Posts Tagged ‘research’

A Sailor’s Life

May 11th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 11, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Sailor’s Life For Me

(www.asailorslifeforme.org/index.php)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Do you have what it took to be a sailor aboard Old Ironsides? With the interactive activities at this website from the USS Constitution Museum visitors will not only learn what it was like to be a sailor in the 1800’s but also the role the USS Constitution and its sailors played in the War of 1812.

Discover the life of a young sailor as you: 

  • Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns.
  • Tell tall tales and play a game of dice during your leisure time.
  • Find out how a wooden-hulled ship earned the name Old Ironsides.
  • Discover how Old Ironsides remained undefeated from its launch in 1797.
  • See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.
  • If you play the game well, you’ll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew!

When you get to the site, you can click on “Sail To Victory” and start playing the game right away. As you play, you’ll explore every nook of the ship from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast. Learn about the daily lives of the hundreds of sailors who lived and worked in the cramped ship space. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words.

There is a lot of content here and it takes a while to play the entire game. If you register at the site (free), you can leave the game at any time and return where you left off.

Be sure to click on “Educator Resources” link at the top of the home page for lesson plans and more. When on this page, look at the bottom and select the “Family Activities” link to download printable activities (pdf) to further the learning at home. They include: 

  • Speaking in Colors – Learn the language of the sea and create your own coded messages!
  • Word Search – Hunt down those tricky nautical terms and learn what they mean!
  • Ship’s Biscuit Recipe – Do you think you could eat like a sailor for a day? Put yourself to the test and bake your own ship’s biscuit.
  • Constructing Constitution – Construct your very own USS Constitution.
  • Ready? Aim. Fire! – Find out how sailors fired a cannon on board Constitution.

The site has vivid illustrations along with playful text and narration that draws on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum. As proclaimed at the website, “This is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!”

See the Art of Science

April 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 22, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art of Science

(www.princeton.edu/artofscience/gallery/)

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

 

This is the most amazing “art gallery” – all of the images were produced by Princeton University in the course of science research. It offers a stunningly beautiful cross-section of art and science. The images were submitted for the First Annual Art of Science Competition at Princeton and you can view some of the submissions and the winners at today’s site.

When you get to the site you will see the first of three pages of images in the gallery. You’ll see photographs and microscopic images of wonders that include the Cygnus Nebula to individually marked ants used in a research study to virus-cell interactions. Click on the links at the bottom of the page to access additional years’ entries.

Whether black and white or drenched in neon colors these images are fascinating to behold.

Language Arts Songs!

April 19th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 19, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mrs. Jones Room: Sing Along Songs

(www.mrsjonesroom.com/songs/alphlist.html)

Age Range: 3-9 (Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free songs that teach language arts.

The songs include: 

  • The Alphabet
  • Short & Long Vowel Sounds
  • Consonant Digraphs
  • Learn To Spell Songs

It also offers: 

  • Sing-Along Theme Songs (A huge treasure trove of songs about Science, Math, and Social Studies.)

A classroom teacher, Mrs. Jones, has created the lyrics that teach these concepts and set them to familiar tunes such as, “Farmer in the Dell,” “Bingo,” and “The Hokey Pokey.” Each song has printable lyrics and an audio version of the tune – so you can sing along!

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices. Select the topic of interest and a new page opens with a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens where you can read the lyrics and hear the tune.

Setting things that require rote memorization to music, makes learning easier and a whole lot of fun! Plus, as the website explains, “Singing gives us playful opportunities to practice oral language, dramatic expression, creative movement and motor skills.”

If you need more convincing, don’t miss the archive of articles and links to websites (located on the homepage below the menu of songs) that site research studies about the role of music in brain development and learning.

Vedic Mathematics Magic

April 17th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vedic Mathematics Academy

(www.vedicmaths.org/Introduction/Tutorial/Tutorial.asp)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial site provides information and free sample tutorials on Vedic Mathematics.

What’s “Vedic Mathematics”?  As explained at the website: 

Vedic Mathematics is the name given to the ancient system of Indian Mathematics which was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji (1884-1960). According to his research, all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae.

These formulae describe the way the mind naturally works and are therefore a great help in directing the student to the appropriate method of solution…. The simplicity of Vedic Mathematics means that calculations can be carried out mentally (though the methods can also be written down).

Words really don’t begin to describe this innovative way to solve math problems and mentally calculate answers to math equations. It almost makes learning math like learning fun magic tricks. Go to the website and try the free sample tutorials that explain ways to find arithmetic solutions for: 

  • Multiplication
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Finding Square Roots
  • Division

Click on any tutorial. Read the instructions and apply the Vedic method to find the solutions to an array of sample problems. Your kids will enjoy experimenting!

For those who have never heard of or tried this method before, it will really set your mind to thinking about math differently.

If your kids struggle with mathematics the Vedic system may provide an alternative method that suits the way your child learns best. This site sells products that teach the Vedic system, but the sample tutorials are free. It also provides many links to other websites with articles, downloads, activities, and further resources for learning Vedic mathematics. We have not reviewed these other websites.

Just FYI, YouTube.com carries some free Vedic math tutorials. Just go to YouTube.com and enter “Vedic math tutorials” in the search engine. A menu of free instructional videos on the Vedic system pops up that you can explore on your own. We have not reviewed the YouTube presentations on Vedic math, so parents AS ALWAYS should preview the material and supervise use.

Free Bee Identification Cards

March 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has “offered to pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Pollinator Info” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

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.”

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