Posts Tagged ‘book reviews’

Free Science News and More

August 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Youngzine.com

(www.youngzine.com/)

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu toward the right of the screen to access information about: 

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Our Earth
  • and more!

Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.

Fun Themes Help Kids Read for Pleasure

September 21st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, September 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kidsmomo

(www.kidsmomo.com/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8. As always, parents should preview the site and reading recommendations to determine suitability of content.)

 

Two women book publishers (with a great sense of humor and love of children’s books) created this website with activities, videos, and reviews designed to introduce kids to quality books to encourage reading for sheer pleasure in a non-academic mode.

When you get to the site you’ll find a menu that offers: 

  • Reviews by You(th) – Read kid-submitted book reviews, with peer comments and ratings. Submit your own review!
  • Recommended Reads – Enjoy a series of blog posts with long lists of great books to read in a variety of topic/subject categories.
  • Videos & Podcasts – Enjoy listening to kid-friendly chats and watch clever video clips featuring book recommendations.
  • Themes – Get recommendations and reviews for books about boys, series starring girls, poetry, mythology, biographies, foreign lands, and more.

This site offers a clever way to engage kids in the joy of reading for fun and pleasure! Be sure to bookmark it so you can return to see the latest posts, podcasts, videos, and reviews.

History In An Hour

June 25th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, June 25, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

History In An Hour (http://www.historyinanhour.com/)

 

Age Range: 4-Adult (Grades 9-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

If you are looking for brief, accurate, and well-researched history accounts, then this website run by series editor and author Rupert Colley might just be the ticket. The site’s tag-line, “History for busy people” sums up the premise of this website’s purpose.
While the articles are written as blog posts, the search engine at the top of the page makes it easier to refine your search. You can also browse articles by the following topics found in the upper menu under “Blog”: 
  • All
  • On this day in history. . . (currently doesn’t appear to be working properly)
  • American History
  • Black History
  • Book Reviews
  • Classical History
  • Cold War
  • Historical Writing
  • Historiography
  • History of Medicine
  • Inter-war Years
  • Ireland
  • Islam
  • Interviews with Historians
  • Medieval History
  • Nazi Germany
  • Royal History
  • Stuart Britain
  • Soviet Union/Russia
  • Tudors and Reformation
  • Victorian History
  • Women in History
  • World War II
  • World War I
Because the articles are quick reads and information is presented in an interesting way in bite size pieces, this is a good place for those with little time or who otherwise would moan over the thought of learning history. Most of the stories have accompanying images to enhance the story. While not your typical education resource, this website does a good job of keeping the readers’ attention and good place to go for those reluctant history students.

SUMMER READING CLUB WITH PRIZES!

May 20th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, May 20, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

DOGObooks Summer Reading Club

(http://www.dogobooks.com/programs/summer-reading-2015)

 

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

 

DOGObooks is offering an online Summer Reading Club program that rewards kids for reading. The contest began May 14 and will continue through September 30, 2015. With the help of over 16 publishing partners they have assembled a list of over 70 popular books for kids to read and review this summer. For every 3 books read and reviewed by your child, they will get to select a FREE new book from the prize catalog. The prize catalog this year is over 3,700 books.
DOGObooks describe themselves as an online place where kids discover, review and rate books. Their goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book reviews are moderated and approved by DOGObooks prior to being published.

When you get to the website you’ll see the list of sponsors and below that find the directions to sign up. Parents are asked to fill out and mail a hard copy of the consent form. The consent form is straight forward: it asks that you agree to allow your child to participate in the Books Giveaway/Contest and receive prizes. You and your child are then directed to select books from the reading list. Each book listed indicates the reading level. Once your child has read and written an online review of the 3 books, a prize can be selected from a list of books.

Locate the “freebies” button on the top navigation bar. Here you’ll find limited time offer freebies that your children can win in addition to the contest. You’ll want to check here often because new contests are added all the time. One example is:

  • Enter to Win: Free Copy of National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 by National Geographic Kids
  • To Enter the Contest: Sign in or Sign up for an iDOGO account.
  • Sponsored by: National Geographic Kids Books
  • Giveaway dates: May 12 – June 14, 2015
  • Copies available: 10

DOGObooks’ motto is “Books Reviewed by Kids for Kids“. Each review is required to have a word count of at least 25 words. DOGObooks will moderate and approve all reviews prior to posting them. We found it interesting seeing which books have been reviewed the most so far. Reading reviews written directly by the children who have read those books offers some insight that may be missed by an adult. 

Another very cool opportunity here is a chance to participate in their Advanced Reviewers group. This is a growing group of children who get notified of upcoming books that are available for early reviews. Any parents interested can email the editor (arc@dogobooks.com). Once in the group the children/parents can opt in to participate in reviewing select books.

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

April 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Kids on the Net

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.
If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include hangman, word searches, crossword puzzles, a metaphor and simile quiz, and some fill-in-the-blank story activities. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site. Be sure to click on the “Competitions” button to learn about a story-writing activity. Although this competition has ended, your kids might enjoy the writing activity.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids, or create an island all your own. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices going. Get your notebook and pencil handy and dive on in!

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

Free Online News for Children 8-15

August 13th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Youngzine.com

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
  • World News
  • Science & Tech
  • Our Earth
  • Society & Arts
  • Sports
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.
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