Foreign Language Lessons and Games

June 23rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, June 23, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Polly Lingual

(pollylingu.al/en)

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

 

With this commercial website, visitors can use the free lessons to learn basic foreign language skills.

While some of the lessons are for paid members only, indicated by the Polly Lingual icon, there is still a lot of great material available for free on this site, especially in the Beginner sections. Language choices include: 

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Dutch

Lessons can include vocabulary audios, grammar instructions, interactive games such as Memorama, Alphabet Soup (word searches), Whack-a-Word, and Hangman as wells as additional downloadable worksheets. There is a Verb Conjugation Trainer tool to brush up on verb conjugations as well as interactive maps showing locations a language is spoken which also provides some additional information about that location.

Even if visitors may need to search for the free material, there are some great teaching opportunities available on this site that might make checking it out worthwhile.

Virtual Tour of USS Pampanito (SS-383)

June 22nd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 22, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour of USS Pampanito

(maritime.org/tour/)

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

 

At this website, the San Francisco Maritime Museum provides a free virtual tour of the USS Pampanito, a WW II submarine.

The sub was built in 1943 as part of the U.S. Navy fleet of submarines that were instrumental in the Allied victory in the Pacific during World War II.

This online tour provides a glimpse of what life was like for the sailors aboard the vessel. You can even visit some compartments that are not safely accessible on the “live” tours (the sub is docked at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf) because of the vertical ladders and confined space.

When you get to the website read the introduction and follow the instructions to take a virtual tour of the sub including the: 

  • Main Deck Aft
  • Torpedo Room
  • Motor Room
  • Forward Engine Room
  • Crew’s Mess and Galley
  • Radio Room
  • Control Room
  • Pump Room

As you click on each section of the sub, a new page opens with an illustration that pinpoints the location on the sub. Below it is an actual photograph and text that explains its purpose.

Building Detroit: Frontiers to Factories

June 21st, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, June 21, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Detroit Historical Society: Building Detroit

(apps.detroithistorical.org/buildingdetroit/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

With this website from the Detroit Historical Society, discover the rich history of Detroit, Michigan and learn about the decisions that were needed to be made to take it from a frontier town to a thriving city.

While the information on the site was created to use with third graders, older students will enjoy using it as well. Be sure to have your Adobe Flash turned on to use the interactives.

When arriving at today’s link, there are three options available: 

  • Building Detroit The Game – With this clever game, make decisions through the history of 5 generations of your “family” that help shape the future of the virtual Detroit.
  • Timeline of Detroit History – Explore the history of Detroit from 1600 through 1901 with this interactive timeline filled with interesting information and images.
  • Building Detroit Lessons – eighteen well thought out lesson plans covering six time periods. Plans are downloadable and have supplemental materials.

In addition to these resources, select the “Detroit Historical Society” logo in the upper right of the screen to be taken to the main website and locate the “Learn” link in the menu to locate the: 

  • Teacher Portal – more lesson plans for all grade levels as well as information about their outreach program and field trips
  • Encyclopedia of Detroit – Search for information for just about anything regarding Detroit.
  • The Arsenal of Democracy – Discover historical locations of some of the cities’ most important factories.
  • History Resources – links to other history websites

And to add even more interest to your study, select the “Collections” option and then the “View The Online Collection” button. From here, either use the search engine to locate something specific, or browse videos, images, and objects by selecting the option in the upper menu.

This is a fabulous website not only for your Michigan state studies but also American history.

Summer Reading Lists For Kids and Teens

June 20th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, June 20, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

About.com – Summer Reading Lists

(www.thoughtco.com/summer-reading-lists-for-kids-and-teens-627024)

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

 

Elizabeth Kennedy is a children’s book expert that writes for About.com. She publishes an annual compilation of summer reading lists

The book lists come from her site, schools, school districts, librarians and others with a knowledge of kids, reading levels and good books for young people. You’re sure to find some books your kids will like on these lists.

The lists of recommended children’s and young adult books are generally organized by grade levels. Many of the middle school reading lists include a mix of middle grade fiction and nonfiction and young adult books. You’ll find both classics and recently published books.

When you get to the website scroll down the page to find lists for: 

  • Reading Lists for Grades 4-8
  • Books for Teen Boys, Girls and Teen Reluctant Readers
  • Books for Boys Recommended by Librarians
  • HAISLN (Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network) 2018 Recommended Reading Lists
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Booklist for Young Readers
  • 2018 Notable Children’s Books Lists
  • And more!

Find more resources at the very bottom of the page to help parents encourage the love of reading.

The Sun

June 19th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various – see below

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

These websites offer terrific information on the nearest star to Earth – the Sun! It’s educational and entertaining.

NASA: Sun for Kids

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK4a7kWb6Ro)

Watch a terrific 6-minute video that provides an interesting overview of the sun – designed for kids!

NASA: The Sun Song

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a358QLi4Wgs)

Don’t miss this! Learn about heliophysics as you listen to the “Chromatics” sing facts about the sun in perfect harmony.

NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm7tfLvHmXA)

Watch a 28-second video showing the moon’s shadow over North America during last year’s solar eclipse.

Math with Galileo’s Compass

June 18th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, June 18, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museo Galileo

(brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/esplora/compasso/index.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up approximately, with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

 

This website, sponsored by the Museo Galileo, provides free, fascinating, multimedia demonstrations of the uses of Galileo’s compass for math calculations, geometry, architecture, engineering, navigation, and other fields. Learn the history of the compass and Galileo’s contribution to its development during the Renaissance in 1597.


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

  • History – Watch a presentation about the history of the compass, Galileo’s invention of a specific type of compass, and the improvements he made upon it. See a comparison between compasses, and play the interactive “Compass Game.”
  • Explore – Learn about how it works.
  • Simulation – Watch engaging simulations of the many operations you can perform with Galileo’s compass, including: 
    • Division of a segment
    • Division of a circumference
    • Squaring a regular figure
    • Sum of volumes
    • Measurement of calibers
    • Astronomical quadrant
    • Scale of slopes
    • And more!

This website offers the user the ability to view the text of the presentations, and provides links to other interesting resources about the compass as well. There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site and return again to see it all.

Father’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

June 16th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, June 16, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Activity Village – Father’s Day Crafts

(www.activityvillage.co.uk/fathers-day-crafts)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Father’s Day is tomorrow. If you need a last-minute gift that the kids can make for Dad, this website offers free, easy-to-make suggestions, instructions, and templates for gifts and cards that Dad will enjoy receiving.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Father’s Day gift possibilities including: 

  • Craft Foam Photo Frame
  • Dad Photo Frame
  • Dad’s Dream Picture
  • Father’s Day Rosettes
  • Shirt And Tie Card
  • King Dad Crown
  • Loose Change Tray
  • Make A Can Cooler
  • Origami Business Card Holder
  • Photo Coaster

And more. Check out the entire crafting index to find more projects for the kids sorted by holiday, season, and type of activity.

Virtually Explore Virginia

June 15th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 15, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Encyclopedia Virginia

(www.encyclopediavirginia.org/vr)

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

 

Tour some of the historical sites of Virginia with this page from the larger Encyclopedia Virginia website.

Each of these tours provides a selection of 360° images of the location that visitors can explore using their mouse. Destinations include: 

  • Old Coast Guard Station, Virginia Beach
  • The Virginia State Capitol
  • The Virginia Executive Mansion
  • Mount Vernon
  • Monticello
  • Montpelier
  • Poplar Forest
  • James Monroe’s Highland
  • The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
  • Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum
  • Abijah Thomas House, Smyth County
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
  • Stratford Hall
  • Smith’s Fort Plantation
  • Carr/Greer Family Residence
  • Gunston Hall
  • The Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum
  • The John Marshall House
  • The Patrick Henry National Memorial
  • Scotchtown
  • The Poe Museum
  • Justice Park, Charlottesville
  • Lee Park, Charlottesville
  • Carlyle House Historic Park
  • Athenaeum
  • Panorama of Lumpkin’s Jail Site
  • Tobacco Barns in Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties
  • Slave Dwellings in the counties of Amelia, Caroline, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Kent, Powhatan, and Rockbridge and in Church Hill, Richmond
  • Bacon’s Castle
  • Cape Henry Lighthouse
  • Christ Church
  • Saint John’s Church, Richmond
  • Aquia Episcopal Church
  • Howland Chapel School & Teachers’ Cottage
  • Julius Rosenwald High School
  • Saint John Rosenwald School
  • The Academical Village at the University of Virginia
  • The Barter Theater
  • The Extant Structures and Grounds at Menokin

These simple virtual tours will make a wonderful addition to your state and history studies.

Sea History for Kids

June 14th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, June 14, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sea History for Kids

(seahistory.org/kids/)

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

 

Set sail on an adventure to discover the history of the sea with this website from the National Maritime Historical Society.

Using the colorful icons at the top of the page, visitors can explore: 

  • Animals – Learn about all kinds of animals and historical stories about them.
  • People – Discover sailors, pirates, explorers, and more.
  • Vessels – Have a look at the vessels of the sea past and present and much more.
  • Archaeology – Dig into nautical archaeology.
  • Careers – Explore a variety of occupations related to the sea.
  • Games – Download PDF crossword puzzles.
  • Discover More – Dive into the language of the sailors of yesterday, explore navigational tools, discover the science and art of the sea and much more.

Each topic provides colorful images, interesting text and a “Did You Know?” section for further investigation.

Older students and adults will also find a lot more maritime history by selecting the home icon at the top of any page. Hover over the “Resources” link on the main menu to research a vessel, learn about historic ships, browse the Sea History site index, see marine art in their store, and discover links to other maritime image collections.

This site will enrich your American history studies by allowing students to more deeply examine how the seas have played a part in our history.

Book Finder with Lessons, Author Bios, & More!

June 13th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, June 13, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Book Wizard

(www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/)

Age Range: 3-17 (Grades Pre-K-11, with parental supervision)

 

Have your children ever fallen in love with a particular book? Have they begged for more books like it? Have you scoured the library shelves trying to find something just as engaging to nurture their love of reading? Do you wish you could find extension activities to further learning through the books they love to read? Then you’ll love today’s website recommendation.

Scholastic’s Book Wizard offers three different ways to search over 65,000 books from all publishers to find just the right book for your child, and many search results include lesson plans, author bios, and study guides. Type in the name of a book your child likes, and the free Book Wizard will show similar titles in the same reading level with the same type of content with activities to further learning. What a time saver! 

When you get to the site, you can jump right in and use the search engine: Just enter a book title, author or keyword. Once you’ve found the exact book you are looking for – you can click on the author’s name to read his/her bio, and (in many cases) access free lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and extension activities written specifically for the book.

You can also search by Genre, Subject, and Grade. And make sure you check out the Teachers section on the left side bar to locate oodles and gobs of resources!

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