Free Math Video Tutorials

October 21st, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 21, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Is All About Math

(www.isallaboutmath.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up. Age/grade range varies – use parental discretion and supervision)

 

This website provides short instructional math videos that can be used to supplement math studies. The videos consist of a narrated lecture and animations that illustrate the concept being discussed. The videos are enabled for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices for portable, on-the-go learning.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of math videos that include topics such as: 

  • Triangular Numbers (Parts I, II & III) – Elementary explanation of triangular numbers, a general formula for the sum of an arithmetic progression, and a solution to the Recursive equation.
  • Mathematical Induction (Parts I, II, & III) – Explains the Method of Mathematical Induction. Discussion of Francesco Maurolico, Pascal and John Wallis, plus Fermat’s Method of infinite descent, etc.
  • Weaving Numbers – Explanation of Vedic multiplication or weaving multiplication. Includes Fibonacci’s sieve or lattice multiplication, and more.
  • Dimension 2 – Explains how two numbers can describe the position of a point on a sphere, and how one can draw a picture of the Earth on a piece of paper.
  • The Fourth Dimension – Mathematician Ludwig Schläfli discusses objects in the fourth dimension.
  • Complex Numbers – Mathematician Adrien Douady explains the square root of negative numbers in simple terms.
  • Pi – An explanation and illustration of the most famous mathematical constant.

The narrator on some of the videos speaks in a monotone voice with an accent, so we found it necessary to really pay attention to hear and understand the lectures. Fortunately, the animated illustrations help the viewer to maintain focus.

We couldn’t find “about” information on the site, so it’s not clear who is providing the info or why. Currently, there are no advertisements on the site, and all of the videos can be accessed for free, without registration. 

This is a helpful resource for supplementing the study of various math concepts.

Interactive Foreign Language Games

October 19th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 19, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects

(www.digitaldialects.com/)

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

 

This website offers a variety of interactive online games that help foreign language learners acquire basic language skills in a relaxed and fun way.

Audio files have been incorporated into some of the animations so you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences.

As explained at the website, you’ll find “The world’s major languages, with a cross-section of languages from diverse regions” including: 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

When you get to the site just click on the language of choice. A new page opens with a selection of games and/or activities.

Some languages have more than others and the menu may include:

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Days and Months
  • Food
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Phrases & Greetings
  • Units of Time
  • Verbs
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Vocabulary

Geography games that help familiarize learners with the locations of cities in countries are included for just a few of the major languages.

This is a terrific educational tool to enhance learning foreign languages.

Step Back in Time with a Visit to Old Sturbridge Village

October 18th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 18, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Sturbridge Village

(www.osv.org/explore-the-village/historical-buildings-landscapes-and-gardens/)

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

 

Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact early New England life from 1790-1840.

You can explore this living history museum without leaving home. When you get to the website, scroll down to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits: 

  • The Common & Center Village
  • The Countryside
  • The Mill Neighborhood
  • Gardens

Learn about the Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.


Visit the Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.


And the Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.


Check out the Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.


Be sure to see the Educator Resources under the Education link in the top menu. You can download a map and “Make History” activities.

Free Lessons & Activities on Puerto Rico

October 17th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 17, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Boricua Kids

(www.elboricua.com/BoricuaKids.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

October 18th, 1898, was the date that Spain turned over Puerto Rico to the United States’ control, a condition of The Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War. At this website, you’ll find free lesson plans and activities about the history, geography, and culture of Puerto Rico.

When you get to the site, read the brief introduction. Then use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • A Map of Puerto Rico
  • A Fact Sheet – Includes the national flower, bird, flag, capital, government, terrain, notable people, etc.
  • Tainos – Learn about the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, the Taino Indians.
  • Puerto Rico, U.S.A. – A brief history of Puerto Rico’s history with the United States of America.

Then, use the menu on the left to explore: 

  • Food – Get recipes for Coconut Kisses, Plantain Chips, and more!
  • Songs – Listen to Children’s songs such as “El Gato Y El Raton.”
  • Coloring Pages – Print and color symbols of Puerto Rico.
  • Coqui – Learn about Puerto Rico’s very tiny tree frog.
  • Rain Forest – Discover Puerto Rico’s tropical rain forest, El Yunque.
  • Lesson Plans – Free lessons, designed for classroom teachers, that cover Puerto Rican social studies, geography, history, and much more.

Print out quizzes, word search puzzles, coloring activities, and more!

Pumpkin Fun!

October 16th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, October 16, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pumpkin Fun!

(www.universalpreschool.com/how-to/pumpkin-fun.asp)

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

 

While this page was created with preschoolers in mind, many of the activities suggested will be fun for the whole family.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the article “Pumpkin Fun!” – with all kinds of ideas for learning with pumpkins. Then scroll down to Pumpkin Language Arts to see a link to “Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden Lesson Plan”. Don’t miss “Pumpkins in Children’s Literature” where you can read the poem, “Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater” and your child can color the picture online.

And here are a few more informational sites on pumpkins: 

Local Harvest: Pumpkin Patch

To find a pumpkin farm near you visit this website. When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of pumpkins with a search box under it. Simply enter your zip code or city and state and a new screen opens with pumpkin farms and patches near you. Click on any one listed and a new page opens with information on that farm, visiting hours, directions, any fees, etc.

For another resource to locate a pumpkin farm or festival near you try Pumpkin Patches and More. Click the “Start Here” button in the top menu bar.

Fun Periodic Table of Videos

October 15th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 15, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

What a find! This website teaches the periodic table with videos!

When you click on an element on the periodic table, it plays a video showing educational experiments and explanations about that element. (Okay, while this site is probably designed for middle school, high school, and beyond, younger children will enjoy seeing some of the experiments. Plus, we’ve found that little kids lap up information about the Periodic Table, so don’t be shy about introducing them to it.)

This is so much fun! Each video is short (up to about 10 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, it’s history, and how it is used. You can tell the chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with the various elements, love what they do!

Consider starting with Lithium (Li). It’s very reactive in water and the clip is fun to watch. Then try Hydrogen (H) or Helium (He) to see a big bang! (Careful – kids may be tempted to try this at home, so parental guidance and safety discussions are required.) The Phosphorus (P) video will really amaze your kids when they learn there’s about a pound of this reactive element in their bodies!

The scientists in the lab have a lot fun demonstrating the properties of the elements – and their antics with beakers, Bunsen burners, and bloopers are narrated by mild-mannered professor Martyn Poliakoff who has wonderful, wild, Einstein-ish hair! Some of his descriptions are hilarious – such as when he describes what can be done with Nitrogen (N). (Preview it, as it might alarm younger children.)

Note: We didn’t watch all of the videos. Therefore, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the videos BEFORE showing them to children to determine suitability of content.

The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed!

Math Videos for Numberphiles

October 14th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Numberphile

(www.numberphile.com/)

Age Range: Varies (All require parental preview and supervision)

 

This is a collaboration by mathematicians who have recorded videos to share the wonder of math through interesting activities, funny stories, and challenging puzzles and concepts.

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of short math-themed videos including: 

  • Where Does River Water Go?
  • Amazing Graphs
  • Frieze Patterns
  • James Card Trick
  • Tribonacci Numbers
  • And many, many more

Select the topics that appeal to the interest and ability level of any given student and enjoy the video presentation.

IMPORTANT: Because some of the presentations are geared for older audiences, parents should preview the videos and supervise Internet activity.

Autumn-Themed Arts & Crafts

October 12th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 12, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK’s Autumn Crafts & Activities

(https://www.dltk-holidays.com/fall/index.html)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades PreK-9, with parental supervision)

 

DLTK is an ad-supported website that offers an amazing array of free art and craft projects for kids and their families.

They have a great selection of free, simple and fun fall crafts and activities that we thought many of you would enjoy including: 

  • Coloring Pages – Print out and color fall-themed coloring pages.
  • Crafts – Get instructions for making things with autumn leaves and trees. Make a scarecrow or wreath.
  • Games and Puzzles – Print out fall-themed hangman, tic-tac-toe, wordsearch, word scrambles, crossword puzzles, mazes, and much more.
  • Leaf Collectors Album – Print out templates to create your very own fun and educational “Leaf Collection” album!
  • Poems and Songs – Enjoy a selection of autumn-themed fables, rhymes, poems, and songs that include a printable craft or coloring suggestion to go along with it!
  • And more!

When you’re through with the autumn-themed resources, poke around the site to discover all kinds of ways to enhance learning through fun creative arts activities.

Take an Educational Journey Touring the FDR Library and Museum

October 11th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 11, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FDR Library and Museum Virtual Tour

(fdrlibraryvirtualtour.org/)

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

 

This website not only provides visitors a virtual tour through the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, but it also offers wonderful educational opportunities to learn about the 32nd President of the United States, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.

When arriving at the link, click the “Launch Now” button on the screen. There are multiple ways to explore the museum. You may use the “Back” and “Next” arrows to work through the slides, or you could expand the “Explore the Museum” button at the top right then choose your destination or you could use the map in the bottom right corner to select a location. You can also access the site map from the “Explore the Museum” button which provides a great way to reach the topic of interest quickly. Location galleries include: 

  • Museum Lobby
  • America, 1932: A Nation in Fear
  • The Promise of Change
  • Foundations of a Public Life
  • A New Deal
  • FDR’s “Act of Faith”
  • War! (upper level)
  • War! (lower level)
  • Oval Office Desk/FDR’s Death
  • First Lady of the World
  • Legacy
  • Behind the Scenes

Each gallery provides a 360° tour that you can use your mouse to navigate around and examine. Some galleries include close-ups of artifacts, documents, as well as additional resource information, audios, and teachable moments. The teachable moments include brief video segments. Each gallery includes informational text beneath the presentation.  

This website is an excellent resource for your history studies and a wonderful insight into the life and world of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

History of the Great Chicago Fire

October 10th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 10, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Chicago Fire

(www.greatchicagofire.org/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site, sponsored by the Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University, provides a very in-depth look at the Great Chicago FireThe fire began on October 8, 1871, and by the time it was finally brought under control on October 10, 1871, more than three square miles of the city was destroyed claiming up to 300 lives and leaving one hundred thousand people homeless.

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction, then choose from the two main parts: The Great Chicago Fire or the Web of Memory. In The Great Chicago Fire section, you can read first-hand articles with images on the following topics: 

  • A Bird’s Eye View of Pre-Fire Chicago
  • The Great Conflagration
  • The Ruined City
  • Rescue and Relief
  • Queen of the West Once More

In the Web of Memory, you’ll find: 

  • The Eyewitnesses
  • Media Event
  • Fanning the Flames
  • The O’Leary Legend
  • Souvenirs
  • Commemorating Catastrophe

Be sure to check out the top menu including Touring the Fire and Special Features. There is so much to see here.

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