Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 27th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, February 27, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

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

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including:

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Geography Resources

February 13th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, February 13, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geographic.com

(www.geographic.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site is an archive of resources for learning about geography. Young children may also enjoy aspects of this site with parental assistance.

When you get to the site, use the menu to explore: 

  • Historical Global Weather – Data from 1763!
  • Climate – Learn all about the climate and temperature of different countries, as well as the geological aspects that contribute to the climate.
  • Flags – See the colorful flags of every country.
  • Maps – Get maps of the countries of the world, including population maps, world language maps, earthquake maps, time zone maps and more!
  • Countries of the World – Learn about the history, population, geography, economy, transportation, communications, education, religion, government and military in every country. Find out which countries are the “greenest” and the most livable places on earth. (Much of the information at this site is from the CIA’s fact book.)

You’ll also find photos, nautical charts, and airport codes here too.

Don’t miss reading the archived publication “Early Childhood: Where Learning Begins – Geography” that provides simple activities and ideas on how to teach geography to young children. The direct link to the publication is here.

Free AudioBooks of Classic Stories & Poems

January 15th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lit2Go

(etc.usf.edu/lit2go/)

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

 

This website provides free audiobooks of classic literature, stories, and poems in MP3 format that you can download to your MP3 player or listen to on your computer. You can also read the text of the literature on the webpage or download a pdf and print it out to read offline.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and links to the ways you can browse for information including by: 

  • Authors – Enjoy listening to literature by Aesop, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, Thomas Jefferson, Jack London, Melville, Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Walt Whitman and many more.
  • Books – You can listen to titles such as Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Common Sense, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Gift of the Magi, Just So Stories, A Little Princess, The Merchant of Venice, Rip Van Winkle, The Scarlet Letter, Treasure Island, The Ugly Duckling, The Wind in the Willows, and more.
  • Readability – Click on any grade level from K-12 to find a suggested list of suitable titles based on the Flesch-Kincaid reading level scale.

This is a terrific resource for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and carschoolers!

Free Literature Study Guides

December 4th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/)

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

 

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are: 

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including: 

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Preview
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

French Games, Lessons, and Activities

November 9th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 9, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Saber Frances

(www.saberfrances.com.ar/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-14, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free lessons, exercises, games and activities to help students learn and practice the French language. It is designed for a wide variety of ages and ability levels.

The site is written in both English and French (displayed side-by-side), which may help to increase competency as you navigate the site. 

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

  • Vocabulary – Learn a wide variety of words needed for conversational French.
  • Expressions – Learn some idioms and expressions that are used in conversation.
  • Exercises – Practice vocabulary and grammar with interactive worksheets.
  • Lecture – Improve your reading comprehension by reading essays in French about French culture.
  • Grammar – Learn and practice parts of speech including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, etc.
  • Chansons or Songs – Learn French through songs! Watch YouTube videos of songs being sung in French. Sing along with Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour and other celebrities. You’ll also find clips of Disney films like Aladdin, Pocahontas, and The Lion King, with the characters singing the songs in French.
  • Jeux or Games – Play Hangman and Wordsearch games to practice and improve your knowledge of French. Fun!

The site has something to offer students with varying ranges of ability. If you have young children, head to the “Songs” section first. If your children know some French words they may enjoy playing hangman and wordsearch. More adept students may want to try the reading comprehension and grammar exercises.

Again, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.

Ingenious Music Activities!

October 26th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 26, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhilTulga.com: Music Through The Curriculum

(www.philtulga.com/resources.html)

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

 

Phil Tulga is a professional musician and music instructor. He has developed educational programs that weave music through the curriculum in almost every subject.

As a complement to his music programs, Phil has developed a series of FREE, interactive language arts, math and music activities that are available on his website. 

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes Language Arts and Math and Science. In the “Language Arts” section, get Phil’s tips for how to encourage a love of reading in your child. Then, use the innovative “Cucumber Pickle Machine” to show your kids how to make rhythmic meters by combining two and three syllable words! Phil uses the musical score of “Peter and the Wolf” to teach storyline components complete with story maps!

In the “Math and Science” section, Phil takes popular math manipulatives and enhances them with rhythm and music. You’ll find: 

  • Unifix Cube Drum Machine – This shows students how famous composers have used repeating patterns to create music. Students can make their own rhythm or drum patterns with popular Unifix cubes.
  • Pattern Block Rock – Song melodies are patterns of short and long sounds. In this activity, students compose and play their own rhythmic songs using geometric shapes.
  • Musical Fraction Bars – Mathematicians like Pythagoras discovered that musical pitches are derived from fractions. In this activity, students compose and play their own songs using Musical Fraction Bars. Not only that, you’ll find instructions for how to build a homemade musical instrument that is based on these fractions.
  • And more!

Don’t miss “Homemade Instruments” where you’ll find directions for making your own panpipes, water bottle xylophone, tubular Glockenspiel, and melodic tube drums!

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