Posts Tagged ‘other’

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.

Serious and Silly Physics Songs

August 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 3, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhysicsSongs.org

(http://ww3.haverford.edu/physics-astro/songs/)

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

 

This website, hosted by Haverford College and maintained by a professor of physics, archives free songs about physics that help students remember critical concepts and formulas in a fun and entertaining way.

This site was created for college students, but many songs will appeal to a younger range of ages, with parental supervision. As explained at the website, songs may activate a different part of the students’ brains that links into “the musical aspect of intelligence, helping many students to build a richer ‘knowledge tree’ relating to the concept being taught, and thus promoting better retention.”

When you get to the site scroll down to “Physics songs and other resources” where you will find links to all kinds of physics songs. Don’t miss The Nano Song – the winner of the Nano Tube Contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society – under “Selected songs by other authors.” In the video, “Miss Glory” sings to Muppet-type puppets and explains nanotechnology. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics to give you an idea…
 
Puppet: Miss Glory, what is nanotechnology?
 
Miss Glory sings:

Virtual Guide to REAL Field Trip Destinations

August 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, August 2, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Field Trips of the U.S. & Canada

(www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/field-trips/)

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

 

To help you find field trips that will leave you and your kids feeling energized and excited about learning, Homeschool Buyers Co-op has created an incredible, FREE, virtual data base of field trip destinations for every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.


When you get to the website just click on the map to find:


  • zoos
  • aquariums
  • factory tours
  • historic houses
  • nature centers
  • cultural centers
  • and other educational facilities in your state or province.
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    Then, head out on the road and enjoy the fabulous learning opportunities in your community and beyond. Your children will have fun and you’ll feel like you’ve made productive and meaningful use of your time. Plus, field trips often springboard kids to a new area of interest that motivates their desire to learn about everything.

    Math at Play Kids Games

    July 29th, 2019

     

    It’s Monday, July 29, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

     

    Recommended Website:

    PlayKidsGames.com – Math Games

    (www.playkidsgames.com/mathGames.htm)

    Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

     

    At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to help kids learn and practice their math skills.

    When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include:

    • Space Shuttle Launch: You chose whether to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math question correctly, you get to watch your rocket ship launch successfully and reach the moon.
    • Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the hungry crocodile gets a snack!
    • Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their numbers.
    • Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
    • Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully ricochets off of the components of a math question, you need to answer it correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
    • Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot Calculator they appear horizontally).

    But that’s not all! There are other subjects also available at this site. Just click on the button of your choice at the top including: 

    • Alphabet
    • Memory
    • Vocabulary
    • Geography
    • Arts

    And more!


    NOTE: You’ll need Flash and/or Java installed to play the games. 

    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.

    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.

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