Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Current Events for Kids

July 5th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Current Events

(hmcurrentevents.com/)

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

 

This website from textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides free, interactive, multi-media current events reports for middle school and high school students.

When you get to the site you’ll see a list of the recent stories. Use the left-hand sidebar menu for sections that carry stories spotlighting: 

  • American History
  • World History
  • World Geography
  • Civics/Government
  • American Diversity
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Presidential Election Connection

Also available from the homepage are sections for “Today in History,” “BBC Lead Stories,” “Web Resources,” “Events Calendar,” and “Polls.”

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a selection of current stories in the news, photographs, illustrations, and information for further research and study. Visitors will also find topical quizzes, top related stories and more.

Parents, please be aware that there are often links to other websites outside of the HMH site that have not been reviewed. As always, preview content prior to allowing your student to visit those websites.

Sea History for Kids

June 14th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 14, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sea History for Kids

(seahistory.org/kids/)

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

 

Set sail on an adventure to discover the history of the sea with this website from the National Maritime Historical Society.

Using the colorful icons at the top of the page, visitors can explore: 

  • Animals – Learn about all kinds of animals and historical stories about them.
  • People – Discover sailors, pirates, explorers, and more.
  • Vessels – Have a look at the vessels of the sea past and present and much more.
  • Archaeology – Dig into nautical archaeology.
  • Careers – Explore a variety of occupations related to the sea.
  • Games – Download PDF crossword puzzles.
  • Discover More – Dive into the language of the sailors of yesterday, explore navigational tools, discover the science and art of the sea and much more.

Each topic provides colorful images, interesting text and a “Did You Know?” section for further investigation.

Older students and adults will also find a lot more maritime history by selecting the home icon at the top of any page. Hover over the “Resources” link on the main menu to research a vessel, learn about historic ships, browse the Sea History site index, see marine art in their store, and discover links to other maritime image collections.

This site will enrich your American history studies by allowing students to more deeply examine how the seas have played a part in our history.

Word Games! & An Incredible Dragon-Themed Writing Activity

June 6th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids on the Net

(www.kidsonthenet.com/)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of tips, techniques, and activities to help kids learn to write well.

When you get to the site you will see menu icons in the center of your screen and a menu bar at the top of the screen.

If you’d like to just have some fun, click on “Word Games” on the menu at the top. A new page opens with interactive games that include a crossword, a metaphor and simile quiz, hangman and more. You can also try your hand at virtual magnetic poetry and much more.

For tips and techniques on learning to write well, from the main menu click on “Writing with a Difference” or “Creative Writing.” You will find activities and many examples of children’s stories and poems. There is also an “Authors & Reading” section at this site containing book reviews and advice from authors of children’s books.

This site has provided a forum for children to share their written work and is looking for volunteers to help this service continue. Meanwhile, children are encouraged to keep a notebook for the stories and poems they are inspired to write, and are welcomed to illustrate them using pictures from this site.

At the bottom of the page you will see “Monster Motel,” “Kids’ Castle,” and “Adventure Island” – where you can explore islands created by other kids. All of these are activities meant to get the creative juices flowing.

We’ve saved the BEST part for last! From the main page, click on the waving dragon at the bottom of your screen and enter “Dragonsville.” This is an online writing project with 6 segments that include various kinds of writing activities all designed to inspire kids and make the learning fun! Kids can choose to name a dragon, design a poster, write a biography, complete a story about a dragon, read other kids’ stories about dragons, write to a dragon named “Greentoes” and read his replies. It will inspire the creative storywriter in most kids.

Imperial War Museums Learning Resources

May 17th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 17, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Imperial War Museums

(www.iwm.org.uk/search/learning-resources)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-11, with parental supervision)

 

Explore lessons and artifacts for World War I through present day conflicts involving Britain, its former Empire and the Commonwealth with this website from the five museums and historical sites that make up the IWM (Imperial War Museums).

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to find teaching resources regarding a specific topic. Along with each study unit title, there is a suggested Key Stage level (grade level), as well as an indication as to which war the resource covers. Most lessons present information in a question and answer format along with either images or videos. Some also include downloadable Powerpoint presentations as well as some additional resource PDF downloads.

But this page is only a small part of the learning adventure. Select the “Menu” link at the top of the page, then choose from either one of the following to continue learning: 

  • Stories – Learn about the photographs, artwork and histories of the World Wars, Cold War, D-Day, the Holocaust, Contemporary Conflict, Cabinet War Rooms, Battle of Britain, Afghanistan, Gallipoli, Fashion, and the Home Front.
  • Our Collections – Dive into the almost 800,000 items in the museums to discover Art and Design, Books and Publications, Documents, Exhibits, Film, Photographs, Sound Archive, War Memorial Register, Lives of the First World War, American Air Museum at IWM Duxford and much more.

If you happened to live in the UK, be sure to check out the “Schools” and “What’s On” links for more information about the educational opportunities available with a visit to one of the museums.

Be sure to bookmark this site as it is a valuable resource for your history studies.

Free Audio Stories in Many Languages

May 9th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BookBox

(www.bookbox.com/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a selection of culturally diverse children’s fairy tales and stories that you can listen to for FREE in a variety of languages!

In addition, you can download activities, and play interactive puzzles and games based on the stories.

The free audio stories in MP3 format are an adjunct (and a teaser) to the commercial sale of digital books at the site, but you do not have to purchase anything to enjoy the free PDFs, MP3s, games and activities. The digital books synchronize text, audio, and visual media to create an educational and entertaining reading experience for children. The digital books are based on proven methods of Same Language Subtitling (SLS) that not only enhance children’s basic literacy, but also facilitate their proficiency in foreign languages.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of stories. Select a story and choose the language you prefer (some stories come in more languages than others). Wait for the story to download and then listen to it online. If you want, you can download the free PDF so that you can read along. Then, once you’ve listened to the story, you can do the free activities that are themed around it. (Note: Not all of the stories have accompanying activities.)

This is a terrific resource for encouraging the development of language arts and foreign language skills that will engage the young and young at heart.

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

April 25th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 25, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeReading

(www.freereading.net/wiki/Find_Activities.html)

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

 

This website offers a free, multi-media, open-source instructional reading program that helps educators teach early literacy.

It contains a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities designed for a typical kindergarten or first grade core reading program. This program is also used as an “intervention program” for kindergarten, first grade students and above who need additional help with learning to read.

That said, (and the early emphasis on learning to read at too young an age by schools aside) the resources here can easily be used for children of all ages when they are developmentally ready to learn to read.

FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities in the following categories: 

  • Phonological Awareness: Students learn to blend and segment the sounds in spoken words.
  • Letter Sounds: Students learn to say the most common sounds for printed letters.
  • Sounding Out: Students learn to produce and blend the letter-sound patterns in written words. For the first time, they read.
  • Word Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out. (Some educators refer to these words as “sight words.”)
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words such as the and was by sight.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • Advanced Phonics: Students learn to read words with features such as inflected endings, silent letters, and multiple syllables.
  • Letter Combinations: Students learn to say the most common sounds for letter combinations such as sh and oa.
  • Comprehension: Students learn to read their first stories.
  • And more!

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, decodable passages, word list generators, and much more. You’ll find audio and video aids too.

This site provides a wide variety of early literacy tools covering phonological awareness, reading and spelling fluency, and writing comprehension!

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