Posts Tagged ‘newsletter’

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.

Free World War II Field Trip Guide

July 16th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 16, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Notgrass: Remembering World War II Field Trip Guide Ebook

(http://notgrass.leadpages.net/wwii-field-trip-guide/)

 

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

 

From the popular Notgrass History homeschool curriculum provider, download this 42-page field trip guide that provides hundreds of hyperlinked field trip locations across the United States dedicated to the history of World War II.
When arriving at the link, take a few minutes to watch the brief video with an excerpt from the speech made by President Harry Truman on the surrender of Japan in 1945. Then click the large yellow button underneath. A pop up window will open asking you to provide your email address. Visitors may also sign up for optional email lists for Best History Field Trips, Notgrass History Bites (free lessons and activities), and/or Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers, but this is not necessary to access the guide. Click the blue “Access Now” button and you will be taken to another page where you can download the PDF guide. When viewing the PDF index, click on the table of contents titles to be taken to that section of the guide. The field trips locations are divided into the following categories: 
  • Battle and Attack Sites
  • World War II Museums and Sites
  • Military History Museums
  • Airplanes
  • Ships and Submarines
  • The Manhattan Project
  • Relocation Centers
  • The Holocaust
  • POW Camps
  • Other Sites
  • Events
Each destination is hyperlinked to a website that will provide more information about the location to make planning your field trip simpler. Looking for places solely in your neck of the woods? Use the Location Index in the back of the ‘book’ to narrow your search.

But don’t leave the Notgrass website yet! There’s more great material available here. When you arrived at the download page, you may have noticed the little pop up for yet another free history ebook. Sign up for the Notgrass e-mail newsletter and receive Laura’s Little Houses, a guide to twelve sites related to the Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder families. In the menu at the bottom of the page, under the “News & Articles” section, select “History Bites” for several downloadable and fun history lessons on some not so typical topics such as: 

  • The history of the “Candy Land” and “Scrabble” games
  • The youngest person and first woman in America to receive U.S. patents
  • The history of rubber bands, paper bags, microchips, hot air balloons, and cheese
  • The history of city playgrounds
  • And more
When you are done exploring these, select the “Family Activities” option in the bottom menu for even more great games, projects, and crafts to use throughout your studies.

Not only is A Guide to Museums and Historic Sites in the United States ebook a wonderfully useful resource but the website is chock full of great activities, lessons, and ideas to add to your homeschooling tool belt.

Free DVDs from John Stossel!

May 26th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Stossel in the Classroom (http://stosselintheclassroom.org/freedvd/)

 

Age Range: 11-Adult (about middle school through adult; children with parental supervision)

 

“Stossel in the Classroom”, sponsored by the Center for Independent Thought (a non-profit educational foundation) offers a free DVD each school year that is a compilation of John Stossel’s television programs and specials designed for use in the classroom to enhance the study of social sciences. All you have to do is register (free), and agree to provide feedback once you’ve viewed the DVD – and the DVD’s will be mailed to your home or school address. There are also free, downloadable “Teacher Guides” for the DVDs at the website with lesson plans, activity suggestions, handouts, and vocabulary.
A new DVD is produced each year and is free to teachers including home educators. Right now you can get TWO FREE DVDs: the 2014 edition and the 2015 edition (while supplies last)! When you get to the site, you’ll see John Stossel’s smiling face and learn how to register to receive the DVDs.

When you’re through registering, use the menu at the top of the page to access all of the free resources available. Watch free “Streaming Videos” from Stossel on thought-provoking topics. Past videos are archived at the site. You can also search the videos by subject. Since today’s focus is on Science, search the topics for: 

  • Biology
  • Business Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Health
  • Science
  • Technology
Bookmark this site and come often to find tons more resources on topics like: 
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Civics
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language Arts
  • Government Law
  • Journalism
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Math
  • Music
  • Parenting
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • US History
  • World History
Again, all of this is provided for FREE – they simply request that you provide feedback on the website and products to share with fellow teachers/educators.

You can use John Stossel’s thought-provoking programs to launch lively discussions, question conventional wisdom, gather and analyze information, and distinguish between fact and opinion.

When you register at the site, you will automatically receive the quarterly e-newsletter with convenient links to order the latest free DVD, play the free monthly streaming video clips, and access the featured teacher resources.

Free Audio Stories for Kids!

July 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Storynory

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

If you don’t know about this website – you should! Storynory.com offers a treasure trove of free audio stories for kids that include fairy tales, myths, original stories and more.
Every week a new audio story is published on the website (and has been since 2005). You can listen online or download the stories from iTunes in the Kids and Family Podcast section for free.

The storytellers are entertaining and the content includes:

*Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen

*Folktales and legends from around the world

*Beloved children’s tales such as the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling

*Classics including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and an entire audio book of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

*Original children’s stories created by the owners of the site. The founders of Storynory (a writer and BBC radio journalist) own an online media consulting company.

You can subscribe to their e-newsletter for free and get the new weekly stories delivered by email to your inbox.

Listening to audio stories develops language arts skills, improves attention, and sparks the imagination.

The Lab of Mr. Q – Get a Free Science Book!

January 21st, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, January 21, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Lab of Mr. Q

 

Age Range: 8-13 (approximately, and fun for all!I find it hard to resist a science teacher who sums up the branches of science like this: “If it stinks, it’s chemistry. If it’s slimy, it’s biology. And if it doesn’t work, it’s physics.”

 

For example, when you get to the site, you’ll be greeted by an array of possibilities.

My advice is to click on “The Blog of Mr. Q”. There you can get free, fun science experiments that you can do at home such as:

 

    • How To Teach Science During Dessert… With Cookies
    • How To Teach Science During Dessert… With Strawberries
    • How To Teach Science During Dessert… With Ice Cream
    • Bring On the Spice: How To Teach Science With Chile Peppers
    • Bring On The Spice: How To Teach Science With Mustards

 

Simply click on any one to read the article and find out how to conduct the experiment.

If you like these, you’ll want to sign up to receive for free by email “Mr. Q’s Lab Notes” – a colorful, engaging newsletter filled with experiments and science news. You can access the archives of over 25 previous newsletters for free too!

Want more? As I mentioned, Mr. Q has a series of science textbooks for sale on the following topics: 

 

    • Life Science
    • Earth Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physical Science

 

However, to get you hooked on his products, you can download the entire Elementary Life Science Book for FREE! It includes a teacher’s manual and student textbook with experiments, worksheets, tests and answer keys.

Not only that, but you can also download the first chapter of each of his other books for free as well. Of course, Mr. Q hopes you’ll buy something and gladly accepts donations to help him in his quest to share science with your family. 

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