Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Valentine Science Activities!

February 12th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Valentine’s Day is February 14th!  Here are some Valentine’s Day science activities:

Recommended Websites: See Below

Age Range: Varies (Grades K-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

Exploratorium: The Sweet Lure of Chocolate 

 Examine the fascinating science and history of chocolate, including the chocolate-making process with a virtual visit to a chocolate factory. Find out about the latest research into the possible health effects of chocolate consumption.

Hooked on Science:  Make Red Valentine’s Day Flowers 

 Watch a video demonstration to learn how to turn white flowers red – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Hooked On Science: Valentine Candy Experiment  

Watch this video to learn if leftover Valentine candy will sink or swim.

Periodic Videos 

Watch a chemistry professor share some science insights about chocolate, roses, and relationships. 

Free Valentine Math Activities!

February 11th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, February 11, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Valentine’s Day is Thursday!  Here are some Valentine’s Day Math Activities:

Recommended Websites:

See Below

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

Conversation Candy Hearts Math

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

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

GoogolPower’s How To Calculate the Area of a Heart 

A terrific lesson presentation (in a downloadable pdf) on how to calculate the area of a heart shape. About grades 6-8.

Free Heart-Shaped Multiplication Flash Cards 

 Print and cut out this free set of heart-shaped flash cards to practice the times tables. Grades 3-5, approximately.

Printable Valentine Dominoes 

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.

The History & Art of Making Sweethearts Candy!

February 11th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 11, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Smithsonian: History of Sweetheart Candies

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

The Smithsonian recognizes “Sweetheart Candies” as a cultural icon and offers a terrific article on the history of the little Valentine confections. When you’ve finished reading, be sure to click on the link near the top of the page that says, “Ten Out-of-the-Ordinary Valentine’s Day Customs.” It’s sure to ignite a family discussion! (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability of content.)

Then, take a virtual field trip to the Necco’s Candy factory to see how their conversational sweethearts are made. Here’s the link:

Necco: Virtual Plant Tour of Sweetheart Candy Factory

You can make fun Valentine crafts with candy conversation hearts. At CraftTestDummies.com you’ll find links to some fun ideas – like Valentine Bingo Cards!. Note: I didn’t review the linked sites. Parents please preview and supervise all Internet use.

 

Virtual Field Trip to Chocolate Museum!

February 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Friday, February 10, 2012 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Field Museum: All About Chocolate – Just for Kids

Age Range: 7 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Valentine’s Day is coming – and that means chocolate! At this website you can take an animated tour to virtually pick cacao pods and process cocoa beans into chocolate!

When you get to the site, click on the words, “Begin the chocolate-making process,” to start the interactive tour.

When the tour is over, explore the rest of this site that provides the history of chocolate.

Don’t miss the “Educators Resources” where you will find “Cocoa Connections: From Beans to Bars” that is a free, downloadable series of 12 lessons about chocolate. Students will:

  1. Discover the botanical source of chocolate, Theobroma Cacao, a small tree of the tropical rainforest interior.
  2. Explore the ecological connections between people, plants, insects, and other animals within the tree’s habitat.
  3. Investigate cultural interactions and conservation concerns resulting from the cultivation, processing, exchange, and consumption of cacao.
  4. Recognize the changing economic and cultural roles of cacao and chocolate in local and global economies over time.

This is a terrific website for learning all about chocolate!

Valentine Math Activities

February 14th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Monday, February 14, 2011 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Googol Power: Valentine Math

Age Range: All (with parental guidance/supervision)

As our friends at GoogolPower.com say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”

When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:

*Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!

*Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”

*Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”

*Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.”  (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)

*Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems. 

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Language Arts Games – Adjectives & More!

February 9th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, February 9th, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
PBS: Interactive Language Arts Games

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, non-readers will need assistance)

PBS offers a collection of interactive, fun Language Arts games that enhance learning. The activities are themed around PBS shows such as Between The Lions, Curious George, Super Why, Sesame Street, and Arthur.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that teach about topics such as:

  • Adjectives
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Rhymes
  • Spelling
  • Synonyms
  • Vocabulary

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations and sound effects. When you’re through with the Language Arts games, you may also enjoy the Math, Arts, and Social Sciences games.  The nice thing about this PBS site, is that all of the games are age-appropriate, vetted by educators, and there isn’t any advertising.

If you’re children enjoy those games, they may also enjoy:

All About Adjectives – This very brief interactive game helps kids learn about adjectives through a few simple exercises. Non-readers will need assistance. 

If your children want to know more about adjectives try visiting this website for some great OFFLINE ideas:

Adjectives: A Unit Study for Valentine’s Day – This ad-supported site offers a variety of engaging activities that you can do at home (offline) on Valentine’s Day (or any day) to help your children learn about adjectives. Because this site is ad-supported, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

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