Posts Tagged ‘education’

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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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.

Take Flight with this Virtual Tour

May 16th, 2014


It’s Friday, May 16, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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EAA AirVenture Museum


Age Range: All (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)


Presented by The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), explore the exhibits of the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and discover the history of aviation. When arriving at the link above, choose your destination from:
  • Eagle Hangar
  • Pioneers of Flight
  • Pioneer Airport
  • Homebuilts & Van’s RV
  • SpaceShipOne
  • Innovations Gallery
  • Antiques & Classics
  • Air Racing & Aerobatics
  • KidVenture Gallery

Through the use of images and descriptive texts, examine planes of all kinds and learn about the history of aviation from balloon travel through space travel.

When you are finished exploring the exhibits, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Education & Resources”. When arriving at this page, from the left hand menu choose “Multimedia”, then select “Videos” to be taken to the EAA Video Player website. On this page you can view archived videos of events, aerobatics, instructional videos for building and flying planes, and an interesting video series called “Timeless Voices” which provides first-hand accounts of flying during combat and other various circumstances.

Take the history of flight to new heights with this website.

Extra! Extra! Learn All about a Day in the Life of a Newspaper

May 9th, 2014


It’s Friday, May 9, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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LA Times – A Day in the Life of a Newspaper


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


The Los Angeles Times has never missed a day of publication since its first issue on December 4, 1881. At this website, take a brief virtual tour of the LA Times and explore A Day in the Life of a Newspaper. Easily navigate through the slide show of the following steps: 


  • The Story
  • Digitizing
  • Editing
  • Composing
  • Printing
  • Distribution
  • Delivery

In addition to images and text explaining the newspaper making process, there are few interactive slides where visitors can explore 360° images of: 


  • stacks of newsprint
  • the printing press
  • the newspaper express
  • newspaper stacker

When you are finished with your tour, check out the Los Angeles Times in Education website to keep the learning going. Select “Weekly Lessons” on the navigation bar and explore educational material based on the latest news stories. You will want to bookmark this page and come back regularly as lessons are updated every Monday. This is definitely a news-worthy site to share with your friends.

Free Environmental Science Journals for Middle Schoolers

April 22nd, 2014


It’s Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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The Natural Inquirer


Age Range: 10-14 (Designed for grades 6-8, but there are aspects of these journals that will appeal to a much broader age/grade range. All children with parental supervision)


Happy Earth Day! This website offers a FREE science education journal titled, “The Natural Inquirer,” in which scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research with middle school students. Each article in every issue explains research being conducted on trees, wildlife, insects, and water.
Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article on a specific research project. The article, as explained at the website, is “written in a way that scientists write when publishing their research in journals.” Topics include:
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Relationship Between Carbon, Photosynthesis, and Roots of Trees
  • Urban Forests
  • Tropical Biomes
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Natural Resources
  • And more!

Each issue also contains a “Discovery FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, information on the latest issue of “The Natural Inquirer,” and scrolling below that will reveal a few new free resources:
  • Download the first series of scientist cards and posters – These cards are an excellent tool for teaching students about different types of science and scientists and can be printed and used offline. There is also an accompanying lesson plan designed to encourage students to use their imagination and envision themselves as scientists while they explain and present their understanding of the Natural Inquirer Scientists’ Card Series to their peers.
  • A few items for Pre-K and 1st grade – Find coloring sheets and activity sheets available for Pre-K through 4th grade.

On the left side of the screen choose from the drop-down menu:

  • View & Order Issues: This is where you can access all the archived issues. Some issues are also offered in Spanish!
  • Education Resources: Put your cursor over this menu item to see a drop-down list by age group, that includes a glossary, games and activities, podcasts, slideshows, lesson plans and more that are themed around topics covered in various issues of “The Natural Inquirer.” This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources!

Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to visit many times to explore the vast content!

It’s National Library Week!

April 16th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)


April 13 – 19 is National Library week! The Public Library offers a lot of opportunities for its members. You can read books for free (there is only a charge if books are returned late, not returned at all, or returned with substantial damage). They also offer books on tape, books on CD, large print books, downloadable audio books and even DVDs and videos with closed captioning. There is a virtual plethora of information on just about any subject that you can imagine with resources for every age group. They have help and resources for parents and caregivers and typically offer tremendous children’s programs. Everything from preschooler’s story time, author events and Summer Reading programs for all ages to homework help and study and research groups can be found. In addition, your public library typically hosts community events like charity drives and classes such as computer, crafts and literature and much, more; all for free or very reasonable fees. The library usually will have meeting rooms available for use and will host a number of programs and meetings for private and public companies that are offered for free and are open to the public.


This week, Education World provides five lessons that focus on library skills. Take advantage of these free activities to help your readers excel in the library:


Mapping the Library – Help students compare your school library with another library (a virtual library Web site is provided as one possibility). Use those observations to create a map of your school library that can serve as a guide for others. (Grades Pre-K-5)


Huey and Louie Meet Dewey - Exercise library organization skills using a worksheet that invites students to come to the aid of two rambunctious students in the school library. (Grades 3-8)


Save the Library! – Students learn about the many resources a library offers, then write an essay to help save the library from budget cuts or, worse yet, closure! (Grades 3-8)


Alphabetize for a Reason – Show students how to organize information by using the alphabet. (Grades K-5)


Library Scavenger Hunt – Introduce students to library resources and research. (Grades 6-12)


Education World is a massive and amazing website for educators – with all kinds of Internet based lesson plans and activities themed around specific subjects and holidays. Just go to the site, type a topic into the search engine, and you will be rewarded with many links to websites that provide information, resources, lessons, curriculum, activities – everything your teaching heart could desire. We’ve featured pages within the Ed World site before at ClickSchoolingYou can create a complete unit study with the resources provided at the site, or just try a few of the suggested activities.


This ad supported website does a great job of making free, internet-based curriculum and educational resources available to teachers and parent-educators and National Library Week is just one of many thousands of topics offered at the site. Because the site is so large and because web addresses change so quickly you will occasionally find dead links but overall it is well-maintained. Bookmark it – you’ll want to return here often.

Postal History

April 3rd, 2014


It’s Thursday, April 3, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Smithsonian National Postal Museum


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


Postal history opens a unique window into the past. It brings personal histories to life and offers a compelling avenue for study. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum provides educators with an interesting selection of lesson plans and materials that can be used online or downloaded, as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its collections through virtual tours and online galleries.

When arriving at the site, the sidebar navigation offers the following destinations, each with wonderful historical educational opportunities: 

  • About the Museum
    • Take a 360° tour of the museum in the “Virtual Tour”
    • Visit the “Ford Education Center” to play educational games
    • Watch a video and learn the “History of the National Postal Museum”
    • Examine fascinating artifacts through the “Object of the Month”
  • Exhibits
    • Explore past, present and future exhibits to discover America’s postal history from colonial times to the present.
  • Collection
    • Delve into the world of philately and objects of postal operations with the “Arago Online Collection Database”. Visitors can even create their own digital collection of their favorite finds.
    • Learn about the “Collection History”, “Collection Projects”, and “Preservation Projects”.
    • Download “Finding Guides” that provide concise descriptions of the scope and content, provenance and list of materials for each collection.
  • Educators
    • Find lesson plans and downloadable material “Curriculum” for such interesting topics as:
      • Owney the Dog (early elementary)
      • Victory Mail (upper elementary through high school)
      • Moving the Mail West (interactive study of the Pony Express for middle school)
      • We Were There: Letters From the Battle Front (high school)
    • “Classroom Resources” offers a ‘jumping off’ point for supplemental activities.
  • Stamp Collecting
    • Discover the ins and outs of the intriguing world of philately.
  • Research
    • Additional information for serious enthusiasts, including links to the museum library, historical video footage and exhibit videos, and more.
  • Getting Involved – Ways to get involved with the museum
  • Activity Zone
    • Quick access to the online games, coloring pages, quizzes, and downloads.
  • Museum Library
With the wealth of information and educational material available, this website will surely receive your stamp of approval.