Posts Tagged ‘tools’

97 Orchard Street National Historical Site

October 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, October 22, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tenement Museum

(www.tenement.org/explore/behind-the-scene/)

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

 

This website CHANGE THIS some terrific science lessons, activities and tools. It will also inspire scientific curiosity – not only for kids, but even for parents who aren’t keen in science.

When arriving at the site, scroll down to read about the “people, objects, and traditions that shaped the fabric of everyday life in New York City tenements.” Some of the articles include: 

  • Why 97 Orchard Street?
  • History by Numbers
  • Fanny Rogarshevsky’s Toolbox
  • Rosaria Baldizzi: A Complicated Path to Citizenship
  • Precision and Spirit: Fighting for a Place in America
  • And more

When you are done exploring, select the “Learn” tab from the top menu to find lesson plans, teacher resources, and more.

When you have finished visiting this website, hop on over to New York’s PBS station Thirteen Lower East Side Tenement Museum website for more insight into what the tenement on 97 Orchard Street might have looked like in 1870 and 1915 as well as learn some interesting history about some of the tenants. When arriving at the link, select from the following: 

  • Urban Log Cabin – Using the images of the tenement from 1870 or 1915, select a room to view what the apartment looked like during the time period and learn a little bit about the folks that lived there.
  • Excavation – 97 Orchard Street was boarded up from 1935-1987. Learn what was found when it was opened again. Examine the 13 layers of wallpaper found on one wall and check out 10 objects found during renovation.
  • Tenement VR – Take virtual tours of the Gumpertz Apartment (1870’s) and the Baldizzi Apartment (1935) as they might have appeared when the families were living in them. Don’t forget to learn about the families by clicking on the text links.
  • History – Read a brief history of the tenement and tenement life as well as the changes required through time. Click on the images at the top to see actual pictures of tenement life in the 30’s and 40’s.

These websites provide an excellent opportunity to learn about immigration and tenement life in New York’s Lower East Side.

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

October 19th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, October 19, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

(mathsnacks.com/)

Age Range: 9-13 (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!

Tidepool Math

October 5th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, October 5, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tidepool Math

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

Age Range: 5-18 (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 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 flash cards 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.

Watch Chicks Hatch On Egg Cam

September 29th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 29, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

4-H Embryology

(lancaster.unl.edu/4h/embryology/eggcam)

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

 

Watch chicken eggs live on this 4-H webcam provided by the University of Nebraska. There will be a live candling session on October 5, 2020 and then live hatching on October 12-13. Mark your calendars!

Then scroll down to read about chicks hatching and more – under Embryology Resources including: 

  • Incubation – Learn about the techniques and tools used to incubate and hatch poultry eggs.
  • Candling – Find out how to “candle” eggs to see how the embryos are growing and to make sure they are healthy.

There are also links to YouTube videos and Flickr Photos. Then check out the top menu for many more resources. This website has a wealth of information.

Discover the Spies in the Shadows

September 10th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, September 10, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spies in the Shadows

(www.spiesintheshadows.com/index.php)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Companion to the documentary series, Spies in the Shadows, this interactive educational website provides visitors with tools to understand the role that intelligence and espionage played in shaping Canada.

When arriving at the home page of this website, read the brief summary “Why Spy?”, then go to the upper tool bar to select “Teacher’s Lounge”. On this page you will find downloadable lesson plans that include all the associated masters. In addition to the downloadable “Elements of Intelligence History”, which provides a list of resources for further exploration, choose from: 

  • Lesson 1: Spy Identities and Methods: War of 1812
  • Lesson 2: Spy Tools of the Trade: Cryptography, Codes, and Ciphers
  • Lesson 3: Women and Intelligence
  • Lesson 4: The Role of Intelligence and Espionage in Canada During the Cold War

In the “Teacher’s Lounge”, you will also find additional resources such as: 

  • The Secret Files –  Explore an interactive file cabinet filled with ‘index cards’ profiling some of the most unique participants in spy history.
  • The Espionage Glossary – Learn the words and phrases in the language of spies.
  • The Great Canadian Spyglass of Espionage Abbreviations – Uncover the meaning of intelligence acronyms.

After reviewing the lessons, use the features at the website to bring the lessons to life. Some of the special interactive features found in the top menu include: 

  • Cryptography Laboratory – Discover the world of codes and breaking codes with activities that include using Morse code, color shielding, book codes, and secret ink.
  • Espionage Games – Engage in the decision making process faced by commanders in the War of 1812 by ‘joining’ in five battles which include the Battle of Detroit, Battle of Stoney Creek, Battle at Beaver Dams, Battle of York, and Battle on Washington D.C.
  • Espionage Timeline – Travel through time with this interactive timeline and explore the history of espionage and intelligence. Find key icons along the way to reveal important events.
  • Links – dozens of links to other websites for further study of Canadian espionage and the War of 1812

Students intrigued by mystery, espionage, and the world of spies will enjoy exploring this website and will learn a great deal about Canadian history and the Spies in the Shadows along the way.

Free Science Projects

August 25th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, August 25, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Home Science Tools

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

Age Range: 5-18 (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.

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