Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Discover Countries Around the World

November 25th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 25, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip

at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ProjectExplorer.org

(projectexplorer.org/)

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

 

Bring the world to your classroom with the educational videos and material at this website from the non-profit organization, ProjectExplorer.

When arriving at today’s link, select your grade level then choose your desired location from across the world. A sampling of the video tours include: 

  • The song and dance of South Africa
  • A sugar shack in Canada to see how maple syrup is made
  • Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia
  • Teotihu├ícan pyramid in Mexico
  • Caves of Belize
  • See the Orang Utans in the Singapore Zoo
  • The food of Mumbai, India
  • Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica
  • The Caspian Sea
  • The BBC in England
  • And so much more.

Each video tour is accompanied by a diary-like entry providing more details and information.

To access the teacher lesson plans, you will need to register for free. Once you have confirmed your registration, select the “For Teachers” link in the upper menu. Then you can search for lesson plans by country or by subject. Lesson plans include objects, standards and benchmarks, rubrics, worksheets and more.

Bookmark this website to come back to time and again to supplement your geography and social studies.

Learn to Play the Drums

November 12th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 12, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeDrumLessons.com

(www.freedrumlessons.com/drum-lessons/)

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

 

This ad-supported website offers a terrific and comprehensive archive of free drum lessons presented by expert drummers through informative and entertaining videos.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Beginner Drum Lessons – Learn the basics on how to play the drums, hold the drumsticks, tune a drum, and more.
  • Drum Theory & Notation – Learn to read drum notation, count notes from 1/4 notes to 32nd notes, and more.
  • Dynamic Drumming – Find out how to accent with rim shots, do snare drum cross-sticking or cymbal choking, play off-beat hi-hats, etc.
  • Drum Set Rudiments – Practice various drum rolls, flams, paradiddles, dragadiddles, and ratamacue.
  • Rock Drum Lessons – Learn the basic beats including funk, blues shuffle, and odd-time beats and fills.
  • Jazz Drum Lessons – Discover patterns, beats, snare and bass drum comping and more.
  • Latin Drum Lessons – Play Rumba, Bossa Nova, Songo, and Cascara drum beats.
  • Double Bass Drums – Do your warm-ups and then play double bass drum beats and fills. Get some speed tips.
  • Drum Play-Alongs – Enjoy playing along to rock, contemporary, funk, folk rock, heavy metal, jazz, country, Latin, blues, hard rock, classic rock and techno music.
  • Drum Solos – Watch, learn, and listen to drum solos by the masters.

You can also listen to covers of popular songs that feature great drumming, watch videos of live drum lessons, and read many articles on drumming techniques and tips.

Just click on an area of interest and a new page opens where the video lesson is launched. 

NOTE: You may have to watch a randomly generated commercial before you see each video lesson. That’s one reason why parents should (as always) supervise use of the site.

Discover the Price of Freedom

November 10th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 10, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War

(amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center, this website provides an interactive exploration of the artifacts and history of American wars from the War of Independence to the War in Iraq.

Navigating this website is very straight-forward. When arriving at the link, read the brief introduction text then select the “Enter the Exhibition” button. From here a timeline of conflict populates from which you can choose: 

  • War of Independence
  • War of 1812
  • Eastern Indian Wars
  • Mexican War
  • Civil War
  • Western Indian Wars
  • Spanish American War
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Cold War
  • New American Roles

Once you have selected your area of interest, a summary page opens, then you select “Begin” to view the exhibit. Next, watch the overview video, then “Enter Exhibit.” Once in the exhibit, read about the history of the conflict, view interesting images, and examine related artifacts. The exhibits include a printable version of the entry.

Both on the home page and at the bottom of any exhibit page, there is a link to Learning Resources that can be downloaded which include lesson plans and guides to the collection. There are also supplementary videos to the various sections.

This is a great addition to your bookmarks for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or other patriotic holiday studies or as a supplement for your American history class.

Colorado Doing History Virtual Tours

October 28th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, October 28, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Doing History Virtual Tours

(hewit.unco.edu/dohist/vftrips/themes.htm)

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

 

Take 11 different virtual field trips with this website from the University of Northern Colorado and The William E. Hewit Institute for History and Social Studies Education.

Choose to visit: 

  • Colorado Indians
  • Georgetown’s Historic Stores
  • Georgetown’s Historic Houses
  • An 1860’s Farm
  • An 1890’s Farm
  • The Lebanon Sliver Mine
  • Denver’s Historic Lower Downtown
  • Denver’s Historic 17th Street
  • Denver’s Historic Civic Center
  • Denver’s Historic Uptown District

Once you have selected your tour, there are a few different ways to navigate the tours, depending on your selection. Some you click an image to begin, then use the “Next” text link to move to the next slide. Others bring up a group of images to choose from, then you can continue using the “Next” link. And there are a few that visitors use a map to choose locations. Once an image is pulled up, then click on it again to enlarge in another pop up window. When this window opens, learn more about the image by choosing either “About this stop” or “Preservation” from the lower menu in the frame.

But the learning doesn’t stop there. Click the “Doing History Site Map” text link and another pop up will appear. This brings up a chart that when you select the check mark a new browser window opens and you can dig deeper into: 

  • Farmers & Ranchers
  • Indians
  • Miners
  • Cities
  • 20th Century
  • Archives
  • Ancient Pueblos

Here you will also find a link to Teachers Resources which include Lesson plans and more tips on using the website.

Bookmark this site to come back to during your Colorado state and American history studies.

Learn to Square Dance

October 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 22, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Video Square Dance Lessons

(videosquaredancelessons.com/lessons/)

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

 

Square dancing has been around for hundreds of years and now you can gather your family and friends together and learn how to square dance with help from the video lessons on this website. Using Mainstream and Plus dance calls, lessons are explained by caller Larry Kraber from the Saddlebrooke Squares dance club in Tucson, Arizona.

There are more than 25 lessons where you will not only learn the positions such as “heads” and “sides” but also calls such as: 

  • Circle left/right
  • Do Sa Do
  • Promenade
  • Allemande
  • California Twirl
  • Different types of “thru”s
  • Sashay
  • Box the Gnat
  • See Saw
  • Bend the Line
  • Various Wheels
  • Swings
  • Waves
  • Acey Deucey
  • Thars
  • Tag the Line
  • Load the Boat
  • And many more fun-named calls.

Each video lesson explains the call while the dancers demonstrate the moves first slowly then as it would be done in a dance.

This website provides those unfamiliar with this dance style a great way to have fun while discovering something new.

Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

October 21st, 2016

 

It’s Friday, October 21, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at
ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/webcast.htm)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

This virtual field trip from Scholastic takes visitors on a video field trip to Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1924, twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island in their first steps to becoming citizens of the United States. Explore this story with the over 30-minute video that provides a walk-through tour of Ellis Island and interviews with knowledgeable Ellis Island park rangers.

Students will learn about: 

  • What was it like for immigrants to come to America and the screening process?
  • The history of Immigration Station
  • What was on the island before it became the doorway to America?
  • Who was the first immigrant through Ellis Island?
  • What happened to immigrants after leaving Ellis Island?

And more.

When you have finished watching the video, use the menu at the top to select “Explore Ellis Island” to: 

  • Read interesting stories
  • Hear first-hand accounts from people who came through Ellis Island
  • See historical photos
  • Watch film footage of immigrants arriving

But the learning doesn’t stop there. Use the upper navigation to “Meet Young Immigrants” who recently immigrated to the United States and explore “Immigration Data”.

Select the “Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today” header to go to the main page of this unit. Scroll down the page to locate the “Teaching Resources” section to find: 

  • Teacher’s Guide – explains the objectives of the unit, provides grade-level lesson plans, and other suggested resources
  • Book lists – suggested reading about immigration for students grades 3-5 and 6-12
  • Ellis Island Facts and Worksheets – worksheets and interesting facts to supplement your studies
  • The New York Times Interactive Map of Immigrant Settlement Patterns – an interactive map on the NY Times website that allows students to see where immigrants from specific countries settled in America

This unit not only provides an interesting virtual tour but loads of great information and activities to add your history studies on immigration.

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