Posts Tagged ‘lessons’

Listen and Learn about Places in History

August 15th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 15, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Browse Through History – MrDowling.com

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

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

 

Mr. Dowling is a teacher who developed this website from his interest in history and the lessons he taught in the classroom. “Travel” and learn with him as he reads each lesson!

When you get to the ad-supported site, scroll past the ads to get to the 16 icons and click on a destination to learn about a variety of places including: 

  • Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Africa
  • India and the Himalayas
  • China
  • America Before Columbus
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • The Middle East and North Africa
  • The Caribbean
  • And more!

Just click on an icon such as “Ancient Greece” and a new page opens with an introduction; and on the right side of the page are links to selections such as Greek Mythology, The Iliad and The Odyssey, Sparta, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great and more. The information is presented in user-friendly text enhanced by illustrations and photographs. Each lesson also has a link to an audio file of Mr. Dowling reading the lesson, so your child can follow along; and links to download additional resourses. Or you can look under Site Tools at the top of the page and click on Download Free Teacher Resources to see all the resources in one place.

Virtual Field Trip to Drumhead Factory

August 9th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, August 9, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

How It’s Made – Evans

(www.evansdrumheads.com/EVMediaDetail.Page?MediaId=411)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

  

A lot more goes into making a drumhead than you might imagine. At this website you can watch a professional video of manufacturing drumheads at the Evans Drumheads factory.

You’ll see:

  • plastic film cut into circles
  • application of internal flaps
  • molding the drumhead
  • making the drum hoops
  • assembling the drumheads
  • applying the “swoosh” sound
  • and more

When you’re through watching the video (about 5 minutes), explore the other videos in the Evans’ media library and learn how to tune a tom or snare drum. Watch backstage interviews with drummers and take some free drum lessons.   

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.

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.”

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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