Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Math with Balloons

November 11th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, November 11, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Math

(http://www.mbd2.com/Homeschool_Projects/Index.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Magical Balloon-Dude Dale (a master balloonist) offers free math activities for homeschoolers using the kinds of balloons that are used to make balloon animals and other creations.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of 4 math activities using balloons – but only the first 3 have working links that include: 

  • Parts/Fraction Curriculum – Use balloons to learn counting, adding, sorting, measuring, calculating the number of parts, fractions and/or decimal conversion.
  • Mathematical Symbols Curriculum – Understand basic geometric shapes and use balloons to create a sphere.
  • Half of a 1/2 of a .50 Curriculum – Improve understanding of fractions such as 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 while making a balloon flower.

Click on any one, and a new page opens with the complete instructions, accompanied by photographs and a materials list.

If you look on the right side of the screen in each activity you will see a link to a FREE download of the “HomeSchool Curriculum” that includes bonus material. Print it out to use offline.

The projects require certain types of balloons, a ruler, a marker – and one exercise requires calipers. 


The projects at this site are designed to develop problem solving skills, mathematics ability, and eye-hand coordination, while teaching kids to make balloon animals. What fun!

French Games, Lessons, and Activities

November 9th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 9, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Saber Frances

(www.saberfrances.com.ar/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-14, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free lessons, exercises, games and activities to help students learn and practice the French language. It is designed for a wide variety of ages and ability levels.

The site is written in both English and French (displayed side-by-side), which may help to increase competency as you navigate the site. 

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Vocabulary – Learn a wide variety of words needed for conversational French.
  • Expressions – Learn some idioms and expressions that are used in conversation.
  • Exercises – Practice vocabulary and grammar with interactive worksheets.
  • Lecture – Improve your reading comprehension by reading essays in French about French culture.
  • Grammar – Learn and practice parts of speech including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, etc.
  • Chansons or Songs – Learn French through songs! Watch YouTube videos of songs being sung in French. Sing along with Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour and other celebrities. You’ll also find clips of Disney films like Aladdin, Pocahontas, and The Lion King, with the characters singing the songs in French.
  • Jeux or Games – Play Hangman and Wordsearch games to practice and improve your knowledge of French. Fun!

The site has something to offer students with varying ranges of ability. If you have young children, head to the “Songs” section first. If your children know some French words they may enjoy playing hangman and wordsearch. More adept students may want to try the reading comprehension and grammar exercises.

Again, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.

Dig These Free Geology and Paleontology Lessons

November 5th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paleontology Portal

(www.paleoportal.org/)

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

 

Funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the United States Geological Survey and others, this website offers a free “portal” to resources and interactive lessons that help students learn geology and paleontology.

At the website, select from one of the following destinations: 

  • Exploring Time & Space – Discover the geology and paleontology of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
  • Fossil Gallery – View fossil images of plants, fungi, invertebrates, vertebrates, and more.
  • Famous Flora & Fauna – Click on an interactive map to learn about significant North American fossil finds.
  • K-12 – This section is a TREASURE TROVE of links to interactive resources that help students fully appreciate paleontology by exploring plate tectonics, geologic time, and fossil records.

You’ll also find links to resources for careers in paleontology, information on how to collect fossils, links to museums you can visit with fossil collections, and read bios and interviews with paleontologists and geologists.

Navigating this website is simple and fun, making this a wonderful starting point for those interested in paleontology.

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

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84aWtseb2-4)

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.

Virtual Tour of the White House

November 1st, 2019

 

It’s Friday, November 1, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The White House Museum

(www.whitehousemuseum.org/index.htm)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)


Did you know that on the ground floor of the White House there’s a bowling alley? There’s also a chocolate shop, a flower shop, and even a doctor’s office.

The Trumps might not get an opportunity to extend an invitation to your family for a while yet (they’re kind of busy), but while you’re waiting, you can visit this website for a nice view of the White House.

When you get to the site, Start the Tour! First there is an Overview with an Introduction, Quick Facts, Structure and Brief History. You can scroll to the bottom and continue your tour or you can use the top menu bar to view: 

  • Residence
  • East Wing
  • West Wing

You can see photos of all the rooms as they looked most recently, and past photos as well. (Notice how the curtains and furnishings change from one presidential era to another.) See up-close detail photos of some of the furniture, photos of renovation in progress, and learn how the rooms are/were used. For example, Alice Roosevelt’s wedding took place in the same room where sumo wrestlers performed, and one president’s child rode a chair pulled by two goats! Read about the roller skate marks left on the floor by a president’s child and not removed for 30 years… fun stuff!

And under the “Home” link, don’t miss Air Force One, Lesson Plans and more.

Free “File Folder” Social Studies Games

October 31st, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, October 31, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

File Folder Fun – Social Studies

(filefolderfun.com/SearchAge)

Age Range: 6-8 (Grades 1-3, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free, printable file folder games and activities that help young children learn about topics in Social Studies.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the grade you are interested in and click on the link for the Social Studies related activities. Or to make it easier, we have listed the links below: 

Read the explanation and/or instructions, then download the game/activity you are interested in. There are also skill building links and supplementary resources.


The activities at this site are for younger children, but older children may enjoy preparing them for their siblings.

(While there are a variety of free file folder activities at this commercial site, there are many more available for sale.)

When you are through exploring the Social Studies activities, check out the Language Arts, Science, and Math activities for grades PreK-3. There is so much at this site, so bookmark it to return often!

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