Posts Tagged ‘middle school’

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.

Gingerbread Science

December 19th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, December 19, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Gingerbread House Design

(csip.cornell.edu/Curriculum_Resources/CSIP/Brechner/Brechner_Gingerbread.html)

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

 

Build a gingerbread house using the “Teacher’s Guide” from this site.

Problem-solving, creative thinking, and cooperation are all covered in this activity available in a downloadable and printable document from Cornell University. It was written for a middle school/high school class, but it can easily be done at home.

And here are some other gingerbread sites: 

The Science Behind the Invention of Gingerbread

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread.

Gingerbread Science

Young children may enjoy the gingerbread tactile and sensory suggestions, along with weights and measurement activities suggested by preschool and early elementary grade teachers at this website.

Free Foreign Language Courses

November 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 25, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Georgia Virtual Learning – Shared Content – World Language

(www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources/WLResources/WLShared/SharedChineseI.aspx)

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

 

Learn a foreign language with these shared content, self-paced courses from the Georgia Virtual Learning website.


Using the sidebar menu choose from the following languages: 

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Latin

These languages are also available for different levels. Once a selection is made, choose a lesson by selecting the “View” link across from the name. Lessons vary in presentation – some lessons are solely textural while most have images, audio, interactives, and videos. There are also downloadable resources available throughout the lessons.


There is also available shared content for other subjects including Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts (music and art) and Electives including computer science, health, business, marketing and more. Most courses are for the high school level but there are courses for middle school as well.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 16th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 16, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arte a scuola

(arteascuola.com/)

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

 

Italian art teacher, Miriam Paternoster, shares hundreds of art lessons for middle school aged students which can be easily adapted for older students on this ad-supported website.

Use the upper menu to select from: 

  • Drawing – felt-tip-pen, pastels, pencils
  • Painting – acrylic or watercolors
  • Art Techniques – arts & crafts, fabric, mixed media, mosaic, printing
  • Clay – hand building clay, slab clay, throwing clay, ceramic decoration
  • Paper & cardboard – cardboard, collage, pop-up
  • Art & Technology – computer art, photography, video, web
  • Teaching – educational system, events & exhibition, and History of Art

Almost all of the lessons include instruction and photographs of the process. Please note that some projects may require a printable template that the site owner is selling, but you can pass on these projects or adapt for your class or you may wish to support the site with your purchase.

Visitors will want to bookmark this website as content is added on a regular basis.

California State History for Kids

September 7th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 7, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

California Fact Cards

(factcards.califa.org/mainmenu.html)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

Looking for a starting place for your California state studies? This website provides a wealth of basic information about the state’s history.

On the home page, use the list of topics to search for information. Topics include: 

  • Indians
  • Explorers
  • Missions
  • Mission Life
  • Ranchos
  • Governors
  • History by the Decades

After the selected topic page opens, further refine your research by selecting the appropriate sub-topic. Most pages not only include a list of basic facts about the subject, but also include paragraphs with more in-depth information as well as an image. Because the information is presented in concise, bite-size pieces, students’ interest may be piqued to dig deeper on their own. In addition, each page is also printable for use offline using the “Print” link in the upper menu.

This site is simple to navigate and the text is written at the 4th-6th grade reading level making it an excellent resource for your elementary and middle school students to discover facts about California.

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