Posts Tagged ‘Dance’

Dancing for Kids and Teens

October 31st, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, October 31, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dance Kids

(www.dance-kids.org/)

Age Range: 4-16 (Grades K-11, with parental supervision)

 

This website shares information and fun activities about dance for kids 4-9. (However, there is a sister site for teens – and you can scroll to the bottom of this review for info.)

When you get to the site you will meet your hosts, two animated children named – what else? – Fred and Ginger. Click on the door to enter the site. A new page opens with an animated screen. Simply roll your cursor over the pictures to see what’s available or – EVEN BETTER – just click on any picture and a new screen opens. That screen contains a menu at the top of the page from which you can navigate the site and it offers an assortment of activities themed around dance including:  

  • Games: Interactive, dance-themed games like word searches and puzzles
  • Dancing Globe: Learn about dance customs in different countries.
  • Dance Stories: Read stories about a child’s experience in dance school.
  • Dance Gallery: Through photos and brief text examine some of the many forms and styles of dance.

There are quite a few other dance-themed activities as well – and there is even a referral service for parents looking for dance classes for their children.

You say you have a teenager who loves dance? Then do check out the sister-site called Young-Dancers.org. It contains information on: 

  • Careers in dance
  • How to do certain trendy dances like hip-hop
  • Interesting quotes by famous dancers
  • A quiz to test your knowledge about dance
  • And much more.

These websites from the ISTD Dance Examinations Board might inspire your students to pursue their passion in dance.

Explore the Science of Music

September 1st, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, July 18, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Exploratorium: The Science of Music

(http://www.exploratorium.edu/music/index.html)

 

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

 

Part of the larger Exploratorium website, the museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California, this website explores the science of music through online exhibits, movies, and questions.
When arriving at the website, use the text links in the introductory paragraph to select where you would like to begin. Learn about the science involved in music with the interactive, online exhibits which include: 
  • Dot mixer – Using sound samples from different types of music discover the science of “mixing”.
  • Kitchen sink-o-pation – Discover how context has an impact on how we interpret the sounds we hear.
  • Step re-mix – Explore the musical dance form of stepping which uses the body as a percussion instrument.
  • Online drum circle – Join a live, world-wide drum circle (please note that this may not be working during your visit).
  • Headlands experiments – View videos of Exploratorium staff members experimenting with musical sound in the hills north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Take the beat back – Examine the origins and evolution of some interesting instruments.
Movies include an instrument builder who uses unusual materials to create his instruments, a demonstration and explanation of stepping, the specifics of orchestra tuning, and following a saxophonist to different locations to discover how acoustics affect music.

Learn the answers to the following questions:

  • How do opera singers carry notes for so long?
  • Why do some songs get stuck in your head?
  • Why can you hear the bass from a distance, but not the treble?
  • Why does some music give you goose bumps?
  • Why does your recorded voice sound strange?
  • Why does sad music sound sad?
  • Why does singing in the shower sound so good?
Music is all around us and this website encourages visitors to appreciate the science behind it.

Explore Music with Chuck Vanderchuck

June 6th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 6, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion

(http://pbskids.org/chuck/)

 

Age Range: 6-9 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

Join PBS characters Chuck Vanderchuck, Ramona, and Chuck’s dog, Zeppelin, on an interactive exploration of music genres, instruments, ear training, and music composition. (You’ll need Adobe Flash Player 9 Plug-in installed on your computer to view this site.)
When arriving at the game page, select from: 
  • Jam Sessions – Use the arrows to choose a music genre, then click play to learn about that genre. Next play the 3 games below to open the Main Gig to apply what you have learned and win your award: 
    • Lyrical Solarium – fill in the blanks to write lyrics
    • What Sounds Like What – discover the sounds of instruments used to play different music genres
    • Zen of Composition – learn how patterns are used in music to make songs
  • Dance Beat Explosion – Choose the character you want to play as then answer the questions to earn ‘dance moves’. At the end of the game the winner gets to use their moves to make their character perform the dance. If you have a web cam you can watch yourself dance on the screen.
  • Costume box – just for fun, dress up the characters in attire related to a musical style, take a picture, and print out if you want
  • Road Trip – choose a music genre then, in this classic video game style game, use your keyboard to move along the route to collect points and the musical instruments needed. But be careful of the dangers along the way because you only have 5 lives to complete your mission.
  • Awards – check out the awards you have collected playing the games.
There are also great resources for Parents and Teachers found by clicking the links at the bottom of the home page. The parent’s page includes an overview of the site, information about the show, the characters, and music genres as well as additional downloadable activities to keep the learning going. In the teacher’s area find video clips about the music genres and information about which games relate to the genre.

While this website may be geared for elementary aged students, it can easily be enjoyed by older students. With the help of this site, learning musical concepts is a fun and entertaining experience.

Fractals & Patterns In Nature

March 9th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, March 9, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Dance of Chance

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-9, with parental supervision)

 

The Center for Polymer Studies collaborated with the Boston
Museum of Science to develop this online exhibit of experiments and examples that helps students explore the exciting world of patterns in nature – especially fractals.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and a menu of exhibits that include:
  • Music of the Heart – Did you know that your electrocardiogram can be used to produce a unique melody? Listen to the “heartsongs” here and discover how they were recorded.
  • Metal Deposition – Watch a movie of copper sulfate electrodeposition viewed through a microscope. Find out what patterns zinc sulfate has in common with a snowflake.
  • Termites – Find out what their foraging trails can tell you about patterns in math including branches and fractals.
These are brief exhibits. If you want to learn more be sure to click on the link for “Fractals in Science Image Galleries” and don’t miss this next page at the website: Exploring Patterns in Nature Curriculum Guides.
You’ll find free hands-on activities and laboratory experiments in a free complete curriculum that “encourage students to explore how fundamentally random microscopic events can give rise to fractal macroscopic patterns in nature.” Use it online or print it out to use offline an enjoy learning about topics such as:
  • Fractals
  • Dimensions & Logarithms
  • Randomness
  • Pascal’s Triangle
  • Measuring Average Distances
  • Models of Fractal Growth
  • Biological Branching Patterns
  • Diffusion
  • Percolation in Nature<
  • And much more!

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

December 13th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 13, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

StudySpanish.com

 

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

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials. There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. This site uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
  • Pronunciation Tutor – learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Verb Drills – learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Word-A-Day – log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Travel Helper – learn important words, phrases and sentences that will help you when traveling. Themes include airport, hotel, restaurant, beach, downtown, meeting people, shopping, and medical care. Lessons accomplished through text, audio tutorial, and interactive games and quizzes.
  • Cultural Notes – learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, links to other sites, an online translator, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

Virtual Tours with Mr. Rogers

August 1st, 2014

 

It’s Friday, August 1, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PBS: Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood: How People Make Things

 

Age Range: 2-9 (Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger PBS Kids Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood website, this page offers video segments from the television series of various factory tours. While Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood is typically geared for very young children, do not dismiss checking out these virtual tours with the whole family. At the link above, join icon favorite and beloved neighbor of all, Fred Rogers, to see how the following are made:
  • Balls
  • Crayons
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Guitars
  • Sneakers
  • Wagons

After watching these tours, click the “Videos” link at the bottom of the page to be taken to another page for even more videos. On the right hand side of the screen you will see a list of available videos. Select the “How People Make Things” button to find more factory tours for:

  • Bread
  • Construction Paper
  • Towels

Next select the “Field Trips” button for videos of:

  • A Visit to the Pediatrician
  • A Visit to a Construction Site
  • Yo Yo Ma Visit
  • A Visit to a Fire Station
  • A Visit to an Art Museum
  • Storycorner: Eric Carle
  • Umbrella Dance
  • Dinosaur Exhibit at the Museum
  • Tuba and French Horn
  • Penguins
  • Mister Rogers Visits STOMP!

While you are visiting the site, you may also view full episodes, song snippets, and much more. In addition to the videos, there are loads of coloring pages and games for further learning fun. Every day is a beautiful day for learning and exploring in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

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