Posts Tagged ‘research’

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.

Check Out the American History Calendar

September 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 22, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American History Calendar

(americanhistorycalendar.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-sponsored website offers a free American History Calendar that highlights people and events of historic importance every day of the year. You can use it to springboard discussions and further learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see the current week’s historic birthdays and events, along with an introduction and information about what you’ll find at the site. Use the menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • People Calendar – Features the birthdays of people of historic importance to American history including:
    • Signers of the Declaration of Independence
    • U.S. Presidents
    • U.S. Vice Presidents
    • First Ladies
    • Revolutionary People
    • 1812 War People
    • Civil War People
  • Events Calendar – Highlights the anniversary date of historic events that occurred during:
    • Revolution Era
    • State Ratifications
    • 1812 War Events
    • Civil War Events
    • World War II Events

Click on either calendar and a new page opens that displays the current month’s calendar. Birthdays and/or events are highlighted on it. Place your cursor over or click on those of interest to see more information, as well as a Google map indicating the location where the event took place. It’s enough to spark a short conversation or it may inspire you to research the person or event at your leisure.

The calendar is incomplete. It’s a work-in-progress and you are welcome to help improve the calendar by contributing information to it (see details at site).

The calendar is fully functional and free to site visitors.  Again, this is an ad-supported site. Ads are randomly generated and change.  Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site and supervise exploration of it.

Note: There is an option to “subscribe” to the calendar which allows you to download it, customize it, and synchronize it with other tech tools, calendars, and applications. It didn’t work properly when we visited and tried it, so it’s not clear to us if the subscription is free (and if so, if it requires registration), or if it’s fee-based.

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