Posts Tagged ‘books’

Calvin & Hobbes Math Comics & More

February 5th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, February 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Comic Math: Calvin & Hobbes

(www.comicmath.com/calvin-and-hobbes-math-comics.html)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up approximately, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides links to Calvin & Hobbes comic strips that mention math.

The idea is to make math more fun by providing math-related comics that engage students. This website is on a mission to create a complete directory of all math-related Calvin & Hobbes cartoons.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of links to C&H comics from 1985 to 1995. If you click on any of the links to comics, you’ll be taken to another site where the comic strips are archived. That site has random ads. Therefore, parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use. You may want to just print out some of the comic strips to share with your kids.
 
But there’s more to this site than meets the eye.
 
You’ll also find math-related comic strips from FoxTrot and Peanuts. Click here for the direct link. Careful! If you scroll up or down the page, you’ll find comics that are for more mature audiences and math majors. Some contain adult humor or language.
 
As you investigate the rest of this site, you’ll find blog posts by the site owner, who also happens to be a math tutor and author of some of the web comics. You can purchase comic books and cartoon guides at this site that teach math and other subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology. You’ll also find a page that features videos of Vi Hart and her amazing math doodles, drawings, and songs.

Free Science Units on Atoms & Molecules and Plants!

January 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funtastic Unit Studies

(funtasticunitstudies.com/lessons-and-activities/)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website is provided by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom with a degree in biology, who has written some unit studies (available as e-books) on science and history. Designed with homeschoolers in mind, the unit studies are available for purchase on the site, but Susan also offers some free science lessons and activities (taken from the pages of her e-books)!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page under “Lessons and Activities” to access: 

  • Atoms and Molecules for ages 8-13 – Learn the definition of atom and molecule, print out a Periodic Table of Elements, do activities to enhance learning, and take a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
  • Plants for ages 4-8 – Learn the parts of a plant including seeds, roots, stem, and leaves. Enjoy activities to boost learning, and answer review questions.

Click on either link to open a pdf that contains the lesson (within the framework of the actual e-book). You’ll have to scroll about 1/3 down the page, past the “Table of Contents” to get to the lesson.
 
Once you’ve explored the Science freebies, check out some of the author’s free American History Activities that correspond to her books: 

  • The Pilgrim Adventure
  • The King Philip’s War Adventure
  • The Salem Adventure
  • The Civil War Adventure
  • and more.

Again, these free lessons and activities are excerpts from Susan Kilbride’s e-books that you can purchase via the website.

Online Art & Music Story Books for Kids

January 13th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 13, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MightyBook

(www.mightybook.com/art_and_music.html)

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

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to access a variety of illustrated, animated, and narrated children’s online books that introduce kids to works of art masters set to the music of classical composers.

When you get to the site you will see links to these online engaging art and music books: 

  • Bach and Van Gogh – This delightful book plays beautiful Bach symphony music while slowly showing you images of artwork by Van Gogh.
  • Remington & Dvorak – This mash up combines powerful images of the American West by Frederick Remington accompanied by the strong and adventurous sounds of Antonin Dvorak.
  • Carnival of Harlequin – Drag and drop puzzles pieces to assemble the whimsical art of Joan Miro while listening to the airy sounds of Tchaikovsky. Links in this book let you learn more about the artist and composer through pictures and narration.
  • Mona and Beethoven – This silly little interlude features a talking Mona Lisa, barely tolerating Beethoven’s jokes as he makes attempts at comedy.
  • And much more.

When viewing these free sample books, you will also see some random advertisements. Parents, as always, should supervise Internet use. (This company does offer the books without advertising for a paid membership.)

When you’re through exploring the Art and Music section, check out some of the other free online activity books also available on this site.

Children’s Literature Quizzes

January 3rd, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

FunTrivia: Quizzes – Books for Kids

(www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/for_children/books_for_kids.html)

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

 

At this website you will find many online, interactive quizzes based upon children’s literature.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that you can use to find quizzes according to book series, book author, young adult books, and a general literature category that includes quizzes on fairy tales. Don’t let the sparse menu on the landing page fool you – there are tons of quizzes on just about every children’s book imaginable.

Click on a category and a new page opens with a large menu of quizzes indicating the difficulty level of each quiz that ranges from easy to difficult. Choose the topic that interests you – and another page opens where you can select what format you want to take the quiz in – html or flash. Make your selection, and a new page opens where the quiz begins.

It’s fun to test your knowledge and memory of various story lines and characters that you have met in books! That said; parents have different criteria for what is suitable in terms of children’s literature. Therefore, as always, parents should preview this site before exploring it with your children.

Note: There are innumerable quizzes on many subjects at this site. We have only reviewed the Children’s Literature section for ClickSchooling. Again, parents should preview this site before exploring it with children.

The Polar Express

December 13th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 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. The 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 can download an extensive discussion guide for The Polar Express. You’ll also find “Additional Curriculum Connections”. Don’t miss “More Games and Fun” for: 

  • Activities
  • Games
  • Recipes

And links to Discussion Guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg’s books.

Also check out Countdown Calendar on the top menu where you’ll find an activity to do on each day of the calendar.

Return to this site often!

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

November 29th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and time for

Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wise Pockets

(www.umsl.edu/~wpockets/schoolhouse/lessons/lessons.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, provided by the University of Missouri, is designed to help classroom students in grades 3-6 become more knowledgeable about personal finance including saving, investing, and using credit.

The lessons and activities can be easily adjusted for homeschool students. What is unique here, is that personal finance concepts and lessons are taught through the use of children’s literature. Wise Pockets has selected books with themes that relate to money, and developed lesson plans and activities that extend the learning to help students become better money managers.

There are 13 book titles in all that include: 

  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • The Leaves In October by Karen Ackerman
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paul Danziger
  • Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • and more!

Click on any title and a new page opens with a free, printable, classroom lesson containing objectives, detailed instruction procedure steps, activity sheets, and extension/enrichment recommendations.


Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.

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