Posts Tagged ‘maps’

Symphony Orchestra for Kids

October 5th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 5, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DSO Kids

(www.mydso.com/dso-kids/)

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

 

DSO Kids is the educational music site for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra located in Dallas, Texas. The site offers a wide variety of free music appreciation activities for kids!

You’ll find an introduction to famous composers and their music, lessons that teach you how to build your own instrument, practice tips for playing instruments, and more. There is also a great teacher resource section on the site that includes a huge database of archived music appreciation lesson plans that you can download and print out for use at home including: 

  • Families of Instruments Listening Maps
  • Meet the Composers Scavenger Hunt
  • The Role of the Conductor
  • Puppet Theater
  • Music Can Tell a Story
  • The Character of Instruments
  • Music and Motion
  • Meet the Percussion Instruments
  • and more!

This is a great resource to learn all about music!

Animated Historical Maps of War

August 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, August 22, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maps of War

(www.mapsofwar.com/)

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

 

Put on your thinking caps! This incredible website provides free animated maps showing historical time lines in a period of about 90 seconds! They are sure to spark interest in historical events and lots of conversation.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured maps. For example, one of the most popular maps at the site is called “Imperial History of the Middle East” that presents an animation of who has controlled the Middle East over the course of 5,000 years of world history. 

Click on the featured maps to dive right in, or click on “Maps” at the top to find a menu of various maps presented on the site including: 

  • March of Democracy
  • History of Religion
  • Leadership and War
  • Pressure Vault
  • Signs of Occupation

When you are done there, be sure to click on “Library” at the bottom to find a selection of links to multimedia war maps on the Net. Includes topics such as: 

  • The Western Front, 1914 – 1918
  • The Darfur Tragedy
  • Global Migration – Map depicts flow of migrants and money worldwide

Although the subject matter (war) is grim, the historical perspective presented through these dynamic maps is sure to spark thought and discussion.
 
Note: This site is supported by randomly generated Google Ads. In addition, there are links to maps on other websites that we have not reviewed. AS ALWAYS, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE EXPLORATION OF THIS SITE AND USE OF THE INTERNET.

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

July 26th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, July 26, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lewis & Clark Exhibit

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/virtualtour/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

With this website, explore the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress to discover maps, notes, manuscripts, and more from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Begin your tour by selecting the “enter tour” link on the first slide. Watch the slide show introduction then the tour begins. In each slide, select an image in the timeline to enlarge. Read through the text then click on the image to get a larger view. Select “Go Back” at the bottom of the slide to return to the timeline. Some images will open a new window with a presentation on the Library of Congress website. Simply close the window to return to the virtual tour. Select “Continue Tour” to move along. Sections of the timeline include: 

  • Prologue
  • Before Lewis & Clark
    • Beyond the Allegheny Mountains
    • The Spanish Entrada into the Southwest
    • Exploration of the Missouri River
    • British Passage to the Pacific
    • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark
    • Discovering Diplomacy
    • Geography
    • Animals
    • Dressed in Courage
    • Plants
  • After Lewis & Clark
    • The Journeys of Zebulon Montgomery Pike
    • Long’s Expedition to the Central and Southern Plains
    • The Fur Trade
    • Wilkes and Frémont Expeditions
    • Boundary Surveys
  • Epilogue-Transcontinental Railroad Surveys

If you prefer not to use the interactive tour, visit the Rivers, Edens, Empires webpage on the Library of Congress site using the link under the interactive tour window.

Not only is this an interesting tour of the artifacts in the museum, but a wonderful addition to your westward expansion studies.

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 5th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, June 5, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. See for yourself using the menu on the left.

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Virtually Sail Aboard USS Constitution

May 31st, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 31, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

All Hands on Deck

(www.allhandsondeck.org/)

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

 

Take a multi-media learning adventure aboard the USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) that incorporates language arts, reading, math, science, art, and social studies. Lessons are categorized by grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

When you get to the landing page of the website, we recommend that you watch the companion video (19 minutes long) that provides a sort of virtual field trip into the ship’s past. In the movie, a modern day ship visitor named Julie steps into a time-warp and meets characters from the ship’s past who tell their stories revealing the history and legacy of the USS Constitution.

Note: To download and watch the video, when you get to the website’s landing page, click on “Set Sail” and a new page opens. Click on “Table of Contents” and then click on “Video” on the left side of the screen. 

After watching the video, use the “Table of Contents” to explore the free curriculum that covers the USS Constitution‘s construction, the crew, and life aboard a 19th century warship. Discover the teamwork required to sail the ship and engage in battle.

The online curriculum has lessons and activities that require students to solve math problems, make maps and diagrams, and write essays and poems. You’ll find suggestions for getting started, vocabulary helpers, activity sheets to print out, and much more. You’ll also find: 

  • Recommended Resources – Get recommendations for further reading, fun field trips, movies, music, and games, and a list of items to have on hand.
  • Scuttlebutt – Enjoy humorous tales and interesting historical facts and anecdotes to extend the lessons.

This tribute to the legacy of the USS Constitution is designed for classroom use, but can be tweaked to suit any homeschool environment.

Geography with Google’s My Maps

May 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 23, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Google’s My Maps

(www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/?hl=en)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

If you’ve ever visited Google Maps (or MapQuest or Yahoo Maps), you know that you can pan and zoom a world map from your computer. But did you know you can customize that map for your homeschooling?

My Maps requires a free Google account. The beauty of My Maps is: 

  • It’s free.
  • It’s easy.
  • Google stores it for you and provides a web address (a URL) so that you can share your map with friends or family.

When you get to the site, click the “Create New Map” button. (If you don’t have a Google account, it will prompt you to sign up.)

Here’s how it works: Once the map comes up, use the features on the map’s menu to customize it by adding colored pins and labels to it, draw lines on it, or even insert pictures. (Here’s a link to My Maps Help with more details on how to use the features.)

My Maps was very helpful last summer with information about specific California wildfires. The fire map also included info about air quality, evacuation orders, shelters, fire containment statistics, road closures, and more.

Once we started thinking about My Maps for homeschooling, the possibilities seemed endless: 

  • Label a map with events from your history studies.
  • Use the map as a quiz by putting questions onto it.
  • Share the map with other families in a reading group. When children complete a book, let them add a pin to the map indicating where the author was from or where the story took place.
  • Help young children trace routes to the grocery store or to Grandma’s house.
  • Use it as a diary for a family vacation.

And more!

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