Posts Tagged ‘character’

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.

Symphony Orchestra for Kids

October 5th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 5, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DSO Kids

(www.mydso.com/dso-kids/)

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

 

DSO Kids is the educational music site for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra located in Dallas, Texas. The site offers a wide variety of free music appreciation activities for kids!

You’ll find an introduction to famous composers and their music, lessons that teach you how to build your own instrument, practice tips for playing instruments, and more. There is also a great teacher resource section on the site that includes a huge database of archived music appreciation lesson plans that you can download and print out for use at home including: 

  • Families of Instruments Listening Maps
  • Meet the Composers Scavenger Hunt
  • The Role of the Conductor
  • Puppet Theater
  • Music Can Tell a Story
  • The Character of Instruments
  • Music and Motion
  • Meet the Percussion Instruments
  • and more!

This is a great resource to learn all about music!

Learn about the Silver Rush of 1903

June 20th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 20, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Cobalt Adventure

(www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/expositions-exhibitions/cobalt/en/index.php)

Age Range: 9-14 (Grades 5-8 approximately, with parental supervision. People of all ages may enjoy aspects of this site.)

 

At this website you can virtually experience an early 20th century Silver Rush through interactive games and lessons that teach social studies, history and geography.

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

  • The Game – Select one of three real-life characters (an old prospector, a nurse, or a young shopkeeper) and head to Cobalt in Ontario, Canada to join the Silver Rush of 1903. This multimedia adventure (available in Flash or HTML) is different for each character, and there are 28 possible endings. After you’ve seen the results of any one decision you make for your character, you can choose “previous” to go back and choose again. At the end of each playthrough, you can click on “Actual Factual” to see what actually happened to the person you chose to be, plus plenty of other information about life in Cobalt at that time. (From the “Library” on the menu, all of the Actual Factuals are available; during gameplay, only the information pertinent to your most recent decision is available.)
  • Curriculum – Get four downloadable (pdf) lessons with ideas and activities designed to enhance what you learn from playing the game. Create a facsimile of a hand-colored postcard, write your own adventure story, use visual prompts to tell a story.
  • Library – Explore a photo gallery and view a collection of artifacts from the Cobalt Mining Museum that were used to create the multimedia game.

This game is available in English or French. If you want to view it in French, click “Francais” at the top of the home page.

Creative Writing Activities!

May 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, May 22, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Let’s Get Creative!

(www.brucevanpatter.com/funstuff.html)

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

 

This website offers over 300 pages of fun activities to help kids enjoy creative writingThe designer, Bruce Van Patter, is an illustrator who shows kids how to bring their ideas for stories to life. He does offer some creative writing helps that can be purchased, but you don’t have to buy a thing to access the many freebies.


When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured activity pages. Look at the menu on the left side of the screen under the heading “A Quick List of Fun Stuff” that includes: 

  • The Story Kitchen – Enjoy using creative, interactive story-writing prompts.
  • Mugshots – Click on a picture of a character and answer a set of  questions to create your story’s character!
  • KidTales – Use one of Bruce’s fun drawings to inspire a story of your own!
  • What-if Genie – Look at the top of the page to read a “What-if” question that will inspire a story. Refresh the page (or click on the genie) to get a new one.
  • Creative Times – Develop a story based on a wacky news headline!
  • DaVinci’s Doodles – What is the story potential of a doodle? Try this activity and find out!
  • Wacky Headlines – Help your child write “outside the box” by using parts of speech to create elements of randomness.

You’ll find many more activities to choose from too. 

Also, be sure to check out what Van Patter has “For Families” in the horizontal menu bar located at the top of the home page.

Learn to Speak Mandarin Chinese – FREE

March 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 23, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyChineseLessons

(www.mychineselessons.com/chinese-lesson-index-p01.html)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a kid-friendly format that claims to make learning Chinese easy and fun.

When you get to the site, you can start on Lesson 1, or view the “Lesson Index” to view the choices including: 

  • Hello! How Are You?
  • Numbers and Counting
  • Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday
  • Let’s Eat!
  • and more.

Each lesson explains how to draw the character and has helpful hints on how to memorize it. As explained at the site, “All of our online Chinese lessons are free and include Chinese lesson materials such as printable flash cards, online memory testing, puzzles, written and audio versions, and much more.”

Math Card Games

February 25th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, February 25, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Positive Engagement Project – Mathematics

(pepnonprofit.org/mathematics.html)

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

 

This website created and maintained by The Positive Engagement Project has so much to offer! Their mission is to get students positively engaged in active learning, while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.

Today we are focusing on Math, but once you’ve looked at this valuable resource, go to the “Free Downloads” link and see the vast array of quality learning games and strategies that they’ve put together for English Language Arts, Science, Engagement Strategies, Test Review/Strategies, and Character Education.

When you get to the site, you’ll see it is full of wonderful math selections. Check out the file called Acing Math: (One Deck at a Time!). Download it to find that it’s actually a 69-page book (pdf)! The website explains that this is a collection of math games ranging from kindergarten to the upper elementary grades, using only an ordinary deck of playing cards. There are games covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, decimals, patterns, positive and negative integers, as well as many others – over 60 different games with directions and illustrations! Each game tells you how many players are needed, an age range, the materials needed, which math skills are learned playing this game, and very specific instructions to play.

Bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of all that they offer!

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