Posts Tagged ‘geography’

Free Art Lessons!

September 26th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 26, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Deep Space Sparkle Art

(www.deepspacesparkle.com/age-grade-levels/)

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

 

This website offers free art lessons including complete instructions and helpful tips.

The site was designed by an art teacher in Santa Barbara, California, who named the site after her favorite Crayola crayon color. She thinks that art should be a part of every child’s day. The lessons are themed around different animals, architecture, cultures, and geography, and many are inspired by children’s picture books.

When you get to the site, choose the grade level you are interested in. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens with complete instructions, illustrations, and photos and even videos. The lessons can be easily adapted to suit kids of all ages. In fact, the whole family may enjoy doing these activities together.

Then use the menu on the left to find:  

  • 45-minute art lessons
  • Art at Home
  • Art History Curriculum
  • Art Lessons by Subject
  • Art Lessons by Technique
  • Art Shows
  • How to Teach Art
  • and more!

While most of the information is geared for classroom teachers, it can be easily tweaked for use at home.

Explore the Castles and History of Wales

September 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, September 3, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Castles of Wales

(www.castlewales.com/home.html)

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

 

This non-profit, educational resource website created by Jeffrey L. Thomas features photographs and/or information relating to over 400 different medieval castles of Wales. Not only will visitors be able view images of the well-known and lesser known castles, but they can also learn about the castle builders and Welsh history.

When arriving at the site, you can read the introduction, and then use the upper text link menu to navigate through. Select “Main Menu” to easily arrive at areas of interest such as: 

  • Main Castle Index – Use the hyperlinked, alphabetized index of castles to quickly arrive at the castle you wish to visit.
  • Complete Castle Database – provides a larger annotated list of the castles in Wales, including those that no longer remain but have been mentioned in historical records
  • Castle Locator Maps – maps showing the locations of the major castles of Wales
  • Historical Essays – historical overviews, the evolution of the castle in Wales, and additional essays
  • Castle Builders – Discover the Welsh and Norman castle builders.
  • A Timeline of Medieval Wales and A Timeline of Welsh Castles
  • Castle Terminology – short definitions for terms associated with medieval castles, some of which are hyperlinked to examples
  • Abbeys & Other Religious Sites in Wales – includes a hyperlinked list of holy wells, abbeys, cathedrals, priories, and churches
  • Pre-Medieval & Other Historic Sites in Wales – a selection of other historical sites and monuments
  • Welsh Language Pages – In an effort to preserve the ancient Celtic language of Wales, some pages are available in Welsh. There are also a few links to Welsh language sites.
  • Drawings and Illustrations of Welsh Castles

And there’s so much more. This website would make an excellent resource for geography and history studies of Wales and castles.

Practice Math and Feed The Hungry

August 24th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, August 24, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeRice.com: Math

(freerice.com/categories)

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

 

Test your Multiplication Tables and Basic Math (Pre-Algebra) skills and earn food for the hungry!

Scroll down to Math and choose from: 

  • Multiplication Table
  • Basic Math – Algebra

Click on your choice to get to the quiz. FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of ability as you take each quiz. It starts by giving you math equations at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get an math problem wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three problems in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio keeps you challenged to encourage learning.

You can set your own level and you can even have the site remember your total from the last time you were there if you create an account.

And, with every right answer, you donate ten grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.

The site has expanded to include quizzes in other subjects: 

  • English
  • Geography
  • Humanities
  • Language Learning
  • Science
  • And more

If you have more questions, check out the About section. This is a fun and ingenious idea that will motivate kids to practice math while helping others.

Discovering Antarctica

August 7th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, August 6, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Discovering Antarctica

(discoveringantarctica.org.uk/)

Age Range: 7-15 (Grades 2-10, with parental supervision)

 

Take an interesting trip discovering Antarctica with this website from the Royal Geographical Society with IBG in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Using the menu, navigate to the different topics to explore which include: 

  • Introducing Antarctica – Imagining Antarctica; What, where, why?
  • Oceans, Atmosphere, Landscape – A changing climate; glaciation; ice, land and sea; atmosphere, weather and climate
  • Ecosystems and Foodwebs – Beneath the waves; Ecosystems
  • Science and Exploration – Journey South; Living in Antarctica Today; Pole to Pole; and more
  • Tourism – Destination Antarctica
  • Challenges – Antarctica Under Pressure; Sustainability; What future for Antarctica?

Each section has links on the right side for more info and teacher helps.

This is an excellent resource for your geography studies about the continent of Antarctica.

Geography for Kids

May 21st, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, May 21, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com – Geography Resources

(www.education.com/resources/geography/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This part of the larger Education.com website provides learning resources all about geography. NOTE: You must join Education.com (for free) to access the information.

When arriving at the site, either use the image icons under the introduction to select the topic you wish to explore or use the left-hand menu to choose topics by grade level. Some of the topics are: 

  • Reading a Map
  • The Continents
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • 50 State Capitals
  • World Oceans
  • The 5 Great Lakes
  • Lines on the Globe
  • and so much more!

You can download a free worksheet and see related learning resources.

You can also use the top menu to sort by: Printable Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Hands-On Activities, and Printable Workbooks all related to geography.

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.

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