# Fraction Tutorials, Interactives, & Worksheets

June 10th, 2019

It’s Monday, June 10, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Visual Fractions

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-9 approximately, with parental supervision)

This website provides free visual pictures, images, graphs, and animations of fractions and operations with fractions, to make them easier to understand and fun to practice.

Through the use of interactive exercises and visual aids (like number lines and circle graphs), students can learn how to:

• Identify fractions
• Rename fractions
• Compare fractions
• Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions

The concepts are demonstrated through the visual images and explained in text format. Then, the student can practice their understanding with an interactive drill session.

Click on any topic from the menu in the middle of the home page and a new page opens with instructions for how to use the animations, graphs, and number lines to learn the fraction concept. In most instances you are shown a visual image and asked to type in the corresponding fraction.

Back on the main page, under “Special Features” you can access the “Fractions Games Page” to enhance learning. Don’t miss the free, printable “Fractions Worksheets” that really demonstrate operations with fractions in an engaging way.

Parents may want to read the “About” page for tips on how to use the site effectively.

This is a really simple and easy to use resource that will improve students’ skills in understanding fractions and their operations.

# Learn Civics with Fun and Games

May 30th, 2019

It’s Thursday, May 30, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

iCivics

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

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

From the home page, select the large green “teach” image, then select “all games” on the next page. Some of the featured games include:

• Do I Have a Right? – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
• Argument Wars – Put your lawyering skills to the test by arguing real Supreme Court cases.
• LawCraft – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.
• Executive Command – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.

Also, play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

# Serious Science Projects for K-12

May 28th, 2019

It’s Tuesday, May 28, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Buddies

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

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.

You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:

• Physical Science
• Life Science
• Earth & Environmental Science
• Math & Computer Science
• Engineering
• Behavioral & Social Sciences

You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

• Science Projects – Over 1,200 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!
• Project Guides – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.
• Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.
• Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.
• Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

# Build French Language Skills

May 25th, 2019

It’s Saturday, May 25, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Learn French

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

Build upon your student’s basic French language skills with this ad-supported, easy to navigate website.

This website will help the student hone in their understanding of topics such as:

• Learn French Pronunciation
• Learn French Grammar
• Learn French Verbs
• French Phrases

Use either the links on the home page or the tabs above to navigate to the main lesson pages. Simple text and tables present the information to the student. The “Meeting People” and “Shopping/Paying” sections of the “Useful Phrases” page include audios.

This website would be a beneficial supplement to most French curriculums being used.

# Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 21st, 2019

It’s Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

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

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of:

• Ants
• Bed Bugs
• Bees
• Cockroaches
• Fleas
• Lice
• Rats
• Spiders
• Stink Bugs
• Termites
• Ticks
• And many more!

When you get to the site, click on Videos – PestQuest. Turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists.

Click on “Pest Guide” on the top menu bar to examine the “Pest List – Bugs A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes.

Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes:

• Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
• Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.
• Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for K-5 including Intro to Pests and Totally Termites. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy for Grades 4-8.
• Games – Play interactive games like “Crush That Bug!” – similar to Candy Crush.

Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters.

# Free Art and Design Lessons

May 18th, 2019

It’s Saturday, May 18, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Artyfactory

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website includes step-by-step, how-to art lessons. It also offers art appreciation tutorials on topics like “Still Life” or “Animals in Art” or broader “Art Movements.”

When you get to the site, choose from:

• Art Lessons
• Art Appreciation
• Design Lessons

Little ones can’t interact with Artyfactory on their own. The content and writing are at an advanced level. (In fact, it is suspect most of the content doubles as MacTaggart’s college course material.) But there’s tremendous potential here for a creative homeschooler as follows:

• Use it directly as reading or coursework for a high school student.
• Adapt the lessons for younger pupils. The “Pencil Shading” exercises, for example, found under “Pencil Portraits” in the Art Lessons section, would be a fun challenge. The “How to Draw Animals” lessons might work with a talented middle school student, too, but these are no Ed Emberley thumbprints: they require a good eye and a controlled hand.
• Fill in holes in your own knowledge. After spending some time on this site you’ll be able to introduce your children to Expressionism paintings and more next time you visit a museum.

There’s a wealth of information here: color theory (both technical stuff like the color wheel and the emotional impact of colors in painting), a thorough overview of African masks and Egyptian hieroglyphs, shading techniques in pen and ink, etc.

NOTE: As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.