Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Valentine Math Activities

February 9th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, February 9, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Googol Power: Valentine Math

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Valentine’s Day is coming fast! As our friends at GoogolPower.com say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”
When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:
  • Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!
  • Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”
  • Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”
  • Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.” (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)
  • Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems.

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.

Over 400 Free Grammar Lessons!

February 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, February 4, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Daily Grammar

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, developed by a software executive and a middle/high school English professor, archives over 400 grammar lessons and 80 quizzes to teach students the mechanics of the written language.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the lessons. Click on any one and a new page open with the lesson and practice activities to further understanding. The lessons include:
  • Parts of Speech – Verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, etc.
  • Parts of the Sentence – Subject/verb, direct object, indirect object, appositives, prepositional phrases, gerunds, infinitives, participles, and more.
  • Mechanics – Capitalization, end punctuation, periods, commas, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, brackets, italics, and underlining.

This is a great way to learn new skills and improve existing grammar usage. This site is supported with randomly generated advertisements. Therefore, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise use.

Note: For convenience, all of the lessons have been compiled into both a hard copy book and an eBook that are available for purchase at the site. However, no purchase is necessary to access the lessons at the website.

Learn Braille Basics

January 24th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, January 24, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

hotBraille.com

 

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

 

Braille is a means of reading and writing for blind people that was invented by Louis Braille. At this website you can read a short biography of Louis Braille and then learn the letters of the Braille alphabet. You can even see your name in Braille!

When you get to the link, choose from the following on the left hand menu:

The Braille system

  • Braille – a brief introduction to Braille and the Grade 1 Braille lesson
  • Grade 2 – learn a set of contractions used to print Braille.
  • Louis Braille – a brief biography of Louis Braille

Your name in Braille – see what your name looks like in Braille letters in 3 formats:

  • Black
  • 3D
  • Big

The only problem with a computer version of Braille is that you can’t feel the dots that compose the letters and words. We suggest that while out and about, check out Braille menus at restaurants, some ATM machines at banks, or go to your local library where you can find the Braille alphabet and Braille books.

Time Warp into History

January 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, January 22, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Time Warp Trio

 

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7, with parental supervision)

 

Designed to go along with the television series produced by WGBH shown on the Discovery Kids Channel and the popular book series by Jon Scieszka, Time Warp Trio, this website provides interactive history learning adventures, games, and more.
When arriving at the website you will see what content is new this week and be able to select what you would like to do. Use the upper menu to select from the Adventures, or the Games, the Show.

When you select the Adventures, you can select the Adventure you wish to explore that either corresponds with the episode you watch or you can simply choose a time period or topic relevant to your studies. Each adventure presents basic information about the episode along with a map showing the location of the event. Then choose from the included exploration and learning extension such as: 

  • Cool Books – check out some warptastic reads
  • Who’s Who – Meet Joe and Co. and many more
The Games include:
  • Put it Back, Jack – Time-bending research game
  • Green Mist Mysteries – Interactive Time Warper Stories
  • Wordsplosion – Poetry gizmo, create, print & send
  • Plentifax 487 – The ultimate Time Traveler’s guide
  • Sandwiched of Time – Fast-paced challenge quiz
  • Sound Detective – Goofy game to fix time & space
In the upper left hand menu, select the Teacher’s & Parents link to find printable PDF Lesson Plans to accompany each episode that include additional offline activities, handouts, curriculum connections and standards, and more.

Because content is added regularly, you will want to bookmark this site to come back often to find out what is new. Whether you are a fan of the television series or not there is a lot of fun learning value at this website.

Free On-Line Piano Lessons

January 10th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, January 10, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

GoPiano

 

Age Range: 6-Adult (Grades 1-12, children with parental supervision). 

 

This site offers traditional, free piano lessons for beginners including: 
  • learning to read notes
  • keeping rhythm
  • playing simple songs.
The course comes complete with a series of on-line lessons and quizzes delivered through text and audio. You learn the lesson and transfer what you’ve learned to your own piano or keyboard at home. To begin, simply go to the site and click on the “start here” icon.

The lessons are also available as a PDF download.

This is a great way to get an introductory course in playing the piano without having to invest a lot of time and money – and it can help those who want to brush up on their skills too.

Pascal’s Triangle & The 12 Days of Christmas!

December 15th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, December 15, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

DIMACS: 12 Days of Christmas

 

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Rutgers University, offers an interesting exploration of Pascal’s Triangle (used in algebra and probability) through the lyrics of the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Click here to just listen to the tune and see the printed lyrics of the song.)
When you get to the site, you’ll find the lesson plan and instructions for leading your students through this fun math exercise.

If you like working with triangles, the site offers another interesting lesson plan using The Star of David.

Students can also have fun calculating the cost of purchasing the 12 items mentioned in The Twelve Days of Christmas. Click here for the Lesson Plan.

Holiday Bonus! Watch a video of homeschool moms singing a humorous version of this Christmas carol retitled, The 14 Days of Homeschool.

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