Posts Tagged ‘art’

Free Language Arts & Literature Activities!

February 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Fun School – Language Arts

(easyfunschool.freeunitstudies.com/IndexLanguageArts.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children 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 many subjects including history, art, science and nature studies.

FREE Science Lessons, Activities, & Printables

February 21st, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, February 21, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Science Spot

(www.sciencespot.net/)

Age Range: 10-13 (Grades 6-8, with parental supervision)

 

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables.

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

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.
  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t follow all of these links – so parent supervision, as always, is advised.
  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

The Art of Crime Detection

February 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 18, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Art of Crime Detection

(eduweb.com/portfolio/artofcrimedetection/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Try your hand at being a police sketch artist with this interactive website originally created for Sanford’s “A Lifetime of Color” website. Along the way, visitors will discover the difference between the right brain and the left brain and how they work together in the world of a sketch artist.

After reading through the slide presentation that explains how the right brain and left brain interpret information differently, visitors are presented with two “crimes” to solve, The Toilet Paper Caper and Pushing Other People’s Buttons. Using the online PDArtist, students decide whether to rely on their right or left brain or both to create an image of the perpetrator. Using the online tool, they make decisions to choose the image that most closely represents what is remembered about the perpetrator regarding: 

  • The shape of the head
  • The width of the eyes
  • The thickness of the eyebrows
  • The size of the nose and lips
  • The length of the hair

The choices available for each category depend on which side of the brain is chosen. This helps solidify an understanding of what information is processed with each side of the brain and what information artists use to create realistic images.

When you are done solving the crimes, there is one last assignment where the student can use the PDArtist to try to create an image of a friend or family member

Not only is this website easy to navigate and a lot of fun trying to solve the mysteries but may also open the door to a new interest for any budding artist.

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including: 

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Snowflake Art

January 28th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 28, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snowflake Bentley

(snowflakebentley.com/index.htm)

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

 

This site is devoted to the life’s work of “Snowflake Bentley,” a man who placed snowflakes under a microscope and photographed them. The images he captured will take your breath away.

When you get to the site, use the images to navigate to: 

  • Read a short biography of Wilson A. Bentley
  • Find articles written by Bentley and additional resource about snowflakes
  • Explore the Bentley Exhibit

Select “Bentley Exhibit” then scroll down to the bottom of the page to find “Snowflake Display” to see images of Bentley’s snowflakes. Click on the snowflakes to enlarge them so you can see the amazing details.

Return to the “Bentley Exhibit” page and check out the virtual tour of the Jericho Historical Society’s Bentley Exhibit in Jericho, Vermont. Click on the frames on the wall to get a closer look at the displays. Before leaving the website, play the game to see if you can match the flakes.

Rooms through Time

January 27th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, January 27, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DAR Period Rooms

(www.dar.org/museum/current-exhibition/dar-period-rooms)

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

 

Travel through time exploring the period rooms on display at the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial Continental Hall in Washington DC.

Each of the 31 scenes are sponsored by a different state organization of the NSDAR and depict 18th – 20th century: 

  • Parlors
  • Bedchambers and bedrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Dining rooms
  • Meeting rooms and halls
  • An attic playroom
  • A study
  • A library
  • And more

Explore each room with the 360° image either by letting the auto revolve rotate around the room or use your mouse to move around the room. Navigate to each room using the image strip under the room. When you are finished visiting each of the rooms, use the upper menu, hover over “Museum” then select “Online Exhibitions” to discover even more online museum exhibits such as: 

  • Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia
  • Creating the Ideal Home, 1800-1939: Comfort and Convenience in America
  • Fashioning the New Woman: 1890-1925
  • By, For, And Of the People: Folk Art and Americana in the DAR Museum
  • Telling Their Stories: Samplers and Silk Needlework
  • Artifacts of the Abolitionist Movement

The virtual tours on this website open the doors to conversation with your students about how the rooms of our homes have changed and/or remained the same through the centuries and provides a nice visual addition to your American history studies.

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