Posts Tagged ‘middle school’

Summer Reading Lists For Kids and Teens

June 20th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 20, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

About.com – Summer Reading Lists

(www.thoughtco.com/summer-reading-lists-for-kids-and-teens-627024)

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

 

Elizabeth Kennedy is a children’s book expert that writes for About.com. She publishes an annual compilation of summer reading lists

The book lists come from her site, schools, school districts, librarians and others with a knowledge of kids, reading levels and good books for young people. You’re sure to find some books your kids will like on these lists.

The lists of recommended children’s and young adult books are generally organized by grade levels. Many of the middle school reading lists include a mix of middle grade fiction and nonfiction and young adult books. You’ll find both classics and recently published books.

When you get to the website scroll down the page to find lists for: 

  • Reading Lists for Grades 4-8
  • Books for Teen Boys, Girls and Teen Reluctant Readers
  • Books for Boys Recommended by Librarians
  • HAISLN (Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network) 2018 Recommended Reading Lists
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Booklist for Young Readers
  • 2018 Notable Children’s Books Lists
  • And more!

Find more resources at the very bottom of the page to help parents encourage the love of reading.

Tennessee History for Kids

May 31st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 31, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tennessee History for Kids

(www.tnhistoryforkids.org/)

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

 

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee was admitted into the Union. Discover the history, geography and civics of our 16th state with this website.

Begin exploring by either selecting an option in the upper menu or scroll down the page to see available topics. Select from: 

  • History – Discover people, places and more with images, texts, biographies, virtual tours, videos and more. Then take an interactive history quiz that can be customized by grade and number of questions.
  • Civics – Sorted by learning levels, Elementary, Middle school, and High school, learn about government and politics and then test your knowledge with another interactive quiz.
  • Geography – This section is divided into two sections, Basic and Advanced, where students can explore geography, economics, and more and again take a quiz to see what they have learned. Please note the link for the Tennessee Department of Transportation on the scavenger hunt page brought up an error, but if you put into the search engine on that page “Maps” you should be able to locate a free downloadable map to use with the Scavenger Hunt.

If you need additional resources for your state study, there are also 14 printed booklets that can be ordered from the site at a cost.

This website could serve as a supplement for your state studies of Tennessee.

Free Middle School Chemistry Lessons!

May 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, May 22, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ACS: Middle School Chemistry

(www.middleschoolchemistry.com/)

Age Range: 11-14 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

The American Chemical Society offers free, downloadable Chemistry lessons for grades 6-8, that align with state standards. The multimedia lessons really illustrate the concepts and make them accessible to a wide variety of learning styles and aptitudes.

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of five of the most popular lessons plans that include: 

  • Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons (from Chapter 4: The Periodic Table & Bonding)
  • What is Density? (from Chapter 3: Density)
  • Finding Volume-The Water Displacement Method (from Chapter 3: Density)
  • What is a Chemical Reaction? (from Chapter 6: Chemical Change
  • Density of Water (from Chapter 3: Density)

You can also download ALL of the lessons from Middle School Chemistry in English or Spanish for free.

Bookmark this site and return often.

Free Kids’ History Videos

March 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 29, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brookdale House – History Videos for Kids

(brookdalehouse.com/history-videos-for-kids/)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the curriculum publisher’s website (Brookdale House) provides a collection of hundreds of YouTube videos to use to supplement your history studies.

The videos are sorted into four time period collections: 

  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Early Modern History
  • Modern History

When arriving at today’s link, it is helpful to read through the information to understand what has been included in the collections as well as tips for watching.


Visitors can move between time periods using the right-hand menu or the home page of this section.


Once you have decided on a time-period to browse, use your mouse to hover over the images to see the name or content of the video. Click the image and the video player will open on the page. Click anywhere off the video to return to the page you were on. Types of videos include: 

  • Documentaries and re-enactments
  • Lectures
  • Songs for learning facts
  • Audio readings
  • Clips from modern events
  • And much more

While the selection of videos is targeted for elementary and middle school age students, they could easily benefit the older student as well.

As always, be sure to preview the videos for suitability for your family.

Houghton Mifflin’s Kids’ Place

February 7th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin’s Education Place

(www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, children with parental supervision)

 

These pages were developed by the Houghton Mifflin publishing company to supplement their textbooks. But you don’t have to buy a thing to hone your language arts skills on this website!

When you get to the site, select your grade range: K-5 or 6-8. A new page opens with a variety of interactive language arts activities to choose from including: 

  • Tricky Usage — Try your hand at one tricky grammar question, and see the correct answer right away. View a breakdown of others’ responses.
  • Wacky Web Tales — Fill in the blanks with verbs, adjectives, etc., then see the often hilarious story that results!
  • Evaluation Station — Follow these steps to evaluate and improve what you have written.
  • Writers’ Showcase — The stories and essays in this section were written by elementary and middle school students!
  • Bright Ideas for Writing — Look at the picture, read the question, and you’ll surely be inspired to write something.
  • Grammar Blast — Choose your grade level and answer ten multiple-choice grammar questions. Have a blast!
  • Net’s Best for Research — An annotated list of helpful websites for student research projects.

BUT that’s not all! If you click on the words “Kids’ Place” near the bottom of the window a new page opens. Scroll to the menu at the bottom of that new page, and you’ll see these items: 

  • Using the Web – This web tutorial makes you an expert cyber-researcher in no time!
  • Current Events – Stay up-to-date with the kid-friendly links provided here.
  • Brain Teasers – Some simple but fun math puzzles.
  • GAMES – Yes, even more games here!

On the GAMES page try: 

  • Spelling Match – Match the words with the letters that they are missing, and watch the cat deep-sea diver open the treasure chest! What could be inside?
  • Web Word Find – Interactive hidden word puzzles.
  • GeoNet – This is a multiple-choice social studies quiz. Look at the map, graph, or other visual aid, then guess an answer. If you get it wrong, don’t worry. You get three tries for each question before the beaver tells you the correct answer. Keep track of your score on the cool GeoTrekker.

There’s a lot here – have fun!

Fun Family Math Challenges!

January 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, January 22, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Figure This!

(www.figurethis.org/index.html)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers this website that is designed to help families enjoy math OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges that improve problem solving skills. The challenge activities that are designed with middle school math in mind, can be done online or downloaded in pdf files to print and use offline.

When you get to the site you will see animated characters and the words “Take A Challenge.” Click on those words and go directly to 4 math challenge problems that include: 

  • Line Up – How long would you have to wait if you were number 300?
  • Beating Heart – How fast does your heart beat?
  • Popcorn – Which shape holds the most?
  • Don’t Fall In – Why are most manhole covers round?

If you decide to take the challenge, notice that each time you click on a different math challenge, the menu bar at the top of the page will change allowing you to access hints and tips that will help solve the problem. If you like these challenges then go to the “Challenge Index” on the menu where you can access 80 challenge problems archived at the site.
 
Before you begin the challenges, you might want to take a moment or two to view the menu items on the home page. It includes information for teachers and for families in English and in Spanish along with a “Math Index.” The Math Index lists all of the challenges archived at the site by math topic such as algebra, geometry, measurement, numbers, statistics and probability – allowing you to more easily access the activities that relate to the strand of math you want to study.
 
Each of the challenge activities are designed to capture students’ attention with real-life problems making the math much more meaningful and thought-provoking. Families can have fun solving the challenge questions together. Bookmark this page, so you can return to the site and explore them all.

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