Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

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.

Interactive Letter Writing Tutorial

July 24th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 24, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Letter Writing for Students

(www.interactive-learning.com.au/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This kid-friendly website makes basic letter writing for the elementary grades easy and fun.

When you get to the site, scroll down and look under the title, “English.” Click on “Letter Writing” then “Learn More.” Then “View Lesson Plan” for your grade level of choice: 

  • K-2 – Personal Letter Writing
  • 3-4 – Persuasive Letter Writing
  • 5-6 – Coded Letter Writing

A new page opens to the lesson where you will be taken through the step-by-step process of learning correct letter writing form and practicing what you’ve learned. (Please note the postage amount is not for the U.S.)

And underneath the 3 grade level links you’ll find resources for teachers including letter templates, a sample business letter and how to address an envelope.

Free K-6 Science Curriculum

July 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 23, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math/Science Nucleus – Free Curriculum

(www.msnucleus.org/membership/k-6.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

A production of the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, this site offers free hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science, and technology for elementary grades.

Contents on today’s website is based on over 35 years of research on how children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for classroom use with the recognition that parents may use them for home study. 

The Elementary Curriculum is a complete science program for every week of a child’s K-6 experience. It includes 3 lesson plans for 34 weeks integrating all science subjects through: 

  • Applied Science
  • Universe Cycle
  • Plate Tectonic Cycle
  • Rock Cycle
  • Water Cycle
  • Life Cycle

In each cycle, there are links to objectives, vocabulary, materials needed, background, and procedure. There are also links to standards, a model test, and a dictionary.

Back on the Elementary page, be sure to check out the left side bar for links to: 

  • Online Activities
  • Storybooks
  • Slideshows
  • and more!

There is also a Secondary Curriculum, but some of the lessons are not completed. As the site says, “Units being worked on as funding allows.”

Hummingbird Math

July 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 22, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hummingbird Math

(www.rubythroat.org/ActivitiesMathMain.html)

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

 

This website was designed to be a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students in grades K-12 to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

These little birds tolerate people well and are drawn to gardens and feeders where they can easily be studied. The data collected is shared via the website with students worldwide. You can access a great deal of information at this site for free, but they also offer the opportunity to register for $20/year, a fee that enables students to participate fully in the research project. (Details are at the site.) However, you don’t have to register to learn interesting facts about a variety of hummingbirds or to access the activities and lesson ideas in math, art, geography, drama, music, and writing.


When you get to the site you will see the introduction to “Hummingbird Mathematics Activities.” Just scroll down to review the lesson and click on the links to the other curriculum pages as well.

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.”

Free Homeschool Record Keeping

July 15th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 15, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Homeschool Skedtrak

(www.homeschoolskedtrack.com/HomeSchool/displayLogin.do)

Age Range: 4-18 (Designed for homeschool parents to track activities for grades Pre-K-12)

 

While we usually stick to recommending sites that enhance learning about math on Monday, we couldn’t resist sharing this free resource, developed by a homeschool family, that enables you to track your homeschool course of study and activities for free.

I know that keeping records is a big concern to many homeschool parents, especially once the kids hit the high school years and need to create transcripts for college. While this site is designed with homeschool parents in mind, older students can use it for record-keeping purposes. Even unschoolers can use this system to track learning opportunities and interests they have explored as well.

The description provided at the Homeschool Skedtrack website explains it all:

“Homeschool Skedtrack is a *FREE* online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.”

Features include: 

  • easy record keeping from Pre-K-12 for each student
  • worry free data back-up
  • flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go
  • automated tracking of total number of hours/days completed
  • scheduling and tracking of field trips
  • a school calendar for each student
  • tests recording
  • automated grade calculation
  • report card generation in pdf format
  • transcript generation in pdf format (two columns or by subject)

There are even video tutorials at the site to explain how to use the Homeschool Skedtrack program. Begin by creating an account in the upper right corner of the home page.

Not only that, this site offers a database of educational websites (many that have been recommended by ClickSchooling over the years). Not only does the database include websites on various subject topics such as math, science, music, homeschool resources, etc., it allows the users/visitors to rate the sites which can be helpful in determining overall usefulness.

Bookmark this one to return often!

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