# Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including:

• Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
• Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
• Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
• Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
• Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
• Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
• Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

# Explore the “Space Place” for Kids!

September 13th, 2016

It’s Tuesday, September 13, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

NASA Space Place

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

NASA sponsors this non-commercial website to show kids that science, technology, and learning about space are fun and within their grasp. It offers free projects and activities that lead kids step-by-step through challenging subjects such as the electromagnetic spectrum, orbits, gravitational waves, tidal forces, binary and hexadecimal notation, and more. As the website explains, these topics are “treated simply and concisely, with everyday analogies and metaphors, concrete examples, and compelling illustrations.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the Space Place logo and below it a menu of activities that includes:

• Explore – Learn about planets, lasers, weather satellites, orbits, gravity, and more through interactive animations, demonstrations, and videos.
• Do – Build a bubble-powered rocket, make moon cookies, make a relief map, build a physics machine, and whip up some El Nino pudding! You’ll find instructions and illustrations for these hands-on projects.
• Play – Play interactive games that teach as they entertain. Go on a virtual mission to Jupiter, explore the solar system, compare the sizes of planets, do space-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, and more.

This is a terrific way to engage kids in learning about science through technology.

# Fun Sample Interactive Math Games & Tools

September 12th, 2016

It’s Monday, September 12, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Brainormous

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

This is a commercial website that sells downloadable math games and tools. However, Brainormous provides a generous sampling of their products for free – making this site worth a visit if you just want a little random math practice.

• Multiflyer – Multiply your way through the solar system.
• Math-teroid Multiplication or Division – Use your math skills to keep asteroids from destroying your space station.
• Addition, Multiplication, and Division Worksheet Creator – Make custom worksheets to practice various math skills.
• Coloring Page Maker – Create your own space scene, then print it out to color.
• Gridiant – Place spheres strategically on the grid.

We played one of the Math-teroid games, and even though our time ran out on the sample game, we were able to restart it and play some more.

If you enjoy the games and/or tools and want more, you can purchase and download them for “home use” for about \$5-\$10 each. Again, you don’t have to purchase a thing – you can test-drive these programs for FREE.

# Free Science Videos for Kids

September 6th, 2016

It’s Tuesday, September 6, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

NeoK12: Educational Videos for Kids

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

This website archives educational videos from across the Internet in one place. The videos are terrific learning tools that explain and illustrate the wonders of science to kids in grades K-12.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of main categories that includes:

• Physical Science – Watch videos about the atom, electricity, gravity, laws of motion, magnetism, relativity, state of matter, and more.
• Chemistry – View videos on acids and bases, the periodic table, organic chemistry, etc.
• Life Science – See films on wildlife, insects, marine animals, plants, cell division, photosynthesis, pollination and more.
• Human Body – Watch information on the circulatory system, digestive system, respiratory system, nervous system, skeletal system and more.
• Earth & Space – Enjoy videos about comets, galaxies, the moon, the solar system, deserts, forests, glaciers, oceans, seasons, volcanoes, and more.

You’ll also find a selection of videos on other subjects such as Social Studies, Health, Math, English, etc.

Note: This site explains that all of the videos listed are reviewed for appropriate content for children. Nevertheless, we recommend that parents AS ALWAYS preview every film to be certain the content is suitable for your own family.

Bookmark this site to use it as a learning resource again and again.

# Dig into Big History

June 9th, 2016

It’s Thursday, June 9, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Big History Project

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

Created by Professor of History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, David Christian, sponsored by Bill Gates, and maintained by the Big History Project LLC, this website provides an online, Common Core, C3, state and National World History Standards aligned course covering history from the Big Bang until now.

The types of content included in a unit include:

• lecture videos
• text
• activities, investigations, and projects
• infographics
• images galleries

The units of study include:

• What Is Big History?
• The Big Bang
• Stars and Elements
• Our Solar System and Earth
• Life
• Early Humans
• Agriculture and Civilization
• Expansion and Interconnection
• Acceleration
• The Future

According to the information on the website, some schools use this course in place of a standard World History course. This must-see website provides everything you would need for a complete, 150-hour course of study.

# American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

March 8th, 2016

It’s Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology”

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

The suffix “ology” refers to the study or a particular field or academic discipline. At this website sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History you can explore archaeology, marine biology, paleontology, and other fields of science such as genetics, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, physics and more!

When you get to the site, you may be overwhelmed with all of the fun choices. On the left of the screen, the “Find Stuff to See and Do” link will bring you to the list of programs found at the museum along with links to other resources.

In the center of the main menu, explore some of the fields of science. There will be links for games, stories, hands-on activities and videos

• Astronomy – Go on a solar system scavenger hunt.
• Biodiversity – Play a game to learn about the plants and animals in an African rain forest.
• Earth – Grow rock candy and meet some geologists.