Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Science Experiment Resources for K-12

June 21st, 2022

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Home Science Tools

(learning-center.homesciencetools.com/science-projects/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

Today’s website is a bit of a diversion in that the site is a commercial enterprise called “Home Science Tools” that sells all kinds of science kits and curriculum that help students (in Pre-K through high school) explore life science, space, biology, chemistry, physics and more. HOWEVER, they also provide FREE hands-on science ideas that you can try at home.

Some of the categories of science projects include:

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Earth and Space
  • Physics & Engineering
  • And more!

Some of the experiments include:

  • Make a Super Bubble Solution
  • Test a plant for starch
  • How to make a rubber band car
  • and lots more!

Each experiment comes with a materials list and instructions. It also offers suggestions for science kits and products (available from the site’s store) to further learning. This is clever marketing. Again, you don’t have to buy a thing to explore the free resources.

Try a Math Snack!

June 6th, 2022

It’s Monday, June 6, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

New Mexico State University: Math Snacks

(mathsnacks.com/)

Grades 4-8, with parental supervision

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”

The site’s collection of “snacks” are highly entertaining educational movies, games, and apps that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the videos and games you’ll find include:

  • Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a Dodgeball coach who lacks a clear understanding of ratios.
  • Identify numbers that sum to ten, and decimals that sum to 1 – while driving a school bus full of monsters and deforming the neighborhood (this one you’ve got to see to believe).
  • Watch a supervillain and superhero match wits, scaling things up and down by the same factor.

There are many more as well. Look under the “Teaching With” link to find guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, and more, to help solidify the concepts.

A handy reminder from the teachers’ page: “Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8.” Since they’re snacks, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re portable; if you have a mobile device, you can learn something new on the go!

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.

Best Math Websites & Resources

April 18th, 2022

It’s Monday, April 18, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

WeAreTeachers – Best Math Websites

(www.weareteachers.com/best-math-websites/)

Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision

This website has links to more than 60 math websites – some are free, and others have a cost for their programs. Most of the free ones we have reviewed in the past, but we thought it would be helpful to have them all together.

When you get to the site, the resources are categorized by:

  • Comprehensive Math Programs
  • Interactive Tools to Use in Instruction
  • Games and Activities for Students
  • Resources for Teachers

Each resource lists a short explanation of the site, the ages it targets and the cost: free, $ or free trial.

Bookmark it to return often.

Online Coloring Fun!

February 19th, 2022

The Color: Free Online Coloring Pages – Amazing Assortment

(www.thecolor.com/)

TheColor.com is a unique site for online coloring. They have over 1,000 images to color online without having to print. This is more online coloring pages than any other online coloring site.

TheColor.com helps kids learn color concepts, the names of 192 colors, eye-hand coordination, picture comprehension – these skills form the foundation for early learning success. Everyone can use the site as no java, flash or applet is necessary to load the pages. Kids can email the pictures they colored or save them or print them.

When you get to the site you will see some features in the center of the screen and a menu of coloring page topics on the left that includes:

  • Aesops Fables
  • Arabian Nights Tales
  • Dinosaur
  • Endangered Animals
  • Fall
  • Famous Faces
  • Farm Animal
  • Greek Mythology
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • Holidays
  • Insect
  • Movies
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Occupations
  • Sports
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Super Villains
  • Superheroes
  • Thanksgiving
  • US President
  • Winter
  • and much, much more!

I really have never seen this much variety on a coloring page website. Click on any one and a new page opens with the picture outline in black and white. You can color it online with the tools on the site, or print it out and color the “old-fashioned” way.

The website also contains this message:

“Feel free to contact us if there are any coloring pages you would like us to add to our site. If you want to email us the gif files of free coloring pages you have drawn we will add them to our online coloring site. …Our goal is to constantly build our pictures to color online and we will be adding new pictures to color every week.”

That’s quite an invitation for young artists! Bookmark this one so you can check out the new content weekly.

In-Depth Tools for U.S. & World History

February 10th, 2022

The History Place

(www.historyplace.com/)

Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

At this site, you’ll find fact-based information on American and World history presented in a variety of ways.

This free, advertising-supported website was developed by historian Phillip Gavin. There are timelines, in-depth text, photo galleries, primary source documents, and real audio clips to enhance learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see the “Main Exhibits” featured that include topics such as:

  • American Revolution
  • U.S. Civil War
  • 20th Century Topics
  • World War II
  • Vietnam War
  • Presidents of the United States

Click on any topic to access the content. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access featured selections such as:

  • Photo of the Week – See a photo and read the caption.

  • Speech of the Week – Read the text of an important speech, and hear an audio clip.

  • This Month In History – Peruse monthly calendars that list historical events that occurred on each day.

  • Points of View – Read commentary on various historical events from different perspectives.

  • Tourism Guide – This is pretty cool! Find out places of historical importance that you can visit in the U.S. and throughout the world!

  • Movie Reviews – Read reviews of movies that have historical or political themes. Find out which ones are based more on fiction than truth.

  • Personal Histories – Read real-life adventures and first-person accounts of historical moments.

  • Something Different – Fun! Explore this cache of historical songs, bloopers and blunders of politicians, fascinating trivia, slide shows and virtual tours.

  • And more!

This site has lots of great content – it’s just organized a little haphazardly. Bookmark it, as you’ll want to return several times to see it all.

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