Posts Tagged ‘stories’

History Through Inventions

August 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 3, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Idea Finder

(www.ideafinder.com/)

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

 

This website was created by an Internet consulting company to inspire the “inventor” in everyone. It showcases the history of remarkable inventions, inventors, and great ideas throughout time.

When you get to the site, click on “Enter” and a new page opens. In the center of the screen you’ll see some features. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page and at the top of the page to access: 

  • First Time Visitor – Get an indexed overview of what you’ll find on this content-rich website that features innovation information about the past, present, and future.
  • History Facts & Myths – Explore an incredible archive of history’s most interesting inventions and the stories behind them including the Abacus, Car, Coca-Cola, Frisbee, Hair Dryer, Internet, Jell-O, Liquid Paper, Microwave Oven, Post-It Notes, Slinky, and many more. Each invention includes a bibliography for further reading as well as links to more sources of info on the Internet.

Plus, you’ll find: 

  • Inventor Biography – Read the biographies of notable inventors such as Steve Jobs (Apple Computer), Ed Johnson (Christmas Lights), Harvey Ball (Smiley Face), Alfred Butts (Scrabble), and many more.
  • Innovation Timeline – Search any era in history (from ancient BC to the modern 21st Century) to learn about the innovations that occurred during that time period. Includes photographs, quotations, and resources for further learning.
  • Innovation Games & Trivia – Don’t be afraid to take this test BEFORE you explore the site. The questions are intriguing, so if you don’t know the answers and your curiosity gets the better of you – find out instantly by clicking the “answer” button. A great way to introduce the topic of invention and segue to a history lesson.
  • Idea Showcase – The point of innovation is to improve the quality of life. That said, inventors like making income by selling their inventions. In this section you can check out award-winning inventions and purchase them as well.
  • Features – Find out how many inventions were the result of an accident. See how inventors improve upon the inventions of others to “build a better mousetrap.” Check out inventions that changed civilization and had an enduring effect on the world.
  • Resource Center – Find resources for further learning and investigation including websites, books, movies, and a listing of contests, competitions, experiments, and projects for the young inventor. (Some are available for free, others for a fee.) Find resources for invention mentors too.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles on historical innovations, inventors, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Find out about the Patent Act of 1790 and explore some patents that have become products.

Students will need good reading skills to explore this site independently, and non-readers of all ages will enjoy the pictures and information with assistance.

Free Literature & Author Quizzes

August 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 2, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Literature Network

(www.online-literature.com/author_index.php)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free biographies and literature including stories, books, and articles by a variety of authors from A to Z.

You’ll find a searchable collection of prominent works, along with fun quizzes that test your biographical knowledge of your favorite authors.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an alphabetical list of authors names including: 

  • Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
  • Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)
  • James M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
  • Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  • F. Scott Fizgerald (The Great Gatsby)
  • Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)
  • Homer (The Odyssey)
  • Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
  • Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
  • William Shakespeare
  • Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
  • Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Jules Verne (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea)

Click on any name and a new page opens with the author’s biography, a collection of their works (many that you can read online), and a challenging interactive quiz.

Exploring Both Sides of the Issue of Economics

July 20th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 20, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Stossel in the Classroom: Both Sides of the Issue

(stosselintheclassroom.org/both_sides/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger “Stossel in the Classroom” website provides short video presentations from opposing viewpoints regarding various politically charged economic issues of today. These segments are compiled to encourage an open discussion from both sides of the issues.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll through the topics which include: 

  • NAFTA Has Destroyed American Manufacturing vs. Does Free Trade Create Prosperity?
  • Is College Worth It? vs. Vocational School vs. Higher Education
  • Everyone Must Vote? vs. “You.Must.Vote.”
  • Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour vs. Minimum Wage
  • The True Cost of Fossil Fuels vs. The Energy Debate: A Case for Fossil Fuels
  • And much more.

Teachers can use the “Both Sides of the Issue” segments as a starting point in teaching debate as well as current events for history and as a supplement to their economics courses. Hover over the left-hand side bar to locate the website navigation tools and you will find links to other portions of the site including: 

  • Videos – Web Segments – various stories from John Stossel
  • Classroom Extension – In the “Teacher Center, register for free and you can get the Stossel in the Classroom DVDs for free as well as access to downloadable teacher guides to accompany the DVDs. Your students can register under your account and you can assign them “homework” from the site. In the Student Center, students can search for topical video segments, find related discussion questions to answer and much more.
  • External Resources – A treasure trove of outside links across all subject areas

Please note that the viewpoints presented on this website are controversial, so, as always, please be sure to preview this website prior to allowing students’ access.

Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

May 17th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 17, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

The New York Times offers “fresh classroom resources – from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more – all based on the articles, essays, images, videos and graphics published on NYTimes.com.”

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students: 

  • Articles and Questions – Article of the Day and Teenagers in the Times
  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Quizzes and Crosswords – Word of the Day, Weekly News Quiz and Student Crosswords
  • Multimedia – What’s Going on in this Picture
  • Contests – The Eighth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest starts June 16.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

Discover the History of American Air Travel

April 20th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 20, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

America By Air

(airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/america-by-air/online/index.cfm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This comprehensive website from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum explores the history of American air travel through articles, pictorial presentations, and interactive activities.

When arriving at today’s link, visitors can use the upper menu or the image map to choose from: 

  • Fly Across America – See what was involved in traveling from New York to San Francisco, California during different time periods with this interactive map.
  • Online Exhibition – Dig deep into aviation history and technology with articles and images.
  • Objects & Images – Examine more than 300 images of planes, people, maps, documents, and much more.
  • Activities – Interactive activities that include: 
    • The Well-Dressed Pilot – Appropriately dress a time-period pilot.
    • Contact Flying – As an airmail pilot, navigate your route using landmarks.
    • A Pilot’s Personality – Examine documents to discern airmail pilot Bill Hopson’s personality.
    • Travel Agent – Using travel advertisements decide which way you would like to travel – by plane, train, or ship.
    • Around the World in 18 Days – Arrange Herbert R. Ekins’ journey around the world by either arranging the various aircraft he used in the correct order or make a newsreel arranging videos, images, and maps into a video timeline then add the appropriate audios.
    • At Your Service – Discover the amenities that were available on a 1950’s DC-7.
    • Stewardess Requirements – See if you would have met the requirements to become a stewardess in the 1950’s.
    • Baggage Claim – Match the luggage to the correct passenger based on its contents.
    • A New Generation of Leaders – Read mini biographies about the early leaders of the airline industry.
    • Today’s Jets – Learn about modern day jets and then try your hand at identifying them.
    • Air Routes – Explore the changes of commercial air routes for some major airlines.
    • Arline Ticket Price Meter – You are given $300 for an airline ticket. Choose options to make your ticket affordable.
    • Fly the Mail – Fly the mail from New York to Cleveland, Ohio making decisions along the way to reach your destination in a timely manner.
  • Stories – Visitor submitted stories about air travel
  • In the News – A few news articles relating to air travel
  • Behind the Scenes – Museum articles about the exhibits

There is so much to do and see at this website you will most certainly want to bookmark it to come back time and again.

Egg Language Arts

April 12th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 12, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

The websites below have online children’s stories about eggs and the bunny

Not all of the following online children’s stories are about eggs, but rather, the legendary egg delivery guy — the bunny. The best of the bunch is the last story.

The Easter Egg Hunt 

(www.storyjumper.com/book/index/4929542/The-Easter-Egg-Hunt#)


The Adventurous Bunny and Easter Island 

(learningbox.com/bunny/1.htm)


The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

(http://lightupyourbrain.com/stories/audio-story-the-tale-of-peter-rabbit/)

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