Posts Tagged ‘stories’

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.

Spanish for Early Learners

August 25th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 25, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GPB Media: Salsa

(www.gpb.org/salsa)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

Join Salsa, the animated salamander, and his friends as you watch any or all of the 42 video Spanish lessons available for free online at this website.

Created by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Salsa is an award-winning language television series that uses puppets, digital graphics, and animations to provide young learners with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture in a fun and entertaining manner.  

Episodes, ranging in length from 15-30 minutes, are entirely in Spanish. With the help of familiar children’s stories and characters, children become engaged and quickly pick up on the language skills presented. Throughout an episode there are brief breaks in the stories to focus on the featured words, reinforcing the vocabulary being taught.

The stories include characters from such favorite stories as:

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Three Clever Goats
  • The Three Pigs

No need to worry if you are not familiar with Spanish because on each episode page there are Introduction, Vocabulary, and Instructor videos for the teacher to preview before presenting the episode videos to their children. Transcripts of the episode and activity guides are also available to download for each episode.

And to keep the learning going, there are four fun interactive games for your students to play: 

  • Seek and Find
  • Pizza
  • Sequence
  • Coloring Book

Based on research, children before the age of nine can easily learn multiple languages and with the help of this website your students can discover that learning Spanish is great fun.

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

August 7th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 

  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, killer clams, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Study Spanish for Free

August 4th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 4, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

123 Teach Me: Spanish for Children

(www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the larger 123 Teach Me website provides lessons, games, quizzes, videos and more for kids who are learning Spanish.

Older students can visit the home page to find resources for learning Spanish geared more towards their age level. For the purposes of this review we are focusing on the Spanish for Children page

When arriving at the kids’ page, there is a colorful menu with the following options: 

  • Spanish Games for Kids – Students can choose from 12 different games to learn and practice their Spanish. Be sure to have your Flash enabled to play the games.
  • Games for Younger Kids – Younger children can play simpler games such as Memory, Spanish Bingo, Space Invader and more to learn Spanish vocabulary.
  • Flashcard & Vocabulary – digital flash card and activities for learning vocabulary
  • Spanish Alphabet for Kids – Learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet with visuals and audios as well as sample words that begin with the letter.
  • Alphabet Videos & Quizzes – a couple of alphabet song videos, as well as letter flashcards and quizzes
  • Music Videos for Kids – YouTube videos of Spanish songs that also provide the words in Spanish and English
  • Quizzes for Kids – Students can test themselves with matching games, word searches and more.
  • Short Stories + Quizzes – video presentations in Spanish of classic tales such as Midas the King, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Each video includes the text of the story in Spanish and English and an interactive quiz.
  • Audio Short Stories – similar to the Short Stories + Quizzes section, audios include the text in Spanish and English as well as interactive activities.
  • Spanish Numbers for Kids, Spanish Colors for Kids, Spanish Vocabulary for Kids – include a variety of interactive activities for children to learn words in Spanish
  • Printable Worksheets – a large variety of worksheets for vocabulary, printable lessons, short stories, flash cards, crafts and more
  • Spanish Speaking Countries – a short geography lesson relating to the countries where Spanish is the official language

Select the “Next” option on the bottom of the menu for even more content for Grammar Lessons, Videos in Spanish, Reading Comprehension, Fun Lessons, and Spanish Holidays. There are a lot of great resources at this website and we have only scratched the surface. Be sure to bookmark this one.

* Please note that some of the activities are on other websites that have not been completely reviewed by our team. As always, be sure to check out the sites prior to allowing children to visit.

Discover the History of Us

July 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom: A History of Us

(www.thirteen.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for: 

  • Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
  • Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
  • For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.
  • About the Series – Learn about the PBS “Freedom” series.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

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