Learn About Fish!

April 7th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fish-On!

(tinyurl.com/up5q2fn)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site from Wildlife Forever offers a Fish On! Lesson Plan for Grades 4-12, but it can be tweaked for the younger grades. Learn all about fish!

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction. The art contest has ended for this year, but you can still use the lesson plan and have your kids draw. Scroll down through the lesson: 

  • Objectives
  • Vocabulary
  • Background

There are also student worksheets with quizzes, puzzles and math facts. Keep scrolling down for a glossary of terms, a list of each fish by state, and then to the fish! Each fish is on its own page – there’s a colorful illustration, details about each one, and ends with “Did You Know?” And you can see some of the art contest winners’ entries from previous years throughout.

Multimedia Math Glossary for K-6

April 6th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, April 6, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Multimedia Math Glossary

(www.hbschool.com/glossary/math2/)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, developed by Harcourt School Publishers, offers a free, multimedia math glossary. It helps students understand math terms and concepts using colorful animated pictures, drawings, graphs, and simple text.

When you get to the site, use the menu at the top to explore the site by grade level, or simply search for a math term alphabetically. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to further refine your search. Once you find the term you are looking for – click on it – and the term, along with a description and an illustration or animation, appears on the screen. For example: 

  • Grade K – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: above, below, add, bar graph, circle, equals, less, minus, same, triangle, under, etc.
  • Grade 1 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: addition sentence, between, centimeter, even numbers, fractions, greater than, hour hand, line of symmetry, minus, etc.
  • Grade 2 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: addend, congruent figures, divide, fact family, gram, perimeter, sphere, sum, etc.
  • Grade 3 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: acute angle, cube, decimal, Celsius, Fahrenheit, equilateral triangle, line segment, liter, numerator, obtuse triangle, etc.
  • Grade 4 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: analog clock, associative property of addition, cardinal number, gallon, kilogram, negative numbers, probability, etc.
  • Grade 5 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: absolute value, commutative property of multiplication, denominator, exponent, hypotenuse, inverse operation, pi, ray, scientific notation, etc.
  • Grade 6 – See multimedia illustrations of math terms such as: algebraic expression, coordinate plane, Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Ratio, Pythagorean Theorem, rhombus, square root, theoretical probability, x-axis, y-coordinate, etc.

This is a great tool to enhance any study of math. It also offers an interesting way to introduce various math terms and concepts without intimidation.

Study Great Works of Art

April 4th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, April 4, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art Institute of Chicago

(www.artic.edu/visit-us-virtually)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Develop an understanding of content, style, and historical context of art with this website from the Art Institute of Chicago.


When you get to the site, select from the following to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Collection
  • El Greco Online
  • Interactive Features
  • Videos
  • Highlights
  • Audio Tours
  • And more!

Be sure to check out Educator Resources. Student Activities are also included there. Bookmark this website because it is a fabulous resource for all of your art appreciation studies.

Virtual Tour of Life of Booker T. Washington

April 3rd, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, April 3, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Booker T. Washington – Tuskegee Institute

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/btwashington/index.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Sunday, April 5th, is the birthday of Booker T. Washington, founder of Tuskegee Institute for African-American students in Alabama. He was born in 1856.

At this website, provided by the National Park Service, you can take a virtual tour of highlights of Washington’s life and accomplishments including: 

  • Up From Slavery – Learn how Booker Taliaferro Washington rose from slavery to become one of the most powerful and influential leaders of his time.
  • Personal Life – Get a glimpse into Washington’s family life.
  • Building a University – Discover how his determination helped him transform what started as a “Normal School” into a prestigious university initially dedicated to providing practical knowledge that would help African-American students earn a living.
  • Image Gallery – Don’t miss this terrific photo gallery documenting Washington’s life and times.

Back on the front page, scroll down to get a mini-glimpse of Washington’s grand home, The Oaks, that was the social hub of Tuskegee University during his lifetime. Also see the exhibit based on the life of George Washington Carver as well as the exhibit based on the remarkable story of the Tuskegee Airmen – the first African-American fighter pilots in our nation’s history, and more!

Ancient Greece for Kids

April 2nd, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, April 2, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ancient Greece

(tinyurl.com/v8emd6x)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, part of the larger University of Manchester UK children’s website, takes primary school-aged students on an interactive exploration of the history of ancient Greece.

Using the side bar menu, begin your journey by selecting from the following: 

  • Explore Ancient Greece – Use the interactive map to learn more about the city-states of Greece such as Syracuse, Delphi, Olympia, Sparta, Athens, and Lesbos.
  • A timeline of ancient Greece – “Travel through time to discover the treasures of Ancient Greece” with this colorful and informative timeline.
  • Greek Religion and the gods – Dig into the stories of the Greek gods including Athena, Aphrodite, Hades, Poseidon, Zeus and more.
  • The Ancient Olympics – Click on the correct city in Greece where the Olympics where held to learn about the games, rules, and even how to make your own “Olympic Torch”.
  • The Greek Alphabet & Language – Learn the Greek alphabet then play click-and-drag games to practice what you have learned.
  • Test Your Knowledge – Take the interactive multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of ancient Greece.
  • Catapult – Have some fun seeing how far you can sling a rock with this online game.
  • Ride the chariot – Race your chariot around the track with this fun (but a bit challenging) game. (Hint: when trying to turn, your chariot needs to be in motion – you may need to hold the up and the right or left arrow at the same time.)

When you have finished your ancient Greece studies, click “Home” in the upper menu and continue the learning by exploring the other interactive programs available.

Free Virtual Magnetic Poetry

April 1st, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Magnetic Poetry

(magneticpoetry.com/pages/play-online)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

April is National Poetry Month so we are featuring this company that makes magnetized words that stick to refrigerators, cookie sheets, etc. Use them to create rhymes, poems, sentences, and cryptic messages.

At their website, you can use free virtual magnetized words to create fun, silly, and serious poetry – or to just have fun with words. Click on any one of the five Magnetic Poetry games: 

  • Original Kit
  • Mustache Poet
  • Nature Poet
  • Poet Kit
  • Geek

You can drag and drop the virtual magnetized words to create poems or whatever you or your child’s imagination can conceive.

There is great potential here to open a game and leave it on the computer screen in a heavily trafficked area of the house. Start one line of poetry and leave it unfinished. Invite those passing by to add a line or two. See what develops as everyone takes a turn.

Free Biology Lessons & Lab Animations

March 31st, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Biology Place

(www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/)

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

 

This site, sponsored by textbook publisher Pearson, offers free biology lessons and lab animations. This multi-media resource can be used in conjunction with any basic biology textbook or curriculum, or as a fascinating exploration for the incurably curious.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of three items: 

  • BioCoach – This section is designed for reviewing and enhancing biology information gleaned from textbooks and classroom lessons. However, the animations and interactive aspects really help all learners (including those outside classroom walls) to visualize and understand biological concepts including: 
    • Biomembranes
    • Biomolecules
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Cell Structure and Function
    • DNA Structure and Replication
    • Meiosis
    • Mitosis
    • Plant Structure and Growth
    • And more!
  • LabBench – This is an interactive virtual lab that helps students further understand basic biology concepts. References are made to actual classroom lab activities (for example, an instruction to look at a slide under a microscope). However, the virtual lab offers a picture of what you would see if you were viewing the slide through a microscope. So, while you might not have the hands-on experience, you can still learn a lot. You can even take a quiz at the end of each lab to see what you retain. There are 12 labs in all that include: 
    • Diffusion & Osmosis
    • Enzyme Catalysis
    • Mitosis & Meiosis
    • Plant Pigments & Photosynthesis
    • Cell Respiration
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics of Organisms
    • Population Genetics
    • Transpiration
    • Circulatory Physiology
    • Animal Behavior
    • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Glossary – Get definitions of biological words, terms, and phrases.

This is a good resource for introducing biology concepts, supplementing any study of biology, and it can be used to refresh your memory about biology course material as well.

Free Mnemonic Multiplication Helps

March 30th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, March 30, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fact Navigator

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

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

 

This commercial website, offers free 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, choose from the multiplication facts shown to start off. Then check out the links at the top of the page: 

  • Games
  • Learn
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Auto-Scored Quizzes
  • Resources

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

Free Online Guitar Lessons

March 28th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 28, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

justinguitar.com

(www.justinguitar.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Whether you are just beginning to play guitar or have years of experience, this website provides hundreds of leveled lessons for learning to play the guitar.

Created and hosted by London based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer, and educator, Justin Sandercoe, lessons are presented through the use of on-site embedded YouTube videos, texts, and images. When you get to the site, watch the one-minute introduction then click on “Beginners Start Here” or go to the top menu bar for: 

  • Lessons
  • Songs
  • Knowledge
  • Musicianship
  • Tools
  • And more

There are loads of extras on this website which also include ukulele lessons! 

While this site is free to use, there are various advertisements throughout where you may purchase justinguitar.com materials or make a donation to the site. Please note that these solicitations are not intrusive to the use of the website nor do they interfere with the value of the site.

If you have ever thought about learning to play the guitar, this website is a wonderful resource that you will find yourself coming back to time after time.

Maple Sugar Farm Virtual Tour

March 27th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 27, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Leane & Michael’s Sugarbush

(www.lmsugarbush.com/virtualtour.html)

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

 

Real maple syrup is a delight for the senses – and learning about how it is made is fun for the entire family!

At this website you can take a virtual tour of a homeschool family’s maple syrup farm. Through interesting text and photographs you can learn about the entire maple syrup process from tree to breakfast table.

But that’s not all! This homeschool family recognizes the learning value of the maple syrup process and has designed an entire Unit Study to accompany their virtual tour! It is available absolutely FREE at their website. Just click on “Unit Study” on the menu, then click on the tabs that open in the left-hand menu. There are 10 weeks of lesson plans that include: 

  • Indian Syrup Making
  • Pioneer Syrup Making
  • Modern Syrup Making
  • All About Maple Trees
  • Tapping Maple Trees
  • Gathering Maple Sap
  • Boiling Sap Into Syrup
  • Bottling Pure Maple Syrup
  • Selling Pure Maple Syrup
  • The Sugarbush Annual Maple Syrup Festival

But wait! There’s still more! The unit studies include craft ideas, and lots of links for such things as crafts, further research, and even recipes! (NOTE: Not all the links were working at the time of our review.)

After visiting this site, you might want to purchase a jug of Sugarbush Pure Maple Syrup! (It’s also a nice way to support the efforts of this homeschool family and thank them for the gift of these free learning materials.)

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