# Middle School Video Math Lessons!

July 17th, 2017

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

Recommended Website:

MasterMath

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.

# National History Education Clearinghouse

June 8th, 2017

It’s Thursday, June 8, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

National History Clearinghouse

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

This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K-12, by improving teachers’ access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history.

While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.

Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you’ll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you’ll see a display of featured items from the site’s content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the “Quick Links” for:

• Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
• Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
• High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You’ll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)

You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore:

• Teaching Materials – Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the “Ask a Master Teacher” tool and browse the FAQs.
• History Content – Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in “Ask A Historian.”
• Best Practices – Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.

Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers:

• Digital Tools
• Historic Sites and Museums
• Holidays and Heritage
• Primary Sources
• Student Activities
• Teaching Materials

~and Much More!

# Free Math Games, eBooks, Videos & More!

April 10th, 2017

It’s Monday, April 10, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

XP Math

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades 2-10 – varies depending on skill level – with parental supervision. Non-readers will need assistance.)

This website offers free math games, ebooks, and videos covering arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and probability.

The games were developed by the creator of the site – a middle school math teacher who enjoys integrating math and technology in the classroom.

When you get to the site, use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen to explore the Math Games Arcade:

• Number & Operations
• Algebra
• Geometry
• Measurement
• Data Analysis & Probability

Note: When you place your cursor over the main menu item, you’ll see a drop down-menu with a full listing of the games offered in each topic area.

Back up at the top under “More”, you’ll find:

• Math Careers – We’ve never seen anything quite like this! Search by math topic, for example “Fractions,” and discover where knowledge of fractions is needed in a variety of careers including management, business, engineering, tech, service industry, sales, etc. Or you can search by job, for example “Dental Assistant,” and discover they use basic math and algebra including ratio and proportion, measurement, and mental math. There’s even a “Lite Version” that allows children to look up occupations such as astronaut, athlete, chef, doctor, firefighter, lawyer, musician, reporter, and more to find out what math strands they need to know.

There is so much content here, it’s hard to do it justice. Bookmark it to return often.

# Pueblo Indian History for Kids

April 6th, 2017

It’s Thursday, April 6, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Pueblo Indian History for Kids

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

Discover the history of the Pueblo Indians with this website from the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Targeted towards upper elementary and middle school students, students can easily navigate through the site using the timeline format and learn the chronological story of the Pueblo Indians. After reading the introductory information on the home page, click the link in either the upper banner or in the lower right hand corner to begin exploring using the timeline. On the timeline, you can chronologically examine the development of the Pueblo Indian Nation through the following time periods:

• Paleoindian – through 6000 B.C.
• Archaic – 6000 – 500 B.C.
• Basketmaker – 500 B.C. – A.D. 750
• Pueblo I – A.D. 750 – 900
• Pueblo II – A.D. 900 – 1300
• Post-Migration – A.D.1300 – 1950
• Modern Pueblo – A.D. 1950 – today

When arriving at the selected page, texts and images provide the student with an overview of the time-period. Throughout the pages, click on the blue highlighted words to learn vocabulary definitions or click the “Glossary” link in the upper left to see all the associated vocabulary. Each page, except for the Post-Migration page, includes links in the upper right for the time-period to:

• Explore a related interactive map.
• Discover what food was eaten.

At the bottom of each page is a link to the “For Teachers” page that explains why to teach about Pueblo history.

This is a wonderful site that students can use on their own or with a teacher.

# Free Alice Computer Programming Software

October 18th, 2016

It’s Tuesday, October 18, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Alice

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

This website offers “Alice” – free educational software from Carnegie Mellon University that teaches students computer programming in a visual, 3-D environment. It makes it easy to create animation for interactive games and videos and much more.

The description from the website best explains it:

Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

In Alice’s interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. Alice allows students to immediately see how their animation programs run, enabling them to easily understand the relationship between the programming statements and the behavior of objects in their animation. By manipulating the objects in their virtual world, students gain experience with all the programming constructs typically taught in an introductory programming course.

When you get to the site you can read the latest news and media coverage about Alice software and then click on the menu items that include:

• About Alice – Explains how Alice works – and provides promotional videos you can watch to better understand how to get started.
• Downloads – Get Free downloads of the software designed specifically for middle school students and/or high school and college students that will allow you to get started learning computer programming in a fun and engaging way.
• Teaching – Alice provides instructional materials to support teachers and students in classrooms. Resources include textbooks, lessons, tests, and more that you can download and print out.

NOTE: Some of you may have heard about “Alice” in the context of media coverage about one of the developers, Randy Pausch. Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, died of pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008 at the age of 47, leaving behind his wife and three young children. He gained world-wide attention through an inspirational “Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in which he recounted how he achieved his childhood dreams of becoming a football player, experiencing zero gravity, and developing Disneyland attractions. There are lessons in his last lecture for all of us. You can view it here. Parents, as always, should preview the lecture to determine suitability of content for their own children.

# History and Social Studies and More, Oh My!

September 29th, 2016

It’s Thursday, September 29, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Kids.gov

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

This sister website to the USA.gov website, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, serves as an internet gateway to educational information and services available through government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.

Using the navigation buttons at the top of the page, first decide your audience, Kids Grade K-5 or Teens Grade 6-8, then choose to:

• Learn Stuff
• Play Games
• Watch Videos

This is where the fun begins. Choose from the suggestions in the scroll-able upper menu box or find the subject you are interested in by selecting it from the icons below the box. The icons will take you to another page broken down into topics. From here either browse through the list of linked websites or click the topical text link to be taken to the page of links.

All kinds of subjects are available, but we will focus on History. On the “Learn More” tab find great resources to learn about:

• American History
• Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
• Groups and Cultures
• Presidents
• Time Periods and Eras
• Wars

History games include:

• America by Air – Among other activities, take a virtual flight across America.
• Colonial Williamsburg Kid’s Zone – Games that teach about life in colonial America
• History and Culture – Smithsonian Education – a selection of games sponsored by the Smithsonian
• And many more!