Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Discover the High-flying Aviator Lindbergh

May 21st, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 21, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Charles Lindbergh – An American Aviator

(http://www.charleslindbergh.com/)

 

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

 

Charles Lindbergh began his courageous flight in his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, on May 20, 1927, securing his place in history as the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. This comprehensive website examines not only this flight but also the other events and achievements of one of America’s most famous aviators.
When arriving at this website, begin by reading an excerpt from the May 21, 1927 New York Times article about the flight. Then use the left sidebar menu to examine Lindbergh’s life through articles, documents, images, videos, audios and much more. Some of the many topics to explore include: 
  • The Flight
  • Spirit of St. Louis
  • Guggenheim Tour
  • Biographies of Charles and Anne Lindbergh
  • Maps
  • Airmail Pioneer
  • Gliders
  • Orient
  • America First
  • Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
  • Awards
  • Lindbergh’s contributions to rocketry, conservation, and cardiology
  • PDFs of FBI files
And much, much more. There are also a few downloadable lesson plans, additional website links, and Amazon links to books for further study.
This website is an excellent resource for an in-depth study of the man, aviator, innovator, and American legend.

Free Outdoor Biology Activities!

May 19th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 19, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Lawrence Hall of Science: Outdoor Biology

(http://www.outdoorbiology.com/)

 

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

 

The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, offers this website that is devoted to teaching biology and ecology by providing free, fun, and educational outdoor science activity guides. Designed for group learning, they can be easily tweaked for individual investigations.
When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message and an icon menu of sample activities. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the home page and click on “Activities” to access the dozens of activity guides archived at this site that cover topics such as: 
  • Animal Behavior
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Predator-Prey Relationships
  • Animal/Plant Interactions
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Climate
Click on any topic and a new page opens with an icon menu of the activity guides. Place your cursor over each icon to see a pop-up window with a brief description of the activity, the time it typically takes to complete, the recommended age range, and what size group the activity will accommodate. Click on the icon to open a new page that contains the lesson summary, learning outcomes, and the activity instructions in a downloadable pdf. The activities are all designed to educate through fun, hands-on learning experiences and games in the great outdoors.

As we reviewed a variety of the activity guides, we saw the potential for use in the homeschool environment as either an activity for family learning, or as a resource for co-op classes and homeschool support groups.

Explore Harmonicas

May 16th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, May 16, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Alan G. Bates Harmonica Collection 

http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/Archives/Bates/Batespage.htm

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Introduce your family to the joy of owning and playing the harmonica!
Did you know that more harmonicas have been sold than any other musical instrument? Harmonicas have been around in their current form for 175 years. At this site you can see samples of some of the unusual and fascinating harmonicas that Alan G. Bates has collected including a player harmonica – just like a player piano!

When you get to the site read about the highlights of the collection. Scroll down and you can read about the collector, Alan G. Bates. Then, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the arrow pointing to the right. A new page appears with a text menu under an arrow icon with the heading “Click arrows to take Bates Gallery Tour.” Click on any of the “Image” listings to see photographs and read about some very rare and unusual harmonicas – the shapes and decorations on these are not to be missed!

Visiting this harmonica gallery may inspire the kids to want to learn to play the harmonica. If so, here is a website that explains what kind of harmonica to get and provides free lesson plans for how to play harmonica.

Resources for Learning Math

May 11th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, May 11, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Math2.org

 

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

 

Math2.org offers resources for learning math. It is a member of the Web Math Collaboration (WMC), a federation of math websites with the goal of providing “freely accessible open spaces for people to collaborate on and discuss mathematical subjects, help those who have difficulties in mathematics, and provide mathematical resources to the public.”
When you get to the website you’ll see it is very clearly organized and includes: 
  • Math Reference Tables (also available in Spanish!) — All of the most important tables and formulas you need to study math: basic arithmetic facts, trig identities, derivatives and integrals, and even Fourier transforms, all in one convenient place for you to use and review. The conic sections are simply but clearly illustrated, and the calculus even includes proofs!
  • The Math Message Board — Post your math questions in this forum and get answers on this very active board! (As with all forums, children will need adult supervision.) Browse through past questions and enjoy the lively give-and-take in this helpful math-loving community; try your hand at verifying the solutions to any that catch your interest.
  • Have A Math Question? — This section refers those with questions to either the Math Message Board (described above) or to the “Ask Dr. Math” website.
  • Links — A list of links to other websites that offer everything from general math resources and lesson plans for grades K-16 to an extensive collection of mathematical theorems and formulas.
  • Other Resources — You’ll find an English-Spanish math dictionary here! Bonus: If you would like to see what else this webpage author has created, click on “Dave Manura” at the bottom of the page.

Book Finder with Lessons, Author Bios, & More!

April 29th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 29, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Scholastic: Book Wizard

 

Age Range: 3-17 (Grades PreK-11 with parental supervision)

 

Have your children ever fallen in love with a particular book? Have they begged for more books like it? Have you scoured the library shelves trying to find something just as engaging to nurture their love of reading? Do you wish you could find extension activities to further learning through the books they love to read? Then you’ll love today’s website recommendation.
Scholastic’s Book Wizard offers three different ways to search over 50,000 books from all publishers to find just the right book for your child, and many search results include lesson plans, author bios, and study guides. Type in the name of a book your child likes, and the free Book Wizard will show similar titles in the same reading level with the same type of content with activities to further learning. What a time saver! When you get to the site, you can jump right in and use the search engine that includes options: 
  • Find Books – Just enter a book title, author or keyword. Once you’ve found the exact book you are looking for – you can click on the author’s name to read his/her bio, and (in many cases) access free lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and extension activities written specifically for the book. Note: Look for the words “Search By Level” under the input form. Click on those words to search for books and associated lessons and activities by preferences such as “Interest Level” and “Reading Level” for grades PreK-12. You can also search by Book Type, Subject, and Genre.

  • Similar Books – Enter a favorite book title, set the reading level scale (same, easier, harder), click “Search” and Similar Books performs it’s magic rendering a selection of titles your child is sure to enjoy.
Check out Scholastic’s Teacher’s page to locate oodles and gobs of resources!

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

April 25th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

8notes.com

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.
When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 
  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music
When choosing from an instrument category, the section is further broken down into categories such as music genre, skill levels, and/or occasion. There are also resource links for lessons, forums, tuners, and more.

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Search by level or lesson. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Composer and Artist biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest” category to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

(Please note that in the free portions only one page at a time can be printed when selecting the printer icon. Also subscribers only have access to the “Play”, “Play Along – Piano Accompaniment”, “Play Along Band Accompaniment”, and “Play Along – Slow Piano Accompaniment” features.)

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