Posts Tagged ‘kids’

The Science of Autumn Leaves Video

October 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Biology – Autumn Leaves

(kidsbiology.com/biology-videos/autumn-leaves/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-10, with parental supervision)

 

The KidsKnowIt Network (now part of Education.com) offers a series of free science videos, including the one featured in this review that explains the science of autumn leaves.

When you get to the site you’ll see the title “Autumn Leaves” and a video screen. Click on “Play” to launch the video to learn about: 

  • Autumn leaves and colors
  • Chlorophyll
  • Carotenoids
  • Anthocyanins
  • Tree types and their leaf colors

An animated host with a robotic voice narrates the video that explains why leaves change color in autumn. It’s a great introduction to the science of fall leaves and may springboard your child’s interest to learn more.

When you’re through watching the autumn leaf video, use the menu on the left side of the page to watch more free, educational videos on topics that include: 

  • Acids and Bases
  • DNA
  • Food Chains
  • X-Rays

And more!

Drawing Portraits Video Lessons

October 20th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 20, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Learn to Draw Portraits

(www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DE90A0B005052EFB)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

PARENTAL WARNING: The lessons featured today are on YouTube.com. While the content of the “Learn To Draw Portraits” lessons that we have reviewed are suitable for general audiences, the YouTube format is such that you may see questionable content in the sidebars and/or in the comment section (below the video). Both sections continually change. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should review the lessons WITH their children.

This ClickScholar recommended website offers a series of free lessons on how to draw portraits – no previous experience necessary! The artist who developed this entertaining series prefaces the lessons with lectures that offer scientific explanations on how the human eye and brain perceive light and form. Understanding the science behind the art removes the “mystery” of how to create portraits and makes it seem “doable” for amateurs and reluctant artists.

When you get to the site the lessons are listed to the right. Simply select a lesson, watch the video and enjoy the lecture by this quirky, laid back, and very talented artist-instructor. There are 12 video lessons in all that cover:  

  • Value and Contrast
  • Graphite and Eraser
  • Sketching
  • Value Shapes
  • Measuring

While that short list above may seem mundane – the lecture/demonstrations are engaging and you’ll be drawing portraits in no time at all. We posted the age range as 10 and up, but there are aspects of these video lessons that younger children may enjoy as well with constant parental supervision.

The artist, who introduces himself as “Jason,” is also a speed-painter with a sense of humor. In fact, taking a cue from the popular comedian Jeff Foxworthy, he suggests “you might be a redneck if you finger-paint with barbeque sauce” – and, just for fun, demonstrates how to do it on his YouTube channel, Eclectic Asylum Art.

Better stock up on the BBQ sauce before sharing this video with the kids – they’re sure to want to try it!

Fun, Interactive Grammar Exercises

October 10th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Bytes

(www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Do you or your students think learning English grammar “bites”?  Then, check out this website developed by a college English professor with attitude. She’s irreverent and funny and has devised a way to provide meaningful grammar lessons and interactive drills and quizzes that won’t bore your kids to death.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: Terms – Detailed definitions of grammar terminology including: 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Dangling Modifier
  • Gerund
  • Nouns
  • Participle
  • Semicolon
  • Verbs
  • And plenty more!

When you are finished here return to the home page menu to locate: 

  • Exercises – Interactive exercises (lessons) to help students learn correct grammar usage. Topics include comma splices, fragments, irregular verbs, misplaced modifiers, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, etc.
  • Handouts – FREE handouts in PDF files that are companions to the exercises that students can do offline.
  • Videos at YouTube – A short selection of fun, entertaining videos and animations that teach grammar.

Just click on any menu item title (in black) and a new page opens where you can access the free materials.

You might want to click on the “About” section as well, where you’ll meet Professor Robin and discover her views on grammar instruction.

Fun Grammar Lessons, Videos, & Activities

October 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammaropolis

(www.grammaropolis.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 to adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website provides really entertaining videos, e-books, and interactive games designed to help kids learn the parts of speech and grammarYou have to pay to access all of the programs on the site BUT there is plenty of free content that your children will enjoy as well.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a video with explanations about the program, followed by a menu where you can explore samples of the books, videos, quizzes, and games that are included in the “Grammaropolis” program.

The easiest way to explore the free grammar content is to use the horizontal menu buttons at the top of the home page. Place your cursor over each button to see what topic it covers including:

  • Nouns – Learn about common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, and abstract, compound, and collective nouns.
  • Verbs – Discover action verbs along with transitive, intransitive, and linking verbs.
  • Adjectives – Find out about possessive, demonstrative, interrogative, comparative, and superlative adjectives. Learn about articles, too!
  • Adverbs – Explore adverbs, adverb clauses, and comparative and superlative adverbs.
  • Pronouns – Learn about subjective and objective personal pronouns.  Study possessive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, intensive, reflexive, and relative pronouns.
  • Conjunctions  – Find out how conjunctions join words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence. Learn about coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions.
  • Learn how to identify and use prepositions and interjections, too!

Click on any topic and a new screen opens where you can take an animated mini-tutorial. Just click on the arrows to scroll to each new page. Scroll down below the invitation to “join today” to choose from free: 

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Quizzes
  • Games
  • Apps

This multimedia resource developed by a classroom teacher is appealing to a variety of learning styles. The free content here is a great way to introduce parts of speech or review them.

Popcorn Science and More!

October 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 2, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Popcorn.org

(www.popcorn.org/Learn/For-Teachers/Teaching-Tools1)

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

 

October is National Popcorn Month and at Popcorn.org you will find all kinds of lessons and activities themed around popcorn to help you celebrate.

When you get to the site you will see the list of Lesson Plans written for the classroom; but they can be tweaked for homeschooling as well. The ones related to science include: 

  • Agricultural Sciences – how new plants are made, how seeds come through the soil, seed germination tests, and more
  • Agriculture Science Projects – projects using chemistry, botany, environmental sciences and microbiology
  • Health Sciences/Nutrition – popcorn in the food pyramid
  • Science – growing popcorn, the effect of moisture on popcorn, popcorn color comparison, and more

Be sure to check out the popcorn worksheets, coloring sheets and activities listed on the left sidebar menu for kids. There’s also a list of popcorn-related books.

This site is sure to whet the kids’ appetites for popcorn – so make sure you have some in the house before you visit the site!

Wildflower Coloring Pages

September 29th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 29, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildflower Coloring Pages

(www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/coloring/index.shtml)

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

 

Grab your crayons, colored pencils and markers and get ready to color some beautiful wildflowers while learning about them.

This page from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service supplies printable and downloadable images of wildflowers as well as weeds. 

There are four choices at today’s link: 

  • Color Wildflowers – From the Alpine Forget-Me-Not to the Yellow Stonecrop, choose from 44 different flowers, each of which includes information about the plant.
  • Color of Flowers – Each sheet includes 4 color-by-number flowers.
  • Coloring Books – Choose from 7 different wildflower coloring book PDFs.
  • Color Noxious Weeds – Learn about noxious weeds and color their picture.

There are more wildflower activities for kids available on the left-hand sidebar including vocabulary, puzzles and more teacher resources.

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