com/activity/article/The_lost_redcoat/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This massive, ad-supported, website offers a variety of educational activities and games to celebrate the 4th of July! We’ve focused on one game for this review, where kids (about ages 8-11) use social studies, geography, and math coordinate skills to “Find the Lost British Redcoat.”

When you get to the site, you’ll need to sign up as a member (free) to access the materials. Then see the complete instructions for the game along with a free, printable map grid to use as you play.
 
When you’re through finding the lost Redcoat, check out all of the fun and educational 4th of July activities archived at this site including: 

  • Make a patriotic pinwheel – fun for all ages
  • Make soda pop fireworks – using 4th grade science
  • Use math skills to make a patriotic patchwork “quilt” placemat – for second graders
  • Would you sign the Declaration of Independence? – an activity for teens!
  • And more!

Just click on an activity of interest to get the instructions and downloadable materials. Happy Independence Day!

Design Your Own Opera

June 30th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 30, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hansel & Gretel: Learning about Opera

(creativekidseducationfoundation.org/kids/opera/base.htm)

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

 

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being: 

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about: 

  • The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
  • Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
  • Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
  • Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
  • Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned.

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

Math Activities for K-12

June 25th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 25, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSTE Online Resource Catalog

(mste.illinois.edu/resources/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by The Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers fun math, science and tech interactives for all grade, age, and ability levels from K-12.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math topics that includes: 

  • Number and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • And More!

Just click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of activities. Click on a title and a new screen appears with the online activity. From a simple geometric puzzle to solving quadratic equations, this site has a remarkable selection of interactive choices that will challenge and entertain you and your kids.

Do take some time to poke around this site. Check out “Projects” on the menu and sign up to participate in “BeeSpotter” – a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.

There’s a lot more here to explore – so many activities, so little time.

Math Through Worldometers & More!

June 11th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 11, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Worldometers

(www.worldometers.info/)

Age Range: 5-105 (Grades K-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides world statistics updated in real time that is simply astonishing to see. There isn’t much to do at the site except watch the numbers change instantaneously. However, the more time you spend looking at the data, the more questions you ask, and the more things you learn! This is a veritable springboard to learning through addition.

When you get to the site you’ll see numbers flashing before you that represent the statistics on a variety of topics that include: 

  • World Population – Watch the numbers advance on births, deaths, and the net population growth today.
  • Government & Economics – Watch the mind-boggling figures increase on expenditures in healthcare, education, and the military. Discover the number of cars, bicycles, and computers produced or sold this year.
  • Society & Media – Find out the number of book titles published, newspapers circulated, TVs and cellular phones sold, money spent on video games, and how many emails and blog posts are sent/made in a day.
  • Environment – Learn how many forests were lost, how many tons of carbon dioxide were emitted this year, or toxic chemicals released in the environment and more.
  • Food – See the number of undernourished people in the world, number of overweight people, money spent on weight loss programs, etc.
  • Water – See how many people have no access to safe drinking water.
  • Energy – Discover the energy used in a day from renewable and non-renewable sources. See the number of days to the end of oil, gas, and coal.
  • Health – Get information about traffic fatalities, world spending on illegal drugs, number of cigarettes smoked today, deaths caused by malaria, cancer, AIDS, communicable diseases, etc.

If this doesn’t result in educational questions and discussions – we don’t know what will. Plus, it shows kids the practical use of math in the real world.

Don’t miss the “Languages” component – you can view all of these statistics in languages from Arabic to Ukranian.

Free Music Lesson Plans

June 9th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 9, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Carnegie Hall: Music Educators Toolbox Resources

(www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Educators/Music-Educators-Toolbox/Resources)

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

 

Discover a variety of music lesson plans and resources at this page from the larger Carnegie Hall website.

Plans are arranged by grade level and focus on the fundamentals of music including “rhythm, meter, singing, form, dynamics, articulation, tempo, pitch, and performing.” Each plan provides all the needed information and resources to use in the classroom as well as downloadable assessments and more. A sampling of plans includes: 

  • Exploring the Sounds Around Us – Kindergarten students listen to a selection of audios and use a downloadable, colorful worksheet to identify the sounds and then answer thought-provoking questions to increase sound awareness.
  • Dynamics Hide and Seek – First graders will enjoy playing this variation of the “Hot and Cold” game. Instead of using “hot” or “cold,” students sing either forte or piano to help the seeker locate the hidden object and learn these musical terms.
  • Classroom Thunderstorm – Kids in second grade will enjoy learning musical terms such as accelerando, ritardando, crescendo, decrescendo and accent while creating a human thunderstorm with sounds they create.
  • Goldilocks Sings – Third graders learn how posture affects their singing using the characters from Goldilocks and the Three Bears as examples.
  • Listening for Contrasts in Genre – Students in fourth grade discover how expressive musical qualities in music work together like a recipe to create different genres of the same song.
  • We’ve Got the Blues – Fifth grade children learn about the unique facets of blues music focusing on musical scales.

Even though the plans are geared towards a specific age group, they could be adapted for other grades and can serve as a supplement to any music program.

Discover Minnesota

May 11th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, May 11, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Minnesota DNR: Virtual Tours

(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/virtual_tours.html)

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

 

On May 11, 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the Union. Discover the parks, trails, waterways and more of Minnesota with this page from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to locate a destination and then choose from two types of tours: 

  • Panoramic tour – Explore with multiple 360° images. When the window opens, use your mouse or arrow keys to move around the image. Locate the “Pin” in the image to move to the next destination in the park or select an image in the bottom picture strip. There is also drop-down map available at the top of the image to find another location within the park. Hover over the blue dots on the map for the name of the location and click to the image to load. Descriptive text accompanies each image.
  • Snapshot tour – Each tour provides multiple images along with information texts. At the bottom of each tour there are additional links to go to the home page of the location.

In addition to the panoramic and snapshot tours, the following locations also include video tours: 

  • Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
  • Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
  • Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
  • Heartland State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Gitchi-Gami State Trail
  • Root River State Trail
  • Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

(Please note that some of the video tours are stored on YouTube, so as always be sure to view prior to allowing children to use the site.)

When you have finished with your tours, use the upper menu to navigate to the Teacher Resources page to find downloadable educational materials. Select the Education & Safety option, then More, then scroll down to the Natural Resources section to locate the Teacher Resources link.

This page makes a nice addition to your state studies resources.

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