Free World War II Field Trip Guide

July 16th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 16, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Notgrass: Remembering World War II Field Trip Guide Ebook

(http://notgrass.leadpages.net/wwii-field-trip-guide/)

 

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

 

From the popular Notgrass History homeschool curriculum provider, download this 42-page field trip guide that provides hundreds of hyperlinked field trip locations across the United States dedicated to the history of World War II.
When arriving at the link, take a few minutes to watch the brief video with an excerpt from the speech made by President Harry Truman on the surrender of Japan in 1945. Then click the large yellow button underneath. A pop up window will open asking you to provide your email address. Visitors may also sign up for optional email lists for Best History Field Trips, Notgrass History Bites (free lessons and activities), and/or Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers, but this is not necessary to access the guide. Click the blue “Access Now” button and you will be taken to another page where you can download the PDF guide. When viewing the PDF index, click on the table of contents titles to be taken to that section of the guide. The field trips locations are divided into the following categories: 
  • Battle and Attack Sites
  • World War II Museums and Sites
  • Military History Museums
  • Airplanes
  • Ships and Submarines
  • The Manhattan Project
  • Relocation Centers
  • The Holocaust
  • POW Camps
  • Other Sites
  • Events
Each destination is hyperlinked to a website that will provide more information about the location to make planning your field trip simpler. Looking for places solely in your neck of the woods? Use the Location Index in the back of the ‘book’ to narrow your search.

But don’t leave the Notgrass website yet! There’s more great material available here. When you arrived at the download page, you may have noticed the little pop up for yet another free history ebook. Sign up for the Notgrass e-mail newsletter and receive Laura’s Little Houses, a guide to twelve sites related to the Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder families. In the menu at the bottom of the page, under the “News & Articles” section, select “History Bites” for several downloadable and fun history lessons on some not so typical topics such as: 

  • The history of the “Candy Land” and “Scrabble” games
  • The youngest person and first woman in America to receive U.S. patents
  • The history of rubber bands, paper bags, microchips, hot air balloons, and cheese
  • The history of city playgrounds
  • And more
When you are done exploring these, select the “Family Activities” option in the bottom menu for even more great games, projects, and crafts to use throughout your studies.

Not only is A Guide to Museums and Historic Sites in the United States ebook a wonderfully useful resource but the website is chock full of great activities, lessons, and ideas to add to your homeschooling tool belt.

Summer themed reading activities

July 15th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Start with a Book

(http://www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning)

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a project of the PBS show, Reading Rockets and along with funding from The Park Foundation, Inc. they offer themed books and activities for summer reading and learning.
When you get to the website click on any theme from the menu in the center of the page to open a new page that provides instructions on how to explore the particular theme by: 
  • Choosing books and book-related activities
  • Exploring more hands-on activities
  • Trying some summer writing
  • Digging deeper with these websites
  • Playing and learning with interactive mobile apps
The books are all clearly marked with grade and/or reading level. The activities include a materials list with pictures and instructions and discussion help. Many themes like these can be explored: 
  • Dinosaurs
  • Planes
  • Bugs
  • Birds
  • Animals
  • The moon and stars
  • Art
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Detectives
  • Explorers
  • Poetry
  • Myths
  • and many more!
This website is full of information to help parents develop a love for reading within their children. Bookmark this website and check back often. 

Free Daily Audio Science Lessons for Kids!

July 14th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, July 14, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Pulse of the Planet (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/)

 

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

 

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers daily (Monday-Friday), free, engaging two-minute sound portraits that blend science, nature, and culture worldwide. These audio clips contain fascinating information that may springboard you to further science investigation and learning.
Just take a look at some of what’s available from this month so far: 
  • Jul 14 – Acoustical Ecology – Loons: Development and disturbance can silence the beautiful call of the common loon.
  • Jul 9 – Long Leaf Pine – Restoring: Forestry experts at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are working to restore Long Leaf Pine, a species that once ranged from Virginia to Texas.
  • Jul 8 – Natchez – Oral History: The Principal Chief of the Natchez offers a unique perspective of his people’s cultural heritage.
  • Jul 2 – Terraforming: It may work on Star Trek, but in real life Mar’s thin atmosphere will be writing the script.
  • Jul 1 – Okefenokee – Standing Up to Bears: What hisses at bears to defend its nest eggs? Hint: it’s bigger than a robin.
Just listen to the featured sound clip (and print out the transcript or download the MP3 if desired). Then, use the menu to access all of the “Daily Programs” audio clips from 1998-2015.

But there’s more! In the “Educator Resources” section you’ll find free lesson plans with activities “suitable for classrooms or home-schoolers” using Pulse of the Planet programs. The lesson plans for grades K-12 contain downloadable audio files. You must register (free and painless) to access the lessons.

Click on “Monthly Features” for the in-depth studies, and peruse the rest of the menu for other wonderful science surprises.

Free Math Software for Algebra, Geometry & More!

July 13th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, July 13, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

GeoGebra (http://www.geogebra.org/)

 

Age Range: 10 and up (about middle school and beyond with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free, interactive mathematics software for students of many ages that teaches algebra, geometry, graphing, statistics, and calculus.
It’s available in many languages for users around the world and includes: 
  • Lessons
  • Video Tutorials
  • Worksheets
  • Animations
  • and much more!
When you get to the site you’ll see “Featured Materials” that will acquaint you with the materials and how to access them.

It’s helpful to poke around the site, get a feel for the content provided in the software, and then visit the “user forum” to get additional advice.

Notice that as you open each page, a horizontal menu appears on the left to show you similar material.

Free Multi-media Foreign Language Lessons

July 11th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s July 11, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Livemocha.com (http://livemocha.com/)

 

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

 

Because this is a multi-media site, there are aspects that people of all ages can use to learn a new language. Young children and non-readers will need assistance and supervision.

This website provides free, multi-media foreign language lessons (from Arabic to Urdu) along with some interactive forums and opportunities to practice what you’ve learned with other language learners and native speakers. You can use visual and audio aids to learn to speak the language, and learn how to read and write the language as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Take the time to read all that this website offers as it will make navigation much easier. Select the “Learn” option on the homepage and then choose one of the many different languages offered for study.

A new page opens requiring registration to access the free language course. You must confirm your registration via email. When you do that, you are taken to a webpage where you are asked to provide additional information – but you have the option to click on “skip” to avoid answering those questions.

Once you’ve completed the free registration process, you can access a foreign language course for beginner through advanced levels. They also offer quickie travel versions of the courses for those who simply want to learn a few words and phrases in anticipation of visiting another country. (These kinds of “quickie courses” can be useful in providing enough exposure to a language, that a student can decide if it’s a language they really want to study in earnest.)

Plus, this website provides a community forum so that you can interact with others to practice language skills. You can even have your speaking and writing submissions reviewed and scored by native speakers who will rate your proficiency and give you tips for improvement.

The site also provide the ability to track your weekly progress, earn points for completing exercises, and engage in friendly competitions to motivate you to learn more.

Online Visit to the Museum of Baseballs

July 10th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, July 10, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Big League Baseballs – Museum of Baseballs

(http://photos.bigleaguebaseballs.com/)

 

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

 

This website will be a hit with your baseball fan. Created by the e-commerce company, Big League Authentics, LLC, this website provides visitors with a visual exploration of “vintage and modern Rawlings, Reach and Spalding Official National League and American League Baseballs, and Rawlings Commemorative World Series, All-Star Game and other Special Event baseballs.”
When arriving at the link above, choose from the following to begin examining baseballs of all kinds: 
  • National League
  • American League
  • World Series
  • All-Star Game
  • Postseason
  • Special Event
  • MLB International
  • Official Game – Style Promo
  • Rawlings Corporate
  • Miscellaneous, Misprints, & Prototypes
  • MiLB and Independent Leagues
  • Collegiate Leagues
  • International Pro Leagues
  • Amateur Leagues
After selecting the collection you would like to browse, select the ball you would like to examine closer. Under the image there are different available image size options available to zoom in closer. If the image is clicked, it opens to an image only page. If you do choose to click on the image, you will need to use your back button to return to the original page. You can use the ‘prev’ and ‘next’ buttons at the top of the page to move through the collection. Many of the balls provide textual information about the ball. To return to the main museum page, select the “Museum of Baseballs” text link at the top of the page.

Some of collections are broken into sub-categories and even sub-sub categories, so there are hundreds of baseballs to check out on this website. This is definitely an interesting website for the baseball lover in your house.

Navigate the Road to the American Revolution

July 9th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 9, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Liberty! The American Revolution

(http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/index.html)

 

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

 

This website is companion to the Peabody Award Winning PBS series, Liberty! The American Revolution. But even if you don’t have access to the program, there is still a lot of learning opportunities available here. With this website visitors are encouraged to travel the road through the history of the American Revolution with simple but interesting interactives.
When arriving at today’s link, select from the following: 
  • Chronicle of the Revolution – Read about the headline events from Boston, 1774, Philadelphia, 1776 and 1791, Trenton, 1776, Saratoga, 1777, and Yorktown, 1781. While in this section, check out the Timeline of the Revolution and comprehensive subject index to discover the people, pivotal events, documents, and social and cultural context of the Revolution.
  • Liberty! The Series – Read episode descriptions, about the making of Liberty!, meet the cast and scholars in the series, and about the accompanying music.
  • Perspectives on Liberty – Through interactive images, learn about daily life in the colonies, the global village, and military perspectives of the American Revolution.
  • The Road to Revolution – Play this question and answer game as you travel along the Revolution Road from Boston to Washington D.C.
Visitors can return to the homepage at any time by selecting the Liberty! Image in the upper left of the header. When back on the homepage, select the “Teacher’s Guide” on the right to access companion lesson plans. Choose the “Resources” link for a bibliography of American Revolution books and additional topical links. If you are interested in purchasing the DVD/Home Video of the series or the soundtrack, select the “Companion Products” option. If you would like to see if there are any upcoming broadcasts of this program on PBS in your area, select that option.

This website provides an interesting supplement to any study of the American Revolution.

Fun Grammar Games and Lessons!

July 8th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 8, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Teachers’ Cafe

(http://www.theteacherscafe.com/Grammar/Grammar_Games.php)

 

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

 

Mr. and Mrs. Farino created The Teachers’ CafĂ© in 2004. It was originally started as a simple way to store worksheets online instead of using a filing cabinet. As they began to understand the need for teacher resources their website morphed and changed to meet the growing need and today the website contains literally thousands of teaching aids like: 
  • Printable worksheets
  • Downloadable workbooks
  • Reading Lists
  • Holiday Printables
  • Assessments
  • Audio books
  • Classroom management tools
  • You can even study Spanish!
Today we are focusing on Grammar. When you get to the site, use the two column menu in the center of the page to find many resources for learning grammar: 
  • Learning English – Dozens of free Grammar games. Articles, Parts of speech to Superlative adjectives
  • Noun Dunk – Helps students understand common & proper nouns with practice from this simple online game.
  • Proofreading Makes Perfect – You choose skill: Capitalization, punctuation, spelling, usage or putting it together.
  • Middle School – Online lessons & activities: Adjective and Adverbs, General Grammar Exercises (error correction exercises), nouns, prepositions, Pronouns & verb tenses.
  • Grammar Exercises – Intermediate Online practice. Comma Splices, Fragments, Irregular Verbs, Commas, Pronoun Agreement, Pronoun Reference, S-V Agreement & Word Choice.
  • And so much more!
This website is a huge resource for many subjects; Math, Science, History, Social Studies – all of it can be found here so bookmark this website and return often!

Free Online Science Labs

July 7th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, July 7, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SEED Science

(http://www.planetseed.com/sciencesection/new-seed-science-articles)

 

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

 

This website is sponsored by the non-profit foundation called SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development), to support teachers, parents and other mentors with resources to help students learn about technology and science with regard to global issues, such as water, energy, climate change, and much more. SEED offers free science resources including informative articles, lab experiments, as well as math puzzles and games.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured resources. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to explore: 
  • Articles – Enjoy science articles (that can easily be used as lessons) on topics such as: Air & Space, Earth Science, Health & Safety, Energy, Water, and more. Place your cursor over the topics to see a drop-down menu of related articles. All of the articles include fascinating information and are linked to experiments students can do to demonstrate the concepts covered in the articles.
  • Laboratory – This online lab provides students with the materials list (includes common household items and materials available at a pharmacy or hardware store) and instructions for conducting experiments to learn more about Air & Space, Earth Science, Electricity & Magnetism, Properties of Liquids, and Energy. Click on any topic and see a drop-down menu of experiments. For example, students can build a personal seismograph or build their own star! There are Teacher’s Notes, as well as examples of results.
  • Math Puzzles – Sharpen your math skills with fun puzzles and games that include arithmetic, probability, algebraic thinking, geometry, topology, logic, and more.
All of the resources are available in a variety of languages too, just look for the language menu at the top of the page.

You can also purchase science kits, books, and games from the online store, but no purchase is necessary to access the free resources mentioned above.

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Free, Fun Math Games For All Ages

July 6th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, July 6, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Sheppard Software: Math (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm)

 

Age Range: 4-15 (Grades PreK-10, with parental supervision)

 

The fabulous Sheppard Software company provides this educational website that offers a multitude of fun and engaging math games with sound and visual effects to make learning fun and more memorable. The games are designed with various difficulty levels so that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of games that cover topics including: 
  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Counting
  • Comparing/Ordering
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Factors
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Measuring
  • Mixed Operations
  • Money
  • Multiplication
  • Numbers
  • Place Value
  • Round/Estimate
  • Subtraction
  • Time
Click on any topic to find an assortment of games to practice and improve mathematical skill.

Don’t miss exploring the main horizontal menu located at the top of the home page, to find interactive learning games for language arts, science, social sciences and more! You’ll want to bookmark this site to return often!

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