Posts Tagged ‘music’

How Nutcrackers Are Made and More!

December 7th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 7, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Nutcracker Museum

(nutcrackermuseum.com/gallery2.html)

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

 

People of all ages love nutcrackers — as much for their functionality as their whimsical design. At this time of year, we see nutcrackers in holiday displays and on dining room tables. The glorious strains of music from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet” permeate our homes as well as the mall, reinforcing our fascination with nutcrackers during the holidays. But what is the history of the nutcracker? How are they made? How many designs are there? How many different ways are there to crack a nut?


Answers to these questions and more await you at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, located in the state of Washington, and the destination of today’s virtual field trip. When you get to the site, you will see the words “A virtual tour of the museum.” Below are 2 sections of photographs of some of the “residents.” (Click on the photos to see larger images). 

Then using the menu at the top, look under “The Museum” to learn about antique nutcrackers, the history of the museum and more. Under the “Information” menu, learn even more including: 

  • The History of Nutcrackers
  • Nuts are Good for You – Check out the videos on cracking a nut and styles of nutcrackers
  • Museum in Germany – Watch a video (with some German narration) of the nutcrackers displayed there, including the largest nutcracker in the world! (Parents, as always, should preview videos to determine suitability).

You can cap this off by watching video clips of the Nutcracker Ballet here.

Listen to the Music of Colonial America

November 24th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Music of Colonial and Revolutionary America

(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp35KhnpWUYVQoTyKeE6n1fYE_SaGxYrS)

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

 

This large YouTube Playlist pulls together an assortment of musical renditions of songs from the colonial and revolutionary times in America.

Many of the videos present the music played with similar instruments traditionally used during the time period and some videos are from a variety of re-enactment fairs or locations. 

Because this is a playlist and a selection opens in a new window, once you have watched the video, use the left-hand side list to either return to the playlist page or select another video in the collection. Please be aware that video suggestions under the playlist on the video page may contain content that may not be appropriate for your family, so it may be best to monitor use of this page. 

Please also note that because the list currently contains 270 videos and is added to regularly, we were not able to view every video, but the ones we did select were fine and quite pleasant. Parents should always preview any YouTube video prior to allowing children to view them.

This playlist could add a bit of interest to your history studies as well as provide an overview of what colonial American music was like.

Free Finance & Economics Lessons

November 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Finance in the Classroom

(financeintheclassroom.org/)

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

 

Get free lesson plans, printables, tools and much more to teach financial literacy and economics with this website from the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education Network, the Utah Jump$tart Coalition, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

When arriving at today’s link read the brief introduction and take a look at the Scope and Sequence to get an idea of what is covered for the different grade levels. The marked grade level boxes are clickable links to the grade level lesson plans. The lessons are broken down into subjects (Mathematics, Social Studies, and Language Arts) with the activities sorted under them. Many lessons include links to outside resources, so as always be sure to preview the external links prior to allowing children to use the site.

The left-hand sidebar menu provides additional ways to access the resources and is broken down as follows: 

  • Teacher Resources – Find links to the General Financial Literacy Course for grades 11-12, K-12 lesson plans & activities, and other resources such as videos, music, PowerPoint presentations, online resources and tools, and much more.
  • Student Resources – Discover how to earn a Passport certificate for the program, games and activities, book suggestions, vocabulary/glossary, printables, scholarship information and more. 
  • Parent Resources – Browse through discussion starters, website resources, DIY games, finance apps, videos and more.

In the Online Resources section, visitors will find a large selection of financial calculators for things such as cash flow, interest, college planning, credit, mortgage, taxation, insurance, investment, retirement, savings and more. There is also a great list of additional websites that focus on economics and financial literacy, some of which include lesson plans of their own.


There is a lot of material and content available to use for your homeschool studies so be sure to bookmark this one.

Free Orchestra Game for Kids

November 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 3, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Carnegie Hall: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

(listeningadventures.carnegiehall.org/index.aspx)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This website, sponsored by Carnegie Hall, offers a free, interactive, animated game based on Benjamin Britten’s composition, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Children will learn about the instruments of the orchestra including the brass, strings, wind, and percussion instruments.

When you get to the site you must register (with a nickname and password) to play the game. You’ll learn about a symphony orchestra stage, the placement of the instrument families on the stage, and learn to identify the instruments and hear how they sound.

Free Learn to Dance Videos

October 13th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 13, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ballroom Dancers

(www.ballroomdancers.com/Dances/)

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

 

Learn basic ballroom dancing with this site.


When arriving at today’s link, choose a dance you would like to learn from three categories: International Style, American Style, and Social & Nightclub Dances. Dance selections include: 

  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Cha Cha Cha
  • Samba
  • Rumba
  • Paso Doble
  • Jive
  • Swing
  • Bolero
  • Mambo
  • Lindy Hop

After a dance selection has been made, a page opens with information about the dance and a list of the available dance step lesson videos. After a lesson has been selected the video automatically begins playing. Below the video you will find more information and instruction including an overview, the man’s part, the lady’s part, and more. 

This site provides a great starting point for learning ballroom dancing steps.

History Lesson Plans

October 4th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 4, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NPS – Teaching with Museum Collections

(www.nps.gov/museum/tmc/tmc_park.html#browse)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Find over 60 well laid out history lesson plans themed around specific national parks at this website from the National Park Service.

Visitors can browse through the available lesson plans using three search criteria: By Park, By Skill, or By Theme. Lesson plans follow the same pattern of presentation: 

  • Title – includes information about the plan developer, suggested grade level, number of sessions and suggested length of time to implement
  • Overview – which park collection is used, a plan description, and any essential questions the plan tries to address
  • Museum Collections, Similar Items and other Materials Used – a chart with images and/or links to related museum objects
  • National Educational Standards – applicable national standards met
  • Student Learning Objectives – objectives for each lesson or activity in the plan
  • Background and Historical Context – “the topic of the lesson unit plan” in “historical context for teachers and students”
  • Vocabulary – appropriate word lists and definitions
  • Teacher Tips – suggested materials and resources needed 
  • Lesson Implementation Procedures – instruction for implementation of the plan as well as warm up and discussion suggestions
  • Evaluation/Assessment for Measurable Results – ideas for measuring understanding of the material
  • Extension and Enrichment Activities – suggestions for building on the lessons
  • Resources – resources used in the development of the lesson plan
  • Site Visit – places to visit related to the topic
  • Charts, Figures and other Teacher Materials – any related materials used in the plan

Plans feature over 20 National Parks and focus on a variety of themes including American Indian History, Art/Music, Fashion/Design, Family Life, Politics and Government, Labor History, U.S. Presidents, Women’s History, War and Conflict, and much more.

We are sure visitors will find these lesson plans a valuable history resource.

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