Archive for the ‘nature’ category

Social Sciences Via Free Documentary Films

November 7th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, November 7, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Top Documentary Films

(topdocumentaryfilms.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grade 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers access to free, high-quality documentaries that you can watch online. This is essentially an archive of links to documentaries housed at other sites such as YouTube.

The content is well-organized making it easy to find and watch educational films covering diverse topics such as: 

  • Art & Artists
  • Biography
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Health
  • History
  • Nature
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Society
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • And much more

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured and recommended documentaries. Use the menu tab at the top of the page to browse the documentaries and learn more about the site. (NOTE: AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

Bookmark this terrific resource to use again and again.

Free books online!

October 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Kids Books

(freekidsbooks.org/)

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

 

Yes, it’s true! This ad-supported site has free children’s books that you can read online or download.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the featured books or use the top menu to choose books in the following age ranges: 

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Older Children
  • Young Adults

Also, you can choose books by category on the right side bar including: 

  • Activities and Crafts
  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Classic Books
  • Cookbooks
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fantasy
  • Friendship
  • History
  • Insects
  • Money
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Seasons
  • Superheroes
  • Wordless
  • and so much more!

When you click on an age range or category, a new page opens with a list of the books with a picture of the front cover, the author’s name, the category and age range. Then you can read the book of your choice online or download the free PDF. You can share your feedback on the book by leaving a comment under “Reviews”.

Free Science Broadcasts, Videos, and more

October 1st, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Friday

(www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/)

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

 

The Science Friday website is a companion to the weekly science talk show, broadcast on PBS.

Each week, the host Ira Flatow, a science journalist, moderates a panel discussion among expert guests on science topics that are in the news such as: 

  • NASA To Launch An Eye In The Sky For Asteroids
  • Why AI Is A Growing Part Of The Criminal Justice System
  • Widening The Lens On A More Inclusive Science
  • SciFri Book Club: One For The Birds
  • Where There’s Thunder, There’s Lightning Science
  • and many more

When you get to the site, scroll down to the topic of choice where you can listen to a segment or the whole episode. Or scroll all the way down to choose by topic: 

  • Physics & Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Space
  • Health
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • and more

But that’s not all…

Use the menu at the top of the page to: 

  • Explore – Read Articles, Listen to Audios, Watch Videos and more
  • Educate – Scroll through the educational resources or choose by grade level, duration or subject

There is a lot of rich content archived at this site that can be used to explore science topics in depth – or simply to spark conversations to peak interest in science.

As always, we recommend that parents preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

Free K-12 Math Video Tutorials & Worksheets

September 30th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, September 30, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathEBook.net

(www.mathebook.net/)

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

 

What a find! This website offers FREE math “Downloadable Tutorials”. The tutorials come in the form of both online math videos (via YouTube, with some that are similar to webinars) and interactive eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks that allow students in grades K-12 to learn and practice math with ease.

The downloadable eWorkSheets and eWorkBooks in pdf format can be used at the website or offline. They are editable – in other words you can type in answers using your computer keyboard so you don’t have to print them out to use them. The site emphasizes the fact that “by using Downloadable Tutorials one can save the waste of paper and SAVE TREES, so we encourage you to be GREEN, and help mother nature to survive.” While you can print out the colorful and engaging worksheets and workbooks, they would prefer you didn’t in the interest of being green.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message and a picture of a ladder with varying grade levels including Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High School. Click on any one and a new page opens.

*ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN…you’ll see titles of various math strands and concepts. Place your cursor over them and you’ll see the words “Virtual” and “eWorkBook.” Click on “Virtual” and a new page opens to a series of individual worksheets on that math topic. Click on “eWorkBooks” to download a pdf file containing an editable workbook on that topic. All of the worksheets and workbooks contain colorful illustrations that are sure to engage students. It’s obvious that real care was taken to make this graphically appealing.

*ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN…you’ll see the words, “Click Here for Video Tutorials.” Click on it and a menu opens with all the video titles for every grade. Click on any one and enjoy the lesson presentation delivered through YouTube videos that are on the MathEBook website.

Back on the home page, you’ll see a menu bar at the top of the screen. Use it to access the free “Math Dictionary” that defines various math terminology. You can also click on “Download” to see and access the eWorkSheets contained on the site.

Bookmark this website as it promises to “continuously develop and further enhance the syllabus and will keep adding new features.” They also want your feedback to improve the user experience for all visitors to the site.

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.

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