Posts Tagged ‘drama’

Hummingbird Math

August 4th, 2014


It’s Monday, August 4, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


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Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project

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


This website was designed to be a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students in grades K-12 to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. These little birds tolerate people well and are drawn to gardens and feeders where they can easily be studied. The data collected is shared via the website with students worldwide. You can access a great deal of information at this site for free, but they also offer the opportunity to register for $20/year, a fee that enables students to participate fully in the research project. (Details are at the site.) However, you don’t have to register to learn interesting facts about a variety of hummingbirds or to access the activities and lesson ideas in math, art, drama, music, geography, and writing.
When you get to the site you will see the introduction to “Hummingbird Math Activities” – just scroll down to review the lessons and click on the links to the other curriculum pages as well.Want more hummingbird fun? Have your children make their very own hummingbird feeder and try some interesting activities like:

  • Hummingbirds weigh between 2 and 20 grams. If you have a kitchen scale, have the kids gather some items around the house they think weigh about as much as a hummingbird. Weigh them and see how close they come.

Literature Lesson Plans

July 16th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, July 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Mr. Donn’s Literature Lesson Plans


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


This website offers a wide selection of free lesson plans based on literature. While they are designed for classroom use, many of the lessons contain activities that can be easily adapted to homeschooling.
When you get to the site use the alphabetized directory to search for any given book title. When you find the title of the book you are interested in, you may find from one to several lesson plans for that title that vary widely in content and design. Click on a lesson plan and you may find:
  • Suggestions for exercises to improve language arts development from letter recognition in Pre-K to character and plot development exercises for older students.
  • Book-themed coloring pages, puzzles, and games to do online or print out and do offline
  • Webquests that explore ideas and concepts introduced in the book through visiting recommended websites
  • Downloadable pdf files with questions to stimulate reading comprehension
  • Suggestions for other books to read on the same topic
  • Teacher’s guides
  • Writing assignments
  • Unit studies themed around a book
  • And more!

There is no way to access it all in one visit – so be sure to bookmark the site to return again.

You will also notice that if you scroll down the homepage at this site you will find other resources for language arts development including free lesson plans for studying: Shakespeare, poetry, fairytales, myths, drama, historical fiction, and more. You’ll even find free Power Point Lessons in Literature and Language Arts.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

June 25th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, June 25, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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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 menu of free online study guides in a variety of subject categories. 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. To give you an idea of what you can expect in the field of Language Arts, you’ll find: 

  • Literature – A stunning array of free study guides for book titles spanning from “Across Five Aprils” to “Walden.” 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.
  • 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 analyses of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.
  • Writing – A remarkable grammar glossary with easy-to-find answers on everything from proper usage of commas and semicolons to superlatives and more.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Language Arts! 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.

Literacy Activities for Every Age

May 28th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, May 28, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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RIF: Literacy Resources – Activities


Age Range: 2-15 (Grades PreK-10, with parental supervision)


Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s non-profit reading organization in the world. Their goal is to motivate children and their families to read by providing free cross-curricular resources and activities that encourage reading.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction that explains the many activities available. Below it you can access free “Monthly Activity Calendars” for ages birth-5 and 6-15. These calendars are available in both English and Spanish and offer daily suggestions that encourage reading. They can be printed out and posted on the wall or fridge.

You’ll also see “Story Samplers” that are free activity e-books that you can download and print to use offline. Also explore the activities menu on the right that includes:

  • Alphabet Learning
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Drama
  • Games
  • History
  • Math
  • Poetry
  • Seasonal Activities
  • Storytelling
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Writing
  • And Much More!

Click on any one and a new page opens with a selection of activities in English and/or Spanish. (The appropriate age range is indicated next to the activity.) Click on the activity and a new page opens with a materials list and instructions on how to conduct the activity. In some cases you’ll find free downloadable activity books that you can print out and use offline too.

You’ll also find that the menu gives you access to age-appropriate booklists, articles on every aspect of reading, downloadable brochures, and multicultural resources. 
There is a great deal of content at this site so bookmark it to return again.

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

July 24th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, July 24, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

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PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12)  

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.  

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes:  

*Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch Words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.  

*Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, classics, etc.  

*Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.

*Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.  

*Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.

*Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.

*Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.

*Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.  

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more!  This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject.  You heard me. Go to the home page and see for yourself at:  

This is one of the most comprehensive resources I’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free? 


Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

May 29th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, May 29, 2014 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

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

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans integrated with resources to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art, foreign language, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured lesson plan.  Below that is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as:

  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Essay
  • Fables, Fairy Tales, and Folklore
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

Submit your parameters and a menu of lesson plans will appear below the sorting tool.  Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including:

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Extending the Lesson

You’ll find links to free, carefully screened educational websites where you can read the literature online and find resources to extend the learning. In some cases you’ll find free, printable worksheets as well.

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.