Posts Tagged ‘books’

Free Literature Study Guides

December 4th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are: 

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Preview
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

Virtual Field Trip to Scotland

November 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, November 22, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Electric Scotland

(www.electricscotland.com/travel/pitlochry/pictures_tours.htm)

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

 

At this ad-supported site, a native Scotsman shares his love of his homeland through photos and captions. Don’t let a first glimpse of this website deceive you – there is lots and lots of fun and fascinating content here.

When you get to the site you’ll see a photograph of Pitlochry, Scotland. Below it is a menu of links to photo archives of various scenic tours and historic landmarks throughout the country. Click on any one and the pictorial adventure begins. But that’s not all!

Use the menu at the top to explore all about Scotland:

  • history
  • culture
  • famous Scots
  • family trees and geneologies
  • travel
  • sports
  • wildlife
  • and more!

It’s all in a very accessible format, in readable chunks, with rapid download. A Scotland aficionado could easily spend a few years here. Anyone planning scholarly research on Scotland would definitely want to bookmark this site.

But there’s even more! This website is loaded with books, poetry, recipes, and even videos! There are children’s stories, games and Scottish music. You can interact with the online Scottish community [parental supervision required] or plan a trip to Scotland.

There is a lot of content here. Because of that, we were unable to review the entire site that also contains links to other resources we haven’t reviewed as well. So, AS ALWAYS, PARENTS MUST PREVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

Interactive exhibits to make science fun

November 12th, 2019

 

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.

Step Back in Time with a Visit to Old Sturbridge Village

October 18th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, October 18, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Sturbridge Village

(www.osv.org/explore-the-village/historical-buildings-landscapes-and-gardens/)

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

 

Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact early New England life from 1790-1840.

You can explore this living history museum without leaving home. When you get to the website, scroll down to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits: 

  • The Common & Center Village
  • The Countryside
  • The Mill Neighborhood
  • Gardens

Learn about the Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.


Visit the Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.


And the Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.


Check out the Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.


Be sure to see the Educator Resources under the Education link in the top menu. You can download a map and “Make History” activities.

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”.

Listen to Interviews with Children’s Book Authors

August 14th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC School Radio: English – Meet the Authors

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64q0/episodes/player)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-9, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides recordings of interviews with children’s authors.

The authors answer questions posed by students about how they started writing, where they find inspiration for their stories, how they develop characters and storyline, and questions about their plans for future books. Sixteen prolific authors (who are very popular in the United Kingdom) are featured including: 

  • Brian Patten
  • Valerie Bloom
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Philip Ridley
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • Eva Ibbotson
  • Anne Fine
  • And more!

When you get to the site, simply click on the author’s name on the menu, then “Listen Now.” Most interviews are 15 minutes in length and are sure to engage and inspire young writers.

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