French Games, Lessons, and Activities

July 23rd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 23, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Saber Frances

(www.saberfrances.com.ar/)

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

 

This website offers a variety of free lessons, exercises, games and activities to help students learn and practice the French language. It is designed for a wide variety of ages and ability levels.

FYI: We didn’t find “About” information for this site, so we don’t know who sponsors it. It does have scrolling Amazon.com advertisements, so there are links to outside sources. Parents, as always, should supervise exploration and use of any sites recommended here.

The site is written in both English and French (displayed side-by-side), which may help to increase competency as you navigate the site.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Vocabulary – Learn a wide variety of words needed for conversational French.
  • Expressions – Learn some idioms and expressions that are used in conversation.
  • Exercises – Practice vocabulary and grammar with interactive worksheets.
  • Lecture – Improve your reading comprehension by reading essays in French about French culture.
  • Grammar – Learn and practice parts of speech including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, etc.
  • Chansons or Songs – Learn French through songs! Watch YouTube videos of songs being sung in French. Sing along with Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour and other celebrities. You’ll also find clips of Disney films like AladdinPocahontas, and The Lion King, with the characters singing the songs in French.
  • Jeux or Games – Play Hangman and Wordsearch games to practice and improve your knowledge of French. Fun!

Note: We had some intermittent difficulty with the sound at this website when trying to hear pronunciations of various words or phrases.

The site has something to offer students with varying ranges of ability. If you have young children, head to the “Songs” section first. If your children know some French words they may enjoy playing hangman and wordsearch. More adept students may want to try the reading comprehension and grammar exercises.

Again, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.

A Video Guide to Dairy Farming

July 22nd, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, July 22, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DairyGood

(dairygood.org/content/2016/a-video-guide-to-dairy-farming)

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

 

Discover the various aspects of dairy farming through a series of short videos at this website.

The video presentations are broken down into specific topics and then provide several topical videos which include: 

  • Taking Care of the Cows
    • Animal health care
    • Antibiotics
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Calf separation
  • All about the Milk
    • Milk safety
    • Testing for antibiotics in milk
  • Taking Care of the Land
    • Dairy farmer’s environmental responsibility
    • Manure as fertilizer
    • Converting manure to electricity
    • Dairy technology
    • Dairy farm technological innovations
  • Community and the Future
    • Learn about some different dairy farms

When you are finished with your video tours, use the upper menu to discover more about dairy farming. Select the Life on the Farm link to read interesting articles, watch slideshows and more videos and learn much more about the life of a dairy farmer. There is a lot to explore on this website, so if your student is interested in cows and farming, you will want to bookmark this to come back to time and time again.

Expand Geography Skills with Games

July 21st, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 21, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GeoGames

(www.reachtheworld.org/geogames/Play-GeoGames.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Help students improve their geography skills by using the games at this website from Reach the World and the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. While these games were meant for students in grades 3-5, younger and older students can reap the benefits of using this tool.

When arriving at today’s link, choose to either: 

  • Build Planet Earth
  • Map Countries and Cities

Using your mouse, drag and drop locations onto the globe. Activities are timed so students can try to beat their previous times with multiple practices. When you are finished, students can print out their maps.

Click on “Teacher Tools” on the sidebar for suggestions on how to use GeoGames to teach geography and for a lesson plan that includes downloads, vocabulary words, and more. There are even free apps for Android and IOS.

This game is easy to learn and fun to master. It is a nifty addition to your geography studies.

English Games, Activities, & Worksheets

July 20th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 20, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunEnglishGames.com

(www.funenglishgames.com/)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers free English language games, activities, worksheets, quizzes and more! Designed for classroom and ESL teachers, you’ll find learning activities and resources that can easily be used for home learning.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a brief introduction and some highlighted features. Use the menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • Games – Play interactive games that help kids learn and improve upon reading, writing (including debate!), grammar, vocabulary, and spelling skills.
  • Activities – Enjoy a line-up of fun online language arts games based on familiar board games and television game shows.
  • Worksheets – Get printable worksheets and activity pages that reinforce language arts skills.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge on grammar, parts of speech, spelling, and more.
  • You’ll also find videos that include songs, nursery rhymes, and short instructional clips for learning English.

Because this website contains randomly generated advertisements, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise all Internet activity.

FREE K-12 Science Curriculum

July 19th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, July 19, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MSNucleus.org

(msnucleus.org/curriculum/curriculum.html)

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

 

A production of the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, this site offers free hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science, and technology for Grades K-12.

Contents on today’s website is based on over 23 years of research on how children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for classroom use with the recognition that parents may use them for home study.

The site now offers for free: 

  • Elementary Curriculum (K-6) — A complete science program for every week of a child’s K-6 experience. Includes 3 lesson plans for 34 weeks. Includes all science subjects integrated through Applied Science, Universe Cycle, Plate Tectonic Cycle, Rock Cycle, Water Cycle, and Life Cycle. These lessons require certain materials to do the activities. You can download a description of the material “kits” so that you can assemble the materials needed on your own — or you can purchase the kits for a reasonable fee via the website.
  • Secondary Curriculum (7-12) — These modules increase the knowledge from the Elementary Curriculum. Each module can be developed into a semester or year course depending on the instructor. An electronic textbook for students is part of the program. Hands-on activities are built from the textbook. Included are Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Human Biology.

When you get to the site, read the introduction. Then, look on the right side of your screen. You can sign up to receive update alerts on new curriculum as it is loaded to the site. Then, click on the icon below the words “Free Access.” A new page opens that is the gateway to the curriculum for Elementary and Secondary grades — or just go there directly by clicking here.

Free “File Folder” Math Games

July 18th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, July 18, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

File Folder Heaven

(www.filefolderheaven.com/sample-some-freebies)

Age Range: 3-7 (Grades PreK-2, with parental supervision)

 

“File Folder Activities” is a clever method for organizing games and learning materials so that kids can easily access them.

This site offers free, printable file folder games and activities (created by a Special Education teacher) that help young children and children with disabilities to practice basic skills such as: 

  • matching
  • sorting
  • identification of shapes, colors, and numbers
  • counting
  • beginning math and phonics

The activities at this site are for younger children, but older children may enjoy preparing them for their siblings. (While there are a variety of free File Folder activities at this commercial site, there are many more available for sale.)

Oil and Acrylic Painting Lessons

July 16th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 16, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paint with Len

(paintwithlen.com/free-lessons/)

Age Range: 10-adult (Grades 5-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Paint along with Australian artist and teacher Len Hend, and learn how to paint using his techniques with either acrylics or oils.

Through instructional videos and text, go through the lessons on this page to paint: 

  • Branches and Foliage
  • Bush Shack
  • Trees
  • Forest Scenes
  • Mountains
  • Skies
  • Outback Ranges
  • Reflections
  • Sunrise and sunset
  • Ocean and rivers
  • Boats
  • And much more.

In addition to the full lessons, there are several technique lessons that teach about: 

  • Clouds
  • Mountains
  • Water
  • Foliage
  • Brushes
  • Perspective

Visitors can find even more tutorials at the “Streaming” link in the menu. Len presents the material in a relaxed and friendly manner and encourages the budding new artist to enjoy the process. There is a lot to explore on this website and it makes a great beginner’s painting course.

Tour Tocqueville’s 1831 America

July 15th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, July 15, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Democracy in America

(xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/)

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

 

Today’s website provides the full text (that you can read online or print out to read offline) of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville – one of the most influential works on the politics and culture of America in 1831-1832.

As the website introduction explains:

What he saw there, who he talked with, what he read and overheard, became the stuff of his analysis of our nation’s essential nature and probable destiny. And almost everything he saw and heard has, of course, simply vanished…. Cincinnati is no longer a frontier boom town and the trackless wilderness of Tennessee has been comfortably suburbanized and malled along with the rest of the country….

And so we’re attempting to construct a virtual American ca. 1831-32…. based on Tocqueville’s itinerary, on his and his friend Beaumont’s letters and journals, on contemporaneous accounts of other foreign visitors, and on a variety of examples of material culture of the period, mostly paintings and engravings. It also holds explorations of Women’s Place at the time, of attitudes toward race and color, towards religion, and towards everyday life.

Democracy in America gives keen insight to life in the United States in the early/mid-19th century.

In addition to the text, the site offers an interesting VIRTUAL TOUR of Tocqueville’s America in 1831, through featured textual excerpts, illustrations, pictures, and more. It’s a great way to preview the book and get a peek at American culture over 150 years ago. The virtual tour alone provides an interesting social studies lesson.

When you get to the site you will see a map in the center of the screen. Above it is a link to the full text of the book and an introduction to the website.

A menu surrounds the map. The Virtual Tour is the first link on the menu on the left-hand side of your screen. It is followed by links to various other highlights based on the book including: 

  • Red, Black & White: Race in 1831
  • Everyday Life in 1831
  • American Religion in 1831
  • American Women: 1820-1842
  • and much more.

This is a fascinating historical account of life in America that sheds light on our past while illuminating the stark contrasts to present day America. After exploring the site, you can’t help but speculate what the future will bring.

The History of Pasta

July 14th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pasta for All – History of Pasta

(www.pastaforall.info/wordpress/history-of-pasta/)

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

 

In recognition of Macaroni Day, today’s website explores the history of pasta and much more.

When arriving at the link, read the interesting story about the origins of pasta. Then use the upper menu to discover more. Hover over the “What is Pasta?” to find interesting: 

  • Pasta Fun Facts
  • Scientific findings about the health benefits of pasta
  • Pasta traditions and food facts from around the world.

Discover “The Truth About Pasta” to learn more interesting facts about its health benefits and how pasta is good for the earth. Learn more about “Nutritional Information” and dig into tempting “Recipes” from around the world.

In the “Resources” section, not only can you read the “Pasta for All” digital magazine, but also find the “Pasta for Children Around the World” curriculum with lessons, information, and recipes that can be easily integrated into your history and geography studies.

This website provides a delicious twist to add to your homeschool day.

Fun with Children’s Author/Illustrator Family

July 13th, 2016 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 13, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Audrey Wood Clubhouse

(www.audreywood.com/)

Age Range: 5-Adult (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This is a terrific site for parents and children who are fans of the children’s authors and illustrators, Audrey Wood and Don Wood (their books include The Napping House, Elbert’s Bad Word, Weird Parents, and so many more), and their son Bruce Wood who is also a book author and illustrator.

When you get to the site, use the menu to explore: 

  • Audrey Wood – Read her biography, see her picture, find out some of her writing secrets.
  • Don Wood – Read his biography, see photos, and gain some insight about his illustrations.
  • Bruce Wood – Read his bio, see photos, and more.
  • All Wood Books – See a menu of all of the books authored and illustrated by the Wood family.
  • Activities – Find fun activities based on the books and lots of printable coloring pages.
  • Secrets – Get the inside scoop on what inspired the stories and artwork.
  • Parent & Teachers – Get reading suggestions from the author on her best books for boys, girls, and for dealing with particular problems; read hints for writing, illustrating and publishing children’s books; read the FAQ’s, and check out the links to other sites.

This site is really interesting and fun to explore – especially because of the family aspect of the lives and work of Audrey, Don, and Bruce Wood.

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