Posts Tagged ‘education’

Boost Your Vocab & Feed the Hungry

January 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freerice

(www.freerice.com/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers you the opportunity to boost your vocabulary and help end world hunger.

For each word you get correct in the online vocabulary quiz, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations World Food Program to help feed the hungry. The best explanation of the concept comes directly from the website:


Freerice has two goals: 

    1. Provide education to everyone for free.
    2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.
 
Freerice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors.
 
Freerice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.
 
If you have more questions, check out the FAQs at the website. This is an ingeneous idea and it’s lots of fun to participate.

Holiday Virtual Field Trips

December 21st, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 21, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spangler Candy Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/spangler/products/canemaking2.php)

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

 

Enjoy this tour of a candy cane factory.

The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make over 2 million candy canes a day! At this site you can take a virtual tour of their factory. They explain the process of mass production of candy canes through text and photographs.

And here are some more holiday field trips:

Virtual Field Trip to a Christmas Tree Farm

When you get to the site, scroll to the bottom and click on “Tour Stop 1: Conifer Seedling” to begin the virtual tour. Then, just follow the prompts (at the bottom of each page) to experience the entire tour.

Virtual Field Trip to an Antique Christmas Lights Museum

This site offers the fascinating explanation of America’s Christmas lighting history from 1900 through the seventies. Through text, illustrations and photographs the site acts as a museum that documents the “golden age” of electric Christmas lighting through a sort of book format, chapter by chapter. Scroll down to Chapter One and click on “Early History of Electric Christmas Lighting in America.” When done, click ‘NEXT’ to get to the next chapter. You’ll see what American Christmases were like without electricity when families used candles to light the tree, and then discover how it changed when electric lights were introduced.

Holiday Social Studies Activities!

December 20th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 20, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funschooling

(www.franw.com/)

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

 

Learning takes on a life of its own at this website created by veteran homeschool mom Fran Wisniewski who provides terrific Christmas-themed activities that explore the history of the holiday and the symbols associated with it.

Get ready to have some fun! When you get to the site you’ll see the calendar for December. Simply scroll down the page to read the activities for this week including: 

  • Games Day
  • Go Caroling Day
  • The First Day of Winter

Not only does Fran provide the complete instructions for how to do the activities at home, but she provides pictures of her family’s efforts that clearly illustrate the results you can expect. Plus you’ll find links to more web-based resources to further your learning experience.

Continue to scroll down for:

  • December Activities
  • 25 Fun Activities You Can Do Inside, When It’s COLD Outside!
  • Fun Christmas Resources

Fran wrote, “In my world education is interesting, the choices are endless and everyone learns at their own pace, in a way that works for them.” Her website is testament to her point of view. Don’t miss it!

See How Maple Syrup Is Made

December 14th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 14, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Making Maple Syrup

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXeBOl4fXY&%20feature=related)

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

 

Did you know that National Maple Syrup Day comes right in the middle of the holiday season? It’s on Monday, December 17th.

This is a terrific video (shown in two parts on YouTube.com) on the process of making maple syrup from sap to syrup. What’s wonderful is that this depicts the multi-generational O’Brien family of Wisconsin demonstrating their maple syrup business

This “amateur” video (shot and narrated by an O’Brien family member) is instructional covering selecting the right spot to tap a maple tree, how to use duct tape to keep the squirrels away, the equipment that’s needed, collecting the sap, and filtering and cooking the sap. The first video takes a little less than 10 minutes to watch. 

When it’s through, look over on the right side of the screen for the menu under “Related Videos.” The first item on the menu is “Making Maple Syrup Part II.” Click on it to watch and learn about the evaporation process, cleansing, testing sugar density, canning, work schedules, the maple sap tapping season, and cooking with the finished product. The second video is almost a full 10 minutes.

Here are some more fun websites about Maple Syrup: 

ThoughtCo. – maple syrup wordsearch, crossword, coloring pages, and more!

The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association – everything you need to know about maple syrup

This comprehensive website includes: 

  • Maple History
  • How Maple Syrup is Made
  • A glossary of maple sugaring terms
  • The seasons of maple
  • and more!

You’ll also find printable worksheets and other resources.

And if you live in the area or plan a vacation (best time to go is March, which is Maple Month), you can take a tour of maple farms using the directory found under the “Buy Maple Syrup” link at the top.

WARNING: Exploring these websites may lead to an insatiable desire for maple syrup. Better stock up beforehand.

Christmas Cookie History & More

December 13th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 13, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Cookie Curriculum

(whatscookingamerica.net/History/CookieHistory.htm)

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

 

Christmas cookies are a staple of the holiday season. Learn a fascinating account of the history of cookies from the 7th Century to modern times.

Read the history of all kinds of cookies: 

  • Anzac Biscuits
  • Biscotti
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Fig Newtons
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Macaroons
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • and more.

It includes recipes too!

And here are more sites – see how many subjects you can incorporate into the act of baking cookies!

Christmas-Cookies.com:

Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

Find Christmas cookie recipes from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, and Yugoslavia! Ask your children to find the country of origin of each type of cookie you bake on a globe or map.

The Food Timeline: Christmas food history

Discover a variety of Christmas food traditions, including the baking of cookies, with this timeline featuring information, quotes and recipes from a variety of resources.

The Science Spot: Case #1225: Case of the Christmas Cookie Mystery (Note: Geared for middle school and up.)

Get A FREE, downloadable and printable chemistry lesson themed around Christmas cookies. You’ll also find the printable teacher’s classroom instructions here.

Welcome to the Family Table: Free Elementary Math Worksheets: Munchable Math-Christmas Cookies

Elementary students will enjoy these colorful downloadable PDF math sheets for practicing adding and subtracting 3’s.

Left Brain Craft Brain: Tangram Christmas Cookies

Make math yummy and fun with these wonderful tangram Christmas Cookies. Includes all recipes and instructions for making these simple, buttery confections as well as a downloadable printable template for cutting the dough for your tangram and more.

Family Education: Free, Printable Christmas Cookie E-Book

This website offers a FREE, downloadable and printable E-Book of easy-to-make Holiday Cookie recipes.

Free Finance & Economics Lessons

November 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Finance in the Classroom

(financeintheclassroom.org/)

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

 

Get free lesson plans, printables, tools and much more to teach financial literacy and economics with this website from the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education Network, the Utah Jump$tart Coalition, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

When arriving at today’s link read the brief introduction and take a look at the Scope and Sequence to get an idea of what is covered for the different grade levels. The marked grade level boxes are clickable links to the grade level lesson plans. The lessons are broken down into subjects (Mathematics, Social Studies, and Language Arts) with the activities sorted under them. Many lessons include links to outside resources, so as always be sure to preview the external links prior to allowing children to use the site.

The left-hand sidebar menu provides additional ways to access the resources and is broken down as follows: 

  • Teacher Resources – Find links to the General Financial Literacy Course for grades 11-12, K-12 lesson plans & activities, and other resources such as videos, music, PowerPoint presentations, online resources and tools, and much more.
  • Student Resources – Discover how to earn a Passport certificate for the program, games and activities, book suggestions, vocabulary/glossary, printables, scholarship information and more. 
  • Parent Resources – Browse through discussion starters, website resources, DIY games, finance apps, videos and more.

In the Online Resources section, visitors will find a large selection of financial calculators for things such as cash flow, interest, college planning, credit, mortgage, taxation, insurance, investment, retirement, savings and more. There is also a great list of additional websites that focus on economics and financial literacy, some of which include lesson plans of their own.


There is a lot of material and content available to use for your homeschool studies so be sure to bookmark this one.

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