Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Bridging World History

September 4th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, September 4, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Bridging World History

 

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult, children with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger Annenberg Learner website, this portion of the website is a collection of 26 inquiry-based thematic units using videos, text, and interactive activities to help students discover world history. While the units can be used individually to supplement history studies, when used in their entirety and sequentially, they provide a complete chronological world history course.

Each of the lesson units include:

  • Videos produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting are usually divided into three segments, each focusing on a specific topic relating to the unit.
  • The Course Guide PDF not only provides instruction for using the unit but also can serve as the student workbook.
  • Online Text PDFs contain the reading material for the unit.
  • Learning Activities PDFs contain ideas for activities to be used by groups or individuals at various skill levels.

When arriving at the unit home page, use the left hand navigation bar to access the various components of the unit. In addition to the main study components, you will find:

  • References & Sources
  • Unit Audio Glossary
  • Related Units
  • Video Transcript

In the navigation bar beside the Bridging World History logo, be sure to check out the World History Traveler feature, an interactive that builds upon the lessons with the use of maps, images, documents, and texts. This tool can be used to focus in on particular events, places, or people or zooming out to see the larger picture of time and place.

Whether you are in need of supplemental material for your world history studies or looking for a full course, this website is definitely worth consideration.

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

September 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 3, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Wise Pockets

 

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.
This website is provided by the University of Missouri. It is designed to help classroom students in grades 3-6 become more knowledgeable about personal finance including saving, investing, and using credit. The lessons and activities can be easily adjusted for homeschool students.
What is unique here, is that personal finance concepts and lessons are taught through the use of children’s literature. Wise Pockets has selected books with themes that relate to money, and developed lesson plans and activities that extend the learning to help students become better money managers. There are 13 book titles in all that include:
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • The Leaves In October by Karen Ackerman
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paul Danziger
  • Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • and more!
Click on any title and a new page opens with a free, printable, classroom lesson containing objectives, detailed instruction procedure steps, activity sheets, and extension/enrichment recommendations.

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories & Poems

August 27th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 27, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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PicLits.com

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5 to adult, children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.
The idea here is to:

1) Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)

2) Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.

3) Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Learn It” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page. A new page opens with three options:

*Write It – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.

*Rhyme It – Read some suggestions on how to use rhymes and similes to create poetry.

*Master It – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

Economics Games Online!

August 18th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 18, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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International Monetary Fund

 

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

 

Ride a time machine back several centuries to invest everything you have for a chance at phenomenal wealth!
All you have at the beginning of the game are chocolate candy, a gold pendant, a few coins, a paper monetary note, and some song lyrics scribbled onto a napkin. Invest them wisely, and you will learn about the history of money, what forms it took at various times in various countries, and how it developed into what we use today. Will your pocket full of miscellany really increase in value over time? Play this game to find out! At the end of the game, you will also get a brief explanation of what the IMF (International Monetary Fund) is, what its role is in international monetary exchange, and what it means to you when you travel to a different country.
When you have finished this game, you might like to try all of the other games available from the main site. (Scroll down the page a little to find them under Student Interactives.)
One of these games is called “Trading Around the World” – Decide which country you are from and trade with people from different countries. Try your hand at bartering and negotiating prices. Try to achieve various goals such as becoming very rich or acquiring an assortment of goods. You should come away from this game with an understanding of the work of the IMF with regard to trade barriers.
Another game is “Monetary Mania” as well as an informative video. Each game or activity includes the recommended grade range and a description.
You’ll also find Lesson Plans and Online Exhibitions. Everything on this website also comes with a Teacher Guide!

Free Online Guitar Lessons

August 16th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 16, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Justin Guitar

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Whether you are just beginning to play guitar or have years of experience, this website provides hundreds of leveled lessons for learning to play the guitar. Created and hosted by London based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer, and educator, Justin Sandercoe, lessons are presented through the use of on-site embedded YouTube videos, texts, and images. Using the sidebar menu to select from the following:
  • Lesson Index
  • Beginner’s Course
  • Intermediate Method
  • Quick Tips
  • Skills
  • Practice Time
  • Exercises
  • Technique
  • Chords
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Ear Training
  • Guitar Gear
  • Recording Tech
  • Masterclasses
  • Blank Papers

In addition to lessons from above, students can also learn techniques for playing:

  • Blues (Lead & Rhythm)
  • Folk (Fingerstyle)
  • Rock & Metal
  • Jazz

There are loads of extras on this website which include lessons to play riffs and licks, insights into songwriting, music transcribing, and ukulele lessons. Also included are numerous instructional videos for playing specific songs by popular artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and many, many more, all grouped by learning level to complement the various lessons.

While this site is free to use, there are various advertisements throughout where you may purchase justinguitar.com materials or make a donation to the site. Please note that these solicitations are not intrusive to the use of the website nor do they interfere with the value of the site.

If you have ever thought about learning to play the guitar, this website is a wonderful resource that you will find yourself coming back to time after time.

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.
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