Posts Tagged ‘middle school’

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.

Art Projects from Nature!

July 25th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, July 25, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Natural State

(www.knowitall.org/series/natural-state)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 with most suited for middle school and up. Younger children will need adult assistance.)

 

This web presentation from the state of South Carolina explores how people are inspired by nature to shape, twist, carve, and weave materials collected from the landscape into works of art. 

Interviews with natural artists from various geographical zones of South Carolina are included on the site along with samples of their work. 

The website provides free virtual workshops with step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to make artwork using natural materials such as clay, pine needles, branches, vines, acorns, nuts, flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, and more. Click on “Workshops” to see a menu of projects that include: 

  • Dyes and Dyeing
  • Bentwood Trellis Making
  • Dioramas
  • Kudzu Basket Weaving
  • Weaving
  • Coiled Clay Pottery
  • Paper Making
  • Pine Needle Baskets

Click on any one to access a very clear presentation with instructions on how to create that object.

The site also offers Science – Teacher Resources” with many educational videos and more.

Middle School Video Math Lessons!

July 17th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, July 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MasterMath

(www.mastermath.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=25)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-9, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free video lessons, worksheets and quizzes for middle school math plus Algebra I.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu of the video math lessons. Each grade year is divided into 4 quarters. Each math lesson includes: 

  • A 10-15 minute video that teaches a math concept
  • A printable worksheet to practice the concept
  • An online quiz to test comprehension of the concept

As the announcement explained, after Mr. Lisle shows the student how to do a problem, you can “pause” the video, try a similar problem, and then advance the video to see Mr. Lisle demonstrate the solution.

Mr. Lisle clearly presents the material that will help students understand math concepts such as: 

  • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Fraction-Decimal Equivalency
  • Solving Algebraic Expressions
  • Converting Units of Measure
  • Graphing Linear Equations

Our only criticism is that sometimes Mr. Lisle lapses into a monotone presentation style that may lose a student’s attention. To avoid that, we suggest watching one lesson, do some activities, take a break and then return to watch another lesson.

National History Education Clearinghouse

June 8th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 8, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National History Clearinghouse

(teachinghistory.org/)

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

 

This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K-12, by improving teachers’ access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history.

While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.

Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you’ll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you’ll see a display of featured items from the site’s content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the “Quick Links” for: 

  • Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
  • Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
  • High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You’ll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)

You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Teaching Materials – Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the “Ask a Master Teacher” tool and browse the FAQs.
  • History Content – Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in “Ask A Historian.”
  • Best Practices – Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.

Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers: 

  • Digital Tools
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Holidays and Heritage
  • Primary Sources
  • Student Activities
  • Teaching Materials

~and Much More!

Free Math Games, eBooks, Videos & More!

April 10th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, April 10, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

XP Math

(www.xpmath.com/)

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades 2-10 – varies depending on skill level – with parental supervision. Non-readers will need assistance.)

 

This website offers free math games, ebooks, and videos covering arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and probability.

The games were developed by the creator of the site – a middle school math teacher who enjoys integrating math and technology in the classroom.

When you get to the site, use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen to explore the Math Games Arcade:

  • Number & Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis & Probability

Note: When you place your cursor over the main menu item, you’ll see a drop down-menu with a full listing of the games offered in each topic area.

Back up at the top under “More”, you’ll find: 

  • Math Careers – We’ve never seen anything quite like this! Search by math topic, for example “Fractions,” and discover where knowledge of fractions is needed in a variety of careers including management, business, engineering, tech, service industry, sales, etc. Or you can search by job, for example “Dental Assistant,” and discover they use basic math and algebra including ratio and proportion, measurement, and mental math. There’s even a “Lite Version” that allows children to look up occupations such as astronaut, athlete, chef, doctor, firefighter, lawyer, musician, reporter, and more to find out what math strands they need to know.
  • Math Resources – access free e-books, and download math videos.

There is so much content here, it’s hard to do it justice. Bookmark it to return often.

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