Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Arts & Crafts, Activities, Worksheets, and More!

December 6th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 6, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

All Kids Network

 

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

Not only does this ad-supported website have hundreds of craft projects and coloring and activity pages, but it is also a great resource for fun educational worksheets and other teaching resources.
Use the navigation bar to choose from: 
  • Kids Crafts
  • Kids Worksheets
  • Kids Activities
  • Teaching Resources
Under the Kids Crafts you can further narrow your search using the sidebar menu. The main categories to select from include: 
  • Seasonal Crafts – Spring, summer, winter, or fall, find projects such as Fall Leaf Book, Snow Globe Craft, Raining Cloud Craft, Bubble Wrap Beehive Craft.
  • Holiday Crafts – Find ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, and many other special days of the year.
  • Educational Crafts – There are projects for the alphabet, numbers, shapes, Back to School, books, and 100th day.
  • Animal Crafts – Lots of craft projects featuring farm animals, fish and other water animals, bugs, birds, and dinosaurs.
  • More Crafts – Check out crafts highlighting nursery rhymes, the Bible, fire safety, space, fantasy, music, birthday, and many more.
All projects include a list of supplies needed as well as detailed instructions.

In the Kids Activities section, find hundreds of coloring pages featuring movie, television, and cartoon characters and themed pages for holidays, shapes, numbers, letters, animals, and much more. There are even color by number pages.

You will also find mazes, dot to dots, hidden pictures, and many more fun activity pages to print out in the Kids Activities section.

Looking for themed worksheets? Check them out under the Kids Worksheet page, or find lined paper, flash card, certificates, calendars, and sticker charts on the Teaching Resources page.

You will want to bookmark this website as more content is being added regularly.

Free High School Chemistry Labs & Lessons!

September 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MisterGuch: Free Chemistry Resources

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website created by a High School Chemistry teacher (with a cool sense of humor) is “committed to giving out the very best free stuff to teachers.” There are no bells and whistles here, just an entire year’s worth of free general and honors level high school chemistry lessons, labs, and worksheets.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices that include:
  • Free Chemistry Worksheets – Practice balancing equations, name chemical compounds, and learn about acids, bases, atomic structure, gas laws, thermodynamics and more.
  • Free Chemistry Labs – Download pdf and/or MS Word docs with instructions on lab activities that include experiments with gum, balloons, snow globes, paper planes, onion DNA, pennies, and more.
  • Free Curriculum Books – Mr. Guch has written lab manuals and other useful books that he makes available for free. They include:
    • 24 Lessons That Rocked the World – Get complete labs with instructions, safety information, a lab worksheet, a homework sheet, and solutions.
    • 17 Effective Activities For New Chemistry Teachers – This focuses on basic and introductory Lab activities.
    • The Complete Book of Chemistry Quizzes and Practice Problems – Covers the first semester of high school chemistry.

Just click on the topics of interest and a new page opens with a menu of activities that you can download in pdf or MS Word format and print out to use at home. (Some of the documents are large and may take a minute or two to fully download. Your patience will pay off.)

Virtual Tour of Latex Balloon Factory

August 15th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, August 15, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Balloon Headquarters

 

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Ever wonder how latex and Mylar balloons are made? You can find out by taking a virtual field trip to this site. When you get there scroll down a little and you can read a general overview and some Q&A’s about how balloons are manufactured. There are some photographs that help illustrate the text. You will discover how balloons are molded, how the rolled lip is formed, how they are colored and imprinted, and there is even information on how to make latex balloons at home! (Parental supervision is required!)
But don’t stop with the tour….this site has all kinds of fascinating and educational information about balloons (some more appropriate for high school level and beyond). When you finish the “tour” click on “The Guide” on the menu at the top of the screen. Look under the headline: The How’s and Why’s of Balloons. You will see a menu that offers:
  • How balloons are made – click on it to repeat the tour.
  • How helium-filled balloons float – includes a discussion of “Archimedes’ Principle.”
  • Why do balloons pop? – an in-depth discussion of the effects of static electricity on balloons, an engineer’s explanation of stress on balloons, the molecule arrangement of balloons, and much more.
  • Balloon Science 101 – includes science discussion about balloons from the simple to the highly technical (for example: Stupid Human Tricks with balloons to Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics as applied to latex).
  • Balloons and Teaching – A COMPLETE 6-WEEK SAMPLE CURRICULUM that covers balloon safety, twisting balloons, connecting balloons, making balloon sculptures, hats, and critters – and some interesting suggestions/experiments with balloons and dry ice.

You can also read all about the history of balloons and much more! This is a delightful site for the balloon aficionado in your family. Be sure to have a gross of balloons handy when you visit this site – the urge to inflate and pop will be overwhelming!

Energizing Power Plant Tour

May 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, May 2, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Friday: Energizing Power Plant Tour

 

Age Range: 8-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

We use energy every day but do we understand how it is made and where it comes from? With this fascinating virtual tour through a power plant, discover the answers to these and many more questions about energy production. Sponsored by Xcel Energy and part of the larger Energy Classroom website, join your young guides, Jenna and Bobby, as they walk you through one of the biggest of Xcel Energy’s 86 power plants and explain how energy is made. There are 3 stops on your tour: 

  • Introduction – General information about the tour
  • Electricity – Walks through the steam energy production process from coal to transmission to customers
  • Environment – Explains the way the company works to conserve resources and keep the air and water clean

 

When you are finished with your tour, use the sidebar navigation or select “Energy Classroom” at the top of the navigation bar to find a great number of excellent resources available on this site to continue your study of energy. Resources include: 

  • Interactive games
  • Printable worksheets, information sheets, activity ideas, and experiments
  • Informative videos

 

Choose from the following topics:

  • Power Sources
  • Clean Energy Planet
  • Conservation
  • Power & Wildlife
  • Careers in Energy
  • Power Questions
  • Power Words
  • Teacher Resources
  • Energy Safety Calendar

 

While the materials on this site were created for students in grades 3-5, there is a wealth of information that can be adapted for both younger and older students. Turn on the lights to exploration of power when you visit the Energy Classroom website.

Red Cross History and Emergency Preparedness

March 27th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, March 27, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Red Cross

 

Age Range: 8-adult (Grades 2 and up, with parental supervision)

 

March is Red Cross Month. Dedicated to humanitarian service, this portion of the larger American Red Cross website provides an in-depth look at the history of the Red Cross.

Using the sidebar navigation, explore the following areas of interest through text and images:

  • Our History
  • Founder Clara Barton
  • Our Federal Charter
  • Red Cross in American History
  • The Global Red Cross Network
  • Significant Dates in History
When you are finished learning about the history of the Red Cross, select the American Red Cross logo in the upper right corner of the website, then scroll to the bottom of the home page. There you will find the heading “Plan and Prepare”. Once in this section of the website, visitors will find a plethora of information about planning and preparing for emergencies and disasters. In the “Prepare Your Home and Family” section there are links to Disney’s Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book that can be viewed online or printed out. There are also sections with helpful printables available for things such as:
  • Get a Kit – how to prepare an emergency preparedness kit
  • Make a Plan – includes an editable, printable family disaster plan template
  • People with Disabilities – downloadable guide for Preparing for Disaster for People with Special Needs
  • Seniors – downloadable guide for Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors
  • Pets – download the Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist
  • Prevent Home Fires – includes printouts for Fire Prevention & Safety Checklist, install and maintain smoke alarms, and Fire Escape Planning.

And for even more discovery, choose “Tools and Resources” from the side bar menu and find more information and printable checklists for all kinds of emergencies available in a variety of languages. Before you leave the website, be sure to check out the interactive module “Be Red Cross Ready” which includes pictures, audio and video content and a clever Prepare 4 Game.

Visiting these sections of this website just touches the iceberg of information and training available from the American Red Cross.

Food Safety Science!

September 3rd, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 3, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

No A? Walk Away!

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

A homeschool mom recommended this website produced by her daughter, Katrina, as part of a project to earn a Girls Scouts Gold Award. The website teaches kids how to eat in restaurants safely with free hands-on activities, videos, and resources for studying germs, food safety, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a horizontal menu. Use it to explore:

Videos – Watch 4 short videos that teach about food safety scores, the importance of hand washing, eating safely and avoiding germ contamination, and how to transport, store, and reheat leftovers and takeout.

Resources – This section includes:

*Activity IdeasOver 15 free lessons that include information on foodborne illness, food safety laws, the spread of germs, preparing food safely, restaurant inspections and safety guidelines, and the importance of refrigeration. Click on any topic and a new page opens with guiding questions, materials list, instructions, questions for discussion, and ideas to further learning.

*Children’s BooksGet a bibliography of books (designed for kids) about the science of food safety. You can print out the list and check out the books at your local library, or purchase them from a bookstore.

*Food Safety LinksA terrific archive of links to other websites with information on the science of food safety including free curriculum, interactive games, and my personal favorite, “Food Safety Music,” that includes parodies of popular songs by food toxicologist, Dr. Carl Winter.

For Teachers – You’ll find a recap of the activities and resources as well as links to printable quizzes on food safety, hand washing, food storage, etc.

This website, developed by a homeschooler, provides a wealth of resources to explore the science of food safety.

 

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