Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Little House on the Prairie Activities

June 17th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, June 17, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Laura’s Prairie House (http://www.laurasprairiehouse.com/)

 

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website claims to be the definitive place for information, resources, and learning activities based on the Little House on the Prairie book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The content here is terrific, even if the ads are a nuisance.
When you get to the site you’ll see Google ad links, followed by an introduction to the site and a list of the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Click on the book titles to read a brief description of each book. Then, continue to click on subsequent links, or use the menu to find: 
  • Crafts, Lessons, Recipes, Music, & Activities – Make maple syrup candy, do a book character word search puzzle, print out worksheets and lesson ideas that include how to grind wheat, churn butter, make a braided rug, and more! You’ll even find lyrics to some of the songs & hymns mentioned in the books.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder & Little House Historical Sites – Get suggestions for taking an educational vacation by visiting memorial sites across the US.
  • Biographies of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Friends & Families – Learn more about some of your favorite characters from the books.
  • Little House on the Prairie Television Series – Find episode guides for all 10 seasons, the cast of characters, and more.
There is a great deal of content and resources here that fans of this series are sure to appreciate. Many of the activities can be enjoyed, even if you haven’t read the books.

Free Insect Learning Guides for Kids

March 24th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 24, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

SaveNature.com: Discover Insects

 

Age Range: K-6 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by SaveNature.org provides free, downloadable Learning Guides to help kids understand insects and their importance to ecosystems and the diversity of life on Earth.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and a menu of Learning Guides that include information on rainforests, coral reefs, and hummingbirds as well as:
  • Insect Activity Sheets – Get an insect coloring page, make your own “Insect Lab,” learn to classify arthropods, get bug recipes for dry-roasted insects and chocolate chip chirpies, discover the biodiversity in your own backyard and more!
  • Insect Fact Sheets – Print out terrific scientific facts and info on a variety of bugs that include:
    • Honey Bee
    • House Cricket
    • Monarch Butterfly
    • Termites
    • Yellow Mealworm Beetle
    • Bumble Bee
    • Madagascar Hissing Roach
  • Other Arthropod Fact Sheets – Download and print out info on:
    • American Brown Recluse Spider
    • California Tarantula
    • Orb Weaver Spiders
    • Sowbug, Pillbug
    • Western Black Widow
    • Scorpion
    • Millipedes/Milpies bilingual
You can also read articles and watch short video clips about insects too!

Cookbooks Based on Children’s Literature

February 25th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, February 25, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Vandergrift’s Children’s Literature

 

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

 

Nothing brings literature to life like doing the things the characters in the book do! So many wonderful children’s stories have references to food – the characters talk about food, grow food, make food, cook food, eat food, think about food, and use food for unusual, funny, and fascinating purposes.
At this website you will find a list of cookbooks that contain recipes based on children’s literature. From Peas Porridge Hot – A Mother Goose Cookbook to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes (Dahl is the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and more) to The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook – this website provides a way to find recipes for delicious foods that reinforce learning language arts. Just print out the list, take it to your library or bookstore, and cook up a good read.

Once you do that, visit the rest of this site by returning to the home page where you will find inspirational messages on how to share good literature with children along with fascinating insight to gender and cultural issues in stories designed for children. There are bibliographies of books on author’s lives. You will even find “A Sort of Children’s Literature Literacy Test” – in which you are given the first line of a picture or story book and asked to name the title of the book!

The Polar Express

December 10th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Polar Express

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

The author’s website offers an overview of the book and samples of the outstanding illustrations that earned a Caldecott Medal. You can also read the author’s bio, see a timeline of his work, and access resources and interactives themed around his books.

When you get to the site you’ll find a picture of each book cover/title. If you click on them – you will be directed to purchase the book. There is no requirement to purchase anything in order to use the free resources. Scroll past those covers to the bottom of the page to find a link titled “Teachers: Discussion Guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg books.” When you click you’ll find additional curriculum connections for the Polar Express.

Creative Writing/Language Arts:

* Brainstorm winter words.
* Ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about what they see on their journey and what their final destination looks like.
* Go through the book together and pick out all of the adjectives and list them on a large sheet of paper. Do the same for the verbs and nouns.

Read-Aloud:

* As a way to begin using the book as the basis for a unit or simply as a treat for the children, host a Polar Express Party. Click the link to download a complete party kit.
Science/Geography:

* Have children locate the North Pole on a globe or map. They can research and write a short report on the landscape, climate, and other characteristics of the North Pole
* Topics for Further Research
o Polar ice cap
o Northern lights
o Reindeer
o Weather and climate – what are the average high and low temps?

Art:

* Have children draw what they would see out the window of the Polar Express on its way to the North Pole.

Music:
* Give each child a bell. Play holiday songs to which they can ring the bells.
* At your party, break the kids into groups of four. Give each group a song and have them come up with a way to accompany it with their bells.

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to discover activity sheets, games, recipes, and more AND discussion guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg’s other books!
Return to this site often!

Maple Sugar Farm Virtual Tour

December 5th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, December 5, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Leane & Michael’s Sugarbush

 

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

 

Real maple syrup is a delight for the senses – and learning about how it is made is fun for the entire family!
At this website you can take a virtual tour of a homeschool family’s maple syrup farm. Through interesting text and photographs you can learn about the entire maple syrup process from tree to breakfast table.

But that’s not all! This homeschool family recognizes the learning value of the maple syrup process and has designed an entire Unit Study to accompany their virtual tour! It is available absolutely FREE at their website. Just click on “Unit Study” on the menu, and a new page opens with 10 weeks of lesson plans that include: 

  • Indian Syrup Making
  • Pioneer Syrup Making
  • Modern Syrup Making
  • All About Maple Trees
  • Tapping Maple Trees
  • Gathering Maple Sap
  • Boiling Sap Into Syrup
  • Bottling Pure Maple Syrup
  • Selling Pure Maple Syrup
  • The Sugarbush Annual Maple Syrup Festival
But wait! There’s still more! The unit studies include craft ideas, and lots of links for such things as crafts, further research, and even recipes, including Maple Syrup Milkshakes! Real maple syrup has flavor characteristics based on the trees the sap comes from and the syrup process used to make it. Sugarbush Maple Syrup has a unique flavor that makes these milkshakes yummy! You can purchase a jug of Sugarbush Pure Maple Syrup so you can make these delicious milkshakes at home! (It’s also a nice way to support the efforts of this homeschool family and thank them for the gift of these free learning materials.)

By the way, you can plan a real visit to the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Farm during their Maple Syrup Festival. Click the link on the sidebar for the current year for festival information. The farm is located at 321 N. Garrison Hollow Road in Salem, Indiana. Take a tour of the Sugarbush and sugarhouse, see Indian and Pioneer syrup making demonstrations, take a walk on the nature trail, sample Sugarbush Pure Maple Syrup, maple candy, maple cream, maple cotton candy, and delicious maple home-baked goods! Enjoy children’s games, mule-drawn wagon rides, crosscut saw activity, tomahawk throwing, music, and much more!

Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities!

November 26th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, November 26, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Black Dog’s Thanksgiving Celebration

 

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website find lots of Language Arts games and activities like:
  • Word searches
  • Hangman
  • Matching games
  • Decoding scrambled words
  • Puzzles
  • Mazes
  • Bingo
  • An outdoor nature scavenger hunt
  • Thanksgiving recipes
Many of these are printable and all themed around Thanksgiving! The down side is that this is an older website and there are a few links that appear to not be operational any longer. Still, there is so much here that it’s still worth seeing.
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