Posts Tagged ‘definitions’

Design Your Own Opera

June 30th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 30, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hansel & Gretel: Learning about Opera

(creativekidseducationfoundation.org/kids/opera/base.htm)

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

 

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being: 

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about: 

  • The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
  • Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
  • Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
  • Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
  • Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned.

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

Free History Resources

June 7th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 7, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

School History

(schoolhistory.co.uk/)

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

 

Today’s United Kingdom-based website offers a tremendous amount of FREE resources for learning (interspersed with occasional plugs to purchase software programs or membership to the site).

The site can be navigated in several ways. Use the blue, horizontal menu across the top to access free lessons, games, and quizzes based on time period, or use the grade-range menu to sort the activities according to the student’s age. You can also click on any topic of interest that is featured on the landing page. Among the resources you will find: 

  • Links – Get over 1,000 links to history websites sorted first by the age- or grade-range they are suited for, and then divided into topic categories such as Aztecs, Magna Carta, Spanish Armada, Industrial Revolution, etc.
  • Lessons – These are illustrated lessons with short text, hyperlinked vocabulary/definitions, and captivating tone, yet the material is not at all frivolous. You can learn a lot here!
  • Resources – downloadable .pdf worksheets and PowerPoint presentations. This is a LARGE collection, well organized by age and topic, annotated, and well done. Many of these were created by teachers. Definitely worth a look!
  • Interactivities – Here are opportunities to show what you know. Fill in online diagrams, write an essay, or make a cool storyboard with your choice of several colorful backgrounds and characters to complement your text!
  • Games – The rest of this site is great, but it’s ok to admit that this game section is the REALLY fun part! Here you will find such games as Penalty Shootout, Make Your Teacher Walk the Plank, One- or Two-Player HoopShoot, Beat da’ Bomb, and more! All of these exciting and highly motivational games have been customized by teachers and students, so there is an amazing collection of history questions you can choose from in order to beat these games!
  • Quizzes – Here you can find a variety of quiz types – matching, multiple choice, flash cards, word searches, and more – and again, an extensive list of topics.
  • Teachers – You can create your own content or questions for most of the interactivities, lessons, quizzes, worksheets, presentations, and other items found on this site! You can also access a vast collection of teacher helps, hints, and much more! Or go see what bits of wisdom and experience you can glean from history teachers in the forum!

Although you may need to dig around to locate the free resources, it is well worth the search. You could also opt to purchase a subscription to the website to access all the available information. You will definitely want to bookmark this incredible page and return often!

Explore Ancient Civilizations

May 10th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 10, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The British Museum – Ancient Civilizations

(www.ancientegypt.co.uk/)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This extraordinary set of websites from the British Museum allows you to explore three ancient civilizations.

When you get to the first site, you can learn about ancient Egyptian life, Gods & Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Temples, and Trade.

The two other sites are:

  • Ancient India – Learn about Early Hinduism, Buddha, and the Geography of the Indus Valley. There is a fascinating exploration of ancient timelines in India, as well as an in-depth look at the various writing systems used for recording the history of India through the ages.
  • Ancient China –  Learn about Crafts and Artisans, Geography, Tombs and Ancestors, and there is a section on timelines and dynasties as well as a look at various Chinese writing and recording systems.

At each website use the menu to click on a selected topic. A new screen opens with a picture of artwork. Click on the artwork, and a new page opens with an introduction and a menu of three choices: Story, Explore, or Challenge.

  • Story – Learn about the topic you selected through a story illustrated by pieces of art in the collection of the British Museum. For example, in the section on Buddha, the story begins, “There was once a king named Suddhodana…” These are well-written and engaging and the photograph-illustrations of artwork provide the perfect accompaniment! Highlighted words throughout the story link to brief definitions in small new pop-up windows.
  • Explore – Get a closer look at some of the artifacts and a better sense of the ancient times portrayed. This varies greatly depending on the culture and topic you select.
  • Challenge – Find an activity or game that challenges your memory of what you have learned while exploring the website.

Each topic also features a Staff Room. Don’t miss it! This is where you can get a brief synopsis of what is to be learned regarding that topic and print out worksheets corresponding to the Story, Explore, and Challenge sections.

These sites are truly worth the visit! Bookmark them so that you can return to explore each one as time permits.

Online Visual Dictionary

October 25th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Visual Dictionary

(infovisual.info/en)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows: 

  • Biology Vegetal – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
  • Biology Animal – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
  • Human Body – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
  • Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
  • Transport – Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
  • Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

Free Vocabulary Lessons & Activities

September 6th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

(www.myvocabulary.com/)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 4-10, with parental supervision)

 

MyVocabulary.com offers over 2,500 pages of a variety of free, interactive vocabulary development and enrichment activities including lesson plans, word searches, crossword puzzles, and quizzes.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu in the center of the screen that includes: 

  • Root Word Lesson – Get multiple lesson plans for various grade/difficulty levels that include practice exercises such as fill-in-the-blanks, match-games, crosswords, word finds, true/false and word stories.
  • Subject Puzzles – You’ll find calendar-themed vocabulary puzzles for holidays and events such as Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.
  • Subject Word Lists – Access hundreds of “A-Z” word lists by subject including animals, books, business/economics, fine arts, history/social studies, math, science, religion, sports, and general interest (from “accessories” to “Yellowstone”). Use them to help students learn the definitions of new words, or as story-starters, or to identify parts of speech.
  • Test Prep – Try the practice activities for learning top SAT/ACT/GRE vocabulary words to get better test results.

The extensive content at this ad-free, self-paced website is a great resource to supplement vocabulary and language arts studies. It is based on state standards and is printable for use offline.

World Myths & Legends in Art

May 13th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 13, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World Myths & Legends in Art

(archive.artsmia.org/world-myths/)

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

 

Explore the mythology surrounding 26 works of art with this website from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Dig into your studies by selecting either “Art by Culture” or “Art by Theme.” Cultures include: 

  • African
  • Euro-American
  • Chinese
  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Western European
  • Ancient Greek and Roman
  • Japanese
  • Native American
  • Oceanic

Themes cover: 

  • Creation Myths
  • Myths explaining a practice
  • God Myths
  • Hero Myths
  • Myths with animal or beast characters

Once you have decided the direction you wish to take for your studies, you will be presented with various related artworks. Select the option you want to view the artwork, learn key ideas, read the story behind the piece, discover the background behind the piece, and answer discussion questions.

Vocabulary words in capital letters are scattered throughout that when clicked on provide pop-up window with definitions. Reveal the answers to discussion questions by clicking on the underlined, highlighted section.

Teachers will want to review the “How to use this site” link and the entire curriculum can be downloaded to use away from the computer by selecting the “Downloadable Curriculum” link.

Not only will this website be a great addition to your art appreciation class, but will provide a nice supplement to your world history studies.

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