Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Hawaii

August 10th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, August 10, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtually Hawaii

(satftp.soest.hawaii.edu/space/hawaii/virtual.field.trips.html)

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

 

Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959. Visit the islands online with this virtual field trip.

After reading the introduction, select the island to visit by clicking on one of the images on the left had side of the page. Through images and text tour the islands of: 

  • Oahu
  • Big Island
  • Maui
  • Kahoolawe
  • Molokai
  • Kauai

Each island has a choice of tours available – some use clickable maps to reach a destination, others have downloadable movies of aerial views. When the tour opens, read through the text and click on the images for larger views. When finished with these tours, select the “Go to VH Home Page” and locate the “NEW radar images” in the right hand upper paragraph to see radar images of the islands.

We did find that this site appears to be an older website that may not be maintained and a few of the links did not work, but there is still plenty of great information and images available making it worth a look-see.

Make the Dirt Fly: Panama Canal History

August 9th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 9, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian Libraries: Make the Dirt Fly

(www.sil.si.edu/Exhibitions/Make-the-Dirt-Fly/index.html)

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

 

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914 creating a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This digital exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries explains the history and process of undertaken to build the canal.

To enter the exhibition, click the home page image then read through the next few frames, using the red arrow on the right-hand side of the screen to move through the slides. After the first few slides, there will also be a map on the pages that can be used to move to different sections of the presentation. Topics covered include: 

  • Why Build a Canal?
  • Choosing a Route
  • Making the Dirt Fly
  • Waging War on Mosquitoes
  • Life in the Canal Zone
  • Civil Engineering
  • An Engineering Icon
  • Did you know?
  • Suggested Reading

Each topic includes informational text, relevant images that can be enlarged by clicking on them, quotes from people of the time, and additional facts relevant to the subject.

This site makes a nice resource for your history studies of building of the Panama Canal.

Study Spanish for Free

August 4th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 4, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

123 Teach Me: Spanish for Children

(www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children)

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

 

This section of the larger 123 Teach Me website provides lessons, games, quizzes, videos and more for kids who are learning Spanish.

Older students can visit the home page to find resources for learning Spanish geared more towards their age level. For the purposes of this review we are focusing on the Spanish for Children page

When arriving at the kids’ page, there is a colorful menu with the following options: 

  • Spanish Games for Kids – Students can choose from 12 different games to learn and practice their Spanish. Be sure to have your Flash enabled to play the games.
  • Games for Younger Kids – Younger children can play simpler games such as Memory, Spanish Bingo, Space Invader and more to learn Spanish vocabulary.
  • Flashcard & Vocabulary – digital flash card and activities for learning vocabulary
  • Spanish Alphabet for Kids – Learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet with visuals and audios as well as sample words that begin with the letter.
  • Alphabet Videos & Quizzes – a couple of alphabet song videos, as well as letter flashcards and quizzes
  • Music Videos for Kids – YouTube videos of Spanish songs that also provide the words in Spanish and English
  • Quizzes for Kids – Students can test themselves with matching games, word searches and more.
  • Short Stories + Quizzes – video presentations in Spanish of classic tales such as Midas the King, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Each video includes the text of the story in Spanish and English and an interactive quiz.
  • Audio Short Stories – similar to the Short Stories + Quizzes section, audios include the text in Spanish and English as well as interactive activities.
  • Spanish Numbers for Kids, Spanish Colors for Kids, Spanish Vocabulary for Kids – include a variety of interactive activities for children to learn words in Spanish
  • Printable Worksheets – a large variety of worksheets for vocabulary, printable lessons, short stories, flash cards, crafts and more
  • Spanish Speaking Countries – a short geography lesson relating to the countries where Spanish is the official language

Select the “Next” option on the bottom of the menu for even more content for Grammar Lessons, Videos in Spanish, Reading Comprehension, Fun Lessons, and Spanish Holidays. There are a lot of great resources at this website and we have only scratched the surface. Be sure to bookmark this one.

* Please note that some of the activities are on other websites that have not been completely reviewed by our team. As always, be sure to check out the sites prior to allowing children to visit.

Architecture as Art

July 28th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 28, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Buildings Collection

(www.greatbuildings.com/)

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

 

At this website you can experience art through architecture. See photographs, 3-D models, and architectural drawings of some of the most interesting and beautiful buildings in the worldRead about their history, the architectural style employed in their design, and read about the architects who designed them.


When you get to the site, after reading the introduction, use the menu at the top of the screen to open a subsection. You’ll find that over 1,000 buildings have been categorized for ease of search by: 

  • building name
  • building type (castle, cathedral, hotel, or house, etc.)
  • architect (read their biographies)
  • architectural style (Neolithic, gothic, Islamic, Japanese, Victorian, etc.)
  • construction type (brick, geodesic, glass, etc.)
  • place where the building exists (Rome, Paris, USA, etc.)
  • There is even a building timeline (located in tiny print below the main menu on the home page) – so you can pick a date or time period and explore the buildings of that era.

You will also find references to books for further study as well as links to other sites about architecture.

Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar Games!

July 25th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 25, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Skillswise

(www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english)

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

 

This BBC website offers free interactive games that teach practical literacy skills.

Although designed for adults, students (about 11 and up) can use this resource as well. Instead of playing young “kiddie games” that are sometimes too elementary, slow-moving, or annoyingly “cutesy,” students can practice basic reading, writing, grammar and spelling with games that use more sophisticated vocabulary and topics (although some of the games are still very simple with young-ish animations).

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of English skills including:

  • Reading – Learn phonics, letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and more.
  • Writing – This section covers handwriting, typing, filling in a form, writing a paragraph or letter, and proofreading.
  • Spelling – Discover root words, prefixes and suffixes, letter patterns, and more.
  • Word Grammar – Find out about verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
  • Sentence Grammar – Practice sentence structure, tenses, and punctuation.

Click on any topic and a new page opens. Watch a short video, play some games to reinforce learning, and take some short quizzes.
 
IMPORTANT: In all of the games we sampled for this review, we didn’t find any objectionable content. However, we did not sample everything. Because Skillswise was designed for adults, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE ALL USE.

Free History Periods Resources

July 19th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 19, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Siteseen Limited – History Periods

(www.siteseen.info/history-periods.htm)

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

 

This ad-supported site from a UK-based publisher of educational websites provides a gateway of resources for various historical time periods.

After reading the introduction at the top of the page, scroll down to select a topic to explore which will take you to a new website: 

  • Elizabethan Era
  • Ancient Castles
  • The Middle Ages
  • American Symbols
  • Tutankhamun (King Tut)
  • The Roman Empire
  • Native Indian Tribes
  • Ancient Egyptians
  • The Battle of Hastings
  • The Tudors
  • Presidential Power
  • Colonial America
  • Medieval Life and Times
  • History Timelines
  • Shakespeare Biography
  • United States History for Kids
  • US Constitution & Government
  • The US Civil War
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

Most of the websites are similar in nature in that they present information in small pieces with additional links within the text to dig even deeper into the topic. Please note that when we reviewed this site the “Egyptian Gods” link did not work.

This website could be used as a starting point for your history studies or serve as a supplement for further researching a topic.

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