Learn Native American Languages

November 17th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 17, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Languages of the Americas

(www.native-languages.org/)

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

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages.”

After arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links broken down into the following categories: 

  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families – Explore over 25 Amerindian language families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages – links to purchase books about Native American languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages – links to other related websites

Each category provides a list of links to more pages with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the “Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources” you will find links to: 

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • An online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad-supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

Tour the Indian Mounds in Georgia

November 16th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 16, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Georgia Indian Mounds

(tinyurl.com/gudo5b8)

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

 

Explore the Etowah, Ocmulgee, and Kolomoki Indian Mounds in Georgia with this website from Georgia Public Broadcasting.

To begin exploring, select one of the mounds on the map. When the presentation opens, read the introduction then scroll down to see the “Click to Start” option. A new map of the location will open for you to select various areas to learn about. After selecting a destination, move around the slide to find video presentations, 360° tours, image slide shows and information about the place. Use the drop-down menu in the upper left to navigate to a different location or to view a specific feature. Sites on your tours include: 

  • Etowah – This 54-acre site is located in Bartow County and thought to be the most well-preserved Mississippian culture site in Southeastern U.S.
    • The Mounds
    • Lesser Temple Mounds
    • Mortuary Mound
    • Plaza
    • Fish Trap
    • River
  • Ocmulgee – This national monument is found in Bibb County and served as home to the Mississippian Indians around 900 A.D.
    • Earth Lodge
    • Funeral Mound
    • Trading Post
    • Corn Field Mound
    • Lesser Temple Mound
    • Greater Temple Mound
  • Kolomoki – Located in the Kolomoki Mounds State park in Early County, it is recognized as the oldest and largest Woodland Indians site in the Southeastern U.S and was inhabited from 350-750 A.D.
    • Great Temple Mound
    • Plaza
    • Burial Mound
    • Ceremonial Mound

These tours make a great supplement to your American Indian studies.

Free Finance & Economics Lessons

November 15th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Finance in the Classroom

(financeintheclassroom.org/)

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

 

Get free lesson plans, printables, tools and much more to teach financial literacy and economics with this website from the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education Network, the Utah Jump$tart Coalition, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

When arriving at today’s link read the brief introduction and take a look at the Scope and Sequence to get an idea of what is covered for the different grade levels. The marked grade level boxes are clickable links to the grade level lesson plans. The lessons are broken down into subjects (Mathematics, Social Studies, and Language Arts) with the activities sorted under them. Many lessons include links to outside resources, so as always be sure to preview the external links prior to allowing children to use the site.

The left-hand sidebar menu provides additional ways to access the resources and is broken down as follows: 

  • Teacher Resources – Find links to the General Financial Literacy Course for grades 11-12, K-12 lesson plans & activities, and other resources such as videos, music, PowerPoint presentations, online resources and tools, and much more.
  • Student Resources – Discover how to earn a Passport certificate for the program, games and activities, book suggestions, vocabulary/glossary, printables, scholarship information and more. 
  • Parent Resources – Browse through discussion starters, website resources, DIY games, finance apps, videos and more.

In the Online Resources section, visitors will find a large selection of financial calculators for things such as cash flow, interest, college planning, credit, mortgage, taxation, insurance, investment, retirement, savings and more. There is also a great list of additional websites that focus on economics and financial literacy, some of which include lesson plans of their own.


There is a lot of material and content available to use for your homeschool studies so be sure to bookmark this one.

Free Thanksgiving Lessons

November 14th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 14, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The First Thanksgiving

(www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Scholastic offers free Thanksgiving lessons with Common Core-aligned lessons and activities.

The website says: “Introduce your class to the first harvest celebration, delve deeper into the relationships between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, and take a closer look at the historical significance of the Pilgrims’ settlement.”

Choose from: 

  • The Mayflower
  • Daily Life
  • The Feast
  • Historical Letters – with audio!
  • Videos and photos
  • Teaching Resources – Lesson plans by grade level and more!

Using the lesson plans, students will develop an understanding of historical events from different perspectives while practicing reading comprehension, creative writing, sequencing, and analytical and research skills.


The lesson plans are complete with reproducibles, a Thanksgiving book list, and recommended related materials to enhance and extend learning further.

Fun Facts About Fungi

November 13th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Intermountain Herbarium

(herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/factindx.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision; however, non-readers will need help navigating the site and younger children may enjoy some of the interactive games)

 

This website is designed to help kids learn all about fungi.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Experiments, Puzzles, & Games – Click on this section to find activities that will help you learn about fungi. Learn the parts of a mushroom, discover where fungi live and grow, cook with fungus, try a science experiment or two, and play an online mushroom hunt game.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi – This section contains fascinating information about the biodiversity of fungi. Learn about various forms of fungi including mushrooms, lichens, and slime molds. Find out how insects coexist with fungi, learn the history of penicillin, and discover how forms of fungi are used in medicine and industry.
  • Teacher’s Guide – This section is really a site map that displays the topics covered in the items mentioned above. Also check out “Meet The Authors” where you can read a brief bio on the creators of this website.

This site provides a great introduction to the study of fungi. If your students want to know more, try this site as well: FungiSee stunning photography of fungi, yeasts, slimes, molds, rusts, etc.

Native American Math Activities

November 12th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 12, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Play Picaria

(thelittletravelers.typepad.com/the_little_travelers/2009/01/picaria.html)

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

 

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history. Here are some math activities inspired by the same.

Play Picaria – A homeschooling family offers step-by-step instructions for how to make your own game board and play Picaria, a fun strategy game developed by the Zuni or Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. It is similar to tic-tac-toe, but more challenging. Don’t miss the terrific tips and videos on worldwide traveling and learning with kids at this website, too!

Check out this site as well: Native American Geometry

Age Range: 9-14. This website was designed for students in grades 4-9 and teaches geometry through hands-on investigations and design activities. It has been used successfully in GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) programs as well.

Lessons from the Norman Rockwell Museum

November 10th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 10, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Norman Rockwell Museum – Curriculum Lab

(www.nrm.org/learn/curriculum-lab/)

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

 

Use the art of Norman Rockwell for your history, social studies and language arts classes with the lessons from this section of the larger Norman Rockwell Museum website.

When arriving at today’s link you will see images of some of Rockwell’s iconic work. Hover over the image to reveal the lesson name and suggested grade level. Or use the dropdown boxes above the images to search for lessons for a specific grade, subject, or theme. There are also three lessons featuring the work of Jerry Pinkney and can be sorted by using the “Artist” dropdown menu. 

Examples of units include: 

  • What’s the Headline – (Grades 6-12) Using the “War News” painting, explore the events leading up to the invasion of Normandy.
  • WWII on the Homefront The Four Freedoms – (All grades) Get creative with art and writing while learning about the purpose of Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.
  • Story Sparks – (Grades K-5) Use Rockwell’s works as inspiration for creative writing.
  • On the Twentieth Century – That was Then, This is Now – (All grades) Discover how Rockwell’s paintings depicted life in America and compare how life has changed from then to today.
  • Going and Coming – (All grades) Use the image to practice creative writing and communication of ideas skills.
  • And more

Lessons include objective information as well as the plan process. Some also include downloadable materials and suggestions for further exploration of the topic and image.

It appears that this section may still be under construction as there are occasional texts that say “[insert link to images]” but don’t let that stop you from taking a look at the site. Norman Rockwell fans will appreciate using his art for extended activities into other school subjects.

Explore the American Package Museum

November 9th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 9, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Package Museum

(www.packagemuseum.com/index.htm)

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

 

This website was designed as an online art exhibit of early 20th Century package design.

Corporations brand their products in unique ways through packaging designs. This exhibit features photographs of packages that are no long in circulation – everything from Alka-Seltzer to Wrigley’s Spearmint Chewing Gum.

When you get to the site simply click on the words “Enjoy your visit to The American Package Museum” to start the slide-show. There are over 100 products so it can take some time to view them all. If you want to jump right to a particular product then click on “Index” on the menu bar to see a list of products. Click on a product name and the photo of the package pops right into view.

It’s fun to see the old product designs – a nostalgic trip down memory lane for some parents. If you have some of these same products in your home today, why not take them out of the cupboard and compare the packaging to what’s in this exhibit? It could lead to lots of discussion about art, design, and advertising – and what works and what doesn’t.

Create Animated Maps

November 8th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animaps

(www.animaps.com/#!home)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Create fun and interesting animated maps with this site that “extends the MyMaps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.”

When arriving at today’s link, read over the information, check out some example animated maps, and, to get a good understanding of how to use Animaps, be sure to watch the “Basics Tutorial.” You can check out more maps that others have created under the “Most viewed” and “Latest maps” sections, however, as this is a public access site, be sure to review a map prior to allowing your children to do so to ensure they are suitable for your family. 

To create a map, visitors must either create a free Animaps account or log in using their Facebook account. This will provide a place to easily keep track of the maps you have created. Along with the ability to add multiple route markers for specific times, you can add text, images, icons, and more to your map. A fun feature is the ability to select a mode of transportation and change them along your route so that once your map is created, when you play it back, you can watch it travel your route. You can even share your maps or embed them into a web page if you have one.

While learning and creating new maps may take some time, the creative educational uses will make it worth the effort. This tool could not only be used to teach geography, but also used for other subjects. Some ideas for maps we came up with include: 

  • Create map history timelines showing where and when events took place.
  • Show the journeys of the explorers.
  • Plan out dream vacation trips and include travel cost information and points of interest to visit.
  • During an election, plot out the route of a candidate’s state visits.
  • Create a “book report” indicating settings or destinations from the story. (Around the World in 80 Days comes to mind as a perfect choice.)
  • Have foreign language students show locations where the language is spoken.

Map creation is limited only by the visitor’s imagination.

Create Your Own Comic Strip!

November 7th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Make Beliefs Comix

(www.makebeliefscomix.com/)

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

 

This website, launched by author and journalist Bill Zimmerman, offers a perfect demonstration that playing is learning.

It’s easy, fun, and educational to create your own comic strips! Visitors who use this interactive comic strip “game” will simultaneously practice and improve their language arts skills including, reading, writing, spelling, and creative thinking. Young and old, and everyone in between, will enjoy arranging these cartoon characters and putting words into their mouths.

To get started right away, click on “Create Your Comix!” Then select: 

  • Characters
  • Masks
  • Balloons & Prompts
  • Greeting Cards
  • Words
  • Objects
  • Backgrounds
  • Background Color

If you like, you can make your comic strip up to 9 panels long. But here’s the best part: you get to decide what to write in the word or thought balloons that accompany your comics. It’s amazing what children can write when it’s this much fun!

On the  top menu bar, under “Create Comix!”, you’ll find detailed instructions on how to create your comic along with story ideas. There are quite a few story starters, including Travel to a Mysterious Place, A Day at School, Finding Your Courage, and many more!

After you have created your comics, you can print them out. Assemble them into a book, display them on your wall, or use them to create your own greeting cards. You can even email them to a friend and to yourself. And don’t forget to send a copy to Grandma.

Also, be sure to check out the many Language Arts resources under “Writing”, “Teachers”, “Parents”, and more from the top menu.

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