Posts Tagged ‘languages’

Audio History Resource Library

October 21st, 2021

Learn Out Loud – History: Free History Audios & More!

(www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Online-Learning/History)

Grades: Middle school, high school, and beyond, with parental supervision

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this commercial website that offers a vast array of free history audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and video resources that you can listen to or watch online.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the free history resources that include:

  • What Started World War I Lecture
  • Patrick Henry Speech
  • Gettysburg Address Audio
  • Susan B. Anthony Speech
  • Jamestown, Virginia History Lecture
  • Byzantine Empire History
  • History of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • And Many More!

When you’re through exploring the history list, check out the other “Free Online Learning on Audio & Video” titles offered in other subjects including:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Science
  • Technology
  • And More!

Again, this is a commercial site where you can purchase audio/video downloads, but they offer this amazing archive of free online learning titles absolutely free.

BONUS:

You can sign up to receive the “Free Resource of the Day Emails” that provides one free audio or video learning title. The email is sent out Monday through Friday and is a great way to stay informed about new audio & video educational content that is added to the site.

Useful Foreign Language Resource

October 2nd, 2021

Surface Languages

(www.surfacelanguages.com/)

Grades 5-12, approximately, with parental supervision

Hello. Hola (Spanish). Salut (French). Szia (Hungarian). Ahlan (Arabic). Hej (Danish). Learn thousands of useful phrases for over 40 different languages with this free online resource.

Using audios of native speakers, flashcards, and simple word games, this website offers the budding linguist a wonderful starting point to become versed in thousands of fundamental words and phrases. Learn:

  • Alphabets
  • Numbers
  • Descriptive words and phrases
  • Food related words and phrases
  • Time related words
  • Phrases to use in an emergency
  • Communication problem phrases
  • Directions
  • And much, much more

Just a sampling of the ever-growing list of languages available includes:

  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Maltese
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Welsh
  • Yiddish

Also currently available are 4 language courses for beginners which consist of 15-27 lessons intended to teach basic grammatical structure and sentence patterns. Languages courses currently available are:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)

Practice your language skills while on the go for free by downloading the companion app available for certain smart devices!

With this website open the doors to different languages beyond the ones traditionally taught and inspire your students to explore new worlds of communication.

Endless Math Quizzes at the Click of Your Mouse!

August 30th, 2021

That Quiz

(www.thatquiz.org/)

Grades 2-12, with parental supervision

If you are interested in no-frills online math practice, this website is for you. It will generate endless math problems for you to try, and instantly tell you whether your answer is correct.

There is a teacher registration (free!) and login option, and students can log in to see what work their teacher has assigned them, but this is a help for classroom teachers with multiple students and scores to keep track of; individual students don’t need to register, and most homeschool parents/kids won’t need to either; everything on this site is accessible without registration.

There really is something at every level here: a whole decade’s worth of randomly generated math practice problems on one deceptively simple-looking website. For each activity, be sure to look in the left-hand column to select the parameters you’d like to apply. For example, for calculus, you can choose to practice integrals or derivatives. For fractions, you can identify the given fraction from the visual representation, or fill in the number of rectangles to represent the given fraction, and you can also select the level of difficulty. You can choose to practice only ten problems, or as many as a hundred. It will keep track of your score, and give that score to you as a percentage after you finish the set of questions. What you will not find here are cute cartoon characters, cool sound effects, advertisements, bright colors, animation, or anything flashy. You might find it helpful to keep some scratch paper and a pencil handy; write down the problems that you miss so that you can figure out what you did wrong.

This website is also available in 10 other languages! Just click the Language title in the bottom left corner of the front page.

Note: With some of the activities, a message appears stating that you might need to download an updated browser; however, if your browser is already up to date, the message goes away when the activity has finished loading, and the activity works just fine.

Online, Interactive Flashcards for Math & Much More!

August 23rd, 2021

Study Stack

(www.studystack.com/)

Grades 2-12, with parental supervision

At this website, use the menu to find “Study Stacks” of interactive, virtual flashcards for a variety of subjects.

Today we are focusing on math, so scroll down and click on the ‘math’ icon. There are hundreds of choices including:

  • Algebra Terms
  • Multiplication Facts
  • Divisibility Rules
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Statistics
  • Financial Literacy

These flashcards are “evolved” and quite unique. They can list several facts on each card. The Study Stack cards feature virtual flaps which hide the information – each separate item is hidden behind its own virtual flap, so you can check yourself on one fact without seeing all of the others.

But that’s not all! Each set of virtual flashcards comes with its corresponding set of activities. There’s a matching game, hangman, a study table (where you can view all of the information in the form of a table), traditional flashcards, crossword, unscramble, and more!

Not only are there many sets of flashcards available to study; you can create your own (free) account and create your own sets to add to the website, or modify existing ones. (If you happen to notice a mistake, you can fix it yourself!) So if you have a specific set of facts that you need to learn, you can join the many users who have entered their own flashcards here, and practice them… and invite your friends to try their hand at them, too!

In addition to Math, there are cards in the categories of Business, Geography, History, Languages, Medical, Science, and Standardized Tests.

Peruse this Visual Dictionary Reference Tool!

July 21st, 2021

The Visual Dictionary

(infovisual.info/en)

All grades, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows:

  • Biology Vegetal – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
  • Biology Animal – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
  • Human Body – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
  • Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
  • Transport – Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
  • Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

Butterfly Science

June 1st, 2021

The Children’s Butterfly Site

(www.kidsbutterfly.org/)

Grades K- 5 with parental supervision

This website, a project of the Butterfly and Moth Information Network, has free information on the life cycle of butterflies, a stunning photo gallery of moths and butterflies, links to teaching and learning tools, and even printable science coloring pages!

Description: When you get to the site you’ll see the features that include:

  • Coloring Pages – Get coloring pages of a butterfly egg, larva, chrysalis (pupa), and an adult butterfly. 
  • FAQs – This is a great resource for learning about moths and butterflies, their anatomy (find out if they have brains and hearts), life cycle, habitats, and behavior. Are butterflies poisonous? How did they get their name? How do you say “butterfly” in other languages? The answers are all here.
  • Life Cycle – Enjoy a simple explanation of a butterfly’s life cycle illustrated with terrific photos. This is perfect for kids!
  • Links – For those kids (and adults) that want to know more, this is a wonderful archive of links to butterfly and entomology websites in the U.S. and worldwide. We did not review every link so as always, parental supervision is advised.
  • Photographs – Marvel at these amazing photographs of moths and butterflies from all over the world.
  • Teaching & Learning Tools – Watch videos about butterflies, get a bibliography of field guides and reference books that include activities you can do at home – like growing a butterfly garden to attract these fascinating creatures to your backyard.

And for those of you studying foreign languages, you’ll find translations of the life cycle overview in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

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