Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Folk Music and Dance for Kids

April 7th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 7, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Board of Education: So Why Music?

(www.schools.utah.gov/curr/finearts/elementarysongs)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website by the Utah Office of Education encourages learning Fine Arts to “enable students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems, communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in history, tradition, and culture.”

To that end they offer a free music catalog of downloadable song files (mp3), sheet music with lyrics, and dance instructions that accompany some of the songs.

When you get to the site you’ll see the Elementary Songbook Music Catalog with a menu of traditional children’s music and folk song titles that include: 

  • “A Tisket, A Tasket”
  • “Bingo”
  • “Buffalo Gals”
  • “Down By the Bay”
  • “Going to the Zoo”
  • “If You’re Happy”
  • “Old MacDonald”
  • “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “Yankee Doodle”

And many more titles that you’re sure to recognize.

Plus, you’ll find a menu of Movement/Dance Options that include free, printable instructions for folk dances you can do as you listen to the songs. You’ll discover: 

  • A simple line dance in a middle eastern style
  • A couple dance after the style of French Canadian step dancing
  • A simple circle dance in the style of “big circle mountain” dancing
  • A contemporary American country line dance for sets of 3
  • A Latin American line dance popular at Carnival
  • A circle dance adaptation of traditional Native American style
  • A square dance in traditional formation
  • A simple variation of the traditional Virginia reel in long sets

This is a terrific resource to help your kids learn songs of historical and cultural significance. You can learn the dance steps too, and it might be a great project for a homeschool support group or scout troop.

Solve the History Mystery

March 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: History Mystery

(teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

One of our ClickScholars recommended today’s website that offers a series of fun “History Mysteries” for students to solve.

When you get to the site you will see your animated guide, Dr. Carlotta Facts, a professor at the fictional History Mystery Museum. Dr. Facts challenges students to figure out the historic person, place, event, or object she is studying based on 4-5 clues she provides. The idea is to solve the mystery in as few clues as possible.

Students are encouraged to use the clues to conduct research on the World Wide Web (or use offline resources like textbooks, maps, and reference books) to solve the mystery. There is an online search mechanism built into the game. Each “History Mystery” game is themed in United States or world history and includes topics in these categories: 

  • African-American History
  • Environmental History
  • Government and Politics
  • Inventions and Technology
  • Social & Cultural History
  • Women’s History
  • Exploration
  • World Civilizations

Within each topic category, there is a list of sub-topics. Click on any one to play a game themed on that topic. Once students think they have solved the mystery, they submit an answer. If the answer is correct, they receive a designation as an investigator of historical mysteries and an opportunity to learn more about the subject. If the answer is incorrect, they can receive another clue, investigate further, or submit another solution. They can also click on “see the answer” and read all about the topic.

The History Mystery game is a fun way to challenge your knowledge of history and a great way to introduce information on various historical periods, civilizations, industry and technology, certain landforms and geography, and elements of culture.

The Presidential Campaign of 1896

February 1st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 1, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Presidential Campaign – Cartoons & Commentary

(projects.vassar.edu/1896/1896home.html)

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

 

This website from Vassar College presents information relating to the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley over William Jennings Bryan. Historians consider this election to be one of the “most dramatic and complex in American history.”

When arriving at today’s link, review the introduction and information about symbols used throughout the pages. Under this information visitors will find links to the pages of the site broken down into sections: 

  • Leaders – Learn about the important people of the time such as Susan B. Anthony, J.P. Morgan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie as well as the candidates and more.
  • Themes of the Campaign – Discover the “hot topics” that fueled the campaigns including the Civil War, racial prejudice, economic depression, woman suffrage, and much more.
  • Popular Culture of 1890’s – Explore inventions, medicine, amusements and more of the time.
  • Special Features – Under this section find “Classroom Ideas” for using the 1896 website including discussion questions, writing prompts, further reading suggestions, and advanced researching ideas.

Throughout the website are images of political cartoons which can also be accessed from the link in the upper menu at the top of the home page. Please take note of this important statement on the website homepage: 

“1896” contains many images and arguments that the site’s architects find offensive, including antisemitic and racial slurs. These themes–and protests against them, which were largely ignored in the press–represented the state of public opinion at the time. We include such material as part of our commitment to a full understanding of the past and its legacies today.


As always, please preview this website prior to allowing your students’ use.

Learn French with free videos!

January 6th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 6, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French in Action

(www.learner.org/resources/series83.html)

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger Annenberg Learner website provides 52 half-hour video lessons that use the immersion method of teaching to increase French fluency and introduce French culture.

The videos present a humorous continuing story of an American student and a Frenchwoman’s adventures in France. Additional native speakers of all ages and backgrounds not only add to the storyline but enhance the learning process.

Each lesson begins with an episode of the continuing story. The next portion of the lesson clarifies and illustrates the dialog of the story with focus on a specific term. Each lesson also provides opportunities to “participate” in the video by repeating lines. A sampling of lesson topics include: 

  • Planning and Anticipating – greetings, health, surprise, decisiveness, subject pronouns, articles
  • Names and Origins – numbers, commands, necessity
  • Physical Characteristics – appearance, sports, questions, describing yourself
  • Kinship – family relationships and more
  • Describing Others – also games, agreement, time, weather
  • Encounters – conversations, seasons, reflexive verbs, adjectives
  • Occupations – work, buying and spending, days and months of the year
  • Education – talking about occupations, manners
  • Getting Around – telephone, courtesy
  • Food and Drink – food, drink, ordering from a restaurant
  • Transportation and Travel – modes of transportation, expressing fear, admiration
  • Habitat – asking for directions, talking about homes
  • Entertainment – talking about entertainment, expressing restriction, reservation, doubt, enthusiasm
  • Getting and Spending – money, buying and selling
  • Geography and Tourism – countries and regions, exaggeration, confirmation, insistence
  • Getting Away – destination, levels of speech, negative infinitive, imperatives, pronouns

Add this website to your French foreign language studies to increase your students’ proficiency in the language.

New Mexico History and More

January 4th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 4, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

New Mexico Secretary of State – Kids Corner

(www.sos.state.nm.us/Kids_Corner/default.aspx)

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

 

New Mexico entered the Union on January 6, 1912. Explore its history, geography and more with this portion of the New Mexico Secretary of State website.

Using the left-hand sidebar menu, choose from the following topics: 

  • Native Americans – Learn about the people who lived in the region before the first Spaniards settled there.
  • Hispanic Culture – Discover the influence of Spanish culture and Spanish founding families of New Mexico.
  • New Mexico Government – Find out more about the current governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and their duties.
  • State Symbols – Explore the state symbols including a few not so common ones such as state aircraft, state guitar, and state bolo tie.
  • Geography – See maps of the state with links to other websites.
  • Coloring Book – Download the PDF activity book with pictures to color and a matching activity.
  • State Songs – Examine information and download PDF sheet music of the various state songs.
  • Other Links – sites to learn about the presidency.
  • Past NM Secretaries of State – Learn about the first New Mexico Secretary of State and subsequent secretaries.

Informative text and images make this website a good addition to your state study collection.

Holiday History

December 21st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday History

(www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas)

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

 

Explore the history of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more with these websites.

The History of Christmas

History.com offers several videos you can watch on the history of Christmas from the religious story to the traditional icons in popular culture. Discover the origins of Santa Claus, explore Christmas celebrations around the world, and learn about ancient rituals and Winter Solstice celebrations too.

The History of Hanukkah

Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

The History of Kwanzaa

At this site you can watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

The History of the Christmas Tree

This site provides a lesson plan on the history of the Christmas tree. Use the discussion questions to stimulate conversation or prompt a writing exercise.

The History of Christmas Carols

This website provides information on the history of Christmas carols! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens that explains the origin of the song, along with the lyrics. (If you want to hear the music to these songs, try this website.


The History of the Dreidel

The dreidel is a traditional Hanukkah toy. At this website you can get an overview of its history and its various meanings in theology, psychology, philosophy, numerology and more!

The History of Gingerbread

This website offers the history of gingerbread from the Middle Ages to modern times – with a nod to the Brothers Grimm and “Hansel & Gretel.” It also explains the history of ginger root, the herb used to make ginger for use in gingerbread. The text at this site provides basic historical information and contains links for further study. Unfortunately, the links did not work when we visited, but the text provides plenty of information without it. You will also find some recipes using ginger at this site.

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