Posts Tagged ‘reading’

History Timelines, Maps, Crafts and more

February 18th, 2021

Learn Braille

October 24th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, October 24, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Braille Bug

(braillebug.org/default.asp)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the American Printing House for the Blind was designed to teach sighted children about braille. With the aid of this site children will not only gain an understanding of the history and importance of braille as a language for the blind, but will also learn braille numbers and letters.

When arriving at this colorful site, students can select from the following: 

  • What is Braille? – Learn the ins and outs of reading and writing braille as well as print out a braille alphabet key.
  • Braille Resources – Download free student activity sheets and more
  • Games and Secret Messages – interactive activities that encourage students to interpret simulated braille letters, words, and numbers. See your name in braille, solve trivia, riddles and rhymes, jumbles, secret messages and more.
  • Louis Braille – Read the brief story of Louis Braille.
  • Helen Keller Kids Museum Online – Explore the timeline of Helen Keller’s life.

In the bottom menu, visitors can Change Colors – Change the color of the text and background for easier viewing. Also learn about the American Printing House and more.

While this website’s target audience is students in grades 3-6, many of the activities can easily be adapted for younger and older students.

Games That Teach Global Issues to Youth

October 8th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, October 8, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Global Social Sciences Games

(www.tigweb.org/games/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12 approximately, with parental preview and supervision)

 

This website offers an assortment of free, interactive, educational games to inform youth about global social and political issues and methods for implementing “a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.”

The games require good reading and comprehension skills. The global issues touched upon in the games include: education, environment, globalization, health, human rights, peace and conflict, and more.

TakingITGlobal was started by two teenagers in 1999 and now receives funding and support from a variety of foundations and companies including Microsoft, the Staples Foundation, and the UN Foundation among others. We mention this because it’s relevant to understanding the philosophical and political point of view behind the activities and games offered at the site. Parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.

That said, when you get to the site you’ll find a selection of games. Here are the descriptions from the website: 

  • Butt Out: Tobacco Trivia – Test your knowledge about tobacco while playing our Tobacco Card Game!
  • Geography Genius: Flags of the World – Learn more about the world as you guess countries based on flags, shapes, and statistics!
  • GRUB: Food Bytes – Do you hunger for information about food choices and food systems? Use your noodle to match the cards and answer trivia questions, and watch your score mushroom!
  • Orange Revolution – The Orange Revolution grabbed the world’s headlines in late 2004 and early 2005 as the results of the Ukrainian presidential election were contested by the leading candidates. Can you maintain order and peace, or will your decisions cause thousands of protestors to revolt?
  • Ayiti: The Cost of Life – A role-playing video game in which the player assumes the roles of family members living in rural Haiti. Over the course of the game, the player must choose among and balance various goals, such as achieving education, making money, staying healthy, and maintaining happiness while encountering unexpected events.
  • And so many more!

When you’re through playing the games, use the menu to explore this expansive site. The mission of TIG is to help youth worldwide become informed, inspired, and involved.

Again, some of the games contain controversial subject matter, therefore, parents (as always) should preview the games and supervise Internet access.

Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts

September 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK – Children’s Book Breaks

(www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-4 – pre-readers and early readers, with parental supervision)

 

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes.


It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.


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

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Arthur
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Nursery Rhyme Activities
  • Stone Soup
  • ~ and many more!

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.

Be sure to click on: 

  • Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.
  • Home Made School Journal – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.
  • Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, Bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces

September 9th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LoudLit.org

(www.loudlit.org/)

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

 

LoudLit.org pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your device for free.

As explained at the website: “Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as: 

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player/iPad/iPhone.

Take a Virtual Sea Odyssey

August 21st, 2020

 

It’s Friday, August 21, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Burgess Shale – Virtual Sea Odyssey

(burgess-shale.rom.on.ca/en/sea-odyssey/index.php)

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

 

Climb into a “virtual submarine” and dive into the depths of the past to see virtual recreations of creatures that once lived in the area now known as the Burgess Shale. Located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, the Burgess Shale is “one of Earth’s most important fossil deposits.”

With this website from the Royal Ontario Museum, watch video animations of: 

  • Descent – Dive below the sea surface to the seafloor.
  • Swimmers
  • Predators
  • Grazers
  • Filterers
  • Scavengers
  • Burial – what it may have looked like when the Burgess Shale community was covered by a rapid mudflow event

Underneath the video tours, click on the various species images to learn more and to find more video animations and images.

After you have finished your “virtual sea odyssey”, use the upper menu to learn more about the Burgess Shale and its discoveries. Select from: 

  • Introduction – Learn about the Burgess Shale through text and images.
  • Fossil Gallery – Examine images of the fossils found and see 3D animations and model of the creatures.
  • Science – Discover the science behind the Burgess Shale.
  • History – Explore the history of the research and discovery involved.
  • Parks Canada – Get more information about Yoho National Park and the Burgess Shale.
  • Resources – Find topical reading suggestions, other related museums and webpages, and lesson plan links.
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