Posts Tagged ‘art’

Free Lesson Plans for Music, Dance, Theater and More

March 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 24, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

(artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx)

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

 

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select: 

  • Grade Band
    • K-4
    • 5-8
    • 9-12 
  • Arts Subject
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Media Arts
    • Music
    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
  • Other Subject
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Physical Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Technology
    • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

Solve the Mysteries of Plant Life!

March 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Plant Escape

(extension.illinois.edu/gpe/index.cfm/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Designed for Grades 4-5, but can be tweaked for a broader age/ability range – with parental supervision)

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers this free, fun science unit that will help your students solve the mysteries of plant life!

The interdisciplinary lessons introduce kids to plant science and how foods grow while enhancing their knowledge of science, math, language arts, social studies, music and art. The activities are flexible and can be used separately or in an ordered manner. Some are designed with independent study in mind, others are group or classroom activities that can be tweaked for the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, click “enter” to begin the adventure. Or, if you prefer, click on the “Teacher’s Guide” on the menu to get some pointers in how to use the program. Either way, you will be introduced to six “Case Studies” as follows:

  • In Search of Green Life – Find out about the interrelationships that exist between people and plants. Learn about plant structure, plant parts, plant life cycles, and growing plants indoors.
  • Soiled Again – Learn about the composition of soil, nutrients in soil, gardening indoors, and composting.
  • Is It Dust, Dirt, Dandruff or a Seed? – Explore seeds, seed structure, germination, and non-flowering plants.
  • Plantenstein is the Suspect – Discover how plants reproduce and learn about pollination and flower parts.
  • Mysterious Parts That Surprise – Learn all about the differences and similarities between bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers.
  • You’ve Learned the Mysteries of Green Life – Test your knowledge of plants and plant life and enjoy additional activities such as growing lettuce, making a salad, and growing an indoor garden.

Each “Case Study” assumes the student is a detective searching to solve plant mysteries. These “Case Studies” are lessons cleverly disguised as fun activities that teach as they engage students in the process of learning about the science of plants.

Science with Goos, Doughs, Clays, & Compounds!

March 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100+ Goo Recipes

(web.archive.org/web/20050414073557/www.geocities.com/Heartland/3893/Goo.html)

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

 

One of the greatest ways to introduce kids to science is through experiments that involve mixing things together to create something new, interesting, odd, strange, weird and fun! 

There are no bells and whistles at this website, just a simple archive of over 100 recipes for concoctions like slime, play dough, silly putty, and more. (Sometimes, simplicity is so refreshing, isn’t it?) NOTE: Not all of the links work, but there are definitely enough recipes to keep your children busy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of recipes divided into categories that include: 

  • Dough’s – Get recipes for play doughs made from flour, coffee, cornmeal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and more!
  • Clay, Goo & other Compounds – Make chocolate clay, clean mud, and the popular non-Newtonian solid using cornstarch and water. Make clay from dryer lint and Kool-Aid, make GAK (using borax and Elmer’s glue), get recipes for sand clay, silly putty, and slime!
  • Papier-mâché – Use dryer lint, strips of paper, and pastes of all textures to create imaginative designs.
  • Paints, Dyes and Crayons – Learn to make your soapy finger paint, and pudding paint. You’ll even find instructions for coloring rice and pasta.
  • Bubbles, Chalk , Stamps, Make-up – Get recipes for all kinds of bubble solutions, make sidewalk chalk, and create your own fruit-flavored stamps.
  • Art, Activities, Gifts – Make salt sculptures, preserve flowers, make ornaments and bath salts.

Click on any one to get the instructions. Then, your kids can mix potions (just like real chemists!) and make fun substances that they can use for open-ended play or to use in arts and crafts projects.

Explore an Online Art Gallery

March 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 3, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WikiArt

(www.wikiart.org/)

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

 

Browse through more than 150,000 works of art from over 2,500 artists with this online art gallery from WikiArt.

When arriving at today’s link the page will load the featured works of art. Click on the image to view a larger view. In the lower left-hand corner of the page find the “i” icon to see more information about the artwork. Select the “Today in History” link to find featured artists and examples of their work that were born or died on the date. Locate artwork or an artist using the search engine box or choose the “Artists” link in the upper menu to browse for artists alphabetically or by: 

  • Art movements
  • Schools and groups
  • Genres
  • Fields
  • Nationalities
  • Centuries
  • Art Institution
  • Chronology
  • Popular
  • Female Artists
  • Recently Added

Search for artwork by style, genre, media, recently added, popular, or random artwork by selecting the “Artworks” link. On the artist pages visitors will find general information and a brief biography as well as a list of art work. Create a free account to save images to a folder or add to your favorites.

This website is a wonderful resource for your art studies. As always, please be sure to review content to ensure it is appropriate for your family.

Valentine Cards Art Gallery

February 10th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 10, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EmotionCards.com – Valentine’s Gallery

(www.emotionscards.com/museum/vals.html)

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

 

At this website you can explore the history of Valentine’s Day cards. It is a virtual gallery of Valentine’s Day cards through the ages.

When you get to the site there is a brief history of the Valentine’s Day greeting card, and then samples of valentines dating back to 1879. The small sample pictures are accompanied by a bit of text that describes the card, tells the date the card was produced, and reveals the message in the card. Click on each small valentine to see an enlarged photo showing all of the intricate details and patterns of the cards. Some are works of art – others are whimsical and funny. There are pages of Valentine’s Cards to look at – and because of the graphics it may take a minute to load each page. Your patience will be rewarded with a wonderful overview of Valentine’s greetings through the ages.

Crafts for Kids

January 20th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 20, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

All Free Kids Crafts

(www.allfreekidscrafts.com/)

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

 

Find hundreds of crafting projects to do with kids of all ages at this website from Prime Publishing.

Collected together from other websites, this site “provides tutorials, videos, and how-to content for parents and teachers.” Use the topics in the “Categories” side bar menu to search for: 

  • Animal Crafts for Kids
  • Bath Crafts for Kids
  • Costumes and Clothes
  • Decorative Crafts
  • Edible Kids’ Crafts
  • Game Crafts
  • Holiday Crafts for Kids
  • Homemade Gifts
  • Homemade Toys
  • Instruments and Music for Kids
  • Learning Activities for Children
  • Outdoor Crafts and Activities
  • Paint, Sculpt & Color
  • Play & Pretend
  • Recycled Kids’ Crafts
  • Seasonal Kids’ Crafts
  • Sports Crafts
  • Travel Activities for Kids

And much more. Not sure what you are looking for? Check out the “Project of the Day” in the left sidebar for inspiration.

Visitors can also register for free on the site for a user account that offers additional features including a personal kids Craft Box to save your favorite crafting ideas that you found on the site.

Bookmark this website as your go-to place for all things kids-crafty.

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