Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Literature Lesson Plans

July 16th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Mr. Donn’s Literature Lesson Plans

 

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

 

This website offers a wide selection of free lesson plans based on literature. While they are designed for classroom use, many of the lessons contain activities that can be easily adapted to homeschooling.
When you get to the site use the alphabetized directory to search for any given book title. When you find the title of the book you are interested in, you may find from one to several lesson plans for that title that vary widely in content and design. Click on a lesson plan and you may find:
  • Suggestions for exercises to improve language arts development from letter recognition in Pre-K to character and plot development exercises for older students.
  • Book-themed coloring pages, puzzles, and games to do online or print out and do offline
  • Webquests that explore ideas and concepts introduced in the book through visiting recommended websites
  • Downloadable pdf files with questions to stimulate reading comprehension
  • Suggestions for other books to read on the same topic
  • Teacher’s guides
  • Writing assignments
  • Unit studies themed around a book
  • And more!

There is no way to access it all in one visit – so be sure to bookmark the site to return again.

You will also notice that if you scroll down the homepage at this site you will find other resources for language arts development including free lesson plans for studying: Shakespeare, poetry, fairytales, myths, drama, historical fiction, and more. You’ll even find free Power Point Lessons in Literature and Language Arts.

Free Wildflower Coloring Books

July 12th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 12, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Books

 

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

 

This website encourages appreciation for the beauty of wildflowers of the Northwest and Texas Hill Country by providing information about a stunning array of wildflowers and illustrations that you can print and color. Don’t let the area-specific titles fool you – many of these flowers grow in other regions as well.

When you get to the site, you will see a short introduction and a menu below it. Click on either Northwest or Texas Hill Coloring Book. A new page opens with a new menu that offers:

  • An index of flowers by scientific name
  • An index of flowers by common name
  • A gallery of coloring pages completed and submitted by website visitors
  • Biography of the illustrator of the wildflower coloring pages
  • and other educational info about wildflowers

The simple way to access the flowers you want to color is to click on the “Common Names Index.” A new page opens with a list of common names of wildflowers. Find the one you are interested in, click on it, and a new page opens with a thumbnail picture of the flower along with a link to the printable coloring page and a color guide for that flower.

When you are through exploring the coloring pages, go back to the home page. It contains links to other botanical coloring books online, resources about wildflowers for teachers, and best of all – a directory of wildflower events taking place throughout the U.S. and Canada. Just click on “On-line Wildflower Events Directory” and a new page opens with a map of the U.S. Click on any state for a directory of wildflower tours and walks. (Note: The word Canada is above the map. Click on it to find events taking place in Canada.)

Geography Resources at Your Fingertips

July 10th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 10, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Geography World

 

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

 

This award-winning website will quickly become your first stop when looking for anything geography related. It serves as a portal to hundreds of other geography websites. When arriving at the home page, you will be pleased at the simplicity of the site and navigation. The home page is broken down into the following sections:
  • Geographic Information
  • Geography Games, Puzzles, Quizzes, Trivia
  • Geography World (contains information about the website)

Each of the above sections provide link lists based on topics such as:

  • Continent
  • Culture
  • Conservation / Environment
  • Books, Magazines, Toys
  • Weather / Climate
  • Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Erosion / Weathering
  • Population
  • Flags
  • Geography Games
  • Maps / Globes / Skills
  • And so much more!

After selecting your topic of choice, you are taken to another page with a list of links to websites relating to the topic.

At the top of the home page, there is also a small navigation bar broken down into the following tabs, each with their own dropdown menus for more navigation opportunities:

  • Home
  • Continents
  • Culture
  • Geography Information
  • Geography Fun
  • Other Topics
  • Geography World

Per the information on the website: “Geography World previews all listed links and reviews these links on a semi-annual basis to keep content fresh and current.” Keep this website handy by bookmarking it because you will want to come back to it again and again throughout your homeschooling years.

Literacy, Spelling, & Grammar Activities!

July 9th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ambleweb

 

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

 

The Ambleside Primary School faculty and fourth-year students created the free language arts games and activities on this site.
The literacy portion of this site appears in two sections as follows:
I. When you get to the site you’ll see the word “Literacy” and below it a menu that includes short “Click-On” activities as follows:
*Interactive spelling worksheets Click and drag the missing letters to the blank spaces where they belong to complete the words.

*Proverbs – Click and drag the first and last parts of each proverb to place them together.

*Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, and Prepositions – Drag each word into the correct category.

*Word Finder – Given a word, see how many smaller words can be made from its letters.

*Sentence Sorter – Put the words in order to create a sentence that makes sense.

II. Below the above menu, click on the words “Ambleweb Literacy Page” to find:

*Look, Cover, Write, and Check – A customizable spelling list. You look at the word, then click “cover” and type the word from memory. You will be informed whether you got the word correct or not.

*Book Reviews – Read reviews submitted by (mostly young) website visitors, or submit your own!

*Word Games and Quizzes – Create stories, limericks, or haiku. Work on vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, and more!

*Best Internet Resources – A long list of recommended links for further Language Arts learning and practice. (We did not review these links, so parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use).

Bookmark this website and also use it for math, science, art, geography, music, just for fun and more! There is even an “infant zone” for the very young.

Keeping Score for Classical Music

July 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 5, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Keeping Score

 

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Created by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony and based on the PBS television series, this website provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the life and music of the composers featured in the series.
Through the use of audio, video, interactive materials as well as downloadable lesson plans specially created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program, students take an in-depth look into the composers’ political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

When arriving at the website, in the “Explore The Music” box, chose one of the following tabs to see what lessons are available:

  • Composers
  • Musical Technique
  • History
  • Musical Scores
  • Staff Picks

The composers covered are:

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Aaron Copland
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Education” to find more resources and lessons plans created by teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

Select “Interactive” to dig even deeper through images, videos, and text. Follow along with musical scores, experiment with various musical techniques, try your hand at conducting a symphony, discover the instruments and musicians of an orchestra, and much more.

Not only does the website provide a wonderful educational resource in the study of symphonic music, but it is a feast of sight and sound sure to encourage your student’s interest.

History Lessons from the Civil War Trust

June 26th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, June 26, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Civil War Trust Curriculum

 

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Presented by the non-profit Civil War Trust, this website provides downloadable lesson plans with companion PowerPoint presentations and assessments as well as 360 degree battlefield panoramas, maps, photographs, videos, puzzles, bonus quizzes and much more.
When arriving at the link above, choose from Elementary, Middle School, and High School curriculum. Topics covered include:
  • Disunion
  • The Country Goes to War
  • Antietam and Emancipation
  • Life at War
  • The Home Front
  • Shifting Tides
  • Bringing the War to an End
  • Effects of War
  • Preserving the Memory

Each topic provides a variety of lesson plans as well as links to other resources to enhance your studies. Lessons may be used online or downloaded.

Use the navigation bars at the top of the page to access the 360 degree panoramas of Chancellorsville, Chattanooga, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Antietam battlefields which also include embedded videos and other informative images and texts. Select the IN4 videos on the top navigation bar to watch short videos that concisely explain basic Civil War topics. Many of the video pages include links to additional history articles, primary sources, and more classroom materials.

Click the “Education” link, then “Teachers” and look on the side bar menu for more classroom resources, a Civil War coloring book, crossword puzzles, and more. Under the “Education” link select the “Students” option for students to learn more about the Civil War on their own. Some topics that may intrigue your student are:

  • 10 Facts About the Civil War
  • Children in the Civil War
  • Student Created Videos
  • Railroads of the Confederacy
  • The American Journey of the Bond Family
  • Music of the 1860s

There is so much to explore at this website to enrich your Civil War studies that you will want to bookmark this website for easy access.

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