Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Resources for Teaching American History

August 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 23, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching American History – Teacher Resources

(teachingamericanhistory.org/teacher-resources/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger TeachingAmericanHistory.org website provides a large variety of resources to use for your American history studies.

From today’s link, select from the following: 

  • American History Toolkits – collections of resources from the site focusing on a specific topic. These resources can include Guiding Questions, Essential Documents, Webinars, archived courses from the Presidential Academy section, and Lesson Plans. The topics cover The American Founding, Expansion & Sectionalism, Civil War & Reconstruction, The Progressive Era, The Great Depression and World War II, and Civil Rights.
  • Exhibits on the American Founding – Using primary and secondary sources, maps, images and more, students will explore major events related to the founding of the American Republic. Events covered include the Constitutional Convention, The Federalist-Antifederalist Debate, The Ratification of the United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights.
  • Exhibits on American History – Similar in nature to the Exhibits on the American Founding section, students will explore in depth the historical significance of specific themes and events such as Religion in America, The Election of 1800, Abraham Lincoln, and The Civil War.
  • Lesson Plans – links to other sites with history lesson plans
  • Presidential Academy – Provides a 30-session course focusing on three major documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. From the website description, “Each session is made up of a set of readings, all linked from its blog post, and usually one lecture. Guiding questions and focus issues are at the foundation of each week’s study.”
  • Multimedia Resources – links to find archived videos and podcasts
  • Homeschool Resources – specifically gathered for the homeschool family, visitors will find:  
    • Free Homeschool American History Curriculum – a free high-school level American History and Government curriculum focusing on primary documents. There is a sample of the curriculum to review and then a form to fill out to receive the curriculum by email.
    • Monthly Webinars – conversations focusing on the 50 Core American Documents
    • Classroom Webinars for Homeschool Co-ops – interactive webinars ideal for AP U.S. History or Government and Politics courses.
    • Saturday Webinars – monthly programs for those who want to know more about American history documents. These webinars are also archived making it a great anytime resource.
    • Documents Library – access to the over 23,000 primary documents on the site
    • 50 Core American Documents – a collection of the most important documents in American history and government with summaries, questions and links to related documents.

This site is a fantastic resource for your American history studies and well worth bookmarking.

Learn about Napoleon

August 16th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 16, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS Empires: Napoleon

(www.pbs.org/empires/napoleon/home.html)

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

 

This website from PBS based on the 2000 four-part series provides information, lesson plans, interactives and more that can be used to supplement your study of French statesman and military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte.

While the lesson plans are designed to be used with the video series, they may be adaptable to work in your classroom without them or some libraries may have the videos available to their patrons. Don’t let not having access to the series stop you from checking out this site as it still provides some valuable learning material.

When arriving at the home page, look for the 4 thumbnail images in the middle of the page. Select one of these images to visit the page for information about: 

  • The Man and the Myth – Learn about Napoleon’s life in Youth and Family Life, Tyrant or Hero, and Self-Made Myth
  • Napoleon and Josephine – Discover their Courtship & Marriage, The Emperor & Empress, and Crisis & Divorce
  • Politics in Napoleon’s Time – Understand The French Revolution, Politics and the People, The Fall of Napoleon’s Empire and Napoleon’s Legacy
  • Napoleon at War – Dig into Campaigns and Battles, Napoleon’s Tactics, The Soldier’s Life, Weapons and Units of the Grand Armée

Each section provides a few illustrations and informative text about the topic.

Also available at the site is an interactive timeline accessible by selecting the Timeline link in the left-hand menu. Choose the Classroom Materials to locate the lesson plans.

In the Special Features section visitors can send a Napoleon E-Postcard, download a Napoleon screensaver, review responses to perspective questions about Napoleon, or watch RealPlayer video clips from the series. For those with older browsers that still allow Java to run, check out the Waterloo Interactive Battlefield Simulator game. Unfortunately, this game did not load for us using the most recently updated versions of Chrome or Firefox.

While this is an older resource site, there is still a lot of good information to use in your classroom.

Study Spanish for Free

August 4th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 4, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

123 Teach Me: Spanish for Children

(www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the larger 123 Teach Me website provides lessons, games, quizzes, videos and more for kids who are learning Spanish.

Older students can visit the home page to find resources for learning Spanish geared more towards their age level. For the purposes of this review we are focusing on the Spanish for Children page

When arriving at the kids’ page, there is a colorful menu with the following options: 

  • Spanish Games for Kids – Students can choose from 12 different games to learn and practice their Spanish. Be sure to have your Flash enabled to play the games.
  • Games for Younger Kids – Younger children can play simpler games such as Memory, Spanish Bingo, Space Invader and more to learn Spanish vocabulary.
  • Flashcard & Vocabulary – digital flash card and activities for learning vocabulary
  • Spanish Alphabet for Kids – Learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet with visuals and audios as well as sample words that begin with the letter.
  • Alphabet Videos & Quizzes – a couple of alphabet song videos, as well as letter flashcards and quizzes
  • Music Videos for Kids – YouTube videos of Spanish songs that also provide the words in Spanish and English
  • Quizzes for Kids – Students can test themselves with matching games, word searches and more.
  • Short Stories + Quizzes – video presentations in Spanish of classic tales such as Midas the King, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Each video includes the text of the story in Spanish and English and an interactive quiz.
  • Audio Short Stories – similar to the Short Stories + Quizzes section, audios include the text in Spanish and English as well as interactive activities.
  • Spanish Numbers for Kids, Spanish Colors for Kids, Spanish Vocabulary for Kids – include a variety of interactive activities for children to learn words in Spanish
  • Printable Worksheets – a large variety of worksheets for vocabulary, printable lessons, short stories, flash cards, crafts and more
  • Spanish Speaking Countries – a short geography lesson relating to the countries where Spanish is the official language

Select the “Next” option on the bottom of the menu for even more content for Grammar Lessons, Videos in Spanish, Reading Comprehension, Fun Lessons, and Spanish Holidays. There are a lot of great resources at this website and we have only scratched the surface. Be sure to bookmark this one.

* Please note that some of the activities are on other websites that have not been completely reviewed by our team. As always, be sure to check out the sites prior to allowing children to visit.

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

July 30th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 30, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Absurd Math

(www.learningwave.com/abmath/index.html)

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.

As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy clues are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46” and “Level -3”; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion. FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include: 

  • Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
  • Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
  • The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
  • Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.

By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

July 25th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 25, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Skillswise

(www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills.

Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:

  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation.

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.
 
IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Math is Fun!

July 16th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, July 16, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathsIsFun.com

(www.mathsisfun.com/)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a variety of interactive, fun, and challenging math logic puzzles, quizzes, word problems and solutions, geometry scrambles, worksheets, and more.

When you get to the site the featured math activities are in the middle of the page. Choose from: 

  • Numbers
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Data
  • Measure
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Dictionary
  • Worksheets

Click on any one and a new page opens with a description and instructions on how to do the math activity. There are “help” and “solution” buttons on the puzzles for those who get stumped. Everything here is designed by the website owner “who loves mathematics and fun.”

ALL KINDS of illustrated math lessons from arithmetic to algebra and beyond can be found here!

Two bonuses! Scroll below the math activities on the home page to find a teachers page full of more inspiring math ideas to share with your students AND a link called “math tools”. This page has some really useful calculation applications to speed your way to that all-important solution! This is a comprehensive math site with explanations for how to teach every math strand – it’s a great math supplement!

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