Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Leap Day Trivia & Curriculum!

February 29th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 29, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LeapYearDay.com – Kids Page

(leapyearday.com/content/kids-page)

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

 

Did you notice the date? It’s February 29th – Leap Day! It only comes once every four years. At this website you can read all about Leap Day and Leap Year and enjoy some fun facts and trivia.

Also, check out MathIsFun.com where you’ll learn why and when leap year occurs and which years are and aren’t leap years.

Then at ReadWriteThink.org you’ll find a Language Arts classroom activity for Leap Day that can be tweaked for use with the whole family. You’ll find links to other resources there as well.

And at The Teacher’s Lounge, you’ll find 12 Lessons Ideas for Leap Day that will help you and the kids leap into learning.

Explore 7 Different Languages

February 27th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 27, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Speak7 (speak7.com/)

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

 

Learn a new language with the help of this ad-supported website.

Choose from 7 different languages

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • German
  • Japanese

When arriving at this site, choose your language by selecting one of the country flags at the top of the page. Once a language is selected, use the side bar menu to choose your lesson. Learn grammar, vocabulary, phrases, and more. Language concepts are presented with explanatory text and many lessons include audios.

Whether you are looking to learn basic language skills or to review what has already been learned, this website will be found to be helpful.

Science Games for Kids!

February 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 23, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Kids

(www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This New Zealand-based website offers all kinds of fun and interactive games that teach science and technology.

When you get to the ad-supported site, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of science games including: 

  • Living Things – Learn about food chains, microorganisms, the life cycle of a plant, animals, and human anatomy and health.
  • Physical Processes – Explore electricity, magnets and springs, light, forces, sounds, friction, and more.
  • Solids, Liquids, & Gases – Discover the matter that makes up our earth. Experiment with water, melting points, rocks, minerals, and more.

Just click on a game to get instructions and begin play.

When you’re through playing all of the science games, explore the rest of the menu including: 

  • Experiments – Get interesting facts about nature, dinosaurs, famous scientists, forensic science, and more.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge of space, chemistry, biology, physics, atoms, states of matter, and more.
  • Projects – Get instructions for making a string phone, a robot, stalactites and stalagmites, a microscope, a rain gauge and much more.
  • Lessons – Try these lesson plans designed to teach students the basics of science.
  • Videos – Watch animations and film clips that explain weather, physics, chemistry, sports science, video game technology and more.

This is a remarkable science resource you can refer to again and again.

Explore the History of the H.L. Hunley

February 11th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 11, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Friends of the Hunley 

(www.hunley.org/)

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

 

This is a beautifully appointed website about the history and recovery efforts of the Civil War submarine, the H.L. Hunley. On February 17, 1864, the Hunley became the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship, a feat as important as the first airplane flown by the Wright brothers. But on the same day, she and all of her crew members suddenly disappeared. What caused her to sink? And would she ever be found? You can explore this mystery at today’s site.

At this website, learn about: 

  • The building, innovation, evolution, and design of the 
  • Hunley
  • Its contribution to the Civil War
  • Its crew
  • The recovery effort
  • The preservation of the submarine
  • And more!

Select the “Education” link to find online lesson plans for all grade levels. The text is geared for those who read well. Non-readers will undoubtedly enjoy the virtual tour of the submarine, and may find the recovery footage fascinating as well.

Writing Lesson Plans and More!

February 10th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, February 10, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ShareMyLesson – Writing

(www.sharemylesson.com/taxonomysearchresults.aspx?

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

 

Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, self-described as the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson pledges that their members can download and share user-generated resources free of charge forever.

There is an overwhelming amount of resources here that covers all subject areas, but today we are focusing on Language Arts. The lessons were created with classroom teachers in mind but are easily adapted for homeschool use. We drilled down to “writing” on the web page and located a myriad of writing lesson plans and ideas including: 

  • Lesson plans using Facebook – This template allows students to construct a Facebook page for a character from a text or some other context.
  • English Lesson Plans on Persuasive Techniques in Writing – Handout and activity
  • Lesson plans for Saving Reluctant Writers – This simple 3-step process shows you how to help students organize and sequence their ideas for easy writing.
  • 8 Minute Madness – Creative starter activities
  • Journal Writing Prompts with EI – Need two weeks’ worth of writing prompts to get students writing?
  • And much more!

You’ll want to bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of the extensive bank of resources located here.

Resources for Less Commonly Taught Foreign Languages

February 6th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 6, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UCLA Language Materials Project

(www.lmp.ucla.edu/k-12/index.aspx?menu=007

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

 

The University of California Los Angeles offers this free archive of teaching resources including downloadable/printable lessons in pdf, audio files, video files, dictionaries, computer programs/software, games and more to help learn vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and conversational language skills in over 100 less commonly taught languages such as:

  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic
  • Cherokee
  • Danish
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Inuit
  • Japanese
  • Latvian
  • Maori
  • Navajo
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Samoan
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
  • Zulu

When you get to the site you’ll see the K-12 Gateway that offers links to free resources online as well as to materials that are available from libraries and retailers. You’ll also find lesson plans and teaching tips designed for classroom teachers that are presented in English, that can be adapted to teach any other language as well.

Use the search engine at the top of the page to select: 

  • Language – Choose from over 100 possibilities.
  • Material – Select the kind of learning tool you want to find, for example textbook, picture book, audio, video, etc.
  • Level – Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Audience – Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary

This is a comprehensive resource tool that you may refer to over and over again.

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