Christmas Traditions Around the World

December 12th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, December 12, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Traditions Around the World

(www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm)

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

 

Discover the multitude of Christmas traditions from all over the world with this page from the larger Santa’s Net website.

Learn: 

  • What is Twelfth Day, Sinterklass Eve, Ganna, Kwanzaa, Carols by Candlelight, the Little Feast, and other winter holidays
  • Who are Viejito Pascuero, Christkind, Pere Noel, Lan Khoong, Nisse, Julebukk and Father Christmas
  • What happens at Christmas in Bethlehem
  • What dates are Christmas holidays observed in other countries
  • What types of food are eaten especially for Christmas
  • How to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages
  • And much more.

With over 70 countries to explore, this website makes a great addition to your geography studies around the holidays.

Read the Christmas story in comic book style

December 11th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, December 11, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The First Christmas Story

(www.whychristmas.com/christmasstory/)

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

 

Created by James Cooper from the UK, this Christmas story can be read comic book style.


When you get to the site, the ‘comic book’ is ready to read. Click on the right arrow to go to the next page. 

When you are through, go to the main site of Why Christmas? It’s kid-friendly and explores all things Christmas. Use the links in the upper menu to select from: 

  • Christmas Traditions and Customs – Learn all about when the Christmas season is celebrated, the traditions of candles, candy canes, Christmas cards, carols, mistletoe, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, and Father Christmas and so much more
  • Christmas Around the World – Discover how Christmas is celebrated in countries around the world
  • The Christmas Story – Read, listen, and/or watch the full Christmas story.
  • Christmas Fun and Activities – Activities include an online Christmas tree to decorate, a nativity scene to build either online or downloadable, word searches and a crossword puzzle, Christmas desktop wallpaper, and loads of other creative and fun activities

After browsing through all that is available, be sure to add to your fun by selecting the “Christmas Karaoke” image on the home page. You will be taken to another website, Tis the Season to be Singing, where you and your family can sing along to over 50 Christmas Carols and songs.

Live Web Cams!

December 10th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, December 10, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

(https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-exhibits/live-web-cams)

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

 

Check out all the webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and learn about ocean science!

Some of the cams are only live during certain hours, but there are recordings if you are viewing them after hours. The choices are: 

  • Aviary Cam
  • Coral Reef Cam
  • Jelly Cam
  • Kelp Forest Cam
  • Penguin Cam
  • Sea Otter Cam
  • Shark Cam
  • and more

When you are finished seeing all the marine animals, learn more using the “Education” link from the left sidebar. Click on “Curriculum” under “Classroom Resources” – you can choose grade level or exhibit. There will be a focus question, overview, objectives, background for the topic you are interested in, then a materials list, procedure, and more. 

Be sure to check out the Games & Activities as well including: 

  • Animal Fact Cards & Games
  • Bird Bingo
  • Decorate a Shark Mask
  • Kelp Crossword
  • and more

This is an incredible site! Bookmark it to return often.

Free Math Enrichment Games and Problems

December 9th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, December 9, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH

(https://nrich.maths.org/)

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

 

This website is a project of the math faculty at The University of Cambridge and provides FREE math games, interesting problems, and helpful materials that are suitable for students of a wide age, ability, and grade range.

Don’t be deceived by the simple look of the home page – this site harbors a rich resource bank with thousands of fun and fascinating math challenges and printable materials that will engage your students while helping to develop problem-solving and mathematical thinking skills. Click on the icon that interests you on the front page or choose from the following from the top menu: 

  • Primary Students
  • Secondary Students
  • Early Years
  • Primary Teachers
  • Secondary Teachers
  • Topics

Note: Because this is a UK website, some of the references may be unfamiliar particularly when it comes to money. Parents can easily guide children to substitutions so they can do the exercises.

Bookmark this website – it is updated with new material regularly.

See How Glass Ornaments Are Made & More!

December 6th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, December 6, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

How It’s Made

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h28d_rc1OM0)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This “How It’s Made” video explains how glass Christmas ornaments are made.

This video demonstrates how glass blowers create Christmas tree ornament bulbs and figurines, and then shows how they are colored and decorated. You’ll also discover how the stems are made and capped before the ornament is boxed and shipped to stores.

And here are other Christmas-related “How’s It’s Made” videos: 
  
How Artificial Christmas Trees Are Made

This video shows how artificial Christmas trees are made, including building the steel framework. You’ll find out how sheets of green PVC plastic are shredded to make simulated pine needles. Watch, as workers crimp the artificial foliage together, assemble branches, and attach them to the framework to build a holiday tree.

How Candy Canes Are Made

Watch how the dough is mixed, shaped, colored, cut, wrapped, and shaped again to make candy canes!

Free Lessons On Antarctica!

December 5th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, December 5, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Classroom Antarctica

(https://classroom.antarctica.gov.au/)

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

 

The Antarctic Treaty was signed on December 1, 1959 assuring peaceful use of the continent by all nations. At this website by the Australian Antarctic Division, you can access free lessons about Antarctica to stimulate interest in Social Studies, Science, and Math through real world applications.

When you get to the site you can choose the grade level on the left side of the screen, or pick a topic from the right side. Since we review Social Studies topics on Thursdays, we looked at Geography, History, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Some of the topics include: 

  • Antarctica: Twilight zone
  • Living in Antarctica
  • Who owns Antarctica?
  • Traveling to Antarctica in the 20th century
  • Naming the new icebreaker

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a series of lessons about it. The lessons include links to pictures, videos, downloadable PDFs, illustrations, and more. There is so much to learn here about Antarctica!

Free Literature Study Guides

December 4th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are: 

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Preview
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Christmas Science

December 3rd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, December 3, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Sparks – Christmas Science

(www.science-sparks.com/christmas-science/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

We’ve recently reviewed other parts of this website but we thought with the season upon us it would be appropriate to spotlight these 20 Christmas-themed science experiments.

You’ll find experiments for the kitchen, the playroom and even outside. These are fun and there is something here that everyone will enjoy!

In the kitchen enjoy these: 

  • Make some spiced apple cider and explore filtering at the same time.
  • Make lovely mint-flavored chocolate leaves and learn about changes of state.
  • Create fizzing Christmas trees or gingerbread men.

In the playroom try: 

  • a Christmas themed magnet or marble maze.
  • How about making jumping snowmen or Christmas trees using static electricity?
  • Designing some symmetrical Christmas trees.
  • Making a Christmas-themed Optical Illusion.

Outside explore: 

  • Create wonderful ice ornaments.
  • Work out how tall your Christmas tree is without measuring it.

There is much more here including activities for younger children. Bookmark this page and use it throughout the holiday season.

Math and More with Advent Calendars

December 2nd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, December 2, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Woodlands Junior Advent Calendar

(projectbritain.com/Xmas/calendar/index.html)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this United Kingdom website you can access a free, interactive, educational Advent Calendar that provides information on how Christmas is celebrated in countries worldwide.

Math and social studies are combined here in an engaging presentation the whole family is sure to enjoy.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Scroll down to the calendar and click on December 1st – the dates are jumbled on purpose we suppose so it can be used every year. A new page opens that begins an exploration of how Christmas is celebrated in….well, you’ll have to visit the site to find out!

Be sure to follow the instructions, answer the questions, and click on the links throughout the presentation to experience the full scope of what is offered here. Then, bookmark the site so you can return to it each day in December to see what the calendar unfolds.

Oh, and don’t miss the menu on the left side of the screen where you can learn all kinds of facts and trivia about Christmas traditions and customs.

Learn to Speak Japanese!

November 30th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 30, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Web Japan

(web-japan.org/kidsweb/language/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website, created by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), is designed to foster appreciation of Japan among American children and introduce them to the Japanese language

The simple artwork, the openness of each page, the soft color scheme and intuitive navigation, are all immediately attractive to young ones. And the content is top-notch! Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Lessons 1-8 – Nicely illustrated formal language lessons, complete with audio examples, English and Japanese text, and pronunciation in text form. (Typical lessons contain dialog, vocabulary/grammar, and an exercise.)
  • Hiragana and Katakana Charts – Japanese alphabets. Click any letter to hear it pronounced.
  • Numbers – Learn to speak and read the numbers from 1 to 100.

And under Related Articles – Language: The older kids and adults will appreciate this clear article about the Japanese language

You may also wish to spend some time on the rest of this website. You can learn about folk legends, play games and check out some recipes. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise Internet use.

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