Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Math Videos for Numberphiles

October 14th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, October 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Numberphile

(www.numberphile.com/)

Age Range: Varies (All require parental preview and supervision)

 

This is a collaboration by mathematicians who have recorded videos to share the wonder of math through interesting activities, funny stories, and challenging puzzles and concepts.

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of short math-themed videos including: 

  • Where Does River Water Go?
  • Amazing Graphs
  • Frieze Patterns
  • James Card Trick
  • Tribonacci Numbers
  • And many, many more

Select the topics that appeal to the interest and ability level of any given student and enjoy the video presentation.

IMPORTANT: Because some of the presentations are geared for older audiences, parents should preview the videos and supervise Internet activity.

Tour Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood Farm

October 4th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, October 4, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm

(www.jimmycartervirtualtour.info/)

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

 

Our 39th President of the United States, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter Jr., was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. At this website, take a virtual tour of his boyhood home as President Carter shares stories of his life on the farm.

When arriving at the link the tour will immediately begin. Be sure to have your sound turned on to hear the President’s narration. The video image moves itself, but visitors can use the Left and Right buttons to move the image or simply click on it to stop it and drag to where you would like to look. You can also zoom in closer for a better look. Use the “Next” and “Previous” buttons to move through the slides. The tour can also be viewed in “Full” screen mode.

The tour begins in the back of the house, then moves onto the front. Other locations of the farm include: 

  • Tennis Court
  • Commissary (store)
  • Garden
  • Blacksmith shop
  • Pathway to farm bell
  • Barn
  • Clark House
  • Milking shed

What makes this simple tour special is the narrations from President Jimmy Carter. This will make a great addition to your presidential studies.

Free Interactives for Music, Art and More!

August 31st, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 31, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Toy Theater

(toytheater.com/category/classic-toy-theater/classic-music/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of high quality interactive games for learning music, art, math and literacy that have real educational value.

Because this is Saturday and “Electives Day” at ClickSchooling, we focused on Music for this review. When you get to the site, you can choose from: 

  • Drum Beats
  • Piano Puppet
  • Composer
  • Music Maker

Your child will have fun creating drum beats, using a virtual puppet to play piano tunes, and composing music.

Then, when you are through learning with Music, get ready to explore the MAIN CONTENT on this site that is archived in these menu items: 

  • Art – Your child can use interactive online media to draw, color, create animations and more.
  • Math – Play a variety of interactive games that teach kids about addition, multiplication, subtraction, line plots, pictographs and more!
  • Reading – Enjoy an animated alphabet, learn to type and practice keyboard skills, word finds, word searches, alphabet doodles, word scrambles, original & classic stories and more! All of these activities are designed to enhance language arts skills.

Just click on a topic and a new page opens with a selection of activities that will engage and entertain your kids. You’ll also find puzzles and games at the site – so be sure to bookmark it to return often.

Free Educational Video Virtual Field Trips

August 30th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, August 30, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

OpenRoad.TV

(tinyurl.com/yx9o8bvz)

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

 

OpenRoad.TV was founded by television personality, Doug McConnell, who travels with his camera crew to interesting places in the Western U.S. and films engaging stories that educate viewers and inspire them to take a road trip too.

Doug has been the host of a San Francisco-based television program called “OpenRoad with Doug McConnell” for years. You can view the short tours (most were 4-8 minutes long) at this commercial ad-supported site. There are 20 pages of videos including: 

  • San Francisco Bay Trail
  • Manzanar National Historic Site
  • Ohlone-Portola Heritage Trail
  • Napa Skyline Park
  • Yosemite Bears
  • Magical Mt. Tamalpais
  • Devil’s Slide Trail
  • And many more!

Click on a video and then you’ll see a scrolling bar below it so you can better choose the video you want to watch. Unfortunately, we did not find a ‘search’ feature.

PLEASE NOTE: There are random ads in between each video. Therefore, parental guidance is strongly suggested.

This is a terrific website to take many virtual field trips – and to use as a real-time travel guide if you plan on visiting the western U.S

Classical Music and Games

August 24th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 24, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sphinx Kids

(www.sphinxkids.org/index.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a companion to the Sphinx Organization that “transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts.” Sphinx Kids bring classical music into underserved schools nationwide.


The website, partially sponsored by AT&T and the New York Philharmonic, provides free interactive games that introduce kids to the world of classical music, instruments of the orchestra, and the diversity of many composers of classical music.


When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Minority Composer’s Forum – Learn about the lives and musical compositions of renown minority composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Undine Smith Moore, Heitor Villa-Lobos and more. Listen to samples of their compositions.
  • Practice Room – Pick a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) and watch videos of minority musicians playing scales and etudes.
  • Minorities On Stage – Watch videos of performances by minority musicians, and be sure to click on “See What’s Going On Backstage” to watch video-interviews with the musician-laureates. Their stories are inspirational.
  • Music Match: Composers – Match the classical composers to their musical compositions.
  • Music Match: Instruments – Play a match game with instruments of the orchestra.
  • Instrument Storage Room – Take an animated tour of the storage room and learn about each instrument and hear it played.
  • String Instrument Gallery – Learn about each part of the violin, viola, cello, and bass and what it does.
  • Composer’s Gallery – Take an animated tour of a gallery of composers born from the 1600s through the 1900s. Read their bios and hear samples of their music. Includes: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gershwin, Ellington, Debussy, Danielpour, Chopin, Britten, Brahms, Bernstein, Beethoven, Beach, Handel, Mozart, Lindberg, Leon, Kolb, Kodaly, Joplin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Sheng, and many more.

This is a terrific way to introduce children and their families to classical music and to the diversity of the composers of that music.

NOTE: Since Shockwave is no longer available, some of the links are not accessible, but there is enough here to keep you busy learning about the orchestra and its beautiful music!

Free Seismology Lessons, Videos, & More

August 20th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, August 20, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

IRIS

(www.iris.edu/hq/)

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

 

This site offers free science tools, lessons, animations, software and more to help students learn all about seismology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, geology and much more! 

Sponsored by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (funded by the National Science Foundation), this website has powerful, interactive learning tools from a consortium of over 100 U.S. universities dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. We know this may sound “heady” but there are all kinds of engaging multi-media activities that students of a wide range of abilities and interests will enjoy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a variety of offerings. We suggest clicking on “Seismic Monitor” that is under “Earthquake Resources” on the landing page. A new screen opens where you can access: 

  • Earthquake Headlines – Read news stories about earthquakes.
  • Last 30 Days Earthquakes – See a list of earthquakes, their location and magnitude over the past 30 days.
  • Special Quakes – Review recent earthquake teachable moments.
  • Plate Tectonics – Discover the continual slow movement of the tectonic plates.
  • Education Links – Get access to free animations, video lectures, lessons and resources with links to materials, and much more!

There is so much content here that you can’t really see and enjoy it all in one visit. Bookmark the site to return again.

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