Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

March 14th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 14, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

(www.yourchildlearns.com/geography.htm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can you point to Zimbabwe on a map of Africa? Can you find the Spice Islands? If you use today’s website, you can!

Sponsored by Owl & Mouse Educational Software, the website offers for FREE:

  • Online Interactive maps of the U.S., Europe, Asia, and more.
  • Online Atlas with maps of the countries of every continent.
  • Map Puzzles – These interactive puzzles help you learn geography by assembling maps of Europe, the U.S., Africa, and more!
  • Printable Maps of the world, continents, and countries in large or small sizes.
  • Maps by Place – Choose a location and get a map of Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more!
  • U.S. Geography Mega Quiz with 1100 questions about the United States

Note: To get a good overview of what the site offers and teaching suggestions for how to use the maps – just scroll down below the menu on the home page.

“Maps that Teach” understands that geography is spatial and that kids learn best by doing. As children assemble the maps, they build a permanent mental picture of the world. They learn about the continents and where they are in relation to each other. They learn about the countries of the world, their capitals and major cultural landmarks, and physical features. The free resources here make learning geography easy and fun.

FREE Online Magazine For Kids

March 13th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, March 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Bunk Room

(www.thebunkroom.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Here is a FREE online magazine written entirely by kids for kids called “The Bunk Room.”

The magazine, designed for kids ages 8-18, was started by two brothers who took the initiative to create their own newspaper one night, in their bunk beds (hence, the name) – while they were supposed to be sleeping.

Their mother, who has a publishing background, helped them turn their creation into an online magazine. The boys’ two sisters got in on the act as well. Mom and Dad supervise and help manage the endeavor.

“The Bunk Room” is a publication you can subscribe to, but you can read an issue on the website (scroll down a bit and on the right, there is a small box above “Sign Up for Email Updates.” Click on the middle of that box to open the issue in full-screen mode.)

Back on the home page, click on “In Box” to submit content from kid contributors (with parental/guardian/teacher approval, of course). Some suggested topics are: 

  • Day To Day
  • Road Trip
  • Future Life
  • Summer Camps
  • Good Deeds
  • Poem Corner
  • and more!

Articles can be anywhere from about 150-400 words.

“The Bunk Room” is a fun read for kids – and their quest for kid contributors is sure to inspire your family’s writers, poets, and artists.

Portrait of George Washington

February 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 23, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

George Washington – A National Treasure

(www.georgewashington.si.edu/index.html)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn all about President George Washington with this website from the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery.

Using the full-length portrait, Lansdowne, by Gilbert Stuart as the focal point of this study, visitors can explore the interactive presentations and games to not only examine the portrait but discover interesting facts about George Washington and the time period in which he lived.

When arriving at the site, use the upper menu to navigate to your area of interest. Select from: 

  • The Portrait – Geared towards older students and adults, use the interactive portrait to examine it in detail from three different vantage points: symbolic, biographic, and artistic.
  • Kids – Solve clues to not only discover what is missing in the portrait but also learn interesting facts as to why the items may have been included in the painting. The kid section also includes: 
    • The Patriot Papers – interactive activities such as matching games, crossword puzzles, word searches and more as well as downloadable articles from The Patriot Papers published by the Office of Education at the National Portrait Gallery which include a student and teacher version of the publishing
    • Teacher Guide – Find extra activities and lessons plans to further enhance your studies here.
    • Family Guide – Discover great topical discussion ideas as well as interesting information.
    • Wallpaper – a couple of downloadable images of Washington for your desktop
  • Washington’s Life – Explore the life and times of George Washington with this timeline.
  • Exhibition – Learn more about the painting and its artist as well as try out a couple of samples of the traveling interactives.

This website provides a unique way to learn about the first president of the United States and a fun addition to your history studies.

Classical Music Learning for Kids

February 16th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 16, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Go Classical For Kids

(classicalkusc.org/kids/)

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

 

This website offers one of the best, web-based educational activities on classical music that we’ve seen – designed just for kids!

When you get to the site choose from the following icons to watch and listen: 

  • Hansel & Gretel – Learn about opera and interactively control the elements in the scenes. Includes lesson plans, text transcripts form the game, a quiz to test knowledge, and hands on activities.
  • Scheherazade Interactive – The symphonic music of Rimsky-Korsakov is set to the story of “The Thousand and One Arabian Nights.” Parents can enjoy this activity using the listening guides on each screen and four music games for kids. Don’t forget to click on the “oil jars” at the bottom of the screen for further learning. Includes free, downloadable teachers’ lessons and guides.
  • Brahms – This online educational experience sets Brahms’ music to a story about Brahms and the culture of Vienna Austria in the 1890s. It includes chamber music, listening guides, and games. Includes free, downloadable teachers’ lessons and guides.
  • Alan Chapman Studio – Take a virtual tour of classical radio station KUSC, 91.5 FM, Los Angeles, with a popular radio host!
  • Family Listening Activity – Enjoy listening to music that imitates the sound of water. Classical pieces have been selected wherein the music sounds like a ship on the sea, a mermaid’s song, a storm, a river, and a fountain. This listen-and-learn exercise comes with simple, helpful text and suggestions that parents – who don’t have any previous experience in music education – can do and enjoy with their children.

And more!

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Backyard Bird Count

(www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count)

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

 

Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” scheduled for February 15-18, 2019.

This annual event, sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is your opportunity to join a citizen-science project (for kids, teens, and adults) that helps scientists collect data and investigate far-reaching questions about bird populations.

It only takes as little as 15 minutes on one day. You simply count the birds you see in your backyard and turn in the results. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the scientists to help the birds.

To learn how to participate go to The Great Backyard Birdcount website. Use the menu to register, learn about birds, and view the bird photo gallery.


Now, if this sparks your family’s interest in birds, you are sure to enjoy this website: WhatBird.com. Use a tool that helps you to identify a bird by what it looks like. You simply enter its attributes such as habitat, size, color, body shape, bill shape, etc., to drill down results, choosing as many options as you can along the way.

Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

January 29th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Computer Science Unplugged

(csunplugged.org/en/topics/)

Age Range: 5-15 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free lessons and activities that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Google and Microsoft.

Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see the five topics: 

  • Binary Numbers
  • Kidbots
  • Sorting Networks
  • Error detection and correction
  • Searching Algorithms

There are 3-6 lessons in each topic – there’s also a unit plan along with curriculum integrations. Some of the choices are: 

  • Binary Candles or Normal Candles on your Cake
  • Storytelling
  • Growing into a butterfly
  • Quick card flip magic
  • Where is my hat
  • and more!

You’ll also find photos and some videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

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