Posts Tagged ‘4th of July’

Find the British Redcoat w/ Math!

July 2nd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Monday, June 2, 2012, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Education.com: Independence Day Activities

Age Range: Varies (see some age recommendations next to activities below)

This massive, ad-supported, website offers a variety of educational activities and games to celebrate the 4th of July!  I’ve focused on one game for this review, where kids (about ages 8-11) use social studies, geography, and math coordinate skills to “Find the Lost  British Redcoat.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see the complete instructions along with a free, printable map grid to use as you play the game.

When you’re through finding the lost Redcoat, check out all of the fun and educational 4th of July activities archived at this site including:

  • Make a Patriotic Pinwheel – Fun for All Ages!
  • Would You Sign the Declaration of Independence? – An Activity for Teens!
  • Make Soda Pop Fireworks!
  • Use Math Skills to Make a Patriotic Patchwork “Quilt” Placemat!
  • Play 4th of July Bingo!

Just click on an activity of interest to get the instructions and downloadable materials.

 

4th of July!

June 23rd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, June 23, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Since this is the last ClickSchooling review before my summer break, I thought I’d give you several websites to explore themed around the 4th of July.

Recommended Websites:
See Below

Age Range: Varies (with parental supervision)

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids:
The Declaration of Independence

I can’t think of a better way to tie in language arts with the 4th of July than to visit this website (designed for grades K-12) where you can read The Declaration of Independence. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll find links to explore the history behind it, information on the signers, and an outline of U.S. History.
 
 
Kaboom!

Sponsored by PBS Nova, this site is all about the science behind fireworks. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
 
*Anatomy of a Firework – An illustrated guide to the different parts that make up a firework.

*Pyrotechnics: It’s Elemental – Find out what elements from the Periodic Table of Elements are used in fireworks.

*Demolition Woman – Read an interview with a female pyrotechnician and find out what her job entails.

How Stuff Works: Fireworks

Did you ever wonder how fireworks are made? This website explains the basic components in fireworks from simple firecrackers and sparklers to the more complex aerial fireworks displays. There is a fascinating section and animation on the different shell types and the patterns they create when launched and exploded. There is also a great video clip that explains how fireworks are made too.

Make Your Own Aerial Fireworks Interactive

Try a fun online activity that allows you to create your own aerial fireworks display. (Note: This site is part of a larger site that I have not reviewed. If you click away from this page, you do so at your own risk.)

Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

April 28th, 2010

Hi! It’s Wednesday, April 28, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
MyVocabulary.com

Age Range: 8-16 (grades 4-10, approximately)

MyVocabulary.com offers a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

The founders of MyVocabulary.com, Jan and Carey Cook, wrote, “We began our efforts to promote vocabulary comprehension using Latin/Greek word derivations in 1997. Our site now has 2500 pages of materials, worksheets and puzzles. More than 24,000 teachers and schools use MyVocabulary.com.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes:

*Root Word Lesson Plans – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.

*Thematic Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.

*Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “avatar” to “vintner”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

*Test Prep/Assessment – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

Virtual Field Trip To Mark Twain’s House

November 14th, 2008

Recommended Website:
The Mark Twain House and Museum

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately)

“Many public school children seem to know only two dates – 1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.”
– Mark Twain

Did you know that Mark Twain’s daughters were homeschooled? You can see their “school room” in the Mark Twain Home on the virtual tour at this website. You can also take a tour of the Mark Twain Museum and learn a great deal about the life, work, and times of the beloved American author of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see photos of Mark Twain, the Twain House, and the Twain Museum. Click on the words, “The House,” below the picture. A new page opens with some photos and information about the Twain home. Use the menu on the right side of the screen and click on “Maps of Floors/Virtual Tour.” A new page opens with a floor map of the Twain House. Click on any room to begin your self-guided virtual tour that includes photographs and text describing each room.

When you are through exploring the house, use the menu at the top of the page and click on “The Museum.” A new screen opens where you can take a similar virtual tour of the Museum.

Then, for some detailed information on the man known as Mark Twain, click on “The Man” on the menu. A new screen opens where you can read Twain’s biography, see a timeline of major events in his life, discover his major works, and explore his family tree.

Enjoy!

“Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.”
– Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1898

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Read The Declaration of Independence!

July 5th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids: The Declaration of Independence

I can’t think of a better way to tie in language arts with the 4th of July than to visit this website where you can read The Declaration of Independence and explore the history behind it. We’ve featured the “Ben’s Guide” website on ClickSchooling previously — and it continues to be one of the best resources for kids about the U.S. government.

When you get to the site you can read The Declaration of Independence and use the links at the bottom of the page to learn more about it and the people who wrote it. There is also a link to a copy of the original document with tons of resources for further exploration — perfect for family members who want to know more.

Once you’ve cogitated upon The Declaration of Independence — look at the menu bar at the top of your screen. You will see that Ben’s Guide breaks down the study of U.S. Government into manageable grade ranges for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There is also great info for teachers and parents as well.

Bookmark this site to keep as a reference anytime you want to explore U.S. Government.

How Fireworks Work

July 1st, 2006

Recommended Website:

How Stuff Works: Fireworks

The 4th of July and other festivals are celebrated with fireworks displays. Did you ever wonder how fireworks are made? Today’s website explains the basic components in fireworks from simple firecrackers and sparklers to the more complex aerial fireworks displays. There is a fascinating section and animation on the different shell types and the patterns they create when launched and exploded. You will also find a great video clip that explains how fireworks are made here too. When you get to the site just scroll down the page to read the information, see the photographs and illustrations, and click on the links and buttons that allow you to see video clips and animations.

When you are through finding out how fireworks are made, try a fun online activity that allows you to create your own aerial fireworks display.

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