Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Writing Lesson Plans and More!

February 10th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, February 10, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ShareMyLesson – Writing

(www.sharemylesson.com/taxonomysearchresults.aspx?

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

 

Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, self-described as the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson pledges that their members can download and share user-generated resources free of charge forever.

There is an overwhelming amount of resources here that covers all subject areas, but today we are focusing on Language Arts. The lessons were created with classroom teachers in mind but are easily adapted for homeschool use. We drilled down to “writing” on the web page and located a myriad of writing lesson plans and ideas including: 

  • Lesson plans using Facebook – This template allows students to construct a Facebook page for a character from a text or some other context.
  • English Lesson Plans on Persuasive Techniques in Writing – Handout and activity
  • Lesson plans for Saving Reluctant Writers – This simple 3-step process shows you how to help students organize and sequence their ideas for easy writing.
  • 8 Minute Madness – Creative starter activities
  • Journal Writing Prompts with EI – Need two weeks’ worth of writing prompts to get students writing?
  • And much more!

You’ll want to bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of the extensive bank of resources located here.

Free Iditarod Math & More!

February 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Iditarod.com (iditarod.com/)

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

 

The Iditarod begins on March 5, 2016! Billed as “The Last Great Race On Earth,” mushers and their dog teams race over 1,000 miles across Alaska’s mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coast. In a period of 10 to 17 days each team’s dogs and their musher race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. They endure temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, long hours of darkness, and treacherous terrain.

At this “official” Iditarod website you’ll find information about the history of this race, exclusive race coverage, and free, Iditarod-themed lessons and activities to enhance learning in math, science, language arts, social sciences, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured articles, videos, and highlights. Use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Race Center – Get information on how this website works and learn about Iditarod rules, race preparations, and previous races.
  • Videos – Watch video clips from previous races that include stories from the trail.
  • Education – In this section there are two archives that you don’t want to miss: 
    • Teachers – Get access to a large menu of archived curriculum connections. Plus, get standards-driven lessons in math and other subjects delivered in a downloadable (pdf) activity book. You’ll also find downloadable weather-related math and science activities, applicable for all grade levels.
    • Students – Kids of all ages will enjoy this array of Iditarod activities including newsletters from canine journalists, cryptograms, word searches, coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, and a FUN QUIZ about the Iditarod to the tune of the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Download and play a PowerPoint math and science game developed by the Iditarod education team. Learn about caring for the sled dogs and watch some interesting pod casts.

  • Insider – Subscribe to the official newsletter of the Iditarod. You can register to get a free ad-supported subscription, or get one of several fee-based, ad-free subscriptions that provide membership benefits including access to videos and a documentary film.
  • Information – Learn the history of the race, see the Iditarod trail, explore the race archives, meet champions and record holders, learn mushing terminology, visit the veterinary center, and learn about the Junior Iditarod.

The resources at this site provide a way to see the real-world uses for math and science in a fun and exhilarating way.

Resources for Less Commonly Taught Foreign Languages

February 6th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 6, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UCLA Language Materials Project

(www.lmp.ucla.edu/k-12/index.aspx?menu=007

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

 

The University of California Los Angeles offers this free archive of teaching resources including downloadable/printable lessons in pdf, audio files, video files, dictionaries, computer programs/software, games and more to help learn vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and conversational language skills in over 100 less commonly taught languages such as:

  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic
  • Cherokee
  • Danish
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Inuit
  • Japanese
  • Latvian
  • Maori
  • Navajo
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Samoan
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu
  • Zulu

When you get to the site you’ll see the K-12 Gateway that offers links to free resources online as well as to materials that are available from libraries and retailers. You’ll also find lesson plans and teaching tips designed for classroom teachers that are presented in English, that can be adapted to teach any other language as well.

Use the search engine at the top of the page to select: 

  • Language – Choose from over 100 possibilities.
  • Material – Select the kind of learning tool you want to find, for example textbook, picture book, audio, video, etc.
  • Level – Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Audience – Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary

This is a comprehensive resource tool that you may refer to over and over again.

Lessons for Black History Month

February 4th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 4, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Culture & Change: Black History in America

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/)

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

 

February is Black History month. Discover famous African-Americans and explore black history with this website from Scholastic.

Presentations include: 

  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights – Learn about Rosa Parks’ role in the fight against discrimination.
  • Integrating Central High: The Melba Pattillo story – Discover the dangers and events faced by 9 students during the desegregation of an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Famous African-American Inventors – Meet 14 inventors whose contributions changed the world around us.
  • History of Jazz – Join Grammy-Award winner Wynton Marsalis to explore jazz music and the people and events that formed it.
  • The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery – Take an interactive journey through the Underground Railroad that includes many additional resources to supplement this study.
  • Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage – Through slide shows, an interactive digital magazine, and a kid-created video presentation, explore the story of the first African-American child to integrate an all-white elementary school.

Any or all of these presentations will be a wonderful addition to your history studies and help your student gain a better understanding of black history.

[ClickSchooling] Folger Shakespeare Library

January 27th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, January 27, 2016, and time for Language Arts 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Folger Shakespeare Library

(www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=588)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Folger Shakespeare Library offers this fun website that introduces kids to Shakespeare through fun games and activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see an icon menu that includes: 

  • Words, Words, Words – Unscramble letters to reveal words from Shakespeare’s plays, learn new vocabulary by discovering the meaning of “Weird Words” in Shakespeare’s works. Try creating Shakespearean insults or compliments. Learn some common idioms that originated in Shakespeare’s plays. Print out scripts for plays and perform scenes at home.
  • Shakespeare’s Life – Learn trivia about Shakespeare’s life and times.
  • Shakespeare Challenges – Answer trivia questions about Shakespeare’s plays, or read a quote and try to guess which character said it.
  • Who Am I? – Use clues to identify characters from Shakespeare’s plays.

Want to have a little more in-depth fun? For historical perspective, be sure to click on the links to “Discover Our Collection” and “Queen Elizabeth.”

When you are finished here, go to the menu at the top and click on “Teach and Learn”. Under “Classroom Resources” you’ll find numerous teaching modules that offer dynamic ways to approach these complex texts.

Thought-Provoking Math Activities for K-12

January 18th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, January 18, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NRICH (nrich.maths.org/frontpage)

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

 

This website, sponsored by Cambridge University, seeks to enrich math curriculum for learners of all ages by providing free, engaging, interactive math activities that provoke mathematical thinking. This isn’t about math lessons and worksheets: it’s about exploring math concepts through unusual problems to provide deeper understanding.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu that’s divided into two sections:

Student Homes – This area is divided into sections with activities for students in various grade/ability levels: 

  • Lower Primary – Activities that help children understand the concept of sorting, matching, and numbers
  • Upper Primary – Explore shapes, numbers and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), time, logic and more.
  • Lower Secondary – Get useful insights for determining area, perimeter, and volume. Experiment with curves, triangles, and geometric reasoning.
  • Upper Secondary – Use area integrals to solve problems, explore ideas in statistics.

Teacher Homes – This area is divided into three sections with teacher information and activities for: 

  • Early Years – Building the foundational understanding to develop math skills.
  • Primary Years – Activities that encourage students to work systematically to solve math problems.
  • Secondary Years – Exploring area, perimeter, shapes, volume, Pi, and Calculus to solve real world problems.

There’s a lot here. Be prepared to click around to find all of the activities and resources that are available.

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