Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Summer Solstice and Summer Projects!

June 16th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PBS Parents – Summer Science Projects

(http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/science/tips/summer-science-projects/)

 

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

In 2015, the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT. This year, Father’s Day is also celebrated on the 21st!
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.

This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Look at this nifty Sunrise and sunset calculator located at FarmersAlmanac.com for how many hours of sunlight you’ll get at your location.

PBS Parents, along with a wonderful article from Science Buddies, offer some fun summer projects for kids. When you get to the website enjoy reading the article and learn about fun summer projects like: 

  • Really Big Bubble Makers
  • Bird Feeders
  • Sun Prints
  • Newspaper Kites
  • Silly Putty
  • Salt/Cloud Dough
  • Ooblek/Slime/Gak/Flubber
Don’t stop there though! Continue by investigating the sidebar links to find: 
  • Science Milestones for Kids
  • More Science Activities
  • Science Games
  • Science Tips
There is a lot to explore at the top menu too. Start with the “education” button and return often for more ideas.

Free Printable Math Worksheets & More

June 15th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 15, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

KidZone Math

 

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

KidZone is part of the DLTK family of ad-supported, educational websites. This review focuses on the Mathematics portion of the site, where there are plenty of free math worksheets and activities to print and do.
When you get to the site you’ll find: 
  • Math Games –
    • on-line, timed Basic Facts addition, subtraction and multiplication quizzes (Good for any grade – improve basic skills)
    • Math Brain Teaser (Grade 3 and up) – very fun to try!
    • Mathematical Magic Trick – (practice your 2 times tables and 5 times tables)
    • Mathematical Magic Trick – Calculator – (practice using a calculator)
  • Free Printable Worksheets – You can select your desired grade level, theme (farm, jungle, ocean, holidays, and more), and activity type including:
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Multiplication
    • Division
    • Geometry
    • Word Problems

Many of the worksheets are different every time they load, for virtually unlimited practice sets.

  • Other Links – These lead to sections of DLTK sister sites with supplementary fun coloring pages and activities to reinforce counting, number recognition, and other early math concepts.
When you are finished, be sure to explore the other areas of this site for printable worksheets relating to Language Arts, Science, Geography, and more.

News For Kids

June 11th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, June 11, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

DOGOnews.com

 

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

 

This website from DOGO Media provides visitors ages 5-13 with continually updated news articles featuring current events and interesting non-fiction content sure to keep them coming back for more time and time again.
When arriving at the link, visitors will find the latest articles. Articles can be sorted by age levels by selecting the “Grades” button in the upper right or articles can be sorted and searched by categories such as: 
  • Current Events
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Social studies
  • Did you know
  • Green
  • General
  • Entertainment
  • International
  • Amazing
  • Fun
  • Video
After selecting an article to read, you will also find colored icons above the article which, when selected, provide lesson plan suggestions for Common Core Standards and how the article meets the National Academy of Science Standards and the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. There are also icons with links to other grade level articles, links to puzzles, ways to share the article, and the option to print it out.

In addition to colorful images and sometimes videos accompanying the engaging news story there are comprehension questions, a critical thinking challenge question, vocabulary, and geography information.

If parents would like to sign up for a free teacher’s account, they can: 

  • Build lesson plans that use the news articles
  • Construct reading lists
  • Add favorite websites
  • Make an online class calendar
  • Encourage social learning
A free student’s account allows the student to: 
  • Design an avatar
  • Receive badges and points
  • “Follow other DOGO users”
  • Share thoughts about the articles
  • And more.
Be sure to bookmark this site and check back often as new content is added daily. This website not only provides an abundance of resources to use with your history studies of current events but also can be used to supplement your language arts studies.

When you are finished investigating this website, be sure to check out the other DOGO sites using the links in the upper menu.

Explore Music with Chuck Vanderchuck

June 6th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 6, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion

(http://pbskids.org/chuck/)

 

Age Range: 6-9 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

Join PBS characters Chuck Vanderchuck, Ramona, and Chuck’s dog, Zeppelin, on an interactive exploration of music genres, instruments, ear training, and music composition. (You’ll need Adobe Flash Player 9 Plug-in installed on your computer to view this site.)
When arriving at the game page, select from: 
  • Jam Sessions – Use the arrows to choose a music genre, then click play to learn about that genre. Next play the 3 games below to open the Main Gig to apply what you have learned and win your award: 
    • Lyrical Solarium – fill in the blanks to write lyrics
    • What Sounds Like What – discover the sounds of instruments used to play different music genres
    • Zen of Composition – learn how patterns are used in music to make songs
  • Dance Beat Explosion – Choose the character you want to play as then answer the questions to earn ‘dance moves’. At the end of the game the winner gets to use their moves to make their character perform the dance. If you have a web cam you can watch yourself dance on the screen.
  • Costume box – just for fun, dress up the characters in attire related to a musical style, take a picture, and print out if you want
  • Road Trip – choose a music genre then, in this classic video game style game, use your keyboard to move along the route to collect points and the musical instruments needed. But be careful of the dangers along the way because you only have 5 lives to complete your mission.
  • Awards – check out the awards you have collected playing the games.
There are also great resources for Parents and Teachers found by clicking the links at the bottom of the home page. The parent’s page includes an overview of the site, information about the show, the characters, and music genres as well as additional downloadable activities to keep the learning going. In the teacher’s area find video clips about the music genres and information about which games relate to the genre.

While this website may be geared for elementary aged students, it can easily be enjoyed by older students. With the help of this site, learning musical concepts is a fun and entertaining experience.

Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

June 1st, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 1, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Let’s Play Math

(http://letsplaymath.net/2007/07/28/egyptian-math-in-hieroglyphs/)

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 4-12, varies by website, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific blog (by a homeschool mom) offers a series of free math challenges using hieroglyphs.
Designed for younger students (about 8-14), you’ll find several links to resources that include: 
  • Hieroglyphic Addition & Subtraction – This downloadable and printable pdf offers a few fun math problems in hieroglyphs for kids.
  • Ten Hieroglyphs Lessons – Learn more about hieroglyphs with ten free lessons including a lesson on “Numbers and Dates.”
From the main page, you can click on links to these other fun math activities too: 
  • The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure
  • The Mysterious Temporal Freeze
  • The Secret of Egyptian Fractions
  • The Puzzling Pythagorean Pebbles
Want more? Explore this website:

Eyelid Productions: Ancient Egyptian Number Hieroglyphs

This commercial and ad-supported website is a treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian history that contains a small section devoted to number hieroglyphs complete with a few math problems you can solve using hieroglyphs. It’s geared for ages 10-16, and offers a fun way to learn a little math and history. Be sure to explore the rest of this site that includes information on pyramids, temples, kings and queens, mummification, etc.

Paper Modeling for Art and More

May 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, May 23, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Currell.net Free Models (http://www.currell.net/models/mod_free.htm)

 

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Enter the world of card modeling (or paper modeling) with the free models available at this website. Using paper to create models is a centuries-old and challenging hobby. With the advent of home computers, internet, and printers, this hobby created increased interest.
At this website, visitors can download files for free, print to card stock, and create their own paper models of: 
  • Airplanes
  • Airships
  • Spacecraft
  • Rockets
  • Buildings
  • Land Vehicles
  • Ships
  • Fictional Items
  • And more.
Each model provides a skill level so that visitors can select those that they find appropriate for their experience. A good paper model to start with would be the Canada Post Letter Box which is a skill level 1/5. Each model page provides a brief description of the subject and a link to see photos of the finished project as well as the downloadable files with instructions and the parts to create your model. Some models include:
  • Skill level 2
    • FMX-4 Facetmobile
    • RVT Re-Usable Rocket
    • World War II Airfield Buildings
    • Eurotunnel Shuttle Locomotive
  • Skill level 3
    • Concorde
    • Graf Zeppelin
    • Cardington Airship Shed
    • Titanic
  • Skill level 4
    • N-1 Rocket Booster
    • Link Trainer

Whether an experienced CAD modeler or just being introduced to the hobby, these free models could add hands-on fun for older students to your history or science studies.

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