Posts Tagged ‘lesson’

Free Online Guitar Lessons

August 16th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 16, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Justin Guitar

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Whether you are just beginning to play guitar or have years of experience, this website provides hundreds of leveled lessons for learning to play the guitar. Created and hosted by London based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer, and educator, Justin Sandercoe, lessons are presented through the use of on-site embedded YouTube videos, texts, and images. Using the sidebar menu to select from the following:
  • Lesson Index
  • Beginner’s Course
  • Intermediate Method
  • Quick Tips
  • Skills
  • Practice Time
  • Exercises
  • Technique
  • Chords
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Ear Training
  • Guitar Gear
  • Recording Tech
  • Masterclasses
  • Blank Papers

In addition to lessons from above, students can also learn techniques for playing:

  • Blues (Lead & Rhythm)
  • Folk (Fingerstyle)
  • Rock & Metal
  • Jazz

There are loads of extras on this website which include lessons to play riffs and licks, insights into songwriting, music transcribing, and ukulele lessons. Also included are numerous instructional videos for playing specific songs by popular artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and many, many more, all grouped by learning level to complement the various lessons.

While this site is free to use, there are various advertisements throughout where you may purchase justinguitar.com materials or make a donation to the site. Please note that these solicitations are not intrusive to the use of the website nor do they interfere with the value of the site.

If you have ever thought about learning to play the guitar, this website is a wonderful resource that you will find yourself coming back to time after time.

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

Saturday: Incredible Art Lessons for All Ages

August 9th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 9, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Incredible Art Department

 

Age Range: 2-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website is a gold mine of art lesson plans for students of all ages. Originally created in 1994 as a place for teacher Ken Rohrer to exhibit his students’ work, this website has evolved over the past 20 years into a go-to resource for art instruction. 
When arriving at the link above, look to the right hand side bar to select the grade level for which you are looking for lessons. Searching lessons can be further broken down by:
  • Grade Level
  • Medium
  • Subject
  • Art Period
  • Artist
  • Integration

Many of the lessons have images but those from the early days of the website when scanners or digital cameras were not in use may not have images. Most of the lessons are similarly presented starting with a description, standards met, resources and materials needed, objective, and instructions. Many include downloadable accompanying print outs and links to other needed resources as well as rubric information for assessment of projects.

Because there are hundreds of lessons to choose from that have been submitted by teachers across the country and new lessons are continually being added, you will certainly want to bookmark this site to come back time and again for inspiration for your art studies.

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

August 7th, 2014

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

JetStream – Online Weather School

August 5th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 5, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NWS: JetStream – Online School for Weather

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

This National Weather Service website with extensive content and free lessons and activities is designed to help everyone learn the science of weather.

When you get to the site you’ll see a satellite picture featuring an aspect of today’s weather somewhere in the world. Read the brief introduction and then use the menu to explore:

  • The Atmosphere – Learn about radio signals, air mass, air pressure, and air flow. Make your own barometer. Find out about Earth’s water cycle.
  • The Ocean – Taste the salinities of various bodies of water around the world. Make homemade ice cream and ocean currents. See the differences in the light and dark sides of the “moon”.
  • Global Circulations – Discover the seasons. Calculate the circumference of the earth. Demonstrate that convection is the original source for our wind.
  • Synoptic Meteorology – Learn about types of clouds. Watch rain drops grow by coalescence. Determine the location of cold and warm fronts.
  • Thunderstorms – How much water is in a cloud? Find out about updrafts and the effect on rain and hail. Estimate the size of hail.
  • Lightning – Determine the distance to a lightning strike.
  • Tropical Weather – Learn about the extent of winds in quadrants around a hurricane.
  • Weather on the Web – Find your local weather forecast and news.
Click on any topic and follow the lesson plans in the order they are presented or use the “Lesson Plan Overview” on the menu to access a specific area of interest.
Explore the “Topic Matrix” that provides a great view of the topics covered including Doppler radar, remote sensing, and much more! Don’t miss this! Click on “CoolStuff Activities” to get access to puzzles, word searches, concentration games, and printable coloring pages all themed around the weather!
The information contained in JetStream can be used in the way that suits you best. This is a terrific resource – bookmark it and return often!
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