Posts Tagged ‘activities’

New England History Only a Click Away

July 24th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 24, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Centuries: Views from New England

 

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England. 

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics:

  • Highlight of the Online Collection – browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic
  • Explore the Online Collection – using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include:

  • Dress Up – see, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively
  • First Person – read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them
  • Magic Lens – easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920.
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from:

  • Turn of the Centuries – focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

Literature Lesson Plans

July 16th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Mr. Donn’s Literature Lesson Plans

 

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

 

This website offers a wide selection of free lesson plans based on literature. While they are designed for classroom use, many of the lessons contain activities that can be easily adapted to homeschooling.
When you get to the site use the alphabetized directory to search for any given book title. When you find the title of the book you are interested in, you may find from one to several lesson plans for that title that vary widely in content and design. Click on a lesson plan and you may find:
  • Suggestions for exercises to improve language arts development from letter recognition in Pre-K to character and plot development exercises for older students.
  • Book-themed coloring pages, puzzles, and games to do online or print out and do offline
  • Webquests that explore ideas and concepts introduced in the book through visiting recommended websites
  • Downloadable pdf files with questions to stimulate reading comprehension
  • Suggestions for other books to read on the same topic
  • Teacher’s guides
  • Writing assignments
  • Unit studies themed around a book
  • And more!

There is no way to access it all in one visit – so be sure to bookmark the site to return again.

You will also notice that if you scroll down the homepage at this site you will find other resources for language arts development including free lesson plans for studying: Shakespeare, poetry, fairytales, myths, drama, historical fiction, and more. You’ll even find free Power Point Lessons in Literature and Language Arts.

Interactive Math Practice

July 14th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, July 14, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MathABC

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported and user-friendly website offers free, interactive math drill-and-practice activities to help students in grades 1-6 improve their math skills.
When you get to the site simply click on a grade level and begin practicing math strands that include:
  • Grade 1: Numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction.
  • Grade 2: Addition, subtraction, time, money and more.
  • Grade 3: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, time, etc.
  • Grade 4: Fractions, money, subtraction, addition, and counting.
  • Grade 5: Basic math skills plus fractions (add, subtract, multiply, divide), and more.
  • Grade 6: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, percentages, time, money, and more.

Once you select a grade level, choose the math strand you want to practice. A new page opens with the equation displayed. Type in the answer and if your answer is correct, you move on to the next equation. If it’s incorrect, the correct answer is provided and then you can try again with a new equation.

Younger children and non-readers will need adult supervision and assistance. You’ll find Times Tables practice (from 1-10), and Math Tests on the menu as well.

[ClickSchooling] Kentucky Farms Feed Me Virtual Field Trips

July 11th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, July 11, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Kentucky Farms Feed Me

 

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the world of farming in Kentucky with this wonderful series of video virtual field trips. Funded by the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and Kentucky Small Grain Growers Associations, this website strives to bring the farms and farmers of Kentucky into the comfort of your classroom and to promote agricultural education. The videos are presented from a child’s perspective and range in length from 5 to 12 minutes. Video selections currently include: 
  • Celebrating Our Farms at the Kentucky State Fair
  • Did You Eat Your Veggies Today?
  • Apples are Awesome!
  • Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat. Oh, My!
  • The Beef on Cattle Farms
  • Kentucky, The Poultry State?
  • From Pig to Pork
  • Milk, Cheese, and Ice Cream Please

In addition to watching the videos, visitors can also submit questions via a form on the video page and farmers and experts will email a response. If a question and the answer is deemed to have educational value, it is posted to the video page to help others. Also on each video page, on the left hand sidebar, you will find more information about the field trip as well as links to lesson plans and activities and additional YouTube videos about the subject.

Literacy, Spelling, & Grammar Activities!

July 9th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ambleweb

 

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

 

The Ambleside Primary School faculty and fourth-year students created the free language arts games and activities on this site.
The literacy portion of this site appears in two sections as follows:
I. When you get to the site you’ll see the word “Literacy” and below it a menu that includes short “Click-On” activities as follows:
*Interactive spelling worksheets Click and drag the missing letters to the blank spaces where they belong to complete the words.

*Proverbs – Click and drag the first and last parts of each proverb to place them together.

*Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, and Prepositions – Drag each word into the correct category.

*Word Finder – Given a word, see how many smaller words can be made from its letters.

*Sentence Sorter – Put the words in order to create a sentence that makes sense.

II. Below the above menu, click on the words “Ambleweb Literacy Page” to find:

*Look, Cover, Write, and Check – A customizable spelling list. You look at the word, then click “cover” and type the word from memory. You will be informed whether you got the word correct or not.

*Book Reviews – Read reviews submitted by (mostly young) website visitors, or submit your own!

*Word Games and Quizzes – Create stories, limericks, or haiku. Work on vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, and more!

*Best Internet Resources – A long list of recommended links for further Language Arts learning and practice. (We did not review these links, so parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use).

Bookmark this website and also use it for math, science, art, geography, music, just for fun and more! There is even an “infant zone” for the very young.

Science with Butterflies

July 8th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, July 8, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Children’s Butterfly Site

 

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

 

This website, sponsored by the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University, has free information on the life cycle of butterflies, a stunning photo gallery of moths and butterflies, links to teaching and learning tools, and even printable science coloring pages!
When you get to the site you’ll see the features that include:

*Coloring Pages – Get coloring pages of a butterfly egg, larva, chrysalis (pupa), and an adult butterfly. You’ll also find a link to a lesson plan based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

*Frequently Asked Questions – This is a great resource for learning about moths and butterflies, their anatomy (find out if they have brains and hearts), life cycle, habitats, and behavior. Are butterflies poisonous? How did they get their name? How do you say “butterfly” in other languages? The answers are all here.

*Life Cycle – Enjoy a simple explanation of a butterfly’s life cycle illustrated with terrific photos. This is perfect for kids!

*Links – For those kids (and adults) that want to know more, this is a wonderful archive of links to butterfly and entomology websites in the U.S. and worldwide. There are even links to conservation programs that you can participate in as a citizen-scientist. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.

*Galleries – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.

*Teaching and Learning Tools – Watch videos about butterflies, get a bibliography of field guides and reference books that include activities you can do at home – like growing a butterfly garden to attract these fascinating creatures to your backyard.

And for those of you studying foreign languages, you’ll find translations of the life cycle overview in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

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