Posts Tagged ‘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!

Multimedia History of American Agriculture

July 11th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 11, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Growing A Nation: The Story of American Agriculture

(www.agclassroom.org/gan/index.htm)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision. This was designed for middle and high school classrooms.)

 

This website provides a free multimedia social studies program that explores the history of American agriculture and how it has affected our lives today. It uses digital story telling to engage learners and help them understand that “the history of America is much more than just war battles.”  


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

  • Explore Multimedia Program – Launch or download the free program that is divided into four lessons delivered through a narrated video presentation (turn on your speakers): 
    • Lesson 1 – 1600-1929, Seeds of Change
    • Lesson 2 – 1930-1949, From Defeat to Victory
    • Lesson 3 – 1950-1969, Prosperity & Challenges
    • Lesson 4 – 1970-Present, Into a New Millennium
    • Classroom Resources – Access pdfs of the instructional units (lessons) along with activities and resources based upon primary source documents. You’ll also find options for assessment.
  • Historical Timeline – Explore the various eras of American agriculture including Economic Cycles, Farm Machinery & Technology, Crops & Livestock, Transportation, Agricultural Trade & Development, and Government Programs & Policy.
  • External Resources – Find more free lessons on agriculture including pest management, water quality, food safety, understanding wetlands and the environment, the history of cotton, cattle ranching, and more.

This program is designed for classroom use to stimulate discussions and promote understanding. There is lots of flexibility in the material that can be tweaked for independent study. It supplements any study of history and meets national standards.

Project-Based Science Lessons for Grades 5-12

July 9th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 9, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teachers TryScience

(http://www.teacherstryscience.org/lp)

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

 

This website is a collaborative effort between the New York Hall of Science, IBM Corporation, and TeachEngineering.org. It provides free, hands-on, project-based learning activities that require students to engineer solutions to problems by employing math, technology, and science concepts from more than one science discipline including physics, chemistry, and earth sciences.

When you get to the site, you’ll see three lesson plans. Click “See All” to get to the rest. (There are currently almost 700!) Click on any one and a new page opens with the target grade (ages), the estimated time required for the project, the topics covered, goals, objectives and more.

You’ll also find links to resources and materials that are needed, as well as comments from teachers who used the project in their classroom.

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