Build Your Knowledge of Biology

August 6th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

It’s Tuesday, August 6, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology Q&A

(https://www.biology-questions-and-answers.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website helps build biological knowledge step-by-step through an intelligent sequence of questions and answers. This Q&A format discusses all branches of biology.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Then use the menu in the middle of the page to explore over hundreds of questions and answers divided into biology branches that include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • And More!

Each of these branches are then subdivided into specific subjects. For example, under the heading “Microbiology” you’ll find the following subject areas:

  • Bacteria
  • Protists (Protozoans and Algae)
  • Fungi
  • Viruses

Explore the site to satisfy your interest or curiosity in any given subject area. Or enter your question in the search form to find related answers in the archive.

(PLEASE NOTE: Since our review, you can only ask 5 questions for free. After that, it is $9 per month or $39 per year to access the site.)

Learn the history of computers!

August 5th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 5, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing

(www.computerhistory.org/revolution/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, where you can virtually explore the exhibit,”Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.” It’s an amazing, content-rich overview of the human endeavor to solve problems through tinkering, engineering, invention – as well as accidents and luck!


When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, and a sliding panel that displays all of the segments of the exhibit including: 

  • Calculators
  • Punched Cards
  • Birth of the Computer
  • Memory & Storage
  • The Art of Programming
  • Digital Logic
  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Computer Graphics, Music, and Art
  • Computer Games
  • Personal Computers
  • The Web
  • and much more!

Click on any item in the sliding panel display to learn more about it, or click on the “bubbles” below the screen to follow the exhibit in sequential order. You can also click on the “Topics” tab at the top of the page to get a complete directory of what’s in the exhibit.  

Each section offers interesting text, photographs, and illustrations along with interactive tools for zooming in on objects to get a better look. 

Don’t miss the interactive “Timeline” that you can access from the horizontal tab menu at the top of each page. You could spend hours and hours perusing the information that includes biographies of people important to the computing revolution over the past 2,000 years.

Serious and Silly Physics Songs

August 3rd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 3, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhysicsSongs.org

(http://ww3.haverford.edu/physics-astro/songs/)

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

 

This website, hosted by Haverford College and maintained by a professor of physics, archives free songs about physics that help students remember critical concepts and formulas in a fun and entertaining way.

This site was created for college students, but many songs will appeal to a younger range of ages, with parental supervision. As explained at the website, songs may activate a different part of the students’ brains that links into “the musical aspect of intelligence, helping many students to build a richer ‘knowledge tree’ relating to the concept being taught, and thus promoting better retention.”

When you get to the site scroll down to “Physics songs and other resources” where you will find links to all kinds of physics songs. Don’t miss The Nano Song – the winner of the Nano Tube Contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society – under “Selected songs by other authors.” In the video, “Miss Glory” sings to Muppet-type puppets and explains nanotechnology. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics to give you an idea…
 
Puppet: Miss Glory, what is nanotechnology?
 
Miss Glory sings:

Virtual Guide to REAL Field Trip Destinations

August 2nd, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, August 2, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Field Trips of the U.S. & Canada

(www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/field-trips/)

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

 

To help you find field trips that will leave you and your kids feeling energized and excited about learning, Homeschool Buyers Co-op has created an incredible, FREE, virtual data base of field trip destinations for every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.


When you get to the website just click on the map to find:


  • zoos
  • aquariums
  • factory tours
  • historic houses
  • nature centers
  • cultural centers
  • and other educational facilities in your state or province.
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    Then, head out on the road and enjoy the fabulous learning opportunities in your community and beyond. Your children will have fun and you’ll feel like you’ve made productive and meaningful use of your time. Plus, field trips often springboard kids to a new area of interest that motivates their desire to learn about everything.

    Explorer Hernando DeSoto – Videos & Activity Book

    August 1st, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

     

    It’s Thursday, August 1, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Hernando DeSoto in America Movies

    (fcit.usf.edu/florida/movies/soto/soto.htm)

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

     

    The University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology offer a free series of QuickTime movies that are reenactments of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto’s exploration of Florida, which he claimed for Spain in 1539.

    The seven QuickTime movies add up to twenty minutes of engaging information, presented in documentary style, that brings to life the story of the Spanish exploration of the Southeast United States from 1539 to 1542.

    When you’re through watching the movies you can explore the rest of the site that contains more information on the history of Florida by clicking on “Main” at the top of the page.

    Then, be sure to check out the DeSoto National Memorial website (courtesy of the National Park Service). It offers additional information on DeSoto and the history of Florida. Also, you can download a free Junior Ranger Activity Book on DeSoto with challenging activities in math, writing, reading, and science here. It was designed for students 6-12 years old, but may be of interest to your entire family.

    Note: This is a big file and may take a minute or two to download. If it doesn’t work for some reason, click on the “Learn About the Park” on the DeSoto National Memorial website in the paragraph above, then “Kids & Youth,” then “Be a Junior Ranger.”

    Highlights Magazine Activities Online

    July 31st, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

     

    It’s Wednesday, July 31, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Highlights Kids

    (https://www.highlightskids.com/)

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

     

    Highlights Magazine sponsors this website that features free activities to build language arts skills while covering multiple subjects such as science, history, social studies, and more.

    It also features the beloved “Hidden Picture” activity that you may remember from your own youthful experience with Highlights – and that your children are sure to enjoy. 

    When you get to the site you’ll see some featured activities. You can scroll through those or use the menu at the top to find: 

    • Activities – crafts and recipes
    • Jokes – jokes and quizzes
    • Games – Hidden Pictures and Unscramble
    • Explore – science questions and experiments
    • and more

    Did we mention “Hidden Pictures”? It’s a lot of fun to play online! You’ll enjoy it – and so will your kids!

    Meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, and more!

    July 30th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

     

    It’s Tuesday, July 30, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    European Space Agency Kids Page

    (www.esa.int/kids/en/learn)

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

     

    So you know a lot about astronauts, satellites, and space probes? On this European Space Agency (ESA) website for kids, you may be surprised not to find mention of American spacecraft such as Endeavor, Galileo, Voyager, Pioneer, and Challenger. In their place, meet CryoSat, Envisat, Rosetta, Columbus, Ariane-5 and more!

    There is no mention of John Glenn, Sally Ride, or Neil Armstrong; the heroes here include such greats as Vladimir Remek, Miroslav Hermaszewski, Samantha Cristoforetti, Andreas Mogensen, Christer Fugelsang, and Timothy Peake. Move over, NASA — make room for the ESA! You will definitely learn something new and different at this website! 

    When you get to the site you will see some features. Use the menu toward the top of your screen to explore topics such as: 

    • Our Universe
    • Life in Space
    • Technology

    As you click each main topic, you will see a related photo; click on it to learn all about the planets, galaxies, space stations, life in space and more. 

    From the main page you will also see a menu at the top: 

    • News
    • Things To Do
    • Multimedia
    • Teachers
    • And more

    These sections contain interesting facts, activities, things to build, a competition, news items, and more.

    There is too much here to explore in one visit. Bookmark it so you can come back often!

    Math at Play Kids Games

    July 29th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

     

    It’s Monday, July 29, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    PlayKidsGames.com – Math Games

    (www.playkidsgames.com/mathGames.htm)

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

     

    At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to help kids learn and practice their math skills.

    When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include:

    • Space Shuttle Launch: You chose whether to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math question correctly, you get to watch your rocket ship launch successfully and reach the moon.
    • Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the hungry crocodile gets a snack!
    • Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their numbers.
    • Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
    • Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully ricochets off of the components of a math question, you need to answer it correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
    • Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot Calculator they appear horizontally).

    But that’s not all! There are other subjects also available at this site. Just click on the button of your choice at the top including: 

    • Alphabet
    • Memory
    • Vocabulary
    • Geography
    • Arts

    And more!


    NOTE: You’ll need Flash and/or Java installed to play the games. 

    Foreign Language Games, Songs and Activities

    July 27th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

     

    It’s Saturday, July 27, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Hello-World

    (www.hello-world.com/)

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

     

    This website has free online games, songs, and activities for children in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and many more languages.

    When you get to the site you will see an icon menu for each language. Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu that allows you to learn: 

    • The Alphabet
    • Letters
    • Numbers
    • Colors
    • Clothes
    • The Calendar
    • The Family
    • Common Descriptions
    • Verbs
    • Time
    • Weather
    • and much more!

    Some countries have more activities than others. In some, you can learn conversational skills and play games or sing songs to reinforce and practice learning the language of your choice. There is a great deal of content at this site. Not every activity is clearly explained, so expect to spend a little time exploring in order to figure it out.

    Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

    July 26th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

     

    It’s Friday, July 26, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Lewis & Clark Exhibit

    (www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/virtualtour/)

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

     

    With this website, explore the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress to discover maps, notes, manuscripts, and more from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

    Begin your tour by selecting the “enter tour” link on the first slide. Watch the slide show introduction then the tour begins. In each slide, select an image in the timeline to enlarge. Read through the text then click on the image to get a larger view. Select “Go Back” at the bottom of the slide to return to the timeline. Some images will open a new window with a presentation on the Library of Congress website. Simply close the window to return to the virtual tour. Select “Continue Tour” to move along. Sections of the timeline include: 

    • Prologue
    • Before Lewis & Clark
      • Beyond the Allegheny Mountains
      • The Spanish Entrada into the Southwest
      • Exploration of the Missouri River
      • British Passage to the Pacific
      • Louisiana Purchase
    • Lewis & Clark
      • Discovering Diplomacy
      • Geography
      • Animals
      • Dressed in Courage
      • Plants
    • After Lewis & Clark
      • The Journeys of Zebulon Montgomery Pike
      • Long’s Expedition to the Central and Southern Plains
      • The Fur Trade
      • Wilkes and Frémont Expeditions
      • Boundary Surveys
    • Epilogue-Transcontinental Railroad Surveys

    If you prefer not to use the interactive tour, visit the Rivers, Edens, Empires webpage on the Library of Congress site using the link under the interactive tour window.

    Not only is this an interesting tour of the artifacts in the museum, but a wonderful addition to your westward expansion studies.

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