Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Learn Welsh

March 28th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, March 28, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

A Welsh Course

 

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

 

This simple website by Mark Nodine provides several lessons suitable for those wishing to develop beginning conversational skills in Welsh.
Most of the lessons are in textual format. The pronunciation lesson (Lesson 1) provides QuickTime audio examples. There are practice exercises for each lesson with the answers available on a different page.

Lessons include:  

  • Lesson 1. Pronunciation
  • Lesson 2. To Be or Not to Be
  • Lesson 3. Simple Sentences
  • Lesson 4. The Soft Mutation
  • Lesson 5. There are Many Things in this Lesson
  • Lesson 6. How to Be *Emphatic* and Possessive
  • Lesson 7. My Perfect Thing to Have: Imperatives
Also included are appendixes and a glossary as well as a page with links to cultural resources, language resources, and sources about Middle Welsh.

While not a complete language course, this website offers a stepping stone into the Welsh language that might just spark a desire for your student to pursue learning the language further.

Math Goodies & WebQuests

March 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, March 23, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Math Goodies

 

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website features a smattering of free interactive math lessons, printable worksheets, games and more to help students in about grades 5-8 learn math. Gifted younger children and remedial older students may benefit from the resources provided as well.
The site was designed by a math teacher who also developed a complete math course that is available for sale on the site. However, you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the generous sampling of math lessons and materials.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction followed by some featured items and lots of advertisements. Look below the introduction for the menu that includes: 

  • Lessons – Learn how to determine the perimeter and area of polygons. Find out how to simplify, compare, order, and convert fractions. Explore decimals and percentages. Find out how to write algebraic expressions and equations and much more!
  • Worksheets – Download math worksheets (pdf) that include an introduction to fractions, decimals, percent applications, probability theory, graphs, and symbolic logic.
  • WebQuests – This terrific resource provides math inquiries and instructions that lead to online explorations to find information and solve problems. Choose from a short but meaty selection of quests to recommended websites and learn about exponents and scientific notation, integers and science, math and climate, math and sports, number theory, percentages in daily life, and even a “Pi Day” celebration.
  • Games – An assortment of interactive math games. Not all of the games featured here are open for free play. The ones that were accessible included: Factor Tree Game, Integer Football, Percent Goodies, and Probability Goodies.
  • Puzzles – Enjoy interactive math-themed crossword puzzles about circles, fractions, logic, percentages, polygons, and probability.
You’ll also find homework help, articles, forums and more.

The Wives of Henry VIII

March 12th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, March 12, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

 

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

 

PBS has created this fun and historical site (a complement to a PBS program of the same name) that examines the life and times of Henry VIII through the biographies of his six wives.
The site is beautifully designed using the latest in multi-media resources. When you get to the site use the menu just below the 6 thumbnail photos of the wives including:
  • Meet the Wives – a timeline biography of each of the women who were married to the king.
  • Find a Wife – take the challenge to play matchmaker for King Henry VIII but be careful not to lose your head with a mismatch in this game.
  • Portrait of a King – examine the life of Henry VIII and its historical impact.
  • Tudor Times – explore the Tudor era of history.

The site is rich with resources and activities that will supplement any study of European history, and is most appropriate for middle grades and up. Find lesson plans and other activities by selecting “Classroom” on the left hand sidebar.

American Presidential Studies Resource

February 19th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 19, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Miller Center

 

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

 

This website from the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia, is your one-stop destination for your Presidential studies.
When arriving at this link you will find a grid of Presidential portraits. Simply click on the image of the President of choice and you are taken to the informational page for that President. Each page includes:
  • “Facts at a Glance” which provide snippets of biographical information in a concise manner
  • Essays on (PRESIDENT) and His Administration – Links to more in-depth information about the President
  • First Lady and other important members of the government at the time of Presidency – each linked to biographies
  • Presidential Speeches – links to texts of speeches. For Presidents after Herbert Hoover, there are also audios of speeches and after Eisenhower there are also videos
  • Scholarship and Speakers – a selection of Miller Center resources on the President
  • Scripps Library Reference Resources – “links to reference resources prepared by the Miller Center’s Scripps Library, designed to help students and scholars conduct their research quickly”
From the main page, you may select the “Speech Archive” button for quick access to all the Presidential Speeches. Select “Riding the Tiger” for a blog that examines current events through the “lens of history” and features resources from the digital archive of the Miller Center.

After selecting the “Presidential Classroom” on the main page, choose from either “Exhibits” or “Lesson Plans” for tons more supplemental materials and helpful classroom activities that allow students to dig deeper into U.S. history and government.

There is so much valuable information available at this website, neatly compiled for ease of use and navigation, that you will find yourself coming back time and time again.

Learn French – The Language of Love

February 14th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, February 14, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

ielanguages.com-French

 

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

 

French is often referred to as the “Language of Love” and at this ad-supported comprehensive website you will love learning French. Visitors will find over 150 lessons covering topics from the very basic phrase to informal French and slang.
When arriving at the link above, visitors can either choose a level or other topics including Romance Vocabulary and Romance Verbs from the left side bar menu or use the navigation boxes in the center of the page to access lessons. The center box links include: 
  • Original French Tutorials
  • Informal French & Slang
  • French Listening Resources
  • Flashcards & Exercises
  • Learning French Blog
  • French Phonetics
  • French Realia
  • French & Italian
  • French & German
  • MP3s for Tutorials
  • Romance Languages Vocabulary
  • Romance Languages Verbs
Most lessons provide instructional material, vocabulary or phrases of study, and audio MP3s. MP3s are of a native French speaker and can be downloaded for offline practice. Some lessons include simple-to-use audio flash card practice and interspersed throughout the lessons there are online multiple choice, matching or fill in the blank quizzes. After certain groups of lessons, there is a “Real French” icon available that provides additional comprehension practice with a listen and read format and the accompanying fill in the blank practice. The Informal French & Slang lessons include some video lessons. All lessons are in bite size pieces so students will not be overwhelmed with material.

If French is not your foreign language of choice, select the Languages option in the upper tool bar to find that this website also offers lessons for other Romance Languages, Germanic Languages, Slavic Languages, Non-Ino-European Languages, as well as American English (ESL Lessons).

We love this website for its straightforward and simple approach to language skills and we are sure you will too.

Out of this World Virtual Field Trip to Saturn’s Moons

February 13th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 13, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cassini Solstice Mission

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This NASA website from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology will take visitors to the far reaches of space and on virtual tours of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

 

When arriving at the website, it might be beneficial to browse through the information available in the “About Saturn & Its Moons” section available on the right sidebar. In the dropdown menu under About Saturn & Its Moons, select “Titan”. When arriving at this page, read over the introduction then hover your mouse over the topics in the image for more information. Next, select the “Titan Virtual Tour” tab and click the text link “Launch Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan” to begin your tour. A new window will open and an Overview video will play. When you are done watching the video, select the “3D Globe” link under the screen to explore the following surface features: 

 

  • Impact Crater
  • Huygens Landing Site
  • Drainage Channels
  • Dunes
  • Northern Lakes
  • The Smile
  • Ice Volcano
  • Xanadu
  • Titan’s Sierras

 

The images come in a variety of types: radar, visible, composite, and/or infrared. Return to the selection by clicking “back to 3D Map”. Choose the “Quick Facts” option for basic information about Titan or select “Latest Images” for more images of Titan. Click the small “find out more” text link at the bottom of the window for links to other sites relating to the Cassini Solstice Mission.

When you are done with the tour, close the window and return to main page to continue learning about Titan. Choose the Atmosphere, Surface, Science Objectives, or Publications tabs for details about Titan and the Cassini mission. Select the Image Galley tab for a visual interactive tool for more images.

On the sidebar select the Videos & More option for loads of videos, an interactive timeline, printables, and to access another virtual tour for the Enceladus virtual tour. Similarly presented and navigated through as the Titan tour, visitors will explore the following location on Enceladus: 

 

  • Plumes
  • Tiger Strips
  • Transitional Terrain
  • Cratered Terrain
  • Modified Craters
  • Icy Riffs
  • Southern Polar Terrain

 

After finishing your tours and exploring all that this website has to offer, don’t forget to check out the Education section on the sidebar for loads of materials, lessons, and resources for your classroom. If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study. 

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