Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Fun Online Math Tutorials & Interactives

October 20th, 2014


It’s Monday, October 20, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Kids Online Resources: Math


Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)


Kids Online Resources, maintained by the Webb Family of Arcata, California, is a massive archive of web-based learning activities for a wide variety of subjects. On this featured page of the site called “Me & My Math,” you’ll find free animated and interactive math tutorials for the following math strands:
  • Numbers & Place Values
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • The Number Line
  • Fractions
  • The Laws of Arithmetic

Click on any one and a new page opens where the tutorial begins. I suggest you click on the “Help” button in each section to learn how to use the program effectively. There are hypertext/buttons throughout the lessons and in some cases they lead to small movies. The “Help” button alerts you to what to look for so you don’t miss a thing.

While the math here is basic, it seems to be designed for a teacher and student or parent and child to use together. There’s a good amount of text explanation mixed with the interactives, so non-readers will need help.
When you’re through exploring this math page, head to the Kids Online Resources main site – where you’ll find enough math activities and lessons to cover your curriculum for years to come. Plus, you’ll find web-based lessons and activities for:
  • Art/Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • And much, much more!

Don’t miss their Kid Science Link web page – with lessons and activities on Astronomy, Botany, Herpetology and more.

Free Resources to Teach Math

October 13th, 2014


It’s Monday, October 13, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)


This ad supported website was designed by educators and technologists to help parents help their children improve in math. It provides free access to a variety of math resources, games, and tools including:
  • Math Worksheets – Includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, decimals, geometry, algebra, numbers (rounding, comparing, skip counting, place value, integers, multiples and factors)
  • Multiplication Tables & Charts – For 1x through 12x
  • Flash Cards – For addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Number Lines & Fraction Lines – Segmented at different intervals and includes negatives as well
  • Math Games – Drag-n-drop games that cover basic math facts and equivalent fractions
  • Math Puzzles – Includes multiplication crosswords, squares, and number jumbles
  • Addition & Subtraction Facts – With trick-based solutions to help with memorization

All of these resources are free and formatted for quick download and easy printing. You can sort by subject and grade level as well.

Visit the Palace of the Last Tsar – Virtually

October 3rd, 2014


It’s Friday, October 3, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Alexander Palace Time Machine


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


This website is the largest website dedicated to Romanov and Russian history and offers visitors an extensive look into the world of the Alexander Palace. When arriving at this website, use the “Palace Tour” navigation list to view the various rooms of the palace. Select destinations from the following main categories:
  • Gala Parade Halls
  • Restoration of the Palace
  • Rooms of Alexandra
  • Rooms of Nicholas II
  • The Children’s Floor
  • Rooms of the Right Wing
  • Palace Park
  • The Imperial Garage
  • Imperial Dining
  • Plans, Maps and Churches
  • Imperial Yacht Standart

Each room within a category includes mostly black and white images along with detailed information text about the location. Some locations include self-navigating slide shows of even more images. 

While visiting this website you may also wish to check out the other available resources such as:
  • Palace Archives – includes historical information, samples of diaries and letters from and to the royals, travel guides, Romanov archives and more
  • Personalities – read eyewitness accounts and biographies, learn about palace personalities, holidays and celebrations, and more
  • Resources – check out the Fabergé eggs, read online books, view or listen to films and music, visit other recommended links

Before leaving, be sure to view the “Time Machine Photo Tours” to see even more of the palace in the following slide shows:

  • Alexander Palace Façade Pictures
  • Alexander Palace Interiors Today
  • Photos of the Exterior of the Palace
  • The Feodorovsky Cathedral and Village
  • Last Resting Place of the Imperial Family
  • The Cameron Gallery
  • Alexander Palace In Winter
  • The Arsenal in the Park

There is so much to see and learn about Romanov and Russian history and about the Alexander Palace at this website, that you may want to bookmark this website to come back to time and time again.

Learn the BackStory with the American History Guys

October 2nd, 2014


It’s Thursday, October 2, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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BackStory with the American History Guys


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


At this website, visitors can listen as historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, Brian Balogh and others explore the historical connections of past events on present day happenings.
BackStory with the American History Guys is a public radio program and podcast from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Visitors can listen online to archived episodes, subscribe to the podcasts, or locate a radio station in their area that runs the show.
When you arrive at the site, you may choose to listen to the most recent show or select the “Show Archives” link to search for a specific show. You may search by year or by topic. Some of the topics covered include:
  • Political History
  • Economic History
  • Military History
  • Women’s History
  • Social History
  • Legal History
  • Presidential History
  • Religious History
  • Labor History
  • Native American History
  • Media History
  • Medicine
  • History of Technology
  • Environment
  • Holidays
  • And much more

Each episode is about one hour long and can be listened to either online or downloaded as an MP3 to take with you on the go. When you arrive at the episode page, you will see the sound file at the top of the page. There is a brief text explanation of the episode under which you will find a section of tabbed items that could include:

  • Segments – a topical breakdown of the broadcast to listen to specific sections
  • Guest List – information about the guests on the show
  • Resources – resource links for further exploration of the subject matter
  • Music – links to listen to the various musical selections used in the show
  • Transcript – text of the audio segments

While this program is not specifically targeted to students, there is a lot to be learned from these program audios that may spark interesting conversations and encourage further research.

Exogeology Rocks!

September 30th, 2014


It’s Tuesday, September 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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Exogeology Rocks!


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


Zoe, a teenager, created this terrific website with information on exogeology that combines the sciences of geology and astronomy in the study of planets, asteroids, moons, etc. She and her family were interviewed about unschooling in 2011 on the “Today Show.” The segment included information about Zoe Bentley’s passion for Exogeology. You can watch the Bentley Family’s segment on the “Today Show” here and see reactions to the piece.
To begin learning about Exogeology, use the menu under the headline “Things To Do” on the right side of the homepage that includes a definition of Exogeology, and other information about the site. You can also learn more about Zoe. You’ll find:

*Exogeology Rocks: Episodes/Meet Real Exogeologists – Watch Zoe’s on-camera interviews with exogeologists who explain what their work entails.

*How To Become An Exogeologist – Get information on what it takes to have a career in exogeology. Kids will find suggested activities and links to further information about:

  • NASA
  • Rock collecting
  • Dig-sites
  • Stargazing
  • Visiting geologic formations

*Games & Puzzles – Enjoy playing crossword puzzles, word searches, and jigsaw puzzles themed around geology, astronomy, and exogeology.

You’ll also find a photo gallery, a great list of resources to explore, and more! Read about about “Zoe’s Geo Party,” a trivia game she invented that involves weekly video clues that are posted on the site. Scroll down the page to see the archive of past clues and games.

This is an incredible demonstration of where interest-initiated learning and unschooling can lead, and may inspire your homeschooler or unschooler to explore their passions with the same gusto!

The California Gold Rush

September 25th, 2014


It’s Thursday, September 25, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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The California Gold Rush


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


The California Gold Rush of 1849 unleashed one of the largest migrations of human beings in history. This website is comprehensive, yet the information is manageable and not overwhelming in presenting the history of the Gold Rush. It includes the story of how gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill, the migration by land and by sea, and the development of cities from Sacramento to Los Angeles as a result. The site explains the way of life of miners, their housing, diet, the culture that developed, punishment for criminal behavior, and the part the press played.
There is an extraordinary account of the effect of the Gold Rush on people, including Mexicans, Native Americans, African Americans, the Chinese, and women. The impact to the environment is also explored from the ravaging of the landscape by opportunists to the poisoning of streams from mercury used to mine for gold. There is interesting information here on the development of water systems in the state, and the economic impact of the Gold Rush. Equally fascinating is the account of the Gold Rush country today.
One of the best parts of this site is the “Travel” section. Practically a virtual field trip to the gold country is offered in this log of historical sites to visit in California. Included in the descriptions are:
  • Indian Grinding Rock
  • Columbia State Historic Park
  • the Empire Mine
  • caves to explore in the Mother Lode country
  • and more.

Everything at the site includes interesting text and original photographs and illustrations. It is extremely user-friendly in its presentation of historical information. There are also links to resources for further research and study.