Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, September 11, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

911 Memorial – Lesson Plans

 

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

 

9/11 is the Day of Remembrance. Help students understand the events and impact on history of that fateful day in 2001 with the lesson plans provided at the 9/11 Memorial website. The lesson plans were developed by The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

 

*Due to the nature of the events of 9/11 and the graphic images and sensitive content that are in some of the lesson plans and features of this website, it is highly recommended that parents review this site and its offerings prior to sharing with their children.

 

When arriving at the link above, you may select from the appropriate grade levels for your children. All of the lessons are downloadable and follow the same basic format providing: 

 

* Common Core Standards

* Key Questions/Issues Addressed
* Lesson Goals/Objectives
* Key Terms
* Materials
* Background for Lesson
* Instructions Activity/Procedures
* Evidence of Understanding
* Extension Activities

* Appendix (if applicable)
 

The lessons fall into different categories of topics. All levels include lessons about:

 

* Community and Conflict
* Heroes & Service
* Historical Impact
* History of the World Trade Center
* Individuals and 9/11
* Memory & Memorialization
* The Aftermath: Humanitarian, Charitable, and Volunteer Support

Lessons for grades 3-12 also include the following topics:

 

* Heroic Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up
* Historical Impact of 9/11
* Making of a Memorial Museum
* Mourning, Memorializing, and Meaning-Making of 9/11

You will also want to check out the other educational options by selecting the Teach + Learn option in the upper navigation bar. You will find teaching guides, interactive timelines, historical information, primary resources, helpful advice on talking to children about 9/11 and much more.

Select the “Memorial” option in the upper navigation bar to learn about the 9/11 Memorial and even view the memorial via a webcam.

Although this is a tough topic to approach as many of us lived through those dark days, this website provides us with the tools to teach our children the historical significance of that time.

Free Grammar Book with Activities & Worksheets

September 10th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Azar Grammar: Fun with Grammar

 

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

 

At this website you can download the book, Fun with Grammar for free and use the activities and games to supplement and enhance any study of grammar. The games reinforce the correct use of grammar through oral and written activities.

While designed for ESL classroom use, many of the activities can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment. This book was originally designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum, but it is not necessary to purchase the curriculum to enjoy and learn from the activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of book chapters that cover grammar topics such as:

  • Verbs – Present, Past, and Future
  • Nouns & Pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • Adjectives
  • Passive Voice
  • Gerunds and Infinitives
  • Comparatives and Superlatives
  • ~And More!

Look at the menu on the right to find free grammar worksheets. These are also designed to be used with a specific grammar curriculum but can easily be adapted for anyone to use. Find these types of materials for Basic English Grammar, Intermediate and Advanced: 

  • Teacher-Created Worksheets
  • Expansion Activities
  • Vocabulary Worksheets
  • Song Lessons
  • PowerPoint Supplements

Bridging World History

September 4th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, September 4, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Bridging World History

 

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger Annenberg Learner website, this portion of the website is a collection of 26 inquiry-based thematic units using videos, text, and interactive activities to help students discover world history. While the units can be used individually to supplement history studies, when used in their entirety and sequentially, they provide a complete chronological world history course.

Each of the lesson units include:

  • Videos produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting are usually divided into three segments, each focusing on a specific topic relating to the unit.
  • The Course Guide PDF not only provides instruction for using the unit but also can serve as the student workbook.
  • Online Text PDFs contain the reading material for the unit.
  • Learning Activities PDFs contain ideas for activities to be used by groups or individuals at various skill levels.

When arriving at the unit home page, use the left hand navigation bar to access the various components of the unit. In addition to the main study components, you will find:

  • References & Sources
  • Unit Audio Glossary
  • Related Units
  • Video Transcript

In the navigation bar beside the Bridging World History logo, be sure to check out the World History Traveler feature, an interactive that builds upon the lessons with the use of maps, images, documents, and texts. This tool can be used to focus in on particular events, places, or people or zooming out to see the larger picture of time and place.

Whether you are in need of supplemental material for your world history studies or looking for a full course, this website is definitely worth consideration.

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

September 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 3, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Wise Pockets

 

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.
This website is provided by the University of Missouri. It is designed to help classroom students in grades 3-6 become more knowledgeable about personal finance including saving, investing, and using credit. The lessons and activities can be easily adjusted for homeschool students.
What is unique here, is that personal finance concepts and lessons are taught through the use of children’s literature. Wise Pockets has selected books with themes that relate to money, and developed lesson plans and activities that extend the learning to help students become better money managers. There are 13 book titles in all that include:
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • The Leaves In October by Karen Ackerman
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paul Danziger
  • Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • and more!
Click on any title and a new page opens with a free, printable, classroom lesson containing objectives, detailed instruction procedure steps, activity sheets, and extension/enrichment recommendations.

Free High School Chemistry Labs & Lessons!

September 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MisterGuch: Free Chemistry Resources

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website created by a High School Chemistry teacher (with a cool sense of humor) is “committed to giving out the very best free stuff to teachers.” There are no bells and whistles here, just an entire year’s worth of free general and honors level high school chemistry lessons, labs, and worksheets.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices that include:
  • Free Chemistry Worksheets – Practice balancing equations, name chemical compounds, and learn about acids, bases, atomic structure, gas laws, thermodynamics and more.
  • Free Chemistry Labs – Download pdf and/or MS Word docs with instructions on lab activities that include experiments with gum, balloons, snow globes, paper planes, onion DNA, pennies, and more.
  • Free Curriculum Books – Mr. Guch has written lab manuals and other useful books that he makes available for free. They include:
    • 24 Lessons That Rocked the World – Get complete labs with instructions, safety information, a lab worksheet, a homework sheet, and solutions.
    • 17 Effective Activities For New Chemistry Teachers – This focuses on basic and introductory Lab activities.
    • The Complete Book of Chemistry Quizzes and Practice Problems – Covers the first semester of high school chemistry.

Just click on the topics of interest and a new page opens with a menu of activities that you can download in pdf or MS Word format and print out to use at home. (Some of the documents are large and may take a minute or two to fully download. Your patience will pay off.)

The Particle Adventure!

August 26th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Particle Adventure

 

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

 

This website offers an award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors. Sponsored by the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it is available in an impressive array of languages including Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, German, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Slovenska, and Norsk!
Click the “Go” button to begin the adventure. Once you begin, the menu appears in the left column, and you can jump to any topic of interest. The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to proceed sequentially by using the arrows at the top right of each page.
Lively illustrations and good-natured humor keep you smiling as you learn fascinating and amazing facts about physics and the microscopic wonders of the world in which we live, plus a section on unsolved mysteries and several sections explaining how scientists have learned what we know so far.
Learn what Einstein tried, but failed, to find! Because each page contains only a short segment of text, this is highly readable and accessible even if you have no physics background at all.
In the lower part of the main page, you can also find links to more particle physics exploration for high schoolers, classroom activities (quiz yourself on what you have learned from this site!), a two-page summary of particles and their history, and a glossary of relevant terms. Older students can find some really advanced topics here! Younger children will enjoy the introductory page of “The Fireworks of Particles.” Also, “Quarkdance” takes you to a cute animation of quarks dancing to some toe-tapping accordion music. Make sure your speakers are on! There are also links here for further exploration of this topic, including posters about contemporary physics (frontier physics).
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