History of Dance in Early America

August 19th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, August 19, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

An Invitation to Dance

(www.americanantiquarian.org/Exhibitions/Dance/index.htm)

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

 

This website from the American Antiquarian Society, provides visitors an overview of the history of social dance in America through images and text.

When arriving at the site, read through the introduction to learn about the site and its premise. Then, either select the “Next Page” link at the bottom of the article to proceed through the pages or use the upper menu to jump directly to your topic of interest including: 

  • Origin – Learn about cultural and ‘technological’ influences on early American Dance.
  • Language – Discover the early beginning of the ‘language’ used in dance.
  • Types – Get acquainted with the early dances such as the minuet, country dance, cotillion, jigs, reels, shaker dancing and more.
  • Fashion – Dig into the impact dance had on fashion.
  • Opposition – Find out who was opposed to dancing and why.
  • Etiquette – Explore the importance of proper dance etiquette.

This website provides a brief look into the history of early American dance and would make an interesting addition to your music and/or history studies.

Visit Bob’s Red Mill

August 18th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, August 18, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bob’s Red Mill

(www.bobsredmill.com/tour-our-world-headquarters.html)

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

 

At this website you can take a video tour of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, an Oregon-based company that, as the website explains, uses “old-world technology to mill hundreds of all-natural whole grain products.”

Read through the introduction, then select the “Video Tour” link to be taken to the YouTube video tour.

Meet the owners Bob and Charlie Moore. Learn how farmers supply the organic grain and how the grain is transported, cleaned, and milled into flour, meals, and cereals. Discover the centuries old stone-milling techniques Bob’s uses to create stone-ground products that are tested for quality assurance in every phase of production. You’ll see the packaging lines, distribution warehouse, and see how retailers can best display the products in their stores. At the end of the presentation, the Moore’s extend an invitation to the viewer to visit the mill in Oregon – where you can take a real-time tour.

When you’re through watching the video, back on the website, use the menu to learn more about the history of the company, and their organic and gluten-free products. You’ll also find recipes that use whole grain and gluten-free products as well.

Explore U.S. History with Milestone Documents

August 17th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, August 17, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Milestone Documents

(www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?flash=true&page=milestone)

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore United States history from 1776-1965 by examining 100 documents gathered by National Archives and Records Administration.

The select documents are considered to “reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to ‘form a more perfect union.'” After selecting one of the documents from the link list, the window will open where visitors will see an image of the actual document, be able to read about its history and significance, review a transcript of the document, and additionally can download a PDF(s) of the image of the item. Some of the most popular documents available include: 

  • Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Constitution of the United States (1787)
  • Bill of Rights (1791)
  • Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803)
  • Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  • 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
  • 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)
  • Gettysburg Address (1863)
  • Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • And many more.

There are additional resources available using the left-hand menu including: 

  • The People’s Vote – a ranked list of the documents based on public opinion of which are considered the most historically influential
  • Tools for Educators – includes a downloadable source book, teaching ideas and more
  • Related Resources – links to other websites for documents and historical research

This website is an excellent resource for any history class wishing to use primary resources in their studies.

Emily Dickinson Poems, Activities, Lessons

August 16th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, August 16, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Emily Dickinson Museum

(www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Emily Dickinson Museum website offers a view into the poet’s life, times, and work with free lessons, activities and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured news and events, as well as the “Poem of the Week.” Below the poem you’ll find links to learn more about Dickinson’s poetry, family and friends, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Use the menu at the top of the page to explore the site including: 

  • Emily Dickinson – Read her biography, learn about her childhood, youth, and her writing. See pictures of her home and the room where she wrote over 1,000 poems
  • The Museum – Get an overview of the exhibits and the various Dickinson family properties that influenced Emily’s poetry.
  • Education – Click on “For Teachers” in this section to find suggestions on how to help students appreciate Dickinson’s poems. Look at the “Lesson Ideas” that explore language, interpret poetry, provide starter poems and writing assignments, and a set of lessons from the National Endowment for Humanities. You’ll also find “Fun and Games” – with coloring pages, puzzles, riddles, and the “Poem of the Week” word search activity.

Eclipse Across America!

August 15th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, August 15, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NASA-Total Eclipse

(eclipse2017.nasa.gov/)

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

 

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental US. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event.

As the site explains: “On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.”

Check out the extensive menu beginning with these headings: 

  • Eclipse 101
  • Science
  • Activities
  • Education
  • Resources

If you are not near the path of the total eclipse, or some clouds roll in, you can connect to NASA’s Live Streaming Event. (www.nasa.gov/eclipselive) 

You can even share your own eclipse experience

“through imagery, video and artwork!” (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/flickr-gallery)

Don’t forget, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye.  (eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety)

Free Online & Offline Math Activities

August 14th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, August 14, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching Ideas – Maths

(www.teachingideas.co.uk/subjects/maths)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

 

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities and worksheets to help educators teach math (and science, geography, history and lots of other subjects as well).

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured math resources and activities. The age range is in the top right corner of each box. Click ‘VIEW’ to see the worksheet. You can download each one by scrolling past the ads to the red ‘Download’ button. To find worksheets by category, roll over “Maths” in the red menu bar at the top to find choices that include: 

  • Maths – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands, learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size, get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.
  • Numbers- Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.
  • Geometry – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.
  • Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.

There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.

Note: As you explore the site, you may see comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.

Learn Spanish through play

August 12th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

It’s Saturday, August 12, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wordplay Spanish Vocabulary Game

(www.wordplay.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Quickly master over a thousand Spanish vocabulary words with this online learning tool powered by Brainrush that teaches using a simple game atmosphere.

After creating a free account and logging in, select the lesson you want to work on by using the sidebar menu of lessons. All of the lessons are nicely broken down into bite-size pieces of about 10 words each. With over 100 lessons, you can easily find lessons to supplement your curriculum. Some of the vocabulary topics covered are:

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Important verbs
  • Opening and closing phrases
  • Adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Colors
  • Conversations
  • Question words
  • Comparisons
  • People, Nationalities, Professions
  • Time, holidays, and Weather
  • School words
  • Words related to food and eating
  • Words related to the home
  • Emotions
  • Clothing and Fabric
  • Places, transportation, and travel
  • The body
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • And much more.

Vocabulary is presented on illustrated tiles that include the Spanish word and English translation. Click the tile to hear both translations. When you have finished reviewing the tiles, select the “Play” button and the games begin. In the first stage of the game, students try to match the word before it reaches the bottom of the game field. When the student matches correctly both translations are said aloud. Once stage 1 is mastered you are moved onto stage 2 in which a word tile is presented and students must type the correct Spanish or English word in the box provided. If the student inputs the incorrect answer, the program gives the correct answer and the student corrects their error, quickly reinforcing the proper translation spelling. When you finish stage 2 you are moved onto the next lesson and the process begins again.

Some additional features that this site offers:

  • Wordplay adjusts difficulty to match your skill
  • Reviews are automatically scheduled to build long term retention
  • Each tile has a mastery meter that fills in green as you develop mastery and then blue as you build retention
  • Downloadable PDFs of course content
  • Downloadable progress reports

As an added bonus, you can request to have a Teacher’s account created for you where you can create your own courses, set up multiple students, and monitor their progress.

Please note that this is an ad-supported website, but they are minimal and don’t appear to be distracting when using the games.

If you are looking for a no-frills Spanish vocabulary program, you will certainly want to check out this site.

Tour Missouri State Parks Virtually

August 11th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, August 11, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Missouri State Parks

(mostateparks.com/page/59516/quick-list-parks-and-historic-sites)

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

 

With the Missouri State Parks website, take virtual tours of many of the parks.

After arriving at today’s link, use the list of parks and historical sites to choose a location to visit. When the page opens, look to the right at “The Park File” and select “Park Video”, “Photo Gallery”, or “Virtual Tour” to view images, videos and/or interactive 360° images of locations. 

In addition to the virtual tours, there is a lot more information available in “The Park File” for many of the parks such as: 

  • General park information such as visiting hours, weather, directions, maps, and basic information about the park
  • Bird Checklist – a downloadable list of birds spotted at the park
  • Plant and Animal List – another downloadable list of animals and plants in the area
  • Natural Features – interesting things to look for
  • Park History
  • And much more

There are 56 parks and 35 historical sites to explore so be sure to bookmark this site to come back to from time to time. (Please note that some park pages are still “under construction.”)

Missouri State History for Kids

August 10th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, August 10, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Missouri Secretary of State Kids Page

(www.sos.mo.gov/kids/default)

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

 

Missouri became the 24th state to be admitted to the Union on August 10, 1821. This website from the office of the Missouri Secretary of State gathers together loads of resources for your state study of Missouri.

At the kids’ homepage, there is a clickable list of links to: 

  • Games – online coloring pages, connect the dots, crossword puzzles, and more
  • Missouri History & Fun Facts – state symbols, famous people, a timeline, and other interesting topics
  • Missouri Government, A Brief Look – learn about the jobs of the state government

On the left-hand sidebar, select the Resources & Links to download PDFs in a virtual school packet that include full color brochures of the Missouri Government, A Brief Look, the Missouri State Capitol, the state flag, state symbols, famous Missourians, and the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. There are also links to other resources.

Add this website to your collection of state study sites.

Free, Easy Peasy English Lessons for PreK-12 & More

August 9th, 2017 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, August 9, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool

(allinonehomeschool.com/)

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

 

At this website, you can access FREE, Internet-based curricula for grades PreK-8. (See more about high school, grades 9-12 below.)

This curricula was compiled by a homeschool mom, is meant to be college preparatory, and has a Christian point of view (but can be used and/or adjusted as needed by people of all faiths and beliefs).

Because today is Language Arts day at ClickSchooling, we focused on the English lessons for this review, but you will also find free curriculum for: 

  • Art
  • Bible
  • Computer
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • PE/Health
  • Science (Biology, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry)

When you get to the site, read the introduction and then scroll down the menu to find Language Arts. Click on any grade level and a new page opens with 180 days (the standard school year) of lessons. The lessons contain links to free resources and materials on other websites such as books, poems, grammar, writing instructions, and printables, etc. You’ll find everything you need to provide instruction and deliver the curriculum to your children.


To access the free high school curriculum, visit the companion website, Easy Peasy All-In-One High School (http://allinonehighschool.com). The high school curriculum includes Bible, English, History, Humanities, Math, Science (with Labs), PE/Health, Electives, etc.


As explained at the website, “You’ll need paper, pencil, etc. and some minor supplies if you choose to do the experiments and art projects, but all of the reading materials, etc. are all free and online. My hope is to enable families to continue homeschooling no matter their life circumstances.”

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