Posts Tagged ‘character’

Toy Hall of Fame

December 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 22, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Toy Hall of Fame

(www.toyhalloffame.org/)

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

 

Take a fun tour of the National Toy Hall of Fame and discover if your favorite toy has been inducted.

Part of the Strong National Museum of Play, discover the history and more of toys that are in the Hall of Fame. Click the “Inducted Toys” link in the upper menu to see what toys have been selected for inclusion since 1998. Click on the toy name to read its story and see some images. Some memorable toys included are: 

  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Frisbee
  • G.I. Joe
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Slinky
  • Duncan Yo-Yo
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Twister

And so many more. Some toys are generalized such as the baby doll, playing cards, bicycle, or ball and other inductees are unique childhood playthings stemming from creativity and imagination like a blanket, a stick, and the cardboard box. Visitors can even nominate a toy to be included. Toys must meet certain criteria to be considered including being recognizable, memorable, not a generational passing fad, fosters learning, creativity, and discovery through play and more.

But wait! The toy tour does not stop here. Select the “Research & Publications” link in the green top menu, then choose “Access to Artifacts Collections”. On this page, locate the links under “Learn more about Strong’s key holdings” to browse collections or find the “online database” link to see thousands of other toys sorted by: 

  • Toys – action figures, baby toys, construction toys, mechanical and pull toys, play sets, educational toys, puzzles, riding toys, stuffed animals, transportation toys, yo-yos and tops and more
  • Dolls – baby dolls, fashion dolls, celebrity dolls, cloth and rag dolls, collector dolls, paper dolls and more
  • Games – board games, card games, outdoor games, role-playing games and more
  • Video Games – arcade, computer, console, handheld and more electronic games
  • Other Collections – advertising, collectible cards, character products, outdoor play and much more

Visitors can spend hours browsing through all this site has to offer and older visitors may find themselves taking a trip down the memory lane of their childhood days. Be sure to bookmark this site as new items are added regularly.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

November 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. You can read most of the study guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading

In the side menu, other Language Arts categories are: 

  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Create a Beatbox Band

June 17th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 17, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Incredibox

(www.incredibox.com/)

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

 

Become the conductor of a group of animated human sound machines and express your musicality through this free, fun, and easy to use interactive program. Sponsored by a graphic design and mixed media studio, Incredibox lets you record your music composition to share with friends.

When you get to the site, select from versions: 

  • The original – 2009
  • Little miss – 2012
  • Sunrise – 2013
  • The love – 2014

After making a selection, a short introduction demonstrates how to use the program. Once the intro is over, the program will be ready to begin. You’ll see animated male characters. Drag and drop different effects, beats, melodies, and voices (from icons located below the animation screen). As you drop them onto the character, it will dress the character in a new outfit and demonstrate the effect. Continue until you create a musical piece that appeals to you. 

Use the small icons above the music screen to record your music, shuffle the program (automate it), remove the sounds (start over), and change the settings. It takes a little experimentation to get proficient at creating compositions, but the fun is in exploring and testing the possibilities.

Note: There is a big “Play Now” button located at the bottom of the screen that opens a page where you can download a game program. It was difficult to tell if it was an advertisement – but it’s not part of the Incredibox program. Our advice is to avoid it. Also, there is a paid version of Incredibox available in the Apple App Store.

Free Literature Study Guides

November 30th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.ntc-school.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/index.html)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are:

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Review
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Writing Lesson Plans and More!

February 10th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, February 10, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ShareMyLesson – Writing

(www.sharemylesson.com/taxonomysearchresults.aspx?

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

 

Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, self-described as the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson pledges that their members can download and share user-generated resources free of charge forever.

There is an overwhelming amount of resources here that covers all subject areas, but today we are focusing on Language Arts. The lessons were created with classroom teachers in mind but are easily adapted for homeschool use. We drilled down to “writing” on the web page and located a myriad of writing lesson plans and ideas including: 

  • Lesson plans using Facebook – This template allows students to construct a Facebook page for a character from a text or some other context.
  • English Lesson Plans on Persuasive Techniques in Writing – Handout and activity
  • Lesson plans for Saving Reluctant Writers – This simple 3-step process shows you how to help students organize and sequence their ideas for easy writing.
  • 8 Minute Madness – Creative starter activities
  • Journal Writing Prompts with EI – Need two weeks’ worth of writing prompts to get students writing?
  • And much more!

You’ll want to bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of the extensive bank of resources located here.

[ClickSchooling] Folger Shakespeare Library

January 27th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, January 27, 2016, and time for Language Arts 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Folger Shakespeare Library

(www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=588)

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

 

The Folger Shakespeare Library offers this fun website that introduces kids to Shakespeare through fun games and activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see an icon menu that includes: 

  • Words, Words, Words – Unscramble letters to reveal words from Shakespeare’s plays, learn new vocabulary by discovering the meaning of “Weird Words” in Shakespeare’s works. Try creating Shakespearean insults or compliments. Learn some common idioms that originated in Shakespeare’s plays. Print out scripts for plays and perform scenes at home.
  • Shakespeare’s Life – Learn trivia about Shakespeare’s life and times.
  • Shakespeare Challenges – Answer trivia questions about Shakespeare’s plays, or read a quote and try to guess which character said it.
  • Who Am I? – Use clues to identify characters from Shakespeare’s plays.

Want to have a little more in-depth fun? For historical perspective, be sure to click on the links to “Discover Our Collection” and “Queen Elizabeth.”

When you are finished here, go to the menu at the top and click on “Teach and Learn”. Under “Classroom Resources” you’ll find numerous teaching modules that offer dynamic ways to approach these complex texts.

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