Posts Tagged ‘resources’

Free Downloadable Drawing Lessons

January 17th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, January 17, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Drawspace Free Lessons

 

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

 

Part of the commercial Drawspace website, this page offers over one hundred free drawing lessons. Lessons may be viewed online or can be downloaded as PDFs to use offline.
Lessons are broken down into color-coded level categories covering subject matter such as:

Beginner Lessons

  • Resources
  • Learn to see
  • Draw with lines
  • Squirkling
  • Perspective 1
  • Hatching
  • Shading forms
  • Focus on people
  • Cartoons & critters
Intermediate Lessons
  • Skills & secret
  • Perspective 2
  • Crosshatching
  • Animals & fantasy
  • 3-D cartoons
  • Caricatures
  • People
  • Places & things
  • Color basics
  • Cartoons in color
Advanced Lessons
  • Diverse animals
  • Faces & Figures
  • Nature & still life
  • Studio series
  • Fantasy & fun
  • Creating in color
  • Drawing on the Masters
The lessons include well written, informative, and illustrated instructions making this a valuable resource for teaching art techniques. It might be a good idea to bookmark this website because you will find yourself coming back to it time after time.

Calculation Nation!

January 5th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, January 5, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Calculation Nation

 

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

This fun, free, multi-media math games website is brought to you from the makers of the fabulous “Thinkfinity” and helps students “investigate significant mathematical content and practice fundamental skills.” 
The competitive style play allows students to challenge themselves by playing against the computer, or they can play the games with other members of the Calculation Nation forum. The latter requires registration (it’s free).

When you get to the site, choose the guest pass link to test-drive the games or register to access all features of the site. Then, enjoy games such as: 

  • Square Off – Learn about perimeter and area as you try and capture the most spaceships.
  • Factor Dazzle – Try to stump your opponent by choosing numbers for them to factor that are harder than your own.
  • Fraction Feud – Create larger or smaller fractions than your opponent to win.
  • Slam Ball – Use your knowledge of angles, symmetry, and reflections to collect the most points on a given path.
  • Ker-Splash – Use algebra to manipulate your beach ball to roll over the most new terms.
Read the “About” section to get a brief summary of the games and the type of math skills you need to play them. As the website explains, “Calculation Nation is part of the NCTM Illuminations project, which offers Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.”

Serious Science Projects for K-12

December 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Buddies

 

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.
You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

The Polar Express

December 10th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Polar Express

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

The author’s website offers an overview of the book and samples of the outstanding illustrations that earned a Caldecott Medal. You can also read the author’s bio, see a timeline of his work, and access resources and interactives themed around his books.

When you get to the site you’ll find a picture of each book cover/title. If you click on them – you will be directed to purchase the book. There is no requirement to purchase anything in order to use the free resources. Scroll past those covers to the bottom of the page to find a link titled “Teachers: Discussion Guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg books.” When you click you’ll find additional curriculum connections for the Polar Express.

Creative Writing/Language Arts:

* Brainstorm winter words.
* Ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about what they see on their journey and what their final destination looks like.
* Go through the book together and pick out all of the adjectives and list them on a large sheet of paper. Do the same for the verbs and nouns.

Read-Aloud:

* As a way to begin using the book as the basis for a unit or simply as a treat for the children, host a Polar Express Party. Click the link to download a complete party kit.
Science/Geography:

* Have children locate the North Pole on a globe or map. They can research and write a short report on the landscape, climate, and other characteristics of the North Pole
* Topics for Further Research
o Polar ice cap
o Northern lights
o Reindeer
o Weather and climate – what are the average high and low temps?

Art:

* Have children draw what they would see out the window of the Polar Express on its way to the North Pole.

Music:
* Give each child a bell. Play holiday songs to which they can ring the bells.
* At your party, break the kids into groups of four. Give each group a song and have them come up with a way to accompany it with their bells.

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to discover activity sheets, games, recipes, and more AND discussion guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg’s other books!
Return to this site often!

Arts & Crafts, Activities, Worksheets, and More!

December 6th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 6, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

All Kids Network

 

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

 

Not only does this ad-supported website have hundreds of craft projects and coloring and activity pages, but it is also a great resource for fun educational worksheets and other teaching resources.
Use the navigation bar to choose from: 
  • Kids Crafts
  • Kids Worksheets
  • Kids Activities
  • Teaching Resources
Under the Kids Crafts you can further narrow your search using the sidebar menu. The main categories to select from include: 
  • Seasonal Crafts – Spring, summer, winter, or fall, find projects such as Fall Leaf Book, Snow Globe Craft, Raining Cloud Craft, Bubble Wrap Beehive Craft.
  • Holiday Crafts – Find ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, and many other special days of the year.
  • Educational Crafts – There are projects for the alphabet, numbers, shapes, Back to School, books, and 100th day.
  • Animal Crafts – Lots of craft projects featuring farm animals, fish and other water animals, bugs, birds, and dinosaurs.
  • More Crafts – Check out crafts highlighting nursery rhymes, the Bible, fire safety, space, fantasy, music, birthday, and many more.
All projects include a list of supplies needed as well as detailed instructions.

In the Kids Activities section, find hundreds of coloring pages featuring movie, television, and cartoon characters and themed pages for holidays, shapes, numbers, letters, animals, and much more. There are even color by number pages.

You will also find mazes, dot to dots, hidden pictures, and many more fun activity pages to print out in the Kids Activities section.

Looking for themed worksheets? Check them out under the Kids Worksheet page, or find lined paper, flash card, certificates, calendars, and sticker charts on the Teaching Resources page.

You will want to bookmark this website as more content is being added regularly.

Native Words, Native Warriors

December 4th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, December 4, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Native Words, Native Warriors

 

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

American Indian “Code Talkers” contributed significantly to the war efforts of World War I and World War II. This website, a companion to the Smithsonian Institution exhibition, Native Words, Native Warriors, provides an in-depth lesson plan that explores the lives of Code Talkers.
When arriving at the link above, you are presented with an Overview of the Website that provides a brief description of what will be covered in this unit. Using the upper navigation bar, you may choose to work through the unit in a “Text-Only” version, but many students may prefer the Flash Version (link located at the end of the navigation bar.) In the Flash version, audio and images work together to present information along with additional text. Listen to real Code Talkers tell their stories throughout the presentation. Use the upper navigation on the flash page to move through the chapters, which include: 
  • Introduction: Code Talkers
  • Languages: Living the Culture
  • Boarding Schools: Struggling with Cultural Repression
  • Code Talking: Intelligence and Bravery
  • Coming Home: Strength through Culture
  • Survival: Hard Times and Racism
  • Recognition: Medals and Praise
As you work through the presentation, “code” words in the native language with the English translations are presented throughout. At the end of each chapter, there is an online workbook activity that students can do then print out for their records or thought-provoking questions to encourage further discussion. In the Code Talking chapter, students will use the Navajo’s Code Talker Dictionary online to write coded messages.

Visit the Gallery by selecting the link on the right hand side of the presentation window to view over 170 images.

You can always return to the text version of the chapters or return to the lesson plan by selecting the links under the presentation window. You may also wish to check out the Resources list for further study.

This website provides thorough and interesting insight into the world of Code Talkers.

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