Posts Tagged ‘research’

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

(www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/)

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!

(www.cellsalive.com/)

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.

Presidential Study Tool

January 25th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 25, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PresidentsUSA.net

(www.presidentsusa.net/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website from Baaron’s Hill, LLC provides a comprehensive one-stop resource for information relating to the Presidents of the United States and the Presidency.

Begin your research by selecting a President from the clickable list on the home page or scroll below the list to explore a Presidential related subject including some interesting topics such as: 

  • Collectible Items and Memorabilia
  • Movies, Television, and Plays featuring the Presidents
  • Nicknames
  • Pets of the First Family
  • Political Commercials, Ads, and Presidential Campaign Slogans
  • Quotes
  • Rankings and Public Opinion
  • Recordings (Audio and Video) Starting with Grover Cleveland
  • Religion and Beliefs of the Presidents
  • Scandals and Impeachments
  • Ttransportation Used by the Presidents
  • Trivia, Physical Characteristics, Habits, Foods
  • Veto Record

And much more. 

After selecting a President, the page will open presenting general information with more clickable links to dig deeper into the topic. Please note that some links will take visitors off the home site to other websites, so, as always, please be sure to preview prior to letting students explore on their own.

This website pulls together thousands of Presidential internet resources into one easy-to-navigate location. This bookmark worthy site is a great tool for all your Presidential and U.S. history studies.

Discover the Mary Rose

January 5th, 2018

It’s Friday, January 5, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore the Mary Rose

(www.maryrose.org/discover-our-collection/)

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

 

At this website, explore the virtual exhibit of the Mary Rose, a 16th century warship that was King Henry VIII’s favorite.

After a long and successful military career, it sank during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545. Nautical archaeologists raised it in the 1980’s. Now part of an exhibit at a museum in Portsmouth, England, the Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display in the world.

At today’s interactive website, you can take a virtual tour of the Mary Rose and, while you’re at it, learn about the Tudor period of world history as well.

When you get to the site either scroll through the page to begin exploring or use the right-hand “Quick links” menu to select:

  • The Crew of the Mary Rose
  • The Mary Rose at Sea – 1511-1545
  • Why did the Mary Rose Sink?
  • The Story of the Ship
  • Artefacts 

     

  • Her Crew

Browse through the image galleries to see images of the Mary Rose and artifacts recovered from the wreck site. On “The Story of the Ship” look on the right side under “Useful resources” to locate “Dive in” to access an interactive presentation. Use the menu to explore a 3D model of the ship, meet the crew, learn the history and archaeology of the Mary Rose, and see artifacts. Also available on “The Story of the Ship” page, be sure to check out the Mary Rose STEM Lab that presents “Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in a unique context.”

As explained at the website, “Explore the Mary Rose is designed to encourage pupils to do two things: to do their own research, and to work from evidence. They can find out for themselves about one member of the crew and his life on board, and discover the main facts about the history and archaeology of the ship. Using the knowledge gained in this way, they can then look more closely at photographs of the artefacts and, working from them, start to draw their own conclusions from the evidence available.”

The site was designed to be used independently by the learner so they can explore the Mary Rose at will. It engages the student and provides basic information. There is a lot of material available throughout the site so if students want to learn more, they can browse through the other sections of the site to find virtual 3D reconstructions of skulls and artifacts, more resources for researching the Mary Rose, and much more.

Snowflake Science

January 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 2, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snowflake Science

(www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn16170-snowflakes)

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

 

Gather the kids ’round the computer screen and head over to this website where you can explore a gallery of snowflake photos that “were taken by Kenneth Libbrecht of CalTech, using a specially-designed snowflake photomicroscope.”

See pictures of real snow crystals that fell to earth in northern Ontario, Alaska, Vermont, the Michigan Upper Peninsula, and the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.

Not only can you see some truly amazing images (from the simplest snowflake form to the most complex), the captions next to the pictures explain the science behind how these snowflakes were formed by Mother Nature.

When you get to the site you’ll see the first image in the series. Just click on the “next” button to view all 13 pages.

NOTE: When you’re through exploring the snowflake gallery, you can click on the “NewScientist” logo at the top of the screen. That will take you to the homepage of NewScientist.com. This is the companion website to “New Scientist Magazine” that was first published in 1956. The site serves as an archive of thousands of free articles on scientific research and development. WARNING: We did NOT review any content except the Snowflake Gallery – so parents AS ALWAYS should review the site to determine suitability of content.

Toy Hall of Fame

December 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 22, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Toy Hall of Fame

(www.toyhalloffame.org/)

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

 

Take a fun tour of the National Toy Hall of Fame and discover if your favorite toy has been inducted.

Part of the Strong National Museum of Play, discover the history and more of toys that are in the Hall of Fame. Click the “Inducted Toys” link in the upper menu to see what toys have been selected for inclusion since 1998. Click on the toy name to read its story and see some images. Some memorable toys included are: 

  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Frisbee
  • G.I. Joe
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Slinky
  • Duncan Yo-Yo
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Twister

And so many more. Some toys are generalized such as the baby doll, playing cards, bicycle, or ball and other inductees are unique childhood playthings stemming from creativity and imagination like a blanket, a stick, and the cardboard box. Visitors can even nominate a toy to be included. Toys must meet certain criteria to be considered including being recognizable, memorable, not a generational passing fad, fosters learning, creativity, and discovery through play and more.

But wait! The toy tour does not stop here. Select the “Research & Publications” link in the green top menu, then choose “Access to Artifacts Collections”. On this page, locate the links under “Learn more about Strong’s key holdings” to browse collections or find the “online database” link to see thousands of other toys sorted by: 

  • Toys – action figures, baby toys, construction toys, mechanical and pull toys, play sets, educational toys, puzzles, riding toys, stuffed animals, transportation toys, yo-yos and tops and more
  • Dolls – baby dolls, fashion dolls, celebrity dolls, cloth and rag dolls, collector dolls, paper dolls and more
  • Games – board games, card games, outdoor games, role-playing games and more
  • Video Games – arcade, computer, console, handheld and more electronic games
  • Other Collections – advertising, collectible cards, character products, outdoor play and much more

Visitors can spend hours browsing through all this site has to offer and older visitors may find themselves taking a trip down the memory lane of their childhood days. Be sure to bookmark this site as new items are added regularly.

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