Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Free story starters for writing

March 21st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 21, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chateau Meddybemps – Young Writers Workshop

(www.meddybemps.com/9.700.html)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-7, with parental supervision)

 

You can enter your budding author’s writing to be published on the Chateau Meddybemps website and win a free t-shirt!

To whet your appetite, when you get to the website, take a look at what other children have published. These stories, found in the menu on the right side of the screen, are fun to read and will give you the confidence that your child has a good chance of seeing his or her own writing online!

To inspire your child to write a story for submission, select one or more of the “Story Starters” on the menu in the middle of the screen. These are prompts (suggestions for a story) that are formatted on a printable lined sheet of paper that includes a simple illustration. Just open the .pdf file, print it out, review it with your child, and encourage him or her to draw and write to their heart’s content! Winning entries have been as short as one sentence or as long as ten pages, and they often even include original illustrations!

Solve the Mysteries of Plant Life!

March 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Plant Escape

(extension.illinois.edu/gpe/index.cfm/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Designed for Grades 4-5, but can be tweaked for a broader age/ability range – with parental supervision)

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers this free, fun science unit that will help your students solve the mysteries of plant life!

The interdisciplinary lessons introduce kids to plant science and how foods grow while enhancing their knowledge of science, math, language arts, social studies, music and art. The activities are flexible and can be used separately or in an ordered manner. Some are designed with independent study in mind, others are group or classroom activities that can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, click “enter” to begin the adventure. Or, if you prefer, click on the “Teacher’s Guide” on the menu to get some pointers in how to use the program. Either way, you will be introduced to six “Case Studies” as follows:

  • In Search of Green Life – Find out about the interrelationships that exist between people and plants. Learn about plant structure, plant parts, plant life cycles, and growing plants indoors.
  • Soiled Again – Learn about the composition of soil, nutrients in soil, gardening indoors, and composting.
  • Is It Dust, Dirt, Dandruff or a Seed? – Explore seeds, seed structure, germination, and non-flowering plants.
  • Plantenstein is the Suspect – Discover how plants reproduce and learn about pollination and flower parts.
  • Mysterious Parts That Surprise – Learn all about the differences and similarities between bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers.
  • You’ve Learned the Mysteries of Green Life – Test your knowledge of plants and plant life and enjoy additional activities such as growing lettuce, making a salad, and growing an indoor garden.

Each “Case Study” assumes the student is a detective searching to solve plant mysteries. These “Case Studies” are lessons cleverly disguised as fun activities that teach as they engage students in the process of learning about the science of plants.

St. Patrick’s Day-themed language arts activities

March 14th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 14, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach-nology.com: St. Patrick’s Day

(www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/stpats/)

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

 

This site has all kinds of language arts activities themed around St. Patrick’s Day!

You’ll find: 

  • Worksheets and Puzzles – including an acrostic poem, crossword puzzle, cryptogram, group creative writing lesson, reading comprehension worksheet, vocabulary quiz
  • Complete Spring Worksheet and Lesson Series –  St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans and teaching theme
  • St. Patrick’s Day Adjective Worksheets – How many ways can you describe a head of cabbage? And more.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Songs

And much more!

Science with Goos, Doughs, Clays, & Compounds!

March 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100+ Goo Recipes

(web.archive.org/web/20050414073557/www.geocities.com/Heartland/3893/Goo.html)

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

 

One of the greatest ways to introduce kids to science is through experiments that involve mixing things together to create something new, interesting, odd, strange, weird and fun! 

There are no bells and whistles at this website, just a simple archive of over 100 recipes for concoctions like slime, play dough, silly putty, and more. (Sometimes, simplicity is so refreshing, isn’t it?) NOTE: Not all of the links work, but there are definitely enough recipes to keep your children busy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of recipes divided into categories that include: 

  • Dough’s – Get recipes for play doughs made from flour, coffee, cornmeal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and more!
  • Clay, Goo & other Compounds – Make chocolate clay, clean mud, and the popular non-Newtonian solid using cornstarch and water. Make clay from dryer lint and Kool-Aid, make GAK (using borax and Elmer’s glue), get recipes for sand clay, silly putty, and slime!
  • Papier-mâché – Use dryer lint, strips of paper, and pastes of all textures to create imaginative designs.
  • Paints, Dyes and Crayons – Learn to make your soapy finger paint, and pudding paint. You’ll even find instructions for coloring rice and pasta.
  • Bubbles, Chalk , Stamps, Make-up – Get recipes for all kinds of bubble solutions, make sidewalk chalk, and create your own fruit-flavored stamps.
  • Art, Activities, Gifts – Make salt sculptures, preserve flowers, make ornaments and bath salts.

Click on any one to get the instructions. Then, your kids can mix potions (just like real chemists!) and make fun substances that they can use for open-ended play or to use in arts and crafts projects.

Free Literature (Novel) Guides!

March 7th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LitCharts

(www.litcharts.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free literature guides to help students analyze novels and plays.

LitCharts are similar to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes except the summary and analysis sections are side-by-side, making them easier to use and they are created by the original editors of SparkNotes. They are shorter than conventional guides, but haven’t sacrificed detail for brevity.

These literature guides provide students with everything needed to better understand what they read, ace any tests and quizzes, and write analysis papers.

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

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

You can view the guides online for free by clicking a title. A new page opens with the complete literature guide that includes: 

  • Context
  • Plot Summary
  • Detailed Summary and Analysis
  • Themes
  • Quotes
  • Characters
  • Symbols
  • Theme Wheel

You can also download the PDF of each one for free to view or print offline.

Discover the History of Ohio

March 1st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 1, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ohio History Central

(www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Welcome_To_Ohio_History_Central)

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

 

Every year on March 1st, Ohio celebrates Statehood Day. However, there is some controversy as to the actual date statehood was confirmed. With this site from the Ohio History Connection, see why there is confusion and learn all about the history of Ohio.

When arriving on the welcome page of the site, read through the introduction and quick facts. Then either use the search engine in the upper menu to find specific information or select the “Browse” dropdown menu to search alphabetically, by category, topic, or time-period or use the timeline to view events sequentially. Topics covered include: 

  • African Americans
  • American Indians
  • American Revolution
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Business and Industry
  • Civil War
  • Climate and Weather
  • Communities and Counties
  • Education
  • Frontier Ohio
  • Government and Politics
  • Historic Sites
  • Military
  • Reform
  • Religion
  • Science and Medicine
  • Sports and Recreation
  • State Symbols
  • Statehood
  • Transportation
  • Women
  • World Wars

Feeling adventurous? Select the “Random Page” option and dig into a random topic. Concise text often accompanied by an image make this a great research site for your Ohio state history studies.

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