Posts Tagged ‘education’

PlanetQuest (CSAW)

October 28th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, October 28, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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NASA: PlanetQuest Timeline

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3-Adult; children, with parental supervision)

 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers a multi-media historic timeline of the discovery of planets in our solar system and in others. Turn on your speakers to hear the narration as you watch the video slide show.

Then, visit the main PlanetQuest website with a dazzling array of astronomical science, technology, and incredible multi-media space-themed games, simulations, movies and virtual tours!

There’s something for everyone here – a description simply doesn’t do it justice. This one earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in blending technology with education.

Candy Corn Math Ideas and More!

October 27th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, October 27, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various – see below

 

Age Range: All (All grades: Most of the activities are for Grades K-8, but fun for all.  Parental supervision required.)

 

This website offers an article that contains all kinds of great ideas for how to use candy corn to teach math – from simple concepts for young students to more advanced math problems. In fact, the article refers to the “Internet Math Challenge From the University of Idaho” as a potentially fun math problem for geometry students. (You’ll find the solution HERE.)

Education World: 35 Chocolate Activities

Get a list of fun ideas using M&M’s, chocolate Kisses, candy bars and more to explore math, science, and language arts.

Math Investigations.com’s Candy Math Worksheet

Use M&Ms or other candies to review estimation, grouping, addition, and graphing with this free, printable worksheet.

Halloween Candy Math – Find a list of activities you can do with an assortment of candy including setting up a candy store and making a number book. Other activities teach estimation, measurement, fractions, and more.

Pumpkin Education

October 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, October 22, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various – see below

 

Age Range: 3-Adult (Grades PreK-Adult, children with parental supervision)

We thought you might enjoy some fun ideas for how to learn many different subjects with pumpkins. There is so much material in the websites listed below that you can create a complete pumpkin curriculum! 

Pumpkin Education

Make your own pumpkin curriculum! If you would like to develop a “Pumpkin Unit Study” or a pumpkin-themed curriculum, check out this remarkable educational website from the University of Illinois that includes:

  • Pumpkin History
  • Pumpkin Education – including tons of free lesson plans for pumpkin math, science, language arts, and more!
  • Pumpkin Facts
  • Pumpkin Fun
  • And a directory of pumpkin farms and festivals throughout the U.S.!

Pumpkins for Preschoolers!

Read the article “Pumpkin Fun!” with all kinds of ideas for learning with pumpkins at this site. While this page was created with preschoolers in mind, many of the activities suggested will be fun for the whole family.

Local Harvest: Pumpkin Patch

To find a pumpkin farm near you visit this website. When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of pumpkins with a search box under it. Simply enter your zip code, city, and state and a new screen opens with pumpkin farms and patches near you. Click on any one listed and a new page opens with information on that farm, visiting hours, directions, any fees, etc.
For another resource to locate a pumpkin farm or festival near you try Pumpkin Patches and More.

Movies from the Past for your History Studies

October 16th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 16, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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FedFlix

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are looking for unique and interesting supplements to your history studies, FedFlix from the Internet Archive might just be the ticket. This portion of the website features the “best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors” and much more.
When arriving at the link above, use the search functions to find films for a specific topic, or you can browse the collection several different ways including by subject/keyword, by creator, alphabetically by title or author, or by when added to the site.
A sampling of topics we searched for included:
  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • FDR
  • National Parks
  • Space
  • Vietnam War
  • World War

The thousands of available film footage selections come from hundreds of contributors such as:

  • National Archives And Records Administration
  • House Oversight Committee
  • Department Of Defense
  • House Energy And Commerce
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Committee On Oversight And Government Reform
  • FDR Presidential Library
  • Committee On Energy And Commerce

After finding a film you wish to watch, click the link and you will be taken to the page with the movie along with information about the film and available options for downloading the files if desired.

These historical reels provide an excellent insight into the past and are a great addition to your studies.

Greek Myth Videos, Games, & Activities!

September 24th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 24, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Winged Sandals

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Melbourne University’s Centre for Classics and Archaeology collaborated on this website that uses digital storytelling to provide stories from Greek mythology to inspire the imaginations of children around the world.
As mentioned in the “About” section of the website, “This project was setup…with a view to avoiding the ‘Disneyfication’ or dumbing down of the Classics, while at the same time interpreting the stories and characters of these myths in a contemporary, entertaining and engaging way.”
The timeless stories on video are beautifully rendered animations of mythical people and places. Learning mythology is reinforced with interactive games. There are even off-line activity suggestions for artistic
endeavors.
When you get to the site, choose which version you want to view the site – Flash or HTML. Then click on the interactive map or use the menu that includes:
  • Storytime – Watch and listen to the animated videos of Greek myths that include, “Perseus and Medusa,” “Demeter and Persephone,” and more.
  • Play Games – These online games let you make your own pentatonic music or catch chicken feathers to make wings.
  • Make and Do – Get instructions for art projects you can do offline at home- make a Medusa mask, a Grecian vase, or your own Grecian robe.
  • Who’s Who – Use this searchable online guide to learn about the characters, heroes and gods of Greek mythology.
  • History – Use a list of history links to learn more about everyday life in Classic Greek times.
  • Ask the Oracle – Watch the story of Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi. Ask the Oracle about your future (intended for entertainment).

This site provides a blend of education and technology to make learning fun!

Songs and Games in Spanish

September 20th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, September 20, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Juegos y Canciones

 

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

 

This website was designed by a kindergarten teacher to appeal to the very young, but beginners of all ages can learn something here.
When you get to this website, you can read the long introduction (if you like), that explains this webpage author’s experiences learning and teaching Spanish abroad. (Teachers may find the discussion of bilingual education and second language acquisition of interest.) You will also find a bookstore full of Amazon-linked recommendations, an opportunity to participate in some discussions and help develop curriculum, and information about how families can learn Spanish together through immersion programs in Guatemala or Mexico.

But there’s a special treat at the bottom (scroll way down) under the heading “Songs and Games for You!

Here you will find popular tunes in Spanish such as the classic folk song, “De Colores,” and about a dozen other tunes available in midi or mp3 format (and many are in the downloadable iTunes collection as well). There are also printable lyrics in Spanish, plus games or hand motions or, in one case, a “show” (a series of illustrations) for you to watch while you sing.

There are also about a half dozen other games and activities for Spanish learning. Every page is available in English or Spanish. The email address is provided for the author of each song or activity so that you can contact them directly if you have any questions. Although the lyrics aren’t provided in English, the activity descriptions are often clear enough that you can guess! (And for the words that you can’t guess, just type “translate” into your favorite search engine.)

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