Posts Tagged ‘social studies’

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 14th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, January 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math/)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline.

The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline. The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-9 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 7-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-9 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Art
  • Language Arts
  • Drama
  • and more!

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

Holiday Social Studies Activities!

December 20th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 20, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funschooling

(www.franw.com/)

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

 

Learning takes on a life of its own at this website created by veteran homeschool mom Fran Wisniewski who provides terrific Christmas-themed activities that explore the history of the holiday and the symbols associated with it.

Get ready to have some fun! When you get to the site you’ll see the calendar for December. Simply scroll down the page to read the activities for this week including: 

  • Games Day
  • Go Caroling Day
  • The First Day of Winter

Not only does Fran provide the complete instructions for how to do the activities at home, but she provides pictures of her family’s efforts that clearly illustrate the results you can expect. Plus you’ll find links to more web-based resources to further your learning experience.

Continue to scroll down for:

  • December Activities
  • 25 Fun Activities You Can Do Inside, When It’s COLD Outside!
  • Fun Christmas Resources

Fran wrote, “In my world education is interesting, the choices are endless and everyone learns at their own pace, in a way that works for them.” Her website is testament to her point of view. Don’t miss it!

Calendar Math

December 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Monday, December 3, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Super Teacher Worksheets

(www.superteacherworksheets.com/math-calendars.html)

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

 

The printable worksheets available at SuperTeachWorksheets.com will help your children learn about days, weeks, months, and years.

Use the calendars shown to answer math questions. You can get many things for free here at this website BUT in order to get everything on the site, a paid membership is required. There are loads of resources that are free to use without a membership – you just need to poke around to locate them.

The calendar activities will allow you to download worksheets about: 

  • Monthly Calendar (Basic) – Students answer questions about the January calendar like, “How many Mondays are in January?” and “What day of the week is January 29?”
  • Write the Month – Write the name of this month, last month, next month. Also write your birthday month.
  • Days of the Week Word Wheel – How to make the wheel template, with instructions
  • Monthly Calendar – (Intermediate) – Answer questions about the October calendar like, “Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October. What is the date of Columbus Day?”

Use a calendar to answer the calendar questions, such as “This year, what day of the week does December 30th fall on?” and “Write the date that is fifteen days after May 25.” 

The intermediate worksheets also contain an answer key. 

When you’ve finish with calendars, look at the left navigation bar to location worksheets for all kinds of math topics. Also, other subjects are listed including: 

  • Reading & Writing
  • Phonics & Early Literacy
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
  • Spelling Lists
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • And more!

Remember you have to sift through to locate what is free but there are some nuggets here!

Free Finance & Economics Lessons

November 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Finance in the Classroom

(financeintheclassroom.org/)

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

 

Get free lesson plans, printables, tools and much more to teach financial literacy and economics with this website from the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education Network, the Utah Jump$tart Coalition, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

When arriving at today’s link read the brief introduction and take a look at the Scope and Sequence to get an idea of what is covered for the different grade levels. The marked grade level boxes are clickable links to the grade level lesson plans. The lessons are broken down into subjects (Mathematics, Social Studies, and Language Arts) with the activities sorted under them. Many lessons include links to outside resources, so as always be sure to preview the external links prior to allowing children to use the site.

The left-hand sidebar menu provides additional ways to access the resources and is broken down as follows: 

  • Teacher Resources – Find links to the General Financial Literacy Course for grades 11-12, K-12 lesson plans & activities, and other resources such as videos, music, PowerPoint presentations, online resources and tools, and much more.
  • Student Resources – Discover how to earn a Passport certificate for the program, games and activities, book suggestions, vocabulary/glossary, printables, scholarship information and more. 
  • Parent Resources – Browse through discussion starters, website resources, DIY games, finance apps, videos and more.

In the Online Resources section, visitors will find a large selection of financial calculators for things such as cash flow, interest, college planning, credit, mortgage, taxation, insurance, investment, retirement, savings and more. There is also a great list of additional websites that focus on economics and financial literacy, some of which include lesson plans of their own.


There is a lot of material and content available to use for your homeschool studies so be sure to bookmark this one.

Lessons from the Norman Rockwell Museum

November 10th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 10, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Norman Rockwell Museum – Curriculum Lab

(www.nrm.org/learn/curriculum-lab/)

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

 

Use the art of Norman Rockwell for your history, social studies and language arts classes with the lessons from this section of the larger Norman Rockwell Museum website.

When arriving at today’s link you will see images of some of Rockwell’s iconic work. Hover over the image to reveal the lesson name and suggested grade level. Or use the dropdown boxes above the images to search for lessons for a specific grade, subject, or theme. There are also three lessons featuring the work of Jerry Pinkney and can be sorted by using the “Artist” dropdown menu. 

Examples of units include: 

  • What’s the Headline – (Grades 6-12) Using the “War News” painting, explore the events leading up to the invasion of Normandy.
  • WWII on the Homefront The Four Freedoms – (All grades) Get creative with art and writing while learning about the purpose of Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.
  • Story Sparks – (Grades K-5) Use Rockwell’s works as inspiration for creative writing.
  • On the Twentieth Century – That was Then, This is Now – (All grades) Discover how Rockwell’s paintings depicted life in America and compare how life has changed from then to today.
  • Going and Coming – (All grades) Use the image to practice creative writing and communication of ideas skills.
  • And more

Lessons include objective information as well as the plan process. Some also include downloadable materials and suggestions for further exploration of the topic and image.

It appears that this section may still be under construction as there are occasional texts that say “[insert link to images]” but don’t let that stop you from taking a look at the site. Norman Rockwell fans will appreciate using his art for extended activities into other school subjects.

Interactive “Elements of a Story” & More!

October 17th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 17, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org: Language Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/)

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

 

Learner.org offers free, interactive lessons including the elements of storytelling, how to use primary sources for historical facts when writing, and even an interactive spelling bee!

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of amazing interactives for every subject that are archived on this site. Don’t get distracted! Look under “Language Arts” and “Literature” on the left “Disciplines” menu to find several choices including:

  • Elements of a Story (Grades K-5) – Explore the different ingredients and elements that go into stories such as characters, plot, and background – and see how they fit together.
  • Spelling Bee (Grades 1-10) – Take part in a virtual old-fashioned spelling bee! Listen to three stories and then spell words from each story. You can review the words, hear the audio, find definitions, and see the words used in context too!

Of course, once you’re through with the Language Arts and Literature Interactives, you’ll want to return to the main menu to explore Mathematics, Social Studies & History, Science, Foreign Language and Arts interactives too. Bookmark this site, it’s a keeper!

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