Tennessee History for Kids

May 31st, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 31, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tennessee History for Kids

(www.tnhistoryforkids.org/)

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

 

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee was admitted into the Union. Discover the history, geography and civics of our 16th state with this website.

Begin exploring by either selecting an option in the upper menu or scroll down the page to see available topics. Select from: 

  • History – Discover people, places and more with images, texts, biographies, virtual tours, videos and more. Then take an interactive history quiz that can be customized by grade and number of questions.
  • Civics – Sorted by learning levels, Elementary, Middle school, and High school, learn about government and politics and then test your knowledge with another interactive quiz.
  • Geography – This section is divided into two sections, Basic and Advanced, where students can explore geography, economics, and more and again take a quiz to see what they have learned. Please note the link for the Tennessee Department of Transportation on the scavenger hunt page brought up an error, but if you put into the search engine on that page “Maps” you should be able to locate a free downloadable map to use with the Scavenger Hunt.

If you need additional resources for your state study, there are also 14 printed booklets that can be ordered from the site at a cost.

This website could serve as a supplement for your state studies of Tennessee.

Language Arts Games & More!

May 30th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 30, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS: Interactive Language Arts Games

(pbskids.org/whiteboard/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

PBS offers a collection of interactive, fun Language Arts games that enhance learning. The activities are themed around PBS shows such as The Electric Company, Between the Lions, Super Why, Sesame Street, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that teach about topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Organizing
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • And more!

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations and sound effects. When you’re through with the Language Arts games, you may also enjoy the Arts, Math, and Social Science games. The nice thing about this PBS site, is that all of the games are age-appropriate, vetted by educators, and there isn’t any advertising.

Free Solar System Science Fact Sheets!

May 29th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, May 29, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

8 Planets

(www.8planets.co.uk/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website has free scientific fact sheets containing “Everything You Ever Wanted To know About Our Solar System.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a scrolling screen that displays cartoon animations of the 8 planets in our Solar System along with an interesting fact about each one. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore the more content-rich information and fact sheets (that contain terrific photographs) archived under the headings:

  • The Sun
  • The Planets
  • The Moon
  • Dwarf Planets
  • Other Bodies (Asteroids, Meteors, Oort Clouds, etc.)
  • Astronomy (Astronomy, Galaxy, Gravity, etc.)
  • Space Exploration (Space Travel, Alien Life, etc.)

The facts are great conversation starters and may springboard your kids to want to learn much more.
 
Interestingly, we couldn’t find any information on this UK-based website that explains who sponsors the site. We didn’t find any notations or references for the source of the information either – even though it looks to be current and accurate. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site and supervise all Internet use.

100 Faces of War Experience

May 26th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 26, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Faces of War Experience

(100facesofwarexperience.org/)

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

 

Memorial Day is right around the corner. This website provides a powerful representation of people who went to Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars between 2001 and 2014.

Artist, Matt Mitchell, spent nine years reaching out to Americans who were there and painted life-size head and shoulder portraits of them. Wanting to understand the complexity of war, asked that they provide a statement about what these wars meant to them on a personal level. There are ten posthumous portraits among the 100 Faces project where the families worked with the artist and provided the words to accompany the portrait. Five portraits are civilians who traveled to the war zones in non-military capacities.

Use the upper menu to navigate the website. Select the “Portrait Gallery” to see thumbnails of the oil paintings. Select a portrait thumbnail to see the painting, read the bio of the individual, and to read their statement. 

Please note that the statements have not been edited and some visitors may find them inappropriate for their children, so as always, be sure to review prior to allowing children to view this website.

The artist said it best. “There is no way to fully comprehend the American experience of these wars. Yet I hope this work provides a glimpse. It may provide a small snapshot of our moment in history.”

Take a Virtual Trip Along the Oregon Trail

May 25th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 25, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History Globe: The Oregon Trail

(www.historyglobe.com/ot/otmap1.htm)

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

 

At this website you can virtually follow the pioneer path along the Oregon Trail and see the natural landmarks, forts, and trading posts that they saw on their long and dangerous journey West.

When you get to the site you will see a menu tab at the top of the page. Click on “1843 Map” and “Modern Map” to compare the path of the Oregon Trail then and now.

Click on “Trail Tour” to begin your virtual journey through photographs and historical paintings accompanied by interesting facts and trivia about: 

  • Independence, Missouri
  • Courthouse Rock
  • Chimney Rock
  • Fort Laramie
  • Independence Rock
  • Fort Bridger
  • Soda Springs
  • Fort Hall
  • Fort Boise
  • Whitman Mission
  • The Dalles
  • Oregon City

You can also view information about the landmarks by clicking on their locations on the maps. 

NOTE:  The “Travel Links” button was originally intended to lead to travel information for those who wanted to visit the Oregon Trail. However, most of the links now lead to error messages and/or to redirects that we have not reviewed. Parents, AS ALWAYS, MUST PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE USE of this website.

Discover the Ancient Americas

May 24th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, May 24, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas

(carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/AA/aaflashfront.htm)

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

 

Explore the cultures of ancient Central and South America with this interactive presentation from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.

After the content on the home page loads select your topic of interest: 

  • What are the Ancient Americas? – Learn what this term means and explore an interactive timeline.
  • Who were the first Americans? – Discover the ancient civilizations of the American continents.
  • Why should I look at ancient things? – Understand why it is important to examine artifacts.
  • Mummies – Learn about the world’s first mummies made by the Chinchorros of Chile.
  • Extreme Geography – Explore the world’s driest coastal desert, longest mountain chain, and biggest rain forest.
  • Favorite Foods – Discover which of your favorite foods first came from the ancient Americas.
  • Jaguars – See why the people of the ancient Americas were in awe of the jaguar and learn about other animals they would depict artistically.
  • Camel Cousins – Learn about the camelid family and its importance to ancient America.
  • Before Columbus – Who were the people of pre-Columbian America?
  • Writing in String – What is khipu and how was it used?
  • The Ballgame – Examine the roots of modern day ball games.
  • Piercing and Painting – What did body painting and piercing represent?

Each topic sets out to explain a “Did you know?” question with text, interactive images, maps, and activities. Be sure to check out the link, “For Your Teacher,” at the bottom right of the home screen for lesson plans, teacher guides, and more.

Add this website to your list of resources for your ancient civilization and world history studies.

Over 400 Free Grammar Lessons!

May 23rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, May 23, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Daily Grammar

(www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website, developed by a software executive and a middle/high school English professor, archives over 400 grammar lessons and 80 quizzes to teach students the mechanics of the written language.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the lessons. Click on any one and a new page opens with the lesson and practice activities to further understanding. The lessons include: 

  • Parts of Speech – Verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, etc.
  • Parts of the Sentence – Subject/verb, direct object, indirect object, appositives, prepositional phrases, gerunds, infinitives, participles, and more.
  • Mechanics – Capitalization, end punctuation, periods, commas, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, brackets, italics, and underlining.

This is a great way to learn new skills and improve existing grammar usage. This site is supported with randomly generated advertisements. Therefore, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise use.

Free Middle School Chemistry Lessons!

May 22nd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, May 22, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ACS: Middle School Chemistry

(www.middleschoolchemistry.com/)

Age Range: 11-14 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

The American Chemical Society offers free, downloadable Chemistry lessons for grades 6-8, that align with state standards. The multimedia lessons really illustrate the concepts and make them accessible to a wide variety of learning styles and aptitudes.

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of five of the most popular lessons plans that include: 

  • Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons (from Chapter 4: The Periodic Table & Bonding)
  • What is Density? (from Chapter 3: Density)
  • Finding Volume-The Water Displacement Method (from Chapter 3: Density)
  • What is a Chemical Reaction? (from Chapter 6: Chemical Change
  • Density of Water (from Chapter 3: Density)

You can also download ALL of the lessons from Middle School Chemistry in English or Spanish for free.

Bookmark this site and return often.

Fabulous Online Songbook

May 19th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, May 19, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Fabulous Songbook

(kristinhall.org/songbook/Songbook.html)

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

 

This website offers a terrific, free songbook with printable pages to use at home, on-the-go, or ’round the campfire.

Don’t let the lackluster look of the website deceive you – because as free online songbooks go, this one is very useful for parents, teachers, youth group leaders, and singers everywhere.

When you get to the site you’ll see a lot of introductory text. Scroll below it to the songbook menu where you’ll find an amazing variety of choices that include: 

  • Ballads
  • Blues & Standards
  • Call & Response
  • Campfire Songs
  • Circle Games
  • Classic Kids Songs
  • Foreign Songs
  • Gospel Tunes
  • Hand Games
  • Holiday Songs
  • On And On Songs
  • Part Songs & Rounds
  • Patriotic Songs
  • Protest, Political, & Social Commentary Songs
  • Sea Shanties & Pub Songs
  • Silly Songs
  • Singalongs
  • U.S. Folk Songs
  • There are even songs By Indie Artists and Metal, Hard, Grunge & Progressive Rock groups. (Again, parental discretion advised.)

The songs, many of which were collected by the author for use with her Girl Scout group, are categorized by type as well as by first line. For example, some are “Make ’em Up” – which would be the ones that you make up as you go along, such as “Down By the Bay.” Others are activity games, such as “London Bridge is Falling Down,” which are fun to play with a group of children. Then you have “Call and Response,” wherein a person or group repeats after a caller, such as “Are You Sleeping” or “Bear in the Woods.”

Some (but not all) songs include activities, mp3’s, sheet music, and chords. The songbook hasn’t been updated since 2011, but don’t let that stop you from visiting as many of the songs are timeless favorites.

Tour the Golden Gate Bridge

May 18th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, May 18, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Golden Gate Bridge

(www.xplorit.com/san-francisco-golden-gate-bridge)

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

 

Tour the Golden Gate Bridge with this virtual tour from Xplorit.

Start off the tour by watching the brief video presentation of “75 Years of The Golden Gate Bridge in 49 Seconds.” When the video finishes, use your mouse or arrow keys to move around and in and out of the 360° images. Use the stacked lines icon on the bottom menu to see all the available views including: 

  • Marin Headlands
  • South Side of the Bridge
  • South Tower
  • San Francisco Bay – Sky View
  • Middle of the Bridge – South
  • North Side of the Bridge
  • North Statue
  • North Tower
  • San Francisco City View
  • Outside Interactive Museum
  • South Tower
  • South Bridge – Bike Route
  • South Side of the Bridge
  • Welcome Center
  • South Side Welcome Center View
  • Fort Baker Fishing Pier
  • Fort Baker Overlook

Throughout the tours, visitors can move to other locations by selecting the world icons in the pictures. Or click on the map markers to take video “moving” treks across the bridge. 

Besides the images, the interesting thing about this tour is that there are many video views throughout which help give the visitor a sense of being there.

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