Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Take a Virtual Tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

June 3rd, 2022

It’s Friday, June 3, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

(www.vvmf.org/Virtual-Tour/)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

Located in Washington. D.C., The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, more commonly known simply as The Wall, opened on November 13, 1982 and is visited by an estimated 4.5 million visitors annually. This website from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), not only shares information about The Wall and its history, but also serves to preserve the stories and memories of those whose names are inscribed on the Wall.

When you get to the site, the virtual tour begins:

  • The Wall
  • History and Design
  • Three Servicemen Statue
  • Women’s Memorial
  • In Memory Plaque
  • Items Left at the Wall

When you are done with the tour, go back to the main page and scroll over “Visit the Memorial”, “Remember and Honor Those Who Served”, and “Explore the Era” to learn more.

This virtual tour helps our students put the faces to the names on The Wall and encourages them to remember the sacrifices our veterans and their families made for us.

Biographies & Literature From Your Favorite Authors!

June 1st, 2022

It’s Wednesday, June 1, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

The Literature Network

(www.online-literature.com/author_index.php)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website provides free biographies and literature including stories, books, and articles by a variety of authors from A to Z.

You’ll find a searchable collection of prominent works, along with fun quizzes that test your biographical knowledge of your favorite authors.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an alphabetical list of author names including:

  • Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
  • Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)
  • James M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
  • Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  • F. Scott Fizgerald (The Great Gatsby)
  • Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)
  • Homer (The Odyssey)
  • Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
  • Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
  • William Shakespeare
  • Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
  • Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Jules Verne (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea)

Click on any name and a new page opens with the author’s biography, a collection of their works (many that you can read online), and a challenging interactive quiz.

Learn to Read with Roy the Zebra!

May 25th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, May 25, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Roy the Zebra

(www.roythezebra.com/)

Grades K-2, with parental supervision

This site provides an archive of free interactive language arts games and literacy resources to help emerging readers learn to read.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured activities that include “Guided Reading Story” starring your host, Roy the Zebra, as well as “Reading Games” that help teach concepts such as:

  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capital Letters
  • High Frequency Words (Days and Months)
  • Double Consonants
  • Long Vowel Phonemes
  • Singular or Plural
  • Tricky Words
  • Words that Rhyme
  • Words Within Words
  • And more!

The simplicity of this site makes learning the basic skills for reading lots of fun for kids. Non-readers will need assistance.

In addition to playing the games, you can help your children read the interactive storybook about Roy the Zebra and his escape from a zoo. The stories come with free, printable discussion worksheets.

If you read the story, you’ll discover that Roy the Zebra loves to sing. Use the menu to click on “Songs” to hear Roy singing his faves.

In addition to all of the freebies here, you can join Club Roy for more activities for a fee. However, you are under no obligation to buy anything to easily access the free stories and games.

Writing Instruction for Middle & High School

April 27th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, April 27, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Grades 8-12, with parental supervision

The New York Times offers free lesson plans, writing prompts, activities for students and more — all based on The New York Times journalism.

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students:

  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Articles & Questions – Articles of the Day, Teenagers in the Times, and STEM Articles
  • Quizzes & Vocabulary – Weekly News Quiz, Word of the Day, Country of the Week, and Student Crosswords
  • Photos, Graphs and Videos – What’s Going on in this Picture?, Film Club, and What’s Going on in this Graph?
  • Contests – Check out the Annual Summer Reading Contest.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

Children’s Classics Audio Books

April 6th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, April 6, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Librivox

(librivox.org/search?primary_key=0&search_category=genre&search_page=1&search_form=get_results)

All grades, with parental supervision

Now that the weather outside is getting nicer here in the Northern Hemisphere, send the kids outside with some audio books! They can perch in a tree, skip rope, start a garden, have a little picnic, or even play hopscotch while listening to these wonderful classics.

Or keep a supply of titles handy for those days when you’re unable to read to them. With hundreds of completed works listed under the “Children’s Fiction” or “Children’s Non-Fiction”categories, there is more than an entire year’s worth of bedtime stories and read-alouds here, including the works of such well-known authors as:

  • Aesop (Fables)
  • Alcott, Louisa May (Eight Cousins, Little Women, etc.)
  • Baum, L. Frank (Oz books)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord Fauntleroy, Little Princess, Secret Garden, etc.)
  • Carroll, Lewis (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, etc.)
  • Collodi, Carlo (Adventures of Pinocchio, available in English and Italian!)
  • And many, many more.

Click any title to see a brief synopsis before downloading/listening. But that’s not all! Parents may like to browse the other categories as well:

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Biography
  • History
  • Spy Stories
  • Teen/Young Adult
  • and many others

This site can be searched for a specific book by title and author as well.

Note: There is an overlap between these books and the ones you would find in Project Gutenberg or Archive.org. This is because Librivox allows both of these sites to house their entire collection of completed works. However, Librivox maintains the best-catalogued and most easily searchable list of these titles. Also, only Librivox itself includes a brief synopsis for each completed title, lists the works currently in progress, allows you to request email notification upon completion of desired books in progress, allows you to request specific titles, and allows you to participate in the recording and editing process and their lively forum as well.

Additional Note: This review focuses on the “Children’s” books. The rest of this site is not specifically geared for children, so parental preview and guidance is, as always, advised. Books are continually being added to this collection, so bookmark it and return often.

NOTE: As always, parents should help select material appropriate for each child.

Discover Children’s Author Audrey Wood

March 23rd, 2022

The Audrey Wood Clubhouse

(audreywood.com/)

All grades; children with parental supervision

This is a terrific site for parents and children who are fans of the children’s authors and illustrators, Audrey Wood and Don Wood (their books include The Napping House, Elbert’s Bad Word, Weird Parents, and so many more), and their son Bruce Wood who is also a book author and illustrator.

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

  • Audrey Wood — Read her biography, see her picture, find out some of her writing secrets.
  • Don Wood — Read his biography, see photos, and gain some insight about his illustrations.
  • Bruce Wood – Read his bio, see photos, and more.
  • All Wood Books – See a menu of all of the books authored and illustrated by the Wood family.
  • Activities — Find fun activities based on the books and lots of printable coloring pages.
  • Secrets — Get the inside scoop on what inspired the stories and artwork.
  • Parent & Teachers — Get reading suggestions from the author on her best books for boys, girls, and for dealing with particular problems; read hints for writing, illustrating and publishing children’s books; read the FAQ’s, and check out the links to other sites.

This site is really interesting and fun to explore — especially because of the family aspect of the lives and work of Audrey, Don, and Bruce Wood.

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