# Relating Math to Real Life

June 27th, 2022

It’s Monday, June 27, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

University of Cambridge: Motivate – Maths Enrichment for Schools

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real-life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams, and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Multi-Media Packs” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as:

Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?

How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?

What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.

You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.

If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports, and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work anymore, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

# Spanish for Kids!

June 25th, 2022

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

Rockalingua

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.

# Music Playlist of Colonial and Revolutionary America

June 18th, 2022

It’s Saturday, June 18, 2022, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

YouTube: Music of Colonial and Revolutionary America

This large YouTube Playlist pulls together an assortment of musical renditions of songs from the colonial and revolutionary times in America.

Many of the videos present the music played with similar instruments traditionally used during the time period and some videos are from a variety of re-enactment fairs or locations.

Because this is a playlist and a selection opens in a new window, once you have watched the video, use the left-hand side list to either return to the playlist page or select another video in the collection. Please be aware that video suggestions under the playlist on the video page may contain content that may not be appropriate for your family, so it may be best to monitor use of this page.

Please also note that because the list currently contains 270 videos and is added to regularly, we were not able to view every video, but the ones we did select were fine and quite pleasant. Parents should always preview any YouTube video prior to allowing children to view them.

This playlist could add a bit of interest to your history studies as well as provide an overview of what colonial American music was like.

May 28th, 2022

It’s Saturday, May 28, 2022, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Duolingo

This free website for language learning uses fun interactive technology to learn and practice a foreign language.

When arriving at the link, select the language you would like to learn. Available languages include:

• Spanish
• French
• German
• Italian
• Korean
• and so many more!

After selecting your language, you are able to choose to begin with “Basics” or take a short placement test if you are already familiar with the language. Interactive lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and more. Be sure to have your sound on. There are hundreds of lessons broken down to focus on specific language skills. You need to complete certain skills to open new skill/lesson levels.

In order for your lessons to be tracked (and to continue very far into the lessons) you will need to create a free profile. Once you have created your profile you can review words learned, practice with flashcards, check your activity on the program, and more. There is a language discussion board available so parents will want to monitor their students if they do not want them to participate in the board. While working through the lessons, students earn lingots, the Duolingo virtual currency. Lingots can be used in the virtual store for things such as a “Heart Refill” which “allows you to regain one heart lost during a lesson”, “Streak Freeze” which allows your activity “streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity”, and more program-related bonuses.

From the website:

“In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.”

And this program is also available as a free app so you can take learning on the go. Learning a new language can be fun using this website that appeals to different learning methods.

# Listen! Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress

May 21st, 2022

It’s Saturday, May 21, 2022, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Library of Congress: National Jukebox

All grades, with parental supervision. NOTE: See warning below.

The Library of Congress provides a “National Jukebox” that makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge.

This exhibit transforms your computer into a gramophone featuring more than 10,000 78rpm disc recordings issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925. You can listen to a broad range of songs including marching band music, novelty tunes, hits from musical theater productions, dance tunes, and opera arias. You’ll also find spoken recordings.

When you get to the site, you’ll see information about the collection and near the bottom of this page you will see the following information:

WARNING: Historical recordings may contain offensive language.

These music selections are presented as part of the record of the past. They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of people in a very different time period. For that reason, they may contain content that is offensive to users. As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE and supervise all Internet activity.

• Browse the featured content found here for look at the menu of featured playlists in the left margin which includes:
• Browse all Recordings – Search by language, target audience, record label, date range, composer, lyricist, performer and genre.
• Artists – Browse the artists from A-Z. Find recordings by music greats such as opera singer Enrico Caruso, Broadway legends Al Jolson and Fanny Brice, whistling virtuoso Charles Kellogg, composer and band leader John Philip Sousa, and thousands more.
• Genres – Find a wide selection of genres of music including classical, opera, religious, popular music, blues, ethnic music, humorous songs, etc.

This is an AMAZING musical resource that takes time to explore. Bookmark it to return often.

# Get Ready To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo!

April 28th, 2022

It’s Thursday, April 28, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Mexico For Kids: Fun Cinco De Mayo History, Lessons, & Activities!

Cinco de Mayo is next week! The fifth of May marks the Mexican army victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, and represents Mexican independence from foreign intervention.

I thought it would be fun to provide you with a fiesta of websites across the curriculum that celebrate Cinco De Mayo including the history of the festival, arts and crafts, Spanish lessons, math activities, mariachi music, recipes, and more.

Cinco de Mayo: History Channel Video Presentation

The History Channel website offers videos about the Aztecs, Montezuma, Cortez, Mesoamerican pyramids, the Cinco de Mayo festival, and an archive of articles about every aspect of Mexican history and culture.

Cinco de Mayo Paper Dolls & Crafts

Print and create Cinco De Mayo crafts.

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Learn to make Menudo, sopes, and more!

Cinco de Mayo Piñata

Learn the history of the Piñata get instructions on how to make a piñata.

Free Spanish Lessons

Cinco de Mayo is a great time to start Spanish lessons and at this website you can take free Spanish tutorials!