Posts Tagged ‘citizenship’

Fun Games & WebQuests Teach Civics! (CSAW)

January 27th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, January 27, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
iCivics

Age Range: 9 -18 (about Grades 4-12, younger students may enjoy aspects with parental assistance)

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

When you get to the site you will see some featured games at the top of the page, and a menu of game “Topics” that include: 

*Citizenship and Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

*Separation of Powers – Control all 3 branches of government to understand the parts of government and how they work.

*The Constitution and the Bill of Rights – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law. Try out your persuasive skills by arguing a real Supreme Court case. Take a WebQuest to learn about how our Constitution was created and how it affects YOU.

*The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.

*The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.

*The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents.  Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.

In addition to the multi-media games and webquests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Congress for Kids 8-18

December 16th, 2010

 

Hi!  It’s Thursday, December 16th, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
CongressForKids.com

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 4-12)

This website claims, “Learning about the federal government doesn’t have to be boring. Congress for Kids gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you.”

I totally agree. You’ll find terrific content written in engaging text accompanied by colorful illustrations, along with informative sidebars, facts, trivia, and suggested activities to further learning.

When you get to the website, use the menu to explore your options that include:

*Quizzes – Find out what you do or don’t know about the U.S. government.

*Independence – Learn about democracy, autocracy, the original 13 colonies, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation.

*Constitution – Take a trip back in time to discover how the Constitution was written, who signed it, and find out about the “Great Compromise.” Learn about the Bill of Rights, and Amendments to the Constitution.

*Legislative Branch – Explore the House of Representatives and the Senate and learn how laws are made and enacted.

*Executive Branch – Learn about the president’s job, the presidential cabinet, the president and Congress, impeachment, and even how the president has fun.

*Judicial Branch – Get help demystifying the role of the Supreme Court in government, and learn how the Justices are selected.
 
*Elections – Find out about the election process, voting, political parties, candidates, conventions, campaigning, the Electoral College, and more.

*Citizenship – Consider the actions and attitudes that constitute good citizenship.

When you’re done exploring these sections, try taking the quizzes again and see how much you retained.

Free K-12 History Lessons & free CD

August 20th, 2009

Recommended Website
AmericanHeritage.org

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)

This website, sponsored by the non-profit, non-partisan American Heritage Education Foundation, produces and distributes FREE K-12 lesson plans to teachers, students, and families in all 50 states.

As explained at the website, AHEF is “dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America’s factual and philosophical heritage to promote constructive citizenship and Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility among our students and citizens…AHEF is inclusive of individuals of every race and creed and every religious or non-religious persuasion.”

When you get to the website, you’ll see some explanatory text with hyperlinks to the lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school. Simply click on the link for the grade level of interest and a new page opens to a menu of lessons with activities that include:

  • FOR ELEMENTARY GRADES:
    • Colonial America
    • Declaration of Independence
    • U.S. Presidents
    • The Great Seal, Motto, Flag, etc.
    • The History of Thanksgiving Day
    • and more!
  • FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL:
    • Colonial America: American Revolution
    • U.S. Constitution
    • Bill of Rights
    • Gettysburg Address
    • What is an American?
    • and more!
  • FOR HIGH SCHOOL:
    • The Mayflower Compact
    • Federalist Paper Number 47
    • The First Amendment
    • Entrepreneurs in History
    • American’s Creed
    • and more!

Each lesson is available in English and Spanish. You can access it online through a downloadable pdf file. (You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader that you can download for free at the site.) You can print the lessons out and use them offline as well.

You can also order a CD of these lessons absolutely FREE! Instructions are at the website.

Note: A binder of the lessons for each grade level is also available for a fee of $19.50.

These free AHEF lessons and activities can be enjoyed regardless of homeschool methodology.

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One Hen — Microfinance for Kids

March 26th, 2009

Recommended Website:
OneHen.org

Age Range: 4-104

This website offers free lessons and activities about microfinance for kids (and their families) — and much more! Microfinance is the practice of providing financial tools, education, and loans to those people living in poverty. The website is a companion to the popular children’s book called “One Hen” that tells the story (inspired by true events) of a boy from Ghana, Africa named Kojo, who receives a small loan and buys a hen. It leads to a series of events that improves the lives of many.

When you get to the website you can learn the story of Kojo and watch a video about the inspiring life of Kwabena Darko (the real Kojo). (Turn your speakers on to hear narration and African music.) Then, explore the menu that includes:

  • For Parents — Get an explanation of microfinance and learn about organizations that can help finance small loans to entrepreneurial individuals and families around the world. Not only that, but if you click on “Kids As Social Entrepreneurs” within this section, you’ll discover how your child (age 12 and up) can apply to receive a $1000 grant along with guidance to start a business that will benefit your community.
  • For Teachers and Librarians — Get free lesson plans and activities (in downloadable pdf format) that explore themes such as world geography, community service, life cycles, natural resources, global citizenship, African culture, math, economics, and business. There is also an online quiz — although you’d need to read the book to be able to answer the questions. Of course, you can purchase the book at the site (via Amazon.com) — you can also request it at your local library. Note: Many of the activities here do not require you to have read the book, although doing so would add meaningful context.

This website’s information and activities provides children and their families with food for thought and action. It brings up great family discussion topics like poverty, charity, responsibility, business, finance, community development, and how to help the poor and disenfranchised in a sustainable way.

The concept of lending money to people in developing countries who have no collateral and no access to conventional banking is a real conversation starter. For example, did you know that in 2006 Muhammad Yunus, a Bangledeshi economist who pioneered microloan banking, won the Nobel Peace Prize? You can learn more about him and other people and organizations who are making a difference by exploring this website.

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Helping Your Child Become A Reader & More!

October 22nd, 2008

Recommended Website:
U.S. Dept. of Education

Age Range: 0-17 (varies by publication, but most are for kids in grades PreK-5)

The U.S. Department of Education publishes all kinds of FREE resource materials for parents to help their children learn. At this website, you can access a book titled, “Helping Your Child Become a Reader,” that contains all kinds of information, tips, and activities that you can do with young children (from infancy to 6 years old) that will build a foundation for becoming a good reader. You can either read the book online or download the pdf and print it out.

But that’s not all! “Helping Your Child Become A Reader” is just one book in the “Helping Your Child” series that provide lessons and activities in a variety of subjects that include:

  • Helping Your Child Learn Science – This booklet provides parents of children ages 3 through 10 with information, tools and activities they can use in the home and community to help their child develop an interest in the sciences and learn about the world around them. (Note: There is an error on the description page of this book. It says it contains “activities for children in preschool through age 5.” That should read “preschool through grade 5.” )
  • Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics – This booklet is made up of fun activities that parents can use with children from preschool age through grade 5 to strengthen their math skills and build strong positive attitudes toward math.
  • Helping Your Child Learn History – This booklet is designed to help families prepare their children to achieve the lifelong task of finding their place in history by helping them learn what shaped the world into which they were born.
  • Helping Your Child Become A Responsible Citizen – This booklet provides information about the values and skills that make up character and good citizenship and what you can do to help your child develop strong character. Contains activities for elementary, middle and high school-aged children.

There are several other books in the series as well. You can access them all here.

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Language Arts Puzzles — Online & Printable Versions!

October 1st, 2003

Recommended Website:
Puzzle Choice

This award-winning family website offers a variety of Language Arts puzzles including crosswords, word searches, and word play in either online game format or in downloadable, printable versions.

When you get to the site read the introduction on the landing page as it provides a brief overview of what the site offers. You can click on linked words to go directly to the activities mentioned there – or use the menu on the left of your screen to access the games and puzzles at the site.

In the section called “Kid’s Choice” you’ll find Word Play games and a few puzzles that test math and logic skills. Here, you’ll find “Teacher Wordsearch” that offers wordsearch puzzles with themes that include:

  • Adjectives
  • Sight Words
  • Spelling
  • Verbs
  • 6 Traits of Writing

You will also find word searches themed on other subjects such as history, social studies, math, geography, citizenship, physiology, Shakespeare and US Presidents.

This site provides lots of fun ways to supplement your studies through games and puzzles to make learning fun!

Don’t forget to print some out and put them in a binder to bring along when you’re carschooling! :)

Are you and the kids on the road a lot? Discover lots of fun ways to turn travel time into learning time at www.Carschooling.com!

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