Posts Tagged ‘education’

Math Through Worldometers & More!

June 11th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 11, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Worldometers

(www.worldometers.info/)

Age Range: 5-105 (Grades K-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides world statistics updated in real time that is simply astonishing to see. There isn’t much to do at the site except watch the numbers change instantaneously. However, the more time you spend looking at the data, the more questions you ask, and the more things you learn! This is a veritable springboard to learning through addition.

When you get to the site you’ll see numbers flashing before you that represent the statistics on a variety of topics that include: 

  • World Population – Watch the numbers advance on births, deaths, and the net population growth today.
  • Government & Economics – Watch the mind-boggling figures increase on expenditures in healthcare, education, and the military. Discover the number of cars, bicycles, and computers produced or sold this year.
  • Society & Media – Find out the number of book titles published, newspapers circulated, TVs and cellular phones sold, money spent on video games, and how many emails and blog posts are sent/made in a day.
  • Environment – Learn how many forests were lost, how many tons of carbon dioxide were emitted this year, or toxic chemicals released in the environment and more.
  • Food – See the number of undernourished people in the world, number of overweight people, money spent on weight loss programs, etc.
  • Water – See how many people have no access to safe drinking water.
  • Energy – Discover the energy used in a day from renewable and non-renewable sources. See the number of days to the end of oil, gas, and coal.
  • Health – Get information about traffic fatalities, world spending on illegal drugs, number of cigarettes smoked today, deaths caused by malaria, cancer, AIDS, communicable diseases, etc.

If this doesn’t result in educational questions and discussions – we don’t know what will. Plus, it shows kids the practical use of math in the real world.

Don’t miss the “Languages” component – you can view all of these statistics in languages from Arabic to Ukranian.

Free Music Lesson Plans

June 9th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 9, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Carnegie Hall: Music Educators Toolbox Resources

(www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Educators/Music-Educators-Toolbox/Resources)

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

 

Discover a variety of music lesson plans and resources at this page from the larger Carnegie Hall website.

Plans are arranged by grade level and focus on the fundamentals of music including “rhythm, meter, singing, form, dynamics, articulation, tempo, pitch, and performing.” Each plan provides all the needed information and resources to use in the classroom as well as downloadable assessments and more. A sampling of plans includes: 

  • Exploring the Sounds Around Us – Kindergarten students listen to a selection of audios and use a downloadable, colorful worksheet to identify the sounds and then answer thought-provoking questions to increase sound awareness.
  • Dynamics Hide and Seek – First graders will enjoy playing this variation of the “Hot and Cold” game. Instead of using “hot” or “cold,” students sing either forte or piano to help the seeker locate the hidden object and learn these musical terms.
  • Classroom Thunderstorm – Kids in second grade will enjoy learning musical terms such as accelerando, ritardando, crescendo, decrescendo and accent while creating a human thunderstorm with sounds they create.
  • Goldilocks Sings – Third graders learn how posture affects their singing using the characters from Goldilocks and the Three Bears as examples.
  • Listening for Contrasts in Genre – Students in fourth grade discover how expressive musical qualities in music work together like a recipe to create different genres of the same song.
  • We’ve Got the Blues – Fifth grade children learn about the unique facets of blues music focusing on musical scales.

Even though the plans are geared towards a specific age group, they could be adapted for other grades and can serve as a supplement to any music program.

Discover Minnesota

May 11th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, May 11, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Minnesota DNR: Virtual Tours

(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/virtual_tours.html)

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

 

On May 11, 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the Union. Discover the parks, trails, waterways and more of Minnesota with this page from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to locate a destination and then choose from two types of tours: 

  • Panoramic tour – Explore with multiple 360° images. When the window opens, use your mouse or arrow keys to move around the image. Locate the “Pin” in the image to move to the next destination in the park or select an image in the bottom picture strip. There is also drop-down map available at the top of the image to find another location within the park. Hover over the blue dots on the map for the name of the location and click to the image to load. Descriptive text accompanies each image.
  • Snapshot tour – Each tour provides multiple images along with information texts. At the bottom of each tour there are additional links to go to the home page of the location.

In addition to the panoramic and snapshot tours, the following locations also include video tours: 

  • Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
  • Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
  • Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
  • Heartland State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Gitchi-Gami State Trail
  • Root River State Trail
  • Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

(Please note that some of the video tours are stored on YouTube, so as always be sure to view prior to allowing children to use the site.)

When you have finished with your tours, use the upper menu to navigate to the Teacher Resources page to find downloadable educational materials. Select the Education & Safety option, then More, then scroll down to the Natural Resources section to locate the Teacher Resources link.

This page makes a nice addition to your state studies resources.

Interactive Art Activities

May 5th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 5, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NGAkids Art Zone

(www.nga.gov/education/kids.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

The National Gallery of Art’s website for kids offers free interactive art projects that inspire creativity while providing engaging lessons in art and art history.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of possibilities that includes: 

  • Faces & Places – This exploration of American folk art, uses the NGA art collection for inspiration. Kids create portraits and construct panoramic landscapes that include folk music and animations.
  • Brushster – Make your own abstract art! Experiment with tools to create sophisticated non-representational paintings.
  • Photo Op – Get familiar with digital photography and image editing. As explained at the website, “Use the virtual camera to snap pictures, then experiment with the easy-to-use photo editing tools to give your art a whole new look. The special effects palette, colorizing options, collage tools, warps, and mirrors will transform your photographs.”
  • Still Life – Mix everyday objects with those borrowed from art in the NGA collection to create your own still life masterpiece.
  • Dutch Doll House – Explore an interactive doll house based on the paintings of well-known 17th-century Dutch artists. Kids can “mix and match colorful characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist’s studio, and courtyard.”
  • Jungle – Inspired by the art of Henri Rousseau, this activity allows kids to make a jungle scene filled with tigers, monkeys, and other exotic creatures.
  • And much more.

Use the “Paintbox” option to make a mini-painting online, try out the “Collage Machine,” or use the latest “Flow” tech-tools to create artwork that moves.

Don’t miss the “3-D Twirler” to design three-dimensional, moving geometric shapes, and be sure to try “Pixelface,” an interactive portrait maker.

BONUS! These activities can be downloaded to your computer for use offline or find the NGAkids App for iPad.

Geography Lessons and Study Tools

May 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 3, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Bee – Study Corner

(www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/)

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

 

This website from National Geographic is meant to provide study tools for the National Geographic Bee, “an academic contest for students in grades 4-8”, but the resources provided can be used to supplement your geography studies for the whole family.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to find: 

  • Lesson Plans – Discover lesson plans and activities focused on the geography of the United States and the continents, the oceans, world geography, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • GeoBee Challenge – Test your knowledge with the online, multiple-choice quiz.
  • Geo Bee Challenge App – For those with IOS or Android smart devices, download the free GeoBee Challenge App which includes not only the multiple-choice round, but also a map challenge as well as bonus rounds where a picture of a location is provided and the player must find the location on an interactive map.
  • Kahoot! – Gather the kids around the computer with your smart devices and the free Kahoot app and play a competitive multiple-choice game together. Choose from 15 interesting geography topics.

When finished exploring these options, head on over to the National Geographic Education page for a lot more teaching resources including lesson plans, activities and more games as well as reference materials, mapping tools, and much more.

This bookmark-worthy website will make an excellent resource for all of your geography studies.

Art History Lessons

April 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 14, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Khan Academy – Art History

(www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history)

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

 

This section of the larger Khan Academy website provides lessons for teaching art history.

Units are well-organized and laid out with lessons that include teaching texts, images, videos and much more. Some lessons include quizzes. 
 
Select your area of interest from the list on today’s page that includes: 

  • Art History Basics – Discover the basics of art tools, concepts, techniques and more.
  • Prehistoric Art in Europe and West Asia – Paleolithic and Neolithic art
  • Ancient Mediterranean –  art of Ancient Near East, Ancient Egypt, Aegean, Ancient Greece, Nabataean, Etruscan, Ancient Rome, Palmyra, and Judaism and Art
  • Medieval Europe and Byzantine – art of Early Christian, Byzantine, Early medieval, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic
  • Art of the Islamic World – art created in lands where Islam was the dominant religion
  • Europe 1300-1800 – Gothic art in Italy, Renaissance art and art of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Baroque to Neoclassical art in Europe – Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classicism are covered.
  • Art of the Americas to World War 1 – Examine Latin American, Native North American, Mesoamerican art and more.
  • Art of 19th Century Europe – Learn about Romanticism, early photograph, Victorian art and architecture, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau and more.
  • Modernisms 1900-1980 – Explore the world of 20th century art including Fauvism, Expressionism, figurative art, Pop art, Minimalism, Earthworks, architecture and more.
  • Global Contemporary Art – Lessons include Conceptional and Performance art as well as an overview of what is considered contemporary art.
  • Art of Asia – Discover the art of China, Korea, Japan, South Asia, Southeast Asian and the Himalayas.
  • Art of Oceania – Explore the world of Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian art.
  • For Teachers – This section provides downloadable course syllabi.
  • Special topics in art history – 132 lessons are included in this section from the At Risk Cultural Education Series.

If you have an AP student, there is even an AP Art History course laid out. 


This is a very comprehensive resource that visitors will want to bookmark to come back to throughout all their art studies.

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