Posts Tagged ‘education’

George Washington – A National Treasure

February 25th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 25, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

George Washington – A National Treasure

(www.georgewashington.si.edu/index.html)

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

 

Learn all about President George Washington with this website from the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. Using the full-length portrait, Lansdowne, by Gilbert Stuart as the focal point of this study, visitors can explore the interactive presentations and games to not only examine the portrait but discover interesting facts about George Washington and the time period in which he lived.

When arriving at the site, use the upper menu to navigate to your area of interest. Select from: 

  • The Portrait – Geared towards older students and adults, use the interactive portrait to examine it in detail from three different vantage points: symbolic, biographic, and artistic.
  • Kids – Solve clues to not only discover what is missing in the portrait but also learn interesting facts as to why the items may have been included in the painting. The kid section also includes: 
    • The Patriot Papers – interactive activities such as matching games, crossword puzzles, word searches and more as well as downloadable articles from The Patriot Papers published by the Office of Education at the National Portrait Gallery which include a student and teacher version of the publishing
    • Teacher Guide – Find extra activities and lessons plans to further enhance your studies here.
    • Family Guide – Discover great topical discussion ideas as well as interesting information.
    • Wallpaper – a couple of downloadable images of Washington for your desktop
  • Washington’s Life – Explore the life and times of George Washington with this timeline.
  • Exhibition – Learn more about the painting and its artist as well as try out a couple of samples of the traveling interactives.

This website provides a unique way to learn about the first president of the United States and a fun addition to your history studies.

Explore the History of the H.L. Hunley

February 11th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 11, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Friends of the Hunley 

(www.hunley.org/)

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

 

This is a beautifully appointed website about the history and recovery efforts of the Civil War submarine, the H.L. Hunley. On February 17, 1864, the Hunley became the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship, a feat as important as the first airplane flown by the Wright brothers. But on the same day, she and all of her crew members suddenly disappeared. What caused her to sink? And would she ever be found? You can explore this mystery at today’s site.

At this website, learn about: 

  • The building, innovation, evolution, and design of the 
  • Hunley
  • Its contribution to the Civil War
  • Its crew
  • The recovery effort
  • The preservation of the submarine
  • And more!

Select the “Education” link to find online lesson plans for all grade levels. The text is geared for those who read well. Non-readers will undoubtedly enjoy the virtual tour of the submarine, and may find the recovery footage fascinating as well.

Free Iditarod Math & More!

February 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Iditarod.com (iditarod.com/)

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

 

The Iditarod begins on March 5, 2016! Billed as “The Last Great Race On Earth,” mushers and their dog teams race over 1,000 miles across Alaska’s mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coast. In a period of 10 to 17 days each team’s dogs and their musher race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. They endure temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, long hours of darkness, and treacherous terrain.

At this “official” Iditarod website you’ll find information about the history of this race, exclusive race coverage, and free, Iditarod-themed lessons and activities to enhance learning in math, science, language arts, social sciences, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured articles, videos, and highlights. Use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Race Center – Get information on how this website works and learn about Iditarod rules, race preparations, and previous races.
  • Videos – Watch video clips from previous races that include stories from the trail.
  • Education – In this section there are two archives that you don’t want to miss: 
    • Teachers – Get access to a large menu of archived curriculum connections. Plus, get standards-driven lessons in math and other subjects delivered in a downloadable (pdf) activity book. You’ll also find downloadable weather-related math and science activities, applicable for all grade levels.
    • Students – Kids of all ages will enjoy this array of Iditarod activities including newsletters from canine journalists, cryptograms, word searches, coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, and a FUN QUIZ about the Iditarod to the tune of the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Download and play a PowerPoint math and science game developed by the Iditarod education team. Learn about caring for the sled dogs and watch some interesting pod casts.

  • Insider – Subscribe to the official newsletter of the Iditarod. You can register to get a free ad-supported subscription, or get one of several fee-based, ad-free subscriptions that provide membership benefits including access to videos and a documentary film.
  • Information – Learn the history of the race, see the Iditarod trail, explore the race archives, meet champions and record holders, learn mushing terminology, visit the veterinary center, and learn about the Junior Iditarod.

The resources at this site provide a way to see the real-world uses for math and science in a fun and exhilarating way.

Sing and Play with Bobby – BobbyMcFerrin.com

January 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 23, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BobbyMcFerrin.com

(bobbymcferrin.com/sing-and-play-with-bobby/)

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

 

This website provides two interactive music games using two popular songs from ten-time Grammy Award winner and innovative performer-composer-conductor Bobby McFerrin – who also happens to be a tireless advocate for music education.

When you get to the website you will see a menu with two choices: 

  • Launch “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” – McFerrin composed and performed this song that is one of the most popular of the late 20th century. The entire song is composed of McFerrin’s 4-octave range voice that mimics instruments. The song was created with 7 different overdubbed vocal parts all sung by McFerrin. Explore each of the 7 vocal parts and create your own versions of the song.
  • Launch “Just Enough” – Find out how Bobby created the bass, percussion, melody, and riffs for this song that has 8 different parts. Create your own versions of the song.

When you’re through playing these games, you can visit the rest of McFerrin’s site to learn more about him by clicking his name in the upper left corner of the website.

A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

January 13th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, January 13, 2016, and time for Language Arts 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education World: A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/A-Blizzard-of-Winter-Lessons.shtml)

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

 

Education World has shoveled up A Blizzard of Winter Lessons – Brrr! To help you celebrate the winter season, they have uncovered more than 50 cross-curricular activities! Today we are focusing on language arts – but there is a lot more to see. You’ll find lessons about winter folklore, snowmen, the winter solstice, and more!

Check these out – some of the grade levels are in parentheses: 

  • Snow Activities (K-6)
  • Childfun’s Snow Theme — Art Projects, Games, Songs, More!
  • Teach-nology’s Winter Teaching Theme
  • Winter Theme Unit (K-8)
  • Algorithms and Ice Cream for All: A Problem-Solving Activity (4-8)
  • Snow Science & Art Lessons (K-3)
  • Search for Ice and Snow: An On-line Activity (4-12)
  • Winter and Children’s Literature from Carol Hurst
  • Frosty Reader Online Activities (K-4)
  • Winter Activities from Alphabet Soup (K-2)
  • TeacherView: Activities for Teaching
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (K-3)
  • The Snowy Day Activities (K-3)
  • Paper Snowflake Instructions
  • Meeting in the Mitten WebQuest (based on Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten (K-3)
  • Snowflake Fun Finger Puppet Activity (K-1)
  • Snowy Painting
  • How to Study a Snowflake (3-6)
  • Density of Water, Ice, and Snow Experiment (2-6)
  • Snow People Art Projects
  • Winter Puzzles (2-5)
  • Seven Snow Games
  • Scholastic’s Weather Watch: Winter Storms (3-8)
  • Ice Games and Fun (from Family Fun)
  • Seasons of the Year Lesson Plan (2-5)

Lab Science Videos, Activities, Worksheets, & Games

January 12th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 12, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jefferson Lab Science Series

(education.jlab.org/scienceseries/archive.html)

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

 

This website is sponsored by The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The lab’s primary mission is to conduct research on the atom’s nucleus using the lab’s unique particle accelerator.

In addition to its science mission, the Lab provides programs and resources designed to help educate the public in science and technology, including a free “Science Series” of engaging lectures that are video-recorded and archived at the website for viewing. Plus, the Lab offers free learning resources including activities, worksheets, games, and more! 

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Science Series” video titles including: 

  • The Origin of the Elements
  • Adventures in Infectious Diseases
  • DNA: The Strand that Connects Us All
  • Einstein for Everyone
  • Understanding Flight: A Physical Description of How Airplanes Fly
  • The Physics of Stock Car Racing
  • The Physics of Baseball
  • Comic Book Physics
  • Chemistry – It’s More Than Puffs and Bangs!
  • Radiation: What Is It and How Can It Affect Me?
  • Jellyfish: The Big Sting
  • From Acne to Suntans: Dermatology for the Teenager
  • And Many More!

Each title has a brief description and a link you can click to watch the video online.

Wait! There’s more! When you’re through watching the lectures check out the Education Home section of this site that contains free resources including hands-on activities, worksheets, puzzles and games. Look in the “Teacher Resources,” “Student Zone,” and “Games and Puzzles” sections to access all of the free science goodies.

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