Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Houghton Mifflin’s Kids’ Place

February 7th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin’s Education Place

(www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, children with parental supervision)

 

These pages were developed by the Houghton Mifflin publishing company to supplement their textbooks. But you don’t have to buy a thing to hone your language arts skills on this website!

When you get to the site, select your grade range: K-5 or 6-8. A new page opens with a variety of interactive language arts activities to choose from including: 

  • Tricky Usage — Try your hand at one tricky grammar question, and see the correct answer right away. View a breakdown of others’ responses.
  • Wacky Web Tales — Fill in the blanks with verbs, adjectives, etc., then see the often hilarious story that results!
  • Evaluation Station — Follow these steps to evaluate and improve what you have written.
  • Writers’ Showcase — The stories and essays in this section were written by elementary and middle school students!
  • Bright Ideas for Writing — Look at the picture, read the question, and you’ll surely be inspired to write something.
  • Grammar Blast — Choose your grade level and answer ten multiple-choice grammar questions. Have a blast!
  • Net’s Best for Research — An annotated list of helpful websites for student research projects.

BUT that’s not all! If you click on the words “Kids’ Place” near the bottom of the window a new page opens. Scroll to the menu at the bottom of that new page, and you’ll see these items: 

  • Using the Web – This web tutorial makes you an expert cyber-researcher in no time!
  • Current Events – Stay up-to-date with the kid-friendly links provided here.
  • Brain Teasers – Some simple but fun math puzzles.
  • GAMES – Yes, even more games here!

On the GAMES page try: 

  • Spelling Match – Match the words with the letters that they are missing, and watch the cat deep-sea diver open the treasure chest! What could be inside?
  • Web Word Find – Interactive hidden word puzzles.
  • GeoNet – This is a multiple-choice social studies quiz. Look at the map, graph, or other visual aid, then guess an answer. If you get it wrong, don’t worry. You get three tries for each question before the beaver tells you the correct answer. Keep track of your score on the cool GeoTrekker.

There’s a lot here – have fun!

Listen to Christmas Music

December 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, December 23, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Feels Like Christmas – Free Christmas Music

(feelslikechristmas.com/free-christmas-music/)

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

 

Listen and/or download free Christmas music from independent (indie) artists at this website.

Choose songs in the following categories: 

  • Contemporary Instrumental
  • Contemporary Vocals
  • Traditional Instrumental
  • Traditional Vocal

There are hundreds of selections, many of which are originals written by the submitting artist. Select a song and when the page opens click the play button on the player to hear the song online. Found a song you absolutely love? Download the MP3 to add to your holiday collection by right clicking on the download graphic to the lower right of the player. (Please note that the downloads are for personal listening use only. Be sure to read the “Use of This Music” page for specifics.)

In addition to the Christmas music, click the “Audio Stories” link to find a selection of Christmas stories including: 

  • Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Seller
  • Luke 2:1-20
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
  • Santa’s Poem
  • Mrs. Claus Saves Christmas
  • My Granddad Helps Father Christmas
  • Mouse in the Honeysuckle

And don’t forget to check out the “Christmas Sounds” page to hear Sounds of Santa, sleigh bells, and more.


We hope this website will add to your holiday fun.


(We’ll be taking a Christmas break and will be back in the New Year. Happy Holidays to all!)

Free Audio Holiday Stories!

December 20th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 20, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Visit From St. Nicholas

(www.storynory.com/2006/12/17/a-visit-from-st-nicholas/)

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

 

This is a classic story by Clement Moore, also known as The Night Before Christmas.

Written in 1822, this is the poem that named Santa’s 8 reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen.

And here are other great classic selections of free, audio holiday stories. They are available as audio recordings to listen to on your computer, to burn to a CD, or to download to your portable audio player (mp3).
 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“This is the classic tale of what comes to those whose hearts are hard. In a series of ghostly visits, Scrooge visits his happy past, sees the difficulties of the present, views a bleak future, and in the end amends his mean ways.” (Summary written by Kristen McQuillin)
 
Good King Wenceslas

Listen to the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” and the story behind the song.
 
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

This short story is about a young couple who are very much in love and also very poor. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results.
 
The Elves and the Shoemaker

This traditional fairy tale is a short story about a Christmas gift. A poor shoemaker receives some unexpected help just when he needs it most.

Ask A Biologist

November 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, November 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ask A Biologist

(askabiologist.asu.edu/home)

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

 

This site, from the School of Life Sciences of Arizona State University, is a “biology learning resource tool for students, teachers, parents, and life-long learners.”

When you get to the site, start at the right side bar where you’ll see a question and a link to the answer. Then you can link to more top questions like: 

  • Does brain size relate to intelligence?
  • How does eye color get passed from parents to children?
  • Is a Macadamia nut really a seed, or a nut?

You can also ask your own question using the “Ask a Question” link at the top. (Be sure to read the guidelines before you submit a question.)

In the Teacher Toolbox, you can search a topic by category, grade level or activity type. Also check out: 

  • Activities – Experiments, puzzles and coloring pages
  • Stories – Read or listen to one of the podcast shows.
  • Images – Look at things up close and guess what they are.
  • Links – Will help you find what you need on the Internet

There is extensive information here so bookmark this site to return often to get your biology questions answered.

Free Lesson Plans for Artist Studies

October 28th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 28, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories

(www.cuchicago.edu/artlessons)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Download art lesson plans from this website from Concordia University Chicago.

From the website: “Recognizing visual cues in a work of art as well as being aware of the times and conditions in which an artist lived enables students to better interpret its imagery, draw conclusions about its effectiveness, and speak critically about the art.” 

Lesson plans are broken down by grade level, with 10 plans for each level and each plan includes the following sections: 

  • About the Artist – brief biography of the artist
  • About the Art – and overview of artwork
  • Directed Observation – instructions for lesson plan implementation
  • Things to Do – projects and additional activities related to the artist or artwork
  • Discipline-Based Art Education – art concepts, elements of art, principles of design, composition, style, related literature and more

There are 80 different artists featured and, although they are grade-leveled, it appears that you could adjust the plans to fit any grade level.

This is a fabulous must-see resource for your art studies.

Online Interactive Storytime!

October 11th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 11, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Storyline Online

(www.storylineonline.net/)

Age Range: All (All grades – designed for children, with parental supervision, and entertaining for the whole family)

 

Bookmark this website now! This is a website where you can watch members of the Screen Actors Guild – yes, well-known actors and actresses – read stories and books aloud. Their skills at bringing the words on the pages to life engage audiences of all ages.

When you get to the site you will see a welcome message and a menu of book covers/titles below. Put your cursor over the book and you can see who reads it. You can also find the complete list by clicking on “Library” located at the top. Turn on your speakers, and click on a book to begin. You will be treated to a video of the actor reading the book, complete with illustrations, captions (so you can follow along), and a musical score to enhance the experience.

Once you are through watching and listening to the story or book, download and print out the “Activity Guide” that includes a book summary, reading and writing helps, and related activities.

We were completely captivated by the stories we sampled. This is a high-quality endeavor that blends literature and technology in a delightful way for readers and listeners of all ages.

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