Posts Tagged ‘education’

[ClickSchooling] Kentucky Farms Feed Me Virtual Field Trips

July 11th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, July 11, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Kentucky Farms Feed Me

 

Age Range: 6-10 (Grades 1-5, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the world of farming in Kentucky with this wonderful series of video virtual field trips. Funded by the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and Kentucky Small Grain Growers Associations, this website strives to bring the farms and farmers of Kentucky into the comfort of your classroom and to promote agricultural education. The videos are presented from a child’s perspective and range in length from 5 to 12 minutes. Video selections currently include: 
  • Celebrating Our Farms at the Kentucky State Fair
  • Did You Eat Your Veggies Today?
  • Apples are Awesome!
  • Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat. Oh, My!
  • The Beef on Cattle Farms
  • Kentucky, The Poultry State?
  • From Pig to Pork
  • Milk, Cheese, and Ice Cream Please

In addition to watching the videos, visitors can also submit questions via a form on the video page and farmers and experts will email a response. If a question and the answer is deemed to have educational value, it is posted to the video page to help others. Also on each video page, on the left hand sidebar, you will find more information about the field trip as well as links to lesson plans and activities and additional YouTube videos about the subject.

Keeping Score for Classical Music

July 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 5, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Keeping Score

 

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Created by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony and based on the PBS television series, this website provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the life and music of the composers featured in the series.
Through the use of audio, video, interactive materials as well as downloadable lesson plans specially created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program, students take an in-depth look into the composers’ political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

When arriving at the website, in the “Explore The Music” box, chose one of the following tabs to see what lessons are available:

  • Composers
  • Musical Technique
  • History
  • Musical Scores
  • Staff Picks

The composers covered are:

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Aaron Copland
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Education” to find more resources and lessons plans created by teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

Select “Interactive” to dig even deeper through images, videos, and text. Follow along with musical scores, experiment with various musical techniques, try your hand at conducting a symphony, discover the instruments and musicians of an orchestra, and much more.

Not only does the website provide a wonderful educational resource in the study of symphonic music, but it is a feast of sight and sound sure to encourage your student’s interest.

History Lessons from the Civil War Trust

June 26th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, June 26, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Civil War Trust Curriculum

 

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Presented by the non-profit Civil War Trust, this website provides downloadable lesson plans with companion PowerPoint presentations and assessments as well as 360 degree battlefield panoramas, maps, photographs, videos, puzzles, bonus quizzes and much more.
When arriving at the link above, choose from Elementary, Middle School, and High School curriculum. Topics covered include:
  • Disunion
  • The Country Goes to War
  • Antietam and Emancipation
  • Life at War
  • The Home Front
  • Shifting Tides
  • Bringing the War to an End
  • Effects of War
  • Preserving the Memory

Each topic provides a variety of lesson plans as well as links to other resources to enhance your studies. Lessons may be used online or downloaded.

Use the navigation bars at the top of the page to access the 360 degree panoramas of Chancellorsville, Chattanooga, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Antietam battlefields which also include embedded videos and other informative images and texts. Select the IN4 videos on the top navigation bar to watch short videos that concisely explain basic Civil War topics. Many of the video pages include links to additional history articles, primary sources, and more classroom materials.

Click the “Education” link, then “Teachers” and look on the side bar menu for more classroom resources, a Civil War coloring book, crossword puzzles, and more. Under the “Education” link select the “Students” option for students to learn more about the Civil War on their own. Some topics that may intrigue your student are:

  • 10 Facts About the Civil War
  • Children in the Civil War
  • Student Created Videos
  • Railroads of the Confederacy
  • The American Journey of the Bond Family
  • Music of the 1860s

There is so much to explore at this website to enrich your Civil War studies that you will want to bookmark this website for easy access.

Turkey Hill Ice Cream Factory Tour

June 20th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, June 20, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Turkey Hill Experience

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for an ice cream factory tour! At this website sponsored by the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania, explore Turkey Hill Dairy to learn how Rocky Road ice cream is made – from when the milk arrives at the factory until the ice cream leaves the factory freezers.
Using the images above the presentation window, easily navigate through the animated slides. Each slide is accompanied by informational text in a bubble beside the slide. Hover around the slide to find the red circled or boxed item to reveal additional fun facts. Cute sound effects play when viewing the slides.

When you are done with your virtual tour, select the “Snapshots” option on the side bar under the “Plan & Learn” option to view nostalgic photos from Turkey Hill Dairy. To see images of the Turkey Farm Experience, select the “Photo Gallery” option on the side bar.

And, if you are lucky enough to be able to visit the Turkey Hill Experience in person, check out the “Education” link under “Groups” on the sidebar to find lesson plans for grades K-6 that you can use to expand your visit.

Ice cream is a favorite summertime treat enjoyed by young and old alike. After visiting this site you will want to head for the freezer for your favorite ice cream treat.

John F. Kennedy Lesson Plans

May 29th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, May 29, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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JFK Library – Curricular Resources

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

On May 29, 1917, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was born. Part of the larger John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website, the Curricular Resources page provides educators with lesson planning ideas and activities for elementary, middle school, and high school.
When arriving at the link above, first select the grade level for which you are interested. The elementary and middle school levels provide resources and lesson plans for:
  • Biographical Resources
  • Campaign, Election, Inauguration
  • In the White House
  • Historical Resources
The high school level digs deeper with additional topics covering:
  • Civil Rights
  • The Cold War
  • The Kennedy White House
  • Civic Education

Lesson plans provide age-appropriate informational texts, images, primary source materials, and activities which not only challenge students to explore the life on John F. Kennedy, but to analyze and understand the events happening during his life.

Some of the lesson plans include:

  • The Struggle for Civil Rights (elementary)
  • Red States, Blue States: Mapping the Presidential Election (elementary, middle school)
  • Why Choose the Moon (middle school)
  • Integrating Ole Miss (middle and high school)
  • World on the Brink: The Cuban Missile Crisis (high school)
  • Military Advisors in Vietnam: 1963 (high school)

Celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most beloved presidents of the United States when you visit this website.

Bring Orchestra Music Studies to Life!

May 24th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, May 24, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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ArtsAlive

 

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

 

This is a wonderfully colorful and fun interactive site with loads of printable lesson plans and worksheets and online activities to use with your students as they learn about orchestral music. 

 

Presented by the National Arts Centre located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, this website not only introduces students to the instruments of the orchestra but also the musicians, composers, and conductors who bring music alive.

 

Select from the following to start your musical adventure:

  • Music Resources - listen to music recordings, watch video clips, browse the music dictionary, find helpful advice for parents and teachers
  • Instrument Lab – learn all about the sections and instruments that make up an orchestra; examine virtual instruments and listen to the sounds that they make
  • Great Composers – investigate the lives and music of the great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and more as well as contemporary composers such as Adams, Morquez, Shafer, and others
  • NAC Orchestra and Friends – read interviews with the musicians, conductors and composers of the NACO
  • Activities and Games – play and learn with loads of fun games and activities such as the click and drag game “Compose Music”, the online quizzes like “Name that Composer” and “Name that Instrument”, and lots of printables
  • Orchestra on Tour – Read the online journal kept by NAC Orchestra musicians and staff during their 2008 performance and education tour

 

Be sure to check out the “Resources for Teachers” section of the website for more helpful resource including resource kits, lesson plans, and NAC Orchestra Student Matinee study guides. This website is a valuable resource of information and activities that encourage an engaging learning experience in your study of orchestral music.

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