Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Free Lessons & Activities on Puerto Rico

October 17th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, October 17, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Boricua Kids

(www.elboricua.com/BoricuaKids.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

October 18th, 1898, was the date that Spain turned over Puerto Rico to the United States’ control, a condition of The Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War. At this website, you’ll find free lesson plans and activities about the history, geography, and culture of Puerto Rico.

When you get to the site, read the brief introduction. Then use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • A Map of Puerto Rico
  • A Fact Sheet – Includes the national flower, bird, flag, capital, government, terrain, notable people, etc.
  • Tainos – Learn about the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, the Taino Indians.
  • Puerto Rico, U.S.A. – A brief history of Puerto Rico’s history with the United States of America.

Then, use the menu on the left to explore: 

  • Food – Get recipes for Coconut Kisses, Plantain Chips, and more!
  • Songs – Listen to Children’s songs such as “El Gato Y El Raton.”
  • Coloring Pages – Print and color symbols of Puerto Rico.
  • Coqui – Learn about Puerto Rico’s very tiny tree frog.
  • Rain Forest – Discover Puerto Rico’s tropical rain forest, El Yunque.
  • Lesson Plans – Free lessons, designed for classroom teachers, that cover Puerto Rican social studies, geography, history, and much more.

Print out quizzes, word search puzzles, coloring activities, and more!

Fun Periodic Table of Videos

October 15th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 15, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/)

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

 

What a find! This website teaches the periodic table with videos!

When you click on an element on the periodic table, it plays a video showing educational experiments and explanations about that element. (Okay, while this site is probably designed for middle school, high school, and beyond, younger children will enjoy seeing some of the experiments. Plus, we’ve found that little kids lap up information about the Periodic Table, so don’t be shy about introducing them to it.)

This is so much fun! Each video is short (up to about 10 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, it’s history, and how it is used. You can tell the chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with the various elements, love what they do!

Consider starting with Lithium (Li). It’s very reactive in water and the clip is fun to watch. Then try Hydrogen (H) or Helium (He) to see a big bang! (Careful – kids may be tempted to try this at home, so parental guidance and safety discussions are required.) The Phosphorus (P) video will really amaze your kids when they learn there’s about a pound of this reactive element in their bodies!

The scientists in the lab have a lot fun demonstrating the properties of the elements – and their antics with beakers, Bunsen burners, and bloopers are narrated by mild-mannered professor Martyn Poliakoff who has wonderful, wild, Einstein-ish hair! Some of his descriptions are hilarious – such as when he describes what can be done with Nitrogen (N). (Preview it, as it might alarm younger children.)

Note: We didn’t watch all of the videos. Therefore, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the videos BEFORE showing them to children to determine suitability of content.

The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed!

Autumn-Themed Arts & Crafts

October 12th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 12, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK’s Autumn Crafts & Activities

(https://www.dltk-holidays.com/fall/index.html)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades PreK-9, with parental supervision)

 

DLTK is an ad-supported website that offers an amazing array of free art and craft projects for kids and their families.

They have a great selection of free, simple and fun fall crafts and activities that we thought many of you would enjoy including: 

  • Coloring Pages – Print out and color fall-themed coloring pages.
  • Crafts – Get instructions for making things with autumn leaves and trees. Make a scarecrow or wreath.
  • Games and Puzzles – Print out fall-themed hangman, tic-tac-toe, wordsearch, word scrambles, crossword puzzles, mazes, and much more.
  • Leaf Collectors Album – Print out templates to create your very own fun and educational “Leaf Collection” album!
  • Poems and Songs – Enjoy a selection of autumn-themed fables, rhymes, poems, and songs that include a printable craft or coloring suggestion to go along with it!
  • And more!

When you’re through with the autumn-themed resources, poke around the site to discover all kinds of ways to enhance learning through fun creative arts activities.

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!

Free books online!

October 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Kids Books

(freekidsbooks.org/)

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

 

Yes, it’s true! This ad-supported site has free children’s books that you can read online or download.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the featured books or use the top menu to choose books in the following age ranges: 

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Older Children
  • Young Adults

Also, you can choose books by category on the right side bar including: 

  • Activities and Crafts
  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Classic Books
  • Cookbooks
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fantasy
  • Friendship
  • History
  • Insects
  • Money
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Seasons
  • Superheroes
  • Wordless
  • and so much more!

When you click on an age range or category, a new page opens with a list of the books with a picture of the front cover, the author’s name, the category and age range. Then you can read the book of your choice online or download the free PDF. You can share your feedback on the book by leaving a comment under “Reviews”.

Free Interactives for Music, Art and More!

August 31st, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 31, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Toy Theater

(toytheater.com/category/classic-toy-theater/classic-music/)

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

 

This website offers all kinds of high quality interactive games for learning music, art, math and literacy that have real educational value.

Because this is Saturday and “Electives Day” at ClickSchooling, we focused on Music for this review. When you get to the site, you can choose from: 

  • Drum Beats
  • Piano Puppet
  • Composer
  • Music Maker

Your child will have fun creating drum beats, using a virtual puppet to play piano tunes, and composing music.

Then, when you are through learning with Music, get ready to explore the MAIN CONTENT on this site that is archived in these menu items: 

  • Art – Your child can use interactive online media to draw, color, create animations and more.
  • Math – Play a variety of interactive games that teach kids about addition, multiplication, subtraction, line plots, pictographs and more!
  • Reading – Enjoy an animated alphabet, learn to type and practice keyboard skills, word finds, word searches, alphabet doodles, word scrambles, original & classic stories and more! All of these activities are designed to enhance language arts skills.

Just click on a topic and a new page opens with a selection of activities that will engage and entertain your kids. You’ll also find puzzles and games at the site – so be sure to bookmark it to return often.

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