Posts Tagged ‘education’

Pumpkin Education

October 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, October 22, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various – see below

 

Age Range: 3-Adult (Grades PreK-Adult, children with parental supervision)

We thought you might enjoy some fun ideas for how to learn many different subjects with pumpkins. There is so much material in the websites listed below that you can create a complete pumpkin curriculum! 

Pumpkin Education

Make your own pumpkin curriculum! If you would like to develop a “Pumpkin Unit Study” or a pumpkin-themed curriculum, check out this remarkable educational website from the University of Illinois that includes:

  • Pumpkin History
  • Pumpkin Education – including tons of free lesson plans for pumpkin math, science, language arts, and more!
  • Pumpkin Facts
  • Pumpkin Fun
  • And a directory of pumpkin farms and festivals throughout the U.S.!

Pumpkins for Preschoolers!

Read the article “Pumpkin Fun!” with all kinds of ideas for learning with pumpkins at this site. While this page was created with preschoolers in mind, many of the activities suggested will be fun for the whole family.

Local Harvest: Pumpkin Patch

To find a pumpkin farm near you visit this website. When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of pumpkins with a search box under it. Simply enter your zip code, city, and state and a new screen opens with pumpkin farms and patches near you. Click on any one listed and a new page opens with information on that farm, visiting hours, directions, any fees, etc.
For another resource to locate a pumpkin farm or festival near you try Pumpkin Patches and More.

Movies from the Past for your History Studies

October 16th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, October 16, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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FedFlix

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are looking for unique and interesting supplements to your history studies, FedFlix from the Internet Archive might just be the ticket. This portion of the website features the “best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors” and much more.
When arriving at the link above, use the search functions to find films for a specific topic, or you can browse the collection several different ways including by subject/keyword, by creator, alphabetically by title or author, or by when added to the site.
A sampling of topics we searched for included:
  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • FDR
  • National Parks
  • Space
  • Vietnam War
  • World War

The thousands of available film footage selections come from hundreds of contributors such as:

  • National Archives And Records Administration
  • House Oversight Committee
  • Department Of Defense
  • House Energy And Commerce
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Committee On Oversight And Government Reform
  • FDR Presidential Library
  • Committee On Energy And Commerce

After finding a film you wish to watch, click the link and you will be taken to the page with the movie along with information about the film and available options for downloading the files if desired.

These historical reels provide an excellent insight into the past and are a great addition to your studies.

Greek Myth Videos, Games, & Activities!

September 24th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 24, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Winged Sandals

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Melbourne University’s Centre for Classics and Archaeology collaborated on this website that uses digital storytelling to provide stories from Greek mythology to inspire the imaginations of children around the world.
As mentioned in the “About” section of the website, “This project was setup…with a view to avoiding the ‘Disneyfication’ or dumbing down of the Classics, while at the same time interpreting the stories and characters of these myths in a contemporary, entertaining and engaging way.”
The timeless stories on video are beautifully rendered animations of mythical people and places. Learning mythology is reinforced with interactive games. There are even off-line activity suggestions for artistic
endeavors.
When you get to the site, choose which version you want to view the site – Flash or HTML. Then click on the interactive map or use the menu that includes:
  • Storytime – Watch and listen to the animated videos of Greek myths that include, “Perseus and Medusa,” “Demeter and Persephone,” and more.
  • Play Games – These online games let you make your own pentatonic music or catch chicken feathers to make wings.
  • Make and Do – Get instructions for art projects you can do offline at home- make a Medusa mask, a Grecian vase, or your own Grecian robe.
  • Who’s Who – Use this searchable online guide to learn about the characters, heroes and gods of Greek mythology.
  • History – Use a list of history links to learn more about everyday life in Classic Greek times.
  • Ask the Oracle – Watch the story of Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi. Ask the Oracle about your future (intended for entertainment).

This site provides a blend of education and technology to make learning fun!

Songs and Games in Spanish

September 20th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, September 20, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

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Juegos y Canciones

 

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

 

This website was designed by a kindergarten teacher to appeal to the very young, but beginners of all ages can learn something here.
When you get to this website, you can read the long introduction (if you like), that explains this webpage author’s experiences learning and teaching Spanish abroad. (Teachers may find the discussion of bilingual education and second language acquisition of interest.) You will also find a bookstore full of Amazon-linked recommendations, an opportunity to participate in some discussions and help develop curriculum, and information about how families can learn Spanish together through immersion programs in Guatemala or Mexico.

But there’s a special treat at the bottom (scroll way down) under the heading “Songs and Games for You!

Here you will find popular tunes in Spanish such as the classic folk song, “De Colores,” and about a dozen other tunes available in midi or mp3 format (and many are in the downloadable iTunes collection as well). There are also printable lyrics in Spanish, plus games or hand motions or, in one case, a “show” (a series of illustrations) for you to watch while you sing.

There are also about a half dozen other games and activities for Spanish learning. Every page is available in English or Spanish. The email address is provided for the author of each song or activity so that you can contact them directly if you have any questions. Although the lyrics aren’t provided in English, the activity descriptions are often clear enough that you can guess! (And for the words that you can’t guess, just type “translate” into your favorite search engine.)

Incredible Animal Science Lessons for K-12!

September 16th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 16, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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SeaWorld/Busch Gardens: Animals

 

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

 

This terrific, multi-media website is chock-full of free and downloadable lessons and activities on animal and marine animal science.
Sponsored by SeaWorld/Busch Gardens, this site is a companion to the exhibits and education provided at the amusement parks. It is intended to increase students’ competencies in science and math while developing a lifelong appreciation and respect for all living creatures and habitats.

When you get to the site you’ll find “Animal Infobooks”. Click on any topic to explore fun facts; listen to the sounds different animals make, explore ecosystems and zoological research. INFOBOOKS are your resource for wildlife information. Explore the in-depth details about animals, environments, conservation issues, and much more.

  • Look at the second menu line at the top to find the tab “Just for Teachers” to get free, downloadable teachers’ guides and classroom activities for grades K-12 (that can be tweaked for homeschools) on topics from Arctic Animals to Marine Animal Husbandry & Training. Watch the educational and entertaining “ShamuTV” online!
  • Find the first menu line at the top and locate the tab “Kids” to play interactive games that teach as they test your knowledge about animals. Also color pages online of tigers, polar bears and turtles.

You’ll also find info about the educational programs, camps, and internships offered for students at the various theme-park locations throughout the U.S. and career information too. Learn about conservation and find out what’s new at the SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens theme parks near you.

Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, September 11, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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911 Memorial – Lesson Plans

 

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

 

9/11 is the Day of Remembrance. Help students understand the events and impact on history of that fateful day in 2001 with the lesson plans provided at the 9/11 Memorial website. The lesson plans were developed by The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

 

*Due to the nature of the events of 9/11 and the graphic images and sensitive content that are in some of the lesson plans and features of this website, it is highly recommended that parents review this site and its offerings prior to sharing with their children.

 

When arriving at the link above, you may select from the appropriate grade levels for your children. All of the lessons are downloadable and follow the same basic format providing: 

 

* Common Core Standards

* Key Questions/Issues Addressed
* Lesson Goals/Objectives
* Key Terms
* Materials
* Background for Lesson
* Instructions Activity/Procedures
* Evidence of Understanding
* Extension Activities

* Appendix (if applicable)
 

The lessons fall into different categories of topics. All levels include lessons about:

 

* Community and Conflict
* Heroes & Service
* Historical Impact
* History of the World Trade Center
* Individuals and 9/11
* Memory & Memorialization
* The Aftermath: Humanitarian, Charitable, and Volunteer Support

Lessons for grades 3-12 also include the following topics:

 

* Heroic Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up
* Historical Impact of 9/11
* Making of a Memorial Museum
* Mourning, Memorializing, and Meaning-Making of 9/11

You will also want to check out the other educational options by selecting the Teach + Learn option in the upper navigation bar. You will find teaching guides, interactive timelines, historical information, primary resources, helpful advice on talking to children about 9/11 and much more.

Select the “Memorial” option in the upper navigation bar to learn about the 9/11 Memorial and even view the memorial via a webcam.

Although this is a tough topic to approach as many of us lived through those dark days, this website provides us with the tools to teach our children the historical significance of that time.

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