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American Art Treasures to Go

May 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, May 2, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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Smithsonian American Art Museum-Treasures to Go

 

Age Range: All (All grades, childrenwith parental supervision)

 

The Smithsonian American Art Museum launched this site in conjunction with its traveling exhibit of over 500 of the finest American art treasures. At this site you can see the images and read descriptions of the paintings and sculptures that made up the exhibit.
There are 8 themes including: 
  • Young America
  • Lure of the West
  • American Impressionism
  • The Gilded Age
  • Scenes of American Life
  • Modernism & Abstraction
  • Contemporary Folk Art
  • Arte Latino
This site presents a terrific opportunity to get familiar with American artwork and artists. Gather the family around the computer to take a virtual trip to see this incredible art exhibit.

Book Finder with Lessons, Author Bios, & More!

April 29th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 29, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Scholastic: Book Wizard

 

Age Range: 3-17 (Grades PreK-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 50,000 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 that includes options: 
  • Find Books – 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. Note: Look for the words “Search By Level” under the input form. Click on those words to search for books and associated lessons and activities by preferences such as “Interest Level” and “Reading Level” for grades PreK-12. You can also search by Book Type, Subject, and Genre.

  • Similar Books – Enter a favorite book title, set the reading level scale (same, easier, harder), click “Search” and Similar Books performs it’s magic rendering a selection of titles your child is sure to enjoy.
Check out Scholastic’s Teacher’s page to locate oodles and gobs of resources!

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

April 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Kids on the Net

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.
If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include hangman, word searches, crossword puzzles, a metaphor and simile quiz, and some fill-in-the-blank story activities. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site. Be sure to click on the “Competitions” button to learn about a story-writing activity. Although this competition has ended, your kids might enjoy the writing activity.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids, or create an island all your own. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices going. Get your notebook and pencil handy and dive on in!

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

RMS Titanic Virtual Tour

April 17th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, April 17, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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The RMS Titanic

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

From the Russian international multimedia news service, Sputnik International, take an interactive virtual tour of a realistic animated version of the RMS Titanic.
When arriving at the link, let the tour load in the window then click “Start” to begin the tour. Visitors can watch the brief fly-by view of the ship, or choose to skip it, and then a cutaway version of the ship appears. Use the lower left button to select “Outside” or “Inside” the ship.

Click on the spinning ‘boxes’ to explore various locations on the ship such as: 

  • Third-Class Cabin
  • Third-Class Dining Room
  • Second-Class Cabin
  • Second-Class Dining Room
  • First-Class Stateroom
  • First-Class Dining Saloon
  • Engine Room
  • Staircases
  • Bridge
  • Bow Section
After selecting your destination, use your mouse, arrow keys, or the on-screen arrows to move around and examine the location. Occasionally visitors will discover informational hotspots among the images with interesting facts and tidbits about the location. Click the “X” to return to the main image.

Along with being able to visit various parts of the ship, select the paragraph icons to learn more fascinating facts about the ship.

This website provides an excellent rendition of what the Titanic was like before its demise on April 15, 1912.

History Matters

April 9th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 9, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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SchoolHistory.co.uk

 

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

 

For those of you looking for comprehensive and meaty U.S. History curriculum and lessons for high school students and beyond – look no further. This site provides resources and a gateway to U.S. history materials for teachers and students.
When you get to the site, you may need to wait a few minutes for it to fully load before you can click on the menu items. From primary source documents to teaching assignments using web resources, along with strategies from distinguished history teachers, you will discover all of the tools you need to study U.S. history – and most of the resources include text, image, and audio. There are also chat rooms for discussing various history topics and lessons with other students and teachers.

You will also find a fascinating History Test at this site that presents a series of questions and asks you to determine whether the test question is a legitimate question taken from real standardized tests for junior high and high school. This is in the Puzzled By The Past section that includes all kinds of quizzes and puzzle challenges for history students.

While this site is geared for high school and up – junior high students can benefit from many of the resources and information as well.

Incredible Animal Science Lessons for K-12!

April 7th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, April 7, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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SeaWorld/Busch Gardens: Animals

 

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

 

This terrific, multi-media website is chock-full of free and downloadable lessons and activities on animal and marine animal science.
Sponsored by SeaWorld/Busch Gardens, this site is a companion to the exhibits and education provided at the amusement parks. It is intended to increase students’ competencies in science and math while developing a lifelong appreciation and respect for all living creatures and habitats.

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

  • Animal Info – Get free “Animal Infobooks” and fun facts, listen to the sounds different animals make, explore ecosystems and zoological research.
  • Just For Teachers – Get free, downloadable teachers’ guides and classroom activities for grades K-12 (that can be tweaked for homeschools) on topics from Arctic Animals to Marine Animal Husbandry & Training. Watch the educational and entertaining “Shamu TV” online!
  • Fun Zone – Play interactive games that teach as they test your knowledge about animals. Print coloring pages of killer whales, penguins, sharks, elephants, gorillas, lions, and rhinos.
You’ll also find info about the educational programs, camps, and internships offered for students at the various theme-park locations throughout the U.S. and career information too. Learn about conservation and find out what’s new at the SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens theme parks near you.
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