Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Visit the Home of Frederick Douglass

February 16th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, February 16, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site – Virtual Museum Exhibit

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/frdo/index.html)

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

 

Visit the home of abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, Frederick Douglass with this virtual museum exhibit from the National Park Service.

After arriving at the site and reading the overview use the links above and below the main image to navigate. Choose from: 

  • Visionary – Learn about why Frederick Douglass was called the father of the civil rights movement and more.
  • Washington Home – On this page learn about his home, examine artifacts and find the virtual tour link.
  • Power of an Idea – Read a brief summary of how ideas shaped his life. (Parents Note: This page has an image of the Statue of a Female Slave which is a nude, so as always use discretion when allowing children to view this site.)
  • Mighty Word – Discover how Mr. Douglass became a public speaker and writer.
  • Women’s Rights – Learn about other abolitionists and his part in the women’s rights movement.
  • All Image Gallery – View all the images available on all the pages.

There is also a link to “Lesson Plans” to the right of the overview which provides a list of all available lesson plans from the NPS museum collections where visitors can find lesson plans for African American History and many more topics.

To view the virtual tour, select the Washington Home link then click the “House Tour” link under the picture of the house. When the tour begins slides of the rooms will transition. Below the slide show there is a summary and to the right a clickable floor plan map to explore the rooms. Select a room to open the image and learn about each room’s function. Use your mouse or the tools under the image to take a closer look. Rooms to explore include: 

  • East Parlor
  • Library
  • West Parlor
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen
  • Frederick Douglass Bedroom
  • Helen Pitts Douglass Bedroom
  • Ann Douglass Bedroom
  • Men’s Guest Bedroom
  • Lady’s Guest Bedroom
  • Helen George Bedroom

This site will make a great addition to your African American history studies.

Primary Source U.S. History Lessons

February 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach US History

(www.teachushistory.org/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides primary source materials, lesson plans, audio and video presentations, and supplementary resources such as worksheets and links to other informative websites to help teach U.S. History.

While its target audience is classroom teachers, most of the material can be adjusted for use in the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message accompanied by a menu on the left side of the screen. Click on “About Us” to read an outline of what the site provides. Then, simply click on the topics of interest from the menu that includes: 

  • American Revolution
  • Indian Removal
  • Isaiah Thomas – Patriot Printer
  • Life in Antebellum America
  • Temperance Reform in the Early 19th Century
  • The Dred Scott Decision
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas
  • The Second Great Awakening and the Age of Reform
  • War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention
  • Westward Expansion

As you click on each topic a new page opens. There is some inconsistency in the format that can be a little confusing. Some pages open to a splash page, others open to a menu of choices, and others open to a page with a brief overview. On the latter, it may look as though there isn’t any information – but look on the menu on the left side of the screen and you’ll see that under that topic is a highlighted drop-down menu from which you can select lesson plans and resources.

This site is deceiving. It contains a vast amount of content assembled by teachers and museum curators as you will discover once you start clicking through the resource links. Plan to spend some time here to pinpoint the materials you’ll want to use to supplement your study of U.S. history.

3-D Geologic Exploration of National Parks

February 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Friday, February 2, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geology of National Parks

(3dparks.wr.usgs.gov/)

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

 

At this website you can take virtual tours of the U.S. National Parks – from Arches to Zion!

The virtual tours highlight the geology and natural history of the parks, and are offered for viewing through 3-D anaglyphic images or through regular photographs.

If you don’t have 3-D glasses handy, you can enjoy the tours by just looking at the photos and reading the accompanying text.

If you want to see the 3-D images you’ll need 3-D glasses. As suggested at the website, you can do a search for 3-D glasses online and find all kinds of sources (and prices) for them. We also located a NASA lesson plan on how to make your own 3-D glasses.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of National Parks. At the top of each park page, you’ll see that you can click on any of these choices: 

  • 3D Photo Tour – to take a virtual tour of the parks by viewing 3-D images. The 3-D effect only works with 3-D glasses. Each photo is accompanied by text that explains what you are seeing.
  • Standard Photo Tour – to take a virtual tour of the parks by looking at a series of beautiful photographs. Each photo is accompanied by text that explains what you are seeing.
  • Thumbnail Gallery – To view all the images available, select this option.

Each page also provides a link to the website for that particular national park where you can get lots more information about it. There is educational content on some of the sites for students, and good info about park highlights and visiting hours, etc.

This is a terrific resource for budding geologists – and, considering the price of gas these days, this website offers a great way to visit our national parks without leaving home!

Free Spanish Lessons, Games, & Apps for All Ages

January 27th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 27, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

OnlineFreeSpanish

(www.onlinefreespanish.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers engaging, FREE, introductory Spanish lessons for children and their parents that includes games, activities, printable coloring pages and worksheets, and mobile apps!

When you get to the site you’ll see currently featured activities and an icon menu for levels, print, and content for tablets. Activities throughout include: 

  • Tablets – Get free apps that teach Spanish words, numbers, colors and more
  • Lessons – Enjoy Spanish lessons that teach the alphabet, numbers, colors, parts of the human face, fruits, pets, bugs, geometrical shapes, holidays, and more. Click on any lesson icon and a new page opens where you can watch an animated video lesson. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the correct pronunciation of words as they come up on the screen. Each lesson includes a link to “Related Lessons and Activities” that provide printable worksheets to reinforce learning.
  • Activities – Click and drag Spanish words to matching pictures, play a variety of word search games, and guide a bee safely through a frog pond by unscrambling letters to spell Spanish words.
  • Printables – Choose from an assortment of fun printable materials that reinforce learning the lessons. There’s a picture dictionary, word search puzzle, and coloring pages of farm animals, fruits, bugs, numbers, and more.

You’ll also see an icon menu of select games – just click on any one to get started. New activities are added to the site regularly, so bookmark it to return often. Or sign up to receive the free newsletter that will keep you updated on additions to the site.

Free Science Units on Atoms & Molecules and Plants!

January 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funtastic Unit Studies

(funtasticunitstudies.com/lessons-and-activities/)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website is provided by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom with a degree in biology, who has written some unit studies (available as e-books) on science and history. Designed with homeschoolers in mind, the unit studies are available for purchase on the site, but Susan also offers some free science lessons and activities (taken from the pages of her e-books)!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page under “Lessons and Activities” to access: 

  • Atoms and Molecules for ages 8-13 – Learn the definition of atom and molecule, print out a Periodic Table of Elements, do activities to enhance learning, and take a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
  • Plants for ages 4-8 – Learn the parts of a plant including seeds, roots, stem, and leaves. Enjoy activities to boost learning, and answer review questions.

Click on either link to open a pdf that contains the lesson (within the framework of the actual e-book). You’ll have to scroll about 1/3 down the page, past the “Table of Contents” to get to the lesson.
 
Once you’ve explored the Science freebies, check out some of the author’s free American History Activities that correspond to her books: 

  • The Pilgrim Adventure
  • The King Philip’s War Adventure
  • The Salem Adventure
  • The Civil War Adventure
  • and more.

Again, these free lessons and activities are excerpts from Susan Kilbride’s e-books that you can purchase via the website.

Digital American History for K-12

January 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital History

(www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)

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

 

The University of Houston sponsors this free, in-depth, American history website.

Topics include: 

  • A U.S. history textbook
  • Lesson plans and e-lectures
  • Primary source documents including court cases and Supreme Court decisions
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Essays, letters, and cartoons
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Multimedia exhibitions
  • Video, films, and flash movies
  • Audio presentations of speeches and debates
  • Interactive modules, history games, and quizzes
  • Historical Music
  • Reference resources that include classroom handouts
  • Resources to create your own multimedia American history exhibitions

The content here covers 44 historical eras with exploration activities on topics such as: 

  • Mexican, Tejano, and Texian perspectives on the battle of the Alamo
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to relocate Japanese Americans during WW II
  • Children’s perspectives on slavery, westward migration, and WW II

When you get to the site you’ll see an interactive timeline in the center of the homepage. Click on any block to sample what’s available here. Or use the extensive menu below the timeline to begin your exploration of the array of historical content.

You’ll even find links to living history museums, presidential libraries, and other historical websites.

Once your history thinking cap is fully loaded, take the quiz to find your History I.Q.

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