Learn the history of falcons and see them live!

May 7th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 7, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rochester Falconcam

(rfalconcam.com/rfc-main/)

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

 

Watch Beauty and Dot.ca, two Peregrine Falcons that are nesting atop a tall building in downtown Rochester, NY.

When you get to the site, you can read a little introduction about Rfalconcam and the recent activity there. Then go to “Cameras” in the top menu bar to view Latest Pictures and Streaming Video. This website hosts regularly updated, live feed of the nesting box photos taken by the Falconcam (from a variety of angles). It provides live pictures of the endangered falcons as they prepare their nest, lay eggs, tend the eggs, hatch the eggs, and nurture and feed their offspring. 

The website also features educational materials for students and teachers. Under “Learn More” you’ll find: 

  • Education
  • History
  • Falcon Information
  • and more

You’ll find curriculum, a word search, information on Peregrines as well as the history of the falcons, and more. This is a spectacular opportunity for your family to learn more about endangered species and how Peregrine Falcons fit into the ecosystem. Follow all the action in the nest box on the Rochester Falconcam!

Grammar Gorillas & More!

May 6th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunBrain: Grammar Gorillas

(www.funbrain.com/games/grammar-gorillas)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

As we celebrate National Pet Week, today’s websites are centered around gorillas. It will have your kids swinging on vines…

Did you know that “Grammar Gorillas” is also a term used to describe any feature of grammar which people find particularly challenging? At this site, learn various parts of speech and grammar with this fast-paced, fun, and interactive game called “Grammar Gorillas.”

Most people don’t have pet gorillas. However, in Woodside, California there was a very unusual “pet” gorilla named Koko, who had learned to sign over 1,000 words and could also understand spoken English! Here are a couple of websites that feature Koko and her uncanny ability with language arts: 

Where Science Meets Fiction

May 5th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TechNovelgy – Where Science Meets Fiction

(technovelgy.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free archive that enables you to explore the inventions and predictions of science fiction writers that have come true or are coming true in today’s world. There are over 3,200 different inventions archived that were first introduced through the imaginations of science fiction writers.

When you get to the site you can explore the featured items on the home page, or use the menu at the top of the page to search by Glossary, Author, Book, or Timeline. Once you find a topic that interests you, click on it and a new page opens. That page may contain some or all of the following: 

  • A blurb from the novel mentioning the invention or idea
  • Commentary about the idea including comparisons and similarities to other sci-fi technology mentioned in other novels, television shows, and movies
  • Links to science articles that discuss the current development of these inventions and ideas in today’s world
  • Links to real-world video demonstrations of the inventions
  • Links to websites with further information.

If this doesn’t generate interest in reading a sci-fi novel, we don’t know what will. It will also springboard students to want to learn more about science and technology.

NOTE: We only reviewed a sampling of what’s available at this website, so AS ALWAYS, parents should preview and supervise their children’s exploration – not only to determine the suitability of content on the Technovelgy website, but because the links take you to other websites that we have not reviewed. 

One more piece of advice: Read the FAQs (see link at the bottom of the homepage). We found them to be helpful and we think you will too.

My Dog Addition – And More!

May 4th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, May 4, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

My Dog Addition

(mathstory.com/my-dog-addition/)

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

 

It’s National Pet Week! Here is a math website with poems and music videos to teach math. Have a dog-gone good time!

Mr. R’s World of Math brings you poems and songs about math. When you are done with the addition poem, move on to:

And here are links to some math videos with songs:

Check out the rest of Mr. R’s website where you can find more math poems, music videos, activities, and more!

Free Italian Language Lessons

May 2nd, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 2, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ILUSS Italian Online

(www.iluss.it/schede_gram_free.html)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

The free lessons available from this paid subscription-based website provide some basics for those interested in learning Italian.

With three levels offered, visitors can learn Italian for: 

  • parts of speech
  • clothes
  • at the movies
  • sickness
  • the family
  • household items and food
  • weather
  • and much more

Because this website is produced in Florence, Italy, by teachers of Italian, some of the information is presented in Italian only and some lessons may not have an English translation. But don’t let that deter you from checking out the lessons. Lessons include audios and many have images to assist in identifying the words. Most lessons include a presentation of the material and a few interactive practice activities.

This website can be used to introduce a study of the Italian language or provide additional practice for others who are currently studying the language.

Take Flight with this Virtual Tour

May 1st, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 1, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EAA AirVenture Museum

(www.eaa.org/en/eaa-museum/museum-exhibits)

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

 

Presented by The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), explore the exhibits of the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and discover the history of aviation.

When arriving at the link above, choose your destination from: 

  • Eagle Hangar
  • Pioneers of Flight
  • Pioneer Airport
  • Homebuilts & Van’s RV
  • SpaceShipOne
  • Innovations Gallery
  • Antiques & Classics
  • Air Racing & Aerobatics
  • KidVenture Gallery
  • Poberezny Legacy Tour

Through the use of images and descriptive texts, examine planes of all kinds and learn about the history of aviation from balloon travel through space travel.

When you are finished exploring the exhibits, click on “Videos” in the top menu to view archived videos of events, aerobatics, instructional videos for building and flying planes, and an interesting video series called “Timeless Voices” which provides first-hand accounts of flying during combat and other various circumstances.

Take the history of flight to new heights with this website.

Free History & Geography Lessons & Activities

April 30th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, April 30, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Guide to Teaching World History & Geography

(www.studentsfriend.com/

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

 

This website was developed by a history teacher named Mike Maxwell whose mission is to make history and geography more meaningful to students by identifying important developments in world history and tying them to geography in a way that is memorable.

It offers a free, downloadable, comprehensive guide called the Student’s Friend that may be used in place of a history textbook, along with lesson plans, study guides, and other resources to enhance learning. The site has been recognized as one of the top ten history sites for teachers by the Stanford University School of Education. 

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Purpose – Learn more about the author and educational philosophy.
  • Teaching and Learning – Get the fundamentals of teaching and learning world history and geography. 
  • Teacher Tools – Get free lessons plans and activities. Students can explore important themes and issues and enjoy in-depth learning activities such as projects, investigations and simulations. While designed for high school classroom use, the materials have been used by middle school teachers, college professors, and homeschool teachers worldwide.
  • Student’s Friend – A Concise World History – Access a free, concise narrative of world history and geography to use in place of a textbook. The Student’s Friend can be used online or download it for use offline. It’s divided into two parts: 
    • Part I – Prehistory through 1500 including: 
      • Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
      • Ancient India and China
      • Ancient Greece and Rome
      • The Early Middle Ages, 500 to 1000 AD
      • The Late Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
    • Part II – 1500 to the Present including: 
      • 1500s and 1600s, Early Modern World
      • 1700s, Enlightenment & Revolution
      • 1800s, Industrial Revolution & Imperialism
      • 1900 to 1950, World at War
      • 1950 to the Present, Cold War & Space Age
      • Current Issues, A Changing World Order

This is a remarkable resource, so bookmark the site to return again.

Language Arts Games and Activities

April 29th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 29, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Story It

(www.storyit.com/)

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

 

This website offers a variety of free Language Arts games, story starters, printable writing worksheets and other activities to encourage kids to read and write.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured resources in the middle of the page including: 

  • Classic Children’s Literature – Read some selections online including The Ugly Duckling, Aesop’s Fables, Mother Goose nursery rhymes, and children’s poetry.
  • Story Starters – Print out worksheets with pictures and sentences that spark a student’s imagination so they can write a story.
  • Sight Words – Play interactive games for phonics reinforcement and sentence building exercises. Try non-violent hangman games to practice spelling and Dolch sight words. Improve vocabulary by making words with interactive letter tiles.
  • Shapes – Print lined writing sheets that are in the shape of critters, flowers, vegetables, seasonal and holiday objects, and more. Can be used for a wide variety of writing projects.
  • Coloring – Print out and color classic rhymes such as, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Be Nimble, Little Robin Redbreast, and more.

There are lots of resources here to enhance any language arts curriculum, hobby, or interest.

Games That Teach How Things Work

April 28th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 28, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EdHeads: Activate Your Mind

(edheads.org/page/GameInfo)

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

 

This website offers free, colorful and engaging educational animations designed for teachers and students that explain how things work. EdHeads is a non-profit organization that raises money to produce the animations through the ads you’ll see on the site. The ads are randomly generated, so AS ALWAYS, parents should preview and supervise use of the site.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the list of games. The 5 games that do not require membership are: 

  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Nano Start Up
  • Trauma
  • Virtual Hip Resurfacing
  • Sickle Cell DNA

Each animation is narrated (so turn on your speakers) and comes with a “Teachers Guide” that provides the recommended grade level, tips for using the animation in the classroom (that can be tweaked for home education), printable activities, state and national standards, as well as quizzes.

The site provides the option to see graphic pictures of real surgeries, etc., so again, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT. Some of the activities and animations provide links to recommended sources for further learning as well. We have not reviewed those links.

Free multi-media math games

April 27th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, April 27, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Calculation Nation

(calculationnation.nctm.org/)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This fun, free, multi-media math games website is brought to you by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and helps students “investigate significant mathematical content and practice fundamental skills.”

The competitive style play allows students to challenge themselves by playing against the computer, or they can play the games with other members of the Calculation Nation forum. The latter requires registration (it’s free).

When you get to the site, choose the guest pass link to test-drive the games or register to access all features of the site. Then, enjoy games such as: 

  • Square Off – Learn about perimeter and area as you try and capture the most spaceships.
  • Factor Dazzle – Try to stump your opponent by choosing numbers for them to factor that are harder than your own.
  • Fraction Feud – Create larger or smaller fractions than your opponent to win.
  • Slam Ball – Use your knowledge of angles, symmetry, and reflections to collect the most points on a given path.
  • Ker-Splash – Use algebra to manipulate your beach ball to roll over the most new terms.
  • And more!

Read the “About Games” section to get a brief summary of the games and the type of math skills you need to play them. As the website explains, “Calculation Nation is part of the NCTM Illuminations project, which offers Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.”

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