Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Free Human-Read Audio Books

May 27th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Librivox

(tinyurl.com/jvgbw8v)

Age Range: All (All grades; children 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 CousinsLittle Women, etc.)
  • Baum, L. Frank (Oz books)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord FauntleroyLittle PrincessSecret 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.

Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

May 20th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 20, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The New York Times: The Learning Network

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

Age Range: 13-18 (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 & Crosswords – Weekly News Quiz, Word of the Day, Country of the Week, and Student Crosswords
  • Multimedia – What’s Going on in this Picture?, Film Club, and What’s Going on in this Graph?
  • Contests – The 11th Annual Summer Reading Contest starts June 12.

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

Ancient Greece for Kids

April 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 2, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ancient Greece

(tinyurl.com/v8emd6x)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, part of the larger University of Manchester UK children’s website, takes primary school-aged students on an interactive exploration of the history of ancient Greece.

Using the side bar menu, begin your journey by selecting from the following: 

  • Explore Ancient Greece – Use the interactive map to learn more about the city-states of Greece such as Syracuse, Delphi, Olympia, Sparta, Athens, and Lesbos.
  • A timeline of ancient Greece – “Travel through time to discover the treasures of Ancient Greece” with this colorful and informative timeline.
  • Greek Religion and the gods – Dig into the stories of the Greek gods including Athena, Aphrodite, Hades, Poseidon, Zeus and more.
  • The Ancient Olympics – Click on the correct city in Greece where the Olympics where held to learn about the games, rules, and even how to make your own “Olympic Torch”.
  • The Greek Alphabet & Language – Learn the Greek alphabet then play click-and-drag games to practice what you have learned.
  • Test Your Knowledge – Take the interactive multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of ancient Greece.
  • Catapult – Have some fun seeing how far you can sling a rock with this online game.
  • Ride the chariot – Race your chariot around the track with this fun (but a bit challenging) game. (Hint: when trying to turn, your chariot needs to be in motion – you may need to hold the up and the right or left arrow at the same time.)

When you have finished your ancient Greece studies, click “Home” in the upper menu and continue the learning by exploring the other interactive programs available.

Free Mnemonic Multiplication Helps

March 30th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, March 30, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fact Navigator

(www.multiplication.com/learn/fact-navigator)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website, offers free lessons on how to learn the multiplication times tables from 0-9, through the use of mnemonic memory devices.

These learning tools help kids associate rhymes, stories, pictures and activities with arithmetic to make memorization easier. 

The premise is to address the learning modalities of every student. Each lesson uses pictures for the visual learner, stories for the auditory learner and an activity for the kinesthetic learner who learns by moving, doing, and touching.

When you get to the website, choose from the multiplication facts shown to start off. Then check out the links at the top of the page: 

  • Games
  • Learn
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Auto-Scored Quizzes
  • Resources

As we mentioned, this is a commercial website. The freebie is an introduction to their books, games, and other math resources available for purchase.

Video Segments from Between the Lions

March 5th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, March 4, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Between the Lions Early Reading Collection

(cptv.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/btl07-ex/)

Age Range: 3-6 (Grades PreK-1, with parental supervision)

 

PBS offers a collection of early reading video segments taken from their show, Between the Lions.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the videos that are categorized for K-1 and PreK, sorted by literacy skill: 

  • Fluency
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Text Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Book and Print Awareness
  • Language and Vocabulary Development
  • Letter Knowledge Awareness
  • Phonological Awareness

Below the videos, you can read what the video is about, and then look at/download support materials. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the stories being read.

Explore the Tombs of the Pharaohs

February 28th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, February 28, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

(archive.fieldmuseum.org/tut/explore.asp)

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

 

Visit the Valley of the Kings with this virtual field trip from the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Visitors will learn about the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, examine Egyptian funeral artifacts, and discover the stories surrounding the pharaohs.


After reading the introduction, select the “Begin your Exploration” text link and a new window opens for you to start the interactive tour. Follow the instructions to navigate through the tour. Choose your destination by clicking one of the choices on the map: 

  • Tomb of Yuya and Tjyu
  • Tomb of Tuthmosis IV
  • Tomb of Amenhotep II
  • Tomb of Tutankhamun

While all the tours contain images and interesting information about the king, the tour for King Tut provides much more detail about this Pharoah.
 
When you are finished examining the tombs, go back to the home page and dig deeper by using the right-hand menu options to learn more about King Tut, examine additional artifacts, explore the photo gallery, and to find the answers to some of the most common questions about King Tutankhamun.

This site is an excellent addition to studies of Egypt and mummies.

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