Posts Tagged ‘education’

Learn to Read Music

September 6th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, September 6, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Introduction to Reading Music

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Free lessons in music theory! At this site you can learn the basics of how to read music in an online tutorial. When you get to the site, simply click on the topic button and follow the course that introduces information about clefs, time signatures, notes, rests, counting, symbols, and notations for shaping music. When you are through exploring music theory, click on the button at the bottom of the page that says, “Return to Education Section.” You will discover a menu with links to pages at the site where you can:
  • Learn and hear about different instruments (great for young children!)
  • Learn about different musical genres
  • Learn what happened on This Day in Musical History

This site has information that will appeal to the whole family.

Explore Yellowstone National Park

August 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, August 22, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Yellowstone National Park

 

Age Range: All (Children, with parental supervision)

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Yellowstone National Park through hundreds of pictures, videos, and webcams. Part of the larger National Park Service website, when you arrive at the featured page, click one of the image links for Photo Gallery, Multimedia Presentations, or Webcams. On these pages you will find:

Photo Gallery:

  • Lodging Photos – images of the nine lodging facilities
  • Wildlife and Fish – still photos of wolves, grizzly bears, and fish
  • Old Faithful Webcam Photo Gallery – views of other geysers erupting caught on the Old Faithful Webcam
  • Photo Archives – thousands of images from Yellowstone’s Photo Collection

Please note that all of the images in these galleries are downloadable and royalty-free.

Multimedia Presentations:

  • Videos – hundreds of videos of Yellowstone Park, archived webcams, research and educational videos, and much more
  • Audio – a feast for the ears with the sounds of natural phenomena, wildlife, and thermal features (downloadable) as well as audio postcards that are short stories of life in Yellowstone Park.
  • Virtual Tours – more options for history, nature, interactive, and electronic field trips
  • Interactive Features – watch a video and view a timeline of the wildfires of 1988, check out the Old Faithful Virtual Visitor Center, track the Yellowstone Hotspot, use the interactive Google map to visit the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and enjoy even more electronic field trips for middle school students with the Windows into Wonderland option.

Webcams:

  • Old Faithful Geyser Streaming Webcam – watch real-time video of Old Faithful, wild life, and other geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin
  • Old Faithful Geyser – webcam inside the visitor education center
  • North Entrance-Electric Peak – from the historic Roosevelt Arch, this view from the north entrance station
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Officer’s Row
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Travertine Terraces and Parade Ground
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South

When you are finished taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellowstone, check out the “For Teachers” option located on the sidebar to find free “Curriculum for Your Classroom” materials to complement your virtual visit to Yellowstone Park. You will also want to explore the “For Kids” option on the sidebar for even more activities including games, coloring pages, and a scavenger hunt.

This website provides a thorough and memorable virtual visit to America’s first national park and one of its most beloved natural treasures.

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

August 7th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 7, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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iCivics

 

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

 

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

From the home page, select the large green “Teach” image, then select “Games” on the next page. Some of the featured games “Topics” include:

  • The Constitution – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
  • The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.
  • The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.
  • The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.
  • Citizenship & Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

Emily Dickinson Poems, Activities, Lessons

August 6th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, August 6, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Emily Dickinson Museum

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Emily Dickinson Museum website offers a view into the poet’s life, times, and work with free lessons, activities and much more!
When you get to the site you’ll see the featured news and events, as well as the “Poem of the Week.” Below the poem you’ll find links to a word search puzzle based on the poem, as well links to learn more about Dickinson’s poetry, life, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Use the menu at the top of the page to explore the site including:
  • Emily Dickinson – Read her biography, learn about her childhood, youth, and her writing. See pictures of her home and the room where she wrote over 1,000 poems.
  • The Museum – Get an overview of the exhibits and the various Dickinson family properties that influenced Emily’s poetry. Take a virtual video tour of the landscaped grounds.
  • Education – Click on “For Teachers” in this section to find suggestions on how to help students appreciate Dickinson’s poems. You’ll also find “Lesson Ideas” that explore language, interpret poetry, starter poems and writing assignments, and a set of lessons from the National Endowment for Humanities. 

You’ll also find  “Fun and Games” – with coloring pages, puzzles, riddles, and the “Poem of the Week” word search activity. Get free instructions on how to make “Jacob’s Ladder” – a fun and unique toy!

[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.

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