Posts Tagged ‘stories’

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.

Free Money Lessons for Kids

September 17th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, September 17, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Centsables

(www.centsables.com/)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free information for kids featuring animated superheroes who teach sound fiscal responsibility through their adventures.

Your kids can raise their financial I.Q. as they learn: 

  • Where money comes from
  • How to operate an ATM, write a check, and create a budget
  • How to save and invest money
  • How to wisely spend and share money

When you get to the site, click on the “Menu” icon in the top left corner of the page to access the different sections that include: 

  • Characters – There are “Heroes”, “Villains”, or “Allies”. Learn their “superpowers” such as controlling liquid assets or luring you into accepting tempting credit card offers.
  • Library – You’ll find Comic Books – fun stories (starring the financial superheroes) that reinforce your financial education; Lesson Books – with topics that provide basic info on money, how to earn money, how to save and invest money, and information on the stock market; and Factivity Books – 10 page ‘books’ with lots of money facts.
  • Fun & Games – Coloring sheets, crossword puzzles, word searches, and Sudoku puzzles that extend the learning.

In addition, you’ll find a glossary of terms used in the lessons and stories at this site. There’s good content here that’s presented in an engaging way for the target age-range.

Explore California History

September 6th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 6, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

This Week In California History

(thisweekincaliforniahistory.com/)

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

 

California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850. Dig into its rich history with this website.

When arriving on the homepage, visitors will be on the California History Timeline page that presents interesting tidbits of history that happened during the current week in the past. Information is presented in bitesized pieces and is accompanied by images or videos making it a great way to add a little history every day to your state study. Some of the topics include transportation, events, famous people, sports, entertainment, crime, catastrophes, government, business, and much more. 

In addition to the wonderful collection of California historical trivia, use the upper menu to find: 

  • Games – fun ideas for turning what students have learned in history as games to expand their knowledge
  • Stories – a collection of short stories about children growing up in California throughout time
  • Videos – over 20 videos relating to California history
  • Virtual Field Trips – suggestions for virtual field trips around California

This site is an excellent addition to your state history studies. Bookmark the site or follow them on Facebook as content is updated regularly and there is so much interesting information you might not want to miss.

World History for All

August 30th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 30, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World History for Us All

(worldhistoryforusall.ss.ucla.edu/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

World History for Us All is a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA that offers free, online, and downloadable history lessons organized into manageable pieces that present world history “as a single story rather than unconnected stories of many civilizations.”

These lessons are designed for classroom use but can be tweaked for use in a homeschool environment. Unschoolers may enjoy the resources as well.

Easily navigate this site to get an overview of lesson plans by selecting the “Teaching Units” tab at the top of the website. Scroll down to the table below the “Organization and Index” section to select a unit of study. Or quickly go directly to your desired lesson online by selecting from the menu bar displaying the eras.

The Teaching Units are divided into three categories: 

  • Panorama Teaching Units – Gives an overview of an entire era of history in just a few lessons that include PowerPoint presentations.
  • Landscape Teaching Units – Breaks down a specific era into 2-7 lessons focused on a historical development within that era.
  • Closeup Teaching Units – Further breaks down specific world history topics by time-frame and subject matter.

Eras of study include: 

  • History, Geography, & Time
  • Big Era One – Humans in the Universe -13 Billion – 200,000 Years ago
  • Big Era Two – Human Beings Almost Everywhere – 200,000-10,000 Years Ago
  • Big Era Three – Farming and the Emergence of Complex Societies – 10,000-1000 BCE
  • Big Era Four – Expanding Networks of Exchange and Encounter – 1200 BCE-500 CE
  • Big Era Five – Patterns of Inter-regional Unity – 300-1500 CE
  • Big Era Six – The Great Global Convergence – 1400-1800 CE
  • Big Era Seven – Industrialization and Its Consequences – 1750-1914 CE
  • Big Era Eight – A Half Century of Crisis – 1900-1950 CE
  • Big Era Nine – Paradoxes of Global Acceleration – 1945-present CE
  • Past and Future – Reflecting on the Past, Thinking about the Future

When viewing the online lessons, links are available to access the associated Panorama, Landscape and Closeup Teaching Units as well as the downloadable PDFs of the lessons which include the complete unit lesson plans, handouts, and necessary resource lists. 

This growing collection of chronological world history lessons make short work of your world history planning as it is all done for you.

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