Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Calling All Young Inventors

November 18th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

 

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

 

The National Museum of Education’s website encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills. It also has a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:
  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors”, and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships, and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America, and more.
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions.
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

Bookmark this website – your young inventors will want to return often!

Forensic Science Interactive Games!

November 11th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

CSI: Forensic Science Web Adventures

 

Age Range: 11-adult (Grades 5-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series. You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case! If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

When you get to the site, find five CSI cases:

  • Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
  • Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
  • Case Three: Burning Star (Advanced level)
  • Case Four: Bitter Pill (Advanced level)
  • Case Five: Fatal Interactions (Advanced level)

The last three cases are more complicated and require some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources.

Challenging, fascinating and informative! If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.
You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session. One game can take more than an hour to master. 
Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “Fun Stuff” to access:
  • Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems – and more!”
  • Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
  • Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
  • Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.

This site requires all lot of time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.

Math Using Ciphers & Secret Codes!

November 10th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, November 10, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NSA/CSS: CryptoKids

 

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

 

The National Security Agency and Central Security Service are America’s code makers and breakers for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. This website contains free games, puzzles, codes, ciphers and activities related to cryptology to educate and inspire the next generation of “mathematicians, linguists, engineers, and analysts.”

When you get to the site you can choose to view it in Flash (multi-media with sound and animation) or Text (printed copy only). Use the menu to explore:

*Codes & Ciphers – Learn the definition and history of codes and cipher. Use your math and logic skills to make your own cipher and learn how to break/decode ciphers.
*Games & Activities – Use math and logic to solve challenging brainteasers. Crack cryptograms using “substitution” or “transposition” ciphers. Make your own cipher machine from items found in your home. Use math, language, and memory skills to play some online games.
*Student Resources – Explore links to sites about the history of cryptology, see a photo gallery of cryptologists and the equipment they use. Check out the Cryptologic Museum. Read declassified top secret documents about the Korean War, Kennedy’s assassination, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more. Learn about careers in the NSA along with high school and college programs and scholarships.

This is an engaging site that teaches, informs, and entertains while it helps students hone their math skills.

Harper’s Weekly for History

November 6th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 6, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HarpWeek

 

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Harper’s Weekly is considered an important primary resource chronicling the week-to-week life of America for the 56-year time period from 1857-1912. This website provides access to a user friendly indexed database of Harper’s Weekly. Visitors will find scanned images of the pages from the weekly as well as a transcript of those pages. Pages include the:
  • news stories
  • illustrations
  • cartoons
  • editorials
  • biographies
  • literature
  • advertisements

But it doesn’t stop there. There are educational extensions using Harper Weekly resources. Historical topics covered include:

  • The Civil War
  • The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
  • Presidential elections: 1860-1912
  • The Making of Modern America

The “Cartoon of the Day” is an interesting peek into the humor of the past. You will also find Simulation Games that include information to the teacher that explains how to implement the simulations and provides background information. Simulation Games include:

  • The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
  • The Civil War Illustrations Activity: Why Did the North Win the Civil War?
  • The Reconstruction Convention
  • The Ku Klux Klan Hearings

These are just a sampling of the educational activities available for use in your history studies. There are many more that you will want to check out for yourself.

*Please note that because Harper’s Weekly is a primary resource, some of the language from the time may be considered objectionable by today’s standards. As always, please preview this website material before allowing your children to use this resource.

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

November 5th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, November 5, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

FreeReading.net

 

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, multi-media, open-source instructional reading program that helps educators teach early literacy. It contains a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities designed for a typical Kindergarten or first grade core reading program. This program is also used as an “intervention program” for kindergarten or first grade students who need additional help with learning to read.
That said, (and the early emphasis on learning to read at too young an age by schools aside) the resources here can easily be used for children of all ages when they are developmentally ready to learn to read.
As mentioned at the website, FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities in the following categories:
  • Phonological Awareness: Students learn to blend and segment the sounds in spoken words.
  • Letter Sounds: Students learn to say the most common sounds for printed letters.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words. For the first time, they read.
  • Word-Form Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out. (Some educators refer to these words as “sight words.”)
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words such as the and was by sight.
  • Reading Connected Text: Students learn to read their first stories.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Irregular Words II: Students learn more high-frequency irregular words to read by sight.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, decodable passages, word list generators, and much more. You’ll find audio and video aids too. There is even a “literacy is priceless” blog as well as a live forum to provide support to educators who are teaching reading.

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen and click on “FAQ” – as it provides a good overview of the site and how to use it to your student’s best advantage.
This site provides a wide variety of early literacy tools covering phonological awareness, reading and spelling fluency, and writing comprehension!

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

October 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 23, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

 

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can you point to Zimbabwe on a map of Africa? Can you find the Spice Islands? If you use today’s website, you can!
Sponsored by Owl & Mouse Educational Software, the website offers for FREE:
  • Online Interactive maps of the U.S., Europe, Asia, and more.
  • Online Atlas with maps of the countries of every continent.
  • Map Puzzles – These interactive puzzles help you learn geography by assembling maps of Europe, the U.S., Africa, and more! (If you like these puzzles, you can download the software for free to use offline.)
  • Printable Maps of the world, continents, and countries in large or small sizes.
  • Maps by Place – Choose a location and get a map of Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more!
  • U.S. Geography Mega Quiz with 1100 questions about the United States

Note: To get a good overview of what the site offers and teaching suggestions for how to use the maps – just scroll down below the menu on the home page.

“Maps that Teach” understands that geography is spatial and that kids learn best by doing. As children assemble the maps, they build a permanent mental picture of the world. They learn about the continents and where they are in relation to each other. They learn about the countries of the world, their capitals and major cultural landmarks, and physical features. The free resources here make learning geography easy and fun.

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