# Narrated, Interactive Math Tutorials

September 28th, 2020

It’s Monday, September 28, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Visual Math Learning

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 5-10 with parental supervision)

This archived website provides free, interactive tutorials with diagrams, illustrations, animations and practice games and exercises for learning pre-algebra and algebra level mathematics.

When you get to the site you’ll see that the lessons that are divided into two sections:

• I. Pre-Algebra: Numbers and Arithmetic
• Natural Numbers
• Counting
• Number Bases
• Subtraction
• Integers
• Multiplication
• Factors
• Division
• Fractions
• Fraction Arithmetic
• Inverses
• Equivalence
• Common Denominators
• Decimals
• II. Elementary Algebra
• Basics of Sets
• Relations
• Functions
• Equations
• Substitution

Click on any lesson and enjoy a tutorial that includes narration, illustrations, interactive diagrams, and visual manipulatives to encourage active learning.

On the menu, you’ll also find interactive math “Exercises” and “Games” that will challenge students thinking skills and help them practice what they’ve learned from the lessons.

# Free Art Lessons!

September 26th, 2020

It’s Saturday, September 26, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Deep Space Sparkle Art

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

This website offers free art lessons including complete instructions and helpful tips.

The site was designed by an art teacher in Santa Barbara, California, who named the site after her favorite Crayola crayon color. She thinks that art should be a part of every child’s day. The lessons are themed around different animals, architecture, cultures, and geography, and many are inspired by children’s picture books.

When you get to the site, choose the grade level you are interested in. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens with complete instructions, illustrations, and photos and even videos. The lessons can be easily adapted to suit kids of all ages. In fact, the whole family may enjoy doing these activities together.

Then use the menu on the left to find:

• 45-minute art lessons
• Art at Home
• Art History Curriculum
• Art Lessons by Subject
• Art Lessons by Technique
• Art Shows
• How to Teach Art
• and more!

While most of the information is geared for classroom teachers, it can be easily tweaked for use at home.

# Free Vocabulary Activities that Teach History!

September 16th, 2020

It’s Wednesday, September 16, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com – Constitution Day

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

This website is offering free activities to boost students’ vocabularies and knowledge of history in anticipation of Constitution Day, Columbus Day, and Election Day.

When you get to the site, you’ll find interactive:

• word searches
• crosswords
• matching games
• quizzes
• and more

that include 229 vocabulary words themed around the U.S. Constitution.

Also check out COLUMBUS DAY, October 12th

Try your skills at solving vocabulary word puzzles and games, and get some lesson ideas for learning about Columbus and his historical expeditions.

Play word games and do puzzles themed around political vocabulary words such as: Ballot, Campaign, Candidate, Canvass, Caucus, Constituency, Delegates, Electoral, Gerrymander, Incumbent, Judicial, Legislature, Nominate, Partisan, Primary, Quorum, Veto, etc.

Bookmark this ad-free website to take advantage of the array of free content to improve vocabulary. You’ll find activities to help prepare students for SAT and ACT exams too.

# Discover the Spies in the Shadows

September 10th, 2020

It’s Thursday, September 10, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

Companion to the documentary series, Spies in the Shadows, this interactive educational website provides visitors with tools to understand the role that intelligence and espionage played in shaping Canada.

When arriving at the home page of this website, read the brief summary “Why Spy?”, then go to the upper tool bar to select “Teacher’s Lounge”. On this page you will find downloadable lesson plans that include all the associated masters. In addition to the downloadable “Elements of Intelligence History”, which provides a list of resources for further exploration, choose from:

• Lesson 1: Spy Identities and Methods: War of 1812
• Lesson 2: Spy Tools of the Trade: Cryptography, Codes, and Ciphers
• Lesson 3: Women and Intelligence
• Lesson 4: The Role of Intelligence and Espionage in Canada During the Cold War

In the “Teacher’s Lounge”, you will also find additional resources such as:

• The Secret Files –  Explore an interactive file cabinet filled with ‘index cards’ profiling some of the most unique participants in spy history.
• The Espionage Glossary – Learn the words and phrases in the language of spies.
• The Great Canadian Spyglass of Espionage Abbreviations – Uncover the meaning of intelligence acronyms.

After reviewing the lessons, use the features at the website to bring the lessons to life. Some of the special interactive features found in the top menu include:

• Cryptography Laboratory – Discover the world of codes and breaking codes with activities that include using Morse code, color shielding, book codes, and secret ink.
• Espionage Games – Engage in the decision making process faced by commanders in the War of 1812 by ‘joining’ in five battles which include the Battle of Detroit, Battle of Stoney Creek, Battle at Beaver Dams, Battle of York, and Battle on Washington D.C.
• Espionage Timeline – Travel through time with this interactive timeline and explore the history of espionage and intelligence. Find key icons along the way to reveal important events.
• Links – dozens of links to other websites for further study of Canadian espionage and the War of 1812

Students intrigued by mystery, espionage, and the world of spies will enjoy exploring this website and will learn a great deal about Canadian history and the Spies in the Shadows along the way.

# Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

September 8th, 2020

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

Age Range: 5-18 (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 time line 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.

# Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

September 2nd, 2020

It’s Wednesday, September 2, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

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

• Root Word Lesson – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.
• Subject Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.
• Subject Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “accessories” to “Yellowstone”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.
• Test Prep – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT/GRE vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.