Yo-Yo Math!

June 1st, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, June 1, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yo-Yo Math!

(www.barrbunch.com/coverupgames/yoyo.pdf)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Saturday, June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day! It’s also the birthday of yo-yo manufacturer Donald F. Duncan. Here are some fun ways to celebrate with some Yo-Yo-themed math activities and more.

The link above takes you directly to the pdf where you can download and print a Yo-Yo Math Mat. Hang on — there’s more to this site than just the Yo-Yo mat, so read all the way through this review. 

Once you print out the Yo-Yo Math Mat, use it to play a math game with your child(ren). You will need a math mat for each player, at least one die, and tokens (pennies or poker chips work). Let’s say you were going to play a game of number recognition from 1-6. Give each child a math mat and tokens. Each child takes turns rolling the die. If the child(ren) can identify the number on the die, then he/she covers one yo-yo design on the mat. Continue until someone fills all of the squares on the mat. Older or more math-savvy children could roll 2 die and add the numbers together, or multiply the numbers. Those that get the correct answer would cover their yo-yos with tokens.

These mats can also be used to practice letters, sight words, and punctuation marks, etc. It just depends on the ability level and interest of the child. You’ll find all kinds of math mats at this site for just about every topic imaginable. The main math mat page is here.

After doing your math homework, it’s time for some Yo-Yo fun!

Yomega.com: Learn Cool Tricks

At this site you can watch videos that demonstrate popular tricks like “Walk the Dog” or “Shoot the Moon.” Kids can improve coordination and dexterity by trying these Yo-Yo techniques. Yo-Yo ability varies from kid to kid. These tricks look geared for ages 9 and up. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine suitability for your own child.)

Make a Chinese Paper Yo-Yo

A Chinese Paper Yo-Yo may be easier for a young child to use. This site provides instructions on how to make your own.

Guess That Song

May 30th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 30, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Travel Games & Activities

(www.artistshelpingchildren.org/travel-games-activities.html)

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

 

Play a ‘Guess That Song’ game – and more – when traveling on long car rides or trips on a bus, train, or plane!

On this website, you’ll find an assortment of free travel games and much more including: 

  • Name That Song
  • Animal Counting Game
  • I’m Going On A Trip And I’m Bringing…
  • Funny Story Telling Game
  • Funny Poem Game
  • Spelling Bee Contest
  • Guess The Number
  • Alliteration Words Game
  • Colors Game
  • Car Color Game
  • 20 Questions
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors

Then, explore the rest of the site where you’ll find free arts and crafts indexed by theme, holiday, or alphabetically and other activities and resources such as paper folding, drawing lessons, and coloring pages.

Travel the Globe – Virtually

May 29th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 29, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic Global Trek

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/globaltrek/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Virtually travel the globe to 35 different countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe with this website created by Scholastic.

After students select their destination, they receive a suggested itinerary that provides links to information about the country: 

  • Background
  • Guided Tours
  • Meet the People

Within those informative pages are other links to outside websites for a deeper exploration of a country. Students can create an online “Travel Journal” to record notes about what they have learned and then print out their journals.


With this website, students will expand their knowledge and understanding of the people, places, and environments of the countries of the world.

Discover the High-flying Aviator Lindbergh

May 28th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 28, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Charles Lindbergh – An American Aviator

(http://www.charleslindbergh.com/)

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

 

Charles Lindbergh began his courageous flight in his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, on May 20, 1927, securing his place in history as the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. This comprehensive website examines not only this flight but also the other events and achievements of one of America’s most famous aviators.

When arriving at this website, begin by reading an excerpt from the May 21, 1927 New York Times article about the flight. Then use the left sidebar menu to examine Lindbergh’s life through articles, documents, images, videos, audios and much more. Some of the many topics to explore include: 

  • The Flight
  • Spirit of St. Louis
  • Guggenheim Tour
  • Biographies of Charles and Anne Lindbergh
  • Maps
  • Airmail Pioneer
  • Gliders
  • Orient
  • America First
  • Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
  • Awards
  • Lindbergh’s contributions to rocketry, cardiology, and conservation
  • PDFs of FBI files

And much, much more. There are also a few downloadable lesson plans, additional website links, and Amazon links to books for further study.

This website is an excellent resource for an in-depth study of the man, aviator, innovator, and American legend.

Free Human-Read Audio Books

May 27th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Librivox

(tinyurl.com/jvgbw8v)

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

 

Now that the weather outside is getting nicer here in the Northern Hemisphere, send the kids outside with some audio books! They can perch in a tree, skip rope, start a garden, have a little picnic, or even play hopscotch while listening to these wonderful classics.

Or keep a supply of titles handy for those days when you’re unable to read to them. With hundreds of completed works listed under the “Children’s Fiction” or “Children’s Non-Fiction”categories, there is more than an entire year’s worth of bedtime stories and read-alouds here, including the works of such well-known authors as: 

  • Aesop (Fables)
  • Alcott, Louisa May (Eight CousinsLittle Women, etc.)
  • Baum, L. Frank (Oz books)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord FauntleroyLittle PrincessSecret Garden, etc.)
  • Carroll, Lewis (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, etc.)
  • Collodi, Carlo (Adventures of Pinocchio, available in English and Italian!)
  • And many, many more.

Click any title to see a brief synopsis before downloading/listening. But that’s not all! Parents may like to browse the other categories as well: 

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Biography
  • History
  • Spy Stories
  • Teen/Young Adult
  • and many others

This site can be searched for a specific book by title and author as well.

Note: There is an overlap between these books and the ones you would find in Project Gutenberg or Archive.org. This is because Librivox allows both of these sites to house their entire collection of completed works. However, Librivox maintains the best-catalogued and most easily searchable list of these titles. Also, only Librivox itself includes a brief synopsis for each completed title, lists the works currently in progress, allows you to request email notification upon completion of desired books in progress, allows you to request specific titles, and allows you to participate in the recording and editing process and their lively forum as well.

Additional Note: This review focuses on the “Children’s” books. The rest of this site is not specifically geared for children, so parental preview and guidance is, as always, advised. Books are continually being added to this collection, so bookmark it and return often.

NOTE: As always, parents should help select material appropriate for each child.

Science with Ladybugs!

May 26th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LadybugLady.com

(www.ladybuglady.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website is all about ladybugs! Maintained by an entomologist, this site offers free scientific information, terrific photographs, fun facts, coloring pages, and ladybug craft ideas!

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the “Facts about Ladybugs” link on the menu on the left side of the screen to find the answers to questions such as: 

  • What do ladybugs eat?
  • Are ladybugs poisonous?
  • How did the ladybug get its name?
  • Do the spots tell you how old they are?
  • And many more!

You’ll also find ladybug crafts and coloring pages. And you’ll find information to use for science projects and fairs, and why they are considered a “beneficial” insect.

[ClickSchooling] ThoughtCo. – Language Learning Resources

May 23rd, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 23, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – Language Learning Resources

(www.thoughtco.com/languages-4133094)

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

 

This site has a ton of resources “for both students and teachers of second languages, from basic vocabulary and grammar guides to advanced writing and conversation exercises.”

When you get to the website, choose from: 

  • English as a Second Language
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Russian

You can read articles on history and culture, essential vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and so much more! There are even some teacher resourses like lesson plans under English as a Second Language and worksheets under French.

Visit the Secret Annex of Anne Frank Online

May 22nd, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 22, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Secret Annex Online

(www.annefrank.org/en/anne-frank/secret-annex/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

A sub-site of the larger AnneFrank.org website, presented by the Anne Frank House Museum, interactively wander around the Secret Annex where the Frank family, the van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer hid from the Nazis for more than two years.

When you arrive at the website, you can “Step Inside” right away, or you can scroll down to the 3D image of the house and annex. Toggle between Front Section and Secret Annex. The rooms you are able to visit and learn about include: 

  • Prinsengracht 263
  • Warehouse front
  • Warehouse back
  • The chestnut tree
  • Front office
  • Back office
  • Staircase
  • Kitchen
  • Toilet
  • Private office
  • Stockroom
  • Attic
  • Moveable bookcase
  • Entrance
  • Otto, Edith and Margot’s room
  • Anne and Fritz’ room
  • Bathroom
  • Hermann and Auguste’s room
  • Peter’s room
  • Attic

Click on any of the rooms to view it and learn more about it. Be sure to have your sound turned on to hear explanations, narrative and commentaries of the various rooms. Use your mouse to navigate through the rooms.


When you are finished exploring the hiding place, click on the box in the top right corner and click to learn more: 

  • Who Was Anne Frank
  • Video Diary
  • The Diary
  • The Timeline
  • The Main Characters
  • Go In-Depth
  • And more

This fascinating interactive presentation filled with interesting audios, videos, texts, and images gives visitors a real feel that they have stepped into the world of Anne Frank and her housemates.

Geography for Kids

May 21st, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 21, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com – Geography Resources

(www.education.com/resources/geography/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This part of the larger Education.com website provides learning resources all about geography. NOTE: You must join Education.com (for free) to access the information.

When arriving at the site, either use the image icons under the introduction to select the topic you wish to explore or use the left-hand menu to choose topics by grade level. Some of the topics are: 

  • Reading a Map
  • The Continents
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • 50 State Capitals
  • World Oceans
  • The 5 Great Lakes
  • Lines on the Globe
  • and so much more!

You can download a free worksheet and see related learning resources.

You can also use the top menu to sort by: Printable Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Hands-On Activities, and Printable Workbooks all related to geography.

Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

May 20th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 20, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

The New York Times offers free lesson plans, writing prompts, activities for students and more – all based on The New York Times journalism.

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students: 

  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Articles & Questions – Articles of the Day, Teenagers in the Times, and STEM Articles
  • Quizzes & Crosswords – Weekly News Quiz, Word of the Day, Country of the Week, and Student Crosswords
  • Multimedia – What’s Going on in this Picture?, Film Club, and What’s Going on in this Graph?
  • Contests – The 11th Annual Summer Reading Contest starts June 12.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

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