Posts Tagged ‘Dance’

History of Dance in Early America

August 19th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, August 19, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

An Invitation to Dance

(www.americanantiquarian.org/Exhibitions/Dance/index.htm)

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

 

This website from the American Antiquarian Society, provides visitors an overview of the history of social dance in America through images and text.

When arriving at the site, read through the introduction to learn about the site and its premise. Then, either select the “Next Page” link at the bottom of the article to proceed through the pages or use the upper menu to jump directly to your topic of interest including: 

  • Origin – Learn about cultural and ‘technological’ influences on early American Dance.
  • Language – Discover the early beginning of the ‘language’ used in dance.
  • Types – Get acquainted with the early dances such as the minuet, country dance, cotillion, jigs, reels, shaker dancing and more.
  • Fashion – Dig into the impact dance had on fashion.
  • Opposition – Find out who was opposed to dancing and why.
  • Etiquette – Explore the importance of proper dance etiquette.

This website provides a brief look into the history of early American dance and would make an interesting addition to your music and/or history studies.

Music, Dance, Exercise, & Learn

May 27th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 27, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GoNoodle!

(www.gonoodle.com/)

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

 

Get up, dance, and learn with this fun website intended to get the kids moving. You must create a free account to access the more than “250 research-based movement activities”.

Once you have signed up, log in and your child creates their online “Champ” that they can personalize further by earning rewards for “moving along with GoNoodle.” Kids select from categories or “Channels” that provide videos of not only fun exercises and dance activities, but also include songs that can help with math, science, language arts, classical music and more. Channels include: 

  • Blazer Fresh
  • MooseTube
  • Amp Your Champ
  • Hot Ticket
  • Indoor Recess
  • Limited Time
  • Awesome Sauce
  • Kidz Bop
  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo
  • Fresh Start Fitness
  • The Champ
  • Harmonic
  • Flow
  • Zumba Kids
  • Go with the Pro
  • Maximo
  • Brainercise with Mr. Catman
  • Game On!
  • Think About it
  • Empower Tools

And more. Once you have verified your student’s account, you can check their online time and browse through all of the extras available such as tips, articles, and printables. This kid-friendly website is colorful, fun, and easy to navigate. But, beware when checking out the different videos. You may just find yourself getting up and moving too.

Discover Countries Around the World

November 25th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 25, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip

at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ProjectExplorer.org

(projectexplorer.org/)

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

 

Bring the world to your classroom with the educational videos and material at this website from the non-profit organization, ProjectExplorer.

When arriving at today’s link, select your grade level then choose your desired location from across the world. A sampling of the video tours include: 

  • The song and dance of South Africa
  • A sugar shack in Canada to see how maple syrup is made
  • Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia
  • Teotihu├ícan pyramid in Mexico
  • Caves of Belize
  • See the Orang Utans in the Singapore Zoo
  • The food of Mumbai, India
  • Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica
  • The Caspian Sea
  • The BBC in England
  • And so much more.

Each video tour is accompanied by a diary-like entry providing more details and information.

To access the teacher lesson plans, you will need to register for free. Once you have confirmed your registration, select the “For Teachers” link in the upper menu. Then you can search for lesson plans by country or by subject. Lesson plans include objects, standards and benchmarks, rubrics, worksheets and more.

Bookmark this website to come back to time and again to supplement your geography and social studies.

Learn to Square Dance

October 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 22, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Video Square Dance Lessons

(videosquaredancelessons.com/lessons/)

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

 

Square dancing has been around for hundreds of years and now you can gather your family and friends together and learn how to square dance with help from the video lessons on this website. Using Mainstream and Plus dance calls, lessons are explained by caller Larry Kraber from the Saddlebrooke Squares dance club in Tucson, Arizona.

There are more than 25 lessons where you will not only learn the positions such as “heads” and “sides” but also calls such as: 

  • Circle left/right
  • Do Sa Do
  • Promenade
  • Allemande
  • California Twirl
  • Different types of “thru”s
  • Sashay
  • Box the Gnat
  • See Saw
  • Bend the Line
  • Various Wheels
  • Swings
  • Waves
  • Acey Deucey
  • Thars
  • Tag the Line
  • Load the Boat
  • And many more fun-named calls.

Each video lesson explains the call while the dancers demonstrate the moves first slowly then as it would be done in a dance.

This website provides those unfamiliar with this dance style a great way to have fun while discovering something new.

Online Elementary Songbook

July 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 9, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Office of Education: Elementary Songbook

(www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/fineart/Elementary/Songbook/Music.aspx)

Age Range:  5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, offers a free online songbook with lesson plans for teaching elementary music education.

When you get to the site you’ll see menu of songs that include children’s favorites such as: 

  • A Tisket, A Tasket
  • Bingo
  • Clementine
  • Down in the Valley
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Kum Ba Yah
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • and many, many more!

Click on any song and a new page opens where you will find the sheet music, lyrics, suggested activities, ideas for playing instruments, curriculum tie-ins, and more. There’s a complete lesson plan for each song listed. There are also audio files to listen to that accompany the song. Scroll further down the page to find “Movement/Dance Options” which provide dance suggestions for various songs.

While this online songbook was created with classroom teachers in mind, it can be easily tweaked for use in the homeschool or unschool environment as well.

Bad Fads Museum

June 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 2, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:


Bad Fads Museum

(www.badfads.com/)

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

 

As the traditional school year comes to a close, classroom activities generally involve lighter fare. We thought we might try that approach with today’s ClickSchooling feature.

At today’s website you can explore history and social studies through taking a fun and nostalgic look at major fads – things that were popular during any given time in the modern era.

When you get to the website you will see a brief introduction and then a menu that includes Bad Fads in: 

  • Fashion – From Afro hairdos to Zoot Suits – The trends in hair, clothing and fashion accessories are listed here. Click on any one to see a photograph and read a fascinating historical (and sometimes political) explanation.
  • Collectibles – Find your favorites from Barbie Dolls and Beanie Babies to Pogs and Yo-Yos. Click on any one and find out who invented it and why it “caught on.”
  • Activities – Learn about the popularity of such pastimes as EST Therapy, Dungeons & Dragons, miniature golf, skateboarding, talking to plants, and sleeping on waterbeds. You can even find out the origins of the phrase “Kilroy Was Here!”
  • Events – Get the scoop on incredible, zany, and flat-out ridiculous crowd-pleasers such as dance marathons, flagpole sitting, goldfish swallowing, streaking, toga parties and more.

Everything we saw at this site was presented tastefully (even if the fad itself was the height of bad taste) and with general audiences in mind. Parents, as always, should preview the material to determine suitability. We think you will find that there is something wonderfully whimsical and educational in most of these bad fads that your family will enjoy.

It’s just this kind of quirky subject matter that can inspire curiosity and springboard a student to an exploration of multiple academic subjects. So, have fun and don’t be surprised at how much you learn.

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