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Free Language Arts & Literature Activities!

September 26th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 26, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Easy Fun School Homeschooling Resource

Age Range:  All (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website, created for home educators, archives free language arts lessons, literature unit studies, and activities.

When you get to the site,  you’ll see a menu of the free Language Arts & Literature Activities that includes:

*Language Arts, Miscellaneous – Get a list of commonly misspelled words, make a “Book Report Sandwich,” get high-interest activities for reluctant readers and writers of all ages.

*Suggested Reading Lists – Explore the “Best Books” for young adults over the years, books for the college bound, and discover the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Award winners.

*Unit Lessons/Studies and Word Searches – Find an assortment of complete and incomplete unit lessons along with some word searches themed around classic literature including:

  • The Swiss Family Robinson:
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne:
  • Alice in Wonderland:
  • Treasure Island:
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Bunnicula
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The Hobbit
  • How to Eat Fried Worms
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Johnny Tremain
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Secret Garden
  • Velveteen Rabbit
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Where the Wild Things Are

When you’re through exploring the Language Arts resources, head over to the home page for more free lessons and activities for history, art, science and nature studies.

 

Online Literature Games & More!

June 8th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, June 8, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Learning Games For Kids

Age Range: 4-12 (Pre-K & Elementary Grades, with Parental Guidance)

ClickScholar Theresa recommended this ad-supported website, sponsored by our friends at Time4Learning.com. It provides free interactive, multi-media learning games that help students practice language arts skills including reading, spelling, vocabulary, and keyboarding.

The site also includes learning games for other subject areas such as math, health, geography, social studies, and science.

I focused on the “Literature Games” section for this review.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the featured games. Look on the menu on the left side of the screen and click on “Literature Games.” A drop-down list appears with the following book titles:

  • Huckleberry Finn
  • David Copperfield
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • How To Eat Fried Worms
  • Madeline
  • The Black Stallion
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Wuthering Heights

Click on any title and a new page opens with a menu of games themed around that story.  You’ll find:

  • Fill in the Blank (based on the story line)
  • Hangman (using vocabulary words from the story)
  • Spelling Games (based on words in the story)
  • Word Search (using story vocabulary)
  • Word-O-Rama (match definitions to story vocabulary words)

If your children are reading or have read these book titles, they’ll enjoy the games.  If they haven’t read the books – it may inspire them to do so.

This site is a great resource for augmenting pre-k and elementary school studies – plus, it’s a whole lot of fun for the whole family!

Biology for Kids

February 8th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, February 8, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Biology4kids

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website is part of the 4Kids series of sites (some of which have been featured on ClickSchooling previously). This one, Biology4Kids is an ad-supported site that offers engaging information, activities and resources for learning Biology.

When you get to the site, directly below the headline, you’ll find a menu of the general categories that will take you to active learning pages and quizzes that include:

*Studies – Discover the Scientific Method, Logic & Reasoning, Animal Kingdoms, Taxonomy, Species and more.

*Cell Structure & Function – Learn about Membrane Proteins, Cell Walls, Chromosomes, Mitochondria, Vacuoles and find out the meaning of Passive Transport, Active Transport, Pinocytosis, Mitosis and Meiosis.

*Plants – Explore the anatomy of a plant and learn about Photosynthesis,  Reproduction, Mosses & Liverworts, Ferns & Horsetails, and more.

*Activities – Take quizzes to see what you’ve learned, and watch informative slide shows and videos.

*More Topics – This section contains a menu of everything available on the site as described above, plus information about:

  • Microorganisms – Check out microscopic images of Viruses, Bacteria, Fungi, Lichen, Microbes and more.
  • Invertebrates – Get an overview of spineless critters such as Sponges, Starfish, Jellyfish, Round Worms, Insects, Spiders, Scorpions and more.
  • Vertebrates – Learn about Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals.
  • Animal Systems – Explore the Skeletal, Muscular, Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Reproduction, and Nervous systems.

In each section of this website you’ll find information, illustrations, and diagrams along with quizzes, slideshows and videos to enhance learning.

If it’s all a little confusing, simply follow the “On Site Tour” by clicking on the button near the bottom of each page.  It will take you through all of the material on the site in a prescribed order.

While most of the links on this site work, I did run across a few that didn’t work. However, by clicking around a bit I could find my way to the page that the link referenced. 

IMPORTANT: It is very easy to mistakenly click on random Google Ads that are sprinkled throughout the text/pages on the site and wind up off site. It happened to me a couple of times. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents must preview and supervise use of the site at all times.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Virtual Animal Safari & More!

October 9th, 2009

Recommended Website:
JungleWalk.com: Animal Movies

At this website you can take a virtual safari by watching thousands of movie clips of all kinds of animals – and much more!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of the featured animal and next to it is a menu of movie clips. Just select the one you want to watch, click on it, and a new page opens where you can watch the videos on vertebrates that include:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Bears
  • Wolves
  • Elephants
  • Monkeys
  • Giraffes
  • Birds
  • Sharks
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Fish

Then, look at the menu on the left side of the screen to check out the movies featuring invertebrates such as:

  • Insects
  • Arachnids
  • Worms
  • Crustaceans
  • Sponges
  • ~and more!

But wait – that’s not all!

GET FREE ANIMAL LESSON PLANS! Look at the menu at the very top of the screen and click on “Lesson Plans” to access animal related activities for different grade levels that are accompanied by slide shows with relevant animal photographs, video, and audio clips.

Note: You can listen to over 7,000 recordings of animal sounds at this site as well.

Bookmark this site to return often!

Virtual Field Trip to Gummi Bear Factory

March 27th, 2009

I found the following review in the ClickSchooling archives — and think it’s worth another visit…

Recommended Website:
How Gummi Bears and Worms Are Made

Do you know someone who likes to eat Gummi Bears and Worms? At today’s website you can take a virtual tour of the Black Forest Candy manufacturing plant to see how gummi candies are made! When you get to the site simply click on the “Start” button to begin your tour that includes animation, text, photographs, and video clips that explain and demonstrate the manufacturing process of gummi bears and worms.

Bonus: Here’s an interesting science experiment that uses gummi worms.

Warning: These activities may create a craving for gummi worms and bears! Stock up in advance! :)

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Singing Science!

April 15th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Singing Science Records

Age Range: 5-10 (The songs are geared for early elementary school-age children, however, there are aspects that the whole family can enjoy.)

What fun! ClickSchooling subscriber Cie Buschle recommended today’s website that offers free science songs!

As the website owner explains,

“As a kid my parents got this six-LP set of science-themed songs for my sister and me. They were produced in the late 1950s / early 1960s by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer. We played them incessantly. In February 1998, I found the LPs in my parents’ basement. I cleaned them up…burned them onto a CD…and encoded them into MP3, so now you can hear them on the web.”

When you get to the website you will see a menu of about 80 songs divided into subject categories that include:

  • Space Songs – Learn about The Milky Way, the Sun, Shooting Starts, Longitude and Latitude, the Ballad of Sir Isaac Newton, Friction, Gravity and more!
  • Energy and Motion Songs – Find out about Energy, Electricity, Engines, Kinetic and Potential Energy, Chemical Energy, and Atomic Energy.
  • Experiment Songs – Listen to songs that provide instructions on how to conduct experiments that teach about Magnets, Air, Shadows, Rock, Gems, Minerals, and more.
  • Weather Songs – Discover information about the Stratosphere, Wind, Clouds, Warm and Cold Fronts, Humidity, Hurricanes, Tides, Snowflakes, and other weather marvels.
  • Nature Songs – Learn about Leaves, Trees, Insects, Mammals, Fish, Birds, Silk Worms, and other natural wonders.
  • More Nature Songs – Sing along to songs that teach about Metamorphosis, How a Frog Becomes a Frog, Fossils, Why the Sky is Blue, Parts of a Flower and more.

Simply click on the version of the tune you want to download, wait a minute, and the song will begin to play. The lyrics are not included, but the performers annunciate very clearly. After just a listen or two – you’ll be able to sing along!

You’ll recognize some of the tunes as classics set with new lyrics. I sampled a few of the songs and was surprised at how much science language is included.

For example, in “Why Does The Sun Shine” the lyrics include these lines:

The sun is a mass Of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where Hydrogen is built into Helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees.

And in “How Does a Frog Become a Frog?” the lyrics include this:

How does a frog become a frog
Squatting on a bump of a log
How does a frog become a frog
Instead of a big pollywog?

In the spring the frogs have mated
The females eggs were expelled
Then the male frog fertilized the eggs
and said farewell.

Soon the eggs were tiny embryos
The embryos became pollywogs…

The songs are typical of the 1950s-1960s era and are sure to bring a wave of nostalgia to those familiar with the innocence of those times – even though it was the “Atomic Age.” :) Parents, as always, should preview the songs to determine the suitability of the content for their own children.

Cie wrote:

“I listened to some and found them fun and hilarious. They are definitely dated, but I still think young kids will enjoy them and older kids will laugh at them while still learning. They can be listened to directly on the site, or downloaded if you are more ‘techno-savvy’.”

This is great stuff! Enjoy!

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