Posts Tagged ‘resources’

FREE Interactive, online math games, lessons and flashcards

June 22nd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 22, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Smarttutor.com

(http://www.smarttutor.com/free-resources/)

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This award winning company develops interactive, online math and reading instructional material to assist children to improve their knowledge and grades. They offer their curriculum and products for sale on this website but also have many worthwhile math and reading activities that are offered for free without any purchase. Today we are focusing on math.
When you get to the website, use the side menu to locate free math games, lessons, and printable flashcards practicing the following concepts: 
  • Number and Operations: Children learn numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, number systems and operations.
  • Measurement: Children learn measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, processes, techniques and tools of measurement.
  • Geometry: Children learn to analyze characteristics and properties of geometric shapes and use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.
  • Algebra: Children learn to understand patterns, relations, functions, use of models and algebraic symbols to analyze mathematical situations.
  • Data Analysis and Probability: Children learn to collect, organize, display and analyze relevant data to answer formulated questions.
Smarttutor says that “all activities are designed to engage children with content that is research-based in a high-impact learning environment. Children work with real-world examples, cool cartoon-like characters and high-impact graphics that keep them interested and motivated to learn.”

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.

News For Kids

June 11th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, June 11, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

DOGOnews.com

 

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

 

This website from DOGO Media provides visitors ages 5-13 with continually updated news articles featuring current events and interesting non-fiction content sure to keep them coming back for more time and time again.
When arriving at the link, visitors will find the latest articles. Articles can be sorted by age levels by selecting the “Grades” button in the upper right or articles can be sorted and searched by categories such as: 
  • Current Events
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Social studies
  • Did you know
  • Green
  • General
  • Entertainment
  • International
  • Amazing
  • Fun
  • Video
After selecting an article to read, you will also find colored icons above the article which, when selected, provide lesson plan suggestions for Common Core Standards and how the article meets the National Academy of Science Standards and the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. There are also icons with links to other grade level articles, links to puzzles, ways to share the article, and the option to print it out.

In addition to colorful images and sometimes videos accompanying the engaging news story there are comprehension questions, a critical thinking challenge question, vocabulary, and geography information.

If parents would like to sign up for a free teacher’s account, they can: 

  • Build lesson plans that use the news articles
  • Construct reading lists
  • Add favorite websites
  • Make an online class calendar
  • Encourage social learning
A free student’s account allows the student to: 
  • Design an avatar
  • Receive badges and points
  • “Follow other DOGO users”
  • Share thoughts about the articles
  • And more.
Be sure to bookmark this site and check back often as new content is added daily. This website not only provides an abundance of resources to use with your history studies of current events but also can be used to supplement your language arts studies.

When you are finished investigating this website, be sure to check out the other DOGO sites using the links in the upper menu.

June Writing Prompts

June 10th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, June 10, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Teachers Corner – Daily Writing Prompts

(http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/)

 

Age Range: All (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad supported website was started in 1996 as a hobby by Jennifer Jensen and then she provided links to teacher resources on the internet. In 1998 she and her husband began to create their own resources and offer them free to teachers and parents. The Teacher’s Corner has continued growing and evolving and has maintained the goal to remain free and provide useful tools for teachers and parents.

When you get to the website, simply scroll down to see the daily selection of June writing prompts. Look around because there is so much more! On the side menu, select “Lesson Plans” and then choose “Writing Lesson Plans” to find a myriad of writing lesson plans like these:

  • Creative Writing – Get those creative juices flowing!
  • Handwriting – Find resources to help your students improve their handwriting.
  • Miscellaneous – Here are some great resources that didn’t fit into other categories.
  • Parts of Speech – Creative lesson plans and resources
  • Poetry – Help your students find creative ways to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Reading – Be sure to visit this page for additional Language Arts resources.
  • Spelling – Find useful study and editing tips.

This website, with a wealth of resources and information for teaching all subjects, has something for everyone – from thematic units, seasonal activities, lesson plans for all subjects and much more. Bookmark it and visit often!

Something to note is that the lesson plans and unit studies often offer links to other websites for additional information and ideas. We have not reviewed these other links and sites.

Explore Music with Chuck Vanderchuck

June 6th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 6, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion

(http://pbskids.org/chuck/)

 

Age Range: 6-9 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

Join PBS characters Chuck Vanderchuck, Ramona, and Chuck’s dog, Zeppelin, on an interactive exploration of music genres, instruments, ear training, and music composition. (You’ll need Adobe Flash Player 9 Plug-in installed on your computer to view this site.)
When arriving at the game page, select from: 
  • Jam Sessions – Use the arrows to choose a music genre, then click play to learn about that genre. Next play the 3 games below to open the Main Gig to apply what you have learned and win your award: 
    • Lyrical Solarium – fill in the blanks to write lyrics
    • What Sounds Like What – discover the sounds of instruments used to play different music genres
    • Zen of Composition – learn how patterns are used in music to make songs
  • Dance Beat Explosion – Choose the character you want to play as then answer the questions to earn ‘dance moves’. At the end of the game the winner gets to use their moves to make their character perform the dance. If you have a web cam you can watch yourself dance on the screen.
  • Costume box – just for fun, dress up the characters in attire related to a musical style, take a picture, and print out if you want
  • Road Trip – choose a music genre then, in this classic video game style game, use your keyboard to move along the route to collect points and the musical instruments needed. But be careful of the dangers along the way because you only have 5 lives to complete your mission.
  • Awards – check out the awards you have collected playing the games.
There are also great resources for Parents and Teachers found by clicking the links at the bottom of the home page. The parent’s page includes an overview of the site, information about the show, the characters, and music genres as well as additional downloadable activities to keep the learning going. In the teacher’s area find video clips about the music genres and information about which games relate to the genre.

While this website may be geared for elementary aged students, it can easily be enjoyed by older students. With the help of this site, learning musical concepts is a fun and entertaining experience.

New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide

June 5th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, June 5, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

New England Lighthouses

 

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

 

This website created by Jeremy D’Entremont provides visitors with information and photographs of almost 200 lighthouses found in the New England states.
When arriving at the site, there are a few ways to start exploring. Visitors can use the upper navigation menu to select “Lighthouses by State” to choose a state, then choose to see an alphabetical list of the available lighthouses. Or scroll down the page and choose the state you wish to visit in the “Lighthouses Menus by State” list. After clicking on the state in the latter method, the page that opens reveals a Google map with the lighthouse locations. Scroll down to see an alphabetical chart of the lighthouses with thumbnail images. Click on the name or image to be taken to the lighthouse page. When arriving at the page, view the image slide show and read the information relating to the lighthouse. Many lighthouse pages include links to other pages for more information and sites for more images (some sites are commercial sites).

When you have finished touring the lighthouses, select the “more. . .” option in the upper menu, then mouse over the “Links” option to reveal another sub menu where you can select “Resources for Teachers“. On this page are links to websites that provide educational material to expand your study of lighthouses.

This site makes a great addition to any study of lighthouses.

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