Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Visit Antarctica Virtually

December 1st, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 1, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shackleton100 – Antarctica

(www.shackleton100.com/antarctica/)

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

 

Part of the larger website commemorating the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s incredible, but unsuccessful mission to cross Antarctica on foot in the 1910’s, explore various locations on Antarctica as well as South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

After reading the introduction, reviewing the tips on navigating the site, and watching the brief Antarctica video, select a location marked on the map to begin your tour. Locations include: 

  • West Point Island (Falkland Islands)
  • Right Whale Bay (South Georgia)
  • Hercules Bay (South Georgia)
  • Grytviken Whaling Station (South Georgia)
  • Ernest Shackleton’s Grave (South Georgia)
  • South Georgia Museum
  • Half Moon Island (Antarctica)
  • South Pole (Antarctica)
  • Dark Sector Laboratory (Antarctica)
  • Scott’s Hut – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Shackleton’s Hut – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Crary Science Center – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Berg Field Centre – Ross Island (Antarctica)

These 360° image tours not only provide a glimpse into a part of the world most people may never visit, but also adds insight into the conditions that the Shackleton mission faced.

When finished with your tour, be sure to review the rest of the website. Throughout its pages there are many intriguing videos, interesting animations, and incredible images that tell the fascinating story of the Shackleton mission.

Colonial America for Kids

November 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, November 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Land of the Brave: Colonial America for Kids

(www.landofthebrave.info/)

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

 

Explore Colonial America with this ad-supported website from the U.K.

Information is presented with concise text, interesting images, maps, fast facts, and more. After reading over the generalized information relating to a topic, each section can be further investigated by selecting from a list of more specific material. Students can begin learning by selecting from the following general topics: 

  • Explorers & Discovery of America – from Leif Ericson to the colonization of America and all the explorers in between
  • Religious Beliefs & Religions – Learn about the Puritans, the various religions in the colonies, the Salem witch trials and more.
  • Important Original Documents – Explore primary source documents such as the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Sugar Act, state Constitutions and much more.
  • Revolutionary War & Battles – Discover the people and events of the Revolutionary War.
  • The Pilgrims & the Mayflower – Who were the pilgrims and the other people aboard the Mayflower?
  • Taxation in the Colonies – Examine the history of British Acts and taxation in the colonies.
  • Life in Colonial Times – Read about events that happened during colonial days and what it was like to live during that time.
  • Congress & Government – What was the government like during colonial days?
  • The First 13 Colonies – Dig into the history of the original 13 colonies.
  • Colonization, Trade & Colonialism – Explore the trade practices and commodities of colonial America as well as the colonization and colonialism that took place.
  • Famous Colonists & Patriots – Learn about the many important people of colonial days such as William Bradford, Captain John Smith, Thomas Hooker, Anne Hutchinson, Patrick Henry, the founding fathers and many more.

With so much information available, students will be able dig deep into colonial American history. 

(NOTE: As always, because this site is ad-supported, be sure to assist students while navigating around this website to avoid unwanted detours.)

Online Civics Lessons

November 9th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, November 9, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EL Civics for ESL Students

(www.elcivics.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides brief lessons with supporting materials for civic studies. All the lessons are presented in a concise manner making it a good starting point for your studies or as a study review for older students.

Navigation of the site is straight-forward. Either use the left-hand sidebar menu or select from the generalized options on the home page. Search for lessons relating to civics and government, holidays, states, and life skills. There are also many lesson and worksheets for ESL students.

The civics and government lessons include: 

  • 13 Colonies with Map
  • American Indian Tribes
  • The Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, the Constitution and more important documents
  • Civic Theories
  • Civil War, World War II, and Cold War
  • Democracy and the branches of the government
  • Famous Americans
  • The United Nations
  • Voting, political parties, rights and freedoms
  • National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, National Parks and other American treasures

And much more.

Lessons include images and some also have videos. Most lessons include related downloadable activities such as worksheets, puzzles, and other reading exercises.

Whether your students are just starting their civic studies or need to brush up on some topics, this website is well worth a visit.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

November 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. You can read most of the study guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading

In the side menu, other Language Arts categories are: 

  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Explore the Life of Daniel Boone

November 2nd, 2017

It’s Thursday, November 2, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biography: Daniel Boone

(www.biography.com/people/daniel-boone-9219543)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Daniel Boone was born November 2, 1734. This page from the Biography.com website provides a 45-minute video presentation on the life of Daniel Boone.

The video explores Daniel’s early life, his life experiences as a hunter and serving as a wagoner in the French and Indian War, explorer, and much more. There is a brief textural synopsis on the page as well as links to a couple of shorter related videos. After watching the video, this website from Garden of Praise provides additional resources to use in your study of Daniel Boone. After reading through the biography provided, there are additional:

  • Online Activities – tests, puzzles, coloring pages
  • Printable Activities – test, study sheet, puzzles, worksheets and solutions
  • Online slide show
  • An online game at Quia
  • Dictionary
  • Links to related websites for additional research
  • An interesting video hosted by the actor who played Daniel Boone’s son from the 1960’s Disney T.V. series
  • A book list

These websites provide a nice companion to your American explorer studies.

A different approach to phonics

November 1st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ABC Fast Phonics

(www.abcfastphonics.com/)

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

 

Here is a beginning phonics program with over 100 pages, 400 cartoons and click-and-hear words, plus audio narration.

When you get to the site, you can choose from the following categories: 

  • Sounds and Letters
  • Words
  • Consonants and Vowels
  • Blends
  • Common Words

This method teaches just basic phonics concepts without struggle or frustration and includes rules for vowels, consonants, and blends along with practice pages. This is a fun supplement for beginning readers of any age.

As it says on the site, ABC Fast Phonics will help prepare the way for a lifetime of reading.

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