Posts Tagged ‘books’

Language Arts Activities with The Polar Express

December 12th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Polar Express

(polarexpress.com/schools-libraries)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. This timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.


When you get to the site, you’ll find a link to download an extensive discussion guide and a list of additional curriculum connections: 

  • Creative Writing/Language Arts – Brainstorm winter words; ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about it, list all of the adjectives, then verbs, then nouns.
  • Read-Aloud – Have a Polar Express Party! Click the link to download a complete party kit.
  • Science/Geography – Find the North Pole on a globe or map, and write a short report on its characteristics.
  • Topics for Further Research – Polar ice cap, Northern lights, reindeer
  • And more!

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to access activities, games and recipes.

Learn Native American Languages

November 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 17, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Languages of the Americas

(www.native-languages.org/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages.”

After arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links broken down into the following categories: 

  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families – Explore over 25 Amerindian language families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages – links to purchase books about Native American languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages – links to other related websites

Each category provides a list of links to more pages with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the “Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources” you will find links to: 

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • An online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad-supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

Be a History Explorer

November 1st, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian’s History Explorer

(historyexplorer.si.edu/)

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

 

Explore American history with the hundreds of lesson plans, activities, interactives, media and much more available at this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

The homepage highlights featured topics, artifacts and resources. Visitors can use the search box on the right-hand side of the page to search for their topical interest which can easily be further refined by resource type, grade level, historical era, and/or cross-curricular connections. Once the list of resources populates, make your selection, review the information about the resource, then select the “Get Resource” button to access the material. Please note that some of the units bring you to an outside website while others are located on the Smithsonian site, so as always be sure to preview prior to allowing students to use this site. 

Visitors can also choose to browse content using the upper menu to locate resources by: 

  • Lessons & Activities – Search for specific lessons and activities to support your students’ learning.
  • Media – Explore relevant audio, video and interactive resources.
  • Museum Artifacts – Browse collections to use for object-based learning.
  • Themes – Dig deeper into resources focused on a major theme in American history including: 
    • A Nation We Build Together
    • American Experiments
    • Protest and Civic Action, the Civil Rights Movement
    • The American Revolution and World Wars
    • Presidential History, Politics and Voting
    • STEM Resources
    • Westward Expansion
    • Immigration
    • Hispanic Heritage Month
    • Teaching with Drama
    • Agriculture History
    • And more
  • Books – Check out the list of history related books to add to your reading list.
  • Teacher Resources – Find help for using the site and primary sources in teaching history as well as archived webinars and more.
  • Web Links – Examine additional links to other history websites.

Be sure to bookmark this website as it will be a valuable resource through all your American history studies.

Fun Grammar Lessons, Videos, & Activities

October 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammaropolis

(www.grammaropolis.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 to adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website provides really entertaining videos, e-books, and interactive games designed to help kids learn the parts of speech and grammarYou have to pay to access all of the programs on the site BUT there is plenty of free content that your children will enjoy as well.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a video with explanations about the program, followed by a menu where you can explore samples of the books, videos, quizzes, and games that are included in the “Grammaropolis” program.

The easiest way to explore the free grammar content is to use the horizontal menu buttons at the top of the home page. Place your cursor over each button to see what topic it covers including:

  • Nouns – Learn about common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, and abstract, compound, and collective nouns.
  • Verbs – Discover action verbs along with transitive, intransitive, and linking verbs.
  • Adjectives – Find out about possessive, demonstrative, interrogative, comparative, and superlative adjectives. Learn about articles, too!
  • Adverbs – Explore adverbs, adverb clauses, and comparative and superlative adverbs.
  • Pronouns – Learn about subjective and objective personal pronouns.  Study possessive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, intensive, reflexive, and relative pronouns.
  • Conjunctions  – Find out how conjunctions join words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence. Learn about coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions.
  • Learn how to identify and use prepositions and interjections, too!

Click on any topic and a new screen opens where you can take an animated mini-tutorial. Just click on the arrows to scroll to each new page. Scroll down below the invitation to “join today” to choose from free: 

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Quizzes
  • Games
  • Apps

This multimedia resource developed by a classroom teacher is appealing to a variety of learning styles. The free content here is a great way to introduce parts of speech or review them.

Popcorn Science and More!

October 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 2, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Popcorn.org

(www.popcorn.org/Learn/For-Teachers/Teaching-Tools1)

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

 

October is National Popcorn Month and at Popcorn.org you will find all kinds of lessons and activities themed around popcorn to help you celebrate.

When you get to the site you will see the list of Lesson Plans written for the classroom; but they can be tweaked for homeschooling as well. The ones related to science include: 

  • Agricultural Sciences – how new plants are made, how seeds come through the soil, seed germination tests, and more
  • Agriculture Science Projects – projects using chemistry, botany, environmental sciences and microbiology
  • Health Sciences/Nutrition – popcorn in the food pyramid
  • Science – growing popcorn, the effect of moisture on popcorn, popcorn color comparison, and more

Be sure to check out the popcorn worksheets, coloring sheets and activities listed on the left sidebar menu for kids. There’s also a list of popcorn-related books.

This site is sure to whet the kids’ appetites for popcorn – so make sure you have some in the house before you visit the site!

Wildflower Coloring Pages

September 29th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 29, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildflower Coloring Pages

(www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/coloring/index.shtml)

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

 

Grab your crayons, colored pencils and markers and get ready to color some beautiful wildflowers while learning about them.

This page from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service supplies printable and downloadable images of wildflowers as well as weeds. 

There are four choices at today’s link: 

  • Color Wildflowers – From the Alpine Forget-Me-Not to the Yellow Stonecrop, choose from 44 different flowers, each of which includes information about the plant.
  • Color of Flowers – Each sheet includes 4 color-by-number flowers.
  • Coloring Books – Choose from 7 different wildflower coloring book PDFs.
  • Color Noxious Weeds – Learn about noxious weeds and color their picture.

There are more wildflower activities for kids available on the left-hand sidebar including vocabulary, puzzles and more teacher resources.

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