Posts Tagged ‘lessons’

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. 

Explore the National Geographic Resource Library!

June 23rd, 2022

It’s Thursday, June 23, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

National Geographic Education Website!

(education.nationalgeographic.org/?q=&page[number]=1&page[size]=25)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

A Maryland ClickScholar tipped me off to this National Geographic’s education website.

It offers an expanded and updated library of popular, free, multimedia education content that brings geography, science, social studies, and technology to life for educators, learners, and their families.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured resources that include:

  • Resource Library – Every subject is worth exploring. From science and geography to human culture and history—there’s a world of knowledge waiting to be uncovered.
  • Learn Anywhere – No matter where you are learning, we offer a space to connect with our community, share strategies, lesson plans, education guides, and offer encouragement and inspiration!
  • Education Blog – Explore inquiry-based ideas, lessons, and stories. Learn from other Explorers, educators, and young people. Join #GenGeo, our next generation of Explorers.
  • MapMaker Interactive – Create and view interactive maps.
  • Black Line Maps – Customize maps to download, print, or share.

Take Off with Airplane Math Activities!

June 20th, 2022

It’s Monday, June 20, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

PlaneMath.com: Airplane Math

(www.planemath.com/activities/pmactivitiesall.html)

Grades 5 & up, with parental supervision

This website offers free airplane and flight-themed activities that help students practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

  • Applying Flying – Explore nine different lessons that require exercising your math skills to learn to fly a rescue helicopter, understand how planes lift off, fly a herd of buffalo to the prairie, and even build a kite!
  • Pioneer Plane – Watch a movie about Amelia Earhart and then do an activity that reinforces what you’ve learned. Or visit the “Grab Bag” to learn some fascinating trivia facts about flight.
  • Planemath Enterprises – Try your hand at designing airplanes after completing the eight training sessions in forces of flight, fuselage, airfoils, wing shape, propulsion, and more!

This is an innovative way to practice math and see its practical application in the world of flight.

Explore Digital Photography Techniques!

June 11th, 2022

It’s Saturday, June 11, 2022, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Digital Photography School

(digital-photography-school.com/)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website created by Darren Rowse provides a bonanza of digital photography tutorials and helpful hints to make the most of your digital camera.

When you get to the site, click on “Start Here” on the upper menu. On this page, students can learn photography tips and techniques relating to:

  • Landscapes
  • Portraits
  • Composition
  • Beginner Tips
  • Post Processing
  • Cameras and Gear

Parents will want to check out the entry called “13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography” to help their children learn some basics of taking a photograph. (Put the title in the “search” box to get right to it.)

There are courses that can be purchased from this website, but visitors will find a lot of great free information about photography that they could easily create their own short course for their student. You can also subscribe to their weekly newsletter.

Practice Manuscript & Cursive Handwriting

June 8th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, June 8, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Handwriting For Kids

(www.handwritingforkids.com/)

Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website offers free lessons and practice worksheets for learning how to print, write in cursive, and learn English grammar. (It also offers instruction and worksheets for learning arithmetic.)

When you get to the website you will see an introduction and a menu on the left side of the screen that includes:

  • Manuscript — Learn to print by tracing letters of the alphabet, words, and sentences using the free worksheet variations available here.
  • Cursive — Learn cursive writing by tracing first, and then writing independently. Free printable worksheets of individual letters, words, and complete sentences are provided for practice.
  • English — Use the free lessons and worksheets to learn grammar, including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions.
  • Mathematics — You’ll find a selection of interactive math lessons, worksheets, and drill games.

You’ll also find links to further resources, Spanish worksheets, Biblically-themed handwriting and cursive worksheets, and a flash card-making tool.

Click on any topic and a new page opens where you’ll find the lessons and worksheets. The layout isn’t always crystal clear – but if you just click on a couple of items, you’ll figure out how best to use this site quickly.

Computer Programming Teaching Tool!

June 4th, 2022

It’s Saturday, June 4, 2022, and time for Other Electives at ClickSchooling!

Computer Science – Free Alice Computer Programming Software

(www.alice.org/)

This website offers “Alice” – free educational software from Carnegie Mellon University that teaches students computer programming in a visual, 3-D environment. It makes it easy to create animation for interactive games and videos and much more.

The description from the website best explains it:

“Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

In Alice’s interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production-oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. Alice allows students to immediately see how their animation programs run, enabling them to easily understand the relationship between the programming statements and the behavior of objects in their animation. By manipulating the objects in their virtual world, students gain experience with all the programming constructs typically taught in an introductory programming course.”

When you get to the site you can read the latest news and media coverage about Alice software and then click on the menu items that include:

  • Downloads – Get Free downloads of the software designed specifically for middle school students and/or high school and college students that will allow you to get started learning computer programming in a fun and engaging way.
  • All About Alice – Click on this item and a new page opens that explains how Alice works – and provides promotional videos you can watch to better understand how to get started.
  • Teaching Materials – Alice provides instructional materials to support teachers and students in classrooms. Resources include textbooks, lessons, tests, and more that you can download and print out.

NOTE: Some of you may have heard about “Alice” in the context of media coverage about one of the developers, Randy Pausch. Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, died of pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008 at the age of 47, leaving behind his wife and three young children. He gained worldwide attention through an inspirational “Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in which he recounted how he achieved his childhood dreams of becoming a football player, experiencing zero gravity, and developing Disneyland attractions. There are lessons in his last lecture for all of us. You can view it here: ClickSchooling

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