Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Interactive “Elements of a Story” & More!

October 17th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 17, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org: Language Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/)

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

 

Learner.org offers free, interactive lessons including the elements of storytelling, how to use primary sources for historical facts when writing, and even an interactive spelling bee!

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of amazing interactives for every subject that are archived on this site. Don’t get distracted! Look under “Language Arts” and “Literature” on the left “Disciplines” menu to find several choices including:

  • Elements of a Story (Grades K-5) – Explore the different ingredients and elements that go into stories such as characters, plot, and background – and see how they fit together.
  • Spelling Bee (Grades 1-10) – Take part in a virtual old-fashioned spelling bee! Listen to three stories and then spell words from each story. You can review the words, hear the audio, find definitions, and see the words used in context too!

Of course, once you’re through with the Language Arts and Literature Interactives, you’ll want to return to the main menu to explore Mathematics, Social Studies & History, Science, Foreign Language and Arts interactives too. Bookmark this site, it’s a keeper!

Explore Jefferson’s Monticello

October 12th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Monticello Explorer

(explorer.monticello.org/)

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

 

This ClickScholar suggested website provides a variety of multi-media opportunities to explore the home where Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President) lived on a plantation in VirginiaThe home is called Monticello. At the site you can virtually explore the plantation, house, gardens and grounds.

Please note that visitors will need Adobe Shockwave to view this site. After the website loads, you’ll see a menu with five choices listed under two categories as follows: 

  • EXPLORE (Use interactive maps.)
    • Explore the Plantation – Use an interactive map to randomly explore the 5,000 acre plantation, buildings, and grounds.
    • Explore the House – Use an interactive 3-D map to navigate the hallways, rooms, and floors of Jefferson’s mansion.
  • TOUR (Take a multi-media, narrated tour.)
    • General House – This is a terrific way to see Monticello. Join a curator who narrates the video tour of the mansion, explaining the furnishings, and telling stories that bring it all to life.
    • Domestic Life At Monticello – This narrated video tour explains the history of the Jefferson family and the enslaved families (including the Hemings family) that lived on the plantation for several generations.
    • Gardens and Grounds – This audio-video tour of the grounds is punctuated with beautiful photography and interesting explanations about horticulture and the cultivation of specialized plants, as well as Jefferson’s fascination with native plants.

All along the explorations and tours, you will find related materials to further learning. There are so many clickable functions to explore the site, that you may need to be patient occasionally as various presentations are downloaded for viewing. Bookmark the site, as it will take some time to investigate this expansive historical collection of images and information about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.

Fun, Interactive Grammar Exercises

October 10th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Bytes

(www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm)

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

 

Do you or your students think learning English grammar “bites”?  Then, check out this website developed by a college English professor with attitude. She’s irreverent and funny and has devised a way to provide meaningful grammar lessons and interactive drills and quizzes that won’t bore your kids to death.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: Terms – Detailed definitions of grammar terminology including: 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Dangling Modifier
  • Gerund
  • Nouns
  • Participle
  • Semicolon
  • Verbs
  • And plenty more!

When you are finished here return to the home page menu to locate: 

  • Exercises – Interactive exercises (lessons) to help students learn correct grammar usage. Topics include comma splices, fragments, irregular verbs, misplaced modifiers, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, etc.
  • Handouts – FREE handouts in PDF files that are companions to the exercises that students can do offline.
  • Videos at YouTube – A short selection of fun, entertaining videos and animations that teach grammar.

Just click on any menu item title (in black) and a new page opens where you can access the free materials.

You might want to click on the “About” section as well, where you’ll meet Professor Robin and discover her views on grammar instruction.

Fun Grammar Lessons, Videos, & Activities

October 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammaropolis

(www.grammaropolis.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 to adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website provides really entertaining videos, e-books, and interactive games designed to help kids learn the parts of speech and grammarYou have to pay to access all of the programs on the site BUT there is plenty of free content that your children will enjoy as well.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a video with explanations about the program, followed by a menu where you can explore samples of the books, videos, quizzes, and games that are included in the “Grammaropolis” program.

The easiest way to explore the free grammar content is to use the horizontal menu buttons at the top of the home page. Place your cursor over each button to see what topic it covers including:

  • Nouns – Learn about common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, and abstract, compound, and collective nouns.
  • Verbs – Discover action verbs along with transitive, intransitive, and linking verbs.
  • Adjectives – Find out about possessive, demonstrative, interrogative, comparative, and superlative adjectives. Learn about articles, too!
  • Adverbs – Explore adverbs, adverb clauses, and comparative and superlative adverbs.
  • Pronouns – Learn about subjective and objective personal pronouns.  Study possessive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, intensive, reflexive, and relative pronouns.
  • Conjunctions  – Find out how conjunctions join words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence. Learn about coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions.
  • Learn how to identify and use prepositions and interjections, too!

Click on any topic and a new screen opens where you can take an animated mini-tutorial. Just click on the arrows to scroll to each new page. Scroll down below the invitation to “join today” to choose from free: 

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Quizzes
  • Games
  • Apps

This multimedia resource developed by a classroom teacher is appealing to a variety of learning styles. The free content here is a great way to introduce parts of speech or review them.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Pompeii

September 28th, 2018

It’s Friday, September 28, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Google – Pompeii

(tinyurl.com/y7km8kuw)

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

 

Using Google Maps, take a virtual tour of Pompeii.

When arriving at today’s link use your mouse to move around the location to explore the ruins. When you have finished with your interactive exploration, look in the lower right-hand corner and select the stacked arrow icon to reveal additional views and more images taken by others. Here you will find images of:

  • Pompeii Archaeological Park
  • Pompeii – Porta Marina
  • Forum at Pompeii
  • House of Ancient Hunting
  • Teatro Grande
  • Porta Vescuvio
  • Temple of Isis
  • Scavi di Pompeii
  • Casa del Fuano
  • And more.

Also check out Pompeii in Pictures. Created by Pompeii enthusiasts, Jackie and Bob Dunn, see a collection of images of the excavations of Pompeii along with informative text.

When arriving at the link, feel free to read through the notes. Below all of this information is an interactive map that can be used to navigate through the tour. Be prepared to make a lot of choices to begin viewing images. Choose a region on the map, then a region map will open. Select a location, then quite often another location map will load. Make another selection to view the images. It seemed easier to navigate using the upper dropdown menu. Select a region or topic of interest, then scroll down under the map to make another selection. Use your back button to return to previous pages.

While navigation may be a little labor intensive, it is worth the effort to see this historical location.

There are also additional tours available under the “Surrounding” dropdown menu for other ancient locations in Italy.

Transcontinental Railroad History

September 20th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 20, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Transcontinental Railroad

(railroad.lindahall.org/index.html)

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

 

Explore the history of the Transcontinental Railroad and the technology of trains with this website from the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri.

When arriving at the site an interactive map will load with hotspots along the train route to click on providing images and brief explanations. Links at the bottom of the summaries lead the visitor to more in-depth information about the topic. Or use the left-hand menu to explore: 

  • A Brief History of the Pacific Railway
  • Black Powder & Nitroglycerin
  • Couplers & Brakes
  • Cultural Impact
  • Locomotives
  • Rail Cars
  • Rail Gauge
  • Snow Sheds
  • Time Standardization
  • Tunnels & Bridges

Each page includes interesting articles and images concisely explaining the topic.


Continue learning about the railroad using the links on the right-hand sidebar. Here you will find: 

  • Search the Railroad Journal Collection – links to the Linda Hall Library digital collection of railroad journals from the 19th century
  • Who Was Who – Discover the people involved in early railroad transportation.
  • What Was What – a glossary of 19th century railroad terms
  • Maps & Plans – Explore the Linda Hall Library digital collection of railroad maps and plans.
  • Travel Along the Pacific Railway – Take an interactive trip through time with this clever timeline that includes images, animations, and tidbits of information (needs Flash to work).
  • Hop on the Quiz Train – Test what you have learned with an interactive multiple-choice quiz.

Add this site to your list of must visits for your American history studies.

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