Your Guide to the Heavens

March 17th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WikiSky.org

(www.wikisky.org/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

WikiSky.org is to the universe what Google Earth is to the Earth — a fantastic way to explore the constellations and galaxies from the comfort of your home.

WikiSky has created an extremely detailed sky map to help everybody better understand the information gathering about any space object and various phenomena connected with those space objects. When you get to the site, you can type in the name of the object you are looking for in the “Find Object” box. Or you can scroll over and click on any of the links on the right. You’ll see that object on the screen along with some text explaining more. However, we suggest you click on “Getting Started” to learn more on how to move about the site.

Typing Program for Kids 8-11

March 16th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, March 16, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dance Mat Typing

(www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

The BBC offers this free touch-typing program for children ages 8-11 using a multi-media format that includes animations, sound, and lots of interactive exercises. 

When you get to the site you’ll see there are four introductory levels. Each level is divided into three stages. 

Simply begin with Level 1 and work at your own pace to develop your skills through Level 4. 

This comes from the Computing/Information Technology portion of the BBC Bitesize website. After Dance Mat Typing, try: 

  • What is a database?
  • How to create digital video and audio
  • What makes a good webpage
  • How do you make a good app
  • Creating and understanding charts
  • What are input and output devices
  • How do digital images work

Online Games to Explore the Arts

March 14th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, March 14, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artsology

(www.artsology.com/)

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

 

Artsology was created by a musician to expose kids to a variety of art, music and culture in order to open their minds to different thoughts and ideas. The website offers free online games about the arts, along with investigations into visual arts and music.

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured games, investigations, and printables. Use the menu at the top of the screen to explore the site that includes: 

  • Art Games: Play online games and learn about major figures in art.
  • ArtsEd Resources: Art Investigations and more – Enjoy simple yet informative activities that will expand your knowledge of the arts.
  • Art Videos – Watch Pablo Picasso draw and an introduction to snow globe art.
  • And more!

Artsology is a fantastic resource for fun learning about the arts for people of all ages! We were only able to review some of the games and activities on the site, so parents, as always, should preview and supervise use of the website.

Learn How Potato Chips are Made

March 13th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 13, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips

(www.dieffenbachs.com/potato-chip-factory)

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

 

Discover how potato chips are made with this website from Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips. This business, located in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, has been making potato chips for over 50 years.

When arriving at the link, see an introduction about the factory with some pictures, then scroll down to play the Virtual Factory Tour. You’ll learn the process involved in going from potato to chip in the almost 4-minute video. It’ll be sure to whet your appetite for a bag of potato chips!

Unearth the History of Ireland in 100 Objects

March 12th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, March 12, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

(www.100objects.ie/education/)

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

 

This website from The Royal Irish Academy, The National Museum of Ireland, and The Irish Times is based on a series in The Irish Times by Fintan O’Toole.

Through the use of 100 historical objects, students can learn the fascinating history of Ireland. Fourteen lesson plans have been created for 5th-6th grade children and 5 more for older children (post-primary).

When arriving at today’s link, use the object timeline to select one of the time periods you wish to explore. Once the page opens in a new window, there will be an image of the object and ‘buttons’ to select to learn more. Most objects include the following buttons: 

  • For teachers – lesson plans, resources, and other activities
  • Story – an age-appropriate text about the artifact
  • Worksheets – topic-related worksheets
  • Did you know? – fast facts related to the object
  • Quiz – Test your knowledge of the object with a multiple choice online quiz.
  • Look – See other images related to the object.
  • Read – Read an extract from the book A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

All of the above (except for the Quiz) are downloadable PDFs. The quizzes can be printed using your browser print function. Some lessons also include an audio and video option to encourage more thought and conversation.  


Older students will enjoy browsing through the 100 objects list by selecting “Objects” on the main menu, then selecting the item of interest from the list.

This website provides a unique way of discovering Irish history.

Multi-Media Language Arts Activities

March 11th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Words

(www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/languages/words/introduction/)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This fantastic multimedia children’s site from The University of Manchester, offers a variety of well-crafted activities and games to learn grammar and parts of speech, along with an animated timeline of the history of the English language. Plus you can explore other languages used around the world to encourage understanding of language in general.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction and a menu to the left that includes: 

  • World Language Map – Click on an animated map to learn about different languages spoken all over the world. As you zero in on a given country, you’ll watch a video of a native speaker saying conversational phrases that are accompanied by English subtitles. Plus, you’ll learn more about the languages and dialects spoken in that country.
  • Timeline of the English Language – Discover the evolution of the English language and the influence of the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, as well as the printing press, English Bible, Greek and Latin root words, Shakespeare, and more.
  • Naming Nouns – Explore this interactive lesson that explains what nouns are including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns and more. Play the “Noun Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Adjective Detective – Learn all about adjectives and how to use them including comparative and superlative adjectives. Play the “Adjective Game” and take quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Match the Eponyms – Do you know what an eponym is? Here’s a clue: Do you know the origin of the word “sandwich”?  This is a word trivia feast – and lots of fun!
  • Borrowing Words – Many English words were “borrowed” from other languages. Play a game and try to match the English word to the language of origin. You’ll learn about the origin of words like score, zombie, bandana, skunk and many more.
  • Idioms Game – Idioms are sayings such as “The early bird catches the worm.” Match the idioms to their meanings in this informative game.
  • And more!

The games are very engaging. Your kids will learn far more than the standard grammar drills we see in most language arts games. They’ll learn historical and cultural information that will enhance their understanding of the English language.

Free Educational Video Shows

March 10th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Trek

(sciencetrek.org/)

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

 

Idaho Public Television sponsors this site that provides archives of free educational video shows and compatible resources to help kids learn about history and science.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured video, currently Geology. Then use the right hand menu to view topics such as: 

  • Ages Past
  • Animals
  • Earth Science
  • Environment
  • Human Body
  • Science Fundamentals
  • Space
  • Technology
  • And more!

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you can watch or download the full show, or a short video clip. Be sure to click on the tabs at the top of the page to access terrific facts, links to further learning, games, resources for teachers and more.

is Pi Day!

March 9th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, March 9, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Exploratorium: Pi Day

(www.exploratorium.edu/pi)

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

 

Did you know that Saturday, March 14 is International Pi Day? Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter that is represented as 3.14.

The Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco offers this website with fun activities to learn about Pi. Find out what ancient Babylonians, Archimedes, Zu Chongzhi of China, and French Mathematician Georges Buffon knew about Pi.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and video. Scroll down to learn more: 

  • Guide to Celebrating Pi Day
  • A Brief History of Pi
  • A Slice of Pi Day History

The activities include: 

  • Cutting Pi
  • Pi Toss
  • Pi Graph

And if you really want to go in-depth, don’t miss The Joy of Pi website for lots more info, resources, lessons, and activities.

Free Music Theory Workbooks

March 7th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

It’s Saturday, March 7, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

G Major Music Theory

(www.gmajormusictheory.org/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Created by Gilbert DeBernedetti, a music theory teacher at the University of Pittsburgh, this website provides visitors free downloadable music fundamentals workbooks, harmonic dictation study materials, piano and guitar sheet music and more.

(*Please note: Although some answer keys, test templates, and flash demos for the Fundamentals workbooks are free, most, as well as many of the Contextual Listening pieces, are only available with a paid membership.)

When arriving at this site, select from the following:

  • Sheet Music
    • Free Piano Music for various skill levels arranged by Mr. DeBernedetti
    • Free Guitar Music for five levels of experience
  • Music Theory
    • Fundamentals – Provides 19 always free downloadable workbooks, 9 supplemental Circles of 5ths, and 31 sets of flash cards using the online Quizlet app that help teach music fundamentals. (*see note above)
    • Contextual Listening – Encourages the student to develop skills in identifying musical elements and provides lesson plans for the teacher (*see note above)
    • Harmonic Dictation – Allows students to discover how well they can identify soprano and bass notes as well as Roman and Arabic numerals.
  • Music Humor – Provides fun visual puns for your music student to solve.

If you are planning to add Music Theory to your school days, this website will be a harmonious addition to your repertoire.

Take an Underwater Adventure to the Waikiki Aquarium

March 6th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, March 6, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Waikiki Aquarium

(www.waikikiaquarium.org/)

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

 

Hawaii is the home to a variety of sea life and at this site you can learn all about it in the many exhibits at the Waikiki Aquarium. 

When you get to the site select the “Experience” link at the top of the page. Then select from: 

  • Exhibits
  • Animal Guide
  • Plants & Seaweeds
  • Overview Map
  • Critter of the Month
  • Webcam

Some of the exhibits you might like to visit are: 

  • South Pacific Marine Communities and Hawaiian Marine Communities – These highlight the amazing diversity and adaptations of sea creatures in the tropical Pacific and Hawaii.
  • Edge of the Reef – Learn about different types of Hawaiian reef and shore environments, and see colorful fish.
  • Diversity and Adaptations – Discover the amazing adaptations that allow marine life to get the upper hand on predators and prey.
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat – Find out about conservation efforts to preserve one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals.
  • Coral Farm – a working coral propagation facility that provides coral colonies to other aquariums and research institutions to reduce the demand and damage to wild reefs

Click on any one of these and more and investigate it through text, photographs, and even Live Cams!

Little ones will like the pictures, and older students will enjoy navigating through the hotlinks to learn all about Hawaiian marine life. This is a great site to visit with the whole family.

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