Posts Tagged ‘education’

Free History & Geography Lessons & Activities

April 30th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 30, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Guide to Teaching World History & Geography

(www.studentsfriend.com/

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This website was developed by a history teacher named Mike Maxwell whose mission is to make history and geography more meaningful to students by identifying important developments in world history and tying them to geography in a way that is memorable.

It offers a free, downloadable, comprehensive guide called the Student’s Friend that may be used in place of a history textbook, along with lesson plans, study guides, and other resources to enhance learning. The site has been recognized as one of the top ten history sites for teachers by the Stanford University School of Education. 

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

  • Purpose – Learn more about the author and educational philosophy.
  • Teaching and Learning – Get the fundamentals of teaching and learning world history and geography. 
  • Teacher Tools – Get free lessons plans and activities. Students can explore important themes and issues and enjoy in-depth learning activities such as projects, investigations and simulations. While designed for high school classroom use, the materials have been used by middle school teachers, college professors, and homeschool teachers worldwide.
  • Student’s Friend – A Concise World History – Access a free, concise narrative of world history and geography to use in place of a textbook. The Student’s Friend can be used online or download it for use offline. It’s divided into two parts: 
    • Part I – Prehistory through 1500 including: 
      • Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
      • Ancient India and China
      • Ancient Greece and Rome
      • The Early Middle Ages, 500 to 1000 AD
      • The Late Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
    • Part II – 1500 to the Present including: 
      • 1500s and 1600s, Early Modern World
      • 1700s, Enlightenment & Revolution
      • 1800s, Industrial Revolution & Imperialism
      • 1900 to 1950, World at War
      • 1950 to the Present, Cold War & Space Age
      • Current Issues, A Changing World Order

This is a remarkable resource, so bookmark the site to return again.

Games That Teach How Things Work

April 28th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, April 28, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EdHeads: Activate Your Mind

(edheads.org/page/GameInfo)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free, colorful and engaging educational animations designed for teachers and students that explain how things work. EdHeads is a non-profit organization that raises money to produce the animations through the ads you’ll see on the site. The ads are randomly generated, so AS ALWAYS, parents should preview and supervise use of the site.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the list of games. The 5 games that do not require membership are: 

  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Nano Start Up
  • Trauma
  • Virtual Hip Resurfacing
  • Sickle Cell DNA

Each animation is narrated (so turn on your speakers) and comes with a “Teachers Guide” that provides the recommended grade level, tips for using the animation in the classroom (that can be tweaked for home education), printable activities, state and national standards, as well as quizzes.

The site provides the option to see graphic pictures of real surgeries, etc., so again, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT. Some of the activities and animations provide links to recommended sources for further learning as well. We have not reviewed those links.

Free Journalism Courses

April 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

News University

(www.poynter.org/newsu/)

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the Knight Foundation, this site offers over 100 journalism training courses (some that are free, others that are available for a fee) on writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, ethics and values in journalism and much more. Professional journalists use this site for continuing education in their field.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the Course Catalog and choose from the topics including: 

  • Broadcast
  • Editing
  • Fact-Checking
  • Visual Journalism
  • Writing
  • and so much more!

You’ll find both paid and free courses relating to journalism including Self-Directed Courses, Group Seminars, Master Classes, Certificate Programs and Webinars.

Free Environmental Science Journals

April 21st, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, April 21, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Natural Inquirer

(www.naturalinquirer.org/all-issues.html)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

Happy Earth Day tomorrow! This website offers FREE science education journals: “The Natural Inquirer,” for middle and high school, “Investi-gator” for upper elementary, and readers for PreK-2. Scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research in a fun and engaging way.

Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article or more on a specific research project. Some of the issues are entitled: 

  • World’s Forests
  • A Burning Question
  • Chew on This!
  • Full Throttle Model
  • Fresh Water
  • Wilderness
  • Flower Power
  • And more!

Each issue also contains a “Discovery FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research. You can download the issue(s) you are interested in or order hard copies (only 5 issues at a time).

Be sure to check out the left side bar under “For Educators” for links to lesson plans, science cards and posters, and more.

This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources! Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to visit many times to explore the vast content!

Map Your Future Career!

March 19th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, March 19, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CareerShip

(mappingyourfuture.org/planyourcareer/careership/index.cfm)

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

 

This website offers a free online career exploration tool for middle and high school students developed by a non-profit organization called Mapping Your Future. Students answer a questionnaire about their interests and find out what careers match them.


When you get to the site, choose your “flight plan”: 

  • Visit the Featured Career – Find out more about a career that is highlighted at the website.
  • Match My Career Interests – Fill out a questionnaire to help match your interest with a career.
  • Review Careers by Cluster including: 
    • Architecture & Engineering
    • Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media
    • Building and Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance
    • Business & Financial Operations
    • Community & Social Services
    • Computer & Mathematical
    • Farming, Fishing, & Forestry
    • Food Preparation & Serving Related
    • Healthcare Practitioners & Technical
    • Legal
    • Military Specific
    • And many more!
  • Career Search – Use the search engine to locate a career of interest.

Then, they can explore those careers at the site to discover: 

  • Tasks
  • Interests
  • Education, Training, Experience
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Related Careers (if any)
  • Wages for this career

You’ll also find information on job hunting, resumes, and interviews.

The idea behind this site is to empower students and families with the information and services they need to accomplish their career goals.

Unearth the History of Ireland in 100 Objects

March 12th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, March 12, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

(www.100objects.ie/education/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from The Royal Irish Academy, The National Museum of Ireland, and The Irish Times is based on a series in The Irish Times by Fintan O’Toole.

Through the use of 100 historical objects, students can learn the fascinating history of Ireland. Fourteen lesson plans have been created for 5th-6th grade children and 5 more for older children (post-primary).

When arriving at today’s link, use the object timeline to select one of the time periods you wish to explore. Once the page opens in a new window, there will be an image of the object and ‘buttons’ to select to learn more. Most objects include the following buttons: 

  • For teachers – lesson plans, resources, and other activities
  • Story – an age-appropriate text about the artifact
  • Worksheets – topic-related worksheets
  • Did you know? – fast facts related to the object
  • Quiz – Test your knowledge of the object with a multiple choice online quiz.
  • Look – See other images related to the object.
  • Read – Read an extract from the book A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

All of the above (except for the Quiz) are downloadable PDFs. The quizzes can be printed using your browser print function. Some lessons also include an audio and video option to encourage more thought and conversation.  


Older students will enjoy browsing through the 100 objects list by selecting “Objects” on the main menu, then selecting the item of interest from the list.

This website provides a unique way of discovering Irish history.

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