Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, September 11, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

911 Memorial – Lesson Plans

 

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

 

9/11 is the Day of Remembrance. Help students understand the events and impact on history of that fateful day in 2001 with the lesson plans provided at the 9/11 Memorial website. The lesson plans were developed by The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

 

*Due to the nature of the events of 9/11 and the graphic images and sensitive content that are in some of the lesson plans and features of this website, it is highly recommended that parents review this site and its offerings prior to sharing with their children.

 

When arriving at the link above, you may select from the appropriate grade levels for your children. All of the lessons are downloadable and follow the same basic format providing: 

 

* Common Core Standards

* Key Questions/Issues Addressed
* Lesson Goals/Objectives
* Key Terms
* Materials
* Background for Lesson
* Instructions Activity/Procedures
* Evidence of Understanding
* Extension Activities

* Appendix (if applicable)
 

The lessons fall into different categories of topics. All levels include lessons about:

 

* Community and Conflict
* Heroes & Service
* Historical Impact
* History of the World Trade Center
* Individuals and 9/11
* Memory & Memorialization
* The Aftermath: Humanitarian, Charitable, and Volunteer Support

Lessons for grades 3-12 also include the following topics:

 

* Heroic Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up
* Historical Impact of 9/11
* Making of a Memorial Museum
* Mourning, Memorializing, and Meaning-Making of 9/11

You will also want to check out the other educational options by selecting the Teach + Learn option in the upper navigation bar. You will find teaching guides, interactive timelines, historical information, primary resources, helpful advice on talking to children about 9/11 and much more.

Select the “Memorial” option in the upper navigation bar to learn about the 9/11 Memorial and even view the memorial via a webcam.

Although this is a tough topic to approach as many of us lived through those dark days, this website provides us with the tools to teach our children the historical significance of that time.

Bridging World History

September 4th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, September 4, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Bridging World History

 

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

 

Part of the larger Annenberg Learner website, this portion of the website is a collection of 26 inquiry-based thematic units using videos, text, and interactive activities to help students discover world history. While the units can be used individually to supplement history studies, when used in their entirety and sequentially, they provide a complete chronological world history course.

Each of the lesson units include:

  • Videos produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting are usually divided into three segments, each focusing on a specific topic relating to the unit.
  • The Course Guide PDF not only provides instruction for using the unit but also can serve as the student workbook.
  • Online Text PDFs contain the reading material for the unit.
  • Learning Activities PDFs contain ideas for activities to be used by groups or individuals at various skill levels.

When arriving at the unit home page, use the left hand navigation bar to access the various components of the unit. In addition to the main study components, you will find:

  • References & Sources
  • Unit Audio Glossary
  • Related Units
  • Video Transcript

In the navigation bar beside the Bridging World History logo, be sure to check out the World History Traveler feature, an interactive that builds upon the lessons with the use of maps, images, documents, and texts. This tool can be used to focus in on particular events, places, or people or zooming out to see the larger picture of time and place.

Whether you are in need of supplemental material for your world history studies or looking for a full course, this website is definitely worth consideration.

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories & Poems

August 27th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 27, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PicLits.com

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5 to adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.
The idea here is to:

1) Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)

2) Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.

3) Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Learn It” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page. A new page opens with three options:

*Write It – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.

*Rhyme It – Read some suggestions on how to use rhymes and similes to create poetry.

*Master It – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

The Particle Adventure!

August 26th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Particle Adventure

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers an award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors. Sponsored by the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it is available in an impressive array of languages including Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, German, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Slovenska, and Norsk!
Click the “Go” button to begin the adventure. Once you begin, the menu appears in the left column, and you can jump to any topic of interest. The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to proceed sequentially by using the arrows at the top right of each page.
Lively illustrations and good-natured humor keep you smiling as you learn fascinating and amazing facts about physics and the microscopic wonders of the world in which we live, plus a section on unsolved mysteries and several sections explaining how scientists have learned what we know so far.
Learn what Einstein tried, but failed, to find! Because each page contains only a short segment of text, this is highly readable and accessible even if you have no physics background at all.
In the lower part of the main page, you can also find links to more particle physics exploration for high schoolers, classroom activities (quiz yourself on what you have learned from this site!), a two-page summary of particles and their history, and a glossary of relevant terms. Older students can find some really advanced topics here! Younger children will enjoy the introductory page of “The Fireworks of Particles.” Also, “Quarkdance” takes you to a cute animation of quarks dancing to some toe-tapping accordion music. Make sure your speakers are on! There are also links here for further exploration of this topic, including posters about contemporary physics (frontier physics).

Free Online Math Games for K-8

August 25th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 25, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Johnnie’s Math Page

 

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

 

This website offers all kinds of interactive math games, tools, and activities. When you get to the site just click on a math strand on the menu that includes:
  • NUMBER – Includes Counting, Base 10, Odd/Even, 100’s Chart, Place Value, Adding, Integers, Number Line, Venn Numbers, Decimals, Factoring, and more.
  • GEOMETRY – Play with Pattern Blocks, Tangrams, GeoBoard, Symmetry, Shapes, Triangles, Angle Measurement, Polyhedra, Cartesian Grid, and more.
  • FRACTIONS – Explore Circle Fractions, Area Fractions, Like Fractions, Compare Fractions, Fractions Percents, Fraction Tiles, and more.
  • MULTIPLICATION – Use Flash Cards and Tiles to learn the facts, play fun games for practice, and more.
  • MEASUREMENT – Learn to tell time, weigh, and measure; use Standard Rule and Metric Rule; learn about liquid measurement, proportion and more.
  • STATISTICS – Make graphs and charts, and learn about the Mean Median.
  • PROBABILITY – Use spinners and dice to understand chance and probability.
  • FUN – Play challenging math games and logic puzzles from an interactive abacus to Hanoi Towers and more.

This is a great site to use for practicing math skills.

Explore Yellowstone National Park

August 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, August 22, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Yellowstone National Park

 

Age Range: All (Children, with parental supervision)

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Yellowstone National Park through hundreds of pictures, videos, and webcams. Part of the larger National Park Service website, when you arrive at the featured page, click one of the image links for Photo Gallery, Multimedia Presentations, or Webcams. On these pages you will find:

Photo Gallery:

  • Lodging Photos – images of the nine lodging facilities
  • Wildlife and Fish – still photos of wolves, grizzly bears, and fish
  • Old Faithful Webcam Photo Gallery – views of other geysers erupting caught on the Old Faithful Webcam
  • Photo Archives – thousands of images from Yellowstone’s Photo Collection

Please note that all of the images in these galleries are downloadable and royalty-free.

Multimedia Presentations:

  • Videos – hundreds of videos of Yellowstone Park, archived webcams, research and educational videos, and much more
  • Audio – a feast for the ears with the sounds of natural phenomena, wildlife, and thermal features (downloadable) as well as audio postcards that are short stories of life in Yellowstone Park.
  • Virtual Tours – more options for history, nature, interactive, and electronic field trips
  • Interactive Features – watch a video and view a timeline of the wildfires of 1988, check out the Old Faithful Virtual Visitor Center, track the Yellowstone Hotspot, use the interactive Google map to visit the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and enjoy even more electronic field trips for middle school students with the Windows into Wonderland option.

Webcams:

  • Old Faithful Geyser Streaming Webcam – watch real-time video of Old Faithful, wild life, and other geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin
  • Old Faithful Geyser – webcam inside the visitor education center
  • North Entrance-Electric Peak – from the historic Roosevelt Arch, this view from the north entrance station
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Officer’s Row
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Travertine Terraces and Parade Ground
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South

When you are finished taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellowstone, check out the “For Teachers” option located on the sidebar to find free “Curriculum for Your Classroom” materials to complement your virtual visit to Yellowstone Park. You will also want to explore the “For Kids” option on the sidebar for even more activities including games, coloring pages, and a scavenger hunt.

This website provides a thorough and memorable virtual visit to America’s first national park and one of its most beloved natural treasures.

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