Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

October 21st, 2016


It’s Friday, October 21, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at


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Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island


Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)


This virtual field trip from Scholastic takes visitors on a video field trip to Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1924, twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island in their first steps to becoming citizens of the United States. Explore this story with the over 30-minute video that provides a walk-through tour of Ellis Island and interviews with knowledgeable Ellis Island park rangers.

Students will learn about: 

  • What was it like for immigrants to come to America and the screening process?
  • The history of Immigration Station
  • What was on the island before it became the doorway to America?
  • Who was the first immigrant through Ellis Island?
  • What happened to immigrants after leaving Ellis Island?

And more.

When you have finished watching the video, use the menu at the top to select “Explore Ellis Island” to: 

  • Read interesting stories
  • Hear first-hand accounts from people who came through Ellis Island
  • See historical photos
  • Watch film footage of immigrants arriving

But the learning doesn’t stop there. Use the upper navigation to “Meet Young Immigrants” who recently immigrated to the United States and explore “Immigration Data”.

Select the “Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today” header to go to the main page of this unit. Scroll down the page to locate the “Teaching Resources” section to find: 

  • Teacher’s Guide – explains the objectives of the unit, provides grade-level lesson plans, and other suggested resources
  • Book lists – suggested reading about immigration for students grades 3-5 and 6-12
  • Ellis Island Facts and Worksheets – worksheets and interesting facts to supplement your studies
  • The New York Times Interactive Map of Immigrant Settlement Patterns – an interactive map on the NY Times website that allows students to see where immigrants from specific countries settled in America

This unit not only provides an interesting virtual tour but loads of great information and activities to add your history studies on immigration.

Interactive and educational games

October 19th, 2016


It’s Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Interactive Sites for Education – Language Arts


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


We found a quite a treasure on this website that describes themselves as a conglomeration of “all of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place!” New activities for the 2016-17 school year were just added. They do say that “most of these activities are Flash based. This means that they will NOT work on iPads unless you are running an app that allows Flash to play such as Puffin”.

When you get to the page scroll down to investigate the games listed by skills like: 

  • ABC’s
  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capitalization
  • Compound Words
  • Capitalization
  • Parts of Speech
  • And so much more!

This website has much more to offer in addition to Language Arts. Go to the home page to see a full list of their offerings – everything from learning about the elections to Math, Science, Social Studies, Brainteasers, Teacher Tools, Music, Art, Typing, Holidays and even games in Spanish!

Please keep in mind that each of these selections are links to individual websites. These interactive games, sites, and activities were not created by the owner(s) of this site. The content of the linked resources are the property of their respective creators. As always, parents should preview the content and supervise the use.

Tidepool Math

October 17th, 2016


It’s Monday, October 17, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Tidepool Math


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


FREE math lessons and activities that are themed around ocean tidepools.

When you get to the website you can choose between a Tidepool Math Curriculum for Grades K-8 or High School.

K-8 – This curriculum provides lessons and exercises to help students become familiar with tidepool habitats. Students use math skills such as counting, estimation, and determining the mean, to learn how the inter-tidal environment constantly changes both physically and biologically.

High School – This curriculum is divided into three parts with lessons and exercises that use science and math to provide the student with increased awareness of the diversity of animals and plants in inter-tidal habitats. It helps students understand the differences between random, systematic and targeted sampling approaches as well as comparing estimates, counts, and means. Through the activities, students gain understanding of how to use simple statistical concepts and tools to analyze and study environmental data.

Both of the curriculums are offered through downloadable PDFs. The exercises refer to photos of tidepools and marine animals and plants that are provided for free on the website as well. 

You can also download and print out colorful flash cards of marine animals and plants. Each card has a terrific illustration on the front, with scientific information and cool facts on the back – similar to what you’d find in a field guide.

While this curriculum is interesting and engaging all on its own – a trip to the beach or an aquarium with a tidepool exhibit would be a great way to enhance the learning.

Learn All About Earthquakes

October 4th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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Earthquakes for Kids


Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)


Today’s site, sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), offers a multi-media exploration of earthquake history, animations, project ideas and a lot more.

When you get to the site simply use the icon menu to explore:

  • Latest Quakes – See a map depicting where earthquakes have occurred worldwide over the past 7 days.
  • Animations – Watch terrific video animations of Amplification, A Blind Thrust Fault, Foreshocks, and much more!
  • Become An Earthquake Scientist – Learn what it takes to be a Geophysicist.
  • Cool Earthquake Facts – Learn fascinating trivia and tidbits about earthquakes.
  • Earthquake ABC – This provides a good introduction to earthquakes for children along with safety tips and info for parents and teachers.
  • Puzzles & Games – Under Plate Tectonics Activities there are Flashcards, Matching, Concentration and Word Search games.

And more!

History and Social Studies and More, Oh My!

September 29th, 2016


It’s Thursday, September 29, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)


This sister website to the website, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, serves as an internet gateway to educational information and services available through government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.

Using the navigation buttons at the top of the page, first decide your audience, Kids Grade K-5 or Teens Grade 6-8, then choose to:

  • Learn Stuff
  • Play Games
  • Watch Videos

This is where the fun begins. Choose from the suggestions in the scroll-able upper menu box or find the subject you are interested in by selecting it from the icons below the box. The icons will take you to another page broken down into topics. From here either browse through the list of linked websites or click the topical text link to be taken to the page of links.

All kinds of subjects are available, but we will focus on History. On the “Learn More” tab find great resources to learn about: 

  • American History
  • Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
  • Groups and Cultures
  • Presidents
  • Time Periods and Eras
  • Wars

History games include: 

  • America by Air – Among other activities, take a virtual flight across America.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Kid’s Zone – Games that teach about life in colonial America
  • History and Culture – Smithsonian Education – a selection of games sponsored by the Smithsonian
  • And many more!

Watch videos about: 

  • Native American Indians
  • Martha Washington
  • Webcasts from the Library of Congress

(Note: While reviewing this site we found some links no longer took you directly to the right page, but adventurous researchers can dig a little on the site to locate what they need.)

Select the Teachers button in the top menu to find activities, worksheets, lesson plans and more. The Parents page provides parental resources for a subject.

This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site to come back time and again for all your subjects.

Fun Themes Help Kids Read for Pleasure

September 21st, 2016


It’s Wednesday, September 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8. As always, parents should preview the site and reading recommendations to determine suitability of content.)


Two women book publishers (with a great sense of humor and love of children’s books) created this website with activities, videos, and reviews designed to introduce kids to quality books to encourage reading for sheer pleasure in a non-academic mode.

When you get to the site you’ll find a menu that offers: 

  • Reviews by You(th) – Read kid-submitted book reviews, with peer comments and ratings. Submit your own review!
  • Recommended Reads – Enjoy a series of blog posts with long lists of great books to read in a variety of topic/subject categories.
  • Videos & Podcasts – Enjoy listening to kid-friendly chats and watch clever video clips featuring book recommendations.
  • Themes – Get recommendations and reviews for books about boys, series starring girls, poetry, mythology, biographies, foreign lands, and more.

This site offers a clever way to engage kids in the joy of reading for fun and pleasure! Be sure to bookmark it so you can return to see the latest posts, podcasts, videos, and reviews.