Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

See the U.S. Capitol Virtually

January 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, January 22, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Architect’s Virtual Capitol

(www.capitol.gov/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore and learn about the U.S. Capitol at this government website.

When arriving at today’s link, use the image links at the bottom left side of the page to: 

  • Discover – Through video presentations discover the history of the Capitol.
  • Explore – Using a clickable map, take multiple virtual tours of various locations around the Capitol. Not only can you explore the locations, but each place includes information about the Arts & Architecture, History, and a look Behind the Scenes. Locations include: 
    • U.S. Capitol Building
    • Capitol Reflecting Pool
    • James Madison Memorial Building
    • Cannon House Office Building
    • Longworth House Office Building
    • Rayburn House Office Building
    • John Adams Building
    • Thomas Jefferson Building
    • Supreme Court
    • Hart Senate Office Building
    • Russell Senate Office Building
    • And much more!
  • Learn – Through the use of an interactive timeline, images, and text, learn the history of the Capitol from its provision in the Constitution in 1787 until 2013.

This is a meaty website with a lot of excellent information to digest, so allow plenty of time to explore.

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

December 13th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 13, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

StudySpanish.com

 

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6-12, children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials. There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. This site uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
  • Pronunciation Tutor – learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Verb Drills – learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Word-A-Day – log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Travel Helper – learn important words, phrases and sentences that will help you when traveling. Themes include airport, hotel, restaurant, beach, downtown, meeting people, shopping, and medical care. Lessons accomplished through text, audio tutorial, and interactive games and quizzes.
  • Cultural Notes – learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, links to other sites, an online translator, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

Arts and Crafts Projects for all Ages

October 4th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, October 4, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

KinderArt

 

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you want one site to bookmark that will provide you with an art curriculum for your homeschool years – this is it! KinderArt has the largest selection of free arts and crafts lessons on the Internet.
The projects are for grades K-12. You will find art lessons in:
  • Architecture
  • Art history
  • Folk art
  • Painting
  • Print making
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • And more.

The lessons are simply designed with clear instructions accompanied by photos and illustrations. The site also offers fun art trivia facts, recipes for kitchen art, information on art contests, and lots of helpful articles. They have an online store through which you can purchase materials needed for some of the art lessons as well as art kits, art magazines, art books and more.

They also have a “New This Week” feature right on the home page – so if you’re out of ideas and need a project for the kids, you can visit the site, click on a project, and get started.

This site is a real find for home educators!

Oyez, oyez, oyez! Tour the Supreme Court!

March 14th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, March 14, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Supreme Court Tour

 

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

 

Part of the Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent College of Law, this portion of the website offers an informative, interactive tour of the United States Supreme Court building. 

 

Starting at the view from First Street, visitors can explore the architecture, art work, and rooms of the Supreme Court. 

 

Select from:

  • Exterior
  • Great Hall
  • Courtroom
  • Conference Rooms and Library
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Chambers
  • Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s Chambers
  • Justin John Paul Stevens’ Chambers
  • Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Chambers

 

While investigating the rooms, visitors will find clickable links for pop-up images of specific items such as the sculptured busts and portraits of chief justices and details of sculptures and architectural features. As visitors navigate through the building, a small text box also offers additional information about the current location or subject. When visiting the courtroom, interesting videos are available for selection describing the figures represented in the four friezes that grace the walls of the room.

 

When finished touring the Supreme Court building, use the links above the tour to chronologically explore past and present Supreme Court cases and learn more about the Justices.

Travel to the “Land Between Rivers”

February 13th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, February 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Dig deep into your study of Mesopotamia with this comprehensive and appealing website. Created with the help of Chicago teachers, The Oriental Institute and others, when you first arrive at this website you are welcomed with a brief introduction and then you can select your area of discovery:

* Life in Mesopotamia
* Interactives
* Learning Collection
* Teaching Materials

While exploring “Life in Mesopotamia”, the brief, yet informative text encourages a closer examination of the interactive images of the artifacts. Some of the topics covered are:

* The First Farmers
* Daily Life
* The First Cities
* The Role of Women
* Literature
* Mathematics and Measurement
* Art and Architecture
* The First Cities
* Religion
* The Invention of Writing
* Law and Government
* Science and Inventions

On the “Interactives” page, dig even deeper in your exploration with artifact image interactives, videos, and a fun virtual archaeological dig where the student collects and catalogs artifacts and then creates their own museum exhibit.
In the “Learning Collection”, take an in-depth look at the artifact images using the “Zoomify” software and encourage closer examination and understanding of the objects with the provided thought-provoking questions.
 
You won’t want to miss checking out the “Teaching Materials”. With helpful instruction on how to use the site in your classroom and downloadable PDF lesson plans for each of the topics covered, your Mesopotamia study will be complete! 

Discover the Renaissance!

November 7th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, November 7, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Renaissance Connection

Age Range: 10-18 (Middle/High School)

This is one of the best interactive sources for learning about the Renaissance. Developed by the Allentown Art Museum, just click your mouse to travel 500 years into the past to discover Renaissance innovations that impact our lives today along with free lesson plans to enhance learning.

When you get to the site you can choose to view the site with animations (requires Flash) or you can view the site in a text/HTML version. Either way, begin your exploration of the Renaissance by watching the introduction and then clicking on the following menu items:

*Art Explorer — Learn about Renaissance art, architecture, life, trade, exploration, and developments in science and technology through a timeline, map, or alphabetical listing of topics.  

*Innovations — Trace modern achievements to their origins in Renaissance times by using a “Time Telescope” and then create your own innovations online, or check out a gallery of innovations conceived by other visitors to this website.  

*Be A Patron of the Arts — See how families of great wealth supported the arts by commissioning work to glorify God, their cities, and themselves.

*The Artist’s Life — Take a peek into the lives of great art masters including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonnarotti, and Ugo da Carpi.  

*Lesson Plans — Find free lesson plans in downloadable pdf format for middle school grades that include language arts, art, science, social studies, and math.

In addition to all of the above, you will find a glossary and information for classroom teachers on how to use the site.  This site can be used in any home learning environment, and the lessons can be easily adapted for homeschool use.

This is a terrific site to explore with your family — but because it is so extensive, parents may want to visit to determine the spots that will be of most interest to your children before inviting them to explore it with you. Allow plenty of time to view this website and don’t forget to bookmark it so you can return often.

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