Posts Tagged ‘history’

Learn History through Poetry

December 8th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 8, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History for Kids

(www.history-for-kids.com/)

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

 

Use the fun poems found at this ad-supported website from author S.K. Dinning to help your students remember various history stories.

Review the home page for information about the site and how to use it. Use the left-hand side bar menu to select from the history topic of interest: 

  • Ancient History
  • Middle Ages
  • British History
  • American History
  • Myths & Legends
  • Pirates

Once you have selected your topic, visitors will find a selection of titles that when clicked on take you to the poem. Included on each page are either a timeline of history facts or other interesting facts.

Also, using the right-hand menu, visitors will find some “Colouring” pages, suggested history board games and books, interviews with other writers, a gallery of artwork by kids, and some silly history jokes.

If you are looking for lighthearted ways to add some fun to your history studies, you will most certainly enjoy this website.

Fun, Interactive English Language Timeline

December 7th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 7, 2016, and time for Language Arts 

at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC: Ages of English Timeline

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/launch_tl_ages_english.shtml)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you can explore a free, engaging, multi-media,

interactive timeline of the history of the English language, and learn how it developed, and why it has changed and evolved. You can even listen to samples of how the language was actually spoken at any given time. (No guarantees you’ll understand what they’re saying!)

As you’ll discover through images and audio (so turn on your speakers), English has developed “through invasion, invention and global expansion.”

 

When you get to the site you have the choice to launch the timeline in a Flash or non-Flash version. Go with the Flash version – it’s lots more fun for kids! Then, explore the ten ages of the English language that include: 

  • The Anglo Saxon Invasions – 449 AD
  • The Viking Raids Begin – 787 AD
  • The Norman Conquest – 1066
  • The Resurgence of English 1200 – 1400
  • The Invention of the Printing Press 1476
  • The Renaissance – 1500 to 1650
  • The Colonization of the New World – 1600s
  • The Industrial Revolution – 1760 to 1830

In each stage of the Flash version, you simply click on images in a colorful cartoon-drawing to learn various aspects of the history of the language through pop-up text and audio clips. 

You’ll gain understanding about the origins of words, and discover what inquiring minds want to know – how did “Beowulf” really sound? There are fun facts and explanations of phrases and idioms too. As the website claims, “From runes to rap, the development of English follows a fascinating trail.”

Tour Spangler Candy Cane Factory Virtually

December 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, December 2, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spangler Candy Cane Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/our-brands/candy-canes/tourm)

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

 

The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make millions of candy canes a day! At this site you can take a tour of their factory.

When you get to the site you will see text and photographs explaining the process used to make candy canes. When you are through with the tour, you can learn about the history and legends associated with candy canes by clicking on Candy Cane Legends link in the upper menu.

SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS:
The legends contain some religious content. We mention this, because in previous years that we have featured this site, we received (in response) many links from list members with the “true story” of candy canes. We also get links to sites that debunk the “true story” of candy canes as urban legend. AS ALWAYS, we leave it to each parent to review and research the information and determine what is suitable for their own children.

Before you gather the kids around the computer to take this tour, you might want to stock up on some candy canes – as it really stimulates the appetite for these wonderful red and white holiday confections.

Free Literature Study Guides

November 30th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.ntc-school.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/index.html)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are:

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Review
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Dinosaurs for Kids

November 29th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 29, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Dinos

(www.kidsdinos.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. The Kids Know It Network developed this Google-ad-supported website that offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (The site is geared for kids. Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults.)

When you get to the site you’ll see a dinosaur animation and below it 4 icons with the offerings on the site. Below those you can learn about the featured dinosaur of the day. 

  • Explore Dinosaurs – The Dino Database features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more!
  • Play Games – Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Create and name your own dinosaur. Match dinosaurs with their shadow shapes. Learn about dinosaur classification. Play dinosaur hangman and improve your spelling and vocabulary. Paint and print your very own dinosaur masterpiece. Use interactive Dinosaur Flashcards to memorize the names of every dinosaur and learn facts about them. You can even customize the flashcards to display just the dinosaurs you select.
  • Learn History – Learn all about paleontology.
  • Free Worksheets – A puzzle and lots of coloring worksheets in .pdf format.

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

Mayflower & Pilgrim Math Activities

November 21st, 2016

 

It’s Monday, November 21, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

In keeping with the holiday spirit, here are some Thanksgiving-themed math activities.

Mayflower Math Activity

This website offers a free printable math worksheet (.pdf) that combines the history of the voyage of the Mayflower with math. Designed for grades 5-6, there are aspects that may appeal to younger and older students as well.

You’ll also find a wide variety of Mayflower crafts that help children of all ages exercise their math skills and creativity at ArtistsHelpingChildren.org.

Young children may enjoy Pilgrim Hat Math. Count the dots in one column and match them to the same number of Thanksgiving-themed items in another column.

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