Archive for the ‘nature’ category

Dr. Goodword’s Language Lover’s Paradise

August 26th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, August 26, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club

(www.alphadictionary.com/ww/)

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

 

This archived website is a language lover’s paradise! The host, Dr. Goodword, has amassed an incredible array of helpful tips and activities to improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, along with fun interactive games and quizzes, and links to many other related resources.

Some of the fun language arts activities at the website include: 

  • Game Closet — Try your hand at the Goodword Junior crossword puzzle. A few years’ worth of puzzles are archived here. All the words for each puzzle are available for you to review before you play. These crosswords can be played online (complete with hints and answers) or printed from the Teacher Resources page and completed offline. Also in the Game Closet is a huge collection of language jokes and stories about where English and other languages come from. Can you guess how old English is? You can find out here!
  • Miss Spelling’s Spelling Center — Find a fun poem to challenge your pronunciation skills (“Spelling Chaos”), six tips for better writing, lists of commonly mispronounced and misspelled words, and more!
  • Reference Shelf — This menu item takes you away from the “kids” section, back to the “mother” page for this website called AlphaDictionary.com, where you’ll find articles about the nature of language, correct usage, and other fascinating linguistic tidbits along with word games and activities for teens and adults.

Use the menu to find an array of items from exploration of English word origins and roots, to fun with puns, to text messaging shorthand and more. You’ll also find: 

  • Slingin Slang: From the Flappers to the Rappers — Did you know that the slang you use/used in high school and college reveals your true age! Or does it? Try this quiz and see!
  • Are you a Yankee or a Rebel? — Take the quiz and find out.

And more!

Free Virtual Magnetic Poetry

April 1st, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Magnetic Poetry

(magneticpoetry.com/pages/play-online)

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

 

April is National Poetry Month so we are featuring this company that makes magnetized words that stick to refrigerators, cookie sheets, etc. Use them to create rhymes, poems, sentences, and cryptic messages.

At their website, you can use free virtual magnetized words to create fun, silly, and serious poetry – or to just have fun with words. Click on any one of the five Magnetic Poetry games: 

  • Original Kit
  • Mustache Poet
  • Nature Poet
  • Poet Kit
  • Geek

You can drag and drop the virtual magnetized words to create poems or whatever you or your child’s imagination can conceive.

There is great potential here to open a game and leave it on the computer screen in a heavily trafficked area of the house. Start one line of poetry and leave it unfinished. Invite those passing by to add a line or two. See what develops as everyone takes a turn.

Everyday Art Starters

January 11th, 2020

 

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.

Social Sciences Via Free Documentary Films

November 7th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, November 7, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Top Documentary Films

(topdocumentaryfilms.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grade 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers access to free, high-quality documentaries that you can watch online. This is essentially an archive of links to documentaries housed at other sites such as YouTube.

The content is well-organized making it easy to find and watch educational films covering diverse topics such as: 

  • Art & Artists
  • Biography
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Health
  • History
  • Nature
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Society
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • And much more

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured and recommended documentaries. Use the menu tab at the top of the page to browse the documentaries and learn more about the site. (NOTE: AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

Bookmark this terrific resource to use again and again.

Free books online!

October 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Kids Books

(freekidsbooks.org/)

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

 

Yes, it’s true! This ad-supported site has free children’s books that you can read online or download.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the featured books or use the top menu to choose books in the following age ranges: 

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Older Children
  • Young Adults

Also, you can choose books by category on the right side bar including: 

  • Activities and Crafts
  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Classic Books
  • Cookbooks
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fantasy
  • Friendship
  • History
  • Insects
  • Money
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Seasons
  • Superheroes
  • Wordless
  • and so much more!

When you click on an age range or category, a new page opens with a list of the books with a picture of the front cover, the author’s name, the category and age range. Then you can read the book of your choice online or download the free PDF. You can share your feedback on the book by leaving a comment under “Reviews”.

Free Science Broadcasts, Videos, and more

October 1st, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Friday

(www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Science Friday website is a companion to the weekly science talk show, broadcast on PBS.

Each week, the host Ira Flatow, a science journalist, moderates a panel discussion among expert guests on science topics that are in the news such as: 

  • NASA To Launch An Eye In The Sky For Asteroids
  • Why AI Is A Growing Part Of The Criminal Justice System
  • Widening The Lens On A More Inclusive Science
  • SciFri Book Club: One For The Birds
  • Where There’s Thunder, There’s Lightning Science
  • and many more

When you get to the site, scroll down to the topic of choice where you can listen to a segment or the whole episode. Or scroll all the way down to choose by topic: 

  • Physics & Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Space
  • Health
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • and more

But that’s not all…

Use the menu at the top of the page to: 

  • Explore – Read Articles, Listen to Audios, Watch Videos and more
  • Educate – Scroll through the educational resources or choose by grade level, duration or subject

There is a lot of rich content archived at this site that can be used to explore science topics in depth – or simply to spark conversations to peak interest in science.

As always, we recommend that parents preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

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