Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

All About Energy for K-12!

June 28th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, June 28, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

U.S. Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/for-teachers/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes:

  • Lesson Plans for Primary (K-3), Elementary (4-7), Intermediate (6-9), and Secondary (9-12)
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers:

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the timeline of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer, and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.

There’s also a link to Energy Calculators and a Glossary. 

Examine Bugs with the Bugscope!

May 17th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Bugscope

(bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

This website, sponsored by the Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois, was conceived to allow K–12 students to interactively view bugs under a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) over the web for free.

Students collect some bugs and mail them to the scientists at Bugscope who prepare the insect specimens for viewing through the electron microscope. Then, a session is scheduled for students to view their specimens and discuss what they see with the Bugscope scientists — all from a regular web browser over a standard broadband internet connection.

You can schedule a session, or simply follow along as a guest whenever a group is having a session. (In that case, simply login as a guest, no password is required.)

When you get to the website, you’ll see information about Bugscope along with a list of “Upcoming Sessions.” At the time we reviewed this review, there was a Homeschool Group scheduled. So, homeschool groups are definitely welcome to participate.

To better understand this website and what it provides, it’s helpful to “Take the Tour” – you’ll find a link for it at the bottom of the home page. Use the menu at the top of the page to sign up to participate, access a microscope tutorial, read the F.A.Q.s., and browse the Archives: Every session is archived at the site and includes a transcription of the presentation and still images of student-submitted bugs as seen through the electron microscope. When you go to this page, just click on one of the markers on the map, and a new page opens with the full session that was provided to a classroom or other group of students.

This is a remarkable resource and would make a great Homeschool Support Group science project.

Ultimate Homeschool Reading Lists

March 2nd, 2022

iHomeschool Network/Reading Lists

(ihomeschoolnetwork.com/homeschool-reading-lists/)

All grades; children with parental supervision

Here is a resource you’ll love! The iHomeschool Network has earned our praise for developing the reading list of all reading lists! They explain: “Sometimes it’s difficult to sort through all of the massive amounts of information to discover what is truly useful to our homeschooling children or our own selves. With so many resources available both online and in everyday chatter among homeschooling families, internet searches, Pinterest and chat groups it can be hard to narrow down to what works versus what doesn’t. That’s why we wanted to bring you our favorite reading lists for homeschoolers.”

They have gathered their top reading lists and sorted them by relevant categories and organized them alphabetically! When you visit the website, scroll down through the various categories to locate a myriad of reading lists. Choose from:

  • Reading Lists for Homeschool How-to, Resources, and Advice
  • Homeschool Educational Methods
  • Reading List by Age Groups:
  • Early Childhood
  • Babies & ToddlersPreschool – Kindergarten
  • Elementary School (1st Grade – 4th Grade)
  • Middle School (5th Grade – 8th Grade)
  • High School (9th Grade – Graduation)
  • Reading Lists by Subjects
  • Classics
  • Favorites/Topical
  • And Many More!

Bookmark this page and return often. You’ll find yourself falling in love with reading all over again while you share the love with your children!

Have fun!

Maple Syrup Virtual Field Trip

February 18th, 2022

LM Sugarbush, LLC: Leane & Michael’s Sugarbush

(www.lmsugarbush.com/ordersyrup.html)

All grades, with parental supervision

Real maple syrup is a delight for the senses – and learning about how it is made is fun for the entire family!

At this website you can take a virtual tour of a homeschool family’s maple syrup farm. Through interesting text and photographs you can learn about the entire maple syrup process from tree to breakfast table.

But that’s not all! This homeschool family recognizes the learning value of the maple syrup process and has designed an entire Unit Study to accompany their virtual tour! It is available absolutely FREE at their website. Just click on “Unit Study” on the menu, then click on the tabs that open in the left-hand menu. There are 10 weeks of lesson plans that include:

  • Indian Syrup Making
  • Pioneer Syrup Making
  • Modern Syrup Making
  • All About Maple Trees
  • Tapping Maple Trees
  • Gathering Maple Sap
  • Boiling Sap Into Syrup
  • Bottling Pure Maple Syrup
  • Selling Pure Maple Syrup
  • The Sugarbush Annual Maple Syrup Festival

But wait! There’s still more! The unit studies include craft ideas, and lots of links for such things as crafts, further research, and even recipes! (NOTE: Not all the links were working at the time of our review.)

After visiting this site, you might want to purchase a jug of Sugarbush Pure Maple Syrup! (It’s also a nice way to support the efforts of this homeschool family and thank them for the gift of these free learning materials.)

Personalized Math Worksheets

February 14th, 2022

LocalHS.com – Math

(localhs.com/free/math/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

This website, owned by homeschooling parents, offers a FREE worksheet generator. Best of all, this worksheet generator also provides instant answer sheets for the quizzes you generate – available with just a click of your mouse.

When you get to the site, scroll down to:

  • Free Subtraction Worksheets
  • Free Addition Worksheets

Local Homeschool worksheet generators allow you to choose the parameters to create worksheets, timed tests, and practice sets. This worksheet generator creates worksheets with large numbers – even negative numbers.

When you are done with the worksheet generators, check out “Learning Multiplication” on the left side bar to find some resources including multiplication games, worksheets, additional multiplication sites, and more!

Study Astronomy with Paper Plates

January 25th, 2022

Paper Plate Astronomy & Much More!

(analyzer.depaul.edu/paperplate/)

Grades Pre-K-12, with parental supervision

This is a novel approach to education — and so simple! Paper Plate Education is “an initiative to reduce complex notions to simple paper plate explanations.” That’s right, through the use of paper plates you can participate in a range of activities that introduce varying degrees of complex subjects in fun, interesting, hands-on, low-cost ways!

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu of the latest projects contributed by educators. The Transit of Venus that took place in 2004 is featured and this site offers activities with paper plates to track Venus’ path across the sun, along with links to other resources you can access to learn about this event.

Once you scan the new items, look at the menu bar at the very top of your screen and click on “Activities.” A new screen opens with a menu of over 80 activities you can do with paper plates to learn a variety of subjects including:

  • addition & multiplication (including Flash Plates!)
  • make an alien platecraft
  • measure altitude of celestial objects
  • transpose musical notes
  • make cosmic hats
  • explore The Drinking Gourd
  • illustrate the outcome of a particle colliding with an anti-particle
  • explore circles
  • make a model to explain moon phases and then make a moon mask
  • make a music shaker
  • learn about orbits
  • P.E. with paper plates
  • make a portable sundial
  • and much, much more — including some activities that are done with other objects like potatoes and rice cereal treats!

When you have exhausted the activities go back to the Home page, and scroll down to “Background.” Click on it to check out the history of paper plate education — and learn about how scientists and others have used paper plates for centuries to demonstrate theories and complex principles.

This is really a great resource for homeschool families — bookmark it so you can return often!

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