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Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

April 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MyVocabulary.com

 

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.
The founders of MyVocabulary.com, Jan and Carey Cook, wrote, “We began our efforts to promote vocabulary comprehension using Latin/Greek word derivations in 1997. Our site now has 2500 pages of materials, worksheets and puzzles. More than 24,000 teachers and schools use MyVocabulary.com.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes:

*Root Word Lesson Plans – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.

*Thematic Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.

*Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “avatar” to “vintner”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

*Test Prep/Assessment – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

Hundreds of Free PreK-12 Lessons for all Subjects

February 20th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, February 20, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Learning Aisle

 

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

 

This website is your one-stop destination for hundreds of ready to use on-line lessons for students PreK-12 across all the core subjects!

 

With content fully licensed from eTap, and from well-known sources such as Khan Academy, PBS, the History Channel, and more, navigating this well-designed website is a breeze. The curriculum is organized into four levels: 

  • Grades
  • Subjects
  • Units
  • Lessons

 

After registering for your free account, simply select a grade and then chose your subject, for example Social Studies. Then you will be presented with currently available units which are broken down even further into lessons. The Social Studies units cover such concepts as: 

  • Civics
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • People of the World
  • State Studies
  • U.S. History
  • World History

 

Unit lessons can include illustrated learning text, associated videos, and printer friendly worksheets as well as quizzes and additional resource links. 

 

A valuable feature of this website is that you may add lessons, units, subjects, or whole grades to your own Study Room. Within the Study Room, create personalized Study Lists for your students by simply dragging and dropping items from your Study Room to study lists. Students can then conveniently access the lessons you have assigned to them by selecting their own Study List. Also, for lessons within your Study room, there is a discussion box available to “ask questions, post comments, send messages to anyone who is studying the same lesson”. 

 

Within your study room, you can quickly monitor your students’ progress by selecting “Progress Report”. If there are tests or quizzes available within a unit, these can also be easily monitored by selecting the “Quiz Report”.   

 

Because this website includes units not only for social studies but also for science, math, and language arts, Learning Aisle may quickly become your first stop when planning your studies.

 

Free Math Lessons from Khan Academy!

December 16th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, December 16, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Khan Academy

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

Many homeschoolers are fans of the non-profit Khan Academy that provides free, innovative, and engaging video tutorials on every strand of math and more. The brainchild of Salmon Khan (whose background is in math, computer science, and investment management), its goal is to provide a world-class education to everyone for free.

When you get to the site, click on “Learn” on the menu. A drop-down list of subjects will appear. Click on “Math” to find video lessons covering:

  • Arithmetic 
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Trigonometry 
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • SAT Preparation
  • Finance

You’ll also find informative courses in Science, Economics, Humanities, Computer Programming and more.

Mr. Khan’s explanations for his style of teaching is worth noting:

“I teach the way that I wish I was taught. The lectures are coming from me, an actual human being who is fascinated by the world around him…I don’t think any corporate or governmental effort–regardless of how much money is thrown at the problem–can reproduce this.

“A lot of my own educational experience was spent frustrated with how information was conveyed in textbooks and lectures. There would be connections in the subject matter that standard curricula would ignore despite the fact that they make the content easier to understand, enjoy, and RETAIN. I felt like fascinating and INTUITIVE concepts were almost intentionally being butchered into pages and pages of sleep-inducing text and monotonic, scripted lectures. I saw otherwise intelligent peers memorizing steps and formulas for the next exam without any sense of the intuition or big picture, only to forget everything within a matter of weeks. These videos are my expression of how the concepts should have been expressed in the first place, all while not compromising rigor or comprehensiveness.”

Mr. Khan is succeeding in his mission.

In addition to the instructional videos, visitors can log in and do problems online for further practice and comprehension. The program keeps track of your work and indicates what you’ve mastered and what needs more work.

This website is a brilliant demonstration of how to use technology to deliver a better, more meaningful education to everyone.

Astonishing World Math Meters!

December 2nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, December 2, 2013, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Worldometers

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website, run by an international team of developers and researchers, provides world statistics updated in “a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.” The site claims to have no political, governmental, or corporate affiliation, and was voted one of the best free reference websites by the American Library Association (ALA).

When you get to the site you’ll see numbers flashing before you that represent the statistics on a variety of topics that include:

*World Population – Watch the numbers advance on births, deaths, and the net population growth today.

*Government & Economics – Watch the mind-boggling figures increase on expenditures in healthcare, education, and the military. Discover the number of cars, bicycles, and computers produced or sold this year.

*Society & Media – Find out the number of book titles published, newspapers circulated, TVs and cellular phones sold, money spent on videogames, and how many emails and blog posts are sent/made in a day.

*Environment – Learn how many forests were lost, how many tons of carbon dioxide were emitted this year, or the species that have gone extinct and more.

*Food – See the amount of food produced this year, the number of undernourished people in the world, number of overweight people, money spent on weight loss programs, etc.

*Water – See how many people have no access to safe drinking water.

*Energy – Discover the energy used in a day from renewable and non-renewable sources. See the number of days to the end of oil, gas, and coal.

*Health – Get information about traffic fatalities, world spending on illegal drugs, number of cigarettes smoked today, deaths caused by malaria, cancer, AIDS, communicable diseases, etc.

If this doesn’t result in educational questions and discussions – I don’t know what will. It’s a veritable springboard to learning through really fast addition. :) Plus, it shows kids the practical use of math in the real world.

Don’t miss the “Foreign Language” component – scroll to the bottom of the page and you can view all of these statistics in languages from Arabic to Ukrainian.

Free Financial Literacy Course for Ages 11-22

October 21st, 2013

Hi! It’s Monday, October 21, 2013, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MoneySkill.org

Age Range: 11-22 (middle school, high school, & college with parental guidance)

ClickScholar Michelle suggested this website provided by the American Financial Services Association (the national trade association for the consumer credit industry). As explained at the website, AFSA provides free financial literacy courses to educate middle school, high school, and college students on basic money management fundamentals in the content areas of:

  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Saving
  • Investing
  • Credit
  • Insurance

The site further explains that “the high school and college course is designed to be used as all or part of a course in economics, math, social studies or wherever personal finances are taught. Students can access the modules in the classroom or at home. Built-in quizzes test students’ grasp of each concept.

Two versions are available: High School/College and Middle School level.” 

The courses are free, but registration is required to access them. Completion of the registration process can take up to 2-3 days – so, plan ahead. 

When you get to the site you’ll find an explanation of the MoneySKILL program, and registration information. Use the menu on the left side of the page to experience a demonstration of how the interactive lessons work.  Basically, you’ll see the lesson text, hear an audio narration of it, and then be asked to answer multiple choice questions to test your knowledge of the subject matter.  In addition, “a life simulation module asks students to project their own financial life expectancies in areas such as employment, housing, transportation, education, marriage, family and retirement.” 

Again, the idea here is to provide students with money management skills that will last a lifetime.

Fun Root Word Vocab Lessons, Worksheets, Puzzles, & More!

October 16th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, October 16,2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

Age Range: 8-16 (grades 4-10, approximately, with parental supervision)

MyVocabulary.com offers a variety of free, interactive vocabulary lessons, activities, worksheets, word searches, crossword puzzles, quizzes, and SAT test preparation using Latin and Greek root word derivations.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes:

*Root Word Lesson Plans – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.

*Thematic Puzzles – You’ll find an assortment of fun vocabulary puzzles themed around English literature, science, social studies, holidays, and more.

*Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest. Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

*SAT Test Prep/Assessment – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

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