Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Practical Money Skills – Financial Football

January 9th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, January 9, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Financial Football

(www.practicalmoneyskills.com/games/trainingcamp/ff/)

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

 

“Give your financial knowledge a workout with the latest version of Financial Football, a fast-paced, NFL-themed video game developed by VISA. Test your money management skills by answering financial questions that allow you to move down the field and score touchdowns. Are you warmed up and ready to compete?”

Start out by choosing an age level, game length and team names. After the game loads, go through the coin toss and the kickoff by following the instructions. Choose your ‘defense’ and a financial question comes up. Answer it correctly and your team gains yards. After each play, choose again for another question and continue until your team scores a touchdown. You’ll learn about saving and spending, budgeting and the wise use of credit.

From the home page, click on ‘Lessons’ where you can download financial lesson plans by age group. Under the ‘Resources’ link, you’ll find more helpful information: 

  • Personal Finance for Everyone
  • Classroom Curriculum for Educators
  • Building A Financial Literacy Program

You don’t have to know how to play football to increase your financial knowledge.

Step into the World of Van Gogh

January 7th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 7, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inside Art

(www.eduweb.com/insideart/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world of Vincent van Gogh’s Bank of the Oise at Auvers while learning about the artist and the painting with this web game created by Eduweb.

In this game, the narrator is “sucked” into the painting. In order to escape, students navigate through the game with the help of “Trish Fish” by reading the information and clicking the appropriate links to discover the who, what, how, and where of the painting. Once the answers to those questions are found, they press “Out” to answer questions about what they have learned. From the home page, click on the Teacher’s Resources link to find how to use the program and an additional worksheet to use in your studies. Along the journey students will learn about: 

  • Painting style – impressionist, post-impressionist, and expressionist
  • Types of paintings – portrait, landscape, still life, abstract
  • Use of color and brushstrokes

This simple interactive may peak visitors’ interest in learning more about Vincent van Gogh, so we found this additional resource to dig deeper. Visit the Van Gogh Gallery to learn more about: 

  • The Works
  • The Man
  • The Legend

Both sites are excellent additions to your art studies palette.

Maple Syrup Day Resources

December 15th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 15, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maple Syrup Day Resources

(See below.)

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

 

National Maple Syrup Day is December 17! We thought it would be fun to learn about maple syrup.

Read The Legend of Maple Syrup

(sugarmakerstimes.blogspot.com/2007/10/native-americans-and-legend-of-maple.html)


North America is the only place where maple syrup is produced. It was originally made by Native Americans. At this website you can read “The Legend of Maple Syrup” online.

Watch Videos on How Maple Syrup is Made
Part I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXeBOl4fXY)

Part II (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tidds7_gDM)


These videos were lovingly made by a family who has been in the maple syrup business for years. Gather your family around the computer, turn on the speakers to hear the music and narration, and enjoy a delightful virtual field trip to a maple sugar tree farm.

Maple Math (hubpages.com/education/maple-math)

A terrific presentation of a math lesson to discover line symmetry in maple leaves.

Maple Syrup Coloring Page

(homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/maplesyrupprint.htm#step7)


Print and color a picture of tapping the maple trees.

These websites are sure to whet your appetite for maple syrup. Have a Maple Syrup Taste Test! Purchase some real maple syrup and compare it to pancake syrup that is typically made from corn syrup and artificial maple flavor. Which do you like best?

Holiday Science

December 13th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, December 13, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday Science

(see below)

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

 

Here are free science resources for some holiday cheer.


Track Santa on Christmas Eve

http://www.noradsanta.org/

This website is sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which is the joint American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada that was created in 1958. Every year NORAD tracks Santa’s whereabouts so that children throughout the world can determine his location and how close he is to delivering goodies to their house on Christmas Eve. At the site you can get the scoop on the science behind tracking Santa including radar, satellites, Santa Cam, and jet fighter aircraft

HowStuffWorks: How Holiday Lights Work

http://christmas.howstuffworks.com/christmas-lights1.htm

Get the information on how those mini decorative lights are made. Clear explanations and great illustrations and photos help you understand how these incandescent bulbs work, why the removal of one bulb in a strand can break the circuit, and how they get the bulbs to blink.

Science I.Q. – The Gingerbread Man

http://www.scienceiq.com/Facts/TheGingerbreadMan.cfm

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread.

Games & Activities for Emerging Readers

November 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Roy The Zebra

(www.roythezebra.com/)

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides an archive of free interactive language arts games and literacy resources to help emerging readers learn to read

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured activities that include “Guided Reading Stories” starring your host, Roy the Zebra, as well as “Interactive Reading Games” that help teach concepts such as: 

  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capital Letters
  • Consonant Blends
  • High Frequency Words (Days, Months, Numbers, Colors)
  • Singular or Plural
  • Long Vowel Phonemes
  • Sentence Structure
  • Tricky Words
  • Words that Rhyme
  • Words Within Words
  • And more!

The simplicity of this site makes learning the basic skills for reading lots of fun for kids. Non-readers will need assistance.

In addition to playing the games, you can help your children read the interactive story book about Roy the Zebra and his escape from a zoo. The stories come with free, printable discussion and literacy worksheets.

If you read the stories, you’ll discover that Roy the Zebra loves to sing. Use the menu to click on “Songs” to hear Roy singing his faves.

In addition to all of the freebies here, the site does sell reading software, books, etc. However, you are under no obligation to buy anything to easily access the free stories and games.

Native American Art

November 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 19, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Infinity of Nations

(nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/infinityofnations/culturequest/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn about Native American art with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

After reading the brief introduction, choose from three different sections to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Object Gallery to discover headdresses, cultural objects, and contemporary art
  • Play Infinity of Nations Culture Quest to gain knowledge of Native nations and objects across the Americas
  • See Contemporary Native American Art from five different artists: 
    • Larry Beck – Yup’ik
    • Allan Houser – Chiricahua Apache
    • Bob Haozous – Chiricahua Apache
    • Diego Romero – Cochiti Pueblo
    • Bentley Spang – Cheyenne

When exploring the Object Gallery, click on the object you wish to learn about to open the object window. From here you can examine the piece more closely, learn about the item, and see more related images.

To play the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest, click on an object in the map and an interactive game of discovery begins. There are different activities for the different objects that once completed earns the player a ‘badge of knowledge’ which can be printed out. 
Complete all 9 quests and print out a Culture Quest Leader certificate.

Take a closer look at the contemporary art pieces with interactive exploration.

Select the “Teaching Resources” link in the lower right menu to find valuable information about Infinity of Nations and for tips on teaching about Native American art.

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