# Math Goodies & WebQuests

April 2nd, 2018

It’s Monday, April 2, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Math Goodies

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website features a smattering of free interactive math lessons, printable worksheets, games and more to help students in about grades 5-8 learn math. Gifted younger children and remedial older students may benefit from the resources provided as well.

The site was designed by a math teacher who also developed a complete math course that is available for sale on the site. However, you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the generous sampling of math lessons and materials.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction followed by some featured items and lots of advertisements. Scroll down to the bottom for the menu that includes:

• Lessons – Learn how to determine the perimeter and area of polygons. Find out how to simplify, compare, order, and convert fractions. Explore decimals and percentages. Find out how to write algebraic expressions and equations and much more!
• Worksheets – Download math worksheets (pdf) that include an introduction to fractions, decimals, percent applications, probability theory, graphs, and symbolic logic.
• Webquests – This terrific resource provides math inquiries and instructions that lead to online explorations to find information and solve problems. Choose from a short but meaty selection of quests to recommended websites and learn about exponents and scientific notation, integers and science, math and climate, math and sports, number theory, percentages in daily life, and even a “Pi Day” celebration.
• Games – An assortment of interactive math games including: Factor Tree Game, Integer Football, Percent Goodies, and Probability Goodies.
• Puzzles – Enjoy interactive math-themed crossword puzzles about circles, fractions, logic, percentages, polygons, and probability.

And lots more!

# St. Patrick’s Day-themed language arts activities

March 14th, 2018

It’s Wednesday, March 14, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Teach-nology.com: St. Patrick’s Day

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

This site has all kinds of language arts activities themed around St. Patrick’s Day!

You’ll find:

• Worksheets and Puzzles – including an acrostic poem, crossword puzzle, cryptogram, group creative writing lesson, reading comprehension worksheet, vocabulary quiz
• Complete Spring Worksheet and Lesson Series –  St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans and teaching theme
• St. Patrick’s Day Adjective Worksheets – How many ways can you describe a head of cabbage? And more.
• St. Patrick’s Day Songs

And much more!

# Classical Music for Kids

February 24th, 2018

It’s Saturday, February 24, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Classics for Kids

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

The site, which is continuously updated, is a supplement to the “Classics for Kids” radio program and is a warehouse of music activities.

You will find information on stations that air the show at the website, and you can listen to the archived programs that bring great composers to life through music and stories. You can also download activities and lessons (pdfs) that focus on National Standards for the Arts and Music.

When you get to the site you will see the current month’s featured composer and menus that include features such as:

• On The Radio – Includes the current week’s radio show, an archive of past shows, and activity sheets that include wordsearch puzzles, games, and trivia.
• Composers – Read biographies of different composers (across a timespan from 1685 to 2017) including Bach, Bernstein, Brahms, Britten, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Handel, Joplin, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Sousa, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and more!
• Games – Play fun, interactive, online games that teach rhythm and notation.
• Music – Hear music, learn the instruments of the symphony orchestra, explore a musical dictionary, and learn about musical careers.
• Parents and Teachers – Access free lesson plans, activity sheets, and get tips and advice for music education.

Bookmark this one–you’ll want to return often!

# Houghton Mifflin’s Kids’ Place

February 7th, 2018

It’s Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin’s Education Place

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

These pages were developed by the Houghton Mifflin publishing company to supplement their textbooks. But you don’t have to buy a thing to hone your language arts skills on this website!

When you get to the site, select your grade range: K-5 or 6-8. A new page opens with a variety of interactive language arts activities to choose from including:

• Tricky Usage — Try your hand at one tricky grammar question, and see the correct answer right away. View a breakdown of others’ responses.
• Wacky Web Tales — Fill in the blanks with verbs, adjectives, etc., then see the often hilarious story that results!
• Evaluation Station — Follow these steps to evaluate and improve what you have written.
• Writers’ Showcase — The stories and essays in this section were written by elementary and middle school students!
• Bright Ideas for Writing — Look at the picture, read the question, and you’ll surely be inspired to write something.
• Grammar Blast — Choose your grade level and answer ten multiple-choice grammar questions. Have a blast!
• Net’s Best for Research — An annotated list of helpful websites for student research projects.

BUT that’s not all! If you click on the words “Kids’ Place” near the bottom of the window a new page opens. Scroll to the menu at the bottom of that new page, and you’ll see these items:

• Using the Web – This web tutorial makes you an expert cyber-researcher in no time!
• Current Events – Stay up-to-date with the kid-friendly links provided here.
• Brain Teasers – Some simple but fun math puzzles.
• GAMES – Yes, even more games here!

On the GAMES page try:

• Spelling Match – Match the words with the letters that they are missing, and watch the cat deep-sea diver open the treasure chest! What could be inside?
• Web Word Find – Interactive hidden word puzzles.
• GeoNet – This is a multiple-choice social studies quiz. Look at the map, graph, or other visual aid, then guess an answer. If you get it wrong, don’t worry. You get three tries for each question before the beaver tells you the correct answer. Keep track of your score on the cool GeoTrekker.

There’s a lot here – have fun!

# Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

January 30th, 2018

It’s Tuesday, January 30, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

CELLS Alive!

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cellsIt was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.

When you get to the site, click on a link of interest or scroll over “Contents” in the menu bar to explore categories that include:

• Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.
• Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.
• Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.
• Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

Under “Explore” in the menu bar, you can also examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle (mitosis), watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can purchase downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content.

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 6 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too  – parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

# Fibonacci Numbers & More!

January 29th, 2018

It’s Monday, January 29, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

In the 13th century, Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a progression of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. These numbers recur in patterns in nature – such as in the pine cone and in seashell patterns. The creator of this site, Dr. Ron Knott, provides many activities for discovering Fibonacci numbers along with clear explanations and excellent diagrams and pictures.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a lot of text. Don’t let that deter you. It clearly explains the easiest way to explore the contents.

Our suggestion is to start by listening to Dr. Knott’s interview on BBC radio about Fibonacci Numbers (45 minutes). You can listen online or download the podcast. It is a useful general introduction to Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section (which you’ll learn more about at the website too).

After listening to the interview, head over to the introductory page that reveals Fibonacci numbers in nature. It includes fun activities that really help students see patterns in nature. Then try the puzzles, mathematical explorations, and learn about applications of Fibonacci numbers.

The site also provides excellent explanations and activities about the Golden Section and Golden String that also appear in nature. The content is geared for about 5th grade and up – but younger children may enjoy seeing how math exists in nature too. It’s a great way to show kids that math is all around us!