Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

French for Beginners

July 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 2, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French Language Course

(www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/)

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

 

This modest website from Jump Gate helps teach the basics of French for beginners with nine structured lessons and a few bonus lessons.

Lessons include: 

  • Pronunciation Guidelines
  • Articles and Genders
  • Pronouns and Verbs
  • Adjectives and Plurals
  • Sentences Structure
  • The Family
  • Where do you come from?
  • Comparing
  • Time (still under construction)
  • Additional Vocabulary
  • French Expressions and Idioms

Lessons include brief explanations and vocabulary lists. Some also include audio files but you will need to use your back button on your browser to return to the lesson page after clicking the audio link. The main goal of the website is for visitors to be able to understand written French with not much focus on spoken French. However, do not dismiss the value of this site as it will provide an avenue of practice for your French student as well as help hone in on the written aspect of the language.

Travel the Maryland Underground Railroad

June 16th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 16, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maryland and the Underground Railroad

(pathways.thinkport.org/flash_home.cfm)

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

 

This website from Maryland Public Television helps visitors gain a better understanding of the what the Underground Railroad was, how and why it was created, and its impact on the country.

When arriving at today’s link use the side bar menu to begin your journey through the use of interactives, audios, music, images, printables, and texts by selecting from:

  • About the Underground Railroad – 15 questions help students understand the terms and concepts related to the life of a slave and what led to the Underground Railroad movement
  • Following the Footsteps – an interactive chance to walk in the shoes of young slave and to determine what fate would befall you based on your decisions
  • Eyewitness to History – Explore first-person stories of slaves that traveled the Underground Railroad to freedom.
  • Figure It Out – Using “Think Sheets”, students use an interactive timeline to gather the data they need to answer questions related to slavery and Maryland.
  • Mapping It Out – Through the use of an interactive map, discover the geography, historical sites, and important places of the Underground Railroad in Maryland.
  • Secrets: Signs & Symbols – Discover the secret ways those involved in the underground railroad communicated with each other.
  • Create a Quilt Block – Create an online quilt block using this drag and drop interactive that when completed can be printed out.
  • Living History – a place where students can read and share stories about their connection to the Underground Railroad
  • Underground Railroad Library – Dig deeper with these additional resources.

Use the menu at the bottom of the window to locate even more valuable resources. Be sure to access the “Classroom Resources” to find teaching tips, links, lesson plans and activities as well as a teacher’s toolbox filled with a variety of helpful tools for helping your student get the most out of the website.

Also check out the “For Parents” section for tips, book recommendations, music collections, videos and more.

This website presents information in a memorable way and provides visitors with an in-depth study of the Underground Railroad in Maryland.

Learning Spanish for Kids

June 11th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 11, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanishtown: Spanish for Kids

(www.spanishtown.ca/spanishforkids/spanishforkids.htm)

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

This Google ad-supported website provides interactive exercises that teach young children Spanish vocabulary from basic to intermediate level. As you do the activities you can listen to the correct pronunciation of the words by a native Spanish speaker.

When you get to the site you’ll see a preview menu by grade level from 1-4. Click on any one and a new page opens with a broader menu of choices that includes activities for learning: 

  • Vocabulary – Learn to say colors, numbers, shapes, parts of the body, animals, methods of transportation, words for family members, weather, clothing, food, holidays, and basic conversational sentences.
  • Counting – Learn to say numbers from 1-100 along with some basic math terminology.
  • Grammar – Learn to say some verbs in present and past tense.

To complement and reinforce the vocabulary you will also find a selection of word-find puzzles, crosswords, and matching activities.

This is not a comprehensive language course. It’s a simple way to introduce learning the Spanish language, or to practice skills that you’ve already acquired. Parents that don’t speak Spanish can learn right alongside their children.

The site offers downloads to tests, lesson plans, and learning sheets for classroom teachers that can be tweaked for use at home.

NOTE: “Spanish for Kids” is part of a larger website. We did NOT review other parts of the site. The kids’ section requires adult assistance to navigate. The site has random ads and Google advertisements that if clicked on, will lead to outside websites so PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE AND SUPERVISE USE.

Free Art Appreciation Lessons

June 4th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 4, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art Access

(www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/ArtAccess)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Develop an understanding of content, style, and historical context of art with this website from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Select from the following to begin your exploration: 

  • African American Art
  • African Art
  • American Art to 1900
  • Chinese Art
  • Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art
  • Indian Art of the Americas
  • Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • Rococo to Realist Art

Each exhibition page begins with an overview of the art type. Use the links of the side bar to dig deeper into the study by selecting from: 

  • Artworks – examples and information about pieces of art fitting the type
  • Lesson Plans – to strengthen the student’s understanding of the pieces studied
  • Family Activities – related art projects and activities to do with easy to follow instructions and common supplies
  • Books and Media – suggested books and websites for further studies
  • Map – interactive map showing the original location of the art piece
  • Glossary – terms used in the study
  • View All Works – a pictorial index of the pieces studied in the art type

Bookmark this website because it is a fabulous resource for all of your art appreciation studies.

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 1st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 1, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch Words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, classics, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. Go to the home page and see for yourself at http://www.pppst.com/index.html

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Build French Language Skills

May 21st, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 21, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn French

(www.learnfrenchlanguageguide.com/)

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Build upon your student’s basic French language skills with this ad-supported, easy to navigate website.

This website will help the student hone in their understanding of topics relating to: 

  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Verbs
  • Phrases

Use either the links on the home page or the tabs above to navigate to the main lesson pages. Simple text and tables present the information to the student. The “Meeting People” and “Shopping/Paying” sections of the “Useful Phrases” page include audios. This website would be a beneficial supplement to most French curriculums being used.

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