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Posted by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM
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 I get an e-mail everyday from ClickSchooling, I decided to go through them & thought you all might like to have some of the website information in them.

Age Range: 9-14 (approximately, and fun for all)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this brand new multi-media website from the USS Constitution Museum that allows students to virtually set sail aboard "Old Ironsides" on a seafaring adventure set during the War of 1812. Discover the life of a young sailor as you:

  • Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns.
  • Tell tall tales and play a game of dice during your leisure time.
  • Find out how a wooden-hulled ship earned the name "Old Ironsides."
  • Discover how "Old Ironsides" remained undefeated from its launch in 1797.
  • See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.

If you play the game well, you'll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew!

When you get to the site, you can click on "Sail To Victory" and start playing the game right away. As you play, you'll explore every nook of the ship from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast. Learn about the daily lives of the hundreds of sailors who lived and worked in the cramped ship space. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words.

There is lots of content here and it takes a while to play the entire game. If you register at the site (free), you can leave the game at any time and return where you left off.

Be sure to click on "Family Activities" at the top of the home page (in very tiny print), to download printable activities (pdf) to further the learning at home. They include:

*Speaking in Colors - Learn the language of the sea and create your own coded messages!

*Word Search - Hunt down those tricky nautical terms and learn what they mean!

*Ship's Biscuit Recipe - Do you think you could eat like a sailor for a day? Put yourself to the test and bake your own ship’s biscuit.

*Constructing Constitution - Construct your very own USS Constitution.

*Ready? Aim. Fire! - Find out how sailors fired a cannon on board Constitution.

The site has vivid illustrations along with playful text and narration that draws on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum. As proclaimed at the website, "This is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!"

This site earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in combining technology and educational content.

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by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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 Recommended Website:
Vi Hart

Age Range: All (As always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.)

Vi Hart calls herself a "recreational mathemusician." She writes and performs music and integrates it with her hobby which is "mathematics with special interests in symmetry, polyhedra, and surreal complexity." Her website offers engaging videos that illustrate fascinating ways to think about and use math.

When you get to the site you'll see a selection of recent posts to her blog. At the time of this review, there is a terrific video that offers a new rendition of a classic Christmas carole called, The 12 Days of Christmath. Don't miss it! :)

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore Vi's work including:

*Math Doodling: Enjoy a series of delightful videos that emphasize the joy and benefit of doodling in math class.

*Mathematical Food: Slice apples into platonic solids or arrange candy corn into Sierpinski's Triangle.

*Balloons: Make a tetrahedron with balloons.

*Paper Instruments: Make working musical instruments out of paper including a recorder, didgeridoo, flute, xylophone, and more!

*Music Box: Make a music box with a mobius strips.

*Beadwork: Have fun making hyerbolic beadwork.

You can also listen to Vi's musical compositions, and read her papers that include:

  • Symmetry and Transformations in the Musical Plane
  • Computational Balloon Twisting: The Theory of Balloon Polyhedra
  • Using Binary Numbers in Music

Vi also offers a weekly podcast called, Storia: Fantastic Fiction and Magical Music. As explained at the website, "Each episode is written, composed, and performed by Vi Hart. Most stories are kid friendly (but check the description)."

And for Harry Potter fans, there are excerpts from Vi's original classical composition, Harry Potter Septet, that includes seven movements, seven voices, inspired by the seven-book Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

NOTE: There is a lot of content on the site, and I was not able to review it all. Because it is not specifically designed for children, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own kids.

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

 Big IQ Kids

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K–8)

This website offers free customizable spelling and vocabulary wizards, along with reading activities to help students improve their language arts skills through games, practice activities, and quizzes.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

*Spelling Program - Use a "virtual spelling tutor" with quizzes, tests, and fun games that you can customize to each student's ability level. Use the spelling lists provided for each grade level, or create your own.

*Spelling Game - Create your own spelling contest to improve your skill, or compete with friends and family using a leveling mechanism that allows a 1st grader to compete head-to-head with an adult.

*Vocab Program - Expand your vocabulary with this wizard for word building. Select word lists by grade level or create your own.

*Vocabulary Game - This vocabulary game and contest allows 2nd graders to compete with SAT-level contestants, while everyone improves their skills.

*AEIOU Vowel Program - Kids in grades K-5 can learn long and short vowel sounds.

*eBooks Series - Enjoy fun, interactive chapter books (for ages 8-12).

This site also offers a Math Program with basic math-fact lessons, and an online U.S. States Program to help children master facts about state locations, capital cities, landmarks, economy, and more.

The site is completely narrated, so turn on your speakers to be coached through the instructions on how to use the activities.

You can use this site as a guest (free), or purchase the "premium" program that allows you to monitor a student's progress and advance them only when mastery of the subject matter has been achieved.

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM National History Clearinghouse

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)

ClickScholar Jean Troop recommended this website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, that is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K–12, by improving teachers' access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history. While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.

Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you'll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you'll see a display of featured items from the site's content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the "Quick Links" for:

  • Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
  • Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
  • High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You'll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)

You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore:

*Teaching Materials - Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the "Ask a Master Teacher" tool and browse the FAQs.

*History Content - Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in "Ask A Historian."

*Best Practices - Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.

Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers:

  • Digital Tools
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Holidays and Heritage
  • Primary Sources
  • Student Activities
  • Teaching Materials
  • ~and Much More!
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

 Anatomy Arcade

Age Range: 13 and up (Younger students may enjoy this with parental supervision.)

ClickScholar Leslie recommended this ad-supported website that offers free, fun, interactive games that teach basic human anatomy. It's designed with high school students in mind, as well as a way for health care professionals to refresh their knowledge.

When you get to the site you'll see an icon menu of the games that include:

*Poke-A-Muscle - Learn the names of the muscles of the human body.

*Whack-A-Bone - Learn the names of the bones in the human body.

*The Eye Jigsaw - Drag-and-drop the parts of the eye.

*Match A Body System - Have fun learning about the skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems and more!

*Match A Brain - Discover the parts of the human brain.

*Digestive Jigsaw - Put together the parts of the human digestive system.

Click on any one and a new page opens. You have to watch a video advertisement before you can play the game. If you register (free) you can bypass some of the ad content and have access to additional features, like book-marking your spot. (As always, read the privacy policy before you register.)

You can select "Games By Body System" by using the menu on the left side of the screen. You can also select "Games By Type" such as jigsaw, crossword, word search, matching, animation, etc.

Again, in order to play the games at this site withtout registering, you do have to watch randomly generated advertisements. So, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site and supervise use of it.

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

 Gnarly Gnenglish

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately)

A Maryland ClickScholar recommended this website that offers a free newsletter intended to engage kids in English language arts through short stories, history, riddles, and cartoons.

Published every other month, Gnarly Gnenglish is designed to make English Language Arts look less like work and more like fun. The idea is to "hook" kids through amusing stories, limericks, rhymes, and riddles.

When you get to the site, you'll see the current issue that features stories by Mark Twain, O. Henry, and a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes. You'll also find humorous stories about the authors (laced with historical information) that are sure to make you smile or scratch your head and say, "Hmmmm." A limerick, a list of vocabulary words, and some riddles round out the fare. It's just enough to trigger interest in the author's works, and at the very least it will stimulate conversation.

You'll see a subscription form at the bottom of the newsletter. Just enter your name and email address to subscribe.

Gnarly Gnenglish is by the creator of Gnarly Math. Gnarly Math started out as a free math newsletter to engage kids in mathematics. Now, years later, it has been compiled into an ebook that is for sale at the site along with a CD ROM of math activities. Poke around the site and you'll find a few free tips for parents and teachers on making math a lot more fun for kids and students too.

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM


Age Range: 9-14 (approximately grades 5–8)

This amazing site teaches American Revolutionary history, including the French and Indian War, through free, multi-media, interactive games! Take a trip back in time to the 1700's as America struggles for freedom from the British Empire.

The main game's title is “For Crown or Colony” and as the site explains:

“This game puts the player in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old printer's apprentice in 1770 Boston. As Nat navigates the city and completes tasks, he encounters a spectrum of people living and working there when tensions mount before the Boston Massacre. Ultimately, the player determines Nat's fate by deciding where his loyalties lie.”

When you get to the site you will be asked to register (it's free) to play the games that include:

*For Crown or Colony – A six-part interactive mission takes you through the 1700’s in a choose-your-own-adventure like storyline.

*Think fast! Against the Past – Timed quiz of colonial history

*Pennywhistle Hero – Play old time tunes in a sore of "Guitar-Hero" format

*Meet the Characters – Scroll your mouse and hover over game characters to learn about them and hear their voices.

Parents, teachers, and educators will appreciate the numerous free, downloadable and printable PDFs and documents that enhance learning the history behind each section of the game.

The game comes in streaming format for those with a faster internet connection and is offered in a downloadable version too, all for free!

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

 Web Museum, Paris: Famous Artworks Exhibition

Age Range: 12 and up (Younger children may enjoy the artwork at this site, with parental assistance.)

This website is a free archive of pictures of some of the most famous artwork in the world. When you get to the site, scroll down just a little to the "Themes Index." There, you will find a menu of choices that include:

  • Gothic
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Impressionism
  • The 20th Century
  • Japanese Art & Architecture

Click on any one and a new page opens with a description of that particular type of art, along with a menu of eras and styles within that theme.

Click on those menu items to find the names of artists who exemplify that period or style. Then, click on an artist's name and a new page opens to his/her bio along with thumbnail portraits of their work that can be enlarged for enhanced viewing.

This site is peppered with links leading to more information for those who really want to immerse themselves in art history.

Note: Artwork depicts many things, some of which may not be suitable for all ages. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview this site to determine suitability of content

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM


Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6 with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar recommended this ad-supported and user-friendly website that offers free, interactive math drill-and-practice activities to help students in grades 1-6 improve their math skills.

When you get to the site simply click on a grade level and begin practicing math strands that include:

*Grade 1: Numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction.

*Grade 2: Addition, subtraction, time, money and more.

*Grade 3: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, time, etc.

*Grade 4: Fractions, money, subtraction, addition, and counting.

*Grade 5: Basic math skills plus fractions (add, subtract, multiply, divide), and more.

*Grade 6: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, percentages, time, money, and more.

Once you select a grade level, choose the math strand you want to practice. A new page opens with the equation displayed. Type in the answer. If the answer is correct, you move on to the next equation. If it's incorrect, the correct answer is provided and then you can try again with a new equation.

Younger children and non-readers will need adult supervision and assistance. Because there are some ads on the site, it is possible to click on them and wind up somewhere else on the Internet. So, parents AS ALWAYS should supervise use.

You'll find Times Tables practice (from 1-10), and Math Tests on the menu as well.

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

 ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

Age Range: All

Gather the family around the computer for this free photographic "ARK-ive" of wildlife imagery that promotes understanding and appreciation of the world's biodiversity and conservation of the world's threatened species.

Sponsored by Wildscreen, a non-profit organization, this site is more than just a beautiful photo gallery of the earth’s many plants and animals; it is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s endangered species!

Get up close and personal with nature as you flip through the amazing high resolution images of species including:

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Invertebrates - terrestrial
  • Invertebrates - marine
  • Plants and algae
  • Fungi (including lichens)

Click on a category, and a new page opens to a menu of flora or fauna represented. For example, click on "Reptiles" and a new page opens where you can learn more about Komodo Dragons, Hawksbill Turtles, Adders, Saltwater Crocodiles, Arabian Sand Geckos, and much, much more!

View incredible photographs, videos, and read interesting fact sheets to learn information such as:

  • Range
  • Habitat
  • Biology
  • Threats
  • Conservation

There are also external links within each page to lead you to the organizations or societies helping any given specie.

You can sign up for free to become an ARKive member that allows you to make your own archives and download photos and screen savers.

As the site explains:

"Wildlife films and photos are vital weapons in the battle to save the world's endangered species from the brink of extinction. So with the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered animals, plants and fungi.

By revealing what these species look like, how they behave and what makes them special, we are aiming to shine the spotlight on the many thousands of endangered species, thereby raising their public profile and, ultimately, helping to ensure their conservation."

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM


Age Range: 9 -18 (about Grades 4-12, younger students may enjoy aspects with parental assistance)

Bookmark this site now! It's a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student "wins" by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

When you get to the site you will see some featured games at the top of the page, and a menu of game "Topics" that include:

*Citizenship and Participation - Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

*Separation of Powers - Control all 3 branches of government to understand the parts of government and how they work.

*The Constitution and the Bill of Rights - Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law. Try out your persuasive skills by arguing a real Supreme Court case. Take a WebQuest to learn about how our Constitution was created and how it affects YOU.

*The Judicial Branch - Play "Court Quest" and guide people through the court system.

*The Executive Branch - Find out what it's like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.

*The Legislative Branch - Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Play "Law Craft" and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.

In addition to the multi-media games and webquests, you'll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

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