Posts Tagged ‘middle school’

[ClickSchooling] Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

April 14th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

(http://mrnussbaum.com/united-states-history-for-kids/)

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

 

This portion of the larger, ad-supported Mr. Nussbaum website created by the teacher of the same name, focuses on United States History. With hundreds of topics, interactives, and printables, your elementary and middle school students will find themselves digging deeper into the subject at hand.

When arriving at today’s link, select your main topic of interest from the some of the following: 

  • United States History Super Timeline
  • Explorers
  • 13 Colonies
  • American Revolution
  • Civil War
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Westward Expansion
  • Biographies
  • French and Indian War
  • Native Americans
  • Pirates
  • Presidents
  • Constitution
  • United States Government
  • War of 1812
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Castles
  • Animated Biographies
  • Social Studies Games

Each main topic is further broken down into sub-topics to narrow your learning adventure. Not only is there concise, age-appropriate text, but there are interactive maps, games, quizzes, puzzles, downloadable worksheets and other activities. 

In addition to the history pages, visitors will want to explore the math, language arts, science, and other pages available. There is also an option to purchase a subscription to an ad-free version of the website if you so desire.

Bookmark this one to come back to often.

Learn the History of the Raid on Deerfield

April 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Raid On Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

(1704.deerfield.history.museum/)

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

 

Count us among the ignorant who had never learned about the Raid on Deerfield of 1704. That’s astonishing when you consider how this singular event impacted American history.

At today’s website, you will find a well thought-out and exceptional use of multi-media technology that presents the history leading up to the Raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1704, the raid itself, and the legacies in its aftermath. But beyond the historic scenarios, are the stories of the people who were there. Through primary source documents and in-depth research this site captures and brings to life the involvement of culturally distinct groups of people and conveys the meaning it had for each one. The lives of Native Americans (W├┤banaki, Kanienkehaka, and Wendat), African slaves, and English and French colonists intersected at this moment in history to play significant roles in the Raid on Deerfield.

When you get to the site, you will see a menu. To get the most out of this site the FIRST thing you should do is click on “Play the Introduction to 1704.” Wait a minute for the video/audio to load and then sit back and enjoy the introductory presentation as it lays the foundation for everything else you will find at this site.

Once you watch the introduction, then you can either follow the menu outline to examine each section of the site in orderly sequence, or you can pick and choose the various aspects of the site you’d like to explore including: 

  • Meet the 5 Cultures – Meet the 5 cultural groups involved in the raid, and engage in an in-depth exploration of their history, lifestyles, habits, and how they interacted.
  • Go To The Story Menu – This timeline depicts the events and conflict preceding the raid, the raid itself, and the aftermath. Each segment is described from the perspective of each culture that was present.
  • Enter The Conflict – View maps of Deerfield and the surrounding area, get explanations for what occurred, meet the people involved in the raid, and examine artifacts.

Each of the above selections contain many links to resources for further exploration. You can skim for general information or delve into the content depending on your level of interest.

Don’t forget to check out the mini-menu bar on each page of the site. In addition to the above items, it contains a shortcut to hearing a radio broadcast commemorating the Raid, as well as audio snippets of legends and stories told by each of the different cultures involved in the Raid on Deerfield. You can also hear English songs and French music circa 1650-1750.

This is an exceptionally designed website that provides a multicultural glimpse of early American history through five different perspectives and interpretations of the facts. As mentioned in the audio/video introduction, there isn’t one truth provided here – rather they consider all of truths from different perspectives. The purpose is to bring history alive in all its uncertainties so we can begin to ask helpful questions that enable us to understand the past. Highly recommended.

Note: While this site is probably designed with middle school students and up in mind, younger students may enjoy aspects of the site on a visit with mom or dad.

Terrific Science Freebies

January 5th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Terrific Science

(www.terrificscience.org/freebies/)

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

 

This website, developed by two enthusiastic chemistry teachers named Mickey and Lynn, provides a wide assortment of free lessons and activities that teach students of all ages the scientific method through fun, hands-on investigations.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Freebies” including:

  • Lesson and Lab Exchange – Get hundreds of free, downloadable science lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These lessons run the gamut from teaching chemistry with glitter wands to an 8-part series on forensic science.
  • National Chemistry Week – Explore an archive of chemistry lessons and experiments offered during Chemistry Week in 2005-2008.
  • Health Science Resources – Enjoy hands-on activities that emphasize water safety, personal hygiene, indoor pollution, chemical safety, skin health, and information on drug-resistant bacteria.
  • Terrific Science Movies plus Activities – View a variety of movies (excerpts from the science teachers’ workshops) that include fun animations and activity demonstrations. Some of the movies have accompanying activity instructions.

When you’re through exploring the “Freebies,” poke around the rest of the website for additional information and resources on the art of teaching science.

Creative Writing Worksheets & Much More!

December 9th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, December 9, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TLSBooks.com: Free Worksheets

(www.tlsbooks.com/languageartscreativewriting.htm)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a wide array of free, printable Language Arts worksheets that provide creative writing prompts and activities for students from Pre-K through Middle School.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to see the creative writing worksheets that include: 

  • Themed Acrostic Poems – Use these worksheet outlines to write poetry about the seasons and months of the year.
  • Quotation Worksheets – Read a quote by a famous person from literature or history (i.e., Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Abigail Adams, Ben Franklin, etc.), and write about what it means to you.
  • Miscellaneous Creative Writing Worksheets – Write a story to go with a picture, and use worksheets with writing prompts. You can also print out stationery and thank you notes to use at will.

Be sure to use the menu in the left margin to access free Language Arts worksheets that help students learn and practice: 

  • Alphabetizing
  • Rhyming
  • Dictionary Skills
  • Vocabulary

And do Word Search puzzles that teach punctuation, vowel sounds, literary terms, and more. You’ll also find “Handwriting” and “Spelling” worksheets on the menu too. A big plus to this site is that it also offers free worksheets for all of the following subjects: 

  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • Science
  • And more!

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return often.

Celebrate the U.S. Constitution

November 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, September 17, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Constitution Center

(constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

On September 17, 1787, the course of history was changed when thirty-nine brave delegates at the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution. This website not only provides information about the Constitution but also lesson plans, educational videos, games and activities to supplement your studies.

When arriving at the link, browse around the page for various links to educational resources or click the “Resources” link in the upper menu at the top of the page to select from: 

  • New Interactive Constitution – Students in grades 8-12 will discover what constitutional experts have to say about articles and amendments of the Constitution.
  • Videos – Videos from past Constitution Days explain: 
    • The Bill of Rights
    • The Legislative Branch
    • The Presidency
    • Freedom of Expression
    • The Judicial Branch
  • Preamble Kit – downloadable classroom kit with lesson plan and more to explore the importance of the Preamble for elementary and middle school students
  • Lesson Plans – include: 
    • Preamble Challenge Lesson Plan
    • To Sign or Not to Sign lesson
    • Bill of Rights Lesson
    • Founders Library-Think Like a Founder
    • Separation of Powers
  • Activities and Resources – fun ways to spark your children’s interest in the Preamble

When you are finished with the featured sections, use the sidebar menu to find even more links to lessons, games, and resources for your Constitutional studies. If you are looking for even more inspiration, select the red, white, and blue “National Constitution Center” button in the upper tool bar to visit the home page of the National Constitution Center, then hover over the “Learn” text link where you find links to additional lessons, activities, games, and much more.

This site is bookmark worthy as a go-to resource for civics, citizenship, and constitutional studies.

2015 Summer Reading Lists For Kids and Teens

September 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 22, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

About.com – 2015 Summer Reading Lists

(http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/forparents/tp/summer_reading.htm)

 

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-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.
The lists of recommended children’s books 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 ) 2015 Recommended Reading Lists
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Booklist for Young Readers
  • 2015 Notable Children’s Books and 2015 Summer Reading Lists
  • Boston Public Schools 2015: Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Book Lists
  • Every Hero Has A Story! – Reading Lists for K-2
  • Brookline Reading Lists for Kids Entering PK-K, Gr 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and HS
  • Kids K-5 Summer Reading 2015 Booklist
  • NYC Teen Summer Reading 2015 Booklist: Middle School and High School
  • Summer Reading List for Grades 5-8
Find more resources at the very bottom of the page to help parents encourage the love of reading. There is a lot here – return often to get the full benefit.
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