Posts Tagged ‘lesson plans’

Discover the Regions of Arkansas

June 16th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, June 16, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arkansas Geological Survey

(www.geology.ar.gov/education/physio_regions.htm)

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

 

Discover the physiographic provinces of Arkansas with maps, text and images at this web page from the larger website from the Arkansas Geographic Survey.

Regions to explore include: 

  • Ozark Plateau
  • Ouachita Mountains
  • Crowley’s Ridge
  • Mississippi Alluvial Plain (Delta)
  • Coastal Plain
  • Arkansas River Valley

Select the region you wish to visit to see images and maps of important geological features and then read all about the geology of the location. 

Once you have finished visiting each region, use the links at the top of the page to explore more geology of Arkansas including: 

  • Energy
  • Geohazards
  • Minerals
  • Water

Select the “Education” link for loads of downloadable resources such as pamphlets, lesson plans, worksheets, posters and more as well as online games.

Add this website to your state study list.

Explore the History of Arkansas

June 15th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 15, 2017, and time for Social Sciences
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

(www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/)

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

 

On June 15, 1836, Arkansas was admitted to the Union and became the 25th state. This website, a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System, is a comprehensive resource to explore the history, geography, and culture of Arkansas.

When arriving at the homepage, read through the introduction and click the Arkansas Overview text link as a great starting point to learn about the state. Many entries on this page are hyperlinked to more in-depth articles. Also on the homepage is “Photo of the Day” and “A Day in Arkansas History” that provide interesting tidbits to pique the visitor’s interest to dig deeper.

Use the upper menu to browse entries: 

  • Alphabetically
  • By Category (such as Art, (Folklore and Folklife, Government and Politics, Land and Resources, Recreation and Sports, Religion, Science and Medicine, and much more)
  • By Type (Event, Group, Person, Place, and Thing)
  • By Time Period
  • By Race & Ethnicity
  • By Gender

Or search items by Media and browse Galleries that include: 

  • Photos
  • Maps
  • Documents
  • Videos
  • Audios

You can also “See what’s new” as this website is continually updated with new items.

Throughout the different entries there are also links to applicable lessons plans. Or, in the uppermost menu, select the “Resources” link and along with a list of other web-based resources for Arkansas history, there are links to teacher resources and lesson plans.


This is an excellent website for our Arkansas ClickScholars to use for their state history courses and for anyone interested in learning about our 25th state.

History by Era Resources

June 1st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 1, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History by Era

(www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era)

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

 

This website from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a “gateway” to the historical content available from the Institute.

Arranged chronologically by era, visitors will find scholarly introductions to the topics, essays written by historians, primary resources including images and transcripts, multimedia presentations, lesson plans and other classroom materials. Eras include: 

  • The Americas to 1620
  • Colonization & Settlement, 1585-1763
  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • The New Nation, 1783-1815
  • National Expansion & Reform, 1815-1860
  • Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900
  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
  • Great Depression & WWII, 1929-1945
  • 1945 to the Present

Information is also sorted by “Themes”: 

  • African American History
  • American Indian History
  • Art, Music, and Film
  • Economics
  • Global History and US Foreign Policy
  • Government and Civics
  • Immigration and Migration
  • Literature and Language
  • Arts
  • Military History
  • Reform Movements
  • Religion
  • Women’s History

For each era or theme, information is presented in the same fashion beginning with an overview essay, then sub-era essays as well as available primary resources, teaching resources, a timeline of events, key vocabulary, multimedia and more.

This site provides an excellent place for the student to research American history or to dig deeper into a historical topic of interest.

Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

May 17th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 17, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

The New York Times offers “fresh classroom resources – from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more – all based on the articles, essays, images, videos and graphics published on NYTimes.com.”

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students: 

  • Articles and Questions – Article of the Day and Teenagers in the Times
  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Quizzes and Crosswords – Word of the Day, Weekly News Quiz and Student Crosswords
  • Multimedia – What’s Going on in this Picture
  • Contests – The Eighth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest starts June 16.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

Free Ground Water Science Activities & Lessons

May 16th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundwater Adventurers

(www.groundwateradventurers.org/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the National Ground Water Association, archives free lessons and activities (housed on other websites such as the EPA, USGS, etc.) designed to help students learn the science behind ground water, which makes up “90% of all available fresh water in the world.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured items. You may want to explore them, but to get right to the activities and lessons for grades K-12, use the left sidebar menu to view: 

  • Brain Ticklers – This section is divided into grade ranges K-3, 4-8, and 9-12, and includes information on ground water, the water cycle, drought, wells, and conservation, along with puzzles, games, coloring pages, and more.
  • Water Experiments – Students in grades K-12 can try experiments designed to teach about ground water including making an aquifer model in a cup or a hydrogeology experiment on surface water-ground water interactions.

Back on the home page, click on Information for Teachers where you can find links including: 

  • Classroom Materials
  • Lesson Plans
  • Reference Tools

There are a lot of links to activities in this archive, and most of them work. We did find a few that led to error messages, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent from using the many resources available at the site. 

A Sailor’s Life

May 11th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 11, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Sailor’s Life For Me

(www.asailorslifeforme.org/index.php)

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

 

Do you have what it took to be a sailor aboard Old Ironsides? With the interactive activities at this website from the USS Constitution Museum visitors will not only learn what it was like to be a sailor in the 1800’s but also the role the USS Constitution and its sailors played in the War of 1812.

Discover the life of a young sailor as you: 

  • Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns.
  • Tell tall tales and play a game of dice during your leisure time.
  • Find out how a wooden-hulled ship earned the name Old Ironsides.
  • Discover how Old Ironsides remained undefeated from its launch in 1797.
  • See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.
  • If you play the game well, you’ll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew!

When you get to the site, you can click on “Sail To Victory” and start playing the game right away. As you play, you’ll explore every nook of the ship from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast. Learn about the daily lives of the hundreds of sailors who lived and worked in the cramped ship space. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words.

There is a lot of content here and it takes a while to play the entire game. If you register at the site (free), you can leave the game at any time and return where you left off.

Be sure to click on “Educator Resources” link at the top of the home page for lesson plans and more. When on this page, look at the bottom and select the “Family Activities” link to download printable activities (pdf) to further the learning at home. They include: 

  • Speaking in Colors – Learn the language of the sea and create your own coded messages!
  • Word Search – Hunt down those tricky nautical terms and learn what they mean!
  • Ship’s Biscuit Recipe – Do you think you could eat like a sailor for a day? Put yourself to the test and bake your own ship’s biscuit.
  • Constructing Constitution – Construct your very own USS Constitution.
  • Ready? Aim. Fire! – Find out how sailors fired a cannon on board Constitution.

The site has vivid illustrations along with playful text and narration that draws on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum. As proclaimed at the website, “This is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!”

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