Archive for the ‘nature’ category

Virtual Guide to REAL Field Trip Destinations

August 2nd, 2019

 

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.

    Free Activities to Learn & Improve Writing Skills!

    July 10th, 2019

     

    It’s Wednesday, July 10, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    WritingDEN

    (www2.actden.com/writ_den/index.htm)

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

     

    The WritingDen website offers free, online activities to help students improve their writing skills by working on vocabulary, sentence structure, and paragraph development.

    When you get to the site you will see a “Feature Topic” and a menu. Click the “About” button on the menu for an overview of what the WritingDen offers.

    Then, back on the home page, click on the “Feature Topic.” The topic is “wolves.” Click on it and a new page opens with a menu of: 

    • Words
    • Sentences
    • Paragraphs

    Click on each one in succession to see how the story is developed from a selection of vocabulary words, to simple sentence structures, and finally to full paragraphs.

    The “Paragraphs” section includes a “Note Set” that shows how the ideas presented in the paragraph were organized. This step-by-step process really demonstrates how stories are constructed.

    Once you’ve completed the activity, take the quiz to test your comprehension and understanding of vocabulary, sentence structure, and paragraph development.

    When you are through with the “Feature Topic,” you will have a clear idea of how material is presented at this site. If you like it, go back to the home page and click on “More Topics” to see the archived list of stories on subjects that include: History, Nature, Canada, Science, etc. Click on any story to go through the writing process as you did with the “Feature Topic.” 

    This site also contains “Tips-O-Matic” that provides grammar rules on word, sentence, and paragraph usage. This is a great tool for learning and reviewing parts of speech, etc.

    This site is a great resource to help students develop their writing skills.

    A Pollinator Curriculum!

    June 18th, 2019

     

    It’s Tuesday, June 18, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Pollinator Curriculum

    (www.pollinator.org/learning-center/education#bb)

    Age Range: 8-11 (The suggested grade range is 3-6 but there is information that will fascinate all ages; children with parental supervision)

     

    Summertime is the perfect time of year to observe the pollination process in your own backyard, garden, neighborhood, or local park.

    Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, mosquitoes and other insects and animals are all pollinators — even the wind acts as a pollinator. Pollinators transfer the pollen from one flower to another of the same species leading to fertilization that results in fruit and seed production. About 80% of the world’s fruit and vegetable crops require pollination. It is essential for plant reproduction.

    To better understand what is taking place during the pollination process, the curriculum at this website offers detailed scientific information and an array of educational activities. When you get to the site, click on the first link under “Curriculum”: Nature’s Partners: A Comprehensive Pollinator Curriculum for Grades 3-6. This curriculum includes: 

    • The Who, What & Why of Pollinators
    • Pollinators and Plants In Partnership
    • Pollinator-Friendly Habitat in Your Area
    • Community Service Project and Celebration

    Back on the main page, you can find an astounding array of information on pollinators and pollination that is suitable for a variety of age/grade ranges including Educational Tools, Activities, Facts and Helpful Links.

    Free Bee Identification Cards

    April 30th, 2019

     

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

     

    Recommended Website:

    The Great Sunflower Project

    (www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

     

    This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

    To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

    When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has offered to “pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

    But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Teaching Resources” on the menu at the top of the home page.

    Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

    NOTE: On May 1, 2019, The Great Sunflower project will be featured on PBS Nature – American Spring Live. You can see a clip that they’ve created to introduce the Great Sunflower Project here.

    Free Math Activity Book for K-5

    April 15th, 2019

     

    It’s Monday, April 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Helping Your Child Learn Math

    (www2.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/title.html)

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

     

    At this archived site, you’ll find a free math activity book designed for parents to use with their children to help them learn important math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

    Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, there are no bells and whistles here, just easy-to-do math activities, sorted by grade range from K-5, that are formatted for user-friendliness.

    When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Title Page” of the online book. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Next” buttons on each page to read the Foreword, Introduction, and to access the Activities that include: 

    • Math in the Home – Discover fun ways to use things you find around the house to learn measurement, fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometrical concepts, telling time and much more.
    • Math at the Grocery Store – Practice measurement, estimation, weighing, counting, and figuring price per unit versus price per pound while helping your children learn estimation skills – all while doing the grocery shopping!
    • Math on the Go – Do fun math activities as you travel from place to place using numbers found on license plates, buildings, buses, taxis, houses, and gas stations.
    • Math for the Fun of It – As the book explains, there are fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around you. Look for math in nature – in the symmetry in leaves and various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. You’ll find lots of other fun suggestions as well.

    The book wraps up with some pointers for parents on helping children achieve in mathematics along with suggestions for helping children with school assignments, and resources for further learning.

    By the way, if you get tired of clicking the “Next” buttons – you can access the entire table of contents with links to specific sections of the book here.


    The activities in this online book are perfect for homeschooling families and can be used in any way that makes sense to you and your children. You can also print it out and use it offline as well!

    Virtual Tour of a Science Museum in Japan

    April 5th, 2019

     

    It’s Friday, April 5, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Little Day Out-National Museum of Nature and Science

    (tinyurl.com/y4p9g6nu)

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

     

    The National Museum of Nature and Science is one of Japan’s biggest science museums, with over 10,000 exhibits that explore everything from outer space and dinosaurs to the unique ecosystems of Japan and the world’s latest advances in technology.

    Little Day Out, a Singapore-based online magazine, toured the museum and gave us a nice overview. Scroll through the text and pictures starting with the Japan Gallery (history of Japan) and moving to the Global Gallery (earth’s history).

    When you are done reading all about the museum, head on over to the museum site here where you can watch an introductory video – with a cartoon dinosaur as your tour guide. The first 6 minutes gives you a tour; the rest explains the rules of behavior while visiting the museum. Arigato gozaimasu!

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