Posts Tagged ‘student’

Become a Virtual History Detective!

June 2nd, 2022

It’s Thursday, June 2, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

William & Mary, Univ. of KY & Library of Congress: Be A History Detective

(hsi.wm.edu/)

Grades 6-12, approximately, with parental supervision

The Historical Scene Investigation (H.S.I.) website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives. Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials such as journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past.

Then, students compare the multiple points of view of the people who were on the scene at the time.

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them “experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian.”

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the “Investigations” that include:

  • Jamestown Starving Time
  • Bacon’s Rebellion
  • The Boston “Massacre”
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Constitution Controversy
  • Antonio A Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • Dropping the Bomb
  • Case of Sam Smiley
  • March on Frankfort
  • When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any “case file” and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on “Student View” to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.

Ocean-Themed Math for K-12

May 23rd, 2022

It’s Monday, May 23, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Tidepool Math

(www.boem.gov/environment/tidepool-math)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

This website has FREE math lessons and activities that are themed around ocean tidepools.

When you get to the website you can choose between a Tidepool Math Curriculum for Grades K-8 or High School.

  • K-8 – This curriculum provides lessons and exercises to help students become familiar with tidepool habitats. Students use math skills such as counting, estimation, and determining the mean, to learn how the intertidal environment constantly changes both physically and biologically.

  • High School – This curriculum is divided into three parts with lessons and exercises that use science and math to provide the student with increased awareness of the diversity of animals and plants in intertidal habitats. It helps students understand the differences between random, systematic and targeted sampling approaches as well as comparing estimates, counts, and means. Through the activities, students gain an understanding of how to use simple statistical concepts and tools to analyze and study environmental data.

Both of the curriculums are offered through downloadable PDFs. The exercises refer to photos of tidepools and marine animals and plants that are provided for free on the website as well.

You can also download and print out colorful flashcards of marine animals and plants. Each card has a terrific illustration on the front, with scientific information and cool facts on the back – similar to what you’d find in a field guide.

While this curriculum is interesting and engaging all on its own – a trip to the beach or an aquarium with a tidepool exhibit would be a great way to enhance the learning.

Examine Bugs with the Bugscope!

May 17th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Bugscope

(bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

This website, sponsored by the Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois, was conceived to allow K–12 students to interactively view bugs under a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) over the web for free.

Students collect some bugs and mail them to the scientists at Bugscope who prepare the insect specimens for viewing through the electron microscope. Then, a session is scheduled for students to view their specimens and discuss what they see with the Bugscope scientists — all from a regular web browser over a standard broadband internet connection.

You can schedule a session, or simply follow along as a guest whenever a group is having a session. (In that case, simply login as a guest, no password is required.)

When you get to the website, you’ll see information about Bugscope along with a list of “Upcoming Sessions.” At the time we reviewed this review, there was a Homeschool Group scheduled. So, homeschool groups are definitely welcome to participate.

To better understand this website and what it provides, it’s helpful to “Take the Tour” – you’ll find a link for it at the bottom of the home page. Use the menu at the top of the page to sign up to participate, access a microscope tutorial, read the F.A.Q.s., and browse the Archives: Every session is archived at the site and includes a transcription of the presentation and still images of student-submitted bugs as seen through the electron microscope. When you go to this page, just click on one of the markers on the map, and a new page opens with the full session that was provided to a classroom or other group of students.

This is a remarkable resource and would make a great Homeschool Support Group science project.

Learn How To Type!

May 7th, 2022

It’s Saturday, May 7, 2022, and time for Other Electives at ClickSchooling!

Teaching.com – Typing.com

(www.typing.com/)

Grades 4 & up, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website offers a complete typing course (for beginners to advanced students) absolutely free! (Registration is recommended to save your progress.)

The program supports all major international keyboard formats, and displays key position and proper finger placement to help keep beginners from looking at their hands. In addition to practice exercises, there are several typing games that reinforce skills while they entertain.

Helpful tips are constantly provided to reinforce proper typing techniques. Typing tests are provided and students can track their progress (if registered) with detailed graphs and statistics. As a student progresses, the program “learns” which keys cause the most difficulty and creates custom lessons focusing on the student’s top 5 most troublesome letters. When a student completes a lesson, they earn a virtual trophy.

As we mentioned, this program is ad-supported which is why it’s free. If you don’t want the ads displayed, there is a reasonable fee option to remove the ads.

Learn About America’s 50 States

May 5th, 2022

It’s Thursday, May 5, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

State Symbols USA

(statesymbolsusa.org/)

All grades, with parental supervision

If you are looking for an all-in-one website to concisely learn about state symbols, icons, mottoes, landmarks, and much more, then today’s website is the site for you.

After arriving at the link, there are few ways to explore the site:

  • Use the clickable state map at the center of the page to select a state.
  • Use the left hand side bar menu of the state names.
  • Use the right hand side bar menu to search for specific types of state symbols and icons.
  • Scroll down below the map and click on the images of specific categories such as capitals, coat of arms, flags, historic and iconic figures, holidays and events, museums, name origins, tartans, threatened species, and much, much more.
  • The upper menu on any page contains links to get back to the home page, search by state symbols, places and even includes a whole section for national symbols

If you select to research by state, after selecting the state, when the page loads there will be images of the various symbols and facts relating to the state. Select your topic of interest and discover a brief overview. Or you can use the sub-menu located above the images across the top to search for related information based on:

  • Symbols & Icons
  • Cities & Towns
  • Parks
  • Landmarks
  • Historical Markers

Navigating this ad-supported website with so many options makes short work of searching for specific information and the succinct text keeps even the most reluctant student interested. This is one website you will want to bookmark for all of your state study adventures.

What Is Science & How Does It Work?

May 3rd, 2022

It’s Tuesday, May 3, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

The University of California Museum of Paleontology: Understanding Science

(undsci.berkeley.edu/)

Grades K & up, with parental supervision

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (with funding by the National Science Foundation) provides this website that endeavors to provide fun, accessible and free resources that accurately communicate what science is and how it really works.

The activities here are designed to improve students’ ability to critically assess scientific evidence and understand the strengths, limitations, and basic methods of science.

When you get to the website you’ll see a variety of ways to get started. Explore the website or jump right into the lesson called “Understanding Science 101.”

Look for “For Teachers” as well. Use the grade level key below it. Click on a grade level and a new page opens. Scroll to “Getting Started” and below it, click on “Sample Starting Activities.” Here is just an example of what is available in each grade level:

  • K-2 – Exploring Liquids — Students use their senses to investigate and observe three liquids.
  • 3-5 – Tennis Shoe Detectives — Students make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses about a set of footprints.
  • 6-8 – Exploring Bouncing Balls — Students explore the physical properties of a variety of balls.
  • 9-12 – The Checks Lab — Students construct plausible scenarios to explain a series of bank checks.
  • 13-16 – Umbrellaology — Students are asked to read a letter that describes detailed data collected on umbrellas.

In addition to the sample activities, you’ll also find tips for assessing your student’s ability, tips for teaching science, and a variety of more free lessons as well.

There is a great deal of free content here. Bookmark the site to make return visits.

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