Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

April 10th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, April 10, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

 

Age Range: Virtual Tour – All Ages; Educational Materials for Grades 8-12 (children with parental supervision)

 

Explore one of the most famous theaters in American history with this virtual tour. Site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, Ford’s Theatre remained closed for nearly 100 years. In 1968, the theatre reopened as a national historic site and working theatre. Today it serves to offer visitors “inspiring theatrical productions, live historic interpretation and engaging education programs”.
When arriving at the link, explore the 360° image of the Main Stage using your mouse to navigate around the image. While examining the image, find the plus signs in a blue circle – “Hotspots”. Clicking on these provides interesting facts about the location. On the right hand side of the image there is a grey bar with the image title down the length that when clicked on slides out and provides information about the image.

When you are done exploring the Main Stage, click on the images under the main window for even more pictures and loads of interesting information. Image selections include: 

  • View from the Box
  • Presidential Box
  • Stage
  • Cast of Characters
  • Booth’s Possessions
  • Theatre Exterior and Lobby
  • Ford’s Theatre Museum
  • Center for Education and Leadership
  • Petersen House
After clicking on the individual image from the list above, other images related to the main image appear in the window. Each image includes informational text. Use the slider in the window to scroll through the pictures.

When you are finished with your tour be sure to go to the main Ford’s Theatre website to keep the learning going. From here, select “Education” in the upper tool bar. When arriving at this page, select the “Resources for Teachers” link either on the sidebar or near the bottom of the page for lesson plans, printables, guided virtual tours, videos and much more. The “Resources for Students” page provides students with a variety of resources for their studies. Click the “Printable Resources” option on the side bar for more printables. Please note that the Teacher and Student resources and lessons are geared towards students in grades 8-12.

This website is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to learn more about President Lincoln, his assassination, and his legacy.

How to Learn Any Language

April 4th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 4, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

How to Learn Any Language

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

 This website was recommended by a fellow ClickScholar.
She wrote: 
I know I’ve recommended plenty of sites in the past, but this one is really a goodie! It offers excellent advice for the independent language learner. The site owner is an experienced polyglot and his website is full of information from general advice about choosing and learning a language to more detailed info about each language, its difficulty, related languages, advantages and disadvantages to learning it, and even links to online learning resources for each language. As an experienced language learner myself, I have to say this guy is really on track. Five stars!

She’s right! You’d better bookmark it now, because there is no way you can see all of the resources provided here on one visit. When you get to the site read the introduction and click on the embedded links to further information, or use the drop-down menu at the top of your screen, or the stationary menu on the left to explore the site. You will find suggestions and activities for learning all of the following languages:
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Czech
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
Use the handy Language Profile page to get a quick overview of the difficulty and popularity of the language.

Under the basic “Guide” on this site, don’t miss the article on “How To Raise Polyglot Kids.” It includes general advice along with suggestions for inexpensive as well as costlier resources you can use. You’ll also find information and advice on how to get the most out of language camps and immersion programs. This site even provides free downloadable software so you can make your own foreign language flash cards!

Note: On some of the pages at the site, the Google ads appear at the top of the page. It can give the illusion that there is nothing else on the page. You have to scroll down the page below the Google ads to find the text and resources. It’s a minor inconvenience.

This site is a fantastic resource that foreign language learners will refer to again and again.

Learn Welsh

March 28th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, March 28, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

A Welsh Course

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This simple website by Mark Nodine provides several lessons suitable for those wishing to develop beginning conversational skills in Welsh.
Most of the lessons are in textual format. The pronunciation lesson (Lesson 1) provides QuickTime audio examples. There are practice exercises for each lesson with the answers available on a different page.

Lessons include:  

  • Lesson 1. Pronunciation
  • Lesson 2. To Be or Not to Be
  • Lesson 3. Simple Sentences
  • Lesson 4. The Soft Mutation
  • Lesson 5. There are Many Things in this Lesson
  • Lesson 6. How to Be *Emphatic* and Possessive
  • Lesson 7. My Perfect Thing to Have: Imperatives
Also included are appendixes and a glossary as well as a page with links to cultural resources, language resources, and sources about Middle Welsh.

While not a complete language course, this website offers a stepping stone into the Welsh language that might just spark a desire for your student to pursue learning the language further.

Math Goodies & WebQuests

March 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, March 23, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Math Goodies

 

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website features a smattering of free interactive math lessons, printable worksheets, games and more to help students in about grades 5-8 learn math. Gifted younger children and remedial older students may benefit from the resources provided as well.
The site was designed by a math teacher who also developed a complete math course that is available for sale on the site. However, you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the generous sampling of math lessons and materials.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction followed by some featured items and lots of advertisements. Look below the introduction for the menu that includes: 

  • Lessons – Learn how to determine the perimeter and area of polygons. Find out how to simplify, compare, order, and convert fractions. Explore decimals and percentages. Find out how to write algebraic expressions and equations and much more!
  • Worksheets – Download math worksheets (pdf) that include an introduction to fractions, decimals, percent applications, probability theory, graphs, and symbolic logic.
  • WebQuests – This terrific resource provides math inquiries and instructions that lead to online explorations to find information and solve problems. Choose from a short but meaty selection of quests to recommended websites and learn about exponents and scientific notation, integers and science, math and climate, math and sports, number theory, percentages in daily life, and even a “Pi Day” celebration.
  • Games – An assortment of interactive math games. Not all of the games featured here are open for free play. The ones that were accessible included: Factor Tree Game, Integer Football, Percent Goodies, and Probability Goodies.
  • Puzzles – Enjoy interactive math-themed crossword puzzles about circles, fractions, logic, percentages, polygons, and probability.
You’ll also find homework help, articles, forums and more.

The Wives of Henry VIII

March 12th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, March 12, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

PBS has created this fun and historical site (a complement to a PBS program of the same name) that examines the life and times of Henry VIII through the biographies of his six wives.
The site is beautifully designed using the latest in multi-media resources. When you get to the site use the menu just below the 6 thumbnail photos of the wives including:
  • Meet the Wives – a timeline biography of each of the women who were married to the king.
  • Find a Wife – take the challenge to play matchmaker for King Henry VIII but be careful not to lose your head with a mismatch in this game.
  • Portrait of a King – examine the life of Henry VIII and its historical impact.
  • Tudor Times – explore the Tudor era of history.

The site is rich with resources and activities that will supplement any study of European history, and is most appropriate for middle grades and up. Find lesson plans and other activities by selecting “Classroom” on the left hand sidebar.

American Presidential Studies Resource

February 19th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 19, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Miller Center

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia, is your one-stop destination for your Presidential studies.
When arriving at this link you will find a grid of Presidential portraits. Simply click on the image of the President of choice and you are taken to the informational page for that President. Each page includes:
  • “Facts at a Glance” which provide snippets of biographical information in a concise manner
  • Essays on (PRESIDENT) and His Administration – Links to more in-depth information about the President
  • First Lady and other important members of the government at the time of Presidency – each linked to biographies
  • Presidential Speeches – links to texts of speeches. For Presidents after Herbert Hoover, there are also audios of speeches and after Eisenhower there are also videos
  • Scholarship and Speakers – a selection of Miller Center resources on the President
  • Scripps Library Reference Resources – “links to reference resources prepared by the Miller Center’s Scripps Library, designed to help students and scholars conduct their research quickly”
From the main page, you may select the “Speech Archive” button for quick access to all the Presidential Speeches. Select “Riding the Tiger” for a blog that examines current events through the “lens of history” and features resources from the digital archive of the Miller Center.

After selecting the “Presidential Classroom” on the main page, choose from either “Exhibits” or “Lesson Plans” for tons more supplemental materials and helpful classroom activities that allow students to dig deeper into U.S. history and government.

There is so much valuable information available at this website, neatly compiled for ease of use and navigation, that you will find yourself coming back time and time again.

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