Posts Tagged ‘study guide’

Field Trip to Abalone, Emu, & Kiwi Farms & More! (CSAW)

August 14th, 2009

Recommended Website:

America’s Heartland

Age Range: All (The videos have something of interest for all ages, the study guides seem to be for older students about grades 5 and up.)

What a find! The America’s Heartland website is a companion to a magazine-style, half-hour TV series, and offers FREE video virtual tours of unforgettable places of agriculture across the USA.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of options that include:

  • Agri-Tourism — Visit a Reindeer Ranch, Bison Farm, and Horse Park.
  • Animals — See an Emu Farm, Chicken Ranch, Cattle Ranch, and Duck Farm.
  • Aquaculture — Learn about harvesting Crawfish, Abalone, and Trout Farming.
  • Fruits — Take a virtual tour of Strawberry, Kiwi, and Mandarin Orange Farms.
  • Specialty Products — Learn about Maple Sugaring and visit farms that grow Mushrooms, Truffles, Aloe Vera, and more.
  • Vegetables — See how Carrots, Iceberg Lettuce, Corn, Spinach, and Chili Peppers grow.

Simply click on the topic of interest and a new page opens with a menu of short video tours of agri-products in that category. Each product offers a free downloadable “Study Guide” in pdf, a brief story synopsis with additional resources, and the video tour.

You’ll also find videos about careers in agriculture, environmental stewardship, food science, organic food production, and agri-business technology.

This is a terrific, informative, multi-media resource and gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence! (CSAW)


Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today.

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Free Writing Study Guide & More

March 25th, 2009

Recommended Website:
7 Stages of Writing Assignments

Age Range: 12 and up (Geared more for high school and up, but some middle school students may benefit as well.)

This site provides free study guides for a variety of subjects — and this review focuses on one particular guide titled “The Seven Stages of Writing Assignments.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Seven Stages” — click on any one for a textbook explanation and suggested activities. The “Seven Stages” include info on how to:

  1. Develop your topic
  2. Identify your audience
  3. Research
  4. Organize
  5. Write a draft
  6. Revise
  7. Proofread your work

When you have reviewed this information, click on “Index” at the top of the page. A new page opens will a full menu of study guides that you will find at this website. Scroll about half way down the index to find study guides on topics such as:

  • Reading
  • Writing Basics
  • Vocabulary/Spelling
  • Math
  • Science/Technology

Don’t miss the Learning Exercises and Games under the “Resources” category. It offers some interactive opportunities to practice skills in many subjects. For example, “Build Your Vocabulary with Prefixes and Root Words.” Use your mouse to drag and combine prefixes and root words to create new words (the definitions of the words you create pop up on the screen).

There is lots of content at this site. Bookmark it, as it will require more than one visit to see it all.


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Free Language Arts Lesson Ideas for Pre-K-12

August 13th, 2008

Recommended Website:

This website offers an amazing assortment of free, multi-media resources and ideas to help classroom teachers with Language Arts lesson plans that are themed around children’s books published by Random House. The ideas, activities and resources can be tweaked for use at home.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured resources in the center of your screen. Because it’s back-to-school time you’ll find a free, printable educational planner. There is a printable chart of activities in language arts and math to celebrate the 100th day of school (or homeschool) in the 2008-2009 school year based upon Random House’s Step Into Reading series of books. (You can buy the books at the website, or just print out the list and find the books at your local library.) There are also suggested writing activities for middle schoolers based upon newly published Random House books. Don’t miss “Classroom Cast” featuring videos of children’s book authors reading excerpts from books and answering questions about how they wrote and/or illustrated them.

Use the Menu Tabs on the page to access:

  • Preschool – Find a monthly preschool curriculum based upon Random House books. Many of the book titles come with free, downloadable educator’s guides.
  • Picture Books – Learn about the latest editions in the Random House library of books and download classroom activity guides for various series. Get the free “Storyhours Kit” with book title recommendations, discussion and activity ideas, snack suggestions, reproducible activities, and reproducible Storyhour certificates. (Again, this can all be tweaked for use at home.)
  • Grades K-3 – Preview the new books for this grade range and review the “Step Into Reading” program that provides book suggestions along with activities to enhance learning for beginning readers.
  • Grades 4-5 – Explore the “Stepping Stones” early chapter book series that now have “genre buttons” to identify them for use in unit studies. Learn about the various book series for this grade range and access “Resources” that include printable educator’s guides.
  • Grades 6-8 – This section features the “Yearling” series for young readers that includes 28 Newbery Award and Newbery-Honor winning titles in a variety of genres including adventure, humor, history, mystery, fantasy, and fiction. You can download the new “Yearling Educators Guide Bind-Up” with over 40 Educators Guides for classic Yearling titles. In addition, you can access “The Calendar and Author Study Guide” that include creative activities or discussion questions for various Yearling books.
  • Grades 9-12 – High school students may enjoy the titles in the “Readers Circle” series. It includes a guide in every book that provides discussion questions and author interviews and biographies – perfect for a book club. Get guidelines on how to start a book group too.

In each of the above categories, you can sign up to receive a free online newsletter with information on new books and educational materials as they become available.


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Free Literature Study Guides & More!

July 18th, 2007

Recommended Website:

Barnes & Noble SPARKNOTES

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately middle school, high school, and beyond)

ClickSchooling list member Tiffany Davis in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma recommended today’s site. She wrote:

“I just discovered a great resource for study guides at this site from Barnes and Noble. There is great information on classic and popular books and authors, much like ‘Cliff Notes.’ Free!”

When you get to the site you will see a menu of free online study guides in a variety of subject categories. You can read most of the Study Guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. The good news is that if you want to avoid the nuisance of the ads, you can download and print out the pdf file for a slight fee (about $5).

To give you an idea of what you can expect in the field of Language Arts — under “Spark Notes: Study Guides” you’ll find:

  • Literature – A stunning array of free study guides for book titles spanning
    from “Across Five Aprils” to “Walden.” Pick a title, click, and a new page
    opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter
    summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and
    suggestions for further reading.
  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides,
    Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the
    suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.
  • Writing – A remarkable grammar glossary with easy-to-find answers on
    everything from proper usage of commas and semicolons to superlatives and more.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Language Arts! In the History category you’ll
find study guides on important eras in American and European history along
with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science
you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy
and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology,
and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

Cat Science!

May 8th, 2007

Recommended Websites:
Cat Science!

May 7-13 is National Pet Week! This week, ClickSchooling will bring you educational
websites featuring pets! What fun!

Ages: Varied (We’ve tried to indicate age range within each link
description below. As always, parents should preview every site that is
recommended to determine suitability of content. Please understand that with
some of the links recommended below, we have only reviewed the actual
landing page. That page may be part of a larger website that we have not

Cats: Wild to Mild!

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles brings you this virtual exhibit
that “traces the natural history of the cat from wild, exotic felines to
America’s number one pet.” Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and
Friskies Pet Care Company the content is suitable for the whole family. It
combines information on cat mythology, biology, behavior, conservation, and
responsible pet care. Much of the content from the “real” exhibit is
presented in these “virtual” exhibit pages, as well as the complete
Teacher’s Study Guide that accompanies the exhibition.

All About Cats

The Cat Fanciers Association sponsors this website that provides a “feline
education for youngsters.” Kids can learn about different breeds and colors
of domestic cats, find out about cat shows and junior showmanship, and play
all kinds of games and puzzles to test their knowledge of cats. Plus there
are interactive and printable coloring pages. Don’t miss the links to other
cool cat websites.

Cats: Plans for Perfection

This website from National Geographic explores cat anatomy and behavior in
an interactive field guide format that’s geared more for middle school and
up. When you get to the site, click on “Enter.” Then use the menu to learn
all about cat skeletons, muscles, senses, coat, and behavior.

Do Cats Sweat?

Check out this “Moment of Science” to find out!

Cat Cam

This site has several web cams that document the antics (well, mostly the
naps…yawn…) of several domestic cats. If this is a little dull, try

Fishing Cat Cam!

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park offers this great video of the
resident Fishing Cats doing their thing. You thought cats didn’t like water?
Think again…

Cat Facts

This web page contains an interesting list of cat facts. It’s part of a
larger site all about cats (that we didn’t review).

Ask Dr. Universe!

Do your kids (ages 6 and up) have science questions that you find difficult
to answer? Ask Dr. Universe! This friendly, fictitious, feline professor,
who works at Washington State University, devotes her time to answering all
the questions kids come up with. She has the resources of the university
close at hand, you see. :) Don’t miss the alphabetical list of some of the
tough questions children ask, such as, “Why do cats hate water?” The
diversity of the topics covered here is phenomenal. Just explore the
questions your kids are interested in — the answers may springboard you
into a whole new area of science study.

Professor Garfield (The Cat) Teaches Science and More!

Do your kids read Garfield (the cat) comic strips or books? Do they watch
Garfield cartoons? This website, brought to you in association with Ball
State University, presents Professor Garfield…for all of your academic
needs! When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of subjects, including
science, organized by grade levels K-6. Just click on the grade, then click
on an item from the subject category to begin the lessons. You may want to
click on “Teachers Lounge” on the menu to read the curricula overview and to
access info about instructional materials at the site along with printable

Cat Cares for Chickens!?!

This falls under the category of cute – but what cat story doesn’t? Watch
the video of the mother cat who adopted baby chicks. Awwww….

Cat Physics!

Just for fun, read the laws of physics – cat version! For example:
#1 – Law of Cat Inertia: A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless
acted upon by some outside force – such as the opening of cat food, or a
nearby scurrying mouse,” etc. :)

Hope these cat sites bring “purrfect” learning fun to your whole family!

Arrr! There Be Pirates Here!

June 29th, 2006

I thought it would be fun to take a look at the history of pirates. With the help of ClickSchooling list member Fran Wisniewski (who happens to be the world wide ambassador for here are some great sites you can explore about pirates.

Recommended Websites:

AS ALWAYS: Parents should preview these websites to determine suitability of content for their own children.

History Channel: True Caribbean Pirates

The History Channel has produced a brand new documentary “True Caribbean Pirates” that is scheduled to air on July 9th. The official announcement says, “Until the recent attack on a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia, pirates terrorizing the high seas have been mostly the stuff of legend and Hollywood fantasy. But piracy, particularly in the Caribbean, was at one time a very real and dangerous problem. Men with names such as Blackbeard, Calico Jack, and Black Bart pillaged and plundered ships and seaport towns, offering violent retribution to those who resisted and seizing fortunes at will. Viewers get to know the real characters, fight the battles they fought, watch nations rise up to stop them, and separate fact from fiction in the world premiere TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES on Sunday, July 9th, 2006 at 8pm/7c on The History Channel.” You can get details about the show at this website along with info on other pirate-themed broadcasts they’ve done.

The Pirate King

This website belongs to a young man named Rob Ossian (pronounced “ocean”) who is, among other things, a nautical archaeologist. He was interviewed for the History Channel’s documentary, “True Caribbean Pirates,” mentioned above. His website offers pirate biographies, historical timelines, nautical and pirate terminology, info on nautical archaeology and much more.

Mrs. Mitchell’s Virtual School: Pirates

There is SO MUCH content on the Internet about pirates that it’s hard to sort through it to find the best of the best. Fortunately, teacher Kathi Mitchell has done that for us and maintains a list of links to fantastic sites about pirates including National Geographic and the Library of Congress. When you get to the site you will see a menu of links divided into these categories:

  • Pirates — Pirate-themed webpages with general information on pirate history and lore.
  • Famous Pirates — Follow the links to learn about Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Captain Morgan, and women pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read too!
  • Lesson Plans — An extensive listing of FREE pirate-themed lesson plans from universities, educational websites, National Geographic, the New England Pirate Museum and more.

Talk Like A Pirate Day for Kids

Did you know that September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day? Well, it is. Originally designed as something for grown-ups to do, the creators of the event soon discovered that kids want to talk like pirates too. At this website address you’ll find pirate lexicon for the younger set, a bibliography of kids’ books about pirates, ideas for pirate parties, a downloadable pirate curriculum for Talk Like A Pirate Day, and even a downloadable kids’ study guide developed by the San Francisco Opera Guild for Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.” NOTE: Because this site was originally intended for adults, there is some bawdy material in other sections of the site. Again, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview this site BEFORE allowing children to explore it to determine suitability of content.

Yo-ho, matey — it’s a pirate’s life for me! Have fun!