Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 5th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 5, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. See for yourself using the menu on the left.

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Virtually Sail Aboard USS Constitution

May 31st, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 31, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

All Hands on Deck

(www.allhandsondeck.org/)

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

 

Take a multi-media learning adventure aboard the USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) that incorporates language arts, reading, math, science, art, and social studies. Lessons are categorized by grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

When you get to the landing page of the website, we recommend that you watch the companion video (19 minutes long) that provides a sort of virtual field trip into the ship’s past. In the movie, a modern day ship visitor named Julie steps into a time-warp and meets characters from the ship’s past who tell their stories revealing the history and legacy of the USS Constitution.

Note: To download and watch the video, when you get to the website’s landing page, click on “Set Sail” and a new page opens. Click on “Table of Contents” and then click on “Video” on the left side of the screen. 

After watching the video, use the “Table of Contents” to explore the free curriculum that covers the USS Constitution‘s construction, the crew, and life aboard a 19th century warship. Discover the teamwork required to sail the ship and engage in battle.

The online curriculum has lessons and activities that require students to solve math problems, make maps and diagrams, and write essays and poems. You’ll find suggestions for getting started, vocabulary helpers, activity sheets to print out, and much more. You’ll also find: 

  • Recommended Resources – Get recommendations for further reading, fun field trips, movies, music, and games, and a list of items to have on hand.
  • Scuttlebutt – Enjoy humorous tales and interesting historical facts and anecdotes to extend the lessons.

This tribute to the legacy of the USS Constitution is designed for classroom use, but can be tweaked to suit any homeschool environment.

Free Interactive Writing Prompts & Lessons

May 1st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WritingFix

(writingfix.com/)

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

 

This website provides all kinds of free, interactive writing prompts, lessons, and resources designed to inspire a passion for writing

As explained at the site, it has “strategically designed lessons to help ‘fix’ teachers who don’t enjoy teaching writing.”

It was designed for classroom teachers and students, but can be easily adapted for use in the homeschool environment. There is so much content at this site, that a brief review can hardly do it justice. So, we’ll focus on a few aspects, and leave it to you to explore the rest on your own.

The first thing you should know is that there is a lot going on at this site – so much so, that it can be a little overwhelming. Our advice is to visit the site when you really have some time to sort through what’s available. There is both “free content” and some “fee content” on the site. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and some featured items. Place your cursor over the menu on the left to see the drop-down list of options for each menu item that includes: 

  • Writing Prompts – Get a variety of quick and easy prompts for kids that will inspire daily writing. Most are interactive that require you to fill in blanks or click on buttons to generate some ideas.
  • Mentor Text Lessons – Get free writing lessons for grades K-12 themed around picture books, chapter books, literature excerpts, poetry, short stories, and even popular song lyrics!
  • And so much more!

As we mentioned, there is much more available for you to review on your own. It may be easier to just sign up to have the FREE writing lesson emailed to you each month. To do that, click on the link under “Free Monthly Lessons” on the left margin of the homepage.

Letter Writing Lesson Plans

February 27th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, February 27, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Letter Writing for Students

(auspost.com.au/about-us/corporate-responsibility/our-community/education/letter-writing)

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

 

Learn to write personal or business letters and more – and find out how to properly address an envelope.

This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use. When you get to the site, choose your grade level and view the lesson plan: 

  • K-2 – Write a personal letter.
  • 3-4 – Write a persuasive letter.
  • 5-6 – Write a letter in code.

You can also see some letter templates and how to address an envelope. (In the U.S., the return address is to be placed in the top left-hand corner of the front of the envelope.)

Free Unplugged Computer Science Activities for Kids!

January 29th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Computer Science Unplugged

(csunplugged.org/en/topics/)

Age Range: 5-15 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free lessons and activities that teach computer science. It’s a collaborative effort by the University of Canterbury, Google and Microsoft.

Designed with classroom use in mind, the activities can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. When you get to the site you’ll see the five topics: 

  • Binary Numbers
  • Kidbots
  • Sorting Networks
  • Error detection and correction
  • Searching Algorithms

There are 3-6 lessons in each topic – there’s also a unit plan along with curriculum integrations. Some of the choices are: 

  • Binary Candles or Normal Candles on your Cake
  • Storytelling
  • Growing into a butterfly
  • Quick card flip magic
  • Where is my hat
  • and more!

You’ll also find photos and some videos that illustrate the activities as well as links to other useful resources.

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math/)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Art
  • Language Arts
  • Drama
  • and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

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