Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Online Elementary Songbook

July 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 9, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Office of Education: Elementary Songbook

(www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/fineart/Elementary/Songbook/Music.aspx)

Age Range:  5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, offers a free online songbook with lesson plans for teaching elementary music education.

When you get to the site you’ll see menu of songs that include children’s favorites such as: 

  • A Tisket, A Tasket
  • Bingo
  • Clementine
  • Down in the Valley
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Kum Ba Yah
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • and many, many more!

Click on any song and a new page opens where you will find the sheet music, lyrics, suggested activities, ideas for playing instruments, curriculum tie-ins, and more. There’s a complete lesson plan for each song listed. There are also audio files to listen to that accompany the song. Scroll further down the page to find “Movement/Dance Options” which provide dance suggestions for various songs.

While this online songbook was created with classroom teachers in mind, it can be easily tweaked for use in the homeschool or unschool environment as well.

Pencil Grip, Writing, Spelling, & More!

July 6th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, July 6, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Parent Child Education

(www.parentchildeducation.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website contains many engaging FREE lessons and activities (created by classroom teachers) that help parents and educators teach a variety of subjects including handwriting, spelling, writing, and more.

Some of the language arts lessons/activities include: 

  • Determining Your Child’s Dominant Hand
  • Pencil Grip
  • Conventional Writing – Activities, tips and techniques you can use with your child to help them learn handwriting (with free handwriting paper downloads)
  • Spelling Tips and Activities – Get advice and fun activities that help kids learn and practice spelling.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and activities. Use the search tool on the right side of the landing page to access activities by age, topic, grade level, learning style, etc.

Under “Topics” you can select: 

  • Beginning Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing

Click on any one to find a menu of lessons/activities that include resources such as: 

  • Step-by-step instructions with video illustrations
  • A materials list
  • Activities, games or books to reinforce the lesson

You’ll find information on different learning styles, brain research, and advice to help parents better understand their child’s learning needs.

Project-Based Science Lessons for Grades 5-12

July 5th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, July 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teachers Try Science

(www.teacherstryscience.org/lp)

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

 

This website is a collaborative effort between the New York Hall of Science, IBM Corporation, and TeachEngineering.org. It provides free, hands-on, project-based learning activities that require students to engineer solutions to problems by employing math, technology, and science concepts from more than one science discipline including physics, chemistry, and earth sciences.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of lesson plans. (There are currently over 410!) Click on any one and a new page opens with the target grade (ages), the estimated time required for the project, the topics covered, and video tutorials that provide an introduction, the lesson, and reflections on what is learned.

You’ll also find links to resources and materials that are needed, as well as comments from teachers who used the project in their classroom.

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.

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