Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Free Spanish Lessons and Games

May 4th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 4, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

OnlineFreeSpanish

(www.onlinefreespanish.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers engaging, FREE, introductory Spanish lessons for children and their parents that includes games, activities, printable coloring pages, and worksheets!

When you get to the site you’ll see currently featured activities, followed by an icon menu that includes: 

  • Levels 1-4 – Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any level, then any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen.
  • Print – Choose from an assortment of fun printable materials that reinforce learning the lessons. There’s a picture dictionary, word search puzzle, and coloring pages of farm animals, fruits, bugs, numbers, and more.
  • Tablets – Content for iPad and Android tablets that teach Spanish numbers, colors, and so much more.

Back on the home page, you’ll find the Spanish Word of the Day and Today’s Date. Then scroll further down to find the interactive games listed by category. You can also sign up to receive the free newsletter that will keep you updated on “new activities and games, tips, and other free cool stuff.”

Free Game & Curriculum Teach the War of 1812

May 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 2, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fort McHenry – Hold the Fort game

(www.nps.gov/fomc/holdthefort/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by The National Park Service and Fort McHenry National Historic Monument in Baltimore, Maryland, provides a free interactive, multi-media game and free curriculum to teach students about the War of 1812.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu that includes: information about the game, a preview video of the game, game screenshots, and the history of the War of 1812. If you click on “About the History” you’ll find a link to “Teacher Resources” provided by the Friends of Fort McHenry with free downloadable lessons for grades 4-8.

We highly suggest reading “About the Game” to understand the nuances of play. This game takes about 45-75 minutes to play, depending on how quickly you maneuver your player, and how well you prepare and command your troops at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore. You’ll engage in a variety of activities that will determine the outcome of the battle including: 

  • Lead and inspire 1,000 men under your command!
  • Manage fort resources to survive the long day and night!
  • Explore a 3D virtual world of the fort!
  • Play the Fife & Drum and command a Gun Battery!
  • And of course, fly the flag!

The goal of the game is to protect Fort McHenry from invasion by British troops, inspiring a young lawyer named Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Free Bee Identification Cards

April 30th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 30, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Sunflower Project

(www.greatsunflower.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by San Francisco State University, wants you to become part of their scientific research team by growing sunflowers, observing and counting the bees that visit them, and reporting the data back to The Great Sunflower Project.

To aid you in this endeavor, they will send you a free PDF file of Bee Identification Cards! Just create an account with a user name and password and you’ll be able to download and/or print them out. (Note: You MUST click on the link that comes by email to confirm your account and get your cards.)

When you get to the site, there’s a short introduction that explains the program. Basically, they want you to plant Lemon Queen sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that can be grown in a pot on a deck or patio or in a garden to help identify the effects of pesticides on pollinators and report your findings. Here is a link to one site that sells the sunflowers. This company has offered to “pass along 25% of her proceeds from seeds bought at her website to the Great Sunflower Project. If you use the Coupon Code FR225A and whether you buy Lemon Queen sunflowers to participate in our pesticide research project or some other plants (which you can also use to count pollinators), 25% of the proceeds will be donated to us.”

But that’s not all! Learn all about sunflowers, gardening, and bees through the free guides, lessons and activities that integrate a variety of subjects (meeting California state curriculum standards) and are designed for students in grades K-12. Access them by clicking on “Explore” and then “Teaching Resources” on the menu at the top of the home page.

Be sure to spend some time at this site clicking the various links – they all lead to amazing content and resources that can be utilized to suit whatever style of un/homeschooling you use.

NOTE: On May 1, 2019, The Great Sunflower project will be featured on PBS Nature – American Spring Live. You can see a clip that they’ve created to introduce the Great Sunflower Project here.

Colonial History Games & More

April 18th, 2019

It’s Thursday, April 18, 2019, and time for Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Colonial Williamsburg-Kids Zone

(www.history.org/kids/index.cfm)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Did you ever wonder what life was really like in colonial days? Wonder no longer! At this Colonial Williamsburg Foundation website, students of all ages can enjoy games, interactives, and podcasts designed to help them learn about colonial history.

When you get to the site, you can “Tour the Town” (an illustrated map), learn about “Colonial People”, or get right to the “Popular Games and Activities”. There are 3 pages of games and activities (some specifically for iPad) such as:

  • Colonial Days Coloring Book
  • Coffee Bean Solitaire
  • Colonial Word Search
  • Tool Trouble
  • And more!

Also, be sure to check out the horizontal menu at the top of the page including:

  • History – Read educational bios, essays, and articles on the everyday lives of extraordinary colonial Americans. Learn about the people, places, life, revolution, trades, clothing, and more.
  • Multi-Media – Enjoy slideshows, videos, podcasts, audios, games and more on every aspect of colonial life.
  • And more!

This site is a great way to introduce the history of colonial America and enhance any study of it.

The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

April 17th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, April 17, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Knowing Poe

(knowingpoe.thinkport.org/)

Age Range:  9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website explores the literature, life, and times of the state of Maryland’s native son and writer, Edgar Allan Poe.

Turn on your speakers to engage in a variety of multi-media activities that will help you learn about one of America’s foremost writers, who is best known for works such as “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

This site offers some ingenious methods for learning about Poe through both historical and fictional means, as well as from a number of different perspectives. Learn about the era he lived in, what his house, family, and hometown were like, and see how it informed the complex choices Poe made as he wrote poems and stories. You can even become a forensic investigator and review the “hard facts” about Poe’s untimely death. 

Use the lesson plans and interactive experiences, including primary source documents, links to other website resources, and even some fun family-centered activities to understand the continuing impact of Poe’s legacy. [Note: Some of the links to other web-based resources are inoperative. However, we found that a quick Google search for those items led to results for similar content on a variety of other sites.]

When you get to the site you can click on images to begin to explore the content, or use the menu on the left to focus on: 

  • Poe The Person – Includes a timeline that highlights historic events that occurred during his lifetime. This section also offers, “It’ll be the Death of Me,” that allows you to explore the possible causes of Poe’s mysterious death.
  • Poe The Writer – Provides an exploration into Poe’s writings and the unusual tools, techniques, and revision processes he used.
  • The Poe Library – Access some of Poe’s works, primary source documents about Poe, and link to other resources about Poe.

In addition to all of the above, this site is filled with trivia and little known facts about Poe. The dark, mysterious images and style of the website maintains the spooky legacy of Poe’s most famous works. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.)

Science with Leonardo da Vinci!

April 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, April 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Da Vinci – The Genius

(www.mos.org/leonardo/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, invented the diving bell, and designed the airplane, helicopter and parachute. The Museum of Science, Boston offers this free online exhibit with activities and lesson plans to explore the life, times, and scientific inventions of da Vinci. As the site says, “Though this site was designed to be most appropriate for students in grades four through eight, many of the activities can be adapted for younger or older students as needed.”


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

  • Da Vinci – The Artist – Browse his paintings, and learn about techniques of linear perspective. Become Leonardo’s virtual apprentice to play with size and distance and investigate aerial perspective.
  • Da Vinci – The Inventor – Explore Leonardo’s fascination with machines and how they work including wheel and axles, pulley, screw, lever, gears and more. You’ll also learn about Leonardo’s interest in gadgets. Use your imagination to sketch a gadget and invent a useful machine. Take a quiz to see if you can identify Leonardo’s machines from his sketches.
  • Da Vinci – The Scientist – Learn about his curiosities.

Other activities include: Find out how to do “mirror writing” and generate a hypothesis about da Vinci’s reasons for writing backwards. And make sure you check out the Teaching Tips.

This is an engaging online presentation that demonstrates how Leonardo da Vinci creatively applied the scientific method in every aspect of life.

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