Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Discover 100 Leaders in History

May 12th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 12, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Leaders in World History

(100leaders.org/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

With this website from National History Day, visitors will explore 100 leaders from history. What makes this list unique is that not all of the leaders chosen are heroes or have left a positive impact on history. Some leaders have left their dark mark on history.

Those on the list displayed the following traits: 

  • Articulates a vision
  • Motivates others
  • Makes effective decisions
  • Willingness to confront tough issues
  • Impacts history

Leaders also fall into one or more of the following categories: 

  • Artistic
  • Economic
  • Intellectual
  • Military
  • Political
  • Religious
  • Scientific
  • Social

When arriving at the site, you can view the leaders by either selecting “Leader Gallery” in the upper tool bar or select the box “See the Gallery of Leaders” in the main image map. From the gallery page either select the image of the leader or filter your choices by type, sphere of influence, or by time period. Once the leader page opens, each page includes facts about the person, a summary of their leadership, a brief biography, what made them a leader, keywords for further study, contemporaries, and more resource suggestions.

Also included on this website are classroom resources accessible from the upper tool bar. There are lesson plans, printable posters, and much more.

The stated purpose of this website is to “teach us to be more thoughtful if and when we might be placed in positions of leadership”. By examining the positive and negative leaders presented on the site, students may learn what it takes to be a good leader and to recognize those traits in others.

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

May 11th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 11, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EDSITEment – Literature and Language Arts

(edsitement.neh.gov/subject/literature-language-arts)

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

 

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans integrated with resources to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art, foreign language, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured lesson plan. Below that is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as: 

  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Essay
  • Fables, Fairy Tales, and Folklore
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

Submit your parameters and a menu of lesson plans will appear below the sorting tool. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including: 

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Extending the Lesson

You’ll find links to free, carefully screened educational websites where you can read the literature online and find resources to extend the learning. In some cases you’ll find free, printable worksheets as well.

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.

Free Beginner Piano Lessons

May 7th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 7, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hoffman Academy Piano Lessons

(www.hoffmanacademy.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Formerly FreePianoLessons4Kids.com, Hoffman Academy offers hundreds of free video lessons for the beginner pianist that teach ear training, sight reading, theory, technique, and much more. Created by Joseph Hoffman as a way to make piano lessons available to all, students work through the lessons at their own pace and are able to review any or all lessons as needed to master the material. And an extra bonus is that lessons can be done on your schedule with no need to leave your home. The fun, easy-going, and often entertaining nature of Mr. Hoffman as he presents the material will keep your student engaged and looking forward to the next lesson.

When arriving at the website, visitors may wish to watch the introduction video that helps explain the program. Then select the “Start Learning” button in the middle of the top image. From the very first lesson, your student will play a basic song, “Hot Cross Buns”, all the while building music and piano playing skills. There are currently seven units with 20 plus lessons in each. Students will learn: 

  • Reading music
  • Notes
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Chords
  • Piano Posture
  • Fingering of the keys
  • And so much more

There are also bonus lessons for popular tunes such as: 

  • “Let it Go” from Frozen
  • “Star Wars Theme” and “The Imperial March” from Star Wars
  • “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the 1876 play Peer Gynt
  • “S’vivon” a traditional Hanukkah song
  • “Jingle Bells”

Be sure to visit the support page as well for helpful information about Getting Started, Practice Helps, and Other Topics.

This well-organized website is a wonderful place to start your student on the road to learning piano. You will want to bookmark this site as new lessons/units are being created regularly.

Please note that while the video lessons are always free, supplemental materials are available for purchase.

The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

April 13th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, April 13, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Knowing Poe

(knowingpoe.thinkport.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website explores the literature, life, and times of the state of Maryland’s native son and writer, Edgar Allan Poe. It is sponsored by Thinkport, a resource for Maryland educators and families in association with public television and Johns Hopkins University.

Turn on your speakers to engage in a variety of multi-media activities that will help you learn about one of America’s foremost writers, who is best known for works such as “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

This site offers some ingenious methods for learning about Poe through both historical and fictional means, as well as from a number of different perspectives. Learn about the era he lived in, what his house, family, and hometown were like, and see how it informed the complex choices Poe made as he wrote poems and stories. You can even become a forensic investigator and review the “hard facts” about Poe’s untimely death.

Use the lesson plans and interactive experiences, including primary source documents, links to other website resources, and even some fun family-centered activities to understand the continuing impact of Poe’s legacy. [Note: Some of the links to other web-based resources are inoperative. However, we found that a quick Google search for those items led to results for similar content on a variety of other sites.]

When you get to the site you can click on images to begin to explore the content, or use the menu on the left to focus on: 

  • Poe The Person – Includes a timeline that highlights historic events that occurred during his lifetime. This section also offers, “It’ll be the Death of Me,” that allows you to explore the possible causes of Poe’s mysterious death.
  • Poe The Writer – Provides an exploration into Poe’s writings and the unusual tools, techniques, and revision processes he used.
  • The Poe Library – Access some of Poe’s works, primary source documents about Poe, and link to other resources about Poe.

In addition to all of the above, this site is filled with trivia and little known facts about Poe. The dark, mysterious images and style of the website maintains the spooky legacy of Poe’s most famous works. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.)

Practice Basic German

April 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 9, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ActiLingua Academy – Learn German

(www.deutsch-lernen.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn basic German grammar, verb forms, and syntax with the help of the lessons provided at this ad-supported website. While this website appears to geared towards adults, it does provide a good place for students to hone in on their basic German language skills.

When arriving at the website choose from either the beginner or advanced lessons.

The 10 beginner lessons provide general information and practice in basic verb forms and an introduction to German syntax. Each lesson includes on line practice with feedback as the correct selection. The lessons can be printed out for use offline. Example sentences help the learner to understand proper use of the concept being covered. Also included are wordlists available to print out for additional study. The advanced lessons provide a more in-depth study of prepositions, pronouns, and syntax.

Please note that the first few lessons are freely available, but to access the remaining lessons you will need to register for free.

If your student is looking for some refreshing of their German language skills, this site can provide that.

Easter Science!

March 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 22, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education World – Easter Science

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/04/lp337-02.shtml)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Education World offers a myriad of age-appropriate cross-curriculum lesson plans. We are looking at Science today but this is certainly a resource to bookmark and return to often.

When you get to the webpage, scroll down to see a hands-on “eggs-periment” that teaches about density.

There are also ideas and activities to extend the lesson by introducing students to additional experiments to help demonstrate why people and things float more readily in Great Salt Lake than in most other bodies of water: 

  • Great Salt Lake Saltwater Density Experiment
  • Exploring Density
  • Great Salt Lake’s Buoyancy and Density
  • Bathtub Physics
  • More “Eggs-perimenting” Fun

And the fun goes on teaching other scientific concepts! (Appropriate grades for each experiment are indicated in parentheses.) 

  • Egg Magic (Grades PreK-3)
  • Eggs Don’t Break? (Grades PreK-3)
  • Egg Fun (Grades K-6)
  • Bouncing Eggs in Science (Grades K-8)
  • Egg Drop and Air Pressure (Grades 3-6)
  • The Shrinking Egg (Grades 3-8)
  • Make a Flying Wing (Grades 4-8)
  • Diffusion and Semi-Permeable Membranes (Grades 4-8)
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