Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Discover the History of the Lightbulb

October 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lighting a Revolution

(americanhistory.si.edu/lighting/index.htm)

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

 

Explore the history of the lightbulb with this web presentation from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

This site takes visitors through the steps involved in the process of the invention of the lightbulb by Thomas Edison in the 19th century and then examines the major developments made to lamps in the 20th century.

After reading through the introductory text on the home page, students can begin their exploration by selecting from the three “doors” on the page: 

  • Invention Factory: 19th Century Electric Lamps
  • Invention Factory: 20th Century Electric Lamps
  • Guest Lounge & Library

The “Invention Factory” sections are broken down again into the 5 steps of inventing: 

  • Store Room: Knowledge & Equipment for Inventors (Step 1: Preconditions) – Dig into what previously discovered technology and inventions help in the creation of the new product.
  • Laboratory: Caution Inventors at Work (Step 2: Invention) – Learn about the people, places, events, and discoveries of lighting inventors.
  • Marketing Department: Promotions for All Occasions (Step 3: Promotion) – Gain an understanding of the importance promoting an invention has in bringing new inventions to the public.
  • Competition: Inventors: Have Patents Out & Ready for Inspection (Step 4: Competition) – Discover the importance of competition in the world of inventions.
  • Consequences: Intended & Otherwise (Step 5: Consequences) – Examine the results of the invention of the lightbulb and its impact on history.

Each section presents concise information about the topic accompanied by exhibit images.

The “Guest Lounge & Library” provides visitors opportunities for further research by providing exhibit scripts and notes, a time-line photo gallery of lamp inventors, links to other informative sites about Thomas Edison and lighting, history, technology, and energy files with additional images and information relating to lighting including ink blotters, patents, the science behind electric lighting and lightbulbs, and significance of energy efficiency.

Add this site to your list of resources for history and inventor studies.

Free Pumpkin Math Activities

October 15th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, October 15, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pumpkin Math

(www.canteach.ca/elementary/statprob5.html)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-2, with parental supervision)

 

It’s pumpkin season! You can use pumpkins to demonstrate many math concepts.

This site offers some simple math activities for grades K-2 that use a pumpkin for practicing estimation, learning about circumference, and counting.

Here are a few more ideas from preschool to high school: 


 Preschool Plan It

This page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and interesting Learning Center ideas.

Pumpkin Problems

At this site you will find 4 arithmetic problems with multiple choice answers that test basic math skills for Grades 3-8 approximately.

Pick a Pumpkin Activity

This site offers five pumpkin lesson plans including making predictions, reading a chart and following directions for Grades K-12.

Virtual Tours of Six Villages in Vietnam

September 14th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, September 14, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mekong Lifeways

(folklife.si.edu/resources/mekong/Engframe.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage provides a set of online photo albums that present a virtual tour of traditional lifestyles of people in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.


The sister site describes a trip taken along the entire length of the Mekong River (not just Vietnam). This is also where you’ll find the coloring pages.

One tricky characteristic of today’s featured site is that the navigation controls change location from page to page. Here is a quick summary so that you will be able to get through the site without difficulty: 

On the first page, the introduction runs down the right-hand column, and you need to select a city from the six photos in the central column. Then, on each city’s main page, you need to scroll down to read the introduction at the bottom of the large center/right column, then select a photo archive from the left-hand column. Once inside each photo archive, you need to read the information at the bottom center of the page, then navigate using the thumbnails across the *top* of the screen. Don’t worry, it’s easier then it sounds.

Each photo comes with a short caption; together this montage gives you a little taste for the variety that exists here, and a bit of an idea of what makes each of these six cities special.

Challenge for older students: Try to practice your speed reading on the highly detailed descriptions that appear when you position your mouse over each photograph. (If you missed the description, don’t worry. Select a different photo and then return back right away to the one you were trying to read.)

Celebrate Constitution Day

September 13th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 13, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Constitution Facts

(www.constitutionfacts.com/)

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

 

Celebrate the ratification of the United States Constitution that happened on September 17, 1787 with the resources available at this website as well as explore other important documents in American history.

When arriving at the site, visitors can begin by taking the “What’s Your Constitution I.Q.?” quiz by selecting the main image link under the navigation menu. Don’t worry if you don’t get all the answers correct. Wrong answers are explained. After taking the 10-question quiz, there is an opportunity to do an advanced challenge with more difficult questions. Or learn all about the Constitution and the Amendments, Declaration of Independence, the Articles of the Confederation, our Founding Fathers, the Supreme Court and more by selecting a topic from the upper menu. Not only can visitors read through the documents online, but they will find a timeline of related events, learn about the people involved with the drafting and signing of the documents, discover constitutional trivia, dig deeper into significant events surrounding the inception and implementation of the document, browse through papers of our Founding Fathers, review synopsis of landmark Supreme Court cases and much more. 

Use the link under the home page main image to locate the “Fun Zone.” On this page you will find games, printable word search and crossword puzzles, printable Treasure Hunt quizzes, and online quizzes.

Check out “The Founders Library” link in the top menu to find: 

  • a list of U.S. Presidents and their portraits
  • reading lists and links of books and journals written by the Founding Fathers
  • things invented by the Founding Fathers
  • a history of the American postal system
  • the content of the Magna Carta
  • modern performances of the music from the American Revolution
  • what traveling was like during colonial times
  • Constitution landmarks such as Independence Hall, Old North Bridge, and “Old Ironsides”
  • Information about the first political parties
  • Constitution inspired artwork
  • Fashion worn by the Founding Fathers
  • Colonial currency

And just for fun, be sure to check out the “Founding Documents in Pop Culture” to see video clips of Captain Kirk and Barney Fife quoting the Preamble, The Preamble Song from Schoolhouse Rock, Benjamin Gates reading from the Declaration of Independence in National Treasure, celebrities reading the Declaration of Independence, and more.

Add this website to your bookmarked links for your American history studies.

September Writing Prompts

September 12th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 12, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Teachers Corner

(www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/)

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

 

This ad-supported website was started in 1996 as a hobby by Jennifer Jensen and then she provided links to teacher resources on the internet. In 1998 she and her husband began to create their own resources and offer them free to teachers and parents. The Teacher’s Corner has continued growing and evolving and has maintained the goal to remain free and provide useful tools for teachers and parents.

When you get to the website, simply scroll down to see the daily selection of September writing prompts. Look around because there is so much more! On the side menu, select “Lesson Plans” and then choose “Writing Lesson Plans” to find a myriad of writing lesson plans like these: 

  • Creative Writing – Get those creative juices flowing!
  • Handwriting – Find resources to help your students improve their handwriting.
  • Miscellaneous – Here are some great resources that didn’t fit into other categories.
  • Parts of Speech – Creative lesson plans and resources
  • Poetry – Help your students find creative ways to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Reading – Be sure to visit this page for additional Language Arts resources.
  • Spelling – Find useful study and editing tips.

This website, with a wealth of resources and information for teaching all subjects, has something for everyone – from thematic units, seasonal activities, lesson plans for all subjects and much more. Bookmark it and visit often!

Something to note is that the lesson plans and unit studies often offer links to other websites for additional information and ideas. We have not reviewed these other links and sites.

California Capitol Tour & More

September 7th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, September 7, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

California State Capitol – Capitol Museum

(www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov/)

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

 

This site offers a variety of virtual tours relating to the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

When arriving at today’s link, use the sidebar menu to select the Virtual Tours link. Read the brief introduction then select “Start A Virtual Tour” text link. When the page opens visitors will be able to either use the side bar menu to select a tour or move through the first tour, “Architecture: Symbols of a Changing Democracy,” using the navigation instruction links at the bottom of each page. Through text and images, the architecture tour explores the architectural features of the Capitol building including the symbols, rotunda, the domes, the gold ball and cupola, the encaustic tiles, the statuary groupings, the portico and pediment, and the east annex plaques. 

Tours also available on the Virtual Tours page include: 

  • Collections: California’s Art Collection – Examine the art, portraits, murals, statues and flag collection at the museum.
  • Capitol History: A Legacy of California’s Growth – Discover the Capitol’s history from planning to its complete restoration completed in 1982.
  • Capitol Park – Stroll through the park virtual tour and explore the plant life as well as the memorials and monuments.
  • Historic Rooms: The West Wing – Learn about the Legislative Bill Room, Governor’s rooms, 1902 Secretary of State Office, 1906 and 1933 Treasurer’s Offices, Library Exhibit Room, the offices of the President Pro Tempore and Speaker of the Assembly, as well as visit the chamber galleries and committee room.

But wait, there’s more. Back on the home page, find the Kids’ Zone link. After reading the introductions, click the “Visit the Kid’s Zone” text link and a pop-up window will open. (Be sure you allow your Flash Player to run.) At this colorful section of the website, through slideshow images and text, kids can explore the Capitol building and its history, learn about the symbols and history of California, read fun facts, check out “neat pics,” play games, and print out worksheets and coloring pages. There is also a section for teachers with links to lesson plans and more.

Add this site to your list for your California studies.

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