Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Free, Easy Peasy English Lessons for PreK-12 & More

August 9th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 9, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool

(allinonehomeschool.com/)

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

 

At this website, you can access FREE, Internet-based curricula for grades PreK-8. (See more about high school, grades 9-12 below.)

This curricula was compiled by a homeschool mom, is meant to be college preparatory, and has a Christian point of view (but can be used and/or adjusted as needed by people of all faiths and beliefs).

Because today is Language Arts day at ClickSchooling, we focused on the English lessons for this review, but you will also find free curriculum for: 

  • Art
  • Bible
  • Computer
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • PE/Health
  • Science (Biology, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry)

When you get to the site, read the introduction and then scroll down the menu to find Language Arts. Click on any grade level and a new page opens with 180 days (the standard school year) of lessons. The lessons contain links to free resources and materials on other websites such as books, poems, grammar, writing instructions, and printables, etc. You’ll find everything you need to provide instruction and deliver the curriculum to your children.


To access the free high school curriculum, visit the companion website, Easy Peasy All-In-One High School (http://allinonehighschool.com). The high school curriculum includes Bible, English, History, Humanities, Math, Science (with Labs), PE/Health, Electives, etc.


As explained at the website, “You’ll need paper, pencil, etc. and some minor supplies if you choose to do the experiments and art projects, but all of the reading materials, etc. are all free and online. My hope is to enable families to continue homeschooling no matter their life circumstances.”

The Secret Life of Machines

August 8th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 8, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Secret Life of Machines

(www.secretlifeofmachines.com/index.shtml)

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

 

Engineer and cartoonist Tim Hunkin developed a series of cartoons with simple explanations about how machines work.

Tim’s unique take on explaining the mystery behind the mechanisms, resulted in a TV series that allowed him to further develop the explanations with more in-depth cartoons. These cartoons are featured on today’s archived website. When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and then a menu of cartoon topics that includes: 

  • cars
  • central heating systems
  • electric lights
  • fax machines
  • internal combustion engines
  • refrigerators
  • sewing machines
  • telephones
  • televisions
  • vacuum cleaners
  • video recorders
  • washing machines
  • word processors
  • and many more!

Click on any one and enjoy reading the cartoons that explain how these machines work.

They made a series of videos from the cartoons that demonstrate the history and inventions of modern conveniences and other
machines. They are really fun to watch and are housed by the    
Exploratorium website (www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/SLOM/).

History Through Inventions

August 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 3, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Idea Finder

(www.ideafinder.com/)

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

 

This website was created by an Internet consulting company to inspire the “inventor” in everyone. It showcases the history of remarkable inventions, inventors, and great ideas throughout time.

When you get to the site, click on “Enter” and a new page opens. In the center of the screen you’ll see some features. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page and at the top of the page to access: 

  • First Time Visitor – Get an indexed overview of what you’ll find on this content-rich website that features innovation information about the past, present, and future.
  • History Facts & Myths – Explore an incredible archive of history’s most interesting inventions and the stories behind them including the Abacus, Car, Coca-Cola, Frisbee, Hair Dryer, Internet, Jell-O, Liquid Paper, Microwave Oven, Post-It Notes, Slinky, and many more. Each invention includes a bibliography for further reading as well as links to more sources of info on the Internet.

Plus, you’ll find: 

  • Inventor Biography – Read the biographies of notable inventors such as Steve Jobs (Apple Computer), Ed Johnson (Christmas Lights), Harvey Ball (Smiley Face), Alfred Butts (Scrabble), and many more.
  • Innovation Timeline – Search any era in history (from ancient BC to the modern 21st Century) to learn about the innovations that occurred during that time period. Includes photographs, quotations, and resources for further learning.
  • Innovation Games & Trivia – Don’t be afraid to take this test BEFORE you explore the site. The questions are intriguing, so if you don’t know the answers and your curiosity gets the better of you – find out instantly by clicking the “answer” button. A great way to introduce the topic of invention and segue to a history lesson.
  • Idea Showcase – The point of innovation is to improve the quality of life. That said, inventors like making income by selling their inventions. In this section you can check out award-winning inventions and purchase them as well.
  • Features – Find out how many inventions were the result of an accident. See how inventors improve upon the inventions of others to “build a better mousetrap.” Check out inventions that changed civilization and had an enduring effect on the world.
  • Resource Center – Find resources for further learning and investigation including websites, books, movies, and a listing of contests, competitions, experiments, and projects for the young inventor. (Some are available for free, others for a fee.) Find resources for invention mentors too.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles on historical innovations, inventors, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Find out about the Patent Act of 1790 and explore some patents that have become products.

Students will need good reading skills to explore this site independently, and non-readers of all ages will enjoy the pictures and information with assistance.

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

July 26th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 26, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeReading

(www.freereading.net/)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, multi-media, open-source instructional reading program that includes a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities.

As mentioned at the website, FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities (under the “Find Activities” link) in the following categories: 

  • Print Concepts: Students learn how different forms of print are read.
  • Phonological Awareness: Students learn to blend and segment the sounds in spoken words.
  • Letter Sounds: Students learn to say the most common sounds for printed letters.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words.
  • Word-Form Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out.
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words by sight.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • And more.

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, word list generators, and much more.

Also check out “Teaching Tools” – as it provides a good overview of the site and how to use it to your student’s best advantage.

Windmill & Whirligig Art & Science

July 15th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 15, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

From Windmills to Whirligigs

(www.smm.org/sln/vollis/index/frontvollis.html)

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

 

The Science Museum of Minnesota offers this website that is a wonderful mix of whimsy, science, and art through an exploration of windmills and whirligigs.

You can see some amazing pictures of wind-driven artistic creations, hear what they sound like, watch movies of some of them in action, and get instructions for how to make your own!

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Meet Vollis – Vollis Simpson has devoted a lifetime to making some of the most spectacular windmills and whirligigs you’ve ever seen. Take a photo album tour of his home and workshop and watch movies of his works of art in motion!
  • Visit The Yard – Take a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm where you can see some gigantic wind-driven sculptures.
  • Follow A Whirlwind Tour – This is a comic-strip account of a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm. (In our opinion, the real photos & movies are much better. This is sort of the result of a school-like activity to document what visitors experienced when they visited Simpson’s farm.)
  • Make Connections – Here’s where you’ll find a menu of links to other resources that extend learning about wind-driven devices and other stuff as well. Be sure to click on Beer Can Whirligig for instructions on how to make a simple whirligig out of beer or soda cans. Hmmm… perhaps you can make some whirligig gifts in time for Christmas!
  • Try These – Find an assortment of activities to do and things to make – from pinwheels to pop bottle whirlers to motion machines. You’ll also find reading recommendations themed around windmills and whirligigs.

This site offers lots of fun ways to learn how to harness wind power through artistic and whimsical devices. Great fun!

Take a Virtual Sea Odyssey

July 14th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, July 14, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Burgess Shale – Virtual Sea Odyssey

(burgess-shale.rom.on.ca/en/sea-odyssey/index.php)

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

 

Climb into a “virtual submarine” and dive into the depths of the past to see virtual recreations of creatures that once lived in the area now known as the Burgess Shale. Located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, the Burgess Shale is “one of Earth’s most important fossil deposits.”

With this website from the Royal Ontario Museum, watch video animations of: 

  • Descent – Dive below the sea surface to the seafloor.
  • Swimmers
  • Predators
  • Grazers
  • Filterers
  • Scavengers
  • Burial – what it may have looked like when the Burgess Shale community was covered by a rapid mudflow event

Underneath the video tours, click on the various species images to learn more and to find more video animations and images.

After you have finished your “virtual sea odyssey”, use the upper menu to learn more about the Burgess Shale and its discoveries. Select from: 

  • Introduction – Learn about the Burgess Shale through text and images.
  • Fossil Gallery – Examine images of the fossils found and see 3D animations and model of the creatures.
  • Science – Discover the science behind the Burgess Shale.
  • History – Explore the history of the research and discovery involved.
  • Parks Canada – Get more information about Yoho National Park and the Burgess Shale.
  • Resources – Find topical reading suggestions, other related museums and webpages, and lesson plan links.
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