Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Free History & Geography Lessons & Activities

April 30th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 30, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Guide to Teaching World History & Geography

(www.studentsfriend.com/

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This website was developed by a history teacher named Mike Maxwell whose mission is to make history and geography more meaningful to students by identifying important developments in world history and tying them to geography in a way that is memorable.

It offers a free, downloadable, comprehensive guide called the Student’s Friend that may be used in place of a history textbook, along with lesson plans, study guides, and other resources to enhance learning. The site has been recognized as one of the top ten history sites for teachers by the Stanford University School of Education. 

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Purpose – Learn more about the author and educational philosophy.
  • Teaching and Learning – Get the fundamentals of teaching and learning world history and geography. 
  • Teacher Tools – Get free lessons plans and activities. Students can explore important themes and issues and enjoy in-depth learning activities such as projects, investigations and simulations. While designed for high school classroom use, the materials have been used by middle school teachers, college professors, and homeschool teachers worldwide.
  • Student’s Friend – A Concise World History – Access a free, concise narrative of world history and geography to use in place of a textbook. The Student’s Friend can be used online or download it for use offline. It’s divided into two parts: 
    • Part I – Prehistory through 1500 including: 
      • Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
      • Ancient India and China
      • Ancient Greece and Rome
      • The Early Middle Ages, 500 to 1000 AD
      • The Late Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
    • Part II – 1500 to the Present including: 
      • 1500s and 1600s, Early Modern World
      • 1700s, Enlightenment & Revolution
      • 1800s, Industrial Revolution & Imperialism
      • 1900 to 1950, World at War
      • 1950 to the Present, Cold War & Space Age
      • Current Issues, A Changing World Order

This is a remarkable resource, so bookmark the site to return again.

Breathtaking Exhibit About Native Cultures!

April 25th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Beauty Surrounds Us

(americanindian.si.edu/sites/1/files/pdf/exhibitions/BeautySurroundsUs-brochure.pdf)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision; young students may enjoy looking at the photographs in this collection)

 

This PDF, from the National Museum of the American Indian, presents a “breathtaking presentation of Native American art.”

Enjoy scrolling through the photos and reading the descriptions: 

  • Nurturing Identity – clothing
  • Recreation and Pastimes – objects used for games
  • Honor and Respect – items designating individuals of importance
  • Elegance of Presentation – adornment
  • Communication Through Sound – musical instruments
  • Tools of Existence – knives, arrows, tools, tool cases, bowls, etc.
  • Containing Culture – bags for holding things
  • Expressions of Movement – dancewear
  • Power of Transformation – masks
  • Design as Identity – traditional/indigenous designs and the incorporation of new materials and art forms

The point of this presentation is to increase appreciation for the beauty with which Native peoples have always had a natural desire to surround themselves.

Geography – All 50 States

April 16th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 16, 2020, and time for Social Sciences  at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

50States.com

(www.50states.com/us.htm)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported site is an amazing resource for learning all about the 50 United States.

When you get to the site you can link to a blank map of the United States and below that there are links to blanks maps of each of the States. Use the menu at the top to navigate the site that includes: 

  • State Facts – State trees, birds, song, flags, flowers, newspapers, quarters, and more
  • Colleges – Colleges, universities, business schools, nursing schools, and more
  • Study Tools – Links to sites for teachers, statehood dates, worksheets, flashcards, games, lesson plans, and so much more
  • Quizzes – State facts, state capitals, state trees, and state nicknames
  • Travel – Coolest architecture in America, the 14 best U.S. beaches, 12 interesting inventions made in the U.S., 10 strange state symbols, and more.

There is so much to learn about our states!

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.

Free Online Guitar Lessons

March 28th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, March 28, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

justinguitar.com

(www.justinguitar.com/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Whether you are just beginning to play guitar or have years of experience, this website provides hundreds of leveled lessons for learning to play the guitar.

Created and hosted by London based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer, and educator, Justin Sandercoe, lessons are presented through the use of on-site embedded YouTube videos, texts, and images. When you get to the site, watch the one-minute introduction then click on “Beginners Start Here” or go to the top menu bar for: 

  • Lessons
  • Songs
  • Knowledge
  • Musicianship
  • Tools
  • And more

There are loads of extras on this website which also include ukulele lessons! 

While this site is free to use, there are various advertisements throughout where you may purchase justinguitar.com materials or make a donation to the site. Please note that these solicitations are not intrusive to the use of the website nor do they interfere with the value of the site.

If you have ever thought about learning to play the guitar, this website is a wonderful resource that you will find yourself coming back to time after time.

Explore History through Timelines

January 16th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 16, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore History through Timelines

(www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Lovers of timelines will thoroughly enjoy this simple-to-navigate and ultra-informative website.


Using the two sidebar navigation tools, hone in on the points of history you wish to survey. Discover the people and events covering a time span of 3,000 years. This website allows visitors to explore not only the events in history, but also the people and places of history. In addition to timelines for general history, events, and people, specific topics covered include: 

  • Science
  • Culture
    • Artists
    • Music
    • Writers
  • Religion
  • Politics

Once you have selected a particular timeline to view using the left-hand side bar, narrow down your timeframe using the right-hand sidebar. The entries within the timelines are clickable, providing additional topical information on the right hand sidebar.

In addition to the timelines, there is a selection of maps to geographically envision the seven periods of world history: 

  • Early Civilizations
  • Greek Colonization
  • Rome & Han China
  • Barbarian Invasions
  • Expansion of Islam
  • Mongol Empires
  • A.D. 1500-1800

An online, comprehensive, 250 chapter history text written by Frank Smitha that complements HyperHistory is also available for free through the link “Book Text”. (Please note that the “Book Text” link takes you to an external ad-supported website.)

Timelines are a valuable resource for putting history into perspective and you will find yourself bookmarking this site to come back to time after time.

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