Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Tour the Regions of California

September 8th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, September 8, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Regions of California Virtual Field Trip

(edtech2.boisestate.edu/jessicacassese/502/vtour.html)

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

 

Tour the California regions with this website created by a student at Boise State University.

When arriving at today’s link, start off your tour by watching the cute “Regions Video” which explains all the regions to the tune of “California Dreaming” then read through the brief summary below the video that provides information about the tours.  

Using the left-hand menu, select your destination: 

  • Coast
  • Mountains
  • Desert
  • Central Valley

Each regional tour provides a video or pictorial overview, maps, and a summary paragraph with links for further exploration. Please note that many of the links open to off-site pages so always preview before allowing students to visit.

Also included on the left-hand sidebar are questions for the student to answer about the region with links to where information can be found as well as a link at the bottom for the answers.

This site was intended for upper elementary students but younger and older kids will enjoy it as well.

California State History for Kids

September 7th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 7, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

California Fact Cards

(factcards.califa.org/mainmenu.html)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Looking for a starting place for your California state studies? This website provides a wealth of basic information about the state’s history.

On the home page, use the list of topics to search for information. Topics include: 

  • Indians
  • Explorers
  • Missions
  • Mission Life
  • Ranchos
  • Governors
  • History by the Decades

After the selected topic page opens, further refine your research by selecting the appropriate sub-topic. Most pages not only include a list of basic facts about the subject, but also include paragraphs with more in-depth information as well as an image. Because the information is presented in concise, bite-size pieces, students’ interest may be piqued to dig deeper on their own. In addition, each page is also printable for use offline using the “Print” link in the upper menu.

This site is simple to navigate and the text is written at the 4th-6th grade reading level making it an excellent resource for your elementary and middle school students to discover facts about California.

Activities in French for Kids

September 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 2, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids-R-Crafty

(www.kidsrcrafty.com/)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site, one of the many DLTK Sites for Kids, provides younger students with learning activities in both English and French. The home page provides an introduction in both languages.

Use the left-hand side menu to find the French activities which include: 

  • Éctiture – (Education) – activities to help the student learn to write
  • Labyrinthes – (Mazes) – simple mazes with French captions
  • Les Formes – (Shapes) – coloring pages to learn shapes
  • Les Lettres – (Letters) – trace and color the letters of the alphabet and learn French words that start with that letter
  • Les Nombres – (Numbers) – Learn numbers 1-10 and color the correct amount of objects represented by the number.

Each main page has information and instruction in both English and French. Once you have selected an activity, use your browser print function to print out the page to use a worksheet. While this site is generally geared for very young learners, it can also be use with older elementary students to learn some basic French.

History for Kids

August 31st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 31, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsPast.com

(www.kidspast.com/)

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

 

This website provides an engaging online history textbook, history games, and interesting historical quotes.

When you get to the ad-supported site, use the menu and click on “World History” to access a sort of virtual, interactive textbook containing a variety of articles on topics including: 

  • Prehistoric Humans
  • The Ancient Greeks & Romans
  • African, Indian, and Chinese Civilizations
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • Medieval Europe
  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation
  • The American Revolution
  • The French Revolution
  • And much more!

The articles are easy to read, interesting, and enhanced with pictures and illustrations. Note: It may take a minute or two for each chapter to fully download  – but your patience will pay off.

Once you’ve read the articles, use the sidebar menu to click on “History Games” and try playing the innovative arcade-style games that help kids retain the history facts and concepts in the articles.

You can also explore “Historical Quotes” from the menu that offers interesting comments from historical figures in every walk of life.

KidsKnowIt Network also provides fun history songs that kids may enjoy. Just click on the icon that says, “Play A Song for This Topic,” just below the menu on the left side of the screen.

Dr. Goodword’s Language Lover’s Paradise

August 30th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 30, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

(www.alphadictionary.com/ww/)

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

 

This archived website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include:

  • Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!
  • Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!
  • Reference Shelf — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. Sign up to receive a daily email with vocabulary words. You’ll also find: 

  • Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!
  • Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out.

And more!

Just for Young Astronomers

August 29th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 29, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StarChild

(starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)


NASA created this website to introduce kids to astronomy through colorful, animated pictures and interesting text accompanied by audio narration. 

After the solar eclipse last week, maybe your kids are more interested in astronomy. This site offers two levels of study for the same topics. Beginners start with level 1 and then progress to level 2 for more in-depth learning. Those who already know a little about the solar system and space can start with level 2. The topics explored in each level are: 

  • Solar System – A complete description of the solar system including the sun, planets, comets, asteroids, and more. Includes links to more facts, trivia, and includes some interactive Q & A. (Level 2 offers a movie courtesy of NASA.)
  • Universe – Learn about galaxies, The Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter. Listen to a song about the Doppler effect. (Level 2 offers “Universe Activities” that include interactive puzzles and art.)
  • Space Stuff – Great information on astronauts, space suits, space travel, space probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Who’s Who in Space – along with “Space Activities.”

This site also contains a link to “Imagine the Universe” which is designed for students 14 and up.

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