Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Just for Young Astronomers

August 29th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 29, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StarChild

(starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)


NASA created this website to introduce kids to astronomy through colorful, animated pictures and interesting text accompanied by audio narration. 

After the solar eclipse last week, maybe your kids are more interested in astronomy. This site offers two levels of study for the same topics. Beginners start with level 1 and then progress to level 2 for more in-depth learning. Those who already know a little about the solar system and space can start with level 2. The topics explored in each level are: 

  • Solar System – A complete description of the solar system including the sun, planets, comets, asteroids, and more. Includes links to more facts, trivia, and includes some interactive Q & A. (Level 2 offers a movie courtesy of NASA.)
  • Universe – Learn about galaxies, The Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter. Listen to a song about the Doppler effect. (Level 2 offers “Universe Activities” that include interactive puzzles and art.)
  • Space Stuff – Great information on astronauts, space suits, space travel, space probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Who’s Who in Space – along with “Space Activities.”

This site also contains a link to “Imagine the Universe” which is designed for students 14 and up.

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces

August 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 23, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LoudLit.org

(www.loudlit.org/)

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

 

LoudLit.org pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your device for free. 

As explained at the website: “Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as: 

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player/iPad/iPhone.

Free Spelling Games & Activities for K-12

July 19th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

VocabularySpellingCity

(www.spellingcity.com/spelling-games-vocabulary-games.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 with parental supervision, but most of the activities are geared for elementary grade students.) 

 

This ad-supported website offers free activities and games to help students improve their spelling and vocabulary skills.

The activities include audio recordings so you can hear every spelling word pronounced, and also hear it used in a sentence.

In addition to the freebies, the site offers a “Premium Membership” for a fee – but you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the following: 

  • Spelling Test Me – Take quizzes to test your spelling skill on words covering myriad topics such as science, math, history, etc. Try spelling contractions, Dolch Sight Words, SAT Vocabulary and more.
  • Spelling Teach Me – Students can choose from predetermined word lists and then engage in a classic spelling learning method that includes visual and auditory modalities in each lesson.
  • Spelling Games and Activities – Play word search, word unscrambles, word matching games and more – that are generated from word lists available at the site.
  • And lots more.

You’ll also find free, printable handwriting worksheets, and games that teach concepts such as alphabetizing and sentence structure.

Again, you can access the basic games and activities absolutely free without registration. If you want to save your word lists, then you must register for an account (at no cost). You can also purchase a “Premium Membership” that includes a variety of “extras” that you can learn more about at the website.

Fun & Games with Music

July 8th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 8, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SFSKids – Fun and Games with Music

(www.sfskids.org/index.html?f=menu)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world of orchestral music with the fun activities at this website created by the San Francisco Symphony.

Through interactive games, students can learn about the instruments of the orchestra, the basics of conducting, and what is involved in composing music as well as listening skills to gain familiarity with orchestral music. Some audio excerpts are permanently part of the program while others that are noted with a leaf symbol are rotated out every 6 months to provide variety for the student.

When arriving at the SFSKids site, read the introduction then select the “Let’s Start!” link to read some brief instructions for using the site. There are instructions throughout each activity making this site very user friendly.

Exploration activities include: 

  • Sea of Knowledge – Discover Music – Discover facts about instruments, music, and composers.
  • Music Streams – Listen to Music – Listen to music selections from Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Copland, Gershwin, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Shubert, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Wagner, and many more.
  • Musical Skies – Play with Music – includes 2 different activities: 
    • Star Catcher – Select a musical piece and as you listen move your mouse to the rhythm of the music to catch stars with the rabbit.
    • Mood Journey – Make a musical selection then click on the ‘falling’ phrases to change the background as you listen.
  • Instrument Garden – Perform Music – Learn about and virtually play instruments.
  • Symphony Hall – Conduct Music – Learn how a conductor directs an orchestra with this activity.
  • Music Mountain – Compose Music – Learn the basics of music composition and compose your own tune.

There is a lot to explore on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to time after time.

Latin Audio Lessons

May 20th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 20, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Evan Der Millner’s Latinum

(sites.google.com/site/janualinguae/)

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

 

This site offers a complete audio course for classical Latin that follows a textbook by George Adler.

The website owner recorded himself reading the course material aloud, and you can listen to the audios on his YouTube channel.

Most of the texts he used for the recordings can be downloaded (pdf) for free at the website as well.

In addition to Latin, you’ll find similar resources for learning Hebrew, Greek, French, and English.

Again, all of the materials are presented for free, although a donation is politely requested.

This website is not particularly user-friendly. It takes some time to click your way around to find the links to the freebies. They are interspersed with links to materials that are for sale. But a little patience pays off, and you’ll be able to access the free language lessons, as well as lessons in handwriting and math!

Because of the way this site is organized, parents (as always) should preview the materials and supervise all internet activity.

Free State Study Resource

May 18th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 18, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The US50

(www.theus50.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website is a one-stop location for information about all of the 50 states.

When arriving at the site, use the map to locate the state of choice. When the page opens you can then use the links to find concise information about that state including: 

  • History and famous people
  • State symbols, seal, flag, quarter, license plate, flower, stamp, and more
  • Geography & Maps
  • Outdoor activities such as: 
    • Tourism
    • Governors
    • Cities
    • Colleges

And much more. There are even online trivia quizzes for each state to test your knowledge and links to other state related websites. Also on the home page, scroll below the map to find links to an image of the Declaration of Independence, a downloadable audio of the national anthem, and fast facts study guides which include printable outline maps of the states, and mailing addresses to the state governors and tourism offices.

This site is bookmark worthy and a great place to get general information for all of your state studies.

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