Posts Tagged ‘books’

History Through Inventions

August 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 3, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Idea Finder

(www.ideafinder.com/)

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

 

This website was created by an Internet consulting company to inspire the “inventor” in everyone. It showcases the history of remarkable inventions, inventors, and great ideas throughout time.

When you get to the site, click on “Enter” and a new page opens. In the center of the screen you’ll see some features. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page and at the top of the page to access: 

  • First Time Visitor – Get an indexed overview of what you’ll find on this content-rich website that features innovation information about the past, present, and future.
  • History Facts & Myths – Explore an incredible archive of history’s most interesting inventions and the stories behind them including the Abacus, Car, Coca-Cola, Frisbee, Hair Dryer, Internet, Jell-O, Liquid Paper, Microwave Oven, Post-It Notes, Slinky, and many more. Each invention includes a bibliography for further reading as well as links to more sources of info on the Internet.

Plus, you’ll find: 

  • Inventor Biography – Read the biographies of notable inventors such as Steve Jobs (Apple Computer), Ed Johnson (Christmas Lights), Harvey Ball (Smiley Face), Alfred Butts (Scrabble), and many more.
  • Innovation Timeline – Search any era in history (from ancient BC to the modern 21st Century) to learn about the innovations that occurred during that time period. Includes photographs, quotations, and resources for further learning.
  • Innovation Games & Trivia – Don’t be afraid to take this test BEFORE you explore the site. The questions are intriguing, so if you don’t know the answers and your curiosity gets the better of you – find out instantly by clicking the “answer” button. A great way to introduce the topic of invention and segue to a history lesson.
  • Idea Showcase – The point of innovation is to improve the quality of life. That said, inventors like making income by selling their inventions. In this section you can check out award-winning inventions and purchase them as well.
  • Features – Find out how many inventions were the result of an accident. See how inventors improve upon the inventions of others to “build a better mousetrap.” Check out inventions that changed civilization and had an enduring effect on the world.
  • Resource Center – Find resources for further learning and investigation including websites, books, movies, and a listing of contests, competitions, experiments, and projects for the young inventor. (Some are available for free, others for a fee.) Find resources for invention mentors too.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles on historical innovations, inventors, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Find out about the Patent Act of 1790 and explore some patents that have become products.

Students will need good reading skills to explore this site independently, and non-readers of all ages will enjoy the pictures and information with assistance.

Free Literature & Author Quizzes

August 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 2, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Literature Network

(www.online-literature.com/author_index.php)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free biographies and literature including stories, books, and articles by a variety of authors from A to Z.

You’ll find a searchable collection of prominent works, along with fun quizzes that test your biographical knowledge of your favorite authors.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an alphabetical list of authors names including: 

  • Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
  • Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)
  • James M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
  • Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  • F. Scott Fizgerald (The Great Gatsby)
  • Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)
  • Homer (The Odyssey)
  • Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
  • Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
  • William Shakespeare
  • Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
  • Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Jules Verne (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea)

Click on any name and a new page opens with the author’s biography, a collection of their works (many that you can read online), and a challenging interactive quiz.

Science with Butterflies

July 11th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, July 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s Butterfly Site

(www.kidsbutterfly.org/)

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

 

This website, a project of the Butterfly and Moth Information Network, has free information on the life cycle of butterflies, a stunning photo gallery of moths and butterflies, links to teaching and learning tools, and even printable science coloring pages!

When you get to the site you’ll see the features that include: 

  • Coloring Pages – Get coloring pages of a butterfly egg, larva, chrysalis (pupa), and an adult butterfly. And here’s a link to a lesson plan based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar

http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle/lesson.

  • FAQs – This is a great resource for learning about moths and butterflies, their anatomy (find out if they have brains and hearts), life cycle, habitats, and behavior. Are butterflies poisonous? How did they get their name? How do you say “butterfly” in other languages? The answers are all here.
  • Life Cycle – Enjoy a simple explanation of a butterfly’s life cycle illustrated with terrific photos. This is perfect for kids!
  • Links – For those kids (and adults) that want to know more, this is a wonderful archive of links to butterfly and entomology websites in the U.S. and worldwide. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.
  • Photographs – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.
  • Teaching & Learning Tools – Watch videos about butterflies, get a bibliography of field guides and reference books that include activities you can do at home – like growing a butterfly garden to attract these fascinating creatures to your backyard.

And for those of you studying foreign languages, you’ll find translations of the life cycle overview in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

Art Lessons from the Denver Art Museum

June 24th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 24, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Denver Art Museum – Creativity Resources

(denverartmuseum.org/teacher-resources)

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

 

Discover hundreds of lessons plans at this section of the larger Denver Art Museum website.

Use the left-hand sidebar menu to search for lessons based on age, resource type, period, 21st century skills, and Colorado Standards. Each lesson includes: 

  • Lesson – information needed for the lesson including intended age group, length of lesson, standards and objectives, instructions, and information about the artwork presented
  • Materials needed
  • Standards – both Colorado and 21st Century Skills
  • Related – addition similar available lesson plans

Use the search box to better refine your search when looking for a specific art medium or artist to see if there are any plans available. Some plans include downloadable supplements, links to related information, and links to recommended books. In the Resource Type menu, there is a link for videos that include artist interviews and discussions about specific art pieces.

Visitors will want to set aside some time to browse through these lessons to find just the right one(s) to fit their needs. This website will provide a great addition to your bookmarked sites for your art studies.

Learn Czech

June 10th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 10, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Little Czech Primer in Pictures

(www.czechprimer.org/index.html)

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

 

This website is exactly as its name describes. It is a primer of Czech words.

Created by a librarian living in Ohio who composed a series of hand-made books while visiting Prague to help him learn the language, students can learn over 300 words. Visitors can jump right in by clicking on the main image and proceed through the vocabulary available. Each word is presented in Czech with a black and white image illustrating the word. Click the “listen” text link to hear the word spoken by a native. There is also a notation as to what part of speech the word belongs. Simply click the arrow to move onto the next word. There is also a link the “index” that when selected provides a list of all the words. On this page, you can select to see the words in English. Then when you click the English word, it opens the primer page of the Czech word. On the lists, there are icons representing nouns, adjectives, and verbs beside each word to help identify its part of speech. When learning a verb, there is a link on the page to “conjugate” the verb to see its conjugation.

The simplicity of this website’s design and navigation makes it a nice tool if you are interested in learning the language of the Czech Republic.

Language Arts Videos, Songs, Worksheets, Flashcards, & More!

June 7th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 7, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Have Fun Teaching

(www.havefunteaching.com/)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of free, fun resources to teach and learn Language Arts (and Math, Science, and Social Sciences) through videos, songs, worksheets, flashcards, and more. Created by an elementary school teacher for classroom teachers, it provides an archive of free resources (and also some to purchase) to engage and educate kids in grades K-6.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of resources that are offered on the site. For this review, we were specifically interested in seeing what they offered for Language Arts, and discovered the following resources: 

  • Worksheets – Under “English” you’ll find printable worksheets that offer practice in grammar and parts of speech such as adverbs, adjectives, nouns, etc. You’ll also find worksheets for Phonics, Reading and Writing. Click on the topics to find an extensive menu that provides practice sheets in everything from basic alphabet to reading comprehension, spelling, and more.
  • Activities – Get printable crossword puzzles, word searches, and even reader’s theater scripts (so you can act out some favorite books).
  • Tools – Create your own worksheets, word lists, Flash Cards: Print them out to practice grammar, common and proper nouns, phonics, and vocabulary including synonyms and antonyms.
  • Music – You’ll find downloadable songs and lyrics that help kids learn grammar, phonics, and even a song for learning strategies for taking reading comprehension tests! Also, watch video lessons that teach about nouns, similes, subjects and predicates, and more.

Bookmark this site and use it as a year-round supplement to learning elementary subjects, or just have fun exploring the games, puzzles and activities with your kids.

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