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Free DVDs from John Stossel!

May 26th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Stossel in the Classroom (http://stosselintheclassroom.org/freedvd/)

 

Age Range: 11-Adult (about middle school through adult; children with parental supervision)

 

“Stossel in the Classroom”, sponsored by the Center for Independent Thought (a non-profit educational foundation) offers a free DVD each school year that is a compilation of John Stossel’s television programs and specials designed for use in the classroom to enhance the study of social sciences. All you have to do is register (free), and agree to provide feedback once you’ve viewed the DVD – and the DVD’s will be mailed to your home or school address. There are also free, downloadable “Teacher Guides” for the DVDs at the website with lesson plans, activity suggestions, handouts, and vocabulary.
A new DVD is produced each year and is free to teachers including home educators. Right now you can get TWO FREE DVDs: the 2014 edition and the 2015 edition (while supplies last)! When you get to the site, you’ll see John Stossel’s smiling face and learn how to register to receive the DVDs.

When you’re through registering, use the menu at the top of the page to access all of the free resources available. Watch free “Streaming Videos” from Stossel on thought-provoking topics. Past videos are archived at the site. You can also search the videos by subject. Since today’s focus is on Science, search the topics for: 

  • Biology
  • Business Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Health
  • Science
  • Technology
Bookmark this site and come often to find tons more resources on topics like: 
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Civics
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language Arts
  • Government Law
  • Journalism
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Math
  • Music
  • Parenting
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • US History
  • World History
Again, all of this is provided for FREE – they simply request that you provide feedback on the website and products to share with fellow teachers/educators.

You can use John Stossel’s thought-provoking programs to launch lively discussions, question conventional wisdom, gather and analyze information, and distinguish between fact and opinion.

When you register at the site, you will automatically receive the quarterly e-newsletter with convenient links to order the latest free DVD, play the free monthly streaming video clips, and access the featured teacher resources.

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

April 25th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

8notes.com

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.
When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 
  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music
When choosing from an instrument category, the section is further broken down into categories such as music genre, skill levels, and/or occasion. There are also resource links for lessons, forums, tuners, and more.

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Search by level or lesson. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Composer and Artist biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest” category to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

(Please note that in the free portions only one page at a time can be printed when selecting the printer icon. Also subscribers only have access to the “Play”, “Play Along – Piano Accompaniment”, “Play Along Band Accompaniment”, and “Play Along – Slow Piano Accompaniment” features.)

Fun Metric Conversion Activities for Kids!

April 20th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 20, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NIST: Taking America’s Measure

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental guidance)

 

The National Institute of Standards & Technology sponsors this no frills website which is designed to help kids understand the need for standardized forms of measurement like the Metric System through fun activities such as word searches, riddles, and crossword puzzles. In addition, you will find some great learning and measurement conversion tools.
When you get to the site scroll down to find a word search puzzle and then scroll way down the page to view a green menu of activities. Click on any menu item and a new page opens to reveal that activity. Don’t miss: 
  • Metric Measures – Includes a free downloadable “Metric Pyramid” that you can print out and fold into a pyramid that contains metric equivalents for common measurements. Make a recipe for “Metric Chocolate Chip Cookies” and learn how metric measurement is used in the kitchen. Find out everything you need to know about the Metric System for everyday life, and check out the links to FREE metric conversion tools on the Net.
  • Snapshots in Time – Discover some of the historical events that led to the development of measurement standards – from a terrible fire, to tampering with President Wilson’s wax Presidential seal, to the colors of traffic lights.
  • A Tall To Small Tale – Go on a hunt to find 20 prefixes that describe how big or small something is, no matter what you are measuring!
  • What’s Your Nano IQ? – Take a fun quiz to test your knowledge of Nano measurements.
The activities and information at this site demystify measurement in a fun and interesting way.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Irish Potato Science

March 17th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 17, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

See below.

 

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

 

Can You Push A Straw Through A Potato?

This website will teach you how to push a straw through a potato so you can amaze your friends on St. Pat’s Day, and explain the science behind it!

Make a Potato Battery

Get the 4-1-1 on how to make a potato battery and why it works.
This site offers a comprehensive look at the past and present history of potatoes. It includes the story of the potato’s Peruvian beginnings, its migration around the world (along with an historical timeline), how the potato was introduced to Ireland and the story of the Irish Potato Famine, the biology of the potato and info on its cultivation cycle – and the fungus that was responsible for the Irish Potato Famine, the modern science and technology of potato production, a potato curriculum for grades 3-9, and lots of fascinating trivia facts about the potato.
The Idaho Potato Commission offers potato themed word searches, mazes and coloring pages for FREE.
Universal Preschool shares some great educational and fun ideas for having potato fun with preschoolers.

Have fun learning with potatoes!

One of the BEST Science Websites!

March 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Light-Science.com

 

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

 

Light-Science.com delivers biographies of scientists, chemistry and physics news, information about inventors and their inventions, fun science projects, and interesting articles punctuated with experiments that improve knowledge about biology, the human body, technology, animal kingdoms, and environments. It’s all done in a “light” manner — that is, the material is written in a way that informs while it entertains.

The site has material for ALL ages. They do offer a special section for kids — but much of the material in other sections of the site is fascinating and would interest kids too. So, we recommend (as always) that parents preview the material to determine what sections of the site have suitable content for your kids’ interests, needs, and abilities.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction followed by some featured science articles. Use the menu on the left to go directly to areas of interest that include:
  • Animals — Find out if brown recluse spiders have gotten a bad rap and learn why the hammerhead shark’s head is in the shape it’s in. Learn about Prairie Dogs, Bats, Eels, Ring-tail Cats and find out if Polar Bears are in danger of becoming extinct.
  • Biographies — Learn about the lives and work of physicists, mathematicians, engineers, inventors and other science-types.
  • Biology — Read some really fascinating and curious articles answering questions such as: Can green pond scum suffer jet lag? Can scientists make mice “glow” using a firefly protein? Do tiny bugs inside of mealybugs have bugs inside of them? Can honey heal wounds?
  • Chemistry — Discover how scientists trap hydrogen gas in ice cages, find out why it’s no coincidence that turning animal skins into hides is called “tanning,” and find links to REALLY COOL chemistry sites that kids of all ages will enjoy.
  • Kids To 12 — Find terrific articles with fun activities that help kids understand scientific concepts and principles through topics such as: The International Space Station, Newton’s Laws of Gravity, Light, Sound, Comets, and even learn about mirages.
  • Science Experiments — This is geared for all ages and includes unusual fare such as the Chinese water torture experiment, making cave stalactites and stalagmites, creating flash dancers with static electricity, making cryogenic roses, and links to all kinds of fun science websites with more projects.

You will find similar fascinating fare on General Science, Physics, Quantum Physics, Geology and more. There are fun facts and interesting side bars throughout the site that will boost your knowledge of science and the world.

Bookmark this one as you’ll want to return often.

Out of this World Virtual Field Trip to Saturn’s Moons

February 13th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 13, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cassini Solstice Mission

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This NASA website from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology will take visitors to the far reaches of space and on virtual tours of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

 

When arriving at the website, it might be beneficial to browse through the information available in the “About Saturn & Its Moons” section available on the right sidebar. In the dropdown menu under About Saturn & Its Moons, select “Titan”. When arriving at this page, read over the introduction then hover your mouse over the topics in the image for more information. Next, select the “Titan Virtual Tour” tab and click the text link “Launch Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan” to begin your tour. A new window will open and an Overview video will play. When you are done watching the video, select the “3D Globe” link under the screen to explore the following surface features: 

 

  • Impact Crater
  • Huygens Landing Site
  • Drainage Channels
  • Dunes
  • Northern Lakes
  • The Smile
  • Ice Volcano
  • Xanadu
  • Titan’s Sierras

 

The images come in a variety of types: radar, visible, composite, and/or infrared. Return to the selection by clicking “back to 3D Map”. Choose the “Quick Facts” option for basic information about Titan or select “Latest Images” for more images of Titan. Click the small “find out more” text link at the bottom of the window for links to other sites relating to the Cassini Solstice Mission.

When you are done with the tour, close the window and return to main page to continue learning about Titan. Choose the Atmosphere, Surface, Science Objectives, or Publications tabs for details about Titan and the Cassini mission. Select the Image Galley tab for a visual interactive tool for more images.

On the sidebar select the Videos & More option for loads of videos, an interactive timeline, printables, and to access another virtual tour for the Enceladus virtual tour. Similarly presented and navigated through as the Titan tour, visitors will explore the following location on Enceladus: 

 

  • Plumes
  • Tiger Strips
  • Transitional Terrain
  • Cratered Terrain
  • Modified Craters
  • Icy Riffs
  • Southern Polar Terrain

 

After finishing your tours and exploring all that this website has to offer, don’t forget to check out the Education section on the sidebar for loads of materials, lessons, and resources for your classroom. If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study. 

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