Take an American History Journey

July 2nd, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 2, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Journeys

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers an amazing library of historical primary source documents that provide eyewitness accounts of North American explorers including the Vikings in 1000 AD, Spanish, French, and English explorers, American Indians, Pilgrims, Frontiersmen, Lewis & Clark, and the mountain men of the Rockies in 1800. Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, it was designed for students exploring National History Day’s 2004 theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange.”
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu bar that includes: 
  • Find A Document – A search engine to help you find documents on the topic that interests you.
  • Images – An incredible resource of paintings, sketches, and pictures of the events chronicled in the documents. You can view the images for free – or purchase high-quality reproductions.
  • Highlights – Not sure where to begin? This page offers a selection of eyewitness accounts of famous moments in American History by date. Pick one and with a click of your mouse jump right into history.
  • Teachers – THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. Read the description and use the menu bar that helps you choose a topic, select lesson plans, understand the geographical references and nomenclature used in the accounts, consider who wrote the accounts and what factors color their interpretation, determine how to deal with sensitive content in the accounts, and more.
Parents, as always, should review this material to determine suitability for your children and students. Be sure to read the comments under “Sensitive Content” on the menu bar in the “Teachers” section.

These documents provide a window into the past like no other. Bookmark this site so you can use it for research and supplementation to your studies of the history of exploration in North America.

Free, Fun Etymology Games!

July 1st, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Websites:

 

See below.

 

Age Range: Varies (children with parental supervision)

 

We thought it would be fun to play some games that teach the origin of words – which can be very helpful when it comes to honing spelling and vocabulary skills.
Funbrain: Rooting Out Words – Uncover the meaning of root words with this fun game for kids. Levels: easy, medium, and hard.

QUIA: Greek & Latin Root Words Match Game – Like the game “Concentration” just match the root word with its meaning.

Sporcle: Etymology Trivia Quizzes and Games – This website, whose mission is to provide fun through trivia, boasts of over 250k user-generated trivia games you can choose from to play. You are also invited to create up to 25 of your own game/quizzes per month where you can track your stats and invite others to play. If your game/quiz becomes popular, it could be featured on the front page of the website. In order to create a game/quiz, you’ll need to sign up for a free account.

Free Rice: Define Words and Feed the Hungry! – At this website, you can take a multiple choice quiz to define words and feed the hungry at the same time! It doesn’t cost a thing to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger!

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

June 30th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, June 30, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

 

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 
  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, sea turtles, stingrays, killer clams, sea cows, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos (so far) that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.
This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

June 29th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, June 29, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

(http://letsplaymath.net/2007/07/28/egyptian-math-in-hieroglyphs/)

 

Age Range: 8-16 (Varies by website; children with parental supervision)

 

This terrific blog (by a homeschool mom) offers a series of free math challenges using hieroglyphs.
Designed for younger students (about 8-14), you’ll find several links to resources that include: 
  • Hieroglyphic Addition & Subtraction – This downloadable and printable pdf offers a few fun math problems in hieroglyphs for kids.
  • Ten Hieroglyphs Lessons – Learn more about hieroglyphs with ten free lessons including a lesson on “Numbers and Dates.”
From the main page, you can click on links to these other fun math activities too: 
  • The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure
  • The Mysterious Temporal Freeze
  • The Secret of Egyptian Fractions
  • The Puzzling Pythagorean Pebbles
This commercial and ad-supported website is a treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian history that contains a small section devoted to number hieroglyphs complete with a few math problems you can solve using hieroglyphs. It’s geared for ages 10-16, and offers a fun way to learn a little math and history. Be sure to explore the rest of this site that includes information on pyramids, temples, kings and queens, mummification, etc.

Games & Listening Guides from Carnegie Hall

June 27th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, June 27, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Carnegie Hall: Games and Listening Guides

(http://www.carnegiehall.org/ORC/Games-and-Listening-Guides/)

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers 4 interactive programs to help kids learn about music. Designed for kids 6-12 (but fun for the whole family), the activities introduce instruments of the symphony orchestra, classical music and concepts such as musical notation.
When you get to the site you will see a menu of the four programs that include: 
  • “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by Benjamin Britten – In this game you and an animated guide collect instruments on an instrument safari. (Note: Read the FAQ on this BEFORE you launch the game to better understand how to play.)
  • Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 – A clever use of Dvorak’s own comments about his music and life helps kids understand his classic symphony, “From the New World”.
  • Carnegie Hall Animated History – Learn all about the symphony hall’s history and some of the renown figures who have performed there.
  • An Interactive History of African American Music – Through the use of an interactive timeline, text, images and audios, discover the history of African American music.
These games take some time to play – so be sure to visit the site when you’re not rushed.

Smithsonian Bicycle Collection & Extras

June 26th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 26, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Smithsonian Bicycle Collection

(http://amhistory.si.edu/onthemove/themes/story_69_1.html)

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger America on the Move collection at the National Museum of American History, Behring Center, in Washington, D.C., this portion of the website shares the history of bicycles through informative text and interesting pictures.
When arriving at the link above read a brief description of the collection, then use the “Table of Contents” drop down menu in the upper right to navigate through time. Select from: 
  • Introduction to the Smithsonian Bicycle Collection
  • The Development of the Bicycle
  • Bicycle History from the late 19th century
  • The collection, 1818-1869
  • The collection, about 1875-1881
  • The collection, 1883-1886
  • The collection, 1887-1891
  • The collection 1896-1927
  • The collection, 1935-1965
When arriving at the collection pages, visitors can select the images of the bicycles to learn more details about the bike and its history. Use the link on the left hand side bar to return to the collection of images.

After you are finished checking out all the bicycles in the online exhibit, jump over to the British Council Film Collection to step back in time as you watch the 1945 short film, “How a Bicycle is Made“.

History In An Hour

June 25th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, June 25, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

History In An Hour (http://www.historyinanhour.com/)

 

Age Range: 4-Adult (Grades 9-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

If you are looking for brief, accurate, and well-researched history accounts, then this website run by series editor and author Rupert Colley might just be the ticket. The site’s tag-line, “History for busy people” sums up the premise of this website’s purpose.
While the articles are written as blog posts, the search engine at the top of the page makes it easier to refine your search. You can also browse articles by the following topics found in the upper menu under “Blog”: 
  • All
  • On this day in history. . . (currently doesn’t appear to be working properly)
  • American History
  • Black History
  • Book Reviews
  • Classical History
  • Cold War
  • Historical Writing
  • Historiography
  • History of Medicine
  • Inter-war Years
  • Ireland
  • Islam
  • Interviews with Historians
  • Medieval History
  • Nazi Germany
  • Royal History
  • Stuart Britain
  • Soviet Union/Russia
  • Tudors and Reformation
  • Victorian History
  • Women in History
  • World War II
  • World War I
Because the articles are quick reads and information is presented in an interesting way in bite size pieces, this is a good place for those with little time or who otherwise would moan over the thought of learning history. Most of the stories have accompanying images to enhance the story. While not your typical education resource, this website does a good job of keeping the readers’ attention and good place to go for those reluctant history students.

Summer-Themed Writing Prompts & More!

June 24th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, June 24, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Creativity Portal: Summer Writing Prompts

(http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/summer.writing.prompts.html)

  

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides summer-themed writing prompts and story starters to encourage creative writing in students. You can use them for every purpose including journals, blogs, school assignments, and just plain old fun!
When you get to the site you’ll find the “Summer Writing Prompts” in the center of the page. Scroll down the page to see all 15.

After you’ve explored the prompts, you’ll want to poke around this site to discover more inspiring activities for writers including how-to articles and random writing prompt generators that you can access from the menus at the top and sides of the page.

You will also want to take a look at the “Tools & Features for Teachers” with all kinds of creative tools, projects, and tutorials for classroom use that can be easily tweaked for the homeschool environment.

IMPORTANT: There is so much content here we were only able to review a small portion. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine if the content is appropriate for your own children, and also supervise any internet use.

Tornado Science!

June 23rd, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, June 23, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Weather Wiz Kids

(http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-tornado.htm)

 

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

At this website designed for kids, a meteorologist describes the science behind tornadoes including what weather conditions are required for them to form. It includes terrific information, pictures, links to free lesson plans, experiments, and more.
When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to read the text and see pictures and illustrations that explain what tornadoes are, how they form, and information on weather conditions associated with tornadoes such as: 
  • Funnel Clouds
  • Supercell Thunderstorms
  • Mesocyclones
  • Microbursts
  • Waterspouts
  • Hail
  • Gustnadoes
  • Landspouts
  • Dust Devils
You’ll also learn about the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity and some Tornado Safety Tips. There are also links to FREE LESSON PLANS and Tornado Experiments that will enhance your children’s understanding of this dangerous weather phenomenon.

FREE Interactive, online math games, lessons and flashcards

June 22nd, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, June 22, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Smarttutor.com

(http://www.smarttutor.com/free-resources/)

 

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

 

This award winning company develops interactive, online math and reading instructional material to assist children to improve their knowledge and grades. They offer their curriculum and products for sale on this website but also have many worthwhile math and reading activities that are offered for free without any purchase. Today we are focusing on math.
When you get to the website, use the side menu to locate free math games, lessons, and printable flashcards practicing the following concepts: 
  • Number and Operations: Children learn numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, number systems and operations.
  • Measurement: Children learn measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, processes, techniques and tools of measurement.
  • Geometry: Children learn to analyze characteristics and properties of geometric shapes and use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.
  • Algebra: Children learn to understand patterns, relations, functions, use of models and algebraic symbols to analyze mathematical situations.
  • Data Analysis and Probability: Children learn to collect, organize, display and analyze relevant data to answer formulated questions.
Smarttutor says that “all activities are designed to engage children with content that is research-based in a high-impact learning environment. Children work with real-world examples, cool cartoon-like characters and high-impact graphics that keep them interested and motivated to learn.”

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