Free AudioBooks of Classic Stories & Poems

January 15th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lit2Go

(etc.usf.edu/lit2go/)

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

 

This website provides free audiobooks of classic literature, stories, and poems in MP3 format that you can download to your MP3 player or listen to on your computer. You can also read the text of the literature on the webpage or download a pdf and print it out to read offline.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and links to the ways you can browse for information including by: 

  • Authors – Enjoy listening to literature by Aesop, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, Thomas Jefferson, Jack London, Melville, Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Walt Whitman and many more.
  • Books – You can listen to titles such as Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Common Sense, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Gift of the Magi, Just So Stories, A Little Princess, The Merchant of Venice, Rip Van Winkle, The Scarlet Letter, Treasure Island, The Ugly Duckling, The Wind in the Willows, and more.
  • Readability – Click on any grade level from K-12 to find a suggested list of suitable titles based on the Flesch-Kincaid reading level scale.

This is a terrific resource for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and carschoolers!

[ClickSchooling] TED.com: Agile Aerial Robots

January 14th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TED.com: Agile Aerial Robots

(http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This is a fascinating and entertaining physics tutorial on the development of tiny, autonomous, agile, aerial robots that have many applications – from being first responders in disaster situations to playing musical instruments.

In this 17-minute video filmed for TED.com (TED stands for “Technology, Entertainment & Design”), the speaker is Vijay Kumar from the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his students blend computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders.

Watch as the flying quadrotor robots fly through hula hoops, work together to build construction projects, provide 3-D imaging of buildings, and even play musical instruments.

If this doesn’t get you interested in science, physics, engineering, entertainment, and the possibilities they offer – nothing will.

Kids learn to play Chess!

January 13th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 13, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ChessKid

(www.chesskid.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website was designed to help young children learn how to play chess. The game of chess provides intellectual stimulation while improving concentration, logical thought, and critical thinking.

When you get to the site, sign up for the free lessons. Learn about the board and the pieces. Then take some simple quizzes to get a certificate. After this, you can select a virtual opponent and level of challenge for some real practice playing chess.

Parents and teachers who wish to help guide their students through this site can select the sections designed just for them to see the syllabus, direct links to specific lessons, information about privacy, and so on. (But kids can learn a lot here independently as well!)

Chess provides opportunities for friendships, an outlet for competition, and a relief from boredom. Chess is a lot of fun!

Everyday Art Starters

January 11th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 11, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Everyday Art Assignments

(www.everydayart.org/)

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

 

This website is the result of a project conducted in Pittsburgh, PA that encouraged people of all ages to rediscover their creative energy through artistic assignments suggested by real artists.

While the actual art project took place in 2004, the assignments are archived at the website to inspire artistic endeavors forevermore. 

When you get to the site, you must wait for the introduction that is slow-moving, and then double-click on the final words in the presentation to get to the menu. Your patience will pay off. From the menu, you can read about the “EAA” – Everyday Art Assignment project, and review “Successes” – artistic submissions by people worldwide.

THE BEST PART OF ALL is the “Artist Assignments.” Click on this item and a new page opens featuring the photos of 15 artists who contributed SUGGESTIONS for art assignments that you can try at home. Click on the artist’s photo, and a new page opens to their art assignment. You’ll find suggestions such as: 

  • Persephone’s Return – Learn about the Greek goddess of Spring through planting seeds and tracking their growth with a nature journal.
  • Everyday Ritual – Create a photo-documentation of an everyday ritual.
  • Gained in Translation – Write a 24-line poem and use a recommended website to translate it into multiple languages.
  • Fiber Jambalaya – Use old clothes to create the craziest quilt ever!
  • Make A Paper Doll of a Great Friend!
  • Use 17 Objects to Create Peace.
  • And more!

Each Art Assignment provides very simple instructions, leaving the rest to your imagination. Pictures of other people’s results are provided to help you better understand the assignment. 

Think of this website as an “art-starter.” Even if you don’t do the exact assignment, it will certainly inspire artistic expression in one way or another.

Virtual Field Trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa

January 10th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, January 10, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo Gallery

(www.towerofpisa.org/leaning-tower-of-pisa-photos/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision; younger children and non-readers will need assistance from mom or dad.)

 

Learn all about the famous “Leaning Tower of Pisa” located in Italy with these photos and facts.

Built in 1173 as a bell tower for a cathedral, it began its unintentional incline during construction. There have been ongoing efforts over the centuries to shore up the tower and save it from toppling over. When you get to the site, click on a photo and then scroll through the different pictures of the tower and the area. Then check out the top menu to learn more: 

  • Facts
  • Campo dei Miracoli
  • History
  • Historical Facts
  • and more!

We also found this website. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa in 360!

Learn all about Jamestown and Captain John Smith

January 9th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, January 9, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

On the Trail of Captain John Smith

(www.nationalgeographic.org/interactive/trail-captain-john-smith/)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a fun, interactive game that allows kids to learn about Captain John Smith’s voyage from England to America and the establishment of a colony in what is now Virginia.

When you get to the site simply click on “Let’s Go” to play the game. Be sure to turn on your speakers so you can hear the narrated video presentation that is also displayed in text below the screen.

The topics are:

  • Off to Virginia – Watch an introduction and brief history about the initial voyage.
  • Building A Fort – Learn about the disagreement among the colonists about building a fort to protect the colony.
  • John Smith is Captured! – Discover the difficult conditions the colonists face and the exploration they embarked upon to find relief. Find out how John Smith was captured by Native Americans and the result of his capture.
  • Powhatan’s Power – Learn about Captain John Smith’s meeting with the Indian Chief Powhatan. Is the legend of how Pocahontas saved John Smith’s life true? Discover historians’ perspective on this story.
  • Help from the Indians – Play a treasure hunt game to find the natural resources in the bay and marshlands that helped the colonists survive.
  • Exploring the Chesapeake – John Smith and the colonists were seeking gold and a Northwest Passage. Find out what they DID find, and play some games that will test your skill at virtual fishing and boating.

And more!

A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

January 8th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/A-Blizzard-of-Winter-Lessons.shtml)

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

 

Education World has shoveled up A Blizzard of Winter Lessons – Brrr! Today we are focusing on language arts – but there is a lot more to see.

Check these out: 

  • Snow Activities (K-6 ) – includes snow literature
  • Winter and Children’s Literature from Carol Hurst
  • Frosty Reader Online Activities (K-4)
  • Winter Activities from Alphabet Soup (K-2) – includes songs, poems and finger plays
  • TeacherView: Activities for Teaching The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (K-3)
  • The Snowy Day Activities (K-3)
  • Meeting in the Mitten WebQuest (based on Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten (K-3)
  • And lots more

Free Animated Science Videos

January 7th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Make Me Genius

(makemegenius.com/english_video.php)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website based in India, was developed by a group of high school students in collaboration with teachers to offer free animated videos that explain science concepts in a way that is engaging and fun for students.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of science videos separated by grade range from K-7 that cover a variety of science topics including: 

  • Solar System
  • Hibernation and Migration
  • 3 States of Matter
  • Weather vs. Climate
  • Sink or Float
  • Ecosystem
  • The Nervous System
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion

When you’re through watching the videos, take a quiz to test your knowledge of what you’ve learned. (See Science Test & Quiz link on left sidebar.)

And just for fun, check out the Jokes for Kids that you and your children can enjoy and share.

Free Math Worksheets, Flashcards, and Games

January 6th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 6, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Fact Cafe

(www.mathfactcafe.com/)

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

 

This is a commercial website that offers free worksheets and games to help students practice math facts and logic skills. They also provide a free worksheet generator so you can create your own math worksheets.

When you get to the website, you’ll see icons for pre-made Worksheets by Grade or Custom Worksheets that include: 

  • Basic Facts
  • Multiplication Tables
  • Counting
  • Word Problems
  • Money
  • Telling Time

There is also a full set of conversion worksheet generators: 

  • Distance
  • Temperature
  • Time
  • Volume
  • Weight

There is also a games section: Play “Maze Craze” or have fun answering “Daily Trivia” questions.

Make Music with Virtual Instruments

January 4th, 2020 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 4, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Musical Instruments

(www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/)

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

 

Using only your keyboard and mouse, have fun experimenting with these Virtual Musical Instruments. After arriving at this super simple, ad-supported website, simply select the instrument you would like to play and follow the instructions.

Choose from these virtual instruments: 

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Panflute
  • Drums
  • Bongos

As an added bonus there is also a virtual guitar tuner to aid guitar players in tuning their instruments. Don’t let this uncomplicated site fool you. There is a lot of fun and learning potential available here!

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