Posts Tagged ‘education’

Online Elementary Songbook

July 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 9, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Office of Education: Elementary Songbook

(www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/fineart/Elementary/Songbook/Music.aspx)

Age Range:  5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, offers a free online songbook with lesson plans for teaching elementary music education.

When you get to the site you’ll see menu of songs that include children’s favorites such as: 

  • A Tisket, A Tasket
  • Bingo
  • Clementine
  • Down in the Valley
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Kum Ba Yah
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • and many, many more!

Click on any song and a new page opens where you will find the sheet music, lyrics, suggested activities, ideas for playing instruments, curriculum tie-ins, and more. There’s a complete lesson plan for each song listed. There are also audio files to listen to that accompany the song. Scroll further down the page to find “Movement/Dance Options” which provide dance suggestions for various songs.

While this online songbook was created with classroom teachers in mind, it can be easily tweaked for use in the homeschool or unschool environment as well.

Pencil Grip, Writing, Spelling, & More!

July 6th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, July 6, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Parent Child Education

(www.parentchildeducation.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website contains many engaging FREE lessons and activities (created by classroom teachers) that help parents and educators teach a variety of subjects including handwriting, spelling, writing, and more.

Some of the language arts lessons/activities include: 

  • Determining Your Child’s Dominant Hand
  • Pencil Grip
  • Conventional Writing – Activities, tips and techniques you can use with your child to help them learn handwriting (with free handwriting paper downloads)
  • Spelling Tips and Activities – Get advice and fun activities that help kids learn and practice spelling.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and activities. Use the search tool on the right side of the landing page to access activities by age, topic, grade level, learning style, etc.

Under “Topics” you can select: 

  • Beginning Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing

Click on any one to find a menu of lessons/activities that include resources such as: 

  • Step-by-step instructions with video illustrations
  • A materials list
  • Activities, games or books to reinforce the lesson

You’ll find information on different learning styles, brain research, and advice to help parents better understand their child’s learning needs.

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 21st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

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

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see an icon menu and a regular menu to the right of it. Use either one to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; the force of gravity; planning a Hubble servicing mission; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Educators — Check out the “Resources” that provide an overview of what you’ll find at this website along with recommendations on how to further the learning.

Then at the bottom under “Features”, check out: 

  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.
  • Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia.

You say you want more?

Then visit the parent HubbleSite. Here are just some of the activities you’ll find: 

  • Get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.
  • Listen to podcasts about recent space discoveries!
  • Watch a fascinating video presentation about the increasing accuracy of telescopes within the past century!
  • Explore Astronomy — In this section you can take a “Way Out” Quiz and see how far the cow goes after he makes it over the moon; tons of fun, and if you play the entire game, you can register in a drawing to win a prize! You can also play an exciting game called “Black Holes, Gravity’s Relentless Pull!” Watch a video presentation of what happens when galaxies collide.

News Literacy Lessons, Games, & Resources

June 8th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 8, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Newseum

(www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a companion to the Newseum in Washington D.C. What’s a “Newseum”? It’s a real museum (adjacent to the Smithsonian museums) with galleries, theaters, and exhibits “that offer five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology in hands-on exhibits.”

It takes visitors behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. This website offers free lessons and resources to promote language arts, social sciences, critical thinking, and civic responsibility.

The website provides an overview of the Newseum and it’s exhibits, including “Today’s Front Pages” that displays the front pages of daily newspapers worldwide in their original, unedited form. It’s a great way to get an idea of how news is featured and disseminated in any given country.

When you get to the site – you’ll see icon images of “Today’s Front Pages” from newspapers in North America (including every state in the USA), Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, South America, and Africa. Click on any one and the page gets larger so can read the entire front page.

The idea here is that reading worldwide headlines and front page stories may springboard learning and discussion of news events, history, journalism, and more.

When you are through reading the newspaper front pages, use the menu at the top of page to explore the rest of the site including: 

  • Education 
  • Exhibits
  • And more!

This is a great way to combine language arts with social sciences.

Free Seismology Lessons, Videos, & More

June 7th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 7, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

IRIS (www.iris.edu/hq/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free science tools, lessons, animations, software and more to help students learn all about seismology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, geology and much more! 

Sponsored by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (funded by the National Science Foundation), this website has powerful, interactive learning tools from a consortium of over 100 U.S. universities dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. We know this may sound “heady” but there are all kinds of engaging multi-media activities that students of a wide range of abilities and interests will enjoy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a variety of offerings. We suggest clicking on “View The Seismic Monitor” that is prominently featured on the landing page. A new screen opens where you can access: 

  • Earthquake Headlines – Read news stories about earthquakes.
  • Last 30 Days Earthquakes – See a list of earthquakes, their location and magnitude over the past 30 days.
  • Special Events – Review recent earthquake teachable moments.
  • Plate Tectonics – Discover the continual slow movement of the tectonic plates.
  • Education Links – Get access to free animations, video lectures, lessons and resources with links to materials, and much more!

There is so much content here that you can’t really see and enjoy it all in one visit. Bookmark the site to return again.

Tour the Wreck of the USS Monitor and More

June 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 3, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour the Wreck of the USS Monitor

(monitor.noaa.gov/wreck_tour/wreck_tour.html)

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

 

The Union’s first Civil War ironclad, the USS Monitor was lost in a gale storm on December 31, 1862. Through this interactive tour of images, explore the wreckage at this website from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

Use your mouse to hover over different sections of the ship to reveal images and text about the wreckage. But the tour doesn’t stop here. Click the “Back” link under the tour to reach the home page of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website. Use the sidebar menu to dig deeper into the Monitor and other shipwrecks. Select “Shipwrecks” to see and learn more about Graveyard of the Atlantic in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Presented with interesting statistics about the wreck along with fascinating history and images, learn about: 

  • German U-Boats
  • Merchant Ships
  • Allied Ships

Next, check out the “OBX Trail Videos” to discover more about the Outer Banks and the history of the different shipwrecks.

Select “Image Gallery” to see even more images of the Monitor through the online gallery and from the National Marine Sanctuary online Encyclopedia as well as from the Naval History and Heritage Command’s website. Visitors can also explore the National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library to see video clips and images of America’s underwater treasures.

By selecting the “Education” link, visitors will find many resources to supplement their visit. Additional links to sites, videos, activities, printables, and much more round out your virtual tour.

There is a lot to see and do on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to often.

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