Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Life Portraits of the American Presidents

February 9th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 9, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Presidents-Life Portraits

(www.c-span.org/series/?presidents)

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

 

Discover the lives of our American Presidents from Washington to Trump with this website from C-SPAN based on the Peabody award-winning series.

When arriving at today’s link, use the drop down menu on the left to select a President to learn a little about each one. Each ‘portrait’ includes: 

  • A portrait of the President
  • Personal information about him
  • Public service record
  • A “Did You Know?” section with a few interesting tidbits

The meat of this site is the full-length video documentaries (each one is 2 hours long) accessed when you select the link under the portrait. (Please note that at the writing of this review there are no videos yet for George W. Bush, Barack Obama, or Donald Trump.) On each page visitors will find links to other related videos.

This website provides an excellent resource for your Presidential studies.

Free Writing Study Guide and More

February 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Study Guides and Strategies – Essay and writing sequence

(www.studygs.net/writing/index.htm)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides free study guides for a variety of subjects – and this review focuses on the essay and writing sequence.

When you get to the site, you’ll see seven stages of writing: 

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

Click on any one for a textbook explanation and suggested activities.

When you have reviewed this information, click on “Translations and Site Map” 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
  • Types of Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science and 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, in “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. The direct link is: 

http://www.studygs.net/vocab/prefixes.htm then press the arrow to continue.

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

Free Language Arts Lessons & Worksheets

January 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, January 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LessonSnips

(http://www.lessonsnips.com/category/languagearts)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

LessonSnips offers free multi-subject lessons and worksheets for teachers in downloadable pdfs. The lessons can be tweaked for homeschool use.

For the purpose of today’s review, we’re focusing on the Language Arts portion of the site – but you’ll be happy to know there are “Lesson Snips” for Math, Science, and Social Sciences as well.

When you get to the Language Arts page, you’ll see a menu of the available lessons covering topics such as: 

  • Identifying Parts of Speech – including individual lessons on verbs, irregular verbs, nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, personal pronouns, intensive and reflexive pronouns, articles, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, adjectives, infinitives, gerunds, participles, direct and indirect objects, interjections and more.
  • Reading – including identifying vowel sounds and sounds in word families, reading comprehension, sequencing, understanding plot, identifying the problem and solution, framing questions (who, what, where, when, how, and why), understanding narrative poetry, rhyming, and more.
  • Spelling, Writing, and Vocabulary – including basic sentence structure, capitalization, synonyms and antonyms, homonyms, using similes and metaphors, using the right tense, etc.

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with a lesson summary, the objectives, and the suggested grade range. 

Click on the “Get Lesson” button to download and print out the lesson and associated worksheets.

NOTE:  You must register to access the free materials on the ad-supported section of the site. You can also purchase a membership that will give you ad-free access as well as additional tools and resources.

While there is a “schoolish” quality to these lessons, many of the suggested activities or the subjects covered would interest a vast array of learners and with just a tweak can accommodate a variety of learning styles.

Free Math Worksheets, Interactive Drills & Games

January 16th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, January 16, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Slice

(www.mathslice.com/)

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

 

This site provides free math worksheets, drill-and-practice activities, and more for a variety of math topics.

There are free math worksheets, activities, drills, interactive games, movies, and apps for a variety of math topics including: 

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Money Math and Telling Time
  • Fractions, Percentages
  • Place Value
  • Exponents & Square Roots
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Area & Perimeter
  • Polynomials
  • and more!

When you get to the website you’ll see an icon menu of interactive games on a variety of topics (not just math). Look at the left margin to find the “Math Worksheets” menu. Look at the right margin to find “Online Math” interactive drills. Click on any one and a new page opens where you can enter parameters to customize the worksheets and drills to suit your student’s ability level.

MathSlice.com also provides fun games like Math Millionaire, Math Wheel, Math Jeopardy, Sudoku, Hangman and more – that you’ll find among the icon menus on the home page.

Not only that, the site provides free worksheets and drills for Spanish, Writing Practice, U.S. State Capitals, and Country Capitals too.

This is a great site to use to supplement learning math and a variety of other subjects.

Count to 10 in Over 5000 Languages

January 14th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 14, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Numbers List

(www.zompist.com/numbers.shtml)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12. NOTE: This site was not designed with children in mind; however, some kids may enjoy learning to count to ten in another language with parental assistance.)

 

At this website you can learn to count from 1 to 10 in five thousand languages – as long as you can read and figure out word pronunciations from text. (There are no audio clips here.) Even for those who might have difficulty, just seeing the amazing number of languages spoken on this planet is a social studies and foreign language eye-opener!

When you get to the site, select a language family from the drop down menu. You can further refine the languages shown by million-speaker languages only, living languages only, and/or dead languages only and even see only numbers 1-5 to simplify the chart. Once you hit the “List” button, a table is created with the numbers from 1 to 10 written in the many languages included in the family. Click the links above the tool to learn about the language families for the numbers list and writing systems. Also select the “Sources” link to understand the symbols in the chart.

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

December 21st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, December 21, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks

(See below.)

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

 

This week, we are featuring Language Arts with a holiday theme.

The Holiday Zone

(http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development. You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

Story-Lovers.com: In the Spirit of the Winter Holidays

(www.story-lovers.com/bareboneswinterstories.html)

This website offers a free compilation of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa stories. Simply click on a title on the menu to read the story online. Some of the stories have a link to the original source material on the Net. You can just quickly scan stories, and then head to your bookstore or library to find the tales your children will enjoy in book format.

LibriVox: Free Christmas Audiobooks

(librivox.org/)

LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore
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