Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Dr. Goodword’s Language Lover’s Paradise

August 30th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 30, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

(www.alphadictionary.com/ww/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This archived website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include:

  • Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!
  • Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!
  • Reference Shelf — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. Sign up to receive a daily email with vocabulary words. You’ll also find: 

  • Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!
  • Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out.

And more!

Eclipse Across America!

August 15th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 15, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA-Total Eclipse

(eclipse2017.nasa.gov/)

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

 

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental US. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event.

As the site explains: “On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.”

Check out the extensive menu beginning with these headings: 

  • Eclipse 101
  • Science
  • Activities
  • Education
  • Resources

If you are not near the path of the total eclipse, or some clouds roll in, you can connect to NASA’s Live Streaming Event. (www.nasa.gov/eclipselive) 

You can even share your own eclipse experience

“through imagery, video and artwork!” (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/flickr-gallery)

Don’t forget, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye.  (eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety)

Wild Music for Kids

July 29th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 29, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wild Music

(www.wildmusic.org/)

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

 

This really fun website is a companion to a traveling exhibition about the “Sounds and Songs of Life.” It offers free, interactive, virtual exhibits where you can learn the science behind how animals and people make sound and music.

When you get to the site you can click “Play” to hear musical “compositions” created from sounds in nature. You’ll also see a menu of items that include: 

  • Soundscapes – Use archived recordings of animals, humans, wind, and water to create your own sound compositions. Adjust the results with a virtual sound mixer. Explore maps of sounds that were recorded all over the planet.
  • Animal – Listen to different animal sounds and bird songs; then test your memory with a sound match game.
  • About Sound – Discover what researchers have learned about sound frequency, wavelengths, voice boxes, and more. Play a game to see if you can hear as well as a baby. Take a test to see how your hearing compares to that of animals. Get instruction to make your own Pan Pipes, bell bracelet, and maracas!

You can also take a virtual photographic tour of the exhibit, and meet the scientists and musicians behind the exhibit through video clips, photos, and text.

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.

Play US State Games

April 27th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 27, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learning Games for Kids – US State Games

(www.learninggamesforkids.com/us-state-games.html)

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

 

Commit to memory all the states’ symbols with these flash-based games from the larger Learning Games for Kids website.

When arriving at the site, either select “All States” or a specific state from the list, then choose the game type you wish to play. Types of games include: 

  • Which One?
  • Memory Match
  • Unscramble
  • Letter Fall
  • Speedy Speller
  • Hangmouse
  • Word Search
  • Nature Calls
  • Printable Fun
  • Flag Puzzles
  • Story Blanks
  • Word-O-Rama

Playing the games, kids will learn state: 

  • Nicknames
  • Flowers
  • Trees
  • Birds
  • Capitals
  • Abbreviations
  • Mottos

And much more. This website makes learning all about the United States fun and a great addition to your studies.

Be a WebRanger!

April 11th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WebRangers

(www.nps.gov/webrangers/index.cfm)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a free online WebRanger program for kids with over 50 games and activities that teach about national parks, monuments, and historic sites all provided by the National Park Service.

We suggest you click on “Visit” on your first experience and just look around and play the activities (rated Easy, Medium, and Hard) in these categories: 

  • People – Learn about U.S. Presidents, Thomas Edison, Paul Revere.
  • History – Discover arctic artifacts. set sail on a Navy war ship in 1812.
  • Nature – Discover dendrochronology (tell time with tree rings) and take The Puma Challenge!
  • Puzzles – Break the alpha code names for national parks, send a message with a signal flag, go on a website scavenger hunt.
  • Science – Test the water quality, virtually explore tidepools, find out what dinosaurs ate.
  • Parks – Play “Name That Park,” help a ranger, learn the 10 essentials for having fun and staying safe in parks.
  • Animals – Pack a virtual dog sled, protect bald eagles, and help baby sea turtles find the ocean.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of multi-media online games and activities that teach as they entertain. From simple match games to challenging quests, you won’t believe the amount of content delivered.  

Bookmark this site, you simply can’t see it all in one visit.

Also, National Parks Week is April 15-23, 2017 and during April 15-16 and 22-23: Visit for free! On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission! Many of them are also offering educational and entertaining activities including historical reenactments, living history, guided tours, volunteer clean-up programs, and much, much more. Find your park!

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