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Archeology for Kids

November 25th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 25, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Park Service: Archeology for Kids

 

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Park Service, kids can learn all about the science of archeology. Many national parks maintain dig sites where researchers and scientists find clues to the stories of the past. This site includes information about archeologists and the fields in which they specialize.
When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu below the big words “Archeology for Kids” that includes: 
  • Who Are Archeologists – Meet men and women who study fossil remains of humans, animals, marine life, and the geology of the earth through time.
  • How Do They Work – Find out how archeologists explore various dig sites. Learn about surveys, measuring, excavation, dating, recording, artifacts, and more.
  • The Archeology Lab – Learn what archeologists do in the lab including cataloging artifacts, preserving specimens, and more.
  • Try it! – Enjoy three different fun activities to learn what archeologists do and how they sift for clues that help explain the people and cultures of the past.
  • Dig Deeper – Get information on what it takes to have a career as an archeologist.

Interactive Language Learning

November 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, November 22, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Duolingo

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This free website for language learning uses fun interactive technology to learn and practice a foreign language.
When arriving at the link, select the language you would like to learn. Available languages include:
  • Spanish
  • Danish
  • Irish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Dutch (Netherlands)
After selecting your language, watch the quick tour hosted by the owl mascot, Duo. This tour explains the interface and how to use the program. Next you are able to choose to begin with “Basics” or take a short placement test if you are already familiar with the language. Interactive lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and more. Be sure to have your sound on and Duolingo requires the Adobe Flash plugin to accept speech input. There are hundreds of lessons broken down to focus on specific language skills. You need to complete certain skills to open new skill/lesson levels.

In order for your lessons to be tracked you will need to create a free profile. Once you have created your profile you can review words learned, practice with flashcards, check your activity on the program, and more. There is a language discussion board available so parents will want to monitor their students if they do not want them to participate in the board. While working through the lessons, student earn lingots, the Duolingo virtual currency. Lingots can be used in the virtual store for things such as a “Heart Refill” which “allows you to regain one heart lost during a lesson”, “Streak Freeze” which allows your activity “streak to remain in place for one full day of inactivity”, and more program related bonuses.

From the website:

In a recent independent study, professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of South Carolina found that when using Duolingo for 34 hours, students learn the equivalent of one university semester of language instruction.”

And this program is also available as a free app so you can take learning on the go. Learning a new language can be fun using this website that appeals to different learning methods.

Songs and Games in Spanish

September 20th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, September 20, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Juegos y Canciones

 

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

 

This website was designed by a kindergarten teacher to appeal to the very young, but beginners of all ages can learn something here.
When you get to this website, you can read the long introduction (if you like), that explains this webpage author’s experiences learning and teaching Spanish abroad. (Teachers may find the discussion of bilingual education and second language acquisition of interest.) You will also find a bookstore full of Amazon-linked recommendations, an opportunity to participate in some discussions and help develop curriculum, and information about how families can learn Spanish together through immersion programs in Guatemala or Mexico.

But there’s a special treat at the bottom (scroll way down) under the heading “Songs and Games for You!

Here you will find popular tunes in Spanish such as the classic folk song, “De Colores,” and about a dozen other tunes available in midi or mp3 format (and many are in the downloadable iTunes collection as well). There are also printable lyrics in Spanish, plus games or hand motions or, in one case, a “show” (a series of illustrations) for you to watch while you sing.

There are also about a half dozen other games and activities for Spanish learning. Every page is available in English or Spanish. The email address is provided for the author of each song or activity so that you can contact them directly if you have any questions. Although the lyrics aren’t provided in English, the activity descriptions are often clear enough that you can guess! (And for the words that you can’t guess, just type “translate” into your favorite search engine.)

Learn Native American Languages

August 30th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 30, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Native-Languages.org

 

Age Range: 8-Adult (Grades 3 and up, 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”.
When arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links in the following categories:
  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages

Each category provides a link to another page with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources you will find link 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
  • Online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

In the Native American Language Families section, you will be able to explore over 25 Amerindian language families. The Recommended Books about Native American Languages section provides links to purchase books about Native American languages. Selected Links about Native American Languages contains links to other related websites.

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.

Spanish Fun for Young Ones

April 26th, 2014

 

It’s Saturdayday, April 26, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

GPB Salsa

 

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

 

Created by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Salsa is an award-winning language television series that uses puppets, digital graphics, and animations to provide young learners with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture in a fun and entertaining manner

 

Episodes, ranging in length from 15-30 minutes, are entirely in Spanish. With the help of familiar children’s stories and characters, children become engaged and quickly pick up on the language skills presented. Throughout an episode there are brief breaks in the stories to focus on the featured words, reinforcing the vocabulary being taught.

 

Join Salsa, the animated salamander, and his friends as you watch any or all of the 42 video lessons available for free online. The stories include characters from such favorite stories as:

 

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Three Clever Goats
  • The Three Pigs

 

No need to worry if you are not familiar with Spanish because on each episode page there are Introduction, Vocabulary, and Instructor videos for the teacher to preview before presenting the episode videos to their children. Transcripts of the episode and activity guides are also available to download for each episode.

 

And to keep the learning going, there are four fun interactive games for your students to play: 

  • Seek and Find
  • Pizza
  • Sequence
  • Coloring Book

 

Based on research, children before the age of nine can easily learn multiple languages and with the help of this website your students can discover that learning Spanish is great fun.

Foreign Languages for Travelers

April 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, April 5, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

TravLang: Foreign Languages for Travelers

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a find for those who have an interest in many languages or who want to try out different languages – in an effort to figure out which one they would like to study in more depth.

The only drawback is that this is a commercial site, so the pop-up advertisements are a real nuisance. However, just close them out and scroll down the home page until you see “Follow the 2 Steps Below.” Enter the language you speak, and then click on a flag of a country with the language you want to speak – you’ll find everything from Afrikaans to Zulu here.

Once you click on a flag, a new page opens with a menu that offers you a selection of vocabulary lessons. It includes:

  • Basic Words
  • Numbers
  • Shopping/Dining Terms
  • Travel Terminology
  • Directions
  • Places
  • Time and Dates

Use the radio buttons to select a topic, click submit, and a new page opens with a vocabulary list of words and some short phrases. Click on the words or phrases and you can hear them pronounced. Once you’ve learned the words, take a quick quiz, located on the same page, to see how much you remember.

Again, this is a great way to get some exposure to another language – or to learn some quick words and phrases that might help you get by if you plan to visit a foreign country. Kids may just be fascinated to find out how to say “I do not understand,” in over 60 languages.

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