Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Energy Balance Curriculum

July 1st, 2014


It’s Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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Together Counts-Energy Balance Curriculum


Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)


Together Counts describe themselves as a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind their program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. “Calories in, calories out.” Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity – especially childhood obesity – by 2015.
The Energy Balance 101 curriculum is designed to promote physical activity and inspire kids to be mindful of their daily energy balance for life. The activities provided are designed to be fun, playful, and motivational; age-appropriate and inclusive of all skill levels and abilities; and suitable indoors and out of doors. Although these activities are educational and nutrition- or fitness-oriented, they are more casual than a lesson plan and can be adapted to use at your own pace. Many encourage free-form outdoor play and teach fun games that incorporate physical activity. This resource is available in English and Spanish in a number of levels:
  • Pre-K
  • K-2nd grade
  • 3rd – 5th grade

When you get to the Homeschool Headquarters page of the website, download the curriculum by clicking on your age-range preference in the middle of the page. Then go to the navigation menu at the top and click on “tips and tools” to find these 3 fun interactives designed to teach key Energy Balance concepts:

  • Power Up
  • The Anatomy of a Food Label
  • The Scales of Energy

And check out the blog to read articles about things like:

  • Family Fitness
  • Healthy Living
  • Meal Planning

Bookmark this site and come back often to get the most out of the information offered here.

History Lessons from the Civil War Trust

June 26th, 2014


It’s Thursday, June 26, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Civil War Trust Curriculum


Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)


Presented by the non-profit Civil War Trust, this website provides downloadable lesson plans with companion PowerPoint presentations and assessments as well as 360 degree battlefield panoramas, maps, photographs, videos, puzzles, bonus quizzes and much more.
When arriving at the link above, choose from Elementary, Middle School, and High School curriculum. Topics covered include:
  • Disunion
  • The Country Goes to War
  • Antietam and Emancipation
  • Life at War
  • The Home Front
  • Shifting Tides
  • Bringing the War to an End
  • Effects of War
  • Preserving the Memory

Each topic provides a variety of lesson plans as well as links to other resources to enhance your studies. Lessons may be used online or downloaded.

Use the navigation bars at the top of the page to access the 360 degree panoramas of Chancellorsville, Chattanooga, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Antietam battlefields which also include embedded videos and other informative images and texts. Select the IN4 videos on the top navigation bar to watch short videos that concisely explain basic Civil War topics. Many of the video pages include links to additional history articles, primary sources, and more classroom materials.

Click the “Education” link, then “Teachers” and look on the side bar menu for more classroom resources, a Civil War coloring book, crossword puzzles, and more. Under the “Education” link select the “Students” option for students to learn more about the Civil War on their own. Some topics that may intrigue your student are:

  • 10 Facts About the Civil War
  • Children in the Civil War
  • Student Created Videos
  • Railroads of the Confederacy
  • The American Journey of the Bond Family
  • Music of the 1860s

There is so much to explore at this website to enrich your Civil War studies that you will want to bookmark this website for easy access.

Free Science with Watermelons!

June 24th, 2014


It’s Tuesday, June 24, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: All (with parental guidance)


It’s watermelon season! Use this refreshing summer treat to beat the heat and learn science! At this website you’ll find a “Teacher Toolkit” with watermelon-themed science lessons for grades 3-12 (along with an activity for little learners too).

When you get to the site click on “Printable Worksheets” on the menu on the left side of the page and a new page will open. You’ll see a menu of lessons for a variety of subjects (language arts, math, social studies) and science. The science lessons include:

  • An Edible Cell Activity
  • The Science of Watermelon Seeds
  • The Science of Seedless Watermelons
  • Watermelons and Weather
  • Will Watermelons Float?
  • And more

Click on any lesson and a printable .pdf file opens with the complete lesson, instructions, materials list, etc. When you’re through exploring the lessons, use the same menu to access “Activities and Games” that includes info on how to grow a watermelon, watermelon-themed stories, and a word search. You can also access recipes, coloring sheets and even sing along to a watermelon song in English or Spanish!

Be sure to click on the menu on the right side of your screen to print out additional holiday-themed activity sheets, learn some interesting facts about watermelon, get some healthy eating tips, and find out how to host a “Watermelon Day” – a fun idea for a homeschool support group!

Turkey Hill Ice Cream Factory Tour

June 20th, 2014


It’s Friday, June 20, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Turkey Hill Experience


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


I scream, you scream, we all scream for an ice cream factory tour! At this website sponsored by the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania, explore Turkey Hill Dairy to learn how Rocky Road ice cream is made – from when the milk arrives at the factory until the ice cream leaves the factory freezers.
Using the images above the presentation window, easily navigate through the animated slides. Each slide is accompanied by informational text in a bubble beside the slide. Hover around the slide to find the red circled or boxed item to reveal additional fun facts. Cute sound effects play when viewing the slides.

When you are done with your virtual tour, select the “Snapshots” option on the side bar under the “Plan & Learn” option to view nostalgic photos from Turkey Hill Dairy. To see images of the Turkey Farm Experience, select the “Photo Gallery” option on the side bar.

And, if you are lucky enough to be able to visit the Turkey Hill Experience in person, check out the “Education” link under “Groups” on the sidebar to find lesson plans for grades K-6 that you can use to expand your visit.

Ice cream is a favorite summertime treat enjoyed by young and old alike. After visiting this site you will want to head for the freezer for your favorite ice cream treat.

FREE K-12 Science Curriculum

June 17th, 2014


It’s Tuesday, June 17, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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Math/Science Nucleus


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


A production of the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, this site offers free hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science, and technology for Grades K-12 based on over 23 years of research on how children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for classroom use with the recognition that parents may use them for home study.
The site offers for free:
  • Elementary Curriculum (K-6) – A complete science program for every week of a child’s K-6 experience. Includes 3 lesson plans for 34 weeks. Lessons include all science subjects integrated through Applied Science, Universe Cycle, Plate Tectonic Cycle, Rock Cycle, Water Cycle, and Life Cycle. These lessons require certain materials to do the activities. You can download a description of the material “kits” so that you can assemble the materials needed on your own – or you can purchase the kits for a reasonable fee via the website.
  • Secondary Curriculum (7-12) – These modules increase the knowledge from the Elementary Curriculum. Each module can be developed into a semester or year course depending on the instructor. An electronic textbook for students is part of the program. Hands-on activities are built from the textbook. Included are Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Human Biology.

When you get to the site, read the introduction and then, look on the right side of your screen. You can sign up to receive update alerts on new curriculum as it is uploaded to the site. Then, click on the icon below the words “Free Access.” A new page opens that is the gateway to the curriculum for Elementary and Secondary grades.

While all the lessons are available for free online, you can also purchase a CD containing the full K-12 content to use offline.

A Pollinator Curriculum!

June 10th, 2014


It’s Tuesday, June 10, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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NAPPC: Pollinator Curriculum


Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, but there is information
that will fascinate all ages. See additional resource for older students
below. All children with parental supervision.)


What’s a pollinator? Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, mosquitoes and other insects and animals are all pollinators – even the wind acts as a pollinator. Pollinators transfer the pollen from one flower to another of the same species leading to fertilization that results in fruit and seed production. About 80% of the world’s fruit and vegetable crops require pollination. It is essential for plant reproduction.
Summertime is the perfect time of year to observe the pollination process in your own backyard, garden, neighborhood, or local park. To better understand what is taking place, the curriculum at this website offers detailed scientific information and an array of educational activities that include:
  • The Who, What & Why of Pollinators
  • Pollinators and Plants In Partnership
  • Creating and Finding Pollinator-Friendly Habitats in Your Area
  • Service projects as well as resources and links to more information

When you are through exploring the curriculum, to find an astounding array of information on pollinators and pollination that is suitable for a variety of age/grade ranges visit

Click on “Useful Resources” on the menu to find links to even more lesson plans and suggested activities. You can also order free posters but you must pay the shipping fee.