# Circle Math with Paper Plates!

December 4th, 2017

It’s Monday, December 4, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Wholemovement – Folding Circles

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

This is fascinating! Bradford Hansen-Smith has been folding circles and teaching people of all ages how to do it for twenty-five years. He states, “Mathematics is based on the geometry of drawing pictures of the circle and using parts of the circle for constructing information from these static images. The square and all other polygons are only a part of the circle, all limited to a specific number of sides. The circle has no sides, it does not have limits.”

Under “How to Fold Circles” you’ll find four free, fundamental activities with instructions to make:

• A Sphere
• A Tetrahedron
• An Octahedron
• An Icosahedron

You’ll also find on the home page a fascinating animation that demonstrates how folded circles combine into a spherical pattern that Buckminster Fuller called the Vector Equilibrium.

Hansen-Smith was inspired by the work of Fuller, and now leads explorations into geometry and other forms of math by folding and joining circles. He claims that, “The circle is the most experiential, comprehensive, hands-on, educational tool we have… Every child in school should be folding as often as they draw pictures of circles, and discuss the information that is generated in the folding.”

Folding circles is accessible to anyone who can fold a circle in half, regardless of age or grade level. The main tool you’ll need are paper circles that are readily available in the form of paper plates.

By using the menu, you can read and discover more about folding circles along with information on Hansen-Smith’s workshops and products he sells in his online store.

# Art Projects for Older Kids

September 16th, 2017

It’s Saturday, September 16, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Arte a scuola

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

Italian art teacher, Miriam Paternoster, shares hundreds of art lessons for middle school aged students which can be easily adapted for older students on this ad-supported website.

Use the upper menu to select from:

• Drawing – felt-tip-pen, pastels, pencils
• Painting – acrylic or watercolors
• Art Techniques – arts & crafts, fabric, mixed media, mosaic, printing
• Clay – hand building clay, slab clay, throwing clay, ceramic decoration
• Paper & cardboard – cardboard, collage, pop-up
• Art & Technology – computer art, photography, video, web
• Teaching – educational system, events & exhibition, and History of Art

Almost all of the lessons include instruction and photographs of the process. Please note that some projects may require a printable template that the site owner is selling, but you can pass on these projects or adapt for your class or you may wish to support the site with your purchase.

Visitors will want to bookmark this website as content is added on a regular basis.

# Australian Art Games, Videos & More

August 5th, 2017

It’s Saturday, August 5, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

QAGOMA Children’s Art Center

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

This website from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) invites visitors to explore art and artists from around the world through games, videos and “make-at-home activities.”

Scroll down below the introduction to begin your discovery. Select from interactive games such as:

• Drover Muster
• The Call of the Wild
• We Miss you in Magic Land
• Kusama’s World of Dots
• Harlequin Hallway
• Spanish Still Life
• The Drawing Room
• The Surrealist Chronicle
• Pepe’s Great Escape

And many more. Games vary in skill level and type as well as what concepts are taught but are fairly simple to learn and play overall.

Activities include 5 downloadable lesson projects. There are also video stories available to watch online.

# Visit the Home of James Monroe

April 21st, 2017

It’s Friday, April 21, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

James Monroe’s Highland

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

Visit the plantation home of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, with this virtual tour powered by Google Maps.

When arriving at the link, read the summary to the right of the main image, then click on the “arrows” in the image to begin navigating in and around the home. We found it best to view in full screen by selecting the icon in the upper right corner. Click your “Esc” key on your keyboard to return to the page. Click and drag around the image and use the other tools in the lower right to navigate around the house. As you go through the house you will see:

• James Monroe’s study
• Children’s Room
• Bedroom
• Dining Room
• Drawing Room
• Kitchen

To learn about the rooms, go to the ” areas of the house” text link on the summary page in the third paragraph.

• View a timeline of his life.
• Learn the story of Highland and slavery.
• See the featured web exhibit “The Election of 1816”.

April 1st, 2017

It’s Saturday, April 1, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Project ARTiculate

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

Find over 75 art projects and downloadable lesson plans at this website from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) and the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC).

Projects are sorted into 5 art types:

• 2-D Art
• 3-D Art
• Drawing
• Painting
• Printmaking

Or search for subject related projects for:

• English / Language Arts
• Geography
• Government & Citizenship
• History
• Mathematics
• Science
• Skills for a Healthy Life
• Technology
• World Languages
• Cultural Standards

Each project includes:

• An image of the finished project and a description
• Objectives and assessment criteria
• Materials list
• Related vocabulary some with links to definitions
• Related art elements covered
• Downloadable PDF of the entire lesson plan with instructions, assessment tools, and more.

With all the lessons neatly laid out, you will want to bookmark this website as you will certainly want to come back to it time and time again.

# Fun, Interactive English Language Timeline

December 7th, 2016

It’s Wednesday, December 7, 2016, and time for Language Arts

at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

BBC: Ages of English Timeline

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

At this website you can explore a free, engaging, multi-media,

interactive timeline of the history of the English language, and learn how it developed, and why it has changed and evolved. You can even listen to samples of how the language was actually spoken at any given time. (No guarantees you’ll understand what they’re saying!)

As you’ll discover through images and audio (so turn on your speakers), English has developed “through invasion, invention and global expansion.”

When you get to the site you have the choice to launch the timeline in a Flash or non-Flash version. Go with the Flash version – it’s lots more fun for kids! Then, explore the ten ages of the English language that include:

• The Anglo Saxon Invasions – 449 AD
• The Viking Raids Begin – 787 AD
• The Norman Conquest – 1066
• The Resurgence of English 1200 – 1400
• The Invention of the Printing Press 1476
• The Renaissance – 1500 to 1650
• The Colonization of the New World – 1600s
• The Industrial Revolution – 1760 to 1830

In each stage of the Flash version, you simply click on images in a colorful cartoon-drawing to learn various aspects of the history of the language through pop-up text and audio clips.

You’ll gain understanding about the origins of words, and discover what inquiring minds want to know – how did “Beowulf” really sound? There are fun facts and explanations of phrases and idioms too. As the website claims, “From runes to rap, the development of English follows a fascinating trail.”