Archive for the ‘other electives’ category

Touch-Typing for Kids!

September 11th, 2021

Dance Mat Typing: Typing Program for Kids 7-11


The BBC offers this free touch-typing program for children ages 7 to 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.

Worksheets are available that can be printed out and used offline as well.

Downloadable Fitness Curriculum to Get You Moving Into the New School Year!

August 14th, 2021

Ace Fitness: Free Fitness Curriculum!


Grades 3-8, with parental supervision

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that offers a free, downloadable fitness curriculum titled “Operation FitKids” written by the American Council on Exercise.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured articles, facts, research, and recipes. Below that, you’ll see the words “Operation FitKids” with a description of the course. Below that, click on the words “Download Curriculum.” A new page opens where you must register (free) to download the curricula that include:

  • Free Youth Fitness Curriculum: Grades 3 – 5

Get 7 lessons that teach kids about fitness and nutrition, heart health, safe walking techniques, healthy snack choices, the importance of strength exercises and stretching, how to read food labels, ways to reduce fat and calories in fast food meals, and how to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle.

  • Free Youth Fitness Curriculum: Grades 6 – 8

Get 7 lessons that teach students about healthy eating, cardio exercises, nutrition and food serving sizes, reading labels, keeping muscles fit, the importance of fiber, how to stay physically fit, and how to make nutritious snacks and meals.

Career Exploration for Middle & High School

July 17th, 2021

Mapping Your Future- CareerShip


Grades 6-12, with parental supervision

This website offers a free online career exploration tool for middle and high school students developed by a non-profit organization called Mapping Your Future. Students answer a questionnaire about their interests and find out what careers match them.

When you get to the site, choose your “flight plan”:

  • Visit the Featured Career – Find out more about a career that is highlighted at the website.
  • Match My Career Interests – Fill out a questionnaire to help match your interest with a career.
  • Review Careers by Cluster including:

  • Architecture & Engineering
  • Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media
  • Building and Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Business & Financial Operations
  • Community & Social Services
  • Computer & Mathematical
  • Farming, Fishing, & Forestry
  • Food Preparation & Serving Related
  • Healthcare Practitioners & Technical
  • Legal
  • Military Specific
  • And many more!

  • Career Search – Use the search engine to locate a career of interest.

Then, they can explore those careers at the site to discover:

  • Tasks
  • Interests
  • Education, Training, Experience
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Related Careers (if any)
  • Wages for this career

You’ll also find information on job hunting, resumes, and interviews.

The idea behind this site is to empower students and families with the information and services they need to accomplish their career goals.

Don’t forget Dad this Father’s Day!

June 19th, 2021

Activity Village – Very Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts to Make


All grades, with parental supervision

Father’s Day is tomorrow, June 20th! If you need a last-minute gift that the kids can make for Dad, this website offers free, easy-to-make suggestions, instructions, and templates for gifts and cards that Dad will enjoy receiving

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Father’s Day possibilities including:

• Cards To Print

• Easy Craft Activities

• Coloring Pages including “Greatest Dad” certificates!

• Printable Booklets that you can customize for Dad!

• Computer Jigsaw Puzzles

• Printable Father’s Day Word Searches, Mazes, and Puzzles

• Father’s Day Jokes, Poems, and Songs

You’ll also find links to other fun Father’s Day websites.

Free Sign Language Lessons, Workbooks, & Quizzes!

April 28th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 28, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ASL University

The ASL University website offers FREE, online, self-study lessons and resources for students who want to learn American Sign Language!

ASL University started as an online American Sign Language class taught by Dr. Bill Vicars, an Assistant Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at California State University in Sacramento. He has taken his passion for this topic and transferred it all to this continuously updated website.

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

? First 100 Signs
? Free Lessons
? Dictionary
? Numbers
? Fingerspelling
? Workbook (Practice Sentences)
? Self-Study Schedule 

You’ll even find Jokes, Fingerspelling Art, Advice, and much more.


Amazing Flying Robots!

March 3rd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, March 3, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Agile Aerial Robots

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

I just had to share this incredible video that is essentially a fascinating and entertaining physics tutorial on the development of tiny, autonomous, agile, aerial robots that have many applications – from being first responders in disaster situations to playing musical instruments.
In this 17-minute video filmed for (TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment & Design”), the speaker is Vijay Kumar from the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his students blend computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders.

Watch as the flying quadrotor robots fly through hula hoops, work together to build construction projects, provide 3-D imaging of buildings, and even play musical instruments.

If this doesn’t get you interested in science, physics, engineering, entertainment, and the possibilities they offer – nothing will.