Posts Tagged ‘student’

Free Grammar & Writing Lessons

June 21st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 21, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guide to Grammar and Writing

(grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/)

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-11, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-free website, designed by an English professor for students with a wide range of ability levels, provides free lessons in grammar and writing

When you get to the site you will see a menu of topics with search buttons below them. Click on the “arrow down” on any search button and you will see a drop-down menu of the amazing range of topics covered in that category as follows: 

  • Word & Sentence Level – adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions, etc.
  • Paragraph Level – paragraph development, sentence variety, sentence combining, etc.
  • Essay & Research Paper Level – principles of composition, outlining, organization, structure, tone, formatting, plagiarism, etc.
  • Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices – Take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of grammar.
  • Peripherals and PowerPoints – instructions, suggestions, resources, and demos for PowerPoint presentations.

Click on any topic in the drop-down menu and a new page opens with instructions delivered through text and illustration. Clear examples of the correct and incorrect forms are provided as well. Interactive quizzes at the end of each lesson allow the student to self-test their knowledge of the subject matter. 

This site is equivalent to having a complete English textbook online for free. The interactive element of the quizzes makes this rather dry material much more appealing to students.

Learn to Type for Free

June 14th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 14, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Typing.com

(www.typing.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a complete typing course (for beginners to advanced students) absolutely free! (Registration is required.)

The program supports all major international keyboard formats, and displays key position and proper finger placement to help keep beginners from looking at their hands. In addition to practice exercises, there are several typing games that reinforce skills while they entertain.

Helpful tips are constantly provided to reinforce proper typing techniques. Typing tests are provided and students can track their progress with detailed graphs and statistics. As a student progresses, the program “learns” which keys cause the most difficulty and creates custom lessons focusing on the student’s top 5 most troublesome letters. When a student completes a lesson, they earn a virtual trophy.

As we mentioned, this program is ad-supported which is why it’s free. If you don’t want the ads displayed, there is a reasonable fee-option to remove the ads.

National History Education Clearinghouse

June 8th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 8, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National History Clearinghouse

(teachinghistory.org/)

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

 

This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K-12, by improving teachers’ access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history.

While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.

Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you’ll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you’ll see a display of featured items from the site’s content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the “Quick Links” for: 

  • Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
  • Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
  • High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You’ll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)

You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Teaching Materials – Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the “Ask a Master Teacher” tool and browse the FAQs.
  • History Content – Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in “Ask A Historian.”
  • Best Practices – Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.

Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers: 

  • Digital Tools
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Holidays and Heritage
  • Primary Sources
  • Student Activities
  • Teaching Materials

~and Much More!

History by Era Resources

June 1st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 1, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History by Era

(www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era)

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

 

This website from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a “gateway” to the historical content available from the Institute.

Arranged chronologically by era, visitors will find scholarly introductions to the topics, essays written by historians, primary resources including images and transcripts, multimedia presentations, lesson plans and other classroom materials. Eras include: 

  • The Americas to 1620
  • Colonization & Settlement, 1585-1763
  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • The New Nation, 1783-1815
  • National Expansion & Reform, 1815-1860
  • Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900
  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
  • Great Depression & WWII, 1929-1945
  • 1945 to the Present

Information is also sorted by “Themes”: 

  • African American History
  • American Indian History
  • Art, Music, and Film
  • Economics
  • Global History and US Foreign Policy
  • Government and Civics
  • Immigration and Migration
  • Literature and Language
  • Arts
  • Military History
  • Reform Movements
  • Religion
  • Women’s History

For each era or theme, information is presented in the same fashion beginning with an overview essay, then sub-era essays as well as available primary resources, teaching resources, a timeline of events, key vocabulary, multimedia and more.

This site provides an excellent place for the student to research American history or to dig deeper into a historical topic of interest.

Music, Dance, Exercise, & Learn

May 27th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 27, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GoNoodle!

(www.gonoodle.com/)

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

 

Get up, dance, and learn with this fun website intended to get the kids moving. You must create a free account to access the more than “250 research-based movement activities”.

Once you have signed up, log in and your child creates their online “Champ” that they can personalize further by earning rewards for “moving along with GoNoodle.” Kids select from categories or “Channels” that provide videos of not only fun exercises and dance activities, but also include songs that can help with math, science, language arts, classical music and more. Channels include: 

  • Blazer Fresh
  • MooseTube
  • Amp Your Champ
  • Hot Ticket
  • Indoor Recess
  • Limited Time
  • Awesome Sauce
  • Kidz Bop
  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo
  • Fresh Start Fitness
  • The Champ
  • Harmonic
  • Flow
  • Zumba Kids
  • Go with the Pro
  • Maximo
  • Brainercise with Mr. Catman
  • Game On!
  • Think About it
  • Empower Tools

And more. Once you have verified your student’s account, you can check their online time and browse through all of the extras available such as tips, articles, and printables. This kid-friendly website is colorful, fun, and easy to navigate. But, beware when checking out the different videos. You may just find yourself getting up and moving too.

Geography for Kids

May 25th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 25, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsGeo.com

(www.kidsgeo.com/index.php)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This part of the larger ad-supported KidsKnowIt Network provides an online geography textbook for kids.

When arriving at the site, either use the left-hand menu or the image icons under the introduction to select the chapter you wish to explore. The nine chapters include: 

  • Chapter One – Hello Earth
  • Chapter Two – Describing Our Planet
  • Chapter Three – Our Atmosphere
  • Chapter Four – Atmospheric Temperatures
  • Chapter Five – Atmospheric Pressures
  • Chapter Six – Atmospheric Moisture
  • Chapter Seven – Atmospheric Disturbances
  • Chapter Eight – The Hydrosphere
  • Chapter Nine – The Biosphere

Each chapter is broken down into individual related topics. Each topic provides text and images to explain the concept as well as an occasional interactive activity for the student to do. On the right-hand menu, there are additional links to games, worksheets, educational movies, music, as well as links to other KidsKnowIt websites. Teachers can browse these links to find additional extension activities to go along with the geography text book.

Back on the Geography & Geology for Kids home page, scroll a little further down to find the geology text book to expand your studies. Chapters for the geology course include: 

  • Chapter One – Examining The Soil
  • Chapter Two – Earth, Rocks, And Landforms
  • Chapter Three – The Earth Inside Out
  • Chapter Four – An Introduction To Erosion
  • Chapter Five – Erosion By Water Processes

This site provides a good spine for most geography and geology classes for elementary students.

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