Posts Tagged ‘middle school’

Fun Periodic Table of Videos

October 15th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 15, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

What a find! This website teaches the periodic table with videos!

When you click on an element on the periodic table, it plays a video showing educational experiments and explanations about that element. (Okay, while this site is probably designed for middle school, high school, and beyond, younger children will enjoy seeing some of the experiments. Plus, we’ve found that little kids lap up information about the Periodic Table, so don’t be shy about introducing them to it.)

This is so much fun! Each video is short (up to about 10 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, it’s history, and how it is used. You can tell the chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with the various elements, love what they do!

Consider starting with Lithium (Li). It’s very reactive in water and the clip is fun to watch. Then try Hydrogen (H) or Helium (He) to see a big bang! (Careful – kids may be tempted to try this at home, so parental guidance and safety discussions are required.) The Phosphorus (P) video will really amaze your kids when they learn there’s about a pound of this reactive element in their bodies!

The scientists in the lab have a lot fun demonstrating the properties of the elements – and their antics with beakers, Bunsen burners, and bloopers are narrated by mild-mannered professor Martyn Poliakoff who has wonderful, wild, Einstein-ish hair! Some of his descriptions are hilarious – such as when he describes what can be done with Nitrogen (N). (Preview it, as it might alarm younger children.)

Note: We didn’t watch all of the videos. Therefore, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the videos BEFORE showing them to children to determine suitability of content.

The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed!

Free Art and Design Lessons

May 18th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 18, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artyfactory

(artyfactory.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website includes step-by-step, how-to art lessons. It also offers art appreciation tutorials on topics like “Still Life” or “Animals in Art” or broader “Art Movements.”

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Art Lessons
  • Art Appreciation
  • Design Lessons

Little ones can’t interact with Artyfactory on their own. The content and writing are at an advanced level. (In fact, it is suspect most of the content doubles as MacTaggart’s college course material.) But there’s tremendous potential here for a creative homeschooler as follows: 

  • Use it directly as reading or coursework for a high school student.
  • Adapt the lessons for younger pupils. The “Pencil Shading” exercises, for example, found under “Pencil Portraits” in the Art Lessons section, would be a fun challenge. The “How to Draw Animals” lessons might work with a talented middle school student, too, but these are no Ed Emberley thumbprints: they require a good eye and a controlled hand.
  • Fill in holes in your own knowledge. After spending some time on this site you’ll be able to introduce your children to Expressionism paintings and more next time you visit a museum.

There’s a wealth of information here: color theory (both technical stuff like the color wheel and the emotional impact of colors in painting), a thorough overview of African masks and Egyptian hieroglyphs, shading techniques in pen and ink, etc.

NOTE: As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.

Fun Physics Simulations for K-12

April 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhET Interactive Simulations

(phet.colorado.edu/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder sponsors this website with free, fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena.

As explained at the website:  “… Students will engage in scientific exploration… achieve conceptual learning… make connections to everyday life… take and sense ownership of their learning experience… see science as accessible, understandable and enjoyable.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, teacher resources including tips on how to run/use the simulations, and a button that says, “Play with Simulations.” Click on that and a new page opens where you will see an icon menu of the latest simulations on the site including: 

  • Masses and Springs
  • Energy Forms and Changes
  • Wave Interference
  • Build a Fraction
  • And more!

Use the menu on the left side of this same page to search for simulations by topic, for example: 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Math
  • Research

And, you can search for simulations by Grade Level including Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and University.

Be sure to bookmark this site – you’ll want to return again and again.

Free Math Courses

February 4th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, February 4, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HippoCampus – Math

(www.hippocampus.org/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education has made a fantastic resource available for free for individual middle school, high school, and college students to further their education.

When you get to the site, the math subjects under NROC Collection that can be selected from the menu at the left are: 

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra & Geometry
  • Calculus & Advanced Math
  • Statistics & Probability

If you select “Algebra & Geometry” for example, you’ll see a list of presentations: Algebra 1, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and Geometry. Choose one and a list of topics in each course will appear. Click on any one to see a 2-5 minute video explaining that topic. Use the arrow just below the video to move to the next topic, or choose whichever topic you want to view next from the list on the left of the video. (If you scroll all the way down the page, there are links to textbooks for Algebra 1, first and second semester that may help as you listen to those videos.)

These high-quality multimedia interactive lessons constitute a complete high school level course — all for FREE!  But there’s more! Other courses currently available are Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History & Government, and even Religion!

Bookmark this one. There is enough under any one of these subjects to keep a middle school, high school, or college student engaged and learning for a good long time.

Groundhog Art!

February 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 2, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundhog Day

(www.groundhog.org/resources-for-teachers)

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

 

Today, February 2nd, is Groundhog Day! In North America the groundhog is said to wake from winter hibernation and crawl out of its burrow.

If the groundhog sees his shadow, he gets frightened and returns to his den for another six weeks, prolonging winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, he emerges from his home and spring begins. The “official” groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil. He lives at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

NOTE: This site gets so much activity on February 2nd, that you may get an error message. Don’t let it deter you. Keep trying or wait until tomorrow and try again. The lesson plans and educational activities can be done anytime. So, bookmark this site to access them when there’s less traffic. Happy Groundhog Day!

When you get to the site, you will see a list of the most popular activities including: 

  • Color Phil
  • Phil’s Letter Trace
  • Shadow Play
  • and more

Be sure to check out the More Resources on the right hand sidebar for Preschool, Elementary, Middle School and High School in categories such as Math and Music.

Want more? Then don’t miss the fun and games designed especially for little ones at Universal Preschool hereFind out how to make a paperbag groundhog or a cardboard box burrow or go on a groundhog hunt!

Get ready for World Read Aloud Day!

January 30th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BooksInTheClassroom.com

(www.carolhurst.com/profsubjects/reading/readingaloud.html)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K – 9, with parental supervision)

 

Friday, February 1, 2019, is World Read Aloud Day! Developing a love for reading within your children could be as easy as reading aloud to them regularly.

When you read aloud you show your children that YOU feel that reading is an important part of your life. Taking the time to discuss the text or problem solve the character’s current dilemma or even guessing the end to a good book can help to strengthen their ability to concentrate for a period of time, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves clearly. When we continue the practice of reading aloud past the early years to our children we see their vocabulary, language, grammar and writing skills prosper. Children can become aware of other places and other lives through the books we read to them. The benefits are enormous – reading aloud creates life-long readers

We located a wonderful list of recommended titles for reading aloud. It should be noted that even though there is a lot of good information here the purpose of this website is to sell books, though you are not required to purchase any. You can check out these titles at any library and still use them in the ways suggested. 

When you get to this ad-supported website, you’ll find an interesting article about reading aloud to students. The article is written to classroom teachers and discusses the beginning of the school year but all of the information contained here is easily adapted to homeschoolers. On the left sidebar you’ll see a list of read-aloud titles categorized by curriculum area and grade. Each title comes with a short synopsis of the book and springboard ideas to other reading selections. One of the things we like best about this list is that the author takes time to help the “instructor” (in this case, we, parents) to understand how and when to progress to more complex books.  

Don’t stop on the Read Aloud page though. Bookmark this site and come back often to use the many free resources for teaching children, preschool through middle school, across the curriculum.

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