Posts Tagged ‘books’

Summer Reading Club with Prizes

May 16th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 16, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DOGObooks Summer Reading Club

(www.dogobooks.com/programs/summer-reading-2018)

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 April 22 and will continue through August 31, 2018. With the help of  their affiliate partners they have assembled a list of 50 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. There are 1,500 books in the prize catalog this year.

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 straightforward: 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 a free copy of National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 by National Geographic Kids.

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 read those offers some insight that may be missed by an adult.

Free Audio Stories in Many Languages

May 9th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BookBox

(www.bookbox.com/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a selection of culturally diverse children’s fairy tales and stories that you can listen to for FREE in a variety of languages!

In addition, you can download activities, and play interactive puzzles and games based on the stories.

The free audio stories in MP3 format are an adjunct (and a teaser) to the commercial sale of digital books at the site, but you do not have to purchase anything to enjoy the free PDFs, MP3s, games and activities. The digital books synchronize text, audio, and visual media to create an educational and entertaining reading experience for children. The digital books are based on proven methods of Same Language Subtitling (SLS) that not only enhance children’s basic literacy, but also facilitate their proficiency in foreign languages.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of stories. Select a story and choose the language you prefer (some stories come in more languages than others). Wait for the story to download and then listen to it online. If you want, you can download the free PDF so that you can read along. Then, once you’ve listened to the story, you can do the free activities that are themed around it. (Note: Not all of the stories have accompanying activities.)

This is a terrific resource for encouraging the development of language arts and foreign language skills that will engage the young and young at heart.

Free Piano Lessons

April 28th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 28, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zebra Keys

(www.zebrakeys.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn the basics of playing the piano with the over 50 free lessons at this website.

After reading the home page overview information, select the “Start Lessons Now” button to begin with lesson 1. Please note that you will need to have Flash installed to view the animated lessons and be sure to have your volume on. Lessons include instructional text and animations as well as videos and other online tools. Practice what you are learning on the Zebra Keys Virtual keyboard using either your mouse or computer keyboard then test your knowledge on an interactive keyboard trainer. 

Lessons are broken into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels and each are divided into five mini sections: 

  • Learn Songs
  • Chords
  • Music Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Technique

It is suggested that if the student is new to the world of playing the piano that they should start with the “Preparation” section to learn basic playing concepts.

Browse the left-hand side bar menu to find: 

  • Sheet Music – downloadable PDFs of piano music as well as links to specific song lessons
  • Articles – general information from tips on buying a piano or keyboard to how to learn to read piano music and more
  • Links – links to outside resources to anything piano related
  • Reviews – opinions on piano related DVDs, books, keyboards and accessories
  • Reference – Read the FAQs, search the glossary, use the music notation chart, or access the virtual piano chord chart to locate chords on a keyboard.
  • Music Tools – Here you will find links to the Virtual Keyboard, Keyboard Trainer, Note Trainer, Interval Ear Trainer, Scale Ear Trainer, and Chord Ear Trainer tools used throughout the lessons.

This is a wonderful site for anyone wishing to learn the piano or improve on their playing skills.

User-Created Timeline

April 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Timeline Index

(www.timelineindex.com/content/home.php)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision – also see note at bottom of review)

 

One of our ClickScholars wrote this: “I have been looking and looking for a good online timeline site and I think I stumbled across it. You can browse by who/what/when/where/which, and you can search. I think I’m in heaven. It’s got nice visuals, links to pages with more information, and so on. It looks to be a wiki (user-created) but it’s nicely filled out at this point.”

The Timeline Index is a portal that provides a user-created chronological context of the following categories: 

  • PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES, & HEROES – You’ll find historical entries for Actors, Alchemists, Archaeologists, Artists, Astronauts, Composers, Conquerors, Dictators, Explorers, Inventors, Mathematicians, Musicians, Philosophers, Scientists, Settlers, US Presidents, Writers, Women, and much more!
  • SUBJECTS, EVENTS, & ISSUES – Explore the timelines for: Art, Culture, Education, Exploration, Health, Industry, Law, Nature, Politics, Religion, Sports, Disasters, Discoveries, Empires, Revolutions, Theories, War, and more.
  • PERIODS, AGES, & EPISODES – Examine these eras in chronological context: Bronze Age, Ice Age, Industrial Age, Iron Age, Middle Ages, Reformation, Renaissance, Stone Age, and more.
  • REGIONS, CONTINENTS, & COUNTRIES – Travel back in time to Africa, America, the Arctic, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and the Universe.
  • OBJECTS, THINGS, & CREATIONS – See the context of a variety of topics through time such as Books, Film, Music, Paintings, Economics, Fiction, Myths, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Travel, and more.

Click on any timeline entry in any given topic area and a new page opens with further information that is user-created and includes some illustrations and URLs to other websites where you can get more information.

You can also create your own timeline item and add it to the Timeline Index, or you can add a related link (URL) to an existing item. Details are available at the site and entries require registration.

NOTE TO PARENTS: While this is an exciting idea, it comes with an element of risk because it is user-created. There are a vast array of topics, so it was impossible to review all of the entries. While the website reserves the right to edit/remove items that are contributed to maintain quality, it’s unknown if editing occurs prior to posting. It’s also unclear if suggested links for further research are reviewed for suitable content. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

It’s National Library Week!

April 11th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lessons from the Library

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson261.shtml)

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

 

April 8-14 is National Library week this year! This week, Education World provides five lessons that focus on library skills.

Take advantage of these free activities to help your readers excel in the library: 

  • Mapping the Library – Compare your library with another library and create a map. (Grades Pre-K-5)
  • Huey and Louie Meet Dewey – Using the Dewey decimal classification system, organize a list of books. (Grades 3-8)
  • Save the Library – Write an essay to help save the library from projected budget cuts. (Grades 3-8)
  • Alphabetize for a Reason – Organize information by using the alphabet. (Grades K-5)
  • Library Scavenger Hunt – Locate resources within the library and use online resources to answer research questions. (Grades 6-12)

Education World is a massive and amazing website for educators – with all kinds of internet-based lesson plans and activities themed around specific subjects and holidays. Just go to the site, type a topic into the search engine, and you will be rewarded with many links to websites that provide information, resources, lessons, curriculum, activities – everything your teaching heart could desire. We’ve featured pages within the Ed World site before. You can create a complete unit study with the resources provided at the site, or just try a few of the suggested activities.

This ad-supported website does a great job of making free, internet-based curriculum and educational resources available to teachers and parent-educators and National Library Week is just one of many thousands of topics offered at the site. Because the site is so large and because web addresses change so quickly you will occasionally find dead links but overall it is well-maintained. Bookmark it – you’ll want to return here often.

Math Tricks, Games, & Lessons!

April 9th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, April 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Murderous Maths

(www.murderousmaths.co.uk/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Murderous Maths books use humor to make learning math entertaining and funny. (The word “murderous” here means “extremely difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant.”) The comic-style books feature a range of quirky characters that teach math concepts through fun and absurd stories. At the website you’ll find many of the math tricks, games, and lessons featured in the books that you can access for free.

When you get to the site, it all looks a little chaotic. There’s a brief introduction with links to content on the site, and an icon menu. Place your cursor over the illustrations to see where each one leads. If it looks interesting, click on it to learn more. We found the easiest way to get to the freebies, is to use the tiny menu bar located at the bottom of the page that includes: 

  • Fun – An assortment of math tricks and games to entertain you, and amaze your friends. For example, find out how to guess someone’s “Age By Chocolate” – and read the explanation for how it’s done.
  • Contents – Under Features, enjoy colorfully illustrated lessons that teach:
    • Finger Times Tables
    • Pascal’s Triangle
    • The Area of an Ellipse
    • Fibonacci and Nature
    • Calculating the Area of a Trapezium
    • Square Triangle and Cube Numbers
    • How to Work Out Square Roots Without a Calculator
    • And More!
  • Teachers – Number tricks, powerpoints and miscellaneous fun

This is a terrific way to supplement math studies and engage reluctant mathematicians.

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