Posts Tagged ‘newsletter’

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.

Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color?

September 21st, 2021

Science Made Simple: Autumn Leaves and Fall Foliage

(www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html)

Grades K-8, with adult supervision

It’s fall and kids everywhere are asking, “Why do leaves change color in the fall?” This site answers everything kids want to know about autumn leaves that includes scientific information, quick-and-easy science experiments, etc.

But wait, there’s more! Look at the menu at the top of the page and click on “Science Projects.” Here you’ll find links to projects using common household items that explore topics such as:

  • What is static electricity?
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • How do animals spend the winter?

Again at the top menu, click on “Articles.” There you’ll find information and activities on a variety of science subjects.

Also check out “Science Fair” with topic suggestions, project ideas, and more.

If you like what the site has to offer, you can sign up for their monthly newsletter for a fee and access even more science projects and resources.

Challenging Daily Math Puzzle

May 10th, 2021

KenKen Math Puzzles

(www.kenkenpuzzle.com/)

Grades 2 and up, with parental supervision 

This ad-supported website provides free KenKen math puzzles. What’s a KenKen? It’s a logic puzzle that mixes a Sudoku puzzle and arithmetic. It was invented by a Japanese mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto. His goal was to improve his students’ math and logic skills.

As explained on the website:

“KenKen is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles. In a way, KenKen is like a game of chess: The more you think ahead to your next move and consider all the possible outcomes, the better you’ll get—and the smarter you’ll become!”

When you get to the website you’ll see the puzzles of the day. If you’re unfamiliar with KenKen, click on “How To Play” on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll not only read an explanation of how to play, but you can follow a step-by-step tutorial. Then, test your skills with the daily puzzles.

Bookmark the site to return each day for the daily puzzles, or sign up (as a teacher) to receive the free newsletter and a set of KenKens will be emailed to you weekly.

Note: You can also purchase a Premium Membership, that allows you to use the puzzles ad-free. Details at the website.

Your Educational Ticket to the Iditarod

March 5th, 2021

Iditarod.com 

(iditarod.com/)

Grades 3-12, with parental supervision

 

The Iditarod begins on March 6, 2021! Billed as “The Last Great Race On Earth,” mushers and their dog teams race over 1,000 miles across Alaska’s mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra, and windswept coast. In a period of 10 to 17 days each team’s dogs and their musher race from Anchorage, in south-central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. They endure temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, long hours of darkness, and treacherous terrain.

At this “official” Iditarod website you’ll find information about the history of this race, exclusive race coverage, and free, Iditarod-themed lessons and activities to enhance learning in math, science, language arts, social sciences, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured articles, videos, and highlights. Use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Race Center – Get information on how this website works and learn about Iditarod rules, race preparations, and previous races.
  • Videos – Watch video clips from previous races that include stories from the trail.
  • Education – In this section, you will be taken to the Iditarod EDU site where you will find lesson plans, downloadable activities, and much more.
  • Insider – Subscribe to the official newsletter of the Iditarod. You can register to get a free ad-supported subscription or get one of several fee-based, ad-free subscriptions that provide membership benefits including access to videos and a documentary film.
  • Information – Learn the history of the race, see the Iditarod trail, explore the race archives, meet champions and record holders, learn mushing terminology, visit the veterinary center, and learn about the Junior Iditarod.

The resources at this site provide a way to see the real-world uses for math and science in a fun and exhilarating way.

Bedtime Math

February 8th, 2021

Bedtime Math

(bedtimemath.org/)

Grades K-4 approximately, with parental participation and supervision

 

What an ingenious idea! This website, created by Laura Overdeck, provides a free, daily, Bedtime Math Problem that helps parents give kids a fun opportunity “to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.”

As explained on the website, the Bedtime Math Problem aims to be “fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep. In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.”

You can get your free, daily Bedtime Math Problem directly from the website, harvest it from their Facebook page, or you can subscribe to the daily newsletter that delivers it to your email inbox. (See details at the website.) Each BMP offers three levels of challenge to be used as a rough guideline: 

  • Wee Ones for preschool kids
  • Little Kids for children in grades K-2
  • Big Kids for children in grades 3 and up

This is not a math curriculum, and there’s no one right way to use it. It’s simply a fun idea to help parents and kids enjoy math in small daily doses.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the most recent Bedtime Math Problems posted on the home page. When we visited, there were fun math problems themed around: 

  • Super-Sized Snowflakes
  • A Town Called Greasy
  • The Best Selling Cookie – at Leas Right Now
  • Groovin’ with Groundhogs
  • Half a Giraffe?!

And many more!

Each math story-problem is presented in a fun way that incorporates a little science and history and a lot of humor. They are designed to engage children’s interest immediately. All of the BMPs are archived on the website. You can check out their apps as well.

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 25th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

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

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see “Resources by Topic”. Or use the menu to the right of it to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the force of gravity; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes; planning a Hubble servicing mission; the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.

Then at the bottom, check out: Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia. You can also get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.

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