Posts Tagged ‘education’

Drinking Water Science!

May 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids’ Stuff

(www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/index.html)

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

 

The Environmental Protection Agency offer this website that has many FREE, interactive as well as downloadable PDF files that contain games, lessons, activities, and experiments that teach kids in grades K-12 about water. From the water cycle to filtration of drinking water, kids get an education on all aspects of water including underground wells and water treatment facilities.

All of the information is accompanied by colorful animations and illustrations making it very inviting to students. When you get to the site you will see 2 categories: For Kids and For Teachers separated by grade levels. Choose the level you are interested in to see the games and activities for that level.

When you are through exploring the menu items, click on “Other Stuff for Kids” on the left side bar. A new page opens with links to resources for additional lesson plans and activities such as: 

  • Homework resources
  • Student awards and contests
  • Games, quizzes, and more
  • Videos about the environment

Note: A few of the links are dead on the main page – but there is plenty of accessible info, notably the EPA pages and the USGS Water Education pages with many free lessons, coloring pages, and downloadable activities.

Science & Technology of WWII

April 18th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 18, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The National WWII Museum

(www.ww2sci-tech.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National WWII Museum offers this website with free information, lessons, and activities about the science and technology of World War II. WWII spawned some of the most substantial and controversial technological innovations brought about by historic advances in science and math.  

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction. Just click on the menu items to explore the site that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans – Designed for classroom teachers, these lessons can be tweaked for home education. Learn how moon phases and tides were used to plan the D-Day invasion, discover how sonar and radar technology helped win the war, solve some math word problems about anti-aircraft firing.
  • Dark Room – Check out a photo gallery of WWII artifacts that include radar components, materials related to the Manhattan Project, medical equipment, coding equipment, meteorological maps, artillery, and more.
  • Timeline – Explore an interactive timeline of the science and technology of WWII.
  • Activities – Check out the Top Ten Scientific Achievements of WWII, take a Sci-Tech Quiz, send and decipher a coded message.
  • Free Poster – Download a free WWII Science & Technology poster.

You’ll also find great videos in the “Ask the Expert” section.

Walk through Time with History Games

April 13th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 13, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Walk through Time

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/walk/games_index.shtml)

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

 

The archived Walk Through Time website is from the BBC television series of the same name. While geared for ages 7-9, it provides entertainment and education that the whole family can enjoy about the following eras in history: Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian, and the 1950’s.

As explained in the Teachers/Parents section, “The site does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to any one particular period, but rather an exploration of change, development and chronology.”

When you get to the site you will see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Odd-One-Out Games – Choose an era in history. A picture of a typical street scene or home setting appears on the screen. Your job is to detect what items in the picture do not belong in the scene and send it through “The Time Tunnel.”
  • The TimeStrip – This offers the opportunity to explore the personalities of people living in different eras of history.
  • What Came First? – A randomly generated series of pictures from various historical eras are presented on the screen. Your job is to put them in chronological order.
  • In Living Memory – This section provides a guided activity that encourages kids to interview relatives or neighbors and create a living history of their lives.
  • Print and Do – Printable activities to do offline that explore historical eras.

All of the games and activities can be used to enhance the study of Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian or post WWII history. They can also be used as a starting point for a lesson about the lives of men, women and children during different historical eras. Use it to discuss the differences in people’s lives based on their place in society (i.e., from peasants to kings). These activities are also great conversation starters and can generate discussion about changes in living conditions, work, transportation, clothes, food, architecture, and technology through time.

Free Downloadable Art Lessons

April 1st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 1, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Project ARTiculate

(www.projectarticulate.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Find over 75 art projects and downloadable lesson plans at this website from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) and the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC).

Projects are sorted into 5 art types: 

  • 2-D Art
  • 3-D Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking

Or search for subject related projects for: 

  • English / Language Arts
  • Geography
  • Government & Citizenship
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Skills for a Healthy Life
  • Technology
  • World Languages
  • Cultural Standards

Each project includes: 

  • An image of the finished project and a description
  • Suggested grade level
  • Objectives and assessment criteria
  • Materials list
  • Related vocabulary some with links to definitions
  • Related art elements covered
  • Downloadable PDF of the entire lesson plan with instructions, assessment tools, and more.

With all the lessons neatly laid out, you will want to bookmark this website as you will certainly want to come back to it time and time again.

Math Video Lessons, Activities, & More

January 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, January 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WatchKnowLearn.org

(www.watchknowlearn.org/Category.aspx?CategoryID=81)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

The goal of this website is to collect all the best free educational videos made for children that explain every topic taught in schools including math, in every major language on Earth – and make them available on one website, usefully categorized according to subject and education level.

When you get to the site you’ll see two sections. The “Mathematics” section is on the right side of the page (the Directory to the rest of the site is on the left). Under the math section you’ll see some featured math videos, as well as a menu of math subcategories that include: 

  • Mathematics for Young Learners
  • Number Sense
  • Money
  • Measurement
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Logic and Set Theory

Click on any subcategory and a new page opens featuring the videos that have been archived to date. The videos are all free for viewing. The videos are moderated by WatchKnow to ensure appropriate content. 

To share videos, you must open an account (free) that also allows you to track your activities and enter contests. As I mentioned, this site also contains lots of useful video lessons on other topics including: 

  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics
  • And more!

Math & Logic Puzzles and More

January 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, January 2, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Puzzles.com

(www.puzzles.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of fascinating, educational, fun and perplexing puzzles that will not only improve logical thinking, a foundation for mathematical ability, but promote happy interactions among friends and family.

When you get to the site you’ll see the weekly features. You can dive right in or explore the menu that includes: 

  • Puzzles To Play – In this “Puzzle Playground” you’ll find an archive of classic and modern hands-on puzzles that use coins, matches, and pencils as well as other manipulatives that you can find around the house. You can even print out some materials to use for free.
  • Puzzle Links – Get links to some of the best puzzles on the web as determined by the staff at Puzzles.com. There are new links featured every 2 weeks for beginners, advanced, and expert puzzle solvers.
  • More: Puzzles in Education – DON’T MISS THIS! Put your cursor over “More” on the menu and a drop down list will appear with “Puzzles in Education”. Click on that and a new page opens. Use the menu to click on “Hands On Puzzles” and find an array of puzzling activities sorted by grades 1-8 along with advice on how to use puzzles in math education. You’ll enjoy the “Family Brainstorms” too.

There is much, much more at this website to explore that provides, as the website claims, “nice-beautiful-amazing-wonderful-clever-fun things which help us learn and teach, relax and work, create and live.” Bookmark the site to return often. 

Tip: Print out instructions and game pieces to some hands-on puzzles for some fun “family game time”!

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