Posts Tagged ‘education’

Discover the Regions of Arkansas

June 16th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, June 16, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arkansas Geological Survey

(www.geology.ar.gov/education/physio_regions.htm)

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

 

Discover the physiographic provinces of Arkansas with maps, text and images at this web page from the larger website from the Arkansas Geographic Survey.

Regions to explore include: 

  • Ozark Plateau
  • Ouachita Mountains
  • Crowley’s Ridge
  • Mississippi Alluvial Plain (Delta)
  • Coastal Plain
  • Arkansas River Valley

Select the region you wish to visit to see images and maps of important geological features and then read all about the geology of the location. 

Once you have finished visiting each region, use the links at the top of the page to explore more geology of Arkansas including: 

  • Energy
  • Geohazards
  • Minerals
  • Water

Select the “Education” link for loads of downloadable resources such as pamphlets, lesson plans, worksheets, posters and more as well as online games.

Add this website to your state study list.

National History Education Clearinghouse

June 8th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 8, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National History Clearinghouse

(teachinghistory.org/)

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

 

This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K-12, by improving teachers’ access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history.

While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.

Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you’ll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you’ll see a display of featured items from the site’s content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the “Quick Links” for: 

  • Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
  • Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
  • High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You’ll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)

You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Teaching Materials – Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the “Ask a Master Teacher” tool and browse the FAQs.
  • History Content – Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in “Ask A Historian.”
  • Best Practices – Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.

Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers: 

  • Digital Tools
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Holidays and Heritage
  • Primary Sources
  • Student Activities
  • Teaching Materials

~and Much More!

Drinking Water Science!

May 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids’ Stuff

(www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/index.html)

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

 

The Environmental Protection Agency offer this website that has many FREE, interactive as well as downloadable PDF files that contain games, lessons, activities, and experiments that teach kids in grades K-12 about water. From the water cycle to filtration of drinking water, kids get an education on all aspects of water including underground wells and water treatment facilities.

All of the information is accompanied by colorful animations and illustrations making it very inviting to students. When you get to the site you will see 2 categories: For Kids and For Teachers separated by grade levels. Choose the level you are interested in to see the games and activities for that level.

When you are through exploring the menu items, click on “Other Stuff for Kids” on the left side bar. A new page opens with links to resources for additional lesson plans and activities such as: 

  • Homework resources
  • Student awards and contests
  • Games, quizzes, and more
  • Videos about the environment

Note: A few of the links are dead on the main page – but there is plenty of accessible info, notably the EPA pages and the USGS Water Education pages with many free lessons, coloring pages, and downloadable activities.

Science & Technology of WWII

April 18th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 18, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The National WWII Museum

(www.ww2sci-tech.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National WWII Museum offers this website with free information, lessons, and activities about the science and technology of World War II. WWII spawned some of the most substantial and controversial technological innovations brought about by historic advances in science and math.  

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction. Just click on the menu items to explore the site that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans – Designed for classroom teachers, these lessons can be tweaked for home education. Learn how moon phases and tides were used to plan the D-Day invasion, discover how sonar and radar technology helped win the war, solve some math word problems about anti-aircraft firing.
  • Dark Room – Check out a photo gallery of WWII artifacts that include radar components, materials related to the Manhattan Project, medical equipment, coding equipment, meteorological maps, artillery, and more.
  • Timeline – Explore an interactive timeline of the science and technology of WWII.
  • Activities – Check out the Top Ten Scientific Achievements of WWII, take a Sci-Tech Quiz, send and decipher a coded message.
  • Free Poster – Download a free WWII Science & Technology poster.

You’ll also find great videos in the “Ask the Expert” section.

Walk through Time with History Games

April 13th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 13, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Walk through Time

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/walk/games_index.shtml)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

 

The archived Walk Through Time website is from the BBC television series of the same name. While geared for ages 7-9, it provides entertainment and education that the whole family can enjoy about the following eras in history: Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian, and the 1950’s.

As explained in the Teachers/Parents section, “The site does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to any one particular period, but rather an exploration of change, development and chronology.”

When you get to the site you will see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Odd-One-Out Games – Choose an era in history. A picture of a typical street scene or home setting appears on the screen. Your job is to detect what items in the picture do not belong in the scene and send it through “The Time Tunnel.”
  • The TimeStrip – This offers the opportunity to explore the personalities of people living in different eras of history.
  • What Came First? – A randomly generated series of pictures from various historical eras are presented on the screen. Your job is to put them in chronological order.
  • In Living Memory – This section provides a guided activity that encourages kids to interview relatives or neighbors and create a living history of their lives.
  • Print and Do – Printable activities to do offline that explore historical eras.

All of the games and activities can be used to enhance the study of Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian or post WWII history. They can also be used as a starting point for a lesson about the lives of men, women and children during different historical eras. Use it to discuss the differences in people’s lives based on their place in society (i.e., from peasants to kings). These activities are also great conversation starters and can generate discussion about changes in living conditions, work, transportation, clothes, food, architecture, and technology through time.

Free Downloadable Art Lessons

April 1st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 1, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Project ARTiculate

(www.projectarticulate.com/)

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

 

Find over 75 art projects and downloadable lesson plans at this website from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) and the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC).

Projects are sorted into 5 art types: 

  • 2-D Art
  • 3-D Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking

Or search for subject related projects for: 

  • English / Language Arts
  • Geography
  • Government & Citizenship
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Skills for a Healthy Life
  • Technology
  • World Languages
  • Cultural Standards

Each project includes: 

  • An image of the finished project and a description
  • Suggested grade level
  • Objectives and assessment criteria
  • Materials list
  • Related vocabulary some with links to definitions
  • Related art elements covered
  • Downloadable PDF of the entire lesson plan with instructions, assessment tools, and more.

With all the lessons neatly laid out, you will want to bookmark this website as you will certainly want to come back to it time and time again.

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