Posts Tagged ‘resources’

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.

Learn French – The Language of Love

February 14th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, February 14, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

ielanguages.com-French

 

Age Range: 11-adult (Grades 6 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

French is often referred to as the “Language of Love” and at this ad-supported comprehensive website you will love learning French. Visitors will find over 150 lessons covering topics from the very basic phrase to informal French and slang.
When arriving at the link above, visitors can either choose a level or other topics including Romance Vocabulary and Romance Verbs from the left side bar menu or use the navigation boxes in the center of the page to access lessons. The center box links include: 
  • Original French Tutorials
  • Informal French & Slang
  • French Listening Resources
  • Flashcards & Exercises
  • Learning French Blog
  • French Phonetics
  • French Realia
  • French & Italian
  • French & German
  • MP3s for Tutorials
  • Romance Languages Vocabulary
  • Romance Languages Verbs
Most lessons provide instructional material, vocabulary or phrases of study, and audio MP3s. MP3s are of a native French speaker and can be downloaded for offline practice. Some lessons include simple-to-use audio flash card practice and interspersed throughout the lessons there are online multiple choice, matching or fill in the blank quizzes. After certain groups of lessons, there is a “Real French” icon available that provides additional comprehension practice with a listen and read format and the accompanying fill in the blank practice. The Informal French & Slang lessons include some video lessons. All lessons are in bite size pieces so students will not be overwhelmed with material.

If French is not your foreign language of choice, select the Languages option in the upper tool bar to find that this website also offers lessons for other Romance Languages, Germanic Languages, Slavic Languages, Non-Ino-European Languages, as well as American English (ESL Lessons).

We love this website for its straightforward and simple approach to language skills and we are sure you will too.

Out of this World Virtual Field Trip to Saturn’s Moons

February 13th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 13, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cassini Solstice Mission

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This NASA website from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology will take visitors to the far reaches of space and on virtual tours of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

 

When arriving at the website, it might be beneficial to browse through the information available in the “About Saturn & Its Moons” section available on the right sidebar. In the dropdown menu under About Saturn & Its Moons, select “Titan”. When arriving at this page, read over the introduction then hover your mouse over the topics in the image for more information. Next, select the “Titan Virtual Tour” tab and click the text link “Launch Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan” to begin your tour. A new window will open and an Overview video will play. When you are done watching the video, select the “3D Globe” link under the screen to explore the following surface features: 

 

  • Impact Crater
  • Huygens Landing Site
  • Drainage Channels
  • Dunes
  • Northern Lakes
  • The Smile
  • Ice Volcano
  • Xanadu
  • Titan’s Sierras

 

The images come in a variety of types: radar, visible, composite, and/or infrared. Return to the selection by clicking “back to 3D Map”. Choose the “Quick Facts” option for basic information about Titan or select “Latest Images” for more images of Titan. Click the small “find out more” text link at the bottom of the window for links to other sites relating to the Cassini Solstice Mission.

When you are done with the tour, close the window and return to main page to continue learning about Titan. Choose the Atmosphere, Surface, Science Objectives, or Publications tabs for details about Titan and the Cassini mission. Select the Image Galley tab for a visual interactive tool for more images.

On the sidebar select the Videos & More option for loads of videos, an interactive timeline, printables, and to access another virtual tour for the Enceladus virtual tour. Similarly presented and navigated through as the Titan tour, visitors will explore the following location on Enceladus: 

 

  • Plumes
  • Tiger Strips
  • Transitional Terrain
  • Cratered Terrain
  • Modified Craters
  • Icy Riffs
  • Southern Polar Terrain

 

After finishing your tours and exploring all that this website has to offer, don’t forget to check out the Education section on the sidebar for loads of materials, lessons, and resources for your classroom. If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study. 

Valentine Math Activities

February 9th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, February 9, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Googol Power: Valentine Math

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Valentine’s Day is coming fast! As our friends at GoogolPower.com say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”
When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:
  • Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!
  • Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”
  • Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”
  • Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.” (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)
  • Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems.

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.

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.”
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