Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Explore U.S. History with Milestone Documents

August 17th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 17, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Milestone Documents

(www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?flash=true&page=milestone)

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore United States history from 1776-1965 by examining 100 documents gathered by National Archives and Records Administration.

The select documents are considered to “reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to ‘form a more perfect union.'” After selecting one of the documents from the link list, the window will open where visitors will see an image of the actual document, be able to read about its history and significance, review a transcript of the document, and additionally can download a PDF(s) of the image of the item. Some of the most popular documents available include: 

  • Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Constitution of the United States (1787)
  • Bill of Rights (1791)
  • Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803)
  • Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  • 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
  • 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)
  • Gettysburg Address (1863)
  • Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • And many more.

There are additional resources available using the left-hand menu including: 

  • The People’s Vote – a ranked list of the documents based on public opinion of which are considered the most historically influential
  • Tools for Educators – includes a downloadable source book, teaching ideas and more
  • Related Resources – links to other websites for documents and historical research

This website is an excellent resource for any history class wishing to use primary resources in their studies.

Fun Math Learning Game Lab!

August 7th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 7, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Snacks

(mathsnacks.com/)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab created this site, which aims to provide “smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.”

The site’s collection of “snacks,” are highly entertaining educational movies, games, and apps that focus on specific mathematical concepts, each requiring only a small amount of time. Some of the videos and games you’ll find include: 

  • Watch the fabled Atlantis sink, thanks to a Dodgeball coach who lacks a clear understanding of ratios.
  • Identify numbers that sum to ten, and decimals that sum to 1 – while driving a school bus full of monsters and deforming the neighborhood (this one you’ve got to see to believe).
  • Watch a supervillain and superhero match wits, scaling things up and down by the same factor.

There are many more as well. Each “snack” includes guides for student and teacher, as well as transcripts of the video clips, to help solidify the concepts.

A handy reminder from the teachers’ page: “Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities you can use with the curriculum you are already using in grades 4-8.” Since they’re snacks, you’ll be glad to hear that they’re portable; if you have a mobile device, you can learn something new on the go. Perfect for Carschooling!

Be sure to check out the rest of the teachers’ page for helpful hints on how to get the most benefit out of this website.

Free Reading Lessons & Activities for K-3

July 26th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 26, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeReading

(www.freereading.net/)

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

 

This website offers a free, multi-media, open-source instructional reading program that includes a 40-week series of reading lessons covering phonological awareness and phonics activities.

As mentioned at the website, FreeReading provides scope and sequence activities (under the “Find Activities” link) in the following categories: 

  • Print Concepts: Students learn how different forms of print are read.
  • 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.
  • Word-Form Recognition: Students learn to read written words without sounding them out.
  • Irregular Words: Students learn to read high-frequency irregular words by sight.
  • 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.
  • Letter Writing: Students learn the correct way to write letters.
  • And more.

All of this is accomplished with free, downloadable and printable lessons and materials such as picture cards, word cards, flashcards, word list generators, and much more.

Also check out “Teaching Tools” – as it provides a good overview of the site and how to use it to your student’s best advantage.

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.

Science with Butterflies

July 11th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, July 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Children’s Butterfly Site

(www.kidsbutterfly.org/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website, a project of the Butterfly and Moth Information Network, has free information on the life cycle of butterflies, a stunning photo gallery of moths and butterflies, links to teaching and learning tools, and even printable science coloring pages!

When you get to the site you’ll see the features that include: 

  • Coloring Pages – Get coloring pages of a butterfly egg, larva, chrysalis (pupa), and an adult butterfly. And here’s a link to a lesson plan based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar

http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle/lesson.

  • FAQs – This is a great resource for learning about moths and butterflies, their anatomy (find out if they have brains and hearts), life cycle, habitats, and behavior. Are butterflies poisonous? How did they get their name? How do you say “butterfly” in other languages? The answers are all here.
  • Life Cycle – Enjoy a simple explanation of a butterfly’s life cycle illustrated with terrific photos. This is perfect for kids!
  • Links – For those kids (and adults) that want to know more, this is a wonderful archive of links to butterfly and entomology websites in the U.S. and worldwide. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.
  • Photographs – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.
  • Teaching & Learning Tools – Watch videos about butterflies, get a bibliography of field guides and reference books that include activities you can do at home – like growing a butterfly garden to attract these fascinating creatures to your backyard.

And for those of you studying foreign languages, you’ll find translations of the life cycle overview in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

Interactive US History Games

July 6th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 6, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mission U.S.

(www.mission-us.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Public Broadcasting, offers free interactive games to immerse players in U.S. history content. The games are available for use online as well as for iPad and Android tablets.

When you get to the site select from the following games: 

  • Mission 1: For Crown or Colony? – “Puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.”
  • Mission 2: Flight to Freedom – “Players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the ‘free’ North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?”
  • Mission 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey – “Players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation.”
  • Mission 4: City of Immigrants – “Players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement.”
  • Mission 5: Up from the Dust – “Players take on the roles of twins Frank and Ginny Dunn, whose family wheat farm is devastated by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. As they experience the hardships of the 1930s, players learn about Americans’ strategies for survival – as individuals, communities, and a nation.”

Watch trailers of the games for an overview of each mission then click “Play Mission” to begin the game. 

Note: If you click on “Educators” on the menu at the top of the home page, you’ll find “Educators Guides” that provide instructions and tips for using the games as learning tools in the classroom. Some of the information may be helpful for home educators as well.

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