Posts Tagged ‘newsletter’

Understanding Plagiarism, Paraphrasing, Summarizing and Quoting!

November 16th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 16, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below)

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

 

Here is a compilation of websites that help students understand plagiarism, paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting.

KidsHealth: What Is Plagiarism

http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/plagiarism.html

At this website designed for elementary grade students, you’ll find a clear and concise definition of plagiarism. Students can use the helpful hints in this article to be sure they have placed quotation marks properly and accurately referenced any sources used in their written work.

Purdue OWL: Overview of Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/01/

This site provides clear definitions of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting along with an example. Although it was designed with college level students in mind, it can be used by any student that is capable of writing research papers and reports.

Homeschooled Kids And Plagiarism

http://www.pahomeschoolers.com/newsletter/issue78b.htm

At this website you’ll find a terrific article by a homeschool mom, Susan Richman, about her experiences with students and plagiarism (especially when it comes to writing biographies). She explains how she helped her own children and other homeschool students understand plagiarism, and provides some creative ways to write reports that help students avoid plagiarism.

History Timelines

August 4th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 4, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SoftSchools.com – History Timelines

(www.softschools.com/timelines/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are a fan of timelines, then this page on the larger ad-supported SoftSchools website will quickly become one of your favorites.

There are hundreds of timelines from which to choose covering topics such as: 

  • History
  • Biographies
  • Science
  • Presidents
  • U.S. History

When arriving at today’s link, choose a timeline from the long list. When it opens, there will be a brief description at the top and then a slideshow presentation of the events which is navigated through by clicking on the arrows on either side of the timeline. Below the slide show is a timeline graph that shows the location in time. Use the magnifying tools to expand the timeline below the slideshow. Underneath the slideshow timeline there is a horizontal version that visitors can scroll through to see all the information that is included. And for those who have their own blogs or websites, at the bottom of the page there is the html code to use the timeline on your site or perhaps in an education newsletter for your co-op.

There are a lot of great resources available at this site for all subjects and grade levels. You will want to be sure to save this website as one of your favorites.

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 21st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

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

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see an icon menu and a regular menu to the right of it. Use either one to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; the force of gravity; planning a Hubble servicing mission; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Educators — Check out the “Resources” that provide an overview of what you’ll find at this website along with recommendations on how to further the learning.

Then at the bottom under “Features”, check out: 

  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.
  • Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia.

You say you want more?

Then visit the parent HubbleSite. Here are just some of the activities you’ll find: 

  • Get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.
  • Listen to podcasts about recent space discoveries!
  • Watch a fascinating video presentation about the increasing accuracy of telescopes within the past century!
  • Explore Astronomy — In this section you can take a “Way Out” Quiz and see how far the cow goes after he makes it over the moon; tons of fun, and if you play the entire game, you can register in a drawing to win a prize! You can also play an exciting game called “Black Holes, Gravity’s Relentless Pull!” Watch a video presentation of what happens when galaxies collide.

Free KenKen Math Puzzles!

May 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, May 2, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KenKen Math Puzzles

(www.kenken.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free KenKen math puzzles. What’s a KenKen? It’s a logic puzzle that mixes a Sudoku puzzle and arithmetic. It was invented by a Japanese mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto. His goal was to improve his students’ math and logic skills.

As explained at the website:

KenKen is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles. In a way, KenKen is like a game of chess: The more you think ahead to your next move and consider all the possible outcomes, the better you’ll get-and the smarter you’ll become!

When you get to the website you’ll see the puzzles of the day. If you’re unfamiliar with KenKen, click on “How To Play” on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll not only read an explanation of how to play, but you can follow a step-by-step tutorial. Then, test your skills with the daily puzzles. 

Bookmark the site to return each day for the daily puzzles, or sign up (as a teacher) to receive the free newsletter and a set of KenKens will be emailed to you weekly.

Note: You can also purchase a Premium Membership, that allows you to use the puzzles ad-free. Details at the website.

Free Iditarod Math & More!

February 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Iditarod.com (iditarod.com/)

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

 

The Iditarod begins on March 5, 2016! Billed as “The Last Great Race On Earth,” mushers and their dog teams race over 1,000 miles across Alaska’s mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coast. In a period of 10 to 17 days each team’s dogs and their musher race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. They endure temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, long hours of darkness, and treacherous terrain.

At this “official” Iditarod website you’ll find information about the history of this race, exclusive race coverage, and free, Iditarod-themed lessons and activities to enhance learning in math, science, language arts, social sciences, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured articles, videos, and highlights. Use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Race Center – Get information on how this website works and learn about Iditarod rules, race preparations, and previous races.
  • Videos – Watch video clips from previous races that include stories from the trail.
  • Education – In this section there are two archives that you don’t want to miss: 
    • Teachers – Get access to a large menu of archived curriculum connections. Plus, get standards-driven lessons in math and other subjects delivered in a downloadable (pdf) activity book. You’ll also find downloadable weather-related math and science activities, applicable for all grade levels.
    • Students – Kids of all ages will enjoy this array of Iditarod activities including newsletters from canine journalists, cryptograms, word searches, coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, and a FUN QUIZ about the Iditarod to the tune of the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Download and play a PowerPoint math and science game developed by the Iditarod education team. Learn about caring for the sled dogs and watch some interesting pod casts.

  • Insider – Subscribe to the official newsletter of the Iditarod. You can register to get a free ad-supported subscription, or get one of several fee-based, ad-free subscriptions that provide membership benefits including access to videos and a documentary film.
  • Information – Learn the history of the race, see the Iditarod trail, explore the race archives, meet champions and record holders, learn mushing terminology, visit the veterinary center, and learn about the Junior Iditarod.

The resources at this site provide a way to see the real-world uses for math and science in a fun and exhilarating way.

Bedtime Math!

December 21st, 2015

 

It’s Monday, December 21, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bedtime Math

(bedtimemathproblem.org/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

What an ingenious idea! This website, sponsored by the Overdeck Family Foundation, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained at the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline: 

  • Wee Ones for preschool kids
  • Little Kids for children in grades K-2
  • Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problem posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around: 

  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Hanukkah Candles
  • Peacocks
  • Falling
  • Money
  • And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s’ interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived at the website.

You’ll also find a free, printable BMP calendar to track how many days you do Bedtime Math, and a Teacher/Parent Guide.

The site offers a couple of items for sale, too – but you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the Bedtime Math Problem each day.

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