Posts Tagged ‘reading’

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.

Summer-themed reading activities

July 18th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 18, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Start with a Book

(www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning)

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

 

This website is a project of the PBS show, Reading Rockets and along with funding from The Park Foundation, Inc. they offer themed booklists and activities for summer reading and learning.

When you get to the website click on any of the graphics in the center of the page. A new page opens providing instructions on how to explore a particular theme: 

  • Fiction and non-fiction books (suggested list by age and grade)
  • Hands-on activities
  • Fun ideas to build writing skills
  • Kid-friendly websites
  • Play and learn mobile apps

The activities include a materials list with pictures and instructions and discussion help. Many themes like these can be explored: 

  • Dinosaurs
  • Flight
  • Bugs, Birds and Animals
  • Stars, Planets and the Night Sky
  • Weather
  • Detectives and Explorers
  • Art and Artists
  • Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths
  • Poetry
  • and many more!

This website is full of information to help parents develop a love for reading within their children. Bookmark this website and check back often.

Mandarin Chinese Basics

July 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 14, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chinese-Tools.com

(www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers online lessons to learn basic Mandarin Chinese.

Lessons include audios, reading, speaking, and writing practice, vocabulary, grammar, and writing exercises. Implementing the “10 Minutes a Day” method, lessons include: 

  • Words in both pinyin (transliteration of Chinese into the Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters
  • Guides to pronunciation and grammar mechanics
  • Downloadable MP3 audios of vocabulary and conversations
  • Lesson related exercises
  • Practice drills for memorizing Chinese characters

Also included on this website are: 

  • A Chinese dictionary
  • Chinese annotation tool
  • Chinese-pinyin editor
  • Chinese text convertor
  • Step-by-step instructions to create artwork using traditional and Chinese brush painting
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Chinese songs which include lyrics and downloadable MP3 audio

While visiting this website, check out the fun “Chinese Name” tool to see your name in Chinese characters. Although this site is meant to be used as a supplement with a regular language curriculum, there is plenty of educational opportunity here to spark interest in the Chinese language.

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum Virtual Tour

July 13th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, July 13, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

(www.ameliaearhartmuseum.org/index.html)

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

 

Take a photo tour of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas with this website.

Use the sidebar menu to select “Museum” then choose “Take a Tour.” When the page opens, discover the objects in the museum and view images of the rooms: 

  • Front Parlor
  • Second Parlor/Library
  • Sun Room
  • Original Kitchen
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Butler’s Pantry
  • North Parlor/Judge’s Parlor
  • 2nd Floor – The Landing
  • Large South Bedroom
  • Upper Hall and North Bedrooms

After reading the descriptions, click on the images to see larger versions. Learn more about the history of the home and the museum by selecting ” Museum – Birthplace & Home” under the “Museum” menu. Learn more about Amelia Earhart by selecting her name on the side bar to find: 

  • Biography
  • Childhood
  • As an Aviator
  • Accomplishments
  • Fun Facts
  • Personal Information
  • News Clips
  • Significant Women in Aviation

Also learn about the Ninety Nines, an International Organization of Licensed Women Pilots from 35 countries, by selecting it on the menu and be sure to check out the “Related Links” for more sites related to aviation and more.

Discover the History of Us

July 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom: A History of Us

(www.thirteen.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for: 

  • Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
  • Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
  • For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.
  • About the Series – Learn about the PBS “Freedom” series.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

Visit the Fossil Horse Cyber Museum

July 6th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, July 6, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fossil Horses in Cyberspace

(www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/fhc/firstCM.htm)

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

 

At this virtual museum from the Florida Museum of Natural History, dig into the world of paleontology by exploring the fossil records of horses.

Begin your visit by first learning about the science of horses. Use the image menu to select: 

  • What’s in a Name? – Learn how biologists use scientific names to “formalize the process of naming animals.”
  • Amazing Feets: Tales told by Toes – Discover how the characteristics of an animal’s hooves and toes determine the relatives of the horse.
  • Stratigraphy Layer by Layer – Examine the process of fossilization.
  • Sedimental Journey: Geological Time Scales – Gain an understanding of stratigraphy, the study of geological time.
  • Internet Browsers (and Grazers!): Gallery of Fossil Records – Take a tour of horse fossils and learn about their history, discovery and much more. (To navigate this section, use the image map to make a selection, then your back button on your browser to return to the map.)

When you have finished with your tour, return to the home page by selecting the option in the lower menu. In the lower left, select the “WE DIG HORSES! Pony Express” link. Once arriving at Pony Express Archive and reading the introduction, scroll down to the newsletters. These PDF newsletters include a lot more information, images, and more regarding archeological digs, fossils, and more.  
Please note that this site does endorse evolution and presents information regarding this, so as always preview the website for appropriateness for your family.

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