Posts Tagged ‘French’

Learn about Napoleon

August 16th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 16, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS Empires: Napoleon

(www.pbs.org/empires/napoleon/home.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from PBS based on the 2000 four-part series provides information, lesson plans, interactives and more that can be used to supplement your study of French statesman and military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte.

While the lesson plans are designed to be used with the video series, they may be adaptable to work in your classroom without them or some libraries may have the videos available to their patrons. Don’t let not having access to the series stop you from checking out this site as it still provides some valuable learning material.

When arriving at the home page, look for the 4 thumbnail images in the middle of the page. Select one of these images to visit the page for information about: 

  • The Man and the Myth – Learn about Napoleon’s life in Youth and Family Life, Tyrant or Hero, and Self-Made Myth
  • Napoleon and Josephine – Discover their Courtship & Marriage, The Emperor & Empress, and Crisis & Divorce
  • Politics in Napoleon’s Time – Understand The French Revolution, Politics and the People, The Fall of Napoleon’s Empire and Napoleon’s Legacy
  • Napoleon at War – Dig into Campaigns and Battles, Napoleon’s Tactics, The Soldier’s Life, Weapons and Units of the Grand Armée

Each section provides a few illustrations and informative text about the topic.

Also available at the site is an interactive timeline accessible by selecting the Timeline link in the left-hand menu. Choose the Classroom Materials to locate the lesson plans.

In the Special Features section visitors can send a Napoleon E-Postcard, download a Napoleon screensaver, review responses to perspective questions about Napoleon, or watch RealPlayer video clips from the series. For those with older browsers that still allow Java to run, check out the Waterloo Interactive Battlefield Simulator game. Unfortunately, this game did not load for us using the most recently updated versions of Chrome or Firefox.

While this is an older resource site, there is still a lot of good information to use in your classroom.

Foreign Language Lessons and Games

June 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 23, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Polly Lingual

(pollylingu.al/en)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

With this commercial website, visitors can use the free lessons to learn basic foreign language skills.

While some of the lessons are for paid members only, indicated by the Polly Lingual icon, there is still a lot of great material available for free on this site, especially in the Beginner sections. Language choices include: 

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Dutch

Lessons can include vocabulary audios, grammar instructions, interactive games such as Memorama, Alphabet Soup (word searches), Whack-a-Word, and Hangman as wells as additional downloadable worksheets. There is a Verb Conjugation Trainer tool to brush up on verb conjugations as well as interactive maps showing locations a language is spoken which also provides some additional information about that location.

Even if visitors may need to search for the free material, there are some great teaching opportunities available on this site that might make checking it out worthwhile.

Go Virtual Caving in France

June 8th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, June 8, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

La Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc

(archeologie.culture.fr/chauvet/en)

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

 

Explore the La Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave in southern France with these virtual tours.

Discovered in 1994, the La Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave is home to the some of the best-preserved cave paintings in the world. The actual cave is closed to visitors to preserve the cave, but a replica of the cavern was created so that the collection can be admired without the risk of damage to the original location. However, with this website, visitors can take a virtual tour of the actual caverns.

When arriving at today’s website, scroll down the page to select the virtual tour link. There are twelve locations included in the tour: 

  • Brunel Chamber – North and South
  • Chamber of the Bear Hollows
  • Cactus Gallery
  • Red Panels Gallery
  • Candle Gallery
  • Hillaire Chamber – North and South
  • Skull Chamber
  • Latticework Gallery
  • Megaloceros Gallery
  • End Chamber

Use the mouse to navigate around the images and locate “hot spots” to learn more and see additional images. When you have finished the virtual tour, use the “Home” button in the upper left to return to the opening page. Scroll down the page to locate the video link (beside the virtual tour link.) Please note that the video is in French, but even if you don’t speak French, it is worth watching. Scroll further down the home page to discover more about the cave, its history and preservation.

Learn Over 40 Different Languages

June 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 2, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Surface Languages

(www.surfacelanguages.com/)

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


Hello. Hola (Spanish). Salut (French). Szia (Hungarian). Ahlan (Arabic). Hej (Danish). Learn thousands of useful phrases for over 40 different languages with this free online resource

Using audios of native speakers, flashcards, and simple word games, this website offers the budding linguist a wonderful starting point to become versed in thousands of fundamental words and phrases. Learn: 

  • Alphabets
  • Numbers
  • Descriptive words and phrases
  • Food related words and phrases
  • Time related words
  • Phrases to use in an emergency
  • Communication problem phrases
  • Directions
  • And much, much more

Just a sampling of the every growing list of languages available includes: 

  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Maltese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Welsh
  • Yiddish

Also currently available are 4 language courses for beginners which consist of 15-27 lessons intended to teach basic grammatical structure and sentence patterns. Languages courses currently available are: 

  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)

Practice your language skills while on the go for free by downloading the companion app available for certain smart devices!  

With this website open the doors to different languages beyond the ones traditionally taught and inspire your students to explore new worlds of communication.

French Games

May 12th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 12, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French Games

(www.french-games.net/)

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

 

Learn and practice French through lessons and games at this UK website.

From the information on the site, Beginner activities are for students age 5-11 and Intermediate activities are suitable for students 11 and up.


Using the site is fairly-straight forward broken into steps: 

  • Topics – Start by selecting the level in the first box, then whether you wish to study words or sentences. Next select from the list a lesson category. On the next page, choose the topic for your lesson.
  • Lessons – After a topic has been chosen, choose which option for the lesson you would like. Select “Full Tutorial” to go through the entire lesson. Choose “Introduction” and the page will scroll down to the interactive word list. Click the French word to hear it. Or, if your student is already familiar with the word list, select the “No tutorial thanks. Go to the Games” option to go straight to the topical games.
  • Games – have fun practicing what you have learned with a variety of interactive online games. There are nine different types of games:
    • Mix and match – match pictures with the word
    • The Beetle and the bee – Win strawberries by moving a beetle around the game field. When you hit a strawberry, a box opens revealing images and a word. Match the word with the correct image and win a berry.
    • Four in a row – Tic-Tac-Toe type game but in order to get the “X” you must match the word with the correct picture
    • Hangman – classic game of guessing a letter to figure out the French word
    • The frog flies – Move a frog around a game field to capture flies. Answer questions to win points.
    • Sow grow – Match the audio of a word to the image. Correct answers help your flower grow.
    • Spelling game – Select the correct spelling of the French word or phrase with the image shown.
    • Rock fall – This is a fast-paced game where the player tries to “catch” a falling rock and then has to match the image with the correct word to win a point. Sounds easy enough but catching those rocks is difficult.
    • Tests – a variety of tests to check the students’ knowledge of what they have learned.

This is a wonderful site for either starting to learn French or to practice learned skills. Be sure to bookmark to use throughout your language studies.

Folk Music and Dance for Kids

April 7th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 7, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Board of Education: So Why Music?

(www.schools.utah.gov/curr/finearts/elementarysongs)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website by the Utah Office of Education encourages learning Fine Arts to “enable students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems, communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in history, tradition, and culture.”

To that end they offer a free music catalog of downloadable song files (mp3), sheet music with lyrics, and dance instructions that accompany some of the songs.

When you get to the site you’ll see the Elementary Songbook Music Catalog with a menu of traditional children’s music and folk song titles that include: 

  • “A Tisket, A Tasket”
  • “Bingo”
  • “Buffalo Gals”
  • “Down By the Bay”
  • “Going to the Zoo”
  • “If You’re Happy”
  • “Old MacDonald”
  • “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “Yankee Doodle”

And many more titles that you’re sure to recognize.

Plus, you’ll find a menu of Movement/Dance Options that include free, printable instructions for folk dances you can do as you listen to the songs. You’ll discover: 

  • A simple line dance in a middle eastern style
  • A couple dance after the style of French Canadian step dancing
  • A simple circle dance in the style of “big circle mountain” dancing
  • A contemporary American country line dance for sets of 3
  • A Latin American line dance popular at Carnival
  • A circle dance adaptation of traditional Native American style
  • A square dance in traditional formation
  • A simple variation of the traditional Virginia reel in long sets

This is a terrific resource to help your kids learn songs of historical and cultural significance. You can learn the dance steps too, and it might be a great project for a homeschool support group or scout troop.

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