Posts Tagged ‘resources’

The Science and History of Color

August 10th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 10, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color Matters for Kids

(https://colormatters.com/color-resources/color-matters-for-kids)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, real-life Color Professor Jill Morton, provides kids with information about the science, history, and symbolism of color

The topics are quite unusual and include: 

  • How Animals See Color – Explanations and actual photographs that demonstrate what you see and what your dog sees.
  • Why Are School Buses Yellow? – Enjoy a brief discussion of “true yellow” and some facts about the color yellow you might not have known.
  • Look Inside the Eye – Find out how cones and rods in the eye’s retina determine the colors that humans, insects, birds and animals see.
  • Colors & What You Wear – What do you know about the colors of pink and blue? Find out what colors mean in different cultures.
  • And more

When you are through exploring the kids’ section of the site, use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of every color course she’s ever taught and all the research she’s conducted on this site that is a continuation of her passion for color. You’ll find out how color affects:

  • Symbolism
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • The Body
  • Vision
  • Science
  • And more!

Learn all about President Harry S. Truman!

August 8th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 8, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

(www.trumanlibrary.gov/education/student-resources)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website introduces students to the life and times of President Harry S. Truman. This guide was developed based on the most requested topics about Truman from students in elementary and secondary grades.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that provides biographical information accompanied by photos and text and all kinds of student activities to enhance learning about Truman’s presidency. The headings include:

  • Truman’s Early Life (1884-1922)
  • Truman Family
  • Early Political Career
  • Truman’s Presidency
  • Timelines

Once you’ve had a chance to explore the site’s contents, try your hand at the Games and Activities including secret codes, a maze, fill in the blanks, alphabetize, and more that test your knowledge of Truman and his presidency.

Serious and Silly Physics Songs

August 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 3, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhysicsSongs.org

(http://ww3.haverford.edu/physics-astro/songs/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, hosted by Haverford College and maintained by a professor of physics, archives free songs about physics that help students remember critical concepts and formulas in a fun and entertaining way.

This site was created for college students, but many songs will appeal to a younger range of ages, with parental supervision. As explained at the website, songs may activate a different part of the students’ brains that links into “the musical aspect of intelligence, helping many students to build a richer ‘knowledge tree’ relating to the concept being taught, and thus promoting better retention.”

When you get to the site scroll down to “Physics songs and other resources” where you will find links to all kinds of physics songs. Don’t miss The Nano Song – the winner of the Nano Tube Contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society – under “Selected songs by other authors.” In the video, “Miss Glory” sings to Muppet-type puppets and explains nanotechnology. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics to give you an idea…
 
Puppet: Miss Glory, what is nanotechnology?
 
Miss Glory sings:

Interactive Letter Writing Tutorial

July 24th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 24, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Letter Writing for Students

(www.interactive-learning.com.au/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This kid-friendly website makes basic letter writing for the elementary grades easy and fun.

When you get to the site, scroll down and look under the title, “English.” Click on “Letter Writing” then “Learn More.” Then “View Lesson Plan” for your grade level of choice: 

  • K-2 – Personal Letter Writing
  • 3-4 – Persuasive Letter Writing
  • 5-6 – Coded Letter Writing

A new page opens to the lesson where you will be taken through the step-by-step process of learning correct letter writing form and practicing what you’ve learned. (Please note the postage amount is not for the U.S.)

And underneath the 3 grade level links you’ll find resources for teachers including letter templates, a sample business letter and how to address an envelope.

All About Caves (and Bats)

July 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Exploring Caves

(tinyurl.com/y3fh9n3j)

Age Range: 4-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This 50-page PDF from the U.S. Geological Survey has free educational materials all about caves that can easily be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

Learn about geology, cartography, and hydrology in a lighthearted story of a bat. This original 5-chapter fictional story introduces a wealth of information about caves through the adventure of two children and a talking bat. There are lesson plans, activity sheets, teacher instructions and coloring pages. The lessons include: 

  • What Is a Cave?
  • Cave Stories – Tales of Adventure
  • Find a Cave
  • Cave Diagram
  • Adapting to the Dark – Bats and People
  • Water Creates a Cave
  • Cave Art and History
  • and more!

There is also a list of books, articles, special publications, music, and more. You’ll also find links to other educational resources. However, most of the links have changed. As it says at the top of the resource page: “URL’s (Web site addresses) often change unpredictably. If any of the given URL’s fail to work, do searches with names of organizations combined with relevant key words.”

Free Homeschool Record Keeping

July 15th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homeschool Skedtrak

(www.homeschoolskedtrack.com/HomeSchool/displayLogin.do)

Age Range: 4-18 (Designed for homeschool parents to track activities for grades Pre-K-12)

 

While we usually stick to recommending sites that enhance learning about math on Monday, we couldn’t resist sharing this free resource, developed by a homeschool family, that enables you to track your homeschool course of study and activities for free.

I know that keeping records is a big concern to many homeschool parents, especially once the kids hit the high school years and need to create transcripts for college. While this site is designed with homeschool parents in mind, older students can use it for record-keeping purposes. Even unschoolers can use this system to track learning opportunities and interests they have explored as well.

The description provided at the Homeschool Skedtrack website explains it all:

“Homeschool Skedtrack is a *FREE* online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.”

Features include: 

  • easy record keeping from Pre-K-12 for each student
  • worry free data back-up
  • flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go
  • automated tracking of total number of hours/days completed
  • scheduling and tracking of field trips
  • a school calendar for each student
  • tests recording
  • automated grade calculation
  • report card generation in pdf format
  • transcript generation in pdf format (two columns or by subject)

There are even video tutorials at the site to explain how to use the Homeschool Skedtrack program. Begin by creating an account in the upper right corner of the home page.

Not only that, this site offers a database of educational websites (many that have been recommended by ClickSchooling over the years). Not only does the database include websites on various subject topics such as math, science, music, homeschool resources, etc., it allows the users/visitors to rate the sites which can be helpful in determining overall usefulness.

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