Posts Tagged ‘geography’

Discovering Jamestown

November 30th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, November 30, 2017, and time for Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History is Fun: Jamestown Settlement

(www.historyisfun.org/sites/discovering-jamestown/index.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Take this “electronic classroom adventure” and discover the history of Jamestown, Virginia.

This website from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and made possible by Dominion & Dominion Foundation and John and Dorothy Estes provides lesson plans, images, and videos regarding Jamestown

Navigation of the site is a breeze. Use the sidebar menu in the image to select an option. When the new page opens, choose the desired plan, image topic or video. There are five lesson plans to choose from: 

  • The People of Jamestown: The English – Role Play
  • The People of Jamestown: The Africans – Using the Five Themes of Geography
  • The People of Jamestown: The Powhatan Indians – Categorizing Information
  • Voyage to Virginia: Keeping a Journal
  • Jamestown Legacy: Creating a Symbol

Each lesson plan is laid out similarly providing the objective, standards, materials list and links, additional resources, vocabulary list, teacher background information, procedural instructions, and a summary activity.

In the Image Galleries, explore pictures of The English, The Powhatan Indians, The West Central Africans and Maps. There are also five “Discovering Jamestown” videos to choose from: 

  • The English
  • The Powhatan Indians
  • The West Central Africans
  • Voyage to Virginia
  • Legacy

When you have finished with your adventure, select the Historyisfun.org link and browse the “Learn” tab on the menu to find more Jamestown Learning Resources.

Add this site to your list of resources for your colonial studies.

Explore the Music of the World

November 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Daria Music – Homeschoolers

(www.dariamusic.com/homeschoolers.php)

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

 

Explore the world of music with folksinger, Daria, at this website.

Today’s link takes visitors to a page specifically addressed to homeschoolers with textural links to fun educational activities. Activities include:

  • Explore Instruments – Listen to the sounds and songs of a cajon, drum, guiro, shekere, washboard, didgerido, dulcimer, and guitar, then color the instrument online or learn how to make your own.
  • Songbook – Search through Daria’s songbook for lyrics to silly songs and foreign language songs.
  • Daria’s Travels – Learn about the places that Daria has traveled through slideshows and texts.

When you are finished with the Homeschoolers page, use the top navigation menu and select the Activities/Crafts link to find loads of DIY projects for making your own instruments using readily available materials. Visitors will also find loads of instrument coloring pages.

Use the menu below the header to choose to watch “Videos” of the performer’s songs, or select “Songs” then the “Silly Songs & Musical Jokes” link to learn some fun songs (some have audios) or read some goofy jokes.

Not only will this website be a nice addition to your music studies, but, because of its multi-cultural focus on instruments around the world, it will be beneficial to your social studies and geography studies.

Virtual Tour of America through Postcards

November 10th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, November 10, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour America Through Postcards

(www.postcardsfrom.com/t1/arcin.html)

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

 

This ClickScholar-recommended website provides a virtual postcard tour of the United States. A husband-wife team documented their RV road trip visiting the capitals of all 50 states. He used his skills as a photographer and graphic designer to create the customized postcards. She is a former history teacher and writer who conducted interviews and collected “fun facts” to provide the educational content on the tour.

When you get to the site you will see a list of the states in the order they visited them. Click on a state and a new page opens displaying the unique photo-postcards. Then, click on the menu items above the postcard that say: 

  • Maps
  • Travel Tips
  • Stamps
  • Fun Facts

Those links will connect you to educational information about that state.

Don’t miss the “Just for Teachers” item on the sidebar menu for suggestions on how to use this site to encourage learning history, geography, and social studies.

If you dream of taking a similar journey, you’ll find a “Travel Tips” section at the site. The FAQs answer questions about how this couple funded their trip, since they quit their jobs to be on the road for almost three years. This is a fascinating and inspiring look at the United States.

Fun Online Math Tutorials & Interactives

October 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, October 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Online Resources: Math

(www.kidsolr.com/math/index.html)

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

 

Kids Online Resources, maintained by the Webb Family of Arcata, California, is a massive archive of web-based learning activities for a wide variety of subjects “from kindergarten to college”. 

We focused on the math pages today. Under “Math Resources”, there are 4 pages of links – click the red hand to move to the next page. Or you can go directly to these categories: 

  • Algebra
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percents
  • Calculus, Geometry, Integrals, Statistics, Trigonometry

At this site, you’ll find enough math activities and lessons to cover your curriculum for years to come. Plus, you’ll find web-based lessons and activities for: 

  • Art/Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • And much, much more!

Don’t miss their Kid Science Link found on the home page – with lessons and activities on Astronomy, Botany, Herpetology and more.

Free Interactive Geography Games

September 28th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 28, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps.com – Education

(education.maps.com/games/)

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

 

This commercial map website features 14 free, interactive games that you can use to teach geography in an entertaining way.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that includes: 

  • Alienz! Map Game
  • US Capitals Map Game
  • Geographic Continent Map Game
  • Africa Map Game
  • Southeast Asia Map Game
  • USA Jigsaw Map Game
  • Crossword Map Game
  • USA & Canada Map Game
  • Latin America Map Game
  • Europe Map Game
  • Russia Map Game
  • Asia Map Game
  • Middle East & North Africa Map Game
  • Super Quiz Map Game

Click on any one and a new screen opens with instructions to launch the game. In most of the games you drag-and-drop a country or state into a regional map. In some, you answer questions to place a country or capital city on a map. All of them will challenge your knowledge of the locations of countries and capitals worldwide.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 23, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language Video Dictionary

(www.signingsavvy.com/browse-letter)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides a free, interactive video dictionary with over 7,000 words and phrases that can be used as a resource for educators, students, or anyone interested in learning or improving American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a “Browse by Letter” menu. Simply click on a letter, and a new page opens with a menu of words and phrases that begin with that letter. Click on the word or phrase, and a new page opens where you can watch a video of a person demonstrating how to sign that word. You’ll also find a written definition of the word.

There is a menu near the top of the page that allows you to look up: 

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • U.S. States
  • World Geography
  • Baby Sign

As you explore the site, you’ll notice that additional information such as a full written description of how to make the sign, and a memory aid for the sign, and (in some cases) flash cards and other features are provided for members who can access the entire site ad-free. Look under the “About Us” section on the menu to find information on membership fees.

That said, you don’t have to purchase a thing to use the interactive video dictionary that serves as a fascinating introduction to sign language – and it’s a great way for those of you who know ASL to refresh your knowledge of signing various words.

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