Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Science In A Pond

September 26th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 26, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Microscopy-UK.org: A Virtual Pond Dip

(tinyurl.com/7l2sm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website allows you to virtually explore pond life and all of the amazing microscopic critters that live there!

When you get to this site you will see a picture of a collection jar with pond water and lots of unusual creatures in it along with

instructions on how to begin your investigation.

Click on any one of the items in the jar, and a new page opens with detailed information about it. You’ll examine:

  • Protozoa
  • Algae
  • Copepod
  • Paramecium
  • Amoeba
  • Hydra
  • Water Flea
  • Rotifers
  • Ostracod

If you click on the words “Pond Life Identification Kit” in the introduction, a new page opens with a terrific guide that will help you identify pond life – and it provides instructions on how to collect microscopic pond life from freshwater ponds wherever you live.

There are links to websites that use multi-media tools for extensive study of pond life as well.

Use the horizontal menu tab at the top of the page to explore an archive of microscopy including: 

  • Intro – Read the history of the microscope, find out how to buy a microscope, explore insects, botany, and marine life.
  • Museum – Explore the “Micropolitan Museum” that includes incredible photos of specimens from freshwater and marine environments. Check out “The Insectarium,” and “The Botanical Garden” too.
  • 3-D Images – Don’t miss this incredible archive of 3-D computer models of insects, flowers, bacteria, viruses, and much more!

This is a great tool to help you begin microscopic examinations with your children/students – even if you don’t own a microscope or have a real pond in your neighborhood.

Explore Mission San Luis

September 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, September 22, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mission San Luis

(www.missionsanluis.org/virtualTour/)

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

 

Travel back in time to 1703 and explore Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida where Apalachee Indians and Spanish settlers lived and worked together.

After a brief introduction, use the interactive map or the upper menu to select a location to begin your tour of this living museum. Choose to visit: 

  • Visitor’s Center
  • Council House
  • Church
  • Spanish House
  • The Camino Real
  • Friary
  • Blacksmith Shop
  • The Fort

Once a location is selected, explore the 360° images. Use your mouse or arrow keys to navigate around the image (or use the online navigation tools). Arrows in the images will also lead to other locations. Click on the feathers in the images to learn more about a topic. Choose the speaker icon to hear about the subject and/or location. Select the “play” icon in the image to watch a brief video presentation.

When you are finished with your tour, select the Mission San Luis image in the upper left to be taken to the main website for the living museum. Here, visitors will find more information available about the museum, the history of the Mission, and be able to view images of artifacts (Collections).

Maps, Mapping, GPS, and Geocaching

September 14th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 14, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps, Mapping, GPS, and Geocaching

(expressfreightfinance.com/resources/maps-mapping-gps-geocaching/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Thanks to ClickScholar, Denise, and the kids at The Brenham Community Center in Texas for sharing this site from the Express Freight Finance website. At this page, visitors will not only learn how navigation tools are used in the trucking industry but will also be able to dig deeper into maps, GPS, and geocaching.

Check out the linked resources to find valuable information about: 

  • Maps – including national, interactive, weather, fuel, transportation maps and more
  • Mapping – Explore the history and fundamentals of cartography, mapping, and mapmaking.
  • GPS – Learn how Global Positioning Systems have evolved and changed how we travel and transport goods.
  • Geocaching – Discover the world of geocaching.

Please note that when a link is clicked, you will be taken away from this page so you will need to either use your back button to return to the page or you can right click the link and select the “Open link in a new tab” option.

This site would be a great addition to your geography resources.

Explore U.S. History with Milestone Documents

August 17th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 17, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Milestone Documents

(www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?flash=true&page=milestone)

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore United States history from 1776-1965 by examining 100 documents gathered by National Archives and Records Administration.

The select documents are considered to “reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to ‘form a more perfect union.'” After selecting one of the documents from the link list, the window will open where visitors will see an image of the actual document, be able to read about its history and significance, review a transcript of the document, and additionally can download a PDF(s) of the image of the item. Some of the most popular documents available include: 

  • Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Constitution of the United States (1787)
  • Bill of Rights (1791)
  • Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803)
  • Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  • 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
  • 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)
  • Gettysburg Address (1863)
  • Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • And many more.

There are additional resources available using the left-hand menu including: 

  • The People’s Vote – a ranked list of the documents based on public opinion of which are considered the most historically influential
  • Tools for Educators – includes a downloadable source book, teaching ideas and more
  • Related Resources – links to other websites for documents and historical research

This website is an excellent resource for any history class wishing to use primary resources in their studies.

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

August 7th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 7, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

(mathsnacks.com/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”

The site’s collection of “snacks,” are highly entertaining educational movies, games, and apps that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the videos and games you’ll find include: 

  • Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a Dodgeball coach who lacks a clear understanding of ratios.
  • Identify numbers that sum to ten, and decimals that sum to 1 – while driving a school bus full of monsters and deforming the neighborhood (this one you’ve got to see to believe).
  • Watch a supervillain and superhero match wits, scaling things up and down by the same factor.

There are many more as well. Each “snack” includes guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, to help solidify the concepts.

A handy reminder from the teachers’ page: “Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8.” Since they’re snacks, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re portable; if you have a mobile device, you can learn something new on the go. Perfect for Carschooling!

Be sure to check out the rest of the teachers’ page for helpful hints on how to get the most benefit out of this website.

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

July 26th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 26, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeReading

(www.freereading.net/)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, multi-media, open-source instructional reading program that includes a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities.

As mentioned at the website, FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities (under the “Find Activities” link) in the following categories: 

  • Print Concepts: Students learn how different forms of print are read.
  • Phonological Awareness: Students learn to blend and segment the sounds in spoken words.
  • Letter Sounds: Students learn to say the most common sounds for printed letters.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words.
  • Word-Form Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out.
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words by sight.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • And more.

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, word list generators, and much more.

Also check out “Teaching Tools” – as it provides a good overview of the site and how to use it to your student’s best advantage.

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