Posts Tagged ‘Chinese’

Calendars through the Ages

January 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, January 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Calendars through the Ages

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger WebExhibits online museum from the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement, this website examines the origins and history of calendars.

When arriving at today’s link, use the upper menu to decide what topic you would like to explore: 

  • Years & Months – Learn about the astronomical events on which a calendar is based then use the sidebar menu to dig deeper into the astronomy of calendars, see a perpetual calendar, the phases of the moon within a given month, the history of our calendar, terms used, and more.
  • Various Calendars – Discover the differences in the Gregorian calendar (which most of us use) and the Chinese, Julian, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Mayan, Roman, and other calendars past, present, and future.
  • Our Week – How did the 7-day week come to be? Where did the names of the days come from? What other connotations are associated with the days of the week? These questions and more are answered in this topic.
  • Timeline – Not your typical history timeline, this is a timeline of interesting calendar facts.

Visitors will also notice on the main menu “Node View”. From here you can navigate through a cloud map of the site to narrow your research.

With a new year upon us, this website provides an interesting look into the passing of time and a unique history study unit.

Learn to Speak Chinese

November 14th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, November 14, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Chinese English Dictionary and Study Center

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website offers an interactive Chinese dictionary of words and phrases that is perfect for those who want to learn Chinese or improve upon their current skills.

One of our ClickScholars said: “I found a totally cool website for people who want to learn Chinese. Type in any word or phrase to search the database. If it’s in the online dictionary, you will see how it’s written, how it’s pronounced, and you can choose a native speaker (by name) and hear that person saying the word or phrase or long sentence. It’s very clear, and fun. A neat feature of the dictionary is that if you select a word, such as ‘Cat,’ and then select option 5 (longer passages), you will see *all* of the information and language samples available for that word, from single-word translation to short phrases to sentences to longer passages and beyond. There are also stories in English and Chinese (bilingual) and other nice features. For example, a fully interactive family tree. You can toggle between names, ages & genders, and occupations, or familial relationships between all family members and ‘me’ – select your place in the family tree and see how all the familial relationships change with respect to you. You can also create a personal account on the site and create your own flashcard preferences etc., so that you can personalize your web browsing experience to maximize language learning across many repeat visits.”

When you get to the site you will see a menu on the left side of your screen. Click to open the items that include: 

  • Read Me – Complete instructions for using this site, including how to use the Chinese characters (letters)
  • Games – Reinforce Chinese language skills while playing concentration, doing math, and exploring maps.
  • Chinese Experience – See pictures and learn about Beijing, the Great Wall, Xian, and Shanghai. Explore Chinese art such as bronzes, calligraphy, painting, and Ming Dynasty artifacts.

This is a great way to introduce the Chinese language to your children, and/or practice your Chinese language skills.

(There are aspects of this site that will appeal to Chinese language learners of all ages. Non-readers will need assistance, and as always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.)

Tangrams!

September 4th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, August 3, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Tangrams

 

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

 

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc.  Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.
This website offers terrific information about tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions. When you get to the site, view a YouTube video to show you how to make a reversible tangram set. Look at the menu on the right side of the page and use it to explore: 
  • History – Read about the history of tangram puzzles and how they became so popular.
  • Make It – Get instructions to make your own set of tangrams pieces.
  • Puzzles – Print out free tangram puzzles along with a set of rules, and use your skill and intuition to find solutions.
  • And much more!
Scroll down the page to locate: 
  • The latest tangrams
  • The pattern of the week
  • “Play against the clock” videos
Continue to scroll down to find all categories of tangram puzzles, worksheets and much more!

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

Virtual Tour of San Francisco’s Chinatown

April 24th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, April 24, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Grant Ave: The School Bell

 

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This site was designed specifically to give elementary grade students an introduction to San Francisco’s Chinatown.
When you get to the site, you will see photos of the entrance to Chinatown on Grant Avenue, along with some text that explains what you see. Below the pictures and text you will see the words “Next Slide.” To take this tour, just click on “Next Slide,” and a new page opens explaining another feature of Chinatown. You will also see a menu at the bottom of the screen that allows you to randomly choose places to visit in Chinatown – instead of taking the tour.

You will see and read explanations of Chinese New Year (and you can see a video clip of the New Year parade and celebration), a Fortune Cookie Factory, a Chinese pharmacy, and more.

La Tour Eiffel – Eiffel Tower Virtual Tour

February 6th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 6, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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La Tour Eiffel

 

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
When arriving at the site, click on “Eiffel Tower Gallery” to see the drop down menu. You can now select from these options to begin your tour:
  • 360° virtual tour
  • Pictures
  • Movies
  • Multimedia

After selecting the 360° virtual tour, a new window will open and visitors can use their mouse to examine the tower close up. Select from the numerous images below the screen for different views, both day and night, from and of the tower.

Back at the “Eiffel Tower Gallery”, select Pictures to not only see images of the Tower but also see images of the blueprints from making the tower. Select the “Movies” option to see videos of the tower, celebrations held there, and the ice rink at the tower.

Under the “Multimedia” option, take a 360° tour of Paris, explore an interactive time line of Major Events surrounding the Tower, or let the kids “Play with the Eiffel Tower” with an interactive educational puzzle and maze or colorfully “Illuminate the Eiffel Tower” with your favorite color and fireworks.

When you are done with your tours, select the “Children’s Tower” option to find educational material for learning and teaching about the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to select the “Teacher’s Page” link in the upper right of the kid’s page to access more educational materials.

Explore the other menu options on the home page tool bar for even more educational opportunities. And for a learning experience for those students studying a foreign language, use the drop down menu in the upper left to select to see this site in 8 different languages including French, Spanish, Chinese, and more.

So grab your beret, pack your croissants, and enjoy a fine day in Paris at the Eiffel tower from the comfort of your home.

Free Peace Corps Language Courses

January 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, January 3, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Live Lingua: Free Peace Corps Language Courses

 

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

 

This page at the commercial website, Live Lingua, serves as a repository for the language materials from the U.S. Peace Corps.
Visitors will find over 100 different languages to choose from including many languages non-traditionally studied in schools. Each language provides a downloadable PDF workbook and some also include audio lessons. While the traditional languages of Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and more are available, some of the lesser learned languages that include audios are:
  • Bengali, an eastern Indo-Aryan language
  • Chewa, also known as Nyanja, the Bantu language family
  • Ewe, a Niger-Congo language spoken in southeastern Ghana and southern Togo
  • Hausa, the Chadic language
  • Jahanka, a Manding language of Guinea
  • Jola (Diola), a dialect spoken in Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea Bissau
  • Krio, the de facto national language spoken throughout the West African nation of Sierra Leone
  • Luganda, the major language of Uganda
  • Marshallese, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in the Marshall Islands
  • Setswana, a Bantu language belonging to the Niger-Congo language family
  • Turkmen, the national language of Turkmenistan
  • Zarma, one of the Songhai languages

Even if you may not be interested in learning some of the lesser studied languages, this website could provide an interesting addition to your geography studies.

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