Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, November 21, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian

(www.plimoth.org/learn/MRL/interact/thanksgiving-interactive-you-are-historian)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Click on “Begin Your Adventure” and a new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Notice the Teacher’s Guide icon in the bottom right corner – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking “Enter to begin your investigation!” A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

Free Chemistry & Physical Science Activities

November 19th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, November 19, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Inquiry In Action

(www.inquiryinaction.org/)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Check out this website published by the American Chemical Society where you can download lesson plans with activities that teach chemistry and physical science.

When you get to the website, choose from 

  • Kindergarten Lessons
  • Grade 2 Lessons
  • Grade 5 Lessons

In kindergarten, you can investigate the weather – What makes it rain or snow? What is wind? The second grade lessons include Float and Sink, Heating and Cooling and more. And in fifth grade, students can conduct experiments with M&M’s in water, and much more!

Be sure to check out Educational Resources from the top menu as well. This site is a great way to introduce chemistry and physics through engaging activities.

Learn to Play the Drums

November 16th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 16, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Video Drum Lessons

(www.freedrumlessons.com/drum-lessons/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a terrific and comprehensive archive of free drum lessons presented by expert drummers through informative and entertaining videos.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Beginner Drum Lessons – Learn the basics on how to play the drums, hold the drumsticks, tune a drum, and more.
  • Drum Theory & Notation – Learn to read drum notation, count notes from quarter notes to 32nd notes, and more.
  • Dynamic Drumming – Find out how to accent with rim shots, do snare drum cross-sticking or cymbal choking, play off-beat hi-hats, etc.
  • Drum Set Rudiments – Practice various drum rolls, flams, paradiddles, dragadiddles, and ratamacue.
  • Rock Drum Lessons – Learn the basic beats including funk, blues shuffle, and odd-time beats and fills.
  • Jazz Drum Lessons – Discover patterns, beats, snare and bass drum comping and more.
  • Latin Drum Lessons – Play Rumba, Bossa Nova, Songo, and Cascara drum beats.
  • Double Bass Drums – Do your warm-ups and then play double bass drum beats and fills. Get some speed tips.
  • Drum Play-Alongs – Enjoy playing along to rock, contemporary, funk, folk rock, heavy metal, jazz, country, Latin, blues, hard rock, classic rock and techno music.
  • Drum Solos – Watch, learn, and listen to drum solos by the masters.

You can also listen to covers of popular songs that feature great drumming, watch videos of live drum lessons, and read many articles on drumming techniques and tips.

Just click on an area of interest and a new page opens where the video lesson is launched. 

NOTE: You may have to watch a randomly generated commercial before you see each video lesson on YouTube. That’s one reason why parents should (as always) supervise use of the site.

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories and Poems

November 13th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, November 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PicLits.com

(www.piclits.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.

The idea here is to: 

  1. Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)
  2. Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.
  3. Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Lesson Plans” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page, then click on the tutorial. Also check out the lesson plans: 

  • Types of PIC-LITs – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.
  • Parts of Speech – Nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns and more with links to YouTube videos on how to use PIC-LITs for each.
  • Poetry – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

Virtual Tour of the White House

November 1st, 2019

 

It’s Friday, November 1, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The White House Museum

(www.whitehousemuseum.org/index.htm)

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


Did you know that on the ground floor of the White House there’s a bowling alley? There’s also a chocolate shop, a flower shop, and even a doctor’s office.

The Trumps might not get an opportunity to extend an invitation to your family for a while yet (they’re kind of busy), but while you’re waiting, you can visit this website for a nice view of the White House.

When you get to the site, Start the Tour! First there is an Overview with an Introduction, Quick Facts, Structure and Brief History. You can scroll to the bottom and continue your tour or you can use the top menu bar to view: 

  • Residence
  • East Wing
  • West Wing

You can see photos of all the rooms as they looked most recently, and past photos as well. (Notice how the curtains and furnishings change from one presidential era to another.) See up-close detail photos of some of the furniture, photos of renovation in progress, and learn how the rooms are/were used. For example, Alice Roosevelt’s wedding took place in the same room where sumo wrestlers performed, and one president’s child rode a chair pulled by two goats! Read about the roller skate marks left on the floor by a president’s child and not removed for 30 years… fun stuff!

And under the “Home” link, don’t miss Air Force One, Lesson Plans and more.

Autumn Vocabulary Word List

October 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com – Autumn

(myvocabulary.com/word-list/autumnvocabulary/)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

Today we focused on the Autumn Vocabulary Word List. When you get to the site, you’ll see an “A-Z” list of 169 words all related to fall including: 

  • Acorn
  • Bounty
  • Chestnuts
  • Football
  • Harvest
  • Leaves
  • Migration
  • Nuts
  • Pumpkins
  • Raking
  • Scarecrows
  • Thanksgiving
  • Voting
  • Weather
  • and more!

Use the list to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

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