Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

January 30th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 30, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CELLS Alive!

(www.cellsalive.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cellsIt was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.


When you get to the site, click on a link of interest or scroll over “Contents” in the menu bar to explore categories that include: 

  • Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.
  • Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.
  • Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.
  • Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

Under “Explore” in the menu bar, you can also examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle (mitosis), watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can purchase downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content. 

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 6 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too  – parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 29th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 29, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section

(www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/hosted-sites/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fib.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

In the 13th century, Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents. 

Our suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too). 

After listening to the interview, head over to the introductory page that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!

Crafts for Kids

January 20th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

All Free Kids Crafts

(www.allfreekidscrafts.com/)

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

 

Find hundreds of crafting projects to do with kids of all ages at this website from Prime Publishing.

Collected together from other websites, this site “provides tutorials, videos, and how-to content for parents and teachers.” Use the topics in the “Categories” side bar menu to search for: 

  • Animal Crafts for Kids
  • Bath Crafts for Kids
  • Costumes and Clothes
  • Decorative Crafts
  • Edible Kids’ Crafts
  • Game Crafts
  • Holiday Crafts for Kids
  • Homemade Gifts
  • Homemade Toys
  • Instruments and Music for Kids
  • Learning Activities for Children
  • Outdoor Crafts and Activities
  • Paint, Sculpt & Color
  • Play & Pretend
  • Recycled Kids’ Crafts
  • Seasonal Kids’ Crafts
  • Sports Crafts
  • Travel Activities for Kids

And much more. Not sure what you are looking for? Check out the “Project of the Day” in the left sidebar for inspiration.

Visitors can also register for free on the site for a user account that offers additional features including a personal kids Craft Box to save your favorite crafting ideas that you found on the site.

Bookmark this website as your go-to place for all things kids-crafty.

Online Art & Music Story Books for Kids

January 13th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 13, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MightyBook

(www.mightybook.com/art_and_music.html)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to access a variety of illustrated, animated, and narrated children’s online books that introduce kids to works of art masters set to the music of classical composers.

When you get to the site you will see links to these online engaging art and music books: 

  • Bach and Van Gogh – This delightful book plays beautiful Bach symphony music while slowly showing you images of artwork by Van Gogh.
  • Remington & Dvorak – This mash up combines powerful images of the American West by Frederick Remington accompanied by the strong and adventurous sounds of Antonin Dvorak.
  • Carnival of Harlequin – Drag and drop puzzles pieces to assemble the whimsical art of Joan Miro while listening to the airy sounds of Tchaikovsky. Links in this book let you learn more about the artist and composer through pictures and narration.
  • Mona and Beethoven – This silly little interlude features a talking Mona Lisa, barely tolerating Beethoven’s jokes as he makes attempts at comedy.
  • And much more.

When viewing these free sample books, you will also see some random advertisements. Parents, as always, should supervise Internet use. (This company does offer the books without advertising for a paid membership.)

When you’re through exploring the Art and Music section, check out some of the other free online activity books also available on this site.

Tunes That Teach Language Arts & More!

January 10th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Music Room

(www.suzyred.com/music.html)

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

 

Rote memorization of grammar and spelling rules can be boring and ineffective. When you set rules to music – they are easier to remember.

That’s the premise of this site that provides songs that teach language arts rules such as: 

  • Contractions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Vowel Rules
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns, Adjectives, & Verbs
  • Spelling Rules
  • Vocabulary
  • and much more

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Language Arts songs – just click on the topic of interest to you and a new page opens displaying the lyrics to the song that is set to familiar music. In most cases, you will hear an audio clip of the music as well. Not only that, some of the titles link to other sites with fun music videos.

When you’re through learning about Language Arts, check out the rest of the menu to find songs that help kids learn Math, Science, and Social Studies. There are even “Just for Fun Songs” that include links to other sites with popular children’s music.

In some instances on the site, you will find information about how to purchase some of the music on CD. There is no obligation to purchase to hear most of the musical lessons provided on the site.

New Mexico History and More

January 4th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 4, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

New Mexico Secretary of State – Kids Corner

(www.sos.state.nm.us/Kids_Corner/default.aspx)

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

 

New Mexico entered the Union on January 6, 1912. Explore its history, geography and more with this portion of the New Mexico Secretary of State website.

Using the left-hand sidebar menu, choose from the following topics: 

  • Native Americans – Learn about the people who lived in the region before the first Spaniards settled there.
  • Hispanic Culture – Discover the influence of Spanish culture and Spanish founding families of New Mexico.
  • New Mexico Government – Find out more about the current governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and their duties.
  • State Symbols – Explore the state symbols including a few not so common ones such as state aircraft, state guitar, and state bolo tie.
  • Geography – See maps of the state with links to other websites.
  • Coloring Book – Download the PDF activity book with pictures to color and a matching activity.
  • State Songs – Examine information and download PDF sheet music of the various state songs.
  • Other Links – sites to learn about the presidency.
  • Past NM Secretaries of State – Learn about the first New Mexico Secretary of State and subsequent secretaries.

Informative text and images make this website a good addition to your state study collection.

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