Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Experiment on Flies

August 19th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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HHMI: Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab

 

Age Range: 13-Adult (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

There’s an online virtual lab where you can experiment with flies. Eeeew!” It’s true! The Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab provides you with the virtual tools you’ll need to learn about the science and techniques used to make transgenic flies. What are transgenic flies? As the website explains:
“Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological processes. In this lab, you will create a transgenic fly to study circadian rhythms. The fly glows only when a certain gene involved in circadian rhythms is activated. After making the glowing fly, you will use it to explore basic principles of circadian biology and genetics.”
When you get to the site, read the introduction that explains the basic steps and learning objectives. You’ll see the virtual lab on the left side of the page, where you can begin to conduct your experiment. You will be prompted by text in the gray tip window and light purple arrows that point the way.
As you begin the experiment, your lab “Notebook” will automatically open on the right side of the page showing detailed information as you progress through the experiment. You’ll see hyperlinks in the notes – click on them to learn more.
If some of the scientific terminology, tools, or concepts are unfamiliar, use the “Resources” tab on the menu to access a glossary that defines the words, as well as a photo-directory of the various equipment used in the lab.
There are quiz questions in each phase of the experiment and you can check your results by clicking on the “Quiz” tab on the menu.
This is a fascinating use of technology that replicates lab science experimentation.

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

Free Online News for Children 8-15

August 13th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Youngzine.com

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
  • World News
  • Science & Tech
  • Our Earth
  • Society & Arts
  • Sports
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.

Free Online & Offline Math Activities

August 11th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 11, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Teaching Ideas

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities and worksheets to help educators teach Math (and science, geography, and history as well). The resources are delivered through a variety of formats for use online and offline including:
  • PDF Files
  • Word Documents
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Websites
  • Text Documents (e.g. Notepad, Wordpad, Word)
  • Video Files
  • ~ and more!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief welcome message and some featured math resources and activities. Directly above the welcome message look for the blue menu bar and roll over “Maths” to find choices that include:

*Number Patterns – Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.
*Shape – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.
*Addition/Subtraction – Learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size.
*Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.
*Problem Solving – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands.
*Multiplication/Division – Check out interesting games, grids, and gadgets to help kids learn to multiply and divide.
*Fractions/Decimals/Percents – Get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.
There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.
Note: As you explore the site, you’ll notice comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.

Saturday: Incredible Art Lessons for All Ages

August 9th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 9, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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Incredible Art Department

 

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

 

This ad-supported website is a gold mine of art lesson plans for students of all ages. Originally created in 1994 as a place for teacher Ken Rohrer to exhibit his students’ work, this website has evolved over the past 20 years into a go-to resource for art instruction. 
When arriving at the link above, look to the right hand side bar to select the grade level for which you are looking for lessons. Searching lessons can be further broken down by:
  • Grade Level
  • Medium
  • Subject
  • Art Period
  • Artist
  • Integration

Many of the lessons have images but those from the early days of the website when scanners or digital cameras were not in use may not have images. Most of the lessons are similarly presented starting with a description, standards met, resources and materials needed, objective, and instructions. Many include downloadable accompanying print outs and links to other needed resources as well as rubric information for assessment of projects.

Because there are hundreds of lessons to choose from that have been submitted by teachers across the country and new lessons are continually being added, you will certainly want to bookmark this site to come back time and again for inspiration for your art studies.

Shine the Spotlight on History

July 31st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 31, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Historical Spotlight

 

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

 

Gain insight into America’s pivotal historical events through the videos presentations and resources available at this website. Created by Dr. John Bianchi and Nicole Bianchi, the aim of this website is to “illustrate how competing ideologies have affected and continue to shape the development of the United States”.

When arriving at the home page of the website, use the navigation at the top of the page to select your destination. In the video section you will find such topics covered as:

  • Shay’s Rebellion
  • The American System
  • The Battle of Gettysburg
  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The Great Depression
  • And more
Each video page includes text of the video as well as images and bibliography of works sited. There is also the ability to post comments to the pages.

Under the Resources menu, find links to thought-provoking questions and resources to accompany the video presentations for further understanding of the topic.

When you select “Timelines” from the navigation bar, you will be able to choose from three currently available interactive timelines for the following time periods:

  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The Great Depression

After you have visited the timelines, select the “Gettysburg Interactive Panoroma” to virtually explore part of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Interactively examine the field as seen from the Longstreet observation tower from Cemetery Ridge and the Emmitsburg Road.

Because, at this time, this is a fairly new website, you may wish to subscribe to the website to keep up to date on additions and news and receive a free copy of the ebook McCulloch vs. Maryland: The Extended Debate as well.

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