Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Free Mnemonic Multiplication Videos

March 27th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 27, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Multiplication.com

(www.multiplication.com/learn/fact-navigator)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website, offers free video lessons on how to learn the multiplication times tables from 0-9, through the use of mnemonic memory devices.

These learning tools help kids associate rhymes, stories, pictures and activities with arithmetic to make memorization easier. 

The premise is to address the learning modalities of every student. Each lesson uses pictures for the visual learner, stories for the auditory learner and an activity for the kinesthetic learner who learns by moving, doing, and touching.

When you get to the website, you can choose from the multiplication facts shown or you can start with the pre-test link at the top of the page to determine which multiplication facts are problematic for your child/student.

There are also lessons on how to teach the times tables from zero through nine under the Parents link. And make sure to check out the games!

As we mentioned, this is a commercial website. The freebie is an introduction to their books, games, and other math resources available for purchase.

Old Fort Western Virtual Tour

March 24th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 24, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Fort Western

(www.oldfortwestern.org/virtual.asp)

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

 

Visit Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Historical Landmark fort on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, with this virtual tour, and see its transformation over its 250-plus year history.

After arriving at today’s link, select your internet connection type, either dialup or broadband, to begin your tour. Once the new window opens, use the timeline under the introduction to begin exploring. Choose from: 

  • Military Period – 1754-1770
  • William Howard Period – 1770-1782
  • Two Family House Period – 1782-ca 1830
  • Three Family House Period – ca 1830-ca 1870
  • Tenement Period – ca 1870-ca 1922
  • 2004

The tours for the Military Period through the Tenement Period are in drawings and primarily show how the fort changed in its division and use of the space. Once you have selected your time-period, the fort image will load. Text on the page describes the fort and its use. As you move your mouse over the image a view finder will reveal details inside the fort. There are several tools to change your views. When you explore “2004”, it provides a more in-depth view of the current use of the fort as a museum with photos and panoramic views of the various rooms.

There is a lot of interesting history connected with Old Fort Western and the part it played in the development of the Kennebec Valley in Maine as well as American history in general. When you are finished with your tours, close the tour window to get back to the opening page. In the upper menu, select “Fort Information” to find links to the fort, house, and store history.

Free Science Projects

February 28th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 28, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Home Science Tools

(www.homesciencetools.com/a/science-projects)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website  is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home.

Some of the categories of science projects include: 

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • High School
  • Earth and Space
  • Physical Science and Engineering

Some of the experiments include: 

  • Make a Cartesian Diver – all about scuba diving and buoyancy
  • How your heart pumps – Make a pump using a jar, a balloon, and two straws.
  • Build a Solar Oven – Use solar power to cook food using a pizza box
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

Free Valentine Math Activities

February 13th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, February 13, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Valentine Math Activities

(See below.)

Age Range: Varies (Grades K-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Here are some Valentine’s Day Math Activities for you and your kids to enjoy.

Conversation Candy Hearts Math

(lessonplanspage.com/mathconversationheartcandymathidea23-htm/)


You’ll need a box of conversation candy hearts to use this classroom activity for learning estimation, sorting, counting, addition, and graphing. At the top of the page it says this activity is for grades 8-9, but they mean ages 8-9, or about grades 2-4. This activity can be easiliy tweaked for younger children as well.

Valentine’s Day Word Problems

(www.edhelper.com/ValentinesDayMath113.htm)

Word problems about the cost of candy and Valentine’s Gifts. About grades 3-5.

Printable Valentine Dominoes

(www.abcteach.com/free/h/heart_dominoes_set_color.pdf)

Dominoes are great tools to help with learning math in grades K-6. Print out this set and then use them to play Domino Math. Click here to get instructions.(www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/MathDomino.htm)

Free Science Activities & Videos

January 31st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 31, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Siemens Science Day

(www.siemensscienceday.com/index.cfm)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 4-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides some terrific science lessons, activities and tools. It will also inspire scientific curiosity – not only for kids, but even for parents who aren’t keen in science.

This site is designed for grades 4-6, but don’t let that stop you from exploring what the site has to offer with younger and older students. NOTE: You do have to register to download the lessons in pdf format and to watch the videos. Registration is free and requires the email address and phone number of your school along with information about what subjects and grades you teach. As home educators, we simply supplied a school name (make one up if you don’t already have one), home address, and checked off that we teach all grades and subjects.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Below it is a menu of lessons and fun activities divided into three categories: 

  • Earth Science – Learn about weather, measure the effects of elasticity, and map the ocean, etc.
  • Life Science – Explore the 5 senses, learn the difference between fruits and vegetables, discover how scientists classify organisms, etc.
  • Physical Science – Construct a spectroscope and observe the spectra of various sources of light, discover how different materials absorb solar energy, and use paper chromatography to separate the colors in dyes used to color candies, etc.

Click on any one and a new page opens where you will find: 

  • A brief summary and the objectives of the science lesson/activity
  • A “Download” button to access the lesson in pdf format
  • A video screen where you can watch a video about the lesson
  • A difficulty rating from 1-5 (easy to hard).

Download and fill out a certificate of completion when through.

So, gather the kids around the computer to watch fascinating film clips and learn about the classification system, the three types of matter, parts of a plant cell, the properties of acids and bases, and much more!

Free Language Arts Lessons & Worksheets

January 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LessonSnips

(http://www.lessonsnips.com/category/languagearts)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

LessonSnips offers free multi-subject lessons and worksheets for teachers in downloadable pdfs. The lessons can be tweaked for homeschool use.

For the purpose of today’s review, we’re focusing on the Language Arts portion of the site – but you’ll be happy to know there are “Lesson Snips” for Math, Science, and Social Sciences as well.

When you get to the Language Arts page, you’ll see a menu of the available lessons covering topics such as: 

  • Identifying Parts of Speech – including individual lessons on verbs, irregular verbs, nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, personal pronouns, intensive and reflexive pronouns, articles, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, adjectives, infinitives, gerunds, participles, direct and indirect objects, interjections and more.
  • Reading – including identifying vowel sounds and sounds in word families, reading comprehension, sequencing, understanding plot, identifying the problem and solution, framing questions (who, what, where, when, how, and why), understanding narrative poetry, rhyming, and more.
  • Spelling, Writing, and Vocabulary – including basic sentence structure, capitalization, synonyms and antonyms, homonyms, using similes and metaphors, using the right tense, etc.

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with a lesson summary, the objectives, and the suggested grade range. 

Click on the “Get Lesson” button to download and print out the lesson and associated worksheets.

NOTE:  You must register to access the free materials on the ad-supported section of the site. You can also purchase a membership that will give you ad-free access as well as additional tools and resources.

While there is a “schoolish” quality to these lessons, many of the suggested activities or the subjects covered would interest a vast array of learners and with just a tweak can accommodate a variety of learning styles.

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