Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

August 28th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 28, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Motivate – maths enrichment for schools

(motivate.maths.org/content/)

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

 

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Pack Topics” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as: 

  • Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?
  • What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?
  • How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.
 
You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.
 
If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work any more, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

Interactive Science Games for Kids

June 27th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 27, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Schools Online

(web.extension.illinois.edu/state/programarea.cfm?ProgramAreaID=5)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this site now. The University of Illinois Extension offers all kinds of free, multimedia, interactive science games that help kids learn about biology, zoology, meteorology, entomology, and more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games, click on any one to play-and-learn including: 

  • The Great Plant Escape – Discover the mysteries of plant life.
  • Where Your Food Comes From – Tons of interactives to find out the origins of chocolate, pineapples, bananas, peanuts, rice, coffee, tea and much more.
  • Riding the Winds with Kalani – Investigate the science of weather and what impacts it including the sun, seasons, clouds, precipitation and more!
  • Let’s Talk About Insects – Find out the definition of an insect, learn about insect life cycles, and discover their importance to life on earth.
  • Shake, Rattle and Slide – Learn all about earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers.

Many of these games are actually entire websites hosted by the University of Illinois and not only include the games, but teacher guides, suggested activities to enhance learning, and links to other resources. Plus, many of the games are available in a variety of languages.  

In addition to the science games, you’ll also find games about nutrition, exercise, sports, and more.

Let’s Get Some Exercise!

April 5th, 2016

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

BAM! (Body and Mind) – Physical Activity

(www.cdc.gov/bam/activity/index.html)

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

 

Most kids these days aren’t active enough. Here’s an innovative website to help your kids stay healthy and get enough exercise.

Here’s what you will find at this website: 

  • Activity Calendar – Select activities you’d like to do, and schedule them into your week. This handy calendar is printable, so you can check off each activity as it is completed.
  • Activity Cards – Here you can learn the rules for many different sports. Which one would you like to learn next?
  • “I Heard” Hurdle Race – Answer all of the questions correctly, and your athlete will clear all the hurdles. If you miss any, you can go back and try for a better result. This game is short, so it won’t make you lose sight of the goal, which is to actually go out and get moving!
  • Meeting the Challenge – Read about successful athletes who have overcome major challenges (disabilities).
  • Motion Commotion – Take a short profile quiz to help you get into activities you will like.

Bonus: Get some advice from the Xperts on how to stay physically active.

Check out the other health-related sections of this site: Diseases, Food and Nutrition, Your Safety, Your Life, and Your Body.

Incredible KidsHealth Website!

November 4th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 4, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

KidsHealth

 

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This site is overwhelming and fabulous for teaching about the different body systems. This website has that, and much more. There are animated demonstrations, downloadable images, games, etc. Check it out some time when you have a lot of time. You’ll have to bookmark this one and return several times to explore the many offerings here.
Before you invite your kids to check out this website please PREVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items that include multi-media games, movies, and quizzes about various health topics from anatomy to nutrition to disease. Click on any one to have fun while learning how to stay fit physically, mentally, and emotionally. Use the menu on the left to explore:
  • Dealing with Feelings – You’ll find a series of articles here that address simple and complicated issues in ways kids can understand. Topics include dealing with bullies, understanding divorce, getting along with siblings, peer pressure, what to do when a pet dies, etc.
  • Staying Healthy – Short articles here explain things like BMI (Body Mass Index), steroids, acne, bad breath, smoking, sleep disorders, E. Coli, allergies, nutrition, and more.
  • Recipes – Find recipes for healthy snacks along with recipes for kids on specific diets due to health problems such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and celiac disease. There are recipes for vegetarians and those with lactose intolerance as well.
  • Everyday Illnesses and Injuries – A First Aid course on what to do if you get flu, bug bites, injuries, cold sores, warts, West Nile Virus, chickenpox, strep throat, and more. It even explains “What’s Puke?”
  • How the Body Works – Learn all about your bones, brain, digestive system, ears, eyes, hair, heart, kidneys, lungs, muscles, nails, nose, skin, teeth, and tongue!
  • Q&A – Find the answers to all of the questions you have about icky, unusual, and fascinating bodily functions.
  • People, Places, & Things That Help Me – Get explanations for what various doctors, dentists, and therapists do. Find out what happens in the hospital. Learn about ADHD medicines, fluoride, retainers, dialysis, and more.
  • Staying Safe – Discover how to be safe in any environment.
  • The Game Closet – This section is an interactive jackpot of games, movies, experiments, quizzes, activities that help kids explore health and the human body.
  • Health Problems – Learn about serious and not-so-serious health problems that kids experience from hives and athlete’s foot to spina bifida and meningitis.

This site contains a wealth of information that you can use to complement any science curriculum.

Popcorn Language Arts & Much More!

October 29th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, October 29, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Popcorn.org

 

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

 

October is National Popcorn Month and at Popcorn.org you will find all kinds of lessons and activities themed around popcorn to help you celebrate. When you get to the site you will see some neat suggestions for popcorn-themed Language Arts including a popcorn booklist, popcorn coloring sheets, popcorn worksheets, and popcorn games.
But that’s not all!
Click on “For Teachers” on the menu bar and a new page opens with all kinds of ingenious suggestions for incorporating popcorn into the curriculum. Look for “Teaching Tools, Lesson Plans” on the menu. Click on it to find an incredible array of fun popcorn-themed lessons, activities, and experiments in Math, Science, Agricultural Sciences, Social Studies, Business, Art, Music, Literature, Health Sciences and Nutrition for grades K-12.
This site is sure to whet the kids’ appetites for popcorn – so make sure you have some in the house before you visit the site!

Energy Balance Curriculum

July 1st, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Together Counts-Energy Balance Curriculum

 

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Together Counts describe themselves as a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind their program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. “Calories in, calories out.” Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity – especially childhood obesity – by 2015.
The Energy Balance 101 curriculum is designed to promote physical activity and inspire kids to be mindful of their daily energy balance for life. The activities provided are designed to be fun, playful, and motivational; age-appropriate and inclusive of all skill levels and abilities; and suitable indoors and out of doors. Although these activities are educational and nutrition- or fitness-oriented, they are more casual than a lesson plan and can be adapted to use at your own pace. Many encourage free-form outdoor play and teach fun games that incorporate physical activity. This resource is available in English and Spanish in a number of levels:
  • Pre-K
  • K-2nd grade
  • 3rd – 5th grade

When you get to the Homeschool Headquarters page of the website, download the curriculum by clicking on your age-range preference in the middle of the page. Then go to the navigation menu at the top and click on “tips and tools” to find these 3 fun interactives designed to teach key Energy Balance concepts:

  • Power Up
  • The Anatomy of a Food Label
  • The Scales of Energy

And check out the blog to read articles about things like:

  • Family Fitness
  • Healthy Living
  • Meal Planning

Bookmark this site and come back often to get the most out of the information offered here.

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