Unit Studies from the Children’s Museum

Legos… Dinosaurs… Trains… Biographies… Ancient History… and more!

Courtesy of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, here is a great site with a couple dozen well-done unit study guides (in PDF format) based on current and past exhibits at the museum.  Units include vocabulary, stories, fact sheets, games, experience ideas, printables, and more. There’s a wide variety of resources here, broken down into age categories from K through 6th grade. Check it out!

Suggested by Erica Stokes, who commented: “Lots of great, complete unit studies!  The units are full of material details, pictures and activities to engage your kiddos in a variety of topics from Maps, Egypt, Anne Frank and Castles-Lego Castles! We really like the ‘All Aboard! Trains in History, Folklore and the Future’ unit. “

Click here to go to the site!

 

 

History Crafts & more

FirstPalette.com is a free children’s craft site, with hundreds of colorful craft projects for little ones. If you search a bit (mainly under the category “People and Places” you’ll find a couple dozen neat history-oriented craft projects, including the Egyptian hieroglyphic stone you see here, Roman helmets, Chinese art scrolls, and many more.  These would be great to do when studying different eras or countries.

Suggested by Rae Carrington, who commented: “This site has lots of fun crafts, and if you look under people & places there are several history related crafts including Egypt.”

Click here to go to the site!

Engineering Games galore!

Screen shot 2014-04-16 at 1.02.16 PMWe’re continuing our series this week of freebie resources suggested by our readers. And such cool finds they are!

Here’s a great site chock full of dozens of online games that teach engineering and physics, submitted by Freebie Finder EJ Blohm, who writes:

“This is a website that my boys have found recently and really like. It’s on par with Cool Math Games for kids, but has to do more with physics and engineering.  My 13-15 yr old boys have learned a lot and it goes along with our science lessons many times.”

Click here to go to the site!

It’s midnight in the museum workshop…

Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 3.42.52 PM…and it’s time to learn about simple machines with Twitch. This is a delightful, endearing flash game created by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, in which you learn about the simplest of machines used in our everyday life. Your kids will love it!

Click here to go to the site!

Suggested by Freebie Finder Cindy Swartz

Artful Science & Other Collections

ArtfulParent.com has a neat directory of art themed crafts and activities for kids, including artistic science experiments, creative drawing ideas, collage making, 3-D sculpture art, and more. Lots of great hands-on project ideas here!

Suggested by Freebie Finder Rhonda Varkey, who comments: “This site has several ideas for science and art. It’s best for little ones.”

Click here to go to the site!

Mathematics Enhancement Programme

The Mathematics Enhancement Programme is a complete K-12 math curriculum from The Centre of Mathematics Innovation that was developed in 1995 to address the dreadfully poor state of mathematics instruction in the UK. It is designed specifically to produce students who are firmly grounded in basic principles and who  know how to use them. Each year’s curriculum is freely available as downloadable PDF student texts, teacher texts and workbooks. Looks great!

Submitted by Freebie Finder Tanya Button, who commented: “This is a free Math curriculum that will take you from K through 12. It is British based, and takes a spiral approach. I have been using it for two years now, and my daughters has an amazing level of math knowledge and a great enthusiasm for math.”

Click here to go to the site!

 

Amazing Dinosaur Mazes

KrazyDad.com offers dozens and dozens of collections of easy (and not-so-easy) mazes that you can print out for your kids. These come in handy downloadable PDF ebooks containing 12 mazes per ebook and include collections of geometric shaped mazes, animal shaped mazes, and yes, even Dinosaur shaped mazes. These are great “thinking puzzles” that keep young hands busy for extended periods of time.

Submitted by Freebie Finder Stan Wright, who commented: “He even has ebooks full of only Dinosaur shaped mazes! It doesn’t get any better than that!”

Click here to go to the site!

Tip: Elsewhere on the KrazyDad.com site you can also find free sudoko and logic puzzles. All free.

 

Music Education Resources from Carnegie Hall

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Here’s a great collection of educational materials from the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, including a digital library of lesson plans, worksheets, audio and video resources, and interactive listening guides. Also on the site are interactive games and videos, including a terrific game version of Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra“! Highly recommended!

This resource was submitted by Freebie Finder Roseann Johnson, who commented:

“There are four interactive links on this page.  I have not explored them all but my favorite is the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.  This interactive game teaches about each instrument in Britten’s Young Person’s guide.  It teaches about pitch, how low and high pitches are made, the shape of instruments, what materials make the instruments, the sounds and range of each instrument, the names of each part of the instruments, where they sit in the orchestra, and so much more!  It reviews concepts over and over again so the kids really learn and retain the information. “

Click here to go to the site!

Inside Birding

Today’s Freebie was suggested by Laura Cheng-Guajardo, who writes:

“Cornell’s website on birds is great.  We have been studying birds with the kids and Cornell has birding tutorial videos, samples of bird songs, instructions on building bird houses, and tons more information.  The kids have really gotten excited about birding and we love it!”

CLICK HERE to go to their main site.
Also visit their sister site:

Inside Birding is a delightful new video series from the Cornell Ornithology Lab designed to provide beginning birders with the info they need to improve their skills and make their bird-watching experiences more rewarding. The very affable hosts go out in the field to share techniques, tools and tips, and the series emphasizes  simple observation and field experience over memorization. Each 10 minute episode is beautifully done, and makes the whole subject very appealing. PERFECT for homeschoolers!

CLICK HERE to go to the “Inside Birding” video series page

Reading Bear

Reading Bear is an easy-to-use, engaging site that uses simple (and entertaining) interactive lessons to  teach beginning readers to read. They teach over 1,200 vocabulary items and offer 50 interactive presentations that cover all the main phonics rules. You can create an account and watch what sounds your child has mastered, or can use the site without creating an account. This well-designed site is a great resource for littles just starting out learning how to read.

Submitted by Shana

CLICK HERE to go to the site