Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Museum Quality History Lessons & Activities

January 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 23, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Show Me

(www.show.me.uk/)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 2-9 approximately, but there’s something for everyone here; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers an incredible array of games, stories, activities, and information about historical topics gleaned from museums and galleries throughout the United Kingdom that are engaging and fun.

When you get to the site, click on the big red box that says “Everything” to see the topics including: 

  • Games
  • Collections
  • Places
  • Curious
  • Art
  • Dinosaurs
  • History
  • Science
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Literature

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of offerings related to that topic that include interactive, multi-media games and activities that teach history as they entertain. These items are linked to the websites of museums and galleries in the UK where exhibits related to the topic are on display. You simply won’t believe the variety of information and make-and-do ideas to extend the learning. You can also sort by type including: 

  • Collections
  • Stuff to Read
  • Events
  • Exhibitions
  • Games
  • Videos
  • Websites
  • Places

This site, all by itself, provides enough material to satisfy any world history curriculum – and it’s so much more engaging than a textbook.

Free eBooks

January 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Project Gutenberg

(www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)

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

 

Select from over 60,000 free eBooks to read online or download.

Many of you may already be familiar with the Gutenberg Project that is composed of a team of volunteers endeavoring to make as many books as possible available online at no cost. Currently, there are over 60,000 books. Gutenberg makes it easy for you to find just the titles that might interest you.

When you get to the site, click on “Book Categories” in the top menu bar. When a new page opens, scroll down where you can select from categories such as children’s literature, mysteries, detective stories, science fiction, one-act plays and more! Click on any category, and a new page opens with a list of the free books available. These books can be read online or downloaded.

In the Children’s Literature bookshelf, access the writings of L. Frank Baum, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Edith Nesbit, and Anna Sewell.

Other authors in the bookshelves of Project Gutenberg include Agatha Christie, Andre Norton, Lester del Rey, and Dostoyevsky.

Project Gutenberg has also put together a selection of audio books. Imagine your family enjoying one of the following authors during a long ride in the car or around a crackling fire: 

  • Aesop
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • L. Frank Baum
  • Charles Dickens
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Robert Frost
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Jack London
  • Nietzsche
  • Plato
  • Poe
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Shakespeare
  • Mark Twain
  • Jules Verne
  • H. G. Wells
  • Walt Whitman
  • and more!

To find the list of audio books, start here

One more thing: Project Gutenberg is always in need of more volunteers willing to proofread one page per day. You or your teen might like to join the team and take advantage of this exciting, fulfilling, skill-building opportunity.

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!

Virtual Field Trip to Scotland

November 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, November 22, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Electric Scotland

(www.electricscotland.com/travel/pitlochry/pictures_tours.htm)

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

 

At this ad-supported site, a native Scotsman shares his love of his homeland through photos and captions. Don’t let a first glimpse of this website deceive you – there is lots and lots of fun and fascinating content here.

When you get to the site you’ll see a photograph of Pitlochry, Scotland. Below it is a menu of links to photo archives of various scenic tours and historic landmarks throughout the country. Click on any one and the pictorial adventure begins. But that’s not all!

Use the menu at the top to explore all about Scotland:

  • history
  • culture
  • famous Scots
  • family trees and geneologies
  • travel
  • sports
  • wildlife
  • and more!

It’s all in a very accessible format, in readable chunks, with rapid download. A Scotland aficionado could easily spend a few years here. Anyone planning scholarly research on Scotland would definitely want to bookmark this site.

But there’s even more! This website is loaded with books, poetry, recipes, and even videos! There are children’s stories, games and Scottish music. You can interact with the online Scottish community [parental supervision required] or plan a trip to Scotland.

There is a lot of content here. Because of that, we were unable to review the entire site that also contains links to other resources we haven’t reviewed as well. So, AS ALWAYS, PARENTS MUST PREVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

Interactive Gadget to Write Stories and Poems

November 13th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, November 13, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PicLits.com

(www.piclits.com/)

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

 

This website offers a free, unique and engaging tool to inspire creative writing and poetry.

The idea here is to: 

  1. Select a background picture from an array of beautiful, striking, and surprising images. (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability.)
  2. Drag-and-drop word tiles displayed below the background picture to create a short story or poem inspired by the image in the photograph.
  3. Edit the story or poem to create a satisfying literary work of any length.

This gadget is modeled after the magnetic word tiles that many people have on their refrigerators. As explained at the website, “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture with word tiles below it. You can dive right in – or, if you would prefer some instruction on how to use this tool effectively, click on “Lesson Plans” on the horizontal menu bar at the top of the page, then click on the tutorial. Also check out the lesson plans: 

  • Types of PIC-LITs – Get some basic tips along with ideas on how to use the word tiles to write a simple caption, a compound sentence, and a paragraph.
  • Parts of Speech – Nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns and more with links to YouTube videos on how to use PIC-LITs for each.
  • Poetry – Explore a series of “advanced” lesson plans on how to write poems – including the use of figurative language such as metaphors, similes, allusion, personification, irony, imagery and more.

You can post the finished work in the public gallery, save them in your own free account file, e-mail the results, or link to them on Facebook – a clever way to inspire the young writers at your house!

Math Videos for Numberphiles

October 14th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, October 14, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Numberphile

(www.numberphile.com/)

Age Range: Varies (All require parental preview and supervision)

 

This is a collaboration by mathematicians who have recorded videos to share the wonder of math through interesting activities, funny stories, and challenging puzzles and concepts.

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of short math-themed videos including: 

  • Where Does River Water Go?
  • Amazing Graphs
  • Frieze Patterns
  • James Card Trick
  • Tribonacci Numbers
  • And many, many more

Select the topics that appeal to the interest and ability level of any given student and enjoy the video presentation.

IMPORTANT: Because some of the presentations are geared for older audiences, parents should preview the videos and supervise Internet activity.

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