Posts Tagged ‘English’

Free, Amazing Math Movie with Lessons in Geometry & Dimensions

June 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 22, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dimensions

(www.dimensions-math.org/Dim_E.htm)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Created by three math enthusiasts (with terrific credentials) this site offers a free film on mathematics that references the work of renown mathematicians, scientists, artists, and others in a multi-media presentation that is sure to amaze and (hopefully) make the subject matter understandable.

When you get to the site, click on “Tour/Guide” to get an overview of the course. Then click on “Watch Online” and choose “American English” to start the video in English. Of course, if you prefer, you can watch it in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.  

Back on the main page, click on “Details” so you can follow along by chapter: 

  • Chapter 1, Dimension Two – Learn or review what meridians and parallels are.
  • Chapter 2, Dimension Three – Mixes “elementary” math with imagination and philosophical elements.
  • Chapters 3 and 4, Fourth Dimension – Contains more difficult mathematical concepts. However, the viewer is encouraged to pause the film and consult a reference page for additional information. As the creators explain, “you can always sit back and enjoy the pictures!”
  • Chapters 5 and 6 – Contains an introduction to complex numbers that could also be used as a refresher course. As the designers explain, “If you know nothing about complex numbers, you should push the pause button as often as you like, and try to understand using the references that we propose. These chapters are the most ‘school-like’ of the film. To thank you for your efforts, chapter 6 ends with an amazing deep zoom scene.”
  • Chapters 7 and 8 – Get an introduction to the Hopf fibration. Again the film creators explain that even though it’s not beginner’s stuff, “it is quite pretty and deserves to be understood.”
  • Chapter 9 – Shows the proof of a theorem of geometry that is relatively “elementary.” As the designers explain, “Without proofs for theorems mathematics would not exist, and we wanted to make this very clear at the end of a film that is essentially about mathematical objects.”

Each lesson or “chapter” of the film is almost 14 minutes long. Watch it in segments or sit down and watch the whole thing in one sitting. You are encouraged to use it in a way that works for you “based on your interest, your prior knowledge on the subject, or simply on your mood of the moment!”

Read the Voyages of Henry Hudson!

June 18th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, June 18, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Life and Voyages of Henry Hudson

(http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

June 22nd commemorates the day English navigator and adventurer Henry Hudson, his teenage son, and 7 crew members were set adrift by mutineers during a failed expedition to find a fabled route to the Indies. They were never seen or heard from again. 


At this website, you can read a fascinating account of Hudson’s failed expedition to find the “Northwest Passage” as well as details about the mutiny, Hudson’s other voyages, his life as an explorer, and information on his times, contemporaries, and crew. This is a great way to integrate language arts with history and social studies!

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn about Hudson’s: 

  • Early Years to 1607
  • First Voyage – 1607
  • Second Voyage – 1608
  • Third Voyage – 1609
  • Fourth Voyage – 1610
  • Aftermath – 1611-on
  • Maps of Voyages
  • Hudson Family Tree

It is helpful to read this account in chronological order.  

Click on “Short Story” to read a piece of historical fiction about Hudson. It was written by Canadian writer Ian Chadwick, the creator of this website. He also offers a compilation of the “Sources & Links” he used to create this work. You can read his bio too.

There are also links to the author’s “Home” page and other websites, but we did not visit these pages, and they are not included in this review. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site, determine the suitability of the content, and supervise Internet use.

Literacy Games and more!

June 10th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Apples4theteacher – Literacy

(www.apples4theteacher.com/langarts.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades 1-6 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website with resources for teachers and homeschoolers offers a variety of literacy games and activities.

Some of the games and activities include: 

  • Alphabetizing a List of Words
  • Coloring Pages – Color Page Readers
  • Dolch Sight Words – Flash Cards, Word Jumbles, Word Searches and Worksheets
  • Homophones
  • Language Arts Skills – Sentence Building
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • Read to me books
  • Poetry for Kids (by theme)
  • Printable Short Stories
  • Teaching English as a Second Language – Spanish ESL
  • Thematic Book Lists of Children’s Books
  • Word Families
  • Vocabulary Word Finds – Word Searches – Make Your Own

Don’t stop here though – this site includes interactive learning activities, quizzes, and more sorted by subject (arts, foreign languages, math, science, social studies), articles, and much more! Bookmark this site and return often.

Free Human-Read Audio Books

May 27th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Librivox

(tinyurl.com/jvgbw8v)

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

 

Now that the weather outside is getting nicer here in the Northern Hemisphere, send the kids outside with some audio books! They can perch in a tree, skip rope, start a garden, have a little picnic, or even play hopscotch while listening to these wonderful classics.

Or keep a supply of titles handy for those days when you’re unable to read to them. With hundreds of completed works listed under the “Children’s Fiction” or “Children’s Non-Fiction”categories, there is more than an entire year’s worth of bedtime stories and read-alouds here, including the works of such well-known authors as: 

  • Aesop (Fables)
  • Alcott, Louisa May (Eight CousinsLittle Women, etc.)
  • Baum, L. Frank (Oz books)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord FauntleroyLittle PrincessSecret Garden, etc.)
  • Carroll, Lewis (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, etc.)
  • Collodi, Carlo (Adventures of Pinocchio, available in English and Italian!)
  • And many, many more.

Click any title to see a brief synopsis before downloading/listening. But that’s not all! Parents may like to browse the other categories as well: 

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Biography
  • History
  • Spy Stories
  • Teen/Young Adult
  • and many others

This site can be searched for a specific book by title and author as well.

Note: There is an overlap between these books and the ones you would find in Project Gutenberg or Archive.org. This is because Librivox allows both of these sites to house their entire collection of completed works. However, Librivox maintains the best-catalogued and most easily searchable list of these titles. Also, only Librivox itself includes a brief synopsis for each completed title, lists the works currently in progress, allows you to request email notification upon completion of desired books in progress, allows you to request specific titles, and allows you to participate in the recording and editing process and their lively forum as well.

Additional Note: This review focuses on the “Children’s” books. The rest of this site is not specifically geared for children, so parental preview and guidance is, as always, advised. Books are continually being added to this collection, so bookmark it and return often.

NOTE: As always, parents should help select material appropriate for each child.

[ClickSchooling] ThoughtCo. – Language Learning Resources

May 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, May 23, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – Language Learning Resources

(www.thoughtco.com/languages-4133094)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a ton of resources “for both students and teachers of second languages, from basic vocabulary and grammar guides to advanced writing and conversation exercises.”

When you get to the website, choose from: 

  • English as a Second Language
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Russian

You can read articles on history and culture, essential vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and so much more! There are even some teacher resourses like lesson plans under English as a Second Language and worksheets under French.

Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation Resources

May 13th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – English

(https://www.thoughtco.com/english-4688281)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you haven’t checked it out, ThoughtCo. is a wonderful resource for just about anything you can imagine. It is “one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online.”

Today we are focusing on Language Arts. When you get to the website, you have a choice of English Grammar or Writing. There are lists and articles including: 

  • How to Choose the Right Word
  • 13 of the Longest Words in the English Language
  • The Most Beautiful-Sounding Words in English
  • A Guide to Deep Reading
  • 11 Quick Tips to Improve Your Writing
  • Guidelines for Using Capital Letters
  • 4 Rules for Using Commas Effectively
  • How To Organize a Descriptive Paragraph

And so much more!

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