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Fun Renaissance Interactive!

October 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Renaissance Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries) – a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes: 

  • Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.
  • Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.
  • Printing and Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.
  • Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.
  • Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian city was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Botticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few links lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that we have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.

Fall Math Activities & More!

October 9th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, October 9, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Cats: Fall Math Idea Bank

(www.mathcats.org/ideabank/fallmath.html)

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

 

Fall is here! At this website you’ll find free, fun, fall-themed math activities.

The activities include: 

  • Leaf Math – Seeking a symmetrical leaf
  • Spider Math – Draw a perfectly symmetrical spider.
  • Pumpkin Math – Make estimates.

Once you’ve had fun with the fall math activities, check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids. Under Math Cats Explore the World you can access math activities that include: 

  • Discover EXACTLY how old you are – in hours, minutes, and seconds.
  • Try to balance objects – ranging from electrons to galaxies!
  • Play 12 math games online!
  • Polygon Playground – Explore symmetry and tessellations!
  • Math Crafts – Make string art, polyhedra, hexagrams and more!
  • And lots more!

Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

August 28th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 28, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Motivate – maths enrichment for schools

(motivate.maths.org/content/)

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

 

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Pack Topics” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as: 

  • Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?
  • What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?
  • How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.
 
You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.
 
If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work any more, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

Spring Math Activities & More!

March 20th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 20, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Cats: Spring Math Idea Bank

(www.mathcats.com/grownupcats/ideabankspringmath.html)

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

 

Spring has sprung! At this website you’ll find free, fun, spring-themed math activities that include outdoor estimation activities, graphing weather changes, and calculating the height of trees.

Once you’ve had fun with the spring math activities, check out the rest of this wonderful math website for elementary grade kids. Under Math Cats Explore (www.mathcats.com/explore.html) you can access math activities that include: 

  • Discover EXACTLY how old you are – in hours, minutes, and seconds.
  • Try to Balance Objects – ranging from electrons to galaxies!
  • Play 12 Math Games online!
  • Polygon Playground – Explore symmetry and tessellations!
  • Math Crafts – Make string art, polyhedra, hexagrams and more!
  • And lots more!

Maple Syrup Day Resources

December 15th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 15, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maple Syrup Day Resources

(See below.)

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

 

National Maple Syrup Day is December 17! We thought it would be fun to learn about maple syrup.

Read The Legend of Maple Syrup

(sugarmakerstimes.blogspot.com/2007/10/native-americans-and-legend-of-maple.html)


North America is the only place where maple syrup is produced. It was originally made by Native Americans. At this website you can read “The Legend of Maple Syrup” online.

Watch Videos on How Maple Syrup is Made
Part I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXeBOl4fXY)

Part II (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tidds7_gDM)


These videos were lovingly made by a family who has been in the maple syrup business for years. Gather your family around the computer, turn on the speakers to hear the music and narration, and enjoy a delightful virtual field trip to a maple sugar tree farm.

Maple Math (hubpages.com/education/maple-math)

A terrific presentation of a math lesson to discover line symmetry in maple leaves.

Maple Syrup Coloring Page

(homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/maplesyrupprint.htm#step7)


Print and color a picture of tapping the maple trees.

These websites are sure to whet your appetite for maple syrup. Have a Maple Syrup Taste Test! Purchase some real maple syrup and compare it to pancake syrup that is typically made from corn syrup and artificial maple flavor. Which do you like best?

Free Math Activity Book for K-5

April 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, April 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Helping Your Child Learn Math

(www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/title.html)

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

 

Here’s a free math activity book designed for parents to use with their children to help them learn important math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, there are no bells and whistles here, just easy-to-do math activities, sorted by grade range from K-5, that are formatted for user-friendliness.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Title Page” of the online book. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Next” buttons on each page to read the Foreword, Introduction, and to access the Activities that include: 

  • Math in the Home – Discover fun ways to use things you find around the house to learn measurement, fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometrical concepts, telling time and much more.
  • Math at the Grocery Store – Practice measurement, estimation, weighing, counting, and figuring price per unit versus price per pound while helping your children learn estimation skills – all while doing the grocery shopping!
  • Math on the Go – Do fun math activities as you travel from place to place using numbers found on license plates, buildings, buses, taxis, houses, and gas stations.
  • Math for the Fun of It – As the book explains, there are fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around you. Look for math in nature – in the symmetry in leaves and various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. You’ll find lots of other fun suggestions as well.

The book wraps up with some pointers for parents on helping children achieve in mathematics along with suggestions for helping children with school assignments, and resources for further learning.

By the way, if you get tired of clicking the “Next” buttons – you can access the entire table of contents with links to specific sections of the book here.

The activities in this online book are perfect for homeschooling families and can be used in any way that makes sense to you and your children. You can also print it out and use it offline as well!

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