Posts Tagged ‘middle school’

Early American History through Caricatures

October 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 25, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

America in Caricature: 1765-1865

(www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/cartoon/cartoons.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Lilly Library, offers an online exhibition of political cartoons done in caricatures – pictures of a person or thing drawn with gross exaggeration of its most characteristic features.

The idea is to express satire and criticism of political and social agendas, especially during times of discontent or upheaval. While caricatures are always accompanied by text, it is secondary to the portrait that conveys the meaning through imagery intended to provoke a response from the viewer. The political cartoons in this exhibit depict times of turbulence in American history ranging from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 and then to the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864 which brought Abraham Lincoln to the White House.

As a ClickScholar said when she recommended the site, “See Abe Lincoln win the presidential race because of his long legs! See the Union map being unsuccessfully glued back together prior to the Civil War! See it all through the eyes of folks who were actually there. Great stuff! :)”

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu below it that includes: 

  • About Caricatures – Read the fascinating history of this art form.
  • The War of 1812 – View the cartoons and read the text to get a feel for what satirists were trying to convey at the time.
  • The Colonial Years – Caricatures of The Stamp Act and its repeal, and the “Bloody Massacre” also known as “The Boston Massacre”
  • Abraham Lincoln 1860-1865 – Political cartoonists depict the elections of 1860 and 1864, as well as The Civil War.

This website provides a brief, but fascinating look at early American history through the eyes of talented illustrators with specific political views. It’s a great adjunct to any study of early American history – probably geared more for middle school students and up.

Free Financial Literacy Course

September 10th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, September 10, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MoneySKILL

(afsaef.org/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website is provided by the American Financial Services Association (the national trade association for the consumer credit industry).

As explained at the website, MoneySKILL is a free financial literacy course to educate middle school, high school, and college students on basic money management fundamentals in the content areas of: 

  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Saving
  • Investing
  • Credit
  • Insurance
  • And more!

The site further explains that “the high school and college course is designed to be used as all or part of a course in economics, math, social studies or wherever personal finances are taught. Students can access the modules in the classroom, at home, or wherever an Internet connection is available. Built-in quizzes test students’ grasp of each concept. Two versions are available: High School/College and Middle School level.” The course is free, but registration is required to access them. Completion of the registration process can take up to 2-3 days – so, plan ahead. 

When you get to the site, click on the “Try a MoneySKILL Demo!” icon (near the bottom on the right) to try it out. Basically, you’ll see the lesson text, hear an audio narration of it, and then be asked to answer multiple choice questions to test your knowledge of the subject matter.

Again, the idea here is to provide students with money management skills that will last a lifetime.

Fun Grammar Games and Lessons!

August 29th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 29, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Teachers’ Cafe

(www.theteacherscafe.com/Grammar/Grammar_Games.php)

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

 

Mr. and Mrs. Farino created The Teachers’ CafĂ© in 2004. It was originally started as a simple way to store worksheets online instead of using a filing cabinet.

As they began to understand the need for teacher resources their website morphed and changed to meet the growing need and today the website contains literally thousands of teaching aids like: 

  • Printable worksheets
  • Downloadable workbooks
  • Reading Lists
  • Holiday Printables
  • Assessments
  • Audio books
  • Classroom management tools
  • You can even study Spanish!

Today we are focusing on Grammar. When you get to the site, use the two column menu in the center of the page to find many resources for learning grammar

  • Learning English – Dozens of free Grammar games. Articles, Parts of speech to Superlative adjectives
  • Noun Dunk – Helps students understand common & proper nouns with practice from this simple online game.
  • Proofreading Makes Perfect – You choose skill: Capitalization, punctuation, spelling, usage or putting it together.
  • Middle School – Online lessons & activities: Adjective and Adverbs, General Grammar Exercises (error correction exercises), nouns, prepositions, Pronouns & verb tenses.
  • Grammar Exercises – Intermediate Online practice. Comma Splices, Fragments, Irregular Verbs, Commas, Pronoun Agreement, Pronoun Reference, S-V Agreement & Word Choice.
  • And so much more!

This website is a huge resource for many subjects; Math, Science, History, Social Studies – all of it can be found here so bookmark this website and return often!

Current Events for Kids

July 5th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Current Events

(hmcurrentevents.com/)

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

 

This website from textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides free, interactive, multi-media current events reports for middle school and high school students.

When you get to the site you’ll see a list of the recent stories. Use the left-hand sidebar menu for sections that carry stories spotlighting: 

  • American History
  • World History
  • World Geography
  • Civics/Government
  • American Diversity
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Presidential Election Connection

Also available from the homepage are sections for “Today in History,” “BBC Lead Stories,” “Web Resources,” “Events Calendar,” and “Polls.”

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a selection of current stories in the news, photographs, illustrations, and information for further research and study. Visitors will also find topical quizzes, top related stories and more.

Parents, please be aware that there are often links to other websites outside of the HMH site that have not been reviewed. As always, preview content prior to allowing your student to visit those websites.

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.

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