Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Free Tips for Young Writers!

May 4th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 4, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Blue Zoo Writers

(www.bluezoowriters.com/category/young-writers-tips/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a free online learning center to help writers of all ages learn to write better without taking up a lot of your time.

As explained at the site: 


As W. Somerset Maugham said: “There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” This is not a place for rules. On the other hand, it’s not a place for endless advice… My promise here: no fluff. Just help.


When you click on the link above it will take you to the “Young Writers – Tips” page. While the entire site offers helpful information for writers of all ages, this particular page is a good jumping off point – with lots of short writing tips especially useful for young writers. You’ll see a menu of articles that include guidelines and suggestions for writing: 

  • Poetry
  • Brainstorming Ideas for Stories
  • The Difference Between an Idea and a Story
  • Good First Lines to Start a Great Story

The articles include advice and examples from well-known writers such as Barbara Kingsolver, Sid Fleischman, Jan Yolen, Dr. Seuss, and more. You’ll find links to resources within the articles as well.

When you’re through exploring the “Young Writers Tips,” click on “Core Advice for Your Writing Craft and Career” on the menu. There, you’ll find more articles on becoming a better writer, including the “Blue Zoo Curriculum – An Outline.” It’s a set of core articles on 10 skills “a professional writer would do well to master” and are grouped into three categories: 

  • Being a Writer – Get advice on becoming a better writer along with some motivational techniques.
  • The Craft of Writing – Find out how to spin an appealing story and  how to create a sense of place.
  • Career Development – Discover how to build your writer’s brand.

Free K-8 Math Games & Worksheets

April 25th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, April 25, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dositey.com

Age Range: 5-adult (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported and commercial website offers some free interactive games and printable worksheets that help kids practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu divided by grade level as follows: 

  • K-2 – Match numerals with number words and practice multiplication facts to 20.
  • 3-4 – Practice rounding numbers, add 3-digit numbers, and practice division.
  • 5-8 – Match fractions to their decimal equivalents, play games to learn the metric system, explore negative numbers, and solve some short word problems.
  • All Ages – Some math games for ages 5-105.

When you click on a menu item a new page opens with a menu of the free math games. Be sure to click on “See more Math” to access the printable worksheets.

You’ll also find some free Language Arts games that help kids develop reading skills.

This site offers the free math activities with the hope that you’ll like them enough to purchase a subscription that will allow access to all of the games and resources in a given category (without any advertising). You don’t have to purchase a thing to try the free games and worksheets.

12 Free State Unit Studies

April 21st, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 21, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DIY Homeschooler – Free State Unit Studies

(diyhomeschooler.com/free-state-unit-studies/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This page from the DIY Homeschooler provides mini unit studies for twelve states

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Each unit consists of a brief history, geography, and other information about the state, and a selection of parent-teacher resources which include interesting state facts, mapping suggestions, links for further investigation, activities, and book suggestions. There are also additional links to state-specific unit studies and lessons plans as well as printables and notebooking pages.

And don’t worry if your state is not on the list. If you are interested in doing a unit study for your state, select the “state resources page” text link at today’s site, and the DIY Homemaker has provided resources for creating your own study.

When you are finished browsing through these units, select the “Units” link in the upper menu then select “All Units” to see all of the available free unit studies which include more history and social studies units as well as studies related to geography, science, holidays, music and art, literature, and much more.

The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

April 13th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, April 13, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Knowing Poe

(knowingpoe.thinkport.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website explores the literature, life, and times of the state of Maryland’s native son and writer, Edgar Allan Poe. It is sponsored by Thinkport, a resource for Maryland educators and families in association with public television and Johns Hopkins University.

Turn on your speakers to engage in a variety of multi-media activities that will help you learn about one of America’s foremost writers, who is best known for works such as “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

This site offers some ingenious methods for learning about Poe through both historical and fictional means, as well as from a number of different perspectives. Learn about the era he lived in, what his house, family, and hometown were like, and see how it informed the complex choices Poe made as he wrote poems and stories. You can even become a forensic investigator and review the “hard facts” about Poe’s untimely death.

Use the lesson plans and interactive experiences, including primary source documents, links to other website resources, and even some fun family-centered activities to understand the continuing impact of Poe’s legacy. [Note: Some of the links to other web-based resources are inoperative. However, we found that a quick Google search for those items led to results for similar content on a variety of other sites.]

When you get to the site you can click on images to begin to explore the content, or use the menu on the left to focus on: 

  • Poe The Person – Includes a timeline that highlights historic events that occurred during his lifetime. This section also offers, “It’ll be the Death of Me,” that allows you to explore the possible causes of Poe’s mysterious death.
  • Poe The Writer – Provides an exploration into Poe’s writings and the unusual tools, techniques, and revision processes he used.
  • The Poe Library – Access some of Poe’s works, primary source documents about Poe, and link to other resources about Poe.

In addition to all of the above, this site is filled with trivia and little known facts about Poe. The dark, mysterious images and style of the website maintains the spooky legacy of Poe’s most famous works. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.)

Free Math Activity Book for K-5

April 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, April 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Helping Your Child Learn Math

(www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/title.html)

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

 

Here’s a free math activity book designed for parents to use with their children to help them learn important math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, there are no bells and whistles here, just easy-to-do math activities, sorted by grade range from K-5, that are formatted for user-friendliness.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Title Page” of the online book. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Next” buttons on each page to read the Foreword, Introduction, and to access the Activities that include: 

  • Math in the Home – Discover fun ways to use things you find around the house to learn measurement, fractions, counting, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometrical concepts, telling time and much more.
  • Math at the Grocery Store – Practice measurement, estimation, weighing, counting, and figuring price per unit versus price per pound while helping your children learn estimation skills – all while doing the grocery shopping!
  • Math on the Go – Do fun math activities as you travel from place to place using numbers found on license plates, buildings, buses, taxis, houses, and gas stations.
  • Math for the Fun of It – As the book explains, there are fascinating mathematical possibilities in the world around you. Look for math in nature – in the symmetry in leaves and various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers. You’ll find lots of other fun suggestions as well.

The book wraps up with some pointers for parents on helping children achieve in mathematics along with suggestions for helping children with school assignments, and resources for further learning.

By the way, if you get tired of clicking the “Next” buttons – you can access the entire table of contents with links to specific sections of the book here.

The activities in this online book are perfect for homeschooling families and can be used in any way that makes sense to you and your children. You can also print it out and use it offline as well!

Learn the History of the Raid on Deerfield

April 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Raid On Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

(1704.deerfield.history.museum/)

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

 

Count us among the ignorant who had never learned about the Raid on Deerfield of 1704. That’s astonishing when you consider how this singular event impacted American history.

At today’s website, you will find a well thought-out and exceptional use of multi-media technology that presents the history leading up to the Raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1704, the raid itself, and the legacies in its aftermath. But beyond the historic scenarios, are the stories of the people who were there. Through primary source documents and in-depth research this site captures and brings to life the involvement of culturally distinct groups of people and conveys the meaning it had for each one. The lives of Native Americans (W├┤banaki, Kanienkehaka, and Wendat), African slaves, and English and French colonists intersected at this moment in history to play significant roles in the Raid on Deerfield.

When you get to the site, you will see a menu. To get the most out of this site the FIRST thing you should do is click on “Play the Introduction to 1704.” Wait a minute for the video/audio to load and then sit back and enjoy the introductory presentation as it lays the foundation for everything else you will find at this site.

Once you watch the introduction, then you can either follow the menu outline to examine each section of the site in orderly sequence, or you can pick and choose the various aspects of the site you’d like to explore including: 

  • Meet the 5 Cultures – Meet the 5 cultural groups involved in the raid, and engage in an in-depth exploration of their history, lifestyles, habits, and how they interacted.
  • Go To The Story Menu – This timeline depicts the events and conflict preceding the raid, the raid itself, and the aftermath. Each segment is described from the perspective of each culture that was present.
  • Enter The Conflict – View maps of Deerfield and the surrounding area, get explanations for what occurred, meet the people involved in the raid, and examine artifacts.

Each of the above selections contain many links to resources for further exploration. You can skim for general information or delve into the content depending on your level of interest.

Don’t forget to check out the mini-menu bar on each page of the site. In addition to the above items, it contains a shortcut to hearing a radio broadcast commemorating the Raid, as well as audio snippets of legends and stories told by each of the different cultures involved in the Raid on Deerfield. You can also hear English songs and French music circa 1650-1750.

This is an exceptionally designed website that provides a multicultural glimpse of early American history through five different perspectives and interpretations of the facts. As mentioned in the audio/video introduction, there isn’t one truth provided here – rather they consider all of truths from different perspectives. The purpose is to bring history alive in all its uncertainties so we can begin to ask helpful questions that enable us to understand the past. Highly recommended.

Note: While this site is probably designed with middle school students and up in mind, younger students may enjoy aspects of the site on a visit with mom or dad.

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