Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 21, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian

(www.plimoth.org/learn/MRL/interact/thanksgiving-interactive-you-are-historian)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Click on “Begin Your Adventure” and a new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Notice the Teacher’s Guide icon in the bottom right corner – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking “Enter to begin your investigation!” A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities and more

November 20th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 20, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Wild Turkey Federation

(www.nwtf.org/hunt/category/all-about-wild-turkeys)

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

 

Read all about wild turkeys at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) site. There are illustrations, photos, and sound clips to help you learn about wild turkeys. Then try the puzzles and worksheets from various sites below.

Discover: 

  • The Science of Gobbling
  • Life of a Summertime Gobbler
  • Life and Times of a Turkey Nest
  • 4 Great Wild Turkey Habitats
  • and more!

And check out what a wild turkey sounds like.


Once you’ve read all about turkeys, test your knowledge by printing out and solving these puzzles: 

Then, try these Thanksgiving-themed Language Arts worksheets: 

To write an acrostic poem, use one word (such as “turkey”) as the subject of your poem. Write the word vertically on a sheet of paper. Use each letter of the word as the beginning letter for a word in each line of the poem. Each line of the poem must connect to the subject of the poem.

Free Chemistry & Physical Science Activities

November 19th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 19, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inquiry In Action

(www.inquiryinaction.org/)

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

 

Check out this website published by the American Chemical Society where you can download lesson plans with activities that teach chemistry and physical science.

When you get to the website, choose from 

  • Kindergarten Lessons
  • Grade 2 Lessons
  • Grade 5 Lessons

In kindergarten, you can investigate the weather – What makes it rain or snow? What is wind? The second grade lessons include Float and Sink, Heating and Cooling and more. And in fifth grade, students can conduct experiments with M&M’s in water, and much more!

Be sure to check out Educational Resources from the top menu as well. This site is a great way to introduce chemistry and physics through engaging activities.

Mayflower & Pilgrim Math Activities

November 18th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 18, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mayflower Math

(www.education.com/files/73401_73500/73446/mayflower-math.pdf)

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

 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so here are some Thanksgiving-themed math activities.

This website from Education.com offers a free printable math worksheet (pdf) that combines the history of the voyage of the Mayflower with math. Designed for grades 5-6, there are aspects that may appeal to younger and older students as well.

And at this site, ArtistsHelpingChildren.org, you’ll find a wide variety of Thanksgiving-themed crafts that help children of all ages exercise their math skills and creativity.

Learn to Play the Drums

November 16th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, November 16, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Video Drum Lessons

(www.freedrumlessons.com/drum-lessons/)

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

 

This website offers a terrific and comprehensive archive of free drum lessons presented by expert drummers through informative and entertaining videos.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Beginner Drum Lessons – Learn the basics on how to play the drums, hold the drumsticks, tune a drum, and more.
  • Drum Theory & Notation – Learn to read drum notation, count notes from quarter notes to 32nd notes, and more.
  • Dynamic Drumming – Find out how to accent with rim shots, do snare drum cross-sticking or cymbal choking, play off-beat hi-hats, etc.
  • Drum Set Rudiments – Practice various drum rolls, flams, paradiddles, dragadiddles, and ratamacue.
  • Rock Drum Lessons – Learn the basic beats including funk, blues shuffle, and odd-time beats and fills.
  • Jazz Drum Lessons – Discover patterns, beats, snare and bass drum comping and more.
  • Latin Drum Lessons – Play Rumba, Bossa Nova, Songo, and Cascara drum beats.
  • Double Bass Drums – Do your warm-ups and then play double bass drum beats and fills. Get some speed tips.
  • Drum Play-Alongs – Enjoy playing along to rock, contemporary, funk, folk rock, heavy metal, jazz, country, Latin, blues, hard rock, classic rock and techno music.
  • Drum Solos – Watch, learn, and listen to drum solos by the masters.

You can also listen to covers of popular songs that feature great drumming, watch videos of live drum lessons, and read many articles on drumming techniques and tips.

Just click on an area of interest and a new page opens where the video lesson is launched. 

NOTE: You may have to watch a randomly generated commercial before you see each video lesson on YouTube. That’s one reason why parents should (as always) supervise use of the site.

Online World War I Exhibits

November 15th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, November 15, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

(www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/online-exhibitions)

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

 

Remember Veterans Day with this virtual tour of the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

The online exhibitions include: 

  • The Rise of Giving
  • The Volunteers
  • War Fare
  • The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914
  • Trenches of WWI
  • Make Way for Democracy
  • Home Before the Leaves Fall
  • And more.

After deciding on the topic you would like to see, select the “Explore Exhibition” option to open the tour. Each exhibition provides an explanation of the theme and a slide show of artifacts, historical photos, and more. Some exhibitions provide in depth information and others are brief presentations.

You can also view Current Exhibitions and Past Exhibitions. Bookmark this site to visit again as you work through your studies of World War I.

Celebrate Geography Awareness Week

November 14th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, November 14, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geography Awareness Week

(https://tinyurl.com/vglw2d3)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

It’s Geography Awareness Week! It began on November 10th this year and it continues through November 16th – it’s held during the 3rd week in November annually.


This website is celebrating with lots of fun geography-themed activities for kids and teens to promote the importance of geography education.

When you get to the site, you’ll find a selection of fun lessons and activities including: 

  • Atlas Letter Game
  • Teaching Latitute and Longitude
  • Geographic IQ Game
  • Geography Concentration
  • Country Cards
  • And more!

There are also links to more sites where you can make a compass, find out what time it is around the world, and more.

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories and Poems

November 13th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, November 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PicLits.com

(www.piclits.com/)

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

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.

The idea here is to: 

  1. Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)
  2. Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.
  3. Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Lesson Plans” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page, then click on the tutorial. Also check out the lesson plans: 

  • Types of PIC-LITs – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.
  • Parts of Speech – Nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns and more with links to YouTube videos on how to use PIC-LITs for each.
  • Poetry – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

Interactive exhibits to make science fun

November 12th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, November 12, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science U

(www.scienceu.com/)

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

 

This is a remarkable website that offers interactive exhibits to make science fun. The multimedia articles and activities are of a higher caliber than many websites designed for kids – so it will cause visitors to stretch a little and broaden their knowledge painlessly.

When you get to the site you will see that the menu is set up like a university campus. Click on the Observatory and learn about the solar system and space. Click on the Geometry Center and learn about fractals and tessellations. Click on the Library and discover information about the weather, seasons, plants and flowers and much more! The site is designed so that users can create their own animations as they experiment with new scientific concepts.

This website is one that can provide ongoing science curriculum supplements. Bookmark it and return often to take advantage of the many offerings. The site also has a “campus store” where you can purchase some of the materials and books recommended for further study in the activities section but there is no purchase necessary to use the free activities.

Math with Balloons

November 11th, 2019 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, November 11, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Math

(http://www.mbd2.com/Homeschool_Projects/Index.html)

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

 

The Magical Balloon-Dude Dale (a master balloonist) offers free math activities for homeschoolers using the kinds of balloons that are used to make balloon animals and other creations.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of 4 math activities using balloons – but only the first 3 have working links that include: 

  • Parts/Fraction Curriculum – Use balloons to learn counting, adding, sorting, measuring, calculating the number of parts, fractions and/or decimal conversion.
  • Mathematical Symbols Curriculum – Understand basic geometric shapes and use balloons to create a sphere.
  • Half of a 1/2 of a .50 Curriculum – Improve understanding of fractions such as 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 while making a balloon flower.

Click on any one, and a new page opens with the complete instructions, accompanied by photographs and a materials list.

If you look on the right side of the screen in each activity you will see a link to a FREE download of the “HomeSchool Curriculum” that includes bonus material. Print it out to use offline.

The projects require certain types of balloons, a ruler, a marker – and one exercise requires calipers. 


The projects at this site are designed to develop problem solving skills, mathematics ability, and eye-hand coordination, while teaching kids to make balloon animals. What fun!

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