Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Free World War II Field Trip Guide

July 16th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 16, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Notgrass: Remembering World War II Field Trip Guide Ebook

(http://notgrass.leadpages.net/wwii-field-trip-guide/)

 

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

 

From the popular Notgrass History homeschool curriculum provider, download this 42-page field trip guide that provides hundreds of hyperlinked field trip locations across the United States dedicated to the history of World War II.
When arriving at the link, take a few minutes to watch the brief video with an excerpt from the speech made by President Harry Truman on the surrender of Japan in 1945. Then click the large yellow button underneath. A pop up window will open asking you to provide your email address. Visitors may also sign up for optional email lists for Best History Field Trips, Notgrass History Bites (free lessons and activities), and/or Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers, but this is not necessary to access the guide. Click the blue “Access Now” button and you will be taken to another page where you can download the PDF guide. When viewing the PDF index, click on the table of contents titles to be taken to that section of the guide. The field trips locations are divided into the following categories: 
  • Battle and Attack Sites
  • World War II Museums and Sites
  • Military History Museums
  • Airplanes
  • Ships and Submarines
  • The Manhattan Project
  • Relocation Centers
  • The Holocaust
  • POW Camps
  • Other Sites
  • Events
Each destination is hyperlinked to a website that will provide more information about the location to make planning your field trip simpler. Looking for places solely in your neck of the woods? Use the Location Index in the back of the ‘book’ to narrow your search.

But don’t leave the Notgrass website yet! There’s more great material available here. When you arrived at the download page, you may have noticed the little pop up for yet another free history ebook. Sign up for the Notgrass e-mail newsletter and receive Laura’s Little Houses, a guide to twelve sites related to the Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder families. In the menu at the bottom of the page, under the “News & Articles” section, select “History Bites” for several downloadable and fun history lessons on some not so typical topics such as: 

  • The history of the “Candy Land” and “Scrabble” games
  • The youngest person and first woman in America to receive U.S. patents
  • The history of rubber bands, paper bags, microchips, hot air balloons, and cheese
  • The history of city playgrounds
  • And more
When you are done exploring these, select the “Family Activities” option in the bottom menu for even more great games, projects, and crafts to use throughout your studies.

Not only is A Guide to Museums and Historic Sites in the United States ebook a wonderfully useful resource but the website is chock full of great activities, lessons, and ideas to add to your homeschooling tool belt.

Fun Grammar Games and Lessons!

July 8th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 8, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Teachers’ Cafe

(http://www.theteacherscafe.com/Grammar/Grammar_Games.php)

 

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

 

Mr. and Mrs. Farino created The Teachers’ CafĂ© in 2004. It was originally started as a simple way to store worksheets online instead of using a filing cabinet. As they began to understand the need for teacher resources their website morphed and changed to meet the growing need and today the website contains literally thousands of teaching aids like: 
  • Printable worksheets
  • Downloadable workbooks
  • Reading Lists
  • Holiday Printables
  • Assessments
  • Audio books
  • Classroom management tools
  • You can even study Spanish!
Today we are focusing on Grammar. When you get to the site, use the two column menu in the center of the page to find many resources for learning grammar: 
  • Learning English – Dozens of free Grammar games. Articles, Parts of speech to Superlative adjectives
  • Noun Dunk – Helps students understand common & proper nouns with practice from this simple online game.
  • Proofreading Makes Perfect – You choose skill: Capitalization, punctuation, spelling, usage or putting it together.
  • Middle School – Online lessons & activities: Adjective and Adverbs, General Grammar Exercises (error correction exercises), nouns, prepositions, Pronouns & verb tenses.
  • Grammar Exercises – Intermediate Online practice. Comma Splices, Fragments, Irregular Verbs, Commas, Pronoun Agreement, Pronoun Reference, S-V Agreement & Word Choice.
  • And so much more!
This website is a huge resource for many subjects; Math, Science, History, Social Studies – all of it can be found here so bookmark this website and return often!

Free Online Science Labs

July 7th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 7, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SEED Science

(http://www.planetseed.com/sciencesection/new-seed-science-articles)

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the non-profit foundation called SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development), to support teachers, parents and other mentors with resources to help students learn about technology and science with regard to global issues, such as water, energy, climate change, and much more. SEED offers free science resources including informative articles, lab experiments, as well as math puzzles and games.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured resources. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to explore: 
  • Articles – Enjoy science articles (that can easily be used as lessons) on topics such as: Air & Space, Earth Science, Health & Safety, Energy, Water, and more. Place your cursor over the topics to see a drop-down menu of related articles. All of the articles include fascinating information and are linked to experiments students can do to demonstrate the concepts covered in the articles.
  • Laboratory – This online lab provides students with the materials list (includes common household items and materials available at a pharmacy or hardware store) and instructions for conducting experiments to learn more about Air & Space, Earth Science, Electricity & Magnetism, Properties of Liquids, and Energy. Click on any topic and see a drop-down menu of experiments. For example, students can build a personal seismograph or build their own star! There are Teacher’s Notes, as well as examples of results.
  • Math Puzzles – Sharpen your math skills with fun puzzles and games that include arithmetic, probability, algebraic thinking, geometry, topology, logic, and more.
All of the resources are available in a variety of languages too, just look for the language menu at the top of the page.

You can also purchase science kits, books, and games from the online store, but no purchase is necessary to access the free resources mentioned above.

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Free, Fun Math Games For All Ages

July 6th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, July 6, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Sheppard Software: Math (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm)

 

Age Range: 4-15 (Grades PreK-10, with parental supervision)

 

The fabulous Sheppard Software company provides this educational website that offers a multitude of fun and engaging math games with sound and visual effects to make learning fun and more memorable. The games are designed with various difficulty levels so that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of games that cover topics including: 
  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Counting
  • Comparing/Ordering
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Factors
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Measuring
  • Mixed Operations
  • Money
  • Multiplication
  • Numbers
  • Place Value
  • Round/Estimate
  • Subtraction
  • Time
Click on any topic to find an assortment of games to practice and improve mathematical skill.

Don’t miss exploring the main horizontal menu located at the top of the home page, to find interactive learning games for language arts, science, social sciences and more! You’ll want to bookmark this site to return often!

Free, Fun Etymology Games!

July 1st, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Websites:

 

See below.

 

Age Range: Varies (children with parental supervision)

 

We thought it would be fun to play some games that teach the origin of words – which can be very helpful when it comes to honing spelling and vocabulary skills.
Funbrain: Rooting Out Words – Uncover the meaning of root words with this fun game for kids. Levels: easy, medium, and hard.

QUIA: Greek & Latin Root Words Match Game – Like the game “Concentration” just match the root word with its meaning.

Sporcle: Etymology Trivia Quizzes and Games – This website, whose mission is to provide fun through trivia, boasts of over 250k user-generated trivia games you can choose from to play. You are also invited to create up to 25 of your own game/quizzes per month where you can track your stats and invite others to play. If your game/quiz becomes popular, it could be featured on the front page of the website. In order to create a game/quiz, you’ll need to sign up for a free account.

Free Rice: Define Words and Feed the Hungry! – At this website, you can take a multiple choice quiz to define words and feed the hungry at the same time! It doesn’t cost a thing to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger!

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

June 30th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 30, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

 

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 
  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, sea turtles, stingrays, killer clams, sea cows, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos (so far) that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.
This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!
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