Posts Tagged ‘resources’

The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

April 17th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, April 17, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Knowing Poe

(knowingpoe.thinkport.org/)

Age Range:  9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website explores the literature, life, and times of the state of Maryland’s native son and writer, Edgar Allan Poe.

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 15th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, April 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Helping Your Child Learn Math

(www2.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math/title.html)

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

 

At this archived site, you’ll find 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!

History of Tudors for Kids

April 11th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, April 11, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DK – Tudors-Henry VIII

(www.dkfindout.com/us/history/tudors/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Who were the Tudors? Learn about King Henry VIII (for kids) – and the Tudor Family with fantastic photos and illustrations.

When you get to the site you will see a welcome message and a picture menu next to it. Click on a topic of interest such as: 

  • Henry VIII’s Reign
  • Tudor Childhood
  • Elizabeth I’s Reign
  • Early Tudor Clothing
  • Late Tudor Clothing
  • Tudor Exploration
  • Entertainment in Tudor Times
  • Tudor London
  • Food and Feasting

Each section leads you to more information and beautiful pictures.

Once you have explored the site — try the quiz! Also, click the “Are You a Parent or a Teacher?” link at the top for Teachers’ Resources where you can sign up for free worksheets, lesson plans and ebook samples.

Virtual Tour of the Postal Museum

March 29th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, March 29, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Postal Museum

(postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour.html)

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

 

Postal history opens a unique window into the past. It brings personal histories to life and offers a compelling avenue for study. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum provides educators with an interesting selection of classroom resources and materials that can be used online or downloaded, as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its collections through virtual tours and online galleries

When you get to the site, click on the tour to see the 360 degree panoramas that lead you through the galleries of the museum: 

  • Moving the Mail
  • Stamp Gallery (Fire and Ice)
  • Alphabetilately
  • Mail Call
  • Binding the Nation
  • Postal Inspectors
  • Customers and Communities
  • Systems at Work

When you are through with your tour, check out the Collections, Exhibits, and Research links in the main menu bar. Learn about “Collection History”, “Collection Projects”, “Preservation” and more. Explore past, present and future exhibits to discover America’s postal history from colonial times to the present.

Also, don’t miss the Education and Activities links at the top. There are classroom resources and curriculum guides for such interesting topics as Owney the Dog, Victory Mail, and We Were There: Letters From the Battle Front.

With the wealth of information and educational materials available, this website will surely receive your stamp of approval.

History of the Circus

March 28th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 28, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – The Circus

(www.childrensmuseum.org/educators/classroom-resources)

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

 

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has an exhibit called “Circus-Starring YOU!” The exhibit offers this companion website with outstanding Unit Study guides for teachers.

This downloadable, printable, book-style guide offers lessons about the circus. Although it is all related to the museum exhibit, it doesn’t require visiting the museum or even seeing the exhibit to benefit from the lessons.

When you get to the site, you can read a summary of the classroom resources. Then download the circus unit study to see a menu of lessons that include: 

  • Circus Life
  • Circus Art
  • Circus Science

The lessons are preceded by an introduction – really just an overview of what follows. The last two sections are “Culminating Experiences” and “Resources.” The first is specific to the exhibit. The second is a bibliography and list of websites.

This is a thorough, careful background in teaching all about the circus. And when you are through, check out all the other Unit Studies up to Grade 9 about dinosaurs, food, trains, sports, space, archaeology, and more.

Art from the National Museum of Wildlife

March 16th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 16, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Museum of Wildlife

(www.wildlifeart.org/art/exhibits/)

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

 

View the amazing artwork featuring wildlife at this museum.

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Current Exhibits
  • Upcoming Exhibits
  • Past Exhibits
  • Long-Term Exhibits

Click on any piece of artwork and a new screen opens with a photo of the artwork and detailed information about the painting and the artist.

When you are through exploring the art exhibits, scroll over the word ‘Learn’ to find ‘Online Programs’ in the ‘Teacher Resources‘ section. There are lesson plans and more.

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