Posts Tagged ‘research’

Explore U.S. History with Milestone Documents

August 17th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 17, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Milestone Documents

(www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?flash=true&page=milestone)

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore United States history from 1776-1965 by examining 100 documents gathered by National Archives and Records Administration.

The select documents are considered to “reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to ‘form a more perfect union.'” After selecting one of the documents from the link list, the window will open where visitors will see an image of the actual document, be able to read about its history and significance, review a transcript of the document, and additionally can download a PDF(s) of the image of the item. Some of the most popular documents available include: 

  • Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Constitution of the United States (1787)
  • Bill of Rights (1791)
  • Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803)
  • Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  • 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
  • 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)
  • Gettysburg Address (1863)
  • Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • And many more.

There are additional resources available using the left-hand menu including: 

  • The People’s Vote – a ranked list of the documents based on public opinion of which are considered the most historically influential
  • Tools for Educators – includes a downloadable source book, teaching ideas and more
  • Related Resources – links to other websites for documents and historical research

This website is an excellent resource for any history class wishing to use primary resources in their studies.

Take a Virtual Sea Odyssey

July 14th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, July 14, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Burgess Shale – Virtual Sea Odyssey

(burgess-shale.rom.on.ca/en/sea-odyssey/index.php)

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

 

Climb into a “virtual submarine” and dive into the depths of the past to see virtual recreations of creatures that once lived in the area now known as the Burgess Shale. Located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, the Burgess Shale is “one of Earth’s most important fossil deposits.”

With this website from the Royal Ontario Museum, watch video animations of: 

  • Descent – Dive below the sea surface to the seafloor.
  • Swimmers
  • Predators
  • Grazers
  • Filterers
  • Scavengers
  • Burial – what it may have looked like when the Burgess Shale community was covered by a rapid mudflow event

Underneath the video tours, click on the various species images to learn more and to find more video animations and images.

After you have finished your “virtual sea odyssey”, use the upper menu to learn more about the Burgess Shale and its discoveries. Select from: 

  • Introduction – Learn about the Burgess Shale through text and images.
  • Fossil Gallery – Examine images of the fossils found and see 3D animations and model of the creatures.
  • Science – Discover the science behind the Burgess Shale.
  • History – Explore the history of the research and discovery involved.
  • Parks Canada – Get more information about Yoho National Park and the Burgess Shale.
  • Resources – Find topical reading suggestions, other related museums and webpages, and lesson plan links.

Corn Math & Much More!

June 26th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 26, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Corn Math

(www.campsilos.org/mod3/students/index.shtml)

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

 

At this archived website you will find interesting corn-themed activities and lessons in math (and more!) that are geared for about 4th grade and up. However, there is material that younger children will enjoy as well.

When you get to the site you will see quick facts about corn math, corn products, and corn geography. But that’s not all! There is a menu at the top of the page with lessons and web-based activities designed for classroom use (that can be tweaked for home use) that include: 

  • History Detective – A remarkable exploration of the history of corn including Native American folk tales about corn.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Take the challenge and find the answers to the questions about corn by following Internet links to information resources. Then take the “Corny Quiz.”
  • Newsroom – Develop a video segment about corn production for KORN-TV by following the lesson plan and using web-based research.
  • Mystery Photo – An exploration of the microscopic world of corn.
  • Amazing Mazes: Find out about the history of corn mazes. Then create your own computer-generated maze!

Then on the side bar, check out: 

  • Teachers – The teacher section offers an outline of the lessons contained at this site, along with information on curriculum standards addressed by the lessons. It provides background and resources that will help with lesson presentation. Remember, this was designed with the classroom teacher in mind – so some of this may not be as helpful to the home educator.
  • Resources – Contains many links to other websites about corn.

Note: Most of the links on this site are good, but we did find a few dead links. Regardless, there is so much information here that the dead links are more of a nuisance than a deterrent to learning.

Free Grammar & Writing Lessons

June 21st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 21, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guide to Grammar and Writing

(grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-11, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-free website, designed by an English professor for students with a wide range of ability levels, provides free lessons in grammar and writing

When you get to the site you will see a menu of topics with search buttons below them. Click on the “arrow down” on any search button and you will see a drop-down menu of the amazing range of topics covered in that category as follows: 

  • Word & Sentence Level – adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions, etc.
  • Paragraph Level – paragraph development, sentence variety, sentence combining, etc.
  • Essay & Research Paper Level – principles of composition, outlining, organization, structure, tone, formatting, plagiarism, etc.
  • Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices – Take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of grammar.
  • Peripherals and PowerPoints – instructions, suggestions, resources, and demos for PowerPoint presentations.

Click on any topic in the drop-down menu and a new page opens with instructions delivered through text and illustration. Clear examples of the correct and incorrect forms are provided as well. Interactive quizzes at the end of each lesson allow the student to self-test their knowledge of the subject matter. 

This site is equivalent to having a complete English textbook online for free. The interactive element of the quizzes makes this rather dry material much more appealing to students.

Infrared Astronomy

June 20th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos: Infrared

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/)

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

 

Here is another portion of the Cool Cosmos website reviewed last week. At this website, IPAC at Caltech has taken the science of infrared astronomy and made it accessible to students of all ages through a variety of free educational activities, web-tutorials, lessons, videos, experiments and resources that explain the infrared universe.

When you get to the website, you’ll see some features that include: 

  • Infrared World – Find out the role of infrared light in Veterinary Science, Geology, Art, Firefighting, Search and Rescue, Environmental Monitoring, Archaeology and more!
  • Infrared Universe – Discover how infrared light helps scientists explore the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies.
  • Infrared Missions and Surveys – Indulge in infrared astronomy through an array of images from telescopes worldwide. You can also explore a gallery of infrared images and check out a timeline on infrared technology.

FREE LESSONS: Be sure to click on “Teachers” on the menu to find free infrared lesson plans, printables, research, resources, and more!

Through this website, you’ll discover that “to study the cool cosmos, infrared light is our window into the heat of the coolest things around.”

Beginner’s Guide to Aeronautics

June 6th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 6, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA Glenn Research Center

(www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/index.html)

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

 

Want to learn more about aeronautics? Check out this archived section of the NASA website.

This site has lots of information on topics including: 

  • Aerodynamics & How Airplanes Work
  • Propulsion & Jet Engines
  • Wind Tunnels
  • Hypersonic Flow
  • Shock Waves and Compressible Aerodynamics
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Model Rockets
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Kites
  • Aerodynamics of Baseball and Soccer

And lots more.

Click on the index for each topic you are interested in — there will be a list of all the sub-topics available in that category. Or you can go directly to a guided tour where after you choose your topic you can use the ‘next’ button to move through the material. 


You can also download the entertaining and educational podcasts featuring “Orville and Wilbur Wright”.

Back on the home page, scroll all the way to the bottom and be sure to check out the links to Aerospace Resources and Free Software!

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