Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Free Daily Audio Science Lessons for Kids!

July 14th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 14, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Pulse of the Planet (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/)

 

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

 

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers daily (Monday-Friday), free, engaging two-minute sound portraits that blend science, nature, and culture worldwide. These audio clips contain fascinating information that may springboard you to further science investigation and learning.
Just take a look at some of what’s available from this month so far: 
  • Jul 14 – Acoustical Ecology – Loons: Development and disturbance can silence the beautiful call of the common loon.
  • Jul 9 – Long Leaf Pine – Restoring: Forestry experts at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are working to restore Long Leaf Pine, a species that once ranged from Virginia to Texas.
  • Jul 8 – Natchez – Oral History: The Principal Chief of the Natchez offers a unique perspective of his people’s cultural heritage.
  • Jul 2 – Terraforming: It may work on Star Trek, but in real life Mar’s thin atmosphere will be writing the script.
  • Jul 1 – Okefenokee – Standing Up to Bears: What hisses at bears to defend its nest eggs? Hint: it’s bigger than a robin.
Just listen to the featured sound clip (and print out the transcript or download the MP3 if desired). Then, use the menu to access all of the “Daily Programs” audio clips from 1998-2015.

But there’s more! In the “Educator Resources” section you’ll find free lesson plans with activities “suitable for classrooms or home-schoolers” using Pulse of the Planet programs. The lesson plans for grades K-12 contain downloadable audio files. You must register (free and painless) to access the lessons.

Click on “Monthly Features” for the in-depth studies, and peruse the rest of the menu for other wonderful science surprises.

Navigate the Road to the American Revolution

July 9th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 9, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Liberty! The American Revolution

(http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/index.html)

 

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

 

This website is companion to the Peabody Award Winning PBS series, Liberty! The American Revolution. But even if you don’t have access to the program, there is still a lot of learning opportunities available here. With this website visitors are encouraged to travel the road through the history of the American Revolution with simple but interesting interactives.
When arriving at today’s link, select from the following: 
  • Chronicle of the Revolution – Read about the headline events from Boston, 1774, Philadelphia, 1776 and 1791, Trenton, 1776, Saratoga, 1777, and Yorktown, 1781. While in this section, check out the Timeline of the Revolution and comprehensive subject index to discover the people, pivotal events, documents, and social and cultural context of the Revolution.
  • Liberty! The Series – Read episode descriptions, about the making of Liberty!, meet the cast and scholars in the series, and about the accompanying music.
  • Perspectives on Liberty – Through interactive images, learn about daily life in the colonies, the global village, and military perspectives of the American Revolution.
  • The Road to Revolution – Play this question and answer game as you travel along the Revolution Road from Boston to Washington D.C.
Visitors can return to the homepage at any time by selecting the Liberty! Image in the upper left of the header. When back on the homepage, select the “Teacher’s Guide” on the right to access companion lesson plans. Choose the “Resources” link for a bibliography of American Revolution books and additional topical links. If you are interested in purchasing the DVD/Home Video of the series or the soundtrack, select the “Companion Products” option. If you would like to see if there are any upcoming broadcasts of this program on PBS in your area, select that option.

This website provides an interesting supplement to any study of the American Revolution.

Fun Grammar Games and Lessons!

July 8th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 8, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Teachers’ Cafe

(http://www.theteacherscafe.com/Grammar/Grammar_Games.php)

 

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

 

Mr. and Mrs. Farino created The Teachers’ CafĂ© in 2004. It was originally started as a simple way to store worksheets online instead of using a filing cabinet. As they began to understand the need for teacher resources their website morphed and changed to meet the growing need and today the website contains literally thousands of teaching aids like: 
  • Printable worksheets
  • Downloadable workbooks
  • Reading Lists
  • Holiday Printables
  • Assessments
  • Audio books
  • Classroom management tools
  • You can even study Spanish!
Today we are focusing on Grammar. When you get to the site, use the two column menu in the center of the page to find many resources for learning grammar: 
  • Learning English – Dozens of free Grammar games. Articles, Parts of speech to Superlative adjectives
  • Noun Dunk – Helps students understand common & proper nouns with practice from this simple online game.
  • Proofreading Makes Perfect – You choose skill: Capitalization, punctuation, spelling, usage or putting it together.
  • Middle School – Online lessons & activities: Adjective and Adverbs, General Grammar Exercises (error correction exercises), nouns, prepositions, Pronouns & verb tenses.
  • Grammar Exercises – Intermediate Online practice. Comma Splices, Fragments, Irregular Verbs, Commas, Pronoun Agreement, Pronoun Reference, S-V Agreement & Word Choice.
  • And so much more!
This website is a huge resource for many subjects; Math, Science, History, Social Studies – all of it can be found here so bookmark this website and return often!

Free Online Science Labs

July 7th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 7, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SEED Science

(http://www.planetseed.com/sciencesection/new-seed-science-articles)

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the non-profit foundation called SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development), to support teachers, parents and other mentors with resources to help students learn about technology and science with regard to global issues, such as water, energy, climate change, and much more. SEED offers free science resources including informative articles, lab experiments, as well as math puzzles and games.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured resources. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to explore: 
  • Articles – Enjoy science articles (that can easily be used as lessons) on topics such as: Air & Space, Earth Science, Health & Safety, Energy, Water, and more. Place your cursor over the topics to see a drop-down menu of related articles. All of the articles include fascinating information and are linked to experiments students can do to demonstrate the concepts covered in the articles.
  • Laboratory – This online lab provides students with the materials list (includes common household items and materials available at a pharmacy or hardware store) and instructions for conducting experiments to learn more about Air & Space, Earth Science, Electricity & Magnetism, Properties of Liquids, and Energy. Click on any topic and see a drop-down menu of experiments. For example, students can build a personal seismograph or build their own star! There are Teacher’s Notes, as well as examples of results.
  • Math Puzzles – Sharpen your math skills with fun puzzles and games that include arithmetic, probability, algebraic thinking, geometry, topology, logic, and more.
All of the resources are available in a variety of languages too, just look for the language menu at the top of the page.

You can also purchase science kits, books, and games from the online store, but no purchase is necessary to access the free resources mentioned above.

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

June 30th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 30, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

 

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 
  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, sea turtles, stingrays, killer clams, sea cows, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos (so far) that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.
This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

June 29th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 29, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

(http://letsplaymath.net/2007/07/28/egyptian-math-in-hieroglyphs/)

 

Age Range: 8-16 (Varies by website; children with parental supervision)

 

This terrific blog (by a homeschool mom) offers a series of free math challenges using hieroglyphs.
Designed for younger students (about 8-14), you’ll find several links to resources that include: 
  • Hieroglyphic Addition & Subtraction – This downloadable and printable pdf offers a few fun math problems in hieroglyphs for kids.
  • Ten Hieroglyphs Lessons – Learn more about hieroglyphs with ten free lessons including a lesson on “Numbers and Dates.”
From the main page, you can click on links to these other fun math activities too: 
  • The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure
  • The Mysterious Temporal Freeze
  • The Secret of Egyptian Fractions
  • The Puzzling Pythagorean Pebbles
This commercial and ad-supported website is a treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian history that contains a small section devoted to number hieroglyphs complete with a few math problems you can solve using hieroglyphs. It’s geared for ages 10-16, and offers a fun way to learn a little math and history. Be sure to explore the rest of this site that includes information on pyramids, temples, kings and queens, mummification, etc.
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