Posts Tagged ‘research’

Make Your Own Science Toys!

March 7th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Toy Maker

(www.sciencetoymaker.org/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides complete step-by-step instructions on how to make your own science toys using easily accessible and cheap materials so that “nobody is excluded because of cost.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and an animated menu of science toys in two categories: 

  • Quick and Easy – This section provides instructions for making science toys that young kids (elementary school age) can do. Make a propeller, a vortex, a top, an oscillating woodpecker, a parachute, a periscope, a robot finger and more!
  • Advanced – Tweens, teens and adults can make these science toys that include a water rocket launcher, a putt-putt boat, hot air balloon, helicopter, robot hands, and even a lie detector!

Click on any one and a new page opens with instructions (some in streaming video), photos, illustrations, explanations, related activities and links for further research.
 
The projects are open-ended enough to encourage creative invention and tinkering. As the website explains, it is “a resource for inspired parents, kids, teachers, teenagers, home schoolers, science fair participants and citizen scientists everywhere.”

Free Valentine Science Activities

February 14th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

If you enjoyed the Valentine math activities yesterday, here are some Valentine’s Day science activities for today. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Exploratorium: The Sweet Lure of Chocolate

(http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/exploring_chocolate/) 


Examine the fascinating science and history of chocolate, including the chocolate-making process with a virtual visit to a chocolate factory. Find out about the latest research into the possible health effects of chocolate consumption.

Valentine Candy Science

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9bzSZhDGG0)

  

Watch this video to learn if Valentine candy will sink or swim; and more!

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/videos/feature_valentines.htm)

Watch a chemistry professor share some science insights about chocolate, roses, and relationships.

Free Writing Study Guide and More

February 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Guides and Strategies – Essay and writing sequence

(www.studygs.net/writing/index.htm)

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

 

This site provides free study guides for a variety of subjects – and this review focuses on the essay and writing sequence.

When you get to the site, you’ll see seven stages of writing: 

  1. Develop your topic
  2. Identify your audience
  3. Research
  4. Pre-Write
  5. Write a draft
  6. Revise
  7. Proofread your work

Click on any one for a textbook explanation and suggested activities.

When you have reviewed this information, click on “Translations and Site Map” at the top of the page. A new page opens will a full menu of study guides that you will find at this website. Scroll about half way down the index to find study guides on topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Types of Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science and Technology

Don’t miss the “Learning Exercises and Games” under the “Resources” category. It offers some interactive opportunities to practice skills in many subjects. For example, in “Prefixes and Root Words,” use your mouse to drag and combine prefixes and root words to create new words (the definitions of the words you create pop up on the screen. The direct link is: 

http://www.studygs.net/vocab/prefixes.htm then press the arrow to continue.

There is a lot of content at this site. Bookmark it, as it will require more than one visit to see it all.

Tour Spangler Candy Cane Factory Virtually

December 2nd, 2016

It’s Friday, December 2, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spangler Candy Cane Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/our-brands/candy-canes/tourm)

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

 

The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make millions of candy canes a day! At this site you can take a tour of their factory.

When you get to the site you will see text and photographs explaining the process used to make candy canes. When you are through with the tour, you can learn about the history and legends associated with candy canes by clicking on Candy Cane Legends link in the upper menu.

SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS:
The legends contain some religious content. We mention this, because in previous years that we have featured this site, we received (in response) many links from list members with the “true story” of candy canes. We also get links to sites that debunk the “true story” of candy canes as urban legend. AS ALWAYS, we leave it to each parent to review and research the information and determine what is suitable for their own children.

Before you gather the kids around the computer to take this tour, you might want to stock up on some candy canes – as it really stimulates the appetite for these wonderful red and white holiday confections.

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.

Printable Halloween Worksheets and Puzzles!

October 26th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, October 26, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

teAchnology.com – Halloween

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/halloween/m)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

We’ve spotlighted this company just recently BUT we wanted to circle back around and show you these wonderful Halloween-themed printable worksheets and puzzles!

TeAchnology Incorporated says that they “developed this website in response to the challenges associated with Twenty-First Century Learners: The Net-Generation. To meet these challenges, the company developed a method for individuals to access free on-line resources that support classroom instruction, www.teach-nology.com.” They go on to say that their “mission is to provide services designed to support educators in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning”. The website does have resources for purchase; however, you are not required to buy anything to utilize the free materials.

When you get to the page scroll down to find printable worksheets and puzzles. Click on an item and print language arts activities like these

  • Acrostic Poem
  • Candy Adjectives Worksheet
  • Ghosts Adjectives Worksheet
  • Pumpkins Adjectives Worksheet
  • Witch Adjectives Worksheet
  • Bank On It! Worksheet
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Cryptogram
  • Do The Research
  • And many more!

Scroll further down to locate resources for coloring and writing, also Halloween songs and teacher resources.

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