Posts Tagged ‘music’

Fun & Games with Music

July 8th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 8, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SFSKids – Fun and Games with Music

(www.sfskids.org/index.html?f=menu)

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

 

Explore the world of orchestral music with the fun activities at this website created by the San Francisco Symphony.

Through interactive games, students can learn about the instruments of the orchestra, the basics of conducting, and what is involved in composing music as well as listening skills to gain familiarity with orchestral music. Some audio excerpts are permanently part of the program while others that are noted with a leaf symbol are rotated out every 6 months to provide variety for the student.

When arriving at the SFSKids site, read the introduction then select the “Let’s Start!” link to read some brief instructions for using the site. There are instructions throughout each activity making this site very user friendly.

Exploration activities include: 

  • Sea of Knowledge – Discover Music – Discover facts about instruments, music, and composers.
  • Music Streams – Listen to Music – Listen to music selections from Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Copland, Gershwin, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Shubert, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Wagner, and many more.
  • Musical Skies – Play with Music – includes 2 different activities: 
    • Star Catcher – Select a musical piece and as you listen move your mouse to the rhythm of the music to catch stars with the rabbit.
    • Mood Journey – Make a musical selection then click on the ‘falling’ phrases to change the background as you listen.
  • Instrument Garden – Perform Music – Learn about and virtually play instruments.
  • Symphony Hall – Conduct Music – Learn how a conductor directs an orchestra with this activity.
  • Music Mountain – Compose Music – Learn the basics of music composition and compose your own tune.

There is a lot to explore on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to time after time.

Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

(www.goldennumber.net/math/)

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

 

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including: 

  • Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
  • Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
  • Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
  • Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
  • Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
  • Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
  • Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

Create a Beatbox Band

June 17th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 17, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Incredibox

(www.incredibox.com/)

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

 

Become the conductor of a group of animated human sound machines and express your musicality through this free, fun, and easy to use interactive program. Sponsored by a graphic design and mixed media studio, Incredibox lets you record your music composition to share with friends.

When you get to the site, select from versions: 

  • The original – 2009
  • Little miss – 2012
  • Sunrise – 2013
  • The love – 2014

After making a selection, a short introduction demonstrates how to use the program. Once the intro is over, the program will be ready to begin. You’ll see animated male characters. Drag and drop different effects, beats, melodies, and voices (from icons located below the animation screen). As you drop them onto the character, it will dress the character in a new outfit and demonstrate the effect. Continue until you create a musical piece that appeals to you. 

Use the small icons above the music screen to record your music, shuffle the program (automate it), remove the sounds (start over), and change the settings. It takes a little experimentation to get proficient at creating compositions, but the fun is in exploring and testing the possibilities.

Note: There is a big “Play Now” button located at the bottom of the screen that opens a page where you can download a game program. It was difficult to tell if it was an advertisement – but it’s not part of the Incredibox program. Our advice is to avoid it. Also, there is a paid version of Incredibox available in the Apple App Store.

Language Arts Videos, Songs, Worksheets, Flashcards, & More!

June 7th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, June 7, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Have Fun Teaching

(www.havefunteaching.com/)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of free, fun resources to teach and learn Language Arts (and Math, Science, and Social Sciences) through videos, songs, worksheets, flashcards, and more. Created by an elementary school teacher for classroom teachers, it provides an archive of free resources (and also some to purchase) to engage and educate kids in grades K-6.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of resources that are offered on the site. For this review, we were specifically interested in seeing what they offered for Language Arts, and discovered the following resources: 

  • Worksheets – Under “English” you’ll find printable worksheets that offer practice in grammar and parts of speech such as adverbs, adjectives, nouns, etc. You’ll also find worksheets for Phonics, Reading and Writing. Click on the topics to find an extensive menu that provides practice sheets in everything from basic alphabet to reading comprehension, spelling, and more.
  • Activities – Get printable crossword puzzles, word searches, and even reader’s theater scripts (so you can act out some favorite books).
  • Tools – Create your own worksheets, word lists, Flash Cards: Print them out to practice grammar, common and proper nouns, phonics, and vocabulary including synonyms and antonyms.
  • Music – You’ll find downloadable songs and lyrics that help kids learn grammar, phonics, and even a song for learning strategies for taking reading comprehension tests! Also, watch video lessons that teach about nouns, similes, subjects and predicates, and more.

Bookmark this site and use it as a year-round supplement to learning elementary subjects, or just have fun exploring the games, puzzles and activities with your kids.

History by Era Resources

June 1st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 1, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History by Era

(www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era)

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

 

This website from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a “gateway” to the historical content available from the Institute.

Arranged chronologically by era, visitors will find scholarly introductions to the topics, essays written by historians, primary resources including images and transcripts, multimedia presentations, lesson plans and other classroom materials. Eras include: 

  • The Americas to 1620
  • Colonization & Settlement, 1585-1763
  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • The New Nation, 1783-1815
  • National Expansion & Reform, 1815-1860
  • Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900
  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
  • Great Depression & WWII, 1929-1945
  • 1945 to the Present

Information is also sorted by “Themes”: 

  • African American History
  • American Indian History
  • Art, Music, and Film
  • Economics
  • Global History and US Foreign Policy
  • Government and Civics
  • Immigration and Migration
  • Literature and Language
  • Arts
  • Military History
  • Reform Movements
  • Religion
  • Women’s History

For each era or theme, information is presented in the same fashion beginning with an overview essay, then sub-era essays as well as available primary resources, teaching resources, a timeline of events, key vocabulary, multimedia and more.

This site provides an excellent place for the student to research American history or to dig deeper into a historical topic of interest.

Music, Dance, Exercise, & Learn

May 27th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 27, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GoNoodle!

(www.gonoodle.com/)

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

 

Get up, dance, and learn with this fun website intended to get the kids moving. You must create a free account to access the more than “250 research-based movement activities”.

Once you have signed up, log in and your child creates their online “Champ” that they can personalize further by earning rewards for “moving along with GoNoodle.” Kids select from categories or “Channels” that provide videos of not only fun exercises and dance activities, but also include songs that can help with math, science, language arts, classical music and more. Channels include: 

  • Blazer Fresh
  • MooseTube
  • Amp Your Champ
  • Hot Ticket
  • Indoor Recess
  • Limited Time
  • Awesome Sauce
  • Kidz Bop
  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo
  • Fresh Start Fitness
  • The Champ
  • Harmonic
  • Flow
  • Zumba Kids
  • Go with the Pro
  • Maximo
  • Brainercise with Mr. Catman
  • Game On!
  • Think About it
  • Empower Tools

And more. Once you have verified your student’s account, you can check their online time and browse through all of the extras available such as tips, articles, and printables. This kid-friendly website is colorful, fun, and easy to navigate. But, beware when checking out the different videos. You may just find yourself getting up and moving too.

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