Posts Tagged ‘history’

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

August 7th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 7, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EDSITEment – Literature and Language Arts

(edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans?f%5B0%5D=lesson_plan_subject_topic_facet%3A9361)

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

 

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art and culture, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see featured lesson plans. In the left sidebar is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as: 

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Viewing
  • Writing

Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including: 

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation
  • Lesson Activities
  • Lesson Extensions
  • Materials and Media

There is also a link to Student Activities, where you can choose Literature and Language Arts in two different grade ranges: K-5 and 9-12 .

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.

Learn the history of computers!

August 5th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, August 5, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing

(www.computerhistory.org/revolution/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, where you can virtually explore the exhibit,”Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.” It’s an amazing, content-rich overview of the human endeavor to solve problems through tinkering, engineering, invention – as well as accidents and luck!


When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, and a sliding panel that displays all of the segments of the exhibit including: 

  • Calculators
  • Punched Cards
  • Birth of the Computer
  • Memory & Storage
  • The Art of Programming
  • Digital Logic
  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Computer Graphics, Music, and Art
  • Computer Games
  • Personal Computers
  • The Web
  • and much more!

Click on any item in the sliding panel display to learn more about it, or click on the “bubbles” below the screen to follow the exhibit in sequential order. You can also click on the “Topics” tab at the top of the page to get a complete directory of what’s in the exhibit.  

Each section offers interesting text, photographs, and illustrations along with interactive tools for zooming in on objects to get a better look. 

Don’t miss the interactive “Timeline” that you can access from the horizontal tab menu at the top of each page. You could spend hours and hours perusing the information that includes biographies of people important to the computing revolution over the past 2,000 years.

Explorer Hernando DeSoto – Videos & Activity Book

August 1st, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 1, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hernando DeSoto in America Movies

(fcit.usf.edu/florida/movies/soto/soto.htm)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

The University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology offer a free series of QuickTime movies that are reenactments of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto’s exploration of Florida, which he claimed for Spain in 1539.

The seven QuickTime movies add up to twenty minutes of engaging information, presented in documentary style, that brings to life the story of the Spanish exploration of the Southeast United States from 1539 to 1542.

When you’re through watching the movies you can explore the rest of the site that contains more information on the history of Florida by clicking on “Main” at the top of the page.

Then, be sure to check out the DeSoto National Memorial website (courtesy of the National Park Service). It offers additional information on DeSoto and the history of Florida. Also, you can download a free Junior Ranger Activity Book on DeSoto with challenging activities in math, writing, reading, and science here. It was designed for students 6-12 years old, but may be of interest to your entire family.

Note: This is a big file and may take a minute or two to download. If it doesn’t work for some reason, click on the “Learn About the Park” on the DeSoto National Memorial website in the paragraph above, then “Kids & Youth,” then “Be a Junior Ranger.”

Highlights Magazine Activities Online

July 31st, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 31, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Highlights Kids

(https://www.highlightskids.com/)

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

 

Highlights Magazine sponsors this website that features free activities to build language arts skills while covering multiple subjects such as science, history, social studies, and more.

It also features the beloved “Hidden Picture” activity that you may remember from your own youthful experience with Highlights – and that your children are sure to enjoy. 

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured activities. You can scroll through those or use the menu at the top to find: 

  • Activities – crafts and recipes
  • Jokes – jokes and quizzes
  • Games – Hidden Pictures and Unscramble
  • Explore – science questions and experiments
  • and more

Did we mention “Hidden Pictures”? It’s a lot of fun to play online! You’ll enjoy it – and so will your kids!

Take an American History Journey

July 25th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 25, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Journeys

(www.americanjourneys.org/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers an amazing library of historical primary source documents that provide eyewitness accounts of North American explorers including the Vikings in 1000 AD, Spanish, French, and English explorers, American Indians, Pilgrims, Frontiersmen, Lewis & Clark, and the mountain men of the Rockies in 1800. Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, it was designed for students exploring one of National History Day’s theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange.”


When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu bar that includes: 

  • Find A Document – A search engine to help you find documents on the topic that interests you.
  • Images – An incredible resource of paintings, sketches, and pictures of the events chronicled in the documents.
  • Highlights – Not sure where to begin? This page offers a selection of eyewitness accounts of famous moments in American History by date. Pick one and with a click of your mouse jump right into history.
  • Teachers – THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. Read the description and use the menu bar that helps you choose a topic, select lesson plans, understand the geographical references and nomenclature used in the accounts, consider who wrote the accounts and what factors color their interpretation, determine how to deal with sensitive content in the accounts, and more.

Parents, as always, should review this material to determine suitability for your children and students. Be sure to read the comments under “Sensitive Content” on the menu bar in the “Teachers” section.

These documents provide a window into the past like no other. Bookmark this site so you can use it for research and supplementation to your studies of the history of exploration in North America.

All About Caves (and Bats)

July 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Exploring Caves

(tinyurl.com/y3fh9n3j)

Age Range: 4-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This 50-page PDF from the U.S. Geological Survey has free educational materials all about caves that can easily be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

Learn about geology, cartography, and hydrology in a lighthearted story of a bat. This original 5-chapter fictional story introduces a wealth of information about caves through the adventure of two children and a talking bat. There are lesson plans, activity sheets, teacher instructions and coloring pages. The lessons include: 

  • What Is a Cave?
  • Cave Stories – Tales of Adventure
  • Find a Cave
  • Cave Diagram
  • Adapting to the Dark – Bats and People
  • Water Creates a Cave
  • Cave Art and History
  • and more!

There is also a list of books, articles, special publications, music, and more. You’ll also find links to other educational resources. However, most of the links have changed. As it says at the top of the resource page: “URL’s (Web site addresses) often change unpredictably. If any of the given URL’s fail to work, do searches with names of organizations combined with relevant key words.”

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