Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Bed Bugs, and Termites, and Rats, Oh My!

May 21st, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PestWorld For Kids

(www.pestworldforkids.org/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by a pest control company that seeks to educate children about insects and other creatures and how to control them in human habitats through free lesson plans and games.

You’ll learn about the anatomy, habitat, and behavior of: 

  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bees
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Lice
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • And many more!

When you get to the site, click on Videos – PestQuest. Turn on your speakers to watch two full seasons of animated video! Learn about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife in these exciting Pest Quest episodes and have some fun with their favorite junior scientists.


Click on “Pest Guide” on the top menu bar to examine the “Pest List – Bugs A to Z.” You’ll see pictures and read fascinating information about the useful (and sometimes annoying) critters that we see around our homes.


Then, explore the rest of the menu that includes: 

  • Report Writing – Use a 10-step template for learning how to take notes and organize them into a paper on your favorite pest.
  • Science Fair Kits – Get some student-tested science experiments with Pill Bugs, Ants, and Fruit Flies that you can do in your own home.
  • Lesson Plans – Get an assortment of FREE lessons for K-5 including Intro to Pests and Totally Termites. You’ll also find suggested language arts activities and learn about classical taxonomy for Grades 4-8.
  • Games – Play interactive games like “Crush That Bug!” – similar to Candy Crush.

Just FYI: The focus is on education – not eradication of cute bugs and critters.

Basic Guide To Essay Writing

May 15th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

(lklivingston.tripod.com/essay/)

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

 

This website offers basic instruction in how to write an essay in a simple, easy-to-follow format.

The simple steps are: 

  • Decide on your topic
  • Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas
  • Write your thesis statement
  • Write the body
  • Write the introduction
  • Write the conclusion
  • Add the finishing touches

There is a great sample of a well-written essay at this site as well.

Another feature at this site are the links to other Internet resources for writing, grammar, bibliographies, research credits, study aids, and writing tutors – this is a comprehensive list and every link we tried was well worth the visit.

Grammar and writing articles!

May 8th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 8, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Essortment

(www.essortment.com/educational-subjects/)

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

 

This massive website has hundreds of articles on a variety of topics. Today we will focus on some of the Language Arts articles.

The content of the FREE articles is quite useful. Here are some of the topics: 

  • How To Use The Semicolon Properly
  • How To Write Song Lyrics
  • Effectively Writing A Complaint Letter
  • How To Improve Writing Skills With Writing Exercises
  • The Eight Parts Of Speech
  • Grammar & Punctuation: Proper Use Of The Colon
  • Emily Dickinson Poem Analysis
  • And more!

Each article is short and to the point, making this a great reference site for any kind of writing assignment or endeavor. NOTE: Parents, as always, should preview the site to determine the suitability of content.

Free Interactive Writing Prompts & Lessons

May 1st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WritingFix

(writingfix.com/)

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

 

This website provides all kinds of free, interactive writing prompts, lessons, and resources designed to inspire a passion for writing

As explained at the site, it has “strategically designed lessons to help ‘fix’ teachers who don’t enjoy teaching writing.”

It was designed for classroom teachers and students, but can be easily adapted for use in the homeschool environment. There is so much content at this site, that a brief review can hardly do it justice. So, we’ll focus on a few aspects, and leave it to you to explore the rest on your own.

The first thing you should know is that there is a lot going on at this site – so much so, that it can be a little overwhelming. Our advice is to visit the site when you really have some time to sort through what’s available. There is both “free content” and some “fee content” on the site. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some featured items. Place your cursor over the menu on the left to see the drop-down list of options for each menu item that includes: 

  • Writing Prompts – Get a variety of quick and easy prompts for kids that will inspire daily writing. Most are interactive that require you to fill in blanks or click on buttons to generate some ideas.
  • Mentor Text Lessons – Get free writing lessons for grades K-12 themed around picture books, chapter books, literature excerpts, poetry, short stories, and even popular song lyrics!
  • And so much more!

As we mentioned, there is much more available for you to review on your own. It may be easier to just sign up to have the FREE writing lesson emailed to you each month. To do that, click on the link under “Free Monthly Lessons” on the left margin of the homepage.

Performing Arts with Bob Hope

April 27th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 27, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bob Hope and American Variety

www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

The Library of Congress offers this free online presentation of the life of entertainer Bob Hope and the history of American Variety entertainment including Vaudeville, Radio, Movies, Television, and more.


Using photographs, illustrations, and text, this exhibit provides a biography of Hope’s career that provides fascinating historical information about the performing arts as well. 

When you get to the website use the menu in the middle that includes:

  • Early Life – Find out where Bob Hope was born, his real name, and how he got his start in show business.
  • Vaudeville – Discover Hope’s journey through vaudeville and get some terrific insight about what made this artform so popular.
  • Motion Pictures – Learn about the country’s transition to film making and the role of Hope’s series of “Road” pictures from 1940-1962 with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.
  • Joke File – Explore Hope’s theft-proof joke vault with more than 85,00 pages of  bits, sketches, and jokes created by his team of comedy writers.
  • On The Road: USO Shows – Read about Hope’s 50-years of performing variety shows for U.S. troops.
  • And more!

This interesting exhibition about Hope’s life provides keen insight into American history, culture, life, and values. It may springboard interest in watching some of Hope’s films that the whole family may find entertaining. You can rent DVDs of Hope’s “Road” pictures such as Road to Singapore and Road to Rio. Your public library may have them as well.

Stories From A Long, Long Time Ago

April 24th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, April 24, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Once Upon a Time

(http://www.longlongtimeago.com/once-upon-a-time/)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision. Also there is a separate page for ages 3-5 – see details below.)

 

Children’s book author, Rohini Chowdhury, retells a collection of timeless tales for kids that you can read online or print out to read offline. 

There are no bells and whistles at this website just interesting stories that children will enjoy reading or hearing.

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

  • Fables
  • Folktales
  • Fairy Tales
  • Myths
  • The Epics Retold
  • A Glimpse of History
  • The Spirit of Festivals
  • Great Discoveries
  • Ryhmes & Riddles in the Nursery

Click on any item and a new page opens with a brief historical introduction and a short menu of stories in that tradition. Most are retold by Chowdhury, unless otherwise indicated. The stories are presented in plain text, and a few of the stories are accompanied by colorful illustrations.
 
NOTE: Because myths, fairy tales, legends, fantasy and the like can touch on many themes and topics, parents (as always) should preview the material on this site to determine suitability of content for their own children.
 
Chowdhury also offers a collection of stories for younger children (about ages 3-5) called “Pomegranate Pips” (from the top menu). These stories are all accompanied by illustrations. 

And don’t miss “Beyond Stories” where there are more stories including puzzles and games.

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