Posts Tagged ‘lesson plans’

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

August 7th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 

  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, killer clams, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Explore Colorado State History

July 26th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 26, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UNCO – Doing History, Keeping the Past

(www.unco.edu/hewit/doing-history/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the history of Colorado with this website from the University of Northern Colorado.

When arriving at today’s link use the menu under the header to begin exploring: 

  • Indians
  • Trappers & Traders
  • Miners
  • Farmers & Ranchers
  • Cities
  • 20th Century Colorado
  • Virtual Field Trips

Each topic is further broken down into sub-sections focusing on the people, places, lifestyles, occupations and more. Each section provides textural information along with images and relevant quotes.  

A nice feature of these units is there is a downloadable PDF available of the section that you can take along with you when you are offline. From the “Home” page, select the “Teacher Resources” link under the welcome section to locate downloadable Word documents of lesson plans and activities as well as other online resources.

This site would make a good addition to your Colorado state studies.

Learn to Play Drums in 4 Weeks

July 21st, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 21, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn Drums Now

(www.learndrumsnow.com/the-plan/learn-to-play-drums-in-4-weeks)

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

 

Learn how to play drums with the lessons available at this website.

The lesson plans follow the creator’s, Doug Kleiber, methodology he calls H3 (Head, Hands and Heart). The student first practices without using a set of drums to learn to think about the drum beat. The next step has the student practicing the lessons on the drums while playing musical selections for background. Lastly, the focus is on learning to “feel” the music. If your student is young (5-12), Mr. Kleiber provides suggestions for using his lesson plans in the blog post, Teaching Kids to Play Drums.

There are four weeks of lessons in the plan. The topics include:

  • Learn To Play Your First Song
  • Playing with Sticks
  • Learn To Play the Parts of a Song
  • Learn To Play Drum Fills

Lessons are textural but be aware that there are affiliate links to sale sites for music supplies, so as always be sure to check the pages prior to allowing students to visit.

These lessons appear to be a good starting point for your budding musician who is interest in the drums.

Design Your Own Opera

June 30th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 30, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hansel & Gretel: Learning about Opera

(creativekidseducationfoundation.org/kids/opera/base.htm)

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

 

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being: 

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about: 

  • The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
  • Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
  • Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
  • Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
  • Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned.

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

Building Detroit: Frontiers to Factories

June 21st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 21, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Detroit Historical Society: Building Detroit

(apps.detroithistorical.org/buildingdetroit/)

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

 

With this website from the Detroit Historical Society, discover the rich history of Detroit, Michigan and learn about the decisions that were needed to be made to take it from a frontier town to a thriving city.

While the information on the site was created to use with third graders, older students will enjoy using it as well. Be sure to have your Adobe Flash turned on to use the interactives.

When arriving at today’s link, there are three options available: 

  • Building Detroit The Game – With this clever game, make decisions through the history of 5 generations of your “family” that help shape the future of the virtual Detroit.
  • Timeline of Detroit History – Explore the history of Detroit from 1600 through 1901 with this interactive timeline filled with interesting information and images.
  • Building Detroit Lessons – eighteen well thought out lesson plans covering six time periods. Plans are downloadable and have supplemental materials.

In addition to these resources, select the “Detroit Historical Society” logo in the upper right of the screen to be taken to the main website and locate the “Learn” link in the menu to locate the: 

  • Teacher Portal – more lesson plans for all grade levels as well as information about their outreach program and field trips
  • Encyclopedia of Detroit – Search for information for just about anything regarding Detroit.
  • The Arsenal of Democracy – Discover historical locations of some of the cities’ most important factories.
  • History Resources – links to other history websites

And to add even more interest to your study, select the “Collections” option and then the “View The Online Collection” button. From here, either use the search engine to locate something specific, or browse videos, images, and objects by selecting the option in the upper menu.

This is a fabulous website not only for your Michigan state studies but also American history.

Book Finder with Lessons, Author Bios, & More!

June 13th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, June 13, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Book Wizard

(www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/)

Age Range: 3-17 (Grades Pre-K-11, with parental supervision)

 

Have your children ever fallen in love with a particular book? Have they begged for more books like it? Have you scoured the library shelves trying to find something just as engaging to nurture their love of reading? Do you wish you could find extension activities to further learning through the books they love to read? Then you’ll love today’s website recommendation.

Scholastic’s Book Wizard offers three different ways to search over 65,000 books from all publishers to find just the right book for your child, and many search results include lesson plans, author bios, and study guides. Type in the name of a book your child likes, and the free Book Wizard will show similar titles in the same reading level with the same type of content with activities to further learning. What a time saver! 

When you get to the site, you can jump right in and use the search engine: Just enter a book title, author or keyword. Once you’ve found the exact book you are looking for – you can click on the author’s name to read his/her bio, and (in many cases) access free lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and extension activities written specifically for the book.

You can also search by Genre, Subject, and Grade. And make sure you check out the Teachers section on the left side bar to locate oodles and gobs of resources!

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