Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Literature Learning Ladders

June 18th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, June 18, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Literature Learning Ladders


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


This website offers literature-based WebQuests for grades K-12. WebQuests challenge students to use the Internet to find resources to solve questions and problems about a given topic. A literature-based WebQuest uses a book as a focal point for activities that revolve around the theme, characters, plot, or setting.
There is an amazing selection of WebQuests for all grades at this site filled with multi-media fun including animations, colorful illustrations, photographs, and sound that will engage kids in the interactive exercises.

When you get to the site you will see an introduction, some information on how to get the best use out of WebQuests, and a menu of WebQuests by grade level from K-12. All of the WebQuests are listed according to the literature/book/author used as a theme for the Quest. For example:

*K-2 – Enjoy WebQuests using books such as “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?,” or a theme about studying insects with Eric Carle.

*4-6 – Go on WebQuests based on books such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Harry Potter,” “Johnny Tremain,” and “Hatchet.”

*Middle Schoolers – Try a WebQuest based on books by Jack London, Roald Dahl, Anne Frank, Avi, and Harper Lee.

*High School Students – Try your hand at WebQuests themed around “Beowulf,” “The Crucible,” “Farenheit 451,” “Little Women,” and “The Odyssey.”

Click on any one to begin your WebQuest. Do read the advice at this site about how to adapt WebQuests to suit your student’s interests and abilities. They also explain how to deal with the occasional dead link that you may find in a quest.

This is a great way to use technology to enhance any study of literature.

FREE K-12 Science Curriculum

June 17th, 2014


It’s Tuesday, June 17, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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Math/Science Nucleus


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


A production of the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, this site offers free hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science, and technology for Grades K-12 based on over 23 years of research on how children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for classroom use with the recognition that parents may use them for home study.
The site offers for free:
  • Elementary Curriculum (K-6) – A complete science program for every week of a child’s K-6 experience. Includes 3 lesson plans for 34 weeks. Lessons include all science subjects integrated through Applied Science, Universe Cycle, Plate Tectonic Cycle, Rock Cycle, Water Cycle, and Life Cycle. These lessons require certain materials to do the activities. You can download a description of the material “kits” so that you can assemble the materials needed on your own – or you can purchase the kits for a reasonable fee via the website.
  • Secondary Curriculum (7-12) – These modules increase the knowledge from the Elementary Curriculum. Each module can be developed into a semester or year course depending on the instructor. An electronic textbook for students is part of the program. Hands-on activities are built from the textbook. Included are Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Human Biology.

When you get to the site, read the introduction and then, look on the right side of your screen. You can sign up to receive update alerts on new curriculum as it is uploaded to the site. Then, click on the icon below the words “Free Access.” A new page opens that is the gateway to the curriculum for Elementary and Secondary grades.

While all the lessons are available for free online, you can also purchase a CD containing the full K-12 content to use offline.

Wonderful Online Stories & Books Read By SAG Members!

June 11th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, June 11, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: All (Designed for children, with parental supervision, and entertaining for the whole family.)


Bookmark this website now! This is a website where you can watch members of the Screen Actors Guild – yes, well-known actors and actresses (and even Al Gore!) – read stories and books aloud. Their skills at bringing the words on the pages to life engage audiences of all ages.
When you get to the site you will see a welcome message and a menu of book covers/titles below. Put your cursor over the book and you can see who reads it. You can also find the complete list by clicking on “view the list of all books” located at the top right. Turn on your speakers, and click on a book to begin. A new page opens – simply click “Let’s Read It” and you will be treated to a video of the actor reading the book, complete with illustrations, captions (so you can follow along), and a musical score to enhance the experience.
Once you are through watching and listening to the story or book, download and print out the “Activity Guide” that includes a book summary, related activities, information about the author, trivia facts related to the book, and information about the Screen Actors Guild member who read the story.
We were completely captivated by the stories we sampled. This is a high-quality endeavor that blends literature and technology in a delightful way for readers and listeners of all ages.

Explore Mars Now

May 30th, 2014


It’s Friday, May 30, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Explore Mars Now


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


Let your imagination soar as you explore this virtual tour of a simulated future Mars Mission Base Station. Using the currently available knowledge from experts around the world, this website seeks to “inspire learning about space sciences & technology through this web-based Mars Simulator”.

Choose from the following locations of the base camp to interactively explore:

  • Mars Base Layout
  • Base Exterior
  • Enter Base
  • Exit Base
  • Stair to Upper Level
  • Laboratory
  • EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) Preparation
  • Airlock
  • Medical
  • Bunks
  • Galley
  • Wardroom
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Sample Port
  • Greenhouse
  • Pressurized Rover
  • Robot Rover
When arriving at the location, explanatory text is on the right side of the image. Examine the image using your mouse. When hovering over specific locations in the image, more information is revealed. Using the navigational commands at the bottom of the image, explore the location in different directions.

Before leaving the website, read the “Mission Overview” for a textural outline of the simulated Mars Mission on the website. Check out the “Mars Facts” for more information about Mars and select the “Links” option in the upper navigation bar for more information about Mars on other websites.

While manned exploration to Mars may be years in the future, this website will inspire students to take a look at the possibilities that lie in space travel and exploration.

NASA’s SciJinks!

May 20th, 2014


It’s Tuesday, May 20, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)


This NASA website provides free information about weather, space, atmosphere and satellites through engaging multi-media animations, images, activities, games and downloadable teacher resources.
When you get to the site you’ll see a featured presentation in the center of the screen. Directly to the left, you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Weather – Learn from topics such as, Ask a Weatherman, Weather Folklore, Write a Weather Adventure, Bad Weather Joke Machine and more.
  • Hurricanes and Storms – Find out how a hurricane forms. Watch a “Parade of Floods.”
  • Clouds, Water, and Ice – Check out a “Gallery of Glaciers”. Try some of the “Classroom Activities” that can be tweaked for homeschool use.
  • Tides and Oceans – Discover what causes tides and why they’re weird sometimes. View a “Gallery of Oceans.”
  • Atmosphere – Get the answer to the age-old question, “Why is the sky blue?”
  • Seasons – Learn why the Earth has seasons.
  • Satellites and Technology – Make a weather satellite, learn all about GOES, and be “Spuzzled!” Lots of great satellite info here.
  • Space Weather – Learn how weather on the sun affects us. Check out the weather on other planets. Enjoy a “Gallery of Space Weather.”

You can also click on the horizontal menu near the top of each page that includes:

  • Fun & Games – A selection of fun games from the extensive menu described above.
  • Now I Get It – A selection of popular topics from the extensive menu including “What is the Scientific Method” along with ideas for a weather science project.

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return many times to enjoy it all.

On the Ides of March Explore Roman History

May 15th, 2014


It’s Thursday, May 15, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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BBC Primary History – Romans

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


March 15th is often referred to as the Ides of March and is most notably remembered due to the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. on this date. This event is considered a turning point in Roman history. At this BBC website, explore what life and history was like in ancient Rome through text, images, videos, and activities. When arriving at the site, select an area to explore:

  • City of Rome
  • Rebellion
  • The Roman army
  • Leisure
  • Technology
  • Roman remains
  • Invasion
  • Roman defense of Britain
  • Roads and places
  • Family and children
  • Religion
  • Romans in Scotland

Each area above provides visitors with concise information about the topic, interesting photos to explore, brief videos to enhance your learning, a “Fun Facts” box with Roman history trivia, links to more websites relevant to the topic, and additional activities such as online quizzes and printable supplements.

Students will enjoy playing the interactive, online “Dig It Up: Romans” game where they virtually participate in an archaeological dig.

You will also easily find loads of Teacher’s Resources to help you expand and supplement your studies.

Whether you are doing an in-depth study of Roman history or simply looking for supplemental material for your own study, this website helps make the learning fun.