# Engaging Math Activities with PBS.org & Cyberchase

July 26th, 2021

PBSKIDS.org: Cyberchase Math Activities

Grades 2-7 approximately, with parental supervision

This PBS website is a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy Award® winning mathematics series for children. The website offers dynamic web games, videos, and printable activities that teach math concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the PBS show, the website explains: “In the world of Cyberchase, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to overthrow Motherboard and take over Cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But Motherboard enlists the help of three curious kids, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal, Digit, to stop him. Their weapon: brain power. In the live-action segment following each animated episode, Harry and Bianca show kids how math can help solve life’s wacky problems in the real world.”

To further help kids explore their world, the hands-on activities include a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured recommendations. Below that is an icon menu of printable activities that include:

• Activity Book – Print out a booklet with math puzzles, games, and projects.
• Batter Up – Track your favorite baseball team’s hits and look for patterns.
• Bianca’s Body Math – Use math to learn which body parts are proportional.
• Cool It – Experiment with evaporation to keep something cool on a hot day.
• Dot Decoder – Decode a secret message.
• Lifting with Levers – Discover the relationship between the length of a lever and how much weight you can lift.
• Make a Pinwheel – Make a pinwheel and use it to find out how windy it is.
• Make Ice Cream – Get an easy recipe to make ice cream at home.
• Shadow Math – Measure the lengths of shadows to estimate the height of something very tall.
• Top Flight – Make paper airplanes and judge their flights to choose a winner.

Click on any activity and a new page opens with complete instructions, diagrams, and illustrations to do the activity.

Bookmark this fun resource to help kids learn math, science, and more!

# Amazing American History Resource from PBS

July 8th, 2021

WNET (thirteen) – Freedom: A History of Us

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for:

• Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
• Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
• For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

# 97 Orchard Street National Historical Site-UPDATED

October 22nd, 2020

It’s Thursday, October 22, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Tenement Museum

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

Step back in time and explore a historical New York’s Lower East Side tenement and discover life living in the 97 Orchard Street tenement during the 1800s and 1900s.

When arriving at the site, scroll down to read about the “people, objects, and traditions that shaped the fabric of everyday life in New York City tenements.” Some of the articles include:

• Why 97 Orchard Street?
• History by Numbers
• Fanny Rogarshevsky’s Toolbox
• Rosaria Baldizzi: A Complicated Path to Citizenship
• Precision and Spirit: Fighting for a Place in America
• And more

When you are done exploring, select the “Learn” tab from the top menu to find lesson plans, teacher resources, and more.

When you have finished visiting this website, hop on over to New York’s PBS station Thirteen Lower East Side Tenement Museum website for more insight into what the tenement on 97 Orchard Street might have looked like in 1870 and 1915 as well as learn some interesting history about some of the tenants. When arriving at the link, select from the following:

• Urban Log Cabin – Using the images of the tenement from 1870 or 1915, select a room to view what the apartment looked like during the time period and learn a little bit about the folks that lived there.
• Excavation – 97 Orchard Street was boarded up from 1935-1987. Learn what was found when it was opened again. Examine the 13 layers of wallpaper found on one wall and check out 10 objects found during renovation.
• Tenement VR – Take virtual tours of the Gumpertz Apartment (1870’s) and the Baldizzi Apartment (1935) as they might have appeared when the families were living in them. Don’t forget to learn about the families by clicking on the text links.
• History – Read a brief history of the tenement and tenement life as well as the changes required through time. Click on the images at the top to see actual pictures of tenement life in the 30’s and 40’s.

These websites provide an excellent opportunity to learn about immigration and tenement life in New York’s Lower East Side.

# 97 Orchard Street National Historical Site

October 22nd, 2020

It’s Thursday, October 22, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Tenement Museum

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

This website CHANGE THIS some terrific science lessons, activities and tools. It will also inspire scientific curiosity – not only for kids, but even for parents who aren’t keen in science.

When arriving at the site, scroll down to read about the “people, objects, and traditions that shaped the fabric of everyday life in New York City tenements.” Some of the articles include:

• Why 97 Orchard Street?
• History by Numbers
• Fanny Rogarshevsky’s Toolbox
• Rosaria Baldizzi: A Complicated Path to Citizenship
• Precision and Spirit: Fighting for a Place in America
• And more

When you are done exploring, select the “Learn” tab from the top menu to find lesson plans, teacher resources, and more.

When you have finished visiting this website, hop on over to New York’s PBS station Thirteen Lower East Side Tenement Museum website for more insight into what the tenement on 97 Orchard Street might have looked like in 1870 and 1915 as well as learn some interesting history about some of the tenants. When arriving at the link, select from the following:

• Urban Log Cabin – Using the images of the tenement from 1870 or 1915, select a room to view what the apartment looked like during the time period and learn a little bit about the folks that lived there.
• Excavation – 97 Orchard Street was boarded up from 1935-1987. Learn what was found when it was opened again. Examine the 13 layers of wallpaper found on one wall and check out 10 objects found during renovation.
• Tenement VR – Take virtual tours of the Gumpertz Apartment (1870’s) and the Baldizzi Apartment (1935) as they might have appeared when the families were living in them. Don’t forget to learn about the families by clicking on the text links.
• History – Read a brief history of the tenement and tenement life as well as the changes required through time. Click on the images at the top to see actual pictures of tenement life in the 30’s and 40’s.

These websites provide an excellent opportunity to learn about immigration and tenement life in New York’s Lower East Side.

# Do You Speak American?

September 30th, 2020

It’s Wednesday, September 30, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Do You Speak American?

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

This PBS website attempts to answer the question, “Do You Speak American” through information and activities that explore the origin and evolution of English in the U.S.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of choices that provides a sound introduction to the topic along with “Special Features” that offer further exploration. Younger visitors may wish to jump directly to the extensive activities page. There, you can access information, quizzes and exercises such as:

• Radio America — Listen to radio broadcasts from typical speakers in each of the 50 states, and notice the great variety in dialects and pronunciation of words.
• Where is the Speaker From? — Listen to a few different speech samples and try to place them on a map of the US. (You might want to try this *after* you’ve listened to Radio America).
• Verb Machine — See what would happen to one verb if you used another verb as a pattern to conjugate (or try to figure out) the present, past, and perfect tenses.
• Test Your Vowel Power — See if you can understand the speech of people who pronounce vowels differently. (These shifts in pronunciation are appearing regionally throughout the U.S.)

This site can easily be used to springboard an interest in studying English grammar — and it’s a great Social Studies conversation starter as well.

# Ocean and Air-themed Games

August 11th, 2020

It’s Tuesday, August 11, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

This website is sponsored by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They offer games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.

When you get to the site, you’ll see icons including:

• Beat the Uncertainty – Plan a climate-resilient city.
• Recycle City – Take the Recycle City challenge or play the Dumptown Game.
• Save Our Beach – Learn all about the beach.
• NOVA’s Energy Lab – Design renewable energy sources for a city. You’ll be brought to the PBS NOVA website where you can create an account or use a guest pass.
• NOVA’s Cloud Lab – Investigate the role clouds play in severe storms. This is also on the PBS NOVA website.

Back on the NOAA games home page, be sure to check out the “Fun Education Resources” – more games and activities for kids.