Posts Tagged ‘clocks’

Video to Explain Daylight Saving Time!

November 4th, 2019


It’s Monday, November 4, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Daylight Saving Time Explained


Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)


C. G. P. Grey, an American living in England, cheerfully shares his insights on history, politics, and more, by means of illustrated videos.

This YouTube video explains Daylight Saving Time and why we change the clocks in the spring and fall

Once you understand Daylight Saving Time, you can go to Mr. Grey’s site and see more of his featured videos. His YouTube videos are  surprisingly fun to watch, well-made, and highly informative. Even if you find yourself disagreeing with some of them, they are still good launching points for discussion and further study. Some of the math related videos are: 

  • The True Cost of the Royal Family
  • What is a Leap Year?
  • Which Planet is the Closest?
  • Social Security Cards Explained
  • and more.

As always, parents should preview the site and the videos to determine suitability of content, and supervise all Internet use.

Fun Math Assessment Activities for Grades K-12

January 19th, 2015


It’s Monday, January 19, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Balanced Assessment


Age Range: 4-18 (Grades K-12 approximately, with parental supervision)


This website provides a way to assess a student’s mathematical comprehension and skills through an assortment of interesting and fun math activities. The website description follows:
From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12, and trained teachers to use these assessments in their classrooms. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To go directly to the math activities, scroll down to the section titled, “Our Library of Assessment Tasks.” There, you can click on a grade range to see all of the math activities archived for that range, or you can sample one of three “favorite tasks.” We chose to sample one task in each grade range and were surprised by how innovative and thought-provoking they were. The menu selection by grade range and the favorites in each category include:
  • Primary (K to 2): Shirts in the Mirror, Dot-to-Dot, TV Shows
  • Elementary (3 to 5): Fermi Four, Gardens of Delight, Broken Calculators
  • Transition (5 to 7): Hockey Pucks, Bricks for Books, Crazy Clocks
  • Middle School (6 to 8): Walkway, Confetti Crush, Fractured Subtraction
  • High School, Basic: Granada and Ferrari, Oops! Glass Top, Postcards from the Falls
  • High School: Ostrich and Seahorse, Bumpy-Ness, Fermi Estimates II
  • High School, Advanced: Para-Ball-A, Red Dots, Blue Dots, Dart Boards
  • Technology-based (7 to 12): Full of Beans, Twinkle, Twinkle, Detective Stories

You can see that the titles of the math activities are engaging and inspire curiosity. All of the activities require students to display inventiveness in bringing together disparate elements of what they know in order to solve the problem, and often there will be more than one correct approach and/or answer. Every activity comes with a solution and scoring rubric. There is detailed information at the site for how to use the materials to assess a student’s comprehension and ability as well.

Whether you want to assess your child’s math skills or not, the activities here are more interesting, challenging and enjoyable than the usual math fare. Everything is printable so you can do the activities offline.

Online Science Museum with Games!

June 18th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, June 18, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Museum

Age Range: 9-18+ (About grades 4-12. Younger children and non-readers may enjoy aspects of the site with parental guidance. AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

This website, sponsored by the Science Museum in London, England, provides all kinds of fun and fascinating exhibits that allow you to explore many science topics including:

  • Physics and Math
  • Space
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Medicine and Biology
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Communications and Computing

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs to help you learn about:  

  • the human brain
  • steam
  • atomic clocks
  • Marie Curie
  • mass consumption
  • Ada Lovelace – the world’s 1st computer programmer
  • aviation
  • genes
  • the human life cycle
  • the inventor of the gas mask and the 3-way traffic signal
  • and much, much more!

When you’re through exploring the various “Subjects” use the menu  to explore:

  • People – Read the biographies of science personalities.
  • Museum Objects – See an archive of common and unusual things that science made possible.
  • Games – A fun array of interactive games that teach about science as they entertain.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never see the volume of content here in just one visit. 


Fun Arithmetic Practice Games

February 7th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Monday, February 7th, 2011 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 5-9 (Grades K-4, approximately)

This colorful site has free, animated, interactive games to help young kids learn and practice basic arithmetic. The narrated games are themed around topics geared to younger children.

When you get to the website, you will see a menu of free math games that include:
*Billing Counter – Children add virtual money to purchase items in a store. 

*Number Mahjong – Even I was intrigued with this puzzle game for almost an hour. :)  Remove matching bricks in a pair until all the bricks are gone. It’s more challenging than it looks. 

*Math Story – Read the stories and solve puzzles while learning to count. 

*Tick Tock Time – Learn to set the time correctly on a clock. 

*Counting Coins – Learn to count money from a penny to dollar. 

*Table Memory – Play a fun memory game while learning the multiplication times tables. 

*Match Shape – Match the sequence of shapes with that of the falling shapes 

We focused on math for this review, but directly below the math menu of games, you’ll find games that teach Language Arts too!

NOTE:  I did not review the Language Arts or other puzzles and games on this site.  Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use of this website. 



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Fun Online Science Museum

September 15th, 2009

Recommended Website:
Science Museum

Age Range: 9-18+ (There is more content here for older elementary through high school grades. Younger children and non-readers may enjoy aspects of the site with parental guidance. AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

ClickScholar Chris E. suggested this website that is an online version of the Science Museum in London, England. When you get to the site you’ll see all kinds of fun exhibits that allow you to explore:

  • Art
  • Current Science
  • Environment
  • Physics and Math
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Energy
  • Everyday Things
  • Space
  • Communications and Computing
  • Engineering
  • Medicine and Biology
  • Transportation

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs of exhibit pieces. Learn the science of:

  • Strange artistic surfaces
  • The human brain
  • Steam
  • Atomic clocks
  • Marie Curie
  • Mass consumption
  • Ada Lovelace – the world’s 1st computer programmer
  • Aviation
  • Genes
  • The human life cycle
  • The inventor of the gas mask and 3-way traffic signal
  • And much, much more.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never see the volume of content here in just one visit.

RECORD KEEPING: Here’s an idea! For those of you who keep records of what you are learning – these ClickSchooling reviews can be very helpful. Since they are dated and divided into subject content, simply print out the reviews of the sites you actually explore and put them in your student’s portfolio for easy-peasy record keeping. :)

History of Innovative Inventions

June 11th, 2009

Recommended Website:
The Great Idea Finder

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental guidance)

This website provides an amazing historical archive of innovative consumer products for students, teachers, and anyone interested in the history, invention, and development of things we use every day. The idea is to inspire the “inventor” in all of us.

When you get to the site click on “Enter” and a new page opens featuring selected highlights. Use the menu on the left side of the page that includes:

  • First Time Visitors – Get an introduction to what is available on the site.
  • History Facts & Myths – Read some fascinating stories about inventions, read inventor biographies, explore the innovation timeline, and more.
  • Idea Showcase – “From alarm clocks to electronics, fashion to home safety, office products to Web tools” you’ll enjoy this showcase of the best and most innovative ideas.
  • Features – Which inventions were the result of an accident? What is the history of ordinary things like piggy banks, candy canes and printed books? Who were the inventors behind the products? What inventions provided breakthroughs for civilization? You’ll find the answers here.
  • Resource Center – Get recommendations for further learning about inventions and innovative products including links to websites, a bibliography, a list of movies and programs about inventors, a listing of contests, programs, and camps for young inventors and more. Some of these resources are available for purchase.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles about inventors and their inventions.

Bookmark this site to explore inventions in agriculture, chemistry, communications, computing, apparel, food and drink, household items, toys and games, healthcare, transportation, and much, much more!


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