Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

August 7th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 

  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, killer clams, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Math Fun Facts

August 6th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 6, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mudd Math Fun Facts

(www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/about.shtml)

Age Range: 12 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website was originally designed as a warm-up activity for calculus courses taught at Harvard. In an effort to help college students see the interesting stuff that motivates mathematicians to study the subject, a professor began to tell his students “Fun Facts” – or daily mathematical tidbits from all areas of mathematics (not just calculus), meant to arouse their curiosity and fascination with the subject. The students loved it. That motivated the professor to archive the “Fun Facts” that he and his colleagues collected at today’s website. Even though this is designed for college level students, there are ideas and math patterns that will fascinate and challenge students of many grade levels and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then, use the combination menu and search engine on the left to get “Fun Facts” about: 

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Number Theory
  • Probability
  • Topology
  • and more!

A nice feature is that you can search by difficulty level from “Easy” to “Advanced” in any of the subject categories. Once you make your selection a new page appears with a menu of “Fun Facts” from which to choose. Click on any one of these and a new page opens that explains and illustrates the concept. “Fun Facts” not only challenges those skilled in mathematics, but it provides a way to give less skilled students a glimpse of advanced mathematics. Students will become familiar with math vocabulary and “buzzwords” even if they don’t fully understand what they mean. It might just spring-board their curiosity to do some further research that will enhance their math education.

Study Spanish for Free

August 4th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 4, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

123 Teach Me: Spanish for Children

(www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the larger 123 Teach Me website provides lessons, games, quizzes, videos and more for kids who are learning Spanish.

Older students can visit the home page to find resources for learning Spanish geared more towards their age level. For the purposes of this review we are focusing on the Spanish for Children page

When arriving at the kids’ page, there is a colorful menu with the following options: 

  • Spanish Games for Kids – Students can choose from 12 different games to learn and practice their Spanish. Be sure to have your Flash enabled to play the games.
  • Games for Younger Kids – Younger children can play simpler games such as Memory, Spanish Bingo, Space Invader and more to learn Spanish vocabulary.
  • Flashcard & Vocabulary – digital flash card and activities for learning vocabulary
  • Spanish Alphabet for Kids – Learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet with visuals and audios as well as sample words that begin with the letter.
  • Alphabet Videos & Quizzes – a couple of alphabet song videos, as well as letter flashcards and quizzes
  • Music Videos for Kids – YouTube videos of Spanish songs that also provide the words in Spanish and English
  • Quizzes for Kids – Students can test themselves with matching games, word searches and more.
  • Short Stories + Quizzes – video presentations in Spanish of classic tales such as Midas the King, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Each video includes the text of the story in Spanish and English and an interactive quiz.
  • Audio Short Stories – similar to the Short Stories + Quizzes section, audios include the text in Spanish and English as well as interactive activities.
  • Spanish Numbers for Kids, Spanish Colors for Kids, Spanish Vocabulary for Kids – include a variety of interactive activities for children to learn words in Spanish
  • Printable Worksheets – a large variety of worksheets for vocabulary, printable lessons, short stories, flash cards, crafts and more
  • Spanish Speaking Countries – a short geography lesson relating to the countries where Spanish is the official language

Select the “Next” option on the bottom of the menu for even more content for Grammar Lessons, Videos in Spanish, Reading Comprehension, Fun Lessons, and Spanish Holidays. There are a lot of great resources at this website and we have only scratched the surface. Be sure to bookmark this one.

* Please note that some of the activities are on other websites that have not been completely reviewed by our team. As always, be sure to check out the sites prior to allowing children to visit.

Weekly ‘Bring Science Home’ Activities!

July 31st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 31, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scientific American: Bring Science Home

(www.scientificamerican.com/section.cfm?id=bring-science-home)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision, and fun for the whole family)

 

This ad-supported site from Scientific American features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday “which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less.”

Get instructions and explanations for a bunch of interesting experiments that cover a variety of scientific topics with intriguing titles such as: 

  • Does It Sink or Float? Depends on the Soap!
  • Tune Up Your Rubber Band Guitar!
  • Play a Memory Game with Your Nose!
  • And lots more!

Back on the home page, find videos under the “Type” drop-down menu to watch entertaining videos that demonstrate fun scientific experiments such as: 

  • How to Make Oobleck
  • How to Make Mini-Craters with Mini-Meteors
  • How to Make A Homemade Compass

When you’re through checking out what’s available in the “Bring Science Home” section, be sure to explore the rest of the massive Scientific American site. Click on the “Citizen Science” tabs under “Education” on the horizontal menu for volunteer research opportunities for budding scientists of all ages.

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

July 30th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 30, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Absurd Math

(www.learningwave.com/abmath/index.html)

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.

As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy clues are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46” and “Level -3”; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion. FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include: 

  • Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
  • Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
  • The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
  • Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.

By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

Ice Cream Science

July 24th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, July 24, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ice Cream Science

(www.thoughtco.com/how-to-make-ice-cream-in-a-bag-602195)

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

 

Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. We thought it might be fun to learn science through ice cream!

At this website you will find instructions for a science experiment for making ice cream in a baggie. In addition to the recipe, learn the science involved in making ice cream including: What is the freezing point depression? And why do we add salt to the ice?

Want more ice cream science? You’ll get it from Professor Goff, Ph.D. with the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. His site offers the history of ice cream, the composition of ice cream, the structure of ice cream with emulsions and foams, and more!

Also, Get the Scoop on Baking Ice Cream! Did you know you can bake ice cream? Using egg whites as an insulator helps. Find out all about it at this website!

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