Posts Tagged ‘student’

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.

Middle School Video Math Lessons!

July 17th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, July 17, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MasterMath

(www.mastermath.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=25)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 6-9, with parental supervision)

 

This site offers free video lessons, worksheets and quizzes for middle school math plus Algebra I.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu of the video math lessons. Each grade year is divided into 4 quarters. Each math lesson includes: 

  • A 10-15 minute video that teaches a math concept
  • A printable worksheet to practice the concept
  • An online quiz to test comprehension of the concept

As the announcement explained, after Mr. Lisle shows the student how to do a problem, you can “pause” the video, try a similar problem, and then advance the video to see Mr. Lisle demonstrate the solution.

Mr. Lisle clearly presents the material that will help students understand math concepts such as: 

  • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Fraction-Decimal Equivalency
  • Solving Algebraic Expressions
  • Converting Units of Measure
  • Graphing Linear Equations

Our only criticism is that sometimes Mr. Lisle lapses into a monotone presentation style that may lose a student’s attention. To avoid that, we suggest watching one lesson, do some activities, take a break and then return to watch another lesson.

Fun & Games with Music

July 8th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 8, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SFSKids – Fun and Games with Music

(www.sfskids.org/index.html?f=menu)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world of orchestral music with the fun activities at this website created by the San Francisco Symphony.

Through interactive games, students can learn about the instruments of the orchestra, the basics of conducting, and what is involved in composing music as well as listening skills to gain familiarity with orchestral music. Some audio excerpts are permanently part of the program while others that are noted with a leaf symbol are rotated out every 6 months to provide variety for the student.

When arriving at the SFSKids site, read the introduction then select the “Let’s Start!” link to read some brief instructions for using the site. There are instructions throughout each activity making this site very user friendly.

Exploration activities include: 

  • Sea of Knowledge – Discover Music – Discover facts about instruments, music, and composers.
  • Music Streams – Listen to Music – Listen to music selections from Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Copland, Gershwin, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Shubert, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Wagner, and many more.
  • Musical Skies – Play with Music – includes 2 different activities: 
    • Star Catcher – Select a musical piece and as you listen move your mouse to the rhythm of the music to catch stars with the rabbit.
    • Mood Journey – Make a musical selection then click on the ‘falling’ phrases to change the background as you listen.
  • Instrument Garden – Perform Music – Learn about and virtually play instruments.
  • Symphony Hall – Conduct Music – Learn how a conductor directs an orchestra with this activity.
  • Music Mountain – Compose Music – Learn the basics of music composition and compose your own tune.

There is a lot to explore on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to time after time.

Free Online Translator

July 1st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 1, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeTranslation.com

(www.freetranslation.com/)

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

 

This website offers a free, useful translation tool for anyone interested in translating something from one language to another.

Languages include: 

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • Malay
  • Arabic
  • and many more.

When you get to the site you will see the free translator. Type in the word or text you want to have translated in the first box, select the language you want it translated from and to and click “Translate”. In a second the translation will appear in the second box.

This is a great tool for a student studying a foreign language who needs a little help with a word or phrase – and it’s also fun to see different words or slogans translated into a number of different languages – and then compare and contrast the differences.

This IS a commercial site that sells translation tools and services – but you don’t have to purchase anything to use the free translator provided at the site.

Journey through Anglo-Saxon Life & Death

June 29th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 29, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Anglo-Saxon Discovery

(anglosaxondiscovery.ashmolean.org/index.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford provides young students a look into Anglo-Saxon life through interactive activities illustrated by children.

Using either the upper menu bar or the student illustrated images, navigate through the site to learn about:

  • Anglo-Saxon Arrival
  • Anglo-Saxon Life
  • Anglo-Saxon Death
  • Anglo-Saxon Kings and Kingdoms
  • Anglo-Saxon Oxfordshire
  • Edward Thurlow Leeds and Archaeology

Each page presents questions to be answered. Click on the question to be taken to another page with clickable answers (and/or more questions). Just as in our real-life studies where many questions lead to more questions, this website also presents information in a layered manner, with answered questions often leading to more questions and clickable information links.

Also available using the menu on the right side of the page are: 

  • Teacher Resources – standards, objectives and outcomes as well as sample lesson plans, printable companion activity sheets, and more
  • Games and activities – when we clicked this link the page had broken image links, but click on the text links to reach the following: 
    • How much do you know about the Anglo-Saxons?
    • Games
    • Activity Sheets
    • A few more ideas
  • Links – more websites related to Anglo-Saxon study
  • Meet the Vikings – mini-unit on Vikings like the larger Anglo-Saxon unit
  • Picture Gallery – student illustrations of Anglo-Saxons, archaeologists, and more
  • Virtual Gallery – items in the Leeds Gallery of the museum
  • Ashmolean Museum – takes visitors to the main museum

(Note that the Archives and Artefacts link was not working at the time of this review.)

The brief texts and fun illustrations from students makes this website appealing to younger students and therefore may keep them more engaged in the learning.

Free Spelling Games & Quizzes

June 28th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 28, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grade Spelling

(gradespelling.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This is a FREE program which includes a spelling placement test, spelling & vocabulary (games, activities & tests), writing lessons, & novel study guides by grade.

When you get to the site, choose Spelling & Vocabulary or Book Guides. Under Spelling & Vocabulary, you can choose a grade level to begin right away or scroll below the grade choices to the Spelling Placement Test. Each grade level has 30-40 weeks’ worth of activities. Under Book Guides, choose the book you want to be tested on – they are listed in alphabetical order. The activities for both sections include: 

  • Hear It! Say It! Write It!
  • Word Introduction
  • Spell & Learn
  • Word Jumble
  • Spelling Bee
  • Flash Cards
  • and more.

You can use this site as a guest (free), or purchase the “premium” program that allows you to monitor a student’s progress and advance them only when mastery of the subject matter has been achieved.

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