Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Free Environmental Science Journals

August 27th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, August 27, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Natural Inquirer

(www.naturalinquirer.org/)

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

 

This website offers a FREE science education journal titled, “The Natural Inquirer,” in which scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research with students of all ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured issue that you can click on and download the PDF. To see the issues by grade, scroll over “Order Products” in the top menu to choose from: 

  • Middle & High School
  • Upper Elementary
  • PreK – 2nd Grade

You can then download the issue of choice. 

Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” for Middle & High School students introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article on a specific research project. Each issue also contains a “FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research. For the elementary grades, the issues are called Investi-gator and the PreK-2nd grade issues are called the National Inquirer Reader Series. Some issues are also offered in Spanish!

Be sure to check out the series of Scientist Cards and Posters – these cards are an excellent tool for teaching students about different types of science and scientists and can be printed and used offline. There are also accompanying lesson plans and supplemental resources under “For Educators” in the left side bar. And there are some games and activities and more under “For Kids” in the top menu.


This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources! Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to visit many times to explore the vast content!

Classical Music and Games

August 24th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 24, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sphinx Kids

(www.sphinxkids.org/index.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a companion to the Sphinx Organization that “transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts.” Sphinx Kids bring classical music into underserved schools nationwide.


The website, partially sponsored by AT&T and the New York Philharmonic, provides free interactive games that introduce kids to the world of classical music, instruments of the orchestra, and the diversity of many composers of classical music.


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

  • Minority Composer’s Forum – Learn about the lives and musical compositions of renown minority composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Undine Smith Moore, Heitor Villa-Lobos and more. Listen to samples of their compositions.
  • Practice Room – Pick a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) and watch videos of minority musicians playing scales and etudes.
  • Minorities On Stage – Watch videos of performances by minority musicians, and be sure to click on “See What’s Going On Backstage” to watch video-interviews with the musician-laureates. Their stories are inspirational.
  • Music Match: Composers – Match the classical composers to their musical compositions.
  • Music Match: Instruments – Play a match game with instruments of the orchestra.
  • Instrument Storage Room – Take an animated tour of the storage room and learn about each instrument and hear it played.
  • String Instrument Gallery – Learn about each part of the violin, viola, cello, and bass and what it does.
  • Composer’s Gallery – Take an animated tour of a gallery of composers born from the 1600s through the 1900s. Read their bios and hear samples of their music. Includes: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gershwin, Ellington, Debussy, Danielpour, Chopin, Britten, Brahms, Bernstein, Beethoven, Beach, Handel, Mozart, Lindberg, Leon, Kolb, Kodaly, Joplin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Sheng, and many more.

This is a terrific way to introduce children and their families to classical music and to the diversity of the composers of that music.

NOTE: Since Shockwave is no longer available, some of the links are not accessible, but there is enough here to keep you busy learning about the orchestra and its beautiful music!

Kids Do Ecology!

August 13th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, August 13, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Do Ecology

(kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7 approximately, with parental supervision)


Learn about the science of ecology with this archived website from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of choices that includes: 

  • Learn About Ecology – Get an introduction to the study of ecology, learn about endangered species, find out about careers in ecology, and enjoy interviews with ecologists.
  • Data & Science – Discover the scientific method! Learn to analyze data and present results. Design your own ecology experiment.
  • World Biomes – Learn about the 5 major biomes including aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra. Discover the flora and fauna that thrive in each.
  • Marine Mammals – Meet Blue, Grey, and Humpback whales, a variety of dolphins, and sea otters!

Each section contains clickable links to information, videos, sound, and fun facts. You can also check out some classroom science projects and an assortment of links to other science websites.

The Science and History of Color

August 10th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 10, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color Matters for Kids

(https://colormatters.com/color-resources/color-matters-for-kids)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, real-life Color Professor Jill Morton, provides kids with information about the science, history, and symbolism of color

The topics are quite unusual and include: 

  • How Animals See Color – Explanations and actual photographs that demonstrate what you see and what your dog sees.
  • Why Are School Buses Yellow? – Enjoy a brief discussion of “true yellow” and some facts about the color yellow you might not have known.
  • Look Inside the Eye – Find out how cones and rods in the eye’s retina determine the colors that humans, insects, birds and animals see.
  • Colors & What You Wear – What do you know about the colors of pink and blue? Find out what colors mean in different cultures.
  • And more

When you are through exploring the kids’ section of the site, use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of every color course she’s ever taught and all the research she’s conducted on this site that is a continuation of her passion for color. You’ll find out how color affects:

  • Symbolism
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • The Body
  • Vision
  • Science
  • And more!

Virtual Guide to REAL Field Trip Destinations

August 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, August 2, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Field Trips of the U.S. & Canada

(www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/field-trips/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

To help you find field trips that will leave you and your kids feeling energized and excited about learning, Homeschool Buyers Co-op has created an incredible, FREE, virtual data base of field trip destinations for every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.


When you get to the website just click on the map to find:


  • zoos
  • aquariums
  • factory tours
  • historic houses
  • nature centers
  • cultural centers
  • and other educational facilities in your state or province.
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    Then, head out on the road and enjoy the fabulous learning opportunities in your community and beyond. Your children will have fun and you’ll feel like you’ve made productive and meaningful use of your time. Plus, field trips often springboard kids to a new area of interest that motivates their desire to learn about everything.

    Explorer Hernando DeSoto – Videos & Activity Book

    August 1st, 2019

     

    It’s Thursday, August 1, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    Hernando DeSoto in America Movies

    (fcit.usf.edu/florida/movies/soto/soto.htm)

    Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

     

    The University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology offer a free series of QuickTime movies that are reenactments of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto’s exploration of Florida, which he claimed for Spain in 1539.

    The seven QuickTime movies add up to twenty minutes of engaging information, presented in documentary style, that brings to life the story of the Spanish exploration of the Southeast United States from 1539 to 1542.

    When you’re through watching the movies you can explore the rest of the site that contains more information on the history of Florida by clicking on “Main” at the top of the page.

    Then, be sure to check out the DeSoto National Memorial website (courtesy of the National Park Service). It offers additional information on DeSoto and the history of Florida. Also, you can download a free Junior Ranger Activity Book on DeSoto with challenging activities in math, writing, reading, and science here. It was designed for students 6-12 years old, but may be of interest to your entire family.

    Note: This is a big file and may take a minute or two to download. If it doesn’t work for some reason, click on the “Learn About the Park” on the DeSoto National Memorial website in the paragraph above, then “Kids & Youth,” then “Be a Junior Ranger.”

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