Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Games & Activities for Emerging Readers

November 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Roy The Zebra

(www.roythezebra.com/)

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides an archive of free interactive language arts games and literacy resources to help emerging readers learn to read

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured activities that include “Guided Reading Stories” starring your host, Roy the Zebra, as well as “Interactive Reading Games” that help teach concepts such as: 

  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capital Letters
  • Consonant Blends
  • High Frequency Words (Days, Months, Numbers, Colors)
  • Singular or Plural
  • Long Vowel Phonemes
  • Sentence Structure
  • Tricky Words
  • Words that Rhyme
  • Words Within Words
  • And more!

The simplicity of this site makes learning the basic skills for reading lots of fun for kids. Non-readers will need assistance.

In addition to playing the games, you can help your children read the interactive story book about Roy the Zebra and his escape from a zoo. The stories come with free, printable discussion and literacy worksheets.

If you read the stories, you’ll discover that Roy the Zebra loves to sing. Use the menu to click on “Songs” to hear Roy singing his faves.

In addition to all of the freebies here, the site does sell reading software, books, etc. However, you are under no obligation to buy anything to easily access the free stories and games.

Native American Art

November 19th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 19, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Infinity of Nations

(nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/infinityofnations/culturequest/)

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

 

Learn about Native American art with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

After reading the brief introduction, choose from three different sections to begin your exploration: 

  • Explore the Object Gallery to discover headdresses, cultural objects, and contemporary art
  • Play Infinity of Nations Culture Quest to gain knowledge of Native nations and objects across the Americas
  • See Contemporary Native American Art from five different artists: 
    • Larry Beck – Yup’ik
    • Allan Houser – Chiricahua Apache
    • Bob Haozous – Chiricahua Apache
    • Diego Romero – Cochiti Pueblo
    • Bentley Spang – Cheyenne

When exploring the Object Gallery, click on the object you wish to learn about to open the object window. From here you can examine the piece more closely, learn about the item, and see more related images.

To play the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest, click on an object in the map and an interactive game of discovery begins. There are different activities for the different objects that once completed earns the player a ‘badge of knowledge’ which can be printed out. 
Complete all 9 quests and print out a Culture Quest Leader certificate.

Take a closer look at the contemporary art pieces with interactive exploration.

Select the “Teaching Resources” link in the lower right menu to find valuable information about Infinity of Nations and for tips on teaching about Native American art.

Discover the Price of Freedom

November 10th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 10, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War

(amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/)

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

 

From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center, this website provides an interactive exploration of the artifacts and history of American wars from the War of Independence to the War in Iraq.

Navigating this website is very straight-forward. When arriving at the link, read the brief introduction text then select the “Enter the Exhibition” button. From here a timeline of conflict populates from which you can choose: 

  • War of Independence
  • War of 1812
  • Eastern Indian Wars
  • Mexican War
  • Civil War
  • Western Indian Wars
  • Spanish American War
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Cold War
  • New American Roles

Once you have selected your area of interest, a summary page opens, then you select “Begin” to view the exhibit. Next, watch the overview video, then “Enter Exhibit.” Once in the exhibit, read about the history of the conflict, view interesting images, and examine related artifacts. The exhibits include a printable version of the entry.

Both on the home page and at the bottom of any exhibit page, there is a link to Learning Resources that can be downloaded which include lesson plans and guides to the collection. There are also supplementary videos to the various sections.

This is a great addition to your bookmarks for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or other patriotic holiday studies or as a supplement for your American history class.

Visit Ghost Towns Virtually

November 4th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 4, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GhostTowns.com

(www.ghosttowns.com/)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to a Ghost Town! This website offers a virtual museum of historic “ghost towns” presented through both a video gallery and a photo gallery.

While there are some ghost towns that match the cowboy movie depiction of a deserted town of rickety old buildings bordering a dusty dirt road, where the long-abandoned saloon’s doors creak when the wind blows – this website offers a more realistic view.

Here, you can explore ghost towns that have been revitalized as tourist attractions and offer tours, activities like panning for gold, history museums, shops, and even kid-friendly saloons where you can order Yosemite Sam’s favorite drink – a sarsaparilla soda!

Of course, there are far more ghost towns that are shadows of their former past. Once vibrant and bustling communities, their decayed remains are little more than a blip on a topographical map. Accessing these old ruins (often called “real” ghost towns) can be tricky – so it’s nice that this site provides a way to do it from the comfort of your home computer swivel chair.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some pictures and a menu below it. Click on “Virtual Museum.” A new page opens where you can access the virtual tour of ghost towns via downloadable video or photo gallery.

When you’ve finished the virtual tour, explore the rest of this terrific website. If your family would like to visit a ghost town in the United States or Canada in REAL TIME, you’ll find all of the information and resources you need including: 

  • How to Locate A Ghost Town
  • How to Read Topographical Maps to Find Ghost Towns
  • Things to Take With You On A Ghost Town Search
  • How to Take Pictures of Ghost Towns
  • And a Glossary of Ghost Town Terminology

This site provides a fascinating way to introduce history of the Old West – and it may inspire some exciting family expeditions!

History of the Mayflower

November 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 3, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MayflowerHistory.com

(mayflowerhistory.com/)

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

 

Learn about the passengers and history of the Mayflower, Plymouth Colony, the Wampanoag Indians, and more at this website created by author and historian Caleb Johnson.

Use the side bar menu to navigate the site and discover: 

  • The stories and genealogy of the passengers from John Alden to Gilbert Winslow
  • Other voyages of the Mayflower
  • Who was on the crew of the Mayflower
  • Cross section drawings of the ship
  • The houses, animals, and more of Plymouth colony (*Note: There is a warning on the Crime and Punishment page regarding the explicit nature of the content and the crimes described are graphic and may be offensive in nature. Parents should definitely preview the page prior to deciding whether or not they wish their students to view the information.)
  • Tisquantum (Squanto), Massasoit, and Wampanoag history
  • Primary resources to dig deeper

And much more. Scattered throughout the entries are interesting images, concise text, and fascinating stories, making this website a nice addition to your pilgrim studies.

Colorado Doing History Virtual Tours

October 28th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, October 28, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Doing History Virtual Tours

(hewit.unco.edu/dohist/vftrips/themes.htm)

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

 

Take 11 different virtual field trips with this website from the University of Northern Colorado and The William E. Hewit Institute for History and Social Studies Education.

Choose to visit: 

  • Colorado Indians
  • Georgetown’s Historic Stores
  • Georgetown’s Historic Houses
  • An 1860’s Farm
  • An 1890’s Farm
  • The Lebanon Sliver Mine
  • Denver’s Historic Lower Downtown
  • Denver’s Historic 17th Street
  • Denver’s Historic Civic Center
  • Denver’s Historic Uptown District

Once you have selected your tour, there are a few different ways to navigate the tours, depending on your selection. Some you click an image to begin, then use the “Next” text link to move to the next slide. Others bring up a group of images to choose from, then you can continue using the “Next” link. And there are a few that visitors use a map to choose locations. Once an image is pulled up, then click on it again to enlarge in another pop up window. When this window opens, learn more about the image by choosing either “About this stop” or “Preservation” from the lower menu in the frame.

But the learning doesn’t stop there. Click the “Doing History Site Map” text link and another pop up will appear. This brings up a chart that when you select the check mark a new browser window opens and you can dig deeper into: 

  • Farmers & Ranchers
  • Indians
  • Miners
  • Cities
  • 20th Century
  • Archives
  • Ancient Pueblos

Here you will also find a link to Teachers Resources which include Lesson plans and more tips on using the website.

Bookmark this site to come back to during your Colorado state and American history studies.

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