Posts Tagged ‘art’

Literacy Through Greek Mythology

September 26th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mythweb

(www.mythweb.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology!

Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website: 

  • In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to be Herculean.
  • The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
  • A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.

You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation.

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

  • Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.
  • Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin!
  • Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.
  • Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.

You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

Learn to Draw Animals

September 8th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 8, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

How to Draw It

(www.howtodrawit.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free, easy-to-follow instructions (complete with illustrations) on how to draw a variety of animals using simple shapes as a base.

When you get to the Google ad-supported site, you’ll see a menu of free drawing lessons. Simply click on the animal you want to learn to draw and a new page opens with the easiest directions imaginable: 

  • Learn to draw a kitten from a basic pear shape.
  • Draw a squirrel using the number “3”.
  • Find out how to turn alphabet letters into animals.
  • Turn the number “2” into a frog.
  • Discover how to turn a couple of bowling tenpins into strolling penguins.

You won’t believe how simple this is – and how satisfying it will be when your kids learn to draw.

California Capitol Tour & More

September 7th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, September 7, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

California State Capitol – Capitol Museum

(www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov/)

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

 

This site offers a variety of virtual tours relating to the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

When arriving at today’s link, use the sidebar menu to select the Virtual Tours link. Read the brief introduction then select “Start A Virtual Tour” text link. When the page opens visitors will be able to either use the side bar menu to select a tour or move through the first tour, “Architecture: Symbols of a Changing Democracy,” using the navigation instruction links at the bottom of each page. Through text and images, the architecture tour explores the architectural features of the Capitol building including the symbols, rotunda, the domes, the gold ball and cupola, the encaustic tiles, the statuary groupings, the portico and pediment, and the east annex plaques. 

Tours also available on the Virtual Tours page include: 

  • Collections: California’s Art Collection – Examine the art, portraits, murals, statues and flag collection at the museum.
  • Capitol History: A Legacy of California’s Growth – Discover the Capitol’s history from planning to its complete restoration completed in 1982.
  • Capitol Park – Stroll through the park virtual tour and explore the plant life as well as the memorials and monuments.
  • Historic Rooms: The West Wing – Learn about the Legislative Bill Room, Governor’s rooms, 1902 Secretary of State Office, 1906 and 1933 Treasurer’s Offices, Library Exhibit Room, the offices of the President Pro Tempore and Speaker of the Assembly, as well as visit the chamber galleries and committee room.

But wait, there’s more. Back on the home page, find the Kids’ Zone link. After reading the introductions, click the “Visit the Kid’s Zone” text link and a pop-up window will open. (Be sure you allow your Flash Player to run.) At this colorful section of the website, through slideshow images and text, kids can explore the Capitol building and its history, learn about the symbols and history of California, read fun facts, check out “neat pics,” play games, and print out worksheets and coloring pages. There is also a section for teachers with links to lesson plans and more.

Add this site to your list for your California studies.

Leonardo Da Vinci Science Games and More

September 4th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Universal Leonardo

(www.universalleonardo.org/activities.php)

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

 

This amazing website offers 10, playful, online activities that provide insight to the work and genius of Leonardo Da Vinci – who not only discovered how things in his universe worked, he created many futuristic inventions in addition to great works of art.

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of games. (You’ll need Flash Plugin to play.) They include: 

  • Make a Monster – Combine parts of different mythical creatures (drawn by Leonardo) to invent your own amazing “monsters.”
  • Make the Mona Lisa Smile – Have some fun altering the expressing of Da Vinci’s best known work of art by answering a series of questions about the painting.
  • Mirror Image – Try your hand at writing backwards – just like Leonardo did (without the technology).
  • Fly Like a Bird, Sink Like a Stone – Find out which of Da Vinci’s flying machines worked.
  • Leonardo Sings the Blues – Learn about aerial perspective and how Leonardo used blue tones to create it.
  • Pull the Other One – How many pulleys will you need to drag the diva up on to the stage?
  • Talking Picture – Turn on your speakers and hear a narration describing Leonardo’s hurricane drawings. (Parents, please preview – some of the descriptions could frighten young children.)
  • Getting the Point – Explore perspective through Leonardo’s “Adoration of the Magi.”
  • Shaping Up – Learn about Leonardo’s exploration of Platonic solids and how 3-D objects are formed.
  • Going with the Flow – Watch animations of water churning, wind blowing, and blood pumping through a heart to see the connections Leonardo made between their movement.

Click on any game and a new page opens with a brief explanation. Click “Play” and another screen opens with instructions on how to do the activity or play the game. Note: Right under the “Play” link on each individual game screen, is a link to more information about Leonardo’s explorations and discoveries with regard to this particular topic. Be sure to click on it to get the most educational content from these games.

When you are through playing the games, don’t miss the rest of this amazing site. The interactive ‘Timeline’ is located across the top of the screen and is a great resource for accessing Da Vinci’s work during various periods of time.

The Discover section offers information on scientific techniques used to analyze his works.

The ”Browse mechanism provides access to Da Vinci’s paintings, manuscripts, inventions, and drawings.

Words simply do not do this site justice. It is a vast archive, and therefore impossible to review in its entirety. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content and provide supervision of its use.

Free Math & Engineering Lessons for K-12

August 27th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 27, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TeachEngineering

(www.teachengineering.org/)

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

 

Get free, open-ended, hands-on lessons and activities to stimulate your students’ interest in math and science through engineering.

As explained at the website, “engineers create what has not been – they make things that have never existed before.” The free K-12 engineering curricula at this website integrates math, science, and technology through exploration of the “built world” around us so that it’s relevant to the lives of young people.

The idea here is to encourage students to pose questions about “why things work” and then gain skills and use their imaginations to create innovations that improve the world for everyone.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured “Most Popular.” Above it you can: 

  • Browse Curricular Units – These theme-based learning experiences are composed of multiple lessons designed to take place over several weeks in a classroom environment. There are units on bridges, cells, energy, floaters and sinkers, marine mapping, natural disasters, rockets, simple machines, weather and atmosphere, and more. They can be tweaked for the homeschool learning environment.
  • Browse Activities – In our opinion, this is the place to start because the stand-alone, hands-on, fun experiments are sure to engage your kids’ interest and may springboard you to further learning. There are over 1,000 activities (that include a materials list and instructions) covering a range of possibilities such as the exploration of acids and bases, designing a bicycle helmet, learning about kidney filtering, investigating Ohm’s Law, playing “Rock Jeopardy,” making Yogurt Cup Speakers and more.
  • Browse Lessons – Get over 500 different lessons that meet content standards on topics that include Air Pressure, Ampere’s Law, Art in Engineering, Machines, Magnetic Fields, Rivers, Rocks, Paper Airplanes, Water, and much more.

All of the lessons and activities include the estimated time it takes and the approximate cost for the materials.

TeachEngineering is a terrific resource so bookmark it to return often!

Learn to Draw

August 18th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 18, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Drawing Guides

(easydrawingguides.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides oodles of step-by-step drawing tutorials for animals, plants, cartoon characters and more. Most of the tutorials include video and online instruction.

The homepage provides some topical samples of the lessons with “See More” links under the categories including: 

  • Popular Drawing Ideas – cartoon flowers, a horse head, cartoon characters and much more
  • Latest Easy Drawing Tutorials – Find the most recent tutorials here.
  • How to Draw Animals – dogs, cats, forest creatures and other mammals, birds, fish and sea life, fantasy creatures and more
  • How to Draw Cartoons – T.V. characters, Star Wars, Disney, Japanese manga, super heroes, and more
  • How to Draw Flowers – from daisies to sunflowers and everything in between as well as trees, bushes, fruit and vegetables
  • How to Draw People – characters, body parts and more
  • How to Draw Things – food, instruments, transportation, buildings and all kinds of random things
  • Other Drawing Guides – things that may not have fit into other categories such as emojis, symbols, landscapes, weather and much more

Visitors can browse the collections or use the search engine to see if there is a tutorial for something specific. Drawing lessons also include texts about the subject.

If you subscribe to their newsletter you will receive a PDF Learn to Draw Animals ebook as well as the ability to download the lessons.

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