Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, September 11, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

911 Memorial – Lesson Plans

 

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

 

9/11 is the Day of Remembrance. Help students understand the events and impact on history of that fateful day in 2001 with the lesson plans provided at the 9/11 Memorial website. The lesson plans were developed by The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

 

*Due to the nature of the events of 9/11 and the graphic images and sensitive content that are in some of the lesson plans and features of this website, it is highly recommended that parents review this site and its offerings prior to sharing with their children.

 

When arriving at the link above, you may select from the appropriate grade levels for your children. All of the lessons are downloadable and follow the same basic format providing: 

 

* Common Core Standards

* Key Questions/Issues Addressed
* Lesson Goals/Objectives
* Key Terms
* Materials
* Background for Lesson
* Instructions Activity/Procedures
* Evidence of Understanding
* Extension Activities

* Appendix (if applicable)
 

The lessons fall into different categories of topics. All levels include lessons about:

 

* Community and Conflict
* Heroes & Service
* Historical Impact
* History of the World Trade Center
* Individuals and 9/11
* Memory & Memorialization
* The Aftermath: Humanitarian, Charitable, and Volunteer Support

Lessons for grades 3-12 also include the following topics:

 

* Heroic Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up
* Historical Impact of 9/11
* Making of a Memorial Museum
* Mourning, Memorializing, and Meaning-Making of 9/11

You will also want to check out the other educational options by selecting the Teach + Learn option in the upper navigation bar. You will find teaching guides, interactive timelines, historical information, primary resources, helpful advice on talking to children about 9/11 and much more.

Select the “Memorial” option in the upper navigation bar to learn about the 9/11 Memorial and even view the memorial via a webcam.

Although this is a tough topic to approach as many of us lived through those dark days, this website provides us with the tools to teach our children the historical significance of that time.

Free High School Chemistry Labs & Lessons!

September 2nd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MisterGuch: Free Chemistry Resources

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website created by a High School Chemistry teacher (with a cool sense of humor) is “committed to giving out the very best free stuff to teachers.” There are no bells and whistles here, just an entire year’s worth of free general and honors level high school chemistry lessons, labs, and worksheets.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices that include:
  • Free Chemistry Worksheets – Practice balancing equations, name chemical compounds, and learn about acids, bases, atomic structure, gas laws, thermodynamics and more.
  • Free Chemistry Labs – Download pdf and/or MS Word docs with instructions on lab activities that include experiments with gum, balloons, snow globes, paper planes, onion DNA, pennies, and more.
  • Free Curriculum Books – Mr. Guch has written lab manuals and other useful books that he makes available for free. They include:
    • 24 Lessons That Rocked the World – Get complete labs with instructions, safety information, a lab worksheet, a homework sheet, and solutions.
    • 17 Effective Activities For New Chemistry Teachers – This focuses on basic and introductory Lab activities.
    • The Complete Book of Chemistry Quizzes and Practice Problems – Covers the first semester of high school chemistry.

Just click on the topics of interest and a new page opens with a menu of activities that you can download in pdf or MS Word format and print out to use at home. (Some of the documents are large and may take a minute or two to fully download. Your patience will pay off.)

Learn Native American Languages

August 30th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 30, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Native-Languages.org

 

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

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages”.
When arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links in the following categories:
  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages

Each category provides a link to another page with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources you will find link to:

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • Online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

In the Native American Language Families section, you will be able to explore over 25 Amerindian language families. The Recommended Books about Native American Languages section provides links to purchase books about Native American languages. Selected Links about Native American Languages contains links to other related websites.

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

Experiment on Flies

August 19th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HHMI: Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab

 

Age Range: 13-Adult (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

There’s an online virtual lab where you can experiment with flies. Eeeew!” It’s true! The Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab provides you with the virtual tools you’ll need to learn about the science and techniques used to make transgenic flies. What are transgenic flies? As the website explains:
“Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological processes. In this lab, you will create a transgenic fly to study circadian rhythms. The fly glows only when a certain gene involved in circadian rhythms is activated. After making the glowing fly, you will use it to explore basic principles of circadian biology and genetics.”
When you get to the site, read the introduction that explains the basic steps and learning objectives. You’ll see the virtual lab on the left side of the page, where you can begin to conduct your experiment. You will be prompted by text in the gray tip window and light purple arrows that point the way.
As you begin the experiment, your lab “Notebook” will automatically open on the right side of the page showing detailed information as you progress through the experiment. You’ll see hyperlinks in the notes – click on them to learn more.
If some of the scientific terminology, tools, or concepts are unfamiliar, use the “Resources” tab on the menu to access a glossary that defines the words, as well as a photo-directory of the various equipment used in the lab.
There are quiz questions in each phase of the experiment and you can check your results by clicking on the “Quiz” tab on the menu.
This is a fascinating use of technology that replicates lab science experimentation.

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

Free Online News for Children 8-15

August 13th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Youngzine.com

 

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
  • World News
  • Science & Tech
  • Our Earth
  • Society & Arts
  • Sports
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.

There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.

Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.
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