Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Emily Dickinson Poems, Activities, Lessons

August 6th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 6, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Emily Dickinson Museum

 

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

 

The Emily Dickinson Museum website offers a view into the poet’s life, times, and work with free lessons, activities and much more!
When you get to the site you’ll see the featured news and events, as well as the “Poem of the Week.” Below the poem you’ll find links to a word search puzzle based on the poem, as well links to learn more about Dickinson’s poetry, life, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Use the menu at the top of the page to explore the site including:
  • Emily Dickinson – Read her biography, learn about her childhood, youth, and her writing. See pictures of her home and the room where she wrote over 1,000 poems.
  • The Museum – Get an overview of the exhibits and the various Dickinson family properties that influenced Emily’s poetry. Take a virtual video tour of the landscaped grounds.
  • Education – Click on “For Teachers” in this section to find suggestions on how to help students appreciate Dickinson’s poems. You’ll also find “Lesson Ideas” that explore language, interpret poetry, starter poems and writing assignments, and a set of lessons from the National Endowment for Humanities. 

You’ll also find  “Fun and Games” – with coloring pages, puzzles, riddles, and the “Poem of the Week” word search activity. Get free instructions on how to make “Jacob’s Ladder” – a fun and unique toy!

JetStream – Online Weather School

August 5th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 5, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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NWS: JetStream – Online School for Weather

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This National Weather Service website with extensive content and free lessons and activities is designed to help everyone learn the science of weather.

When you get to the site you’ll see a satellite picture featuring an aspect of today’s weather somewhere in the world. Read the brief introduction and then use the menu to explore:

  • The Atmosphere – Learn about radio signals, air mass, air pressure, and air flow. Make your own barometer. Find out about Earth’s water cycle.
  • The Ocean – Taste the salinities of various bodies of water around the world. Make homemade ice cream and ocean currents. See the differences in the light and dark sides of the “moon”.
  • Global Circulations – Discover the seasons. Calculate the circumference of the earth. Demonstrate that convection is the original source for our wind.
  • Synoptic Meteorology – Learn about types of clouds. Watch rain drops grow by coalescence. Determine the location of cold and warm fronts.
  • Thunderstorms – How much water is in a cloud? Find out about updrafts and the effect on rain and hail. Estimate the size of hail.
  • Lightning – Determine the distance to a lightning strike.
  • Tropical Weather – Learn about the extent of winds in quadrants around a hurricane.
  • Weather on the Web – Find your local weather forecast and news.
Click on any topic and follow the lesson plans in the order they are presented or use the “Lesson Plan Overview” on the menu to access a specific area of interest.
Explore the “Topic Matrix” that provides a great view of the topics covered including Doppler radar, remote sensing, and much more! Don’t miss this! Click on “CoolStuff Activities” to get access to puzzles, word searches, concentration games, and printable coloring pages all themed around the weather!
The information contained in JetStream can be used in the way that suits you best. This is a terrific resource – bookmark it and return often!

Hummingbird Math

August 4th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 4, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project

 

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

 

This website was designed to be a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students in grades K-12 to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. These little birds tolerate people well and are drawn to gardens and feeders where they can easily be studied. The data collected is shared via the website with students worldwide. You can access a great deal of information at this site for free, but they also offer the opportunity to register for $20/year, a fee that enables students to participate fully in the research project. (Details are at the site.) However, you don’t have to register to learn interesting facts about a variety of hummingbirds or to access the activities and lesson ideas in math, art, drama, music, geography, and writing.
When you get to the site you will see the introduction to “Hummingbird Math Activities” – just scroll down to review the lessons and click on the links to the other curriculum pages as well.

Want more hummingbird fun? Have your children make their very own hummingbird feeder and try some interesting activities like:

  • Hummingbirds weigh between 2 and 20 grams. If you have a kitchen scale, have the kids gather some items around the house they think weigh about as much as a hummingbird. Weigh them and see how close they come.

New England History Only a Click Away

July 24th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 24, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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American Centuries: Views from New England

 

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England. 

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics:

  • Highlight of the Online Collection – browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic
  • Explore the Online Collection – using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include:

  • Dress Up – see, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively
  • First Person – read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them
  • Magic Lens – easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920.
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from:

  • Turn of the Centuries – focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

Literature Lesson Plans

July 16th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Mr. Donn’s Literature Lesson Plans

 

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

 

This website offers a wide selection of free lesson plans based on literature. While they are designed for classroom use, many of the lessons contain activities that can be easily adapted to homeschooling.
When you get to the site use the alphabetized directory to search for any given book title. When you find the title of the book you are interested in, you may find from one to several lesson plans for that title that vary widely in content and design. Click on a lesson plan and you may find:
  • Suggestions for exercises to improve language arts development from letter recognition in Pre-K to character and plot development exercises for older students.
  • Book-themed coloring pages, puzzles, and games to do online or print out and do offline
  • Webquests that explore ideas and concepts introduced in the book through visiting recommended websites
  • Downloadable pdf files with questions to stimulate reading comprehension
  • Suggestions for other books to read on the same topic
  • Teacher’s guides
  • Writing assignments
  • Unit studies themed around a book
  • And more!

There is no way to access it all in one visit – so be sure to bookmark the site to return again.

You will also notice that if you scroll down the homepage at this site you will find other resources for language arts development including free lesson plans for studying: Shakespeare, poetry, fairytales, myths, drama, historical fiction, and more. You’ll even find free Power Point Lessons in Literature and Language Arts.

[ClickSchooling] Kentucky Farms Feed Me Virtual Field Trips

July 11th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, July 11, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Kentucky Farms Feed Me

 

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the world of farming in Kentucky with this wonderful series of video virtual field trips. Funded by the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and Kentucky Small Grain Growers Associations, this website strives to bring the farms and farmers of Kentucky into the comfort of your classroom and to promote agricultural education. The videos are presented from a child’s perspective and range in length from 5 to 12 minutes. Video selections currently include: 
  • Celebrating Our Farms at the Kentucky State Fair
  • Did You Eat Your Veggies Today?
  • Apples are Awesome!
  • Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat. Oh, My!
  • The Beef on Cattle Farms
  • Kentucky, The Poultry State?
  • From Pig to Pork
  • Milk, Cheese, and Ice Cream Please

In addition to watching the videos, visitors can also submit questions via a form on the video page and farmers and experts will email a response. If a question and the answer is deemed to have educational value, it is posted to the video page to help others. Also on each video page, on the left hand sidebar, you will find more information about the field trip as well as links to lesson plans and activities and additional YouTube videos about the subject.

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