Posts Tagged ‘middle school’

Gingerbread Science

December 19th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, December 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Gingerbread House Design

(csip.cornell.edu/Curriculum_Resources/CSIP/Brechner/Brechner_Gingerbread.html)

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

 

Build a gingerbread house using the “Teacher’s Guide” from this site.

Problem-solving, creative thinking, and cooperation are all covered in this activity available in a downloadable and printable document from Cornell University. It was written for a middle school/high school class, but it can easily be done at home.

And here are some other gingerbread sites: 

The Science Behind the Invention of Gingerbread

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread.

Gingerbread Science

Young children may enjoy the gingerbread tactile and sensory suggestions, along with weights and measurement activities suggested by preschool and early elementary grade teachers at this website.

Free Foreign Language Courses

November 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 25, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Georgia Virtual Learning – Shared Content – World Language

(www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources/WLResources/WLShared/SharedChineseI.aspx)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn a foreign language with these shared content, self-paced courses from the Georgia Virtual Learning website.


Using the sidebar menu choose from the following languages: 

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Latin

These languages are also available for different levels. Once a selection is made, choose a lesson by selecting the “View” link across from the name. Lessons vary in presentation – some lessons are solely textural while most have images, audio, interactives, and videos. There are also downloadable resources available throughout the lessons.


There is also available shared content for other subjects including Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts (music and art) and Electives including computer science, health, business, marketing and more. Most courses are for the high school level but there are courses for middle school as well.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 16th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 16, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arte a scuola

(arteascuola.com/)

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

 

Italian art teacher, Miriam Paternoster, shares hundreds of art lessons for middle school aged students which can be easily adapted for older students on this ad-supported website.

Use the upper menu to select from: 

  • Drawing – felt-tip-pen, pastels, pencils
  • Painting – acrylic or watercolors
  • Art Techniques – arts & crafts, fabric, mixed media, mosaic, printing
  • Clay – hand building clay, slab clay, throwing clay, ceramic decoration
  • Paper & cardboard – cardboard, collage, pop-up
  • Art & Technology – computer art, photography, video, web
  • Teaching – educational system, events & exhibition, and History of Art

Almost all of the lessons include instruction and photographs of the process. Please note that some projects may require a printable template that the site owner is selling, but you can pass on these projects or adapt for your class or you may wish to support the site with your purchase.

Visitors will want to bookmark this website as content is added on a regular basis.

California State History for Kids

September 7th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 7, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

California Fact Cards

(factcards.califa.org/mainmenu.html)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Looking for a starting place for your California state studies? This website provides a wealth of basic information about the state’s history.

On the home page, use the list of topics to search for information. Topics include: 

  • Indians
  • Explorers
  • Missions
  • Mission Life
  • Ranchos
  • Governors
  • History by the Decades

After the selected topic page opens, further refine your research by selecting the appropriate sub-topic. Most pages not only include a list of basic facts about the subject, but also include paragraphs with more in-depth information as well as an image. Because the information is presented in concise, bite-size pieces, students’ interest may be piqued to dig deeper on their own. In addition, each page is also printable for use offline using the “Print” link in the upper menu.

This site is simple to navigate and the text is written at the 4th-6th grade reading level making it an excellent resource for your elementary and middle school students to discover facts about California.

Art Projects from Nature!

July 25th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, July 25, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Natural State

(www.knowitall.org/series/natural-state)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 with most suited for middle school and up. Younger children will need adult assistance.)

 

This web presentation from the state of South Carolina explores how people are inspired by nature to shape, twist, carve, and weave materials collected from the landscape into works of art. 

Interviews with natural artists from various geographical zones of South Carolina are included on the site along with samples of their work. 

The website provides free virtual workshops with step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to make artwork using natural materials such as clay, pine needles, branches, vines, acorns, nuts, flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, and more. Click on “Workshops” to see a menu of projects that include: 

  • Dyes and Dyeing
  • Bentwood Trellis Making
  • Dioramas
  • Kudzu Basket Weaving
  • Weaving
  • Coiled Clay Pottery
  • Paper Making
  • Pine Needle Baskets

Click on any one to access a very clear presentation with instructions on how to create that object.

The site also offers Science – Teacher Resources” with many educational videos and more.

Middle School Video Math Lessons!

July 17th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, July 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MasterMath

(www.mastermath.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=25)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-9, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free video lessons, worksheets and quizzes for middle school math plus Algebra I.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu of the video math lessons. Each grade year is divided into 4 quarters. Each math lesson includes: 

  • A 10-15 minute video that teaches a math concept
  • A printable worksheet to practice the concept
  • An online quiz to test comprehension of the concept

As the announcement explained, after Mr. Lisle shows the student how to do a problem, you can “pause” the video, try a similar problem, and then advance the video to see Mr. Lisle demonstrate the solution.

Mr. Lisle clearly presents the material that will help students understand math concepts such as: 

  • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Fraction-Decimal Equivalency
  • Solving Algebraic Expressions
  • Converting Units of Measure
  • Graphing Linear Equations

Our only criticism is that sometimes Mr. Lisle lapses into a monotone presentation style that may lose a student’s attention. To avoid that, we suggest watching one lesson, do some activities, take a break and then return to watch another lesson.

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