# Ocean & Air Learning Activities

July 12th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, July 12, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

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.

# Maths, Measures, Numbers, OH MY!

July 11th, 2022

It’s Monday, July 11, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Teaching Ideas – Maths

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities, and worksheets to help educators teach math (and science, geography, history, and lots of other subjects as well).

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured math resources and activities. The age range is in the top right corner of each box. Click ‘VIEW’ to see the worksheet. You can download each one by scrolling past the ads to the red ‘Download’ button. To find worksheets by category, roll over “Maths” in the red menu bar at the top to find choices that include:

Maths – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands, learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size, get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.

Numbers– Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.

Geometry – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.

Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.

There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.

Note: As you explore the site, you may see comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.

# Discover the Burgess Shale in Canada

July 8th, 2022

It’s Friday, July 8, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Royal Ontario Museum: The Burgess Shale – Virtual Sea Odyssey

All grades; children with parental supervision

Climb into a “virtual submarine” and dive into the depths of the past to see virtual recreations of creatures that once lived in the area now known as the Burgess Shale. Located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, the Burgess Shale is “one of Earth’s most important fossil deposits.”

With this website from the Royal Ontario Museum, view animations and photos of:

• Descent – Dive below the sea surface to the seafloor.
• Swimmers
• Predators
• Grazers
• Filterers
• Scavengers
• Burial – what it may have looked like when the Burgess Shale community was covered by a rapid mudflow event

Underneath the animation tours, click on the various species images to learn more and to find more animations and images.

• Introduction – Learn about the Burgess Shale through text and images.
• Fossil Gallery – Examine images of the fossils found and see 3D animations and model of the creatures.
• Science – Discover the science behind the Burgess Shale.
• History – Explore the history of the research and discovery involved.
• Resources – Find topical reading suggestions, other related museums and webpages, and lesson plan links.

# Science Unit Studies & Activities!

July 5th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, July 5, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Funtastic Unit Studies

Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision). This commercial website is provided by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom with a degree in biology, who has written some unit studies (available as e-books) on science and history. Designed with homeschoolers in mind, the unit studies are available for purchase on the site, but Susan also offers some free science lessons and activities (taken from the pages of her e-books)!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page under “Lessons and Activities” to access:

• Atoms and Molecules for ages 8-13 – Learn the definition of atom and molecule, print out a Periodic Table of Elements, do activities to enhance learning, and take a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
• Plants for ages 4-8 – Learn the parts of a plant including seeds, roots, stem, and leaves. Enjoy activities to boost learning, and answer review questions.

Click on either link to open a pdf that contains the lesson (within the framework of the actual e-book). You’ll have to scroll about 1/3 down the page, past the “Table of Contents” to get to the lesson.

Once you’ve explored the Science freebies, check out some of the author’s free American History Activities that correspond to her books:

• The King Philip’s War Adventure
• and more.

Again, these free lessons and activities are excerpts from Susan Kilbride’s e-books that you can purchase via the website.

# Stossel in the Classroom Resource

July 2nd, 2022

It’s Saturday, July 2, 2022, and time for Other Electives at ClickSchooling!

Free DVDs – Stossel in the Classroom

Grades 6 & up (middle school – college level), with parental supervision

A big THANK YOU to ClickScholar Nancy Hogan for recommending this website “Stossel in the classroom.” Sponsored by the Center for Independent Thought (a non-profit educational foundation) it has produced a free DVD each school year that is a compilation of John Stossel’s television programs and specials, along with a teacher guide with lesson plans and ideas for complementary activities. Though they have discontinued their DVDs to focus on streaming videos and other online content, you can still order some of their past editions, and they’re still 100% free, shipping included.

When you get to the site you’ll learn how to register (free) to get past edition DVDs, as well as an accompanying downloadable “Teacher’s Guide” containing lesson plans, activity suggestions, handouts, and vocabulary.

In addition to getting the free DVD and resources, you can use the menu at the top of the home page to watch streaming videos from Stossel on thought-provoking topics in the “Video Library”. These videos cover a variety of categories including business, college, consumer issues, healthcare, law, privacy, and more. You can also search the videos by subject including:

• Government
• Science
• Technology
• Economics
• Health
• Physical Education
• Personal Finance
• History
• and much more!

Again, all of this is provided for FREE – they simply request that you send them your feedback on the website and products to share with fellow teachers/educators.

# All About Energy for K-12!

June 28th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, June 28, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

U.S. Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes:

• Lesson Plans for Primary (K-3), Elementary (4-7), Intermediate (6-9), and Secondary (9-12)
• Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
• Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
• Science Fair Experiments
• Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
• Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers:

• What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
• Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
• Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
• History of Energy – Check out the timeline of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer, and more.
• Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.

There’s also a link to Energy Calculators and a Glossary.