Posts Tagged ‘study guide’

Free “Constitution 101” Video Course!

March 22nd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, March 22, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Constitution 101: The Meaning and History

Age Range: 13 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Pat Forsythe suggested this website, sponsored by Hillsdale College, that offers a free video course called “Constitution 101: The Meaning and History,” complete with lectures, readings, quizzes, and downloadable study guides. The lectures follow the one-semester course given to the college’s undergraduate students, but teens and their parents will enjoy the material as well.

Pat wrote, “You do have to register, but it is free and I have not received other unwanted email.” A donation is suggested, but it is not required to access the course.

The lectures are released weekly through April 23, 2012. Once released, they are archived at the site so that you can access them at any time. The 10-lecture video series is pre-recorded. Each lasts approximately 40 minutes. You will also be able to access free “Readings” (pdfs) that include:

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Northwest Ordinance
  • The Constitution of the United States of America

The downloadable “Study Guide” includes lecture summaries, readings, key passages, study questions, and discussion questions. Multiple choice quizzes test your comprehension of the lectures and readings. Learn more at the website.


Free Literature Curriculum & Activities

September 7th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 7, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
National Homeschool Book Award

Age Range: 9-17 (approximately, with parental guidance)

In March, I featured the National Homeschool Book Award (NHBA) website in a ClickSchooling review. It was developed by a group of homeschool moms in Minnesota “to celebrate current juvenile fiction that explores learning experiences occurring outside the traditional classroom setting and that resonates with homeschool readers.”

A spokesperson, Blair Loder, asked me to tell ClickSchooling subscribers about this endeavor again – and I think it’s such a great idea, I want to make sure you know about it.  There’s still time for you and your kids to participate in selecting this year’s winner!

It is free and easy to get involved — just read the four books that were nominated in March, and place your vote for your favorite in October. This year’s nominees are:

  • Alabama Moon by Watt Key
  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law
  • The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap by H.M. Bouwman.

When you get to the website you’ll see images of the books. Click on any one to get free book-related curriculum that includes links to online resources such as:

  • Author Biography and Information
  • Activities and Extension Ideas
  • Games
  • Recipes
  • Study Guide

All of the ideas and activities are designed to be easily used with any number of children, from just one child at home to a larger group like a homeschool support group or a book club.

BRAND NEW! NHBA just launched a new sister site, What We’re Reading where they will be reviewing, from a homeschooler’s point of view, some of the books they’re reading for next year’s nominees.

Back on the main website, you’ll also find opportunities to learn more about the books and their authors through kid-friendly blog posts that feature information on topics in the books. Get ideas for activities you can do together to enrich your reading, including tips on how to start a National Homeschool Book Award book club in your own community.

Field Trip to Abalone, Emu, & Kiwi Farms & More! (CSAW)

August 14th, 2009

Recommended Website:

America’s Heartland

Age Range: All (The videos have something of interest for all ages, the study guides seem to be for older students about grades 5 and up.)

What a find! The America’s Heartland website is a companion to a magazine-style, half-hour TV series, and offers FREE video virtual tours of unforgettable places of agriculture across the USA.

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

  • Agri-Tourism — Visit a Reindeer Ranch, Bison Farm, and Horse Park.
  • Animals — See an Emu Farm, Chicken Ranch, Cattle Ranch, and Duck Farm.
  • Aquaculture — Learn about harvesting Crawfish, Abalone, and Trout Farming.
  • Fruits — Take a virtual tour of Strawberry, Kiwi, and Mandarin Orange Farms.
  • Specialty Products — Learn about Maple Sugaring and visit farms that grow Mushrooms, Truffles, Aloe Vera, and more.
  • Vegetables — See how Carrots, Iceberg Lettuce, Corn, Spinach, and Chili Peppers grow.

Simply click on the topic of interest and a new page opens with a menu of short video tours of agri-products in that category. Each product offers a free downloadable “Study Guide” in pdf, a brief story synopsis with additional resources, and the video tour.

You’ll also find videos about careers in agriculture, environmental stewardship, food science, organic food production, and agri-business technology.

This is a terrific, informative, multi-media resource and gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence! (CSAW)


Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today.

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Free Writing Study Guide & More

March 25th, 2009

Recommended Website:
7 Stages of Writing Assignments

Age Range: 12 and up (Geared more for high school and up, but some middle school students may benefit as well.)

This site provides free study guides for a variety of subjects — and this review focuses on one particular guide titled “The Seven Stages of Writing Assignments.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Seven Stages” — click on any one for a textbook explanation and suggested activities. The “Seven Stages” include info on how to:

  1. Develop your topic
  2. Identify your audience
  3. Research
  4. Organize
  5. Write a draft
  6. Revise
  7. Proofread your work

When you have reviewed this information, click on “Index” at the top of the page. A new page opens will a full menu of study guides that you will find at this website. Scroll about half way down the index to find study guides on topics such as:

  • Reading
  • Writing Basics
  • Vocabulary/Spelling
  • Math
  • Science/Technology

Don’t miss the Learning Exercises and Games under the “Resources” category. It offers some interactive opportunities to practice skills in many subjects. For example, “Build Your Vocabulary with Prefixes and Root Words.” Use your mouse to drag and combine prefixes and root words to create new words (the definitions of the words you create pop up on the screen).

There is lots of content at this site. Bookmark it, as it will require more than one visit to see it all.


Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today…

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Free Language Arts Lesson Ideas for Pre-K-12

August 13th, 2008

Recommended Website:

This website offers an amazing assortment of free, multi-media resources and ideas to help classroom teachers with Language Arts lesson plans that are themed around children’s books published by Random House. The ideas, activities and resources can be tweaked for use at home.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured resources in the center of your screen. Because it’s back-to-school time you’ll find a free, printable educational planner. There is a printable chart of activities in language arts and math to celebrate the 100th day of school (or homeschool) in the 2008-2009 school year based upon Random House’s Step Into Reading series of books. (You can buy the books at the website, or just print out the list and find the books at your local library.) There are also suggested writing activities for middle schoolers based upon newly published Random House books. Don’t miss “Classroom Cast” featuring videos of children’s book authors reading excerpts from books and answering questions about how they wrote and/or illustrated them.

Use the Menu Tabs on the page to access:

  • Preschool – Find a monthly preschool curriculum based upon Random House books. Many of the book titles come with free, downloadable educator’s guides.
  • Picture Books – Learn about the latest editions in the Random House library of books and download classroom activity guides for various series. Get the free “Storyhours Kit” with book title recommendations, discussion and activity ideas, snack suggestions, reproducible activities, and reproducible Storyhour certificates. (Again, this can all be tweaked for use at home.)
  • Grades K-3 – Preview the new books for this grade range and review the “Step Into Reading” program that provides book suggestions along with activities to enhance learning for beginning readers.
  • Grades 4-5 – Explore the “Stepping Stones” early chapter book series that now have “genre buttons” to identify them for use in unit studies. Learn about the various book series for this grade range and access “Resources” that include printable educator’s guides.
  • Grades 6-8 – This section features the “Yearling” series for young readers that includes 28 Newbery Award and Newbery-Honor winning titles in a variety of genres including adventure, humor, history, mystery, fantasy, and fiction. You can download the new “Yearling Educators Guide Bind-Up” with over 40 Educators Guides for classic Yearling titles. In addition, you can access “The Calendar and Author Study Guide” that include creative activities or discussion questions for various Yearling books.
  • Grades 9-12 – High school students may enjoy the titles in the “Readers Circle” series. It includes a guide in every book that provides discussion questions and author interviews and biographies – perfect for a book club. Get guidelines on how to start a book group too.

In each of the above categories, you can sign up to receive a free online newsletter with information on new books and educational materials as they become available.


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Free Literature Study Guides & More!

July 18th, 2007

Recommended Website:

Barnes & Noble SPARKNOTES

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately middle school, high school, and beyond)

ClickSchooling list member Tiffany Davis in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma recommended today’s site. She wrote:

“I just discovered a great resource for study guides at this site from Barnes and Noble. There is great information on classic and popular books and authors, much like ‘Cliff Notes.’ Free!”

When you get to the site you will see a menu of free online study guides in a variety of subject categories. You can read most of the Study Guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. The good news is that if you want to avoid the nuisance of the ads, you can download and print out the pdf file for a slight fee (about $5).

To give you an idea of what you can expect in the field of Language Arts — under “Spark Notes: Study Guides” you’ll find:

  • Literature – A stunning array of free study guides for book titles spanning
    from “Across Five Aprils” to “Walden.” Pick a title, click, and a new page
    opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter
    summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and
    suggestions for further reading.
  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides,
    Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the
    suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.
  • Writing – A remarkable grammar glossary with easy-to-find answers on
    everything from proper usage of commas and semicolons to superlatives and more.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Language Arts! In the History category you’ll
find study guides on important eras in American and European history along
with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science
you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy
and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology,
and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.