Posts Tagged ‘stories’

The CIA for Kids!

November 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 29, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CIA for Kids

(www.cia.gov/kids-page)

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

 

When you think about the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), “kids” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. So, you may be surprised to see what they offer for children on their “Kids’Zone” page.

Find out about the history of the CIA and what they do including how they use dogs and pigeons to gather intelligence. You can also try your hand at breaking a secret code!

When you get to the site you will see a menu on the right side of your screen that includes: 

  • K-5th Grade – Click on this link and a new page opens with a brief introduction to the CIA for younger elementary grade students. Look for the menu on the left side of the screen that includes an opportunity to learn all about the CIA Seal, find out about the CIA K-9 Corp (kids will love reading the personal stories of 23 different “spy” dogs), and get a bird’s eye view of the CIA (includes info about how carrier pigeons help the CIA).
  • 6th-12th Grade Homepage – Click on this link to access info designed for older students including: 
    • Who We Are & What We Do – Includes a more in-depth look at the mission, structure, and the operations of the CIA.
    • Getting a Job at the CIA – Explains the qualifications one must have to work for the CIA.
    • Operation History – When you click this, don’t miss “one of the most secret museums in the world” to take a virtual tour of the CIA museum and its artifacts. More advanced students might like to read the “History of American Intelligence” and “The History of the CIA” – in-depth looks at the history of the CIA from the Revolutionary War through WWII. Of particular interest for older students are the spy biographies which can be accessed by clicking “The CIA Hall of Fame.” Here you will find several U.S. presidents (including George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and George Bush), Nathan Hale, Harriet Tubman, and even a heroic spy who, with several names and only one leg, was the only female ever to earn the Distinguished Service Cross, one of the highest honors issued by the U.S. military.

Once you’ve checked out the grade-specific sections, have some fun by clicking on “Games” on the menu. Junior spies of every age, will have fun with a CIA puzzle, word find, and trying to decipher a secret code.

As always, parents should preview this material to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

Math Biographies, History, & More!

November 5th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, November 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MacTutor History of Math Archive

(www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website archives the biographies of famous and not-so-famous mathematicians, including a “Mathematicians of the Day” feature. It also maintains an index of the history of various math strands like Numbers, Algebra, and Geometry, as well as the history of math in various cultures such as those in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, China, India, America and more.

When you get to the site, simply use the search tool or the menu on the left of the screen to access: 

  • Biographies Index – Read the life stories of mathematicians through the ages. Search for names alphabetically, or search various time periods from 500 AD to the present.
  • History Topics Index – Click on links to learn about mathematics in various cultures from Ancient Babylonia to the Mayan culture to present day America. You can also learn the history of various mathematical topics such as Algebra, Analysis, Numbers, Number Theory, Geometry, Topology, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Astronomy, and more.
  • Famous Curves Index – Learn the history of various math curves such as the Cartesian Oval, Devil’s Curve, Fermat’s Spiral, Involute of a Circle, Newton’s Parabolas, Serpentine, Talbot’s Curve, Watt’s Curve, the Witch of Agnesi, and more.
  • Mathematicians of the Day – Find out which mathematicians were born (and who died) every day of the year. Bookmark the site, and check it daily. The entire year is archived here – look up your birthday and see what mathematician was born on the same day as you!

This site offers a unique way to engage students in the study of mathematics, and a way to further explore math for those who simply can’t get enough of it.

Videos – Kids Stories in Spanish

October 27th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 27, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garabato – Videocuentos

(pacomova.eresmas.net/paginas/videocuentos/videocuentos.htm)

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

 

This page, part of a larger ad-supported Spanish website, provides video presentations of stories for children in Spanish.

We thought that this would be a fun addition to your Spanish class and provide your students with listening and reading practice.

Because this is an all-Spanish website, if you do not read Spanish, you can use the translation function of your browser to change the page content to English. If you are a Chrome user, when you first arrive at the site a pop-up should appear asking if you would like to translate the page. Doing this will allow you to see the story titles in English. Alternatively, you could choose not to have the page translated for more challenging language practice for the student. 

Select a video you would like to watch using the text links under the images. Some of the stories have more than one video breaking them into shorter segments. We did find that a couple of the links brought up error messages on the videos, but the others played fine. Some familiar tales include: 

  • El Patito Feo – The Ugly Duckling
  • La Princesa y el Guisante – The Princess and the Pea
  • Pulgarcita – Thumbelina
  • El Ruiseñor – The Nightingale
  • La Sirenita – The Little Mermaid
  • Caperucita Roja – Little Red Riding Hood
  • El Traje Nuevo del Emperador – The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • La Princesa de las Nieves – The Snow Princess
  • Los Tres Cerditos – The Three Little Pigs
  • La Liebre y la Tortuga – The Tortoise and the Hare
  • La Gallina de los Huevos de Oro – The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

And more.

At the bottom of the page there is a text link that will take you to the website home page (Volver a la página principal). On the home page, visitors can browse through hundreds of stories to read online, all sorted alphabetically. If you had previously selected to have the page translated into English, in order to read the stories in Spanish, you will need to either copy the page link and open in a new window or go back to the video page, and refresh to get back to the Spanish version. The home page has right-click disabled so it is not possible to update language options using that method.

Scroll under the alphabet selection section to find additional links to pictogram stories, over 150 Hans Christian Andersen stories, over 100 stories from India and more.

Although we suggest using this site as a tool for older language students, younger children may enjoy watching the videos or having the stories read to them by an older student.

Free Audio Stories for Kids!

October 24th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 24, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Storynory

(storynory.com/)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

If you don’t know about this website – you should! Storynory.com offers a treasure trove of free audio stories for kids that include fairy tales, myths, original stories and more.

Every week a new audio story is published on the website (and has been since 2005). You can listen online or download the stories for free.

The storytellers are entertaining and the content includes:

  • Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen
  • Folktales and legends from around the world
  • Beloved children’s tales such as the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Classics including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and an entire audio book of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Original children’s stories created by the owners of the site. The founders of Storynory (a writer and BBC radio journalist) own an online media consulting company.

You can subscribe to their podcasts as well.

Listening to audio stories develops language arts skills, improves attention, and sparks the imagination.

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!

Explore Jefferson’s Monticello

October 12th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Monticello Explorer

(explorer.monticello.org/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ClickScholar suggested website provides a variety of multi-media opportunities to explore the home where Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President) lived on a plantation in VirginiaThe home is called Monticello. At the site you can virtually explore the plantation, house, gardens and grounds.

Please note that visitors will need Adobe Shockwave to view this site. After the website loads, you’ll see a menu with five choices listed under two categories as follows: 

  • EXPLORE (Use interactive maps.)
    • Explore the Plantation – Use an interactive map to randomly explore the 5,000 acre plantation, buildings, and grounds.
    • Explore the House – Use an interactive 3-D map to navigate the hallways, rooms, and floors of Jefferson’s mansion.
  • TOUR (Take a multi-media, narrated tour.)
    • General House – This is a terrific way to see Monticello. Join a curator who narrates the video tour of the mansion, explaining the furnishings, and telling stories that bring it all to life.
    • Domestic Life At Monticello – This narrated video tour explains the history of the Jefferson family and the enslaved families (including the Hemings family) that lived on the plantation for several generations.
    • Gardens and Grounds – This audio-video tour of the grounds is punctuated with beautiful photography and interesting explanations about horticulture and the cultivation of specialized plants, as well as Jefferson’s fascination with native plants.

All along the explorations and tours, you will find related materials to further learning. There are so many clickable functions to explore the site, that you may need to be patient occasionally as various presentations are downloaded for viewing. Bookmark the site, as it will take some time to investigate this expansive historical collection of images and information about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.

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