Posts Tagged ‘geography’

Learn French with free videos!

January 6th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 6, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French in Action

(www.learner.org/resources/series83.html)

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger Annenberg Learner website provides 52 half-hour video lessons that use the immersion method of teaching to increase French fluency and introduce French culture.

The videos present a humorous continuing story of an American student and a Frenchwoman’s adventures in France. Additional native speakers of all ages and backgrounds not only add to the storyline but enhance the learning process.

Each lesson begins with an episode of the continuing story. The next portion of the lesson clarifies and illustrates the dialog of the story with focus on a specific term. Each lesson also provides opportunities to “participate” in the video by repeating lines. A sampling of lesson topics include: 

  • Planning and Anticipating – greetings, health, surprise, decisiveness, subject pronouns, articles
  • Names and Origins – numbers, commands, necessity
  • Physical Characteristics – appearance, sports, questions, describing yourself
  • Kinship – family relationships and more
  • Describing Others – also games, agreement, time, weather
  • Encounters – conversations, seasons, reflexive verbs, adjectives
  • Occupations – work, buying and spending, days and months of the year
  • Education – talking about occupations, manners
  • Getting Around – telephone, courtesy
  • Food and Drink – food, drink, ordering from a restaurant
  • Transportation and Travel – modes of transportation, expressing fear, admiration
  • Habitat – asking for directions, talking about homes
  • Entertainment – talking about entertainment, expressing restriction, reservation, doubt, enthusiasm
  • Getting and Spending – money, buying and selling
  • Geography and Tourism – countries and regions, exaggeration, confirmation, insistence
  • Getting Away – destination, levels of speech, negative infinitive, imperatives, pronouns

Add this website to your French foreign language studies to increase your students’ proficiency in the language.

New Mexico History and More

January 4th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 4, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

New Mexico Secretary of State – Kids Corner

(www.sos.state.nm.us/Kids_Corner/default.aspx)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

New Mexico entered the Union on January 6, 1912. Explore its history, geography and more with this portion of the New Mexico Secretary of State website.

Using the left-hand sidebar menu, choose from the following topics: 

  • Native Americans – Learn about the people who lived in the region before the first Spaniards settled there.
  • Hispanic Culture – Discover the influence of Spanish culture and Spanish founding families of New Mexico.
  • New Mexico Government – Find out more about the current governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and their duties.
  • State Symbols – Explore the state symbols including a few not so common ones such as state aircraft, state guitar, and state bolo tie.
  • Geography – See maps of the state with links to other websites.
  • Coloring Book – Download the PDF activity book with pictures to color and a matching activity.
  • State Songs – Examine information and download PDF sheet music of the various state songs.
  • Other Links – sites to learn about the presidency.
  • Past NM Secretaries of State – Learn about the first New Mexico Secretary of State and subsequent secretaries.

Informative text and images make this website a good addition to your state study collection.

New Jersey History for Kids

December 14th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 14, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

New Jersey History Kids

(www.state.nj.us/state/historykids/index.htm)

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

 

Kids can join New Jersey History Kids, Corey and Gabriela, and discover the history, geography, and government of New Jersey with this interactive website from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

When arriving at today’s link, students can select the “Enter” option to begin exploring, or teachers may wish to choose the “For the Teacher” tab at the top of the page to learn about the website and how to use it in their classrooms.

Once students have entered the interactive website, they are greeted by the animated “guides” and click-through instructions for navigating the site. Select a numbered location on the map to open a unit. There are eleven units from which to choose: 

  • The Lenape
  • Farming
  • Industry
  • Invention
  • The Underground Railroad
  • The American Revolution
  • Immigrants
  • The State House
  • Barnegat Bay
  • Delaware Bay
  • The Pinelands

Each unit is associated with a historical place and one or more field of study. In addition to information related to the subject, units include videos, questions for the student to answer and some also include interactive online activities.

On the “For the Teacher” page there are downloadable teacher guides as well as other printable worksheets and activities for the student.

This website will be a fun addition to your state studies.

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.

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