Art Projects for Older Kids

September 23rd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, September 23, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language Video Dictionary

(www.signingsavvy.com/browse-letter)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides a free, interactive video dictionary with over 7,000 words and phrases that can be used as a resource for educators, students, or anyone interested in learning or improving American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a “Browse by Letter” menu. Simply click on a letter, and a new page opens with a menu of words and phrases that begin with that letter. Click on the word or phrase, and a new page opens where you can watch a video of a person demonstrating how to sign that word. You’ll also find a written definition of the word.

There is a menu near the top of the page that allows you to look up: 

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • U.S. States
  • World Geography
  • Baby Sign

As you explore the site, you’ll notice that additional information such as a full written description of how to make the sign, and a memory aid for the sign, and (in some cases) flash cards and other features are provided for members who can access the entire site ad-free. Look under the “About Us” section on the menu to find information on membership fees.

That said, you don’t have to purchase a thing to use the interactive video dictionary that serves as a fascinating introduction to sign language – and it’s a great way for those of you who know ASL to refresh your knowledge of signing various words.

Explore Mission San Luis

September 22nd, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, September 22, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mission San Luis

(www.missionsanluis.org/virtualTour/)

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

 

Travel back in time to 1703 and explore Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida where Apalachee Indians and Spanish settlers lived and worked together.

After a brief introduction, use the interactive map or the upper menu to select a location to begin your tour of this living museum. Choose to visit: 

  • Visitor’s Center
  • Council House
  • Church
  • Spanish House
  • The Camino Real
  • Friary
  • Blacksmith Shop
  • The Fort

Once a location is selected, explore the 360° images. Use your mouse or arrow keys to navigate around the image (or use the online navigation tools). Arrows in the images will also lead to other locations. Click on the feathers in the images to learn more about a topic. Choose the speaker icon to hear about the subject and/or location. Select the “play” icon in the image to watch a brief video presentation.

When you are finished with your tour, select the Mission San Luis image in the upper left to be taken to the main website for the living museum. Here, visitors will find more information available about the museum, the history of the Mission, and be able to view images of artifacts (Collections).

Congress for Kids

September 21st, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, September 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Congress for Kids

(www.congressforkids.net/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the foundations of the U.S. federal government and how its actions affect our lives with this website from The Dirksen Center.

Using the side bar menu and through text, games, and quizzes, students can learn about: 

  • Independence – Examine how America came to free itself from British rule.
  • Constitution – Discover the history and meaning of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Amendments.
  • Legislative Branch – Learn about the House of Representatives, the Senate, how laws are made and the power of the veto.
  • Executive Branch – Explore who makes up the Executive branch of government and their jobs.
  • Judicial Branch – Find out about the role of the Supreme Court.
  • Elections – Learn about voting procedures, political parties, National Conventions, campaigning, the electoral college and more.
  • Citizenship – Discover what it means to be a citizen of the United States.

Each section is broken down into smaller topics. Select the topic of interest, read over the information, then select the starred activity at the bottom or the “Learn More” link. Activities include crossword puzzles, word searches, cryptograms, quizzes and more that can be printed out using the print function of your browser. There are some online matching games and additional off-site activities that can be found by selecting the “Surf with Uncle Sam” block on the right-hand side of the page. We did find some links that led to dead ends but the majority of them did lead to other activities.

In addition to the main portions of this site, don’t forget to look at the sidebars for quick facts, “Things to Think About”, “Projects to Do”, and other “Online Learning Modules” to further expand your studies.

Literacy Games and Interactive Resources

September 20th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, September 20, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Nussbaum: Language Arts

(www.mrnussbaum.com/langcode.htm)

Age Range: 2-14 (Grades PreK-9, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website is a massive archive of all kinds of learning activities and resources for every school subject. For this review, we are focusing on the huge variety of free language arts games, printables, reading comprehension activities, grammar editing, spelling help, and other resources.

When you get to the site, you will see a list of activities that include: 

  • Language Arts Games – Play games that teach sentence and paragraph editing, spelling, punctuation, and writing basics.
  • Online and Printable Reading Comprehension Worksheets – Read a paragraph or essay on any topic you select and answer multiple choice questions about it. Use either the online or offline versions. Topics include the American Revolution, the Silk Road, Galaxies, Lewis and Clark, Peregrine Falcons, etc.
  • Story Units – Read 3 different online stories and enjoy the interactive activities that further learning.
  • Sentence Surgeons & Paragraph Paramedics – Learn to be an editor! Correct sentences for spelling, grammar, and punctuation online.
  • Cloze Reading – Fill in the blanks in a sentence or paragraph with the correct word from a vocabulary bank.

Other activities teach and/or remediate spelling, alphabetical order, parts of speech, punctuation, and more. Many of these activities will allow you to choose either printable or online exercises.

When you are through with the Language Arts section, use the menu at the top of the page to find activities for math, geography, science, etc.

Science with BioKids!

September 19th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, September 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BioKids: Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species

(www.biokids.umich.edu/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of a research project developed by the University of Michigan with resources and activities to improve learning science with a focus on biology and biodiversity. It’s designed for classroom use, but it’s a terrific resource for homeschoolers as well!

When you get to the site use the horizontal menu near the top of the screen to explore: 

  • Critter Catalog – Discover an array of vertebrates such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Then check out the invertebrates that include mollusks, insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. Information here includes pictures, specimens, sounds the critters make, and scientific classification.
  • Field Guides – While there is a focus here on the wildlife habitat of Michigan, you’ll find terrific all-around information under “Tracks and Sign” that includes keys to animal tracks, marks left by animals chewing, biting, and rubbing, things animals build, eggs, and things animals leave behind.
  • Resources – You’ll find a terrific archive of links to websites about animals and biodiversity. Don’t miss the “Multimedia Resources” in the “Links for Teachers” section that include links to sites with ideas for curricula.

K-5 Math Lessons & Worksheets

September 18th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, September 18, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

K-5 Learning

(www.k5learning.com/sample-lessons)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

K5 Learning is a company that sells a math and reading enrichment program. However, they offer a selection of free, engaging math interactives for grades K-5.

Some of the topics covered are: 

  • Numbers and Operations
  • Measurement
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Data Analysis

When you get to the site, just click on any one and a new screen opens where you can try the colorful, multi-media lesson and practice session.

You’ll also notice that the site offers free samples of their reading programs for grades K-5 too that include phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.

But wait, there’s more! This site also offers free, printable math worksheets for grades 1-6 that include:

  • Place Value
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Telling Time
  • Counting Money
  • Measurement
  • Multiplication
  • Roman Numerals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Factoring
  • Exponents
  • Proportions
  • Percents
  • Circles
  • Integers

Of course, the idea in offering these free resources is to entice you to take advantage of their free 14-day trial of the program and ultimately, purchase their program. However, no purchase is necessary to try the programs and print out the worksheets.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 16th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, September 16, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arte a scuola

(arteascuola.com/)

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

 

Italian art teacher, Miriam Paternoster, shares hundreds of art lessons for middle school aged students which can be easily adapted for older students on this ad-supported website.

Use the upper menu to select from: 

  • Drawing – felt-tip-pen, pastels, pencils
  • Painting – acrylic or watercolors
  • Art Techniques – arts & crafts, fabric, mixed media, mosaic, printing
  • Clay – hand building clay, slab clay, throwing clay, ceramic decoration
  • Paper & cardboard – cardboard, collage, pop-up
  • Art & Technology – computer art, photography, video, web
  • Teaching – educational system, events & exhibition, and History of Art

Almost all of the lessons include instruction and photographs of the process. Please note that some projects may require a printable template that the site owner is selling, but you can pass on these projects or adapt for your class or you may wish to support the site with your purchase.

Visitors will want to bookmark this website as content is added on a regular basis.

Visit the Web Gallery of Art

September 15th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, September 15, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Web Gallery of Art

(www.wga.hu/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850). It contains over 14,500 reproductions. Artist biographies, pictures of the artwork, commentaries on the artwork, and (best of all) virtual guided tours are available at this site.

This site is so remarkably comprehensive that when you select a particular tour – say, the “Overview of Italian Artists” – a screen pops up with a map of Italy asking you to pick the region of Italy that produced the “school” of artists whose work you would like to see. Once you choose the region, another screen pops up with a description of the school of art that was popular there, and a list of artists. Choose an artist, and a screen appears that shows their artwork, along with a biography of the artist and commentary on their artwork. There are currently 15 tours available at the site – including a tour of the Sistine Chapel.

If you don’t want to tour, you can search for the artwork you want to see by artist, artwork title, region, etc. The index and cross-references are well-designed to help you locate the art you want to see. In addition, you can explore the site in a “duality” mode – viewing 2 pieces of artwork at once to contrast and compare!

Another great aspect of this site is that is has a Free postcard service. Do you see a picture that you think your friend would enjoy? Then select the postcard button and it will be sent to your friend in the form of an electronic postcard instantly!

Oh, don’t forget to choose from among the selections of classical music you can listen to as you explore this site. They really have thought of everything to make your visit to the Web Gallery of Art enjoyable.

Visiting this site regularly would be like taking a college-level art history course. The text, paintings, sculptures, and history will provide continuous enjoyment for the whole family.

Maps, Mapping, GPS, and Geocaching

September 14th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, September 14, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps, Mapping, GPS, and Geocaching

(expressfreightfinance.com/resources/maps-mapping-gps-geocaching/)

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

 

Thanks to ClickScholar, Denise, and the kids at The Brenham Community Center in Texas for sharing this site from the Express Freight Finance website. At this page, visitors will not only learn how navigation tools are used in the trucking industry but will also be able to dig deeper into maps, GPS, and geocaching.

Check out the linked resources to find valuable information about: 

  • Maps – including national, interactive, weather, fuel, transportation maps and more
  • Mapping – Explore the history and fundamentals of cartography, mapping, and mapmaking.
  • GPS – Learn how Global Positioning Systems have evolved and changed how we travel and transport goods.
  • Geocaching – Discover the world of geocaching.

Please note that when a link is clicked, you will be taken away from this page so you will need to either use your back button to return to the page or you can right click the link and select the “Open link in a new tab” option.

This site would be a great addition to your geography resources.

Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts

September 13th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, September 13, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK – Children’s Book Breaks

(www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-10 (for pre-readers and early readers, Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes. It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.

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

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Arthur
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Nursery Rhyme Activities
  • Stone Soup
  • ~ and many more!

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.

Be sure to click on: 

  • Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.
  • Home Made School Journals – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.
  • Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, Bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!

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