Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

Free Lesson Plans for Music, Dance, Theater and More

March 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 24, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

(artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx)

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

 

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select: 

  • Grade Band
    • K-4
    • 5-8
    • 9-12 
  • Arts Subject
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Media Arts
    • Music
    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
  • Other Subject
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Physical Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Technology
    • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

Explore the Sites of Ireland

March 16th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, March 16, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Visit Tours – Ireland

(www.virtualvisittours.com/)

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

 

With this commercial website, explore the castles, towns, museums, and other sites of Ireland.

When arriving at today’s link, hover over the “Places to See” link in the upper menu, then refine your search by location and categories such as: 

  • Beaches
  • Castles
  • Caves
  • Churches and Monasteries
  • Historic Houses
  • Historical Sites
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Towns and Villages

And much more. 

When you have found a place to visit, click the title, image, or “Read More” link. When the page opens, read through the description then click on the 360° image. This will open the interactive image. Use the tool bar at the bottom of the image to move around the picture. Many locations include multiple images which can be found by selecting the stacked blocks icon. Use your browser back button to return to your previous page.
 
If you plan to visit Ireland, be sure to check out the “Places to Stay” and “Places to Eat & Drink” links in the menu for virtual tours of those locations.

Foreign Language Games for Kids

March 10th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 10, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Apples4theTeacher – Foreign Languages

(www.apples4theteacher.com/foreignlang.html)

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

 

Today’s ad-supported site offers FREE interactive games to practice elementary foreign languages.

When you get to the site look for the menu that includes: 

  • American Sign Language – Learn to fingerspell and create your own printable sign flashcards.
  • Gaelic Games (Ireland) – Learn all about Ireland by turning the pages of an electronic book. You’ll even hear a story in Gaelic.
  • Polish Games – Follow the dot-to-dot game and learn to count backwards in Polish!
  • Spanish Games – There are 4 interactive Spanish games that teach the correct pronunciation of the letters of the Spanish alphabet, how to count to 20 forwards and backwards, and how to say the names of parts of the face.

What a fun way to introduce foreign languages and/or reinforce them!

Fun Arithmetic Practice Games

March 5th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, March 5, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Turtle Diary – Math

(www.turtlediary.com/math-games.html)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This colorful site has free, animated, interactive games to help young kids learn and practice basic arithmetic.


When you get to the website, you will see a menu of free math games. You can choose by type, grade or topic. Here is a list of some of the games by grade: 

  • Preschool: Count Money, Pattern Match, Color by Number
  • Kindergarten: Using a Calculator, Skip Counting, Pattern Match
  • First Grade: Bingo Multiplication, Battle for Roman Numerals, Time Zone
  • Second Grade: Estimate and Rounding, Adding Money, Congruent Shapes
  • Third Grade: Find the Multiples, Tangrams, Calculate Area
  • Fourth Grade: Target the Fraction, Reasonable Temperature, What Are Polygons
  • Fifth Grade: Divide and Grab, Decimal Detective, Monster Multiplication

And so many more!

Classical Music for Kids

February 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 24, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Classics for Kids

(www.classicsforkids.com/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

The site, which is continuously updated, is a supplement to the “Classics for Kids” radio program and is a warehouse of music activities.

You will find information on stations that air the show at the website, and you can listen to the archived programs that bring great composers to life through music and stories. You can also download activities and lessons (pdfs) that focus on National Standards for the Arts and Music.

When you get to the site you will see the current month’s featured composer and menus that include features such as: 

  • On The Radio – Includes the current week’s radio show, an archive of past shows, and activity sheets that include wordsearch puzzles, games, and trivia.
  • Composers – Read biographies of different composers (across a timespan from 1685 to 2017) including Bach, Bernstein, Brahms, Britten, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Handel, Joplin, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Sousa, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and more!
  • Games – Play fun, interactive, online games that teach rhythm and notation.
  • Music – Hear music, learn the instruments of the symphony orchestra, explore a musical dictionary, and learn about musical careers.
  • Parents and Teachers – Access free lesson plans, activity sheets, and get tips and advice for music education.

Bookmark this one–you’ll want to return often!

Save the Estuary Online Game

February 20th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, February 20, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NOAA: Waterlife

(games.noaa.gov/oscar/)

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

 

This website is sponsored by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They offer what NOAA refers to as a “serious” arcade-type game to learn the factors that produce healthy estuaries, food webs, and why estuaries are essential to all life on earth.

The game is based upon an ecosystem of a United States west coast estuary and follows an animated human girl as she encounters a talking sea otter. Together they visit an “oracle” (a wise old turtle) who introduces them to a geoduck clam. The characters embark on a journey that raises student awareness and interest in estuaries, water quality, tides, endangered and threatened species, pollution and marine debris, and what students can do to help. The characters face challenges along the way, and by using the game’s “Field Guide” they get in-depth information that helps them heal the estuary and return home safely.

There is lots of good content here delivered through downloadable pdfs, activities, and quizzes. We found the game to be a bit slow-moving and we didn’t spot any “obvious” way to fast forward. That may be intentional by the designers who want students to take the time to learn the various concepts and information offered.

For more games, click on the “Games@NOAA” button on the left hand menu to play arcade games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes. NOTE: Some of the links in the other sections did not work, but the games worked fine.

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