Posts Tagged ‘tools’

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.

English Grammar Games & Much More!

July 5th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 5, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fun 4 The Brain: English Excitement!

(www.fun4thebrain.com/english.html)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free, multi-media, interactive games to practice and learn English Language Arts including grammar, parts of speech, and sight words.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of six games that include: 

  • Panda Mayhem – Learn parts of speech and make silly sentences.
  • Base Word Baseball – Challenge your knowledge of base words and suffix endings.
  • Popcorn Words – Memorize the most common sight words.
  • Syllable Split – Break words into syllables.
  • Magic “e” Adventures – Find out what happens to a word when you add an “e” on the end. For example, “cap” becomes “cape”.
  • My Reading Tools – Use the reading tools you learned in the previous games to find the treasure.

But that’s not all! Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to find an array of free math games to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You’ll even find timed quizzes to do online or print out and do offline. There is a fun science game too, that will help you discover what happens when you mix oxygen and nitrogen.

Bookmark this site!

Fun, Online Math Games for K-9

July 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, July 3, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathNook

(www.mathnook.com/)

This ad-supported website provides a free archive of fun, interactive, online games that help kids practice and hone their math skills.


You can choose games by grade level or category. Skills covered include:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Estimation
  • Exponents
  • Factoring
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Money
  • Measurement
  • Place Value
  • Prime/Composite
  • Rounding
  • And more!

When you get to this ad-supported site you’ll see a menu of math games. Just click on one of interest to get started. Most of the games have colorful animations, sound effects, and an arcade-style format.

The site also offers free math worksheets, math apps, teaching tools and videos – a great resource to supplement learning basic math skills.

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.

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