Ocean & Air Learning Activities

July 12th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, July 12, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

This website is sponsored by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They offer games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.

When you get to the site, you’ll see icons including:

• Beat the Uncertainty – Plan a climate-resilient city.
• Recycle City – Take the Recycle City challenge or play the Dumptown Game.
• Save Our Beach – Learn all about the beach.
• NOVA’s Energy Lab – Design renewable energy sources for a city. You’ll be brought to the PBS NOVA website where you can create an account or use a guest pass.
• NOVA’s Cloud Lab – Investigate the role clouds play in severe storms. This is also on the PBS NOVA website.

Back on the NOAA games home page, be sure to check out the “Fun Education Resources” – more games and activities for kids.

Maths, Measures, Numbers, OH MY!

July 11th, 2022

It’s Monday, July 11, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Teaching Ideas – Maths

Grades 1-10, with parental supervision

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities, and worksheets to help educators teach math (and science, geography, history, and lots of other subjects as well).

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured math resources and activities. The age range is in the top right corner of each box. Click ‘VIEW’ to see the worksheet. You can download each one by scrolling past the ads to the red ‘Download’ button. To find worksheets by category, roll over “Maths” in the red menu bar at the top to find choices that include:

Maths – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands, learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size, get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.

Numbers– Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.

Geometry – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.

Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.

There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.

Note: As you explore the site, you may see comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.

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

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.

Spanish for Kids!

June 25th, 2022

It’s Saturday, June 25, 2022, and time for Foreign Language at ClickSchooling!

Rockalingua

Grades 2-12, with parental supervision

Kids can learn basic Spanish and vocabulary structure with free samples at this commercial website.

While this is a subscription website, there is a load of free content for visitors to use. It appears that this site is geared toward elementary-aged students, but the content can most certainly benefit the older student. When arriving at the website scroll down a bit to review the icons for:

• Videos
• Games
• Songs
• Worksheets
• Picture dictionaries

After your selection has been made browse through the page to locate available free content. For example, when we browsed the videos page we found free videos to learn:

• Greetings/Daily Routines
• Animals
• Colors and Numbers
• Parts of the Body
• Family Members
• Seasons
• Rooms of the House

Games included learning colors, numbers, parts of the body, and rooms of the house. There were loads of free songs with downloadable lyrics and images. Worksheet options included numbers and colors, animals, rooms of the house, transportation, parts of the body, and more. And don’t leave this site without checking out their blog for loads of teaching ideas.

The colorful images, witty songs and music, and fun games will make this site a great supplement to any Spanish language program.

Join the Word Wizard Club!

June 15th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, June 15, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Lexiteria LLC: Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

Grades 1-8, approximately, with parental supervision

This archived website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include:

• Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. *Note: Due to the discontinuation of Flash, you will need to print the puzzles. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!

• Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!

• Reference Shelf — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. You’ll also find:

• Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!

• Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out.

• And more!

Math in the Movies!

June 13th, 2022

It’s Monday, June 13, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

MathBits.com: Math and the Movies

Grades 6-12, with parental guidance

Want to make math fun? If you’re willing to do a bit of prep work at the audio-visual department of your local library or on Netflix (or whatever movie provider you use), you and your kids will be rewarded with some really fun math explorations.

This website offers free math activities and worksheets based on short scenes or clips from movies and television shows that present mathematical content (not watered-down content) in a variety of educational styles. As explained at the website, the clips fall into two main categories:

1) Clips that demonstrate the actual mathematics at work, such as seeing Abbott and Costello describe how 28 divided by 7 is 13.

2) Clips that are used as a hook or humorous introduction to a topic, such as watching Lucy and Ethel wrapping chocolates on a conveyor belt prior to solving problems relating to conveyor belts and sequences.

You’ll find movie and TV clips that help demonstrate or introduce everything from pre-algebra to calculus. And then, you follow up by doing the exercises on the free worksheets. When you get to the site read the introduction and then use the menu at the top of the page to access:

Part 1 – Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie and TV titles such as:

• Star Wars – Episode I, The Phantom Menace
• Star Trek – The Original Series: The Trouble With Tribbles
• The Matrix Revolutions
• Die Hard with a Vengeance
• October Sky
• Stand and Deliver
• The Wizard of Oz
• Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
• ~ And More!

Part 2 – Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie titles such as:

• Little Big League
• Wall-E
• Father of the Bride
• Pirates of Penzance
• Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
• Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote – “Hot Rod and Reel”
• The Simpsons: Bart, the Genius
• Shrek the Third
• ~ And More!

Note: The movie ratings run the gamut from G to R, so AS ALWAYS, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

This is a great way to use technology and pop culture to engage older students in the fun of mathematics.