Posts Tagged ‘middle school’

Middle/High School Math Lessons & Activities

August 1st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 1, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TheMathWebSite

(www.themathwebsite.com/NEW/MAIN_TOPICS.php)

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

 

This website was developed to provide classroom teachers with interesting activities (along with printable materials) that reinforce and enhance math lessons for high school students. (Some middle school students may enjoy this as well). It can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

The site has lots of content, but can be a little confusing to navigate. When you get to the homepage click on “Math Topics” where there is a complete index of the math lessons and activities that include: 

  • Arithmetic Basics (Addition, Division, Multiplication, Subtraction)
  • Binomials
  • Circles
  • Ellipses
  • Exponents
  • Geometric Series
  • Hyperbolas
  • Money/Interest
  • Parabolas
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Radicals/Roots
  • Ratios
  • Trigonometry
  • Word Problems and more.

Back on the home page, you’ll find other activities to enhance understanding: 

  • Puzzles
  • Activities – games such as BlackJack, HanoiTowers, Sudoku, etc.
  • Diversions – math quotes, math poems, riddles
  • Math Stamps – portraits of famous mathematicians that can be used to add relevance and interest to any math topic
  • And more!

Biology Q&A

July 12th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 12, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology Q&A

(www.biology-questions-and-answers.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades: Middle School, High School, and beyond; children with parental supervision)

 

This website helps build biological knowledge step-by-step through an intelligent sequence of questions and answers. This Q&A format discusses all branches of biology.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to explore over hundreds of questions and answers divided into biology branches that include: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • And More!

Each of these branches are then subdivided into specific subjects. For example, under the heading “Microbiology” you’ll find the following subject areas: 

  1. Bacteria
  2. Protists (Protozoans and Algae)
  3. Fungi Kingdom
  4. Viruses

Explore the site to satisfy your interest or curiosity in any given subject area. Or enter your question in the search form to find related answers in the archive.

Fun Physics Simulations for K-12

April 19th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, April 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhET Interactive Simulations

(phet.colorado.edu/)

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

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder sponsors this website with free, fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena. As explained at the website:  “We believe that our research-based approach – incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing – enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world. “To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. “As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, information on how to run/use the simulations, and a button that says, “Play with Simulations.” Click on that and a new page opens where you will see an icon menu of the latest simulations on the site including: 

  • Forces and Motion
  • Gene Expression
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Molecule Shapes
  • States of Matter

Use the menu on the left side of this same page to search for simulations by topic, for example: 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Math
  • Cutting Edge Research

And, you can search for simulations by Grade Level including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University.

Be sure to bookmark this site – you’ll want to return again and again.

[ClickSchooling] Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

April 14th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

(http://mrnussbaum.com/united-states-history-for-kids/)

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

 

This portion of the larger, ad-supported Mr. Nussbaum website created by the teacher of the same name, focuses on United States History. With hundreds of topics, interactives, and printables, your elementary and middle school students will find themselves digging deeper into the subject at hand.

When arriving at today’s link, select your main topic of interest from the some of the following: 

  • United States History Super Timeline
  • Explorers
  • 13 Colonies
  • American Revolution
  • Civil War
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Westward Expansion
  • Biographies
  • French and Indian War
  • Native Americans
  • Pirates
  • Presidents
  • Constitution
  • United States Government
  • War of 1812
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Castles
  • Animated Biographies
  • Social Studies Games

Each main topic is further broken down into sub-topics to narrow your learning adventure. Not only is there concise, age-appropriate text, but there are interactive maps, games, quizzes, puzzles, downloadable worksheets and other activities. 

In addition to the history pages, visitors will want to explore the math, language arts, science, and other pages available. There is also an option to purchase a subscription to an ad-free version of the website if you so desire.

Bookmark this one to come back to often.

Learn the History of the Raid on Deerfield

April 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Raid On Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

(1704.deerfield.history.museum/)

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

 

Count us among the ignorant who had never learned about the Raid on Deerfield of 1704. That’s astonishing when you consider how this singular event impacted American history.

At today’s website, you will find a well thought-out and exceptional use of multi-media technology that presents the history leading up to the Raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1704, the raid itself, and the legacies in its aftermath. But beyond the historic scenarios, are the stories of the people who were there. Through primary source documents and in-depth research this site captures and brings to life the involvement of culturally distinct groups of people and conveys the meaning it had for each one. The lives of Native Americans (W├┤banaki, Kanienkehaka, and Wendat), African slaves, and English and French colonists intersected at this moment in history to play significant roles in the Raid on Deerfield.

When you get to the site, you will see a menu. To get the most out of this site the FIRST thing you should do is click on “Play the Introduction to 1704.” Wait a minute for the video/audio to load and then sit back and enjoy the introductory presentation as it lays the foundation for everything else you will find at this site.

Once you watch the introduction, then you can either follow the menu outline to examine each section of the site in orderly sequence, or you can pick and choose the various aspects of the site you’d like to explore including: 

  • Meet the 5 Cultures – Meet the 5 cultural groups involved in the raid, and engage in an in-depth exploration of their history, lifestyles, habits, and how they interacted.
  • Go To The Story Menu – This timeline depicts the events and conflict preceding the raid, the raid itself, and the aftermath. Each segment is described from the perspective of each culture that was present.
  • Enter The Conflict – View maps of Deerfield and the surrounding area, get explanations for what occurred, meet the people involved in the raid, and examine artifacts.

Each of the above selections contain many links to resources for further exploration. You can skim for general information or delve into the content depending on your level of interest.

Don’t forget to check out the mini-menu bar on each page of the site. In addition to the above items, it contains a shortcut to hearing a radio broadcast commemorating the Raid, as well as audio snippets of legends and stories told by each of the different cultures involved in the Raid on Deerfield. You can also hear English songs and French music circa 1650-1750.

This is an exceptionally designed website that provides a multicultural glimpse of early American history through five different perspectives and interpretations of the facts. As mentioned in the audio/video introduction, there isn’t one truth provided here – rather they consider all of truths from different perspectives. The purpose is to bring history alive in all its uncertainties so we can begin to ask helpful questions that enable us to understand the past. Highly recommended.

Note: While this site is probably designed with middle school students and up in mind, younger students may enjoy aspects of the site on a visit with mom or dad.

Terrific Science Freebies

January 5th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Terrific Science

(www.terrificscience.org/freebies/)

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

 

This website, developed by two enthusiastic chemistry teachers named Mickey and Lynn, provides a wide assortment of free lessons and activities that teach students of all ages the scientific method through fun, hands-on investigations.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Freebies” including:

  • Lesson and Lab Exchange – Get hundreds of free, downloadable science lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These lessons run the gamut from teaching chemistry with glitter wands to an 8-part series on forensic science.
  • National Chemistry Week – Explore an archive of chemistry lessons and experiments offered during Chemistry Week in 2005-2008.
  • Health Science Resources – Enjoy hands-on activities that emphasize water safety, personal hygiene, indoor pollution, chemical safety, skin health, and information on drug-resistant bacteria.
  • Terrific Science Movies plus Activities – View a variety of movies (excerpts from the science teachers’ workshops) that include fun animations and activity demonstrations. Some of the movies have accompanying activity instructions.

When you’re through exploring the “Freebies,” poke around the rest of the website for additional information and resources on the art of teaching science.

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