Posts Tagged ‘myth’

Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 20, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Plimoth Plantation: You Are The Historian

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Notice the Teacher’s Guide text link under the main image – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation by selection the Teacher’s Guide icon.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking on the image or the text link “HERE!” A new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Click on “enter” to begin the journey. A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

Greek Myth Videos, Games, & Activities!

September 24th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, September 24, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Winged Sandals

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Melbourne University’s Centre for Classics and Archaeology collaborated on this website that uses digital storytelling to provide stories from Greek mythology to inspire the imaginations of children around the world.
As mentioned in the “About” section of the website, “This project was setup…with a view to avoiding the ‘Disneyfication’ or dumbing down of the Classics, while at the same time interpreting the stories and characters of these myths in a contemporary, entertaining and engaging way.”
The timeless stories on video are beautifully rendered animations of mythical people and places. Learning mythology is reinforced with interactive games. There are even off-line activity suggestions for artistic
endeavors.
When you get to the site, choose which version you want to view the site – Flash or HTML. Then click on the interactive map or use the menu that includes:
  • Storytime – Watch and listen to the animated videos of Greek myths that include, “Perseus and Medusa,” “Demeter and Persephone,” and more.
  • Play Games – These online games let you make your own pentatonic music or catch chicken feathers to make wings.
  • Make and Do – Get instructions for art projects you can do offline at home- make a Medusa mask, a Grecian vase, or your own Grecian robe.
  • Who’s Who – Use this searchable online guide to learn about the characters, heroes and gods of Greek mythology.
  • History – Use a list of history links to learn more about everyday life in Classic Greek times.
  • Ask the Oracle – Watch the story of Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi. Ask the Oracle about your future (intended for entertainment).

This site provides a blend of education and technology to make learning fun!

Vocabulary Words from Mythology!

December 11th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Calliope: Muse of Eloquence

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

Explore Roman and Greek mythology to discover the origin and meaning of English words with free worksheets and activities!

When you get to the site simply click on the illustration of Calliope, Greek goddess and muse of eloquence, music, and epic poetry. A new page opens with a menu of five “Worksheets” that you can print out and use to learn five groups of vocabulary words (a total of 25 words).

Click on any word in the groups labeled A-E, and a new page opens with a brief overview of the Greek or Roman myth that ties into that particular vocabulary word. Discover the word’s meaning in present-day English, and take a short quiz that provides further information.

Then, print out the worksheet for a particular group of words and test what you’ve learned.

This is a fun vocabulary exercise and a great springboard to learning more about word origins, spelling, mythology, and history.

Free “Myth In Art” Curriculum

September 29th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, September 29, 2012 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Minneapolis Institute of Arts: World Myths & Legends in Art

Age Range: 11 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts sponsors this website that offers a free, downloadable curriculum and website presentation titled, “World Myths & Legends in Art.” It presents stories and folk lore from cultures around the world that have inspired artists to give them visual form.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and four icon menus that include:

*Art by Culture – View myth-inspired artwork from cultures in Africa, China, Ancient Egypt, Western Europe, Ancient Greece, Japan and more.

*What is Myth – Read an introduction to myth, and learn why they are such compelling stories for artists to depict.

*Art by Theme – Explore the artistic creations of art themed around myths about creation, gods, heroes, animals, or beast characters.

*View All Art – Click on icon images of the 26 works of art displayed on the site, and learn more about the artwork as well as the myth or legend that it depicts.

*Compare and Contrast – This is an interactive online essay activity. Students select two works of art from the presentation and write a short essay comparing and contrasting them.

Before you dive in, it may help to read “How to Use This Site” that is located on a tiny horizontal menu bar below the main selections. There, you will also find a link to the free, “Downloadable Curriculum to use offline. It’s a remarkable resource in art history and appreciation that is divided into a series of lessons and includes discussion questions. If you have middle and high school age children, this could be a terrific learning tool for the whole family to use together. 

 

Greek Myth Videos, Games, & Activities!

August 8th, 2012

Hi! It’s Wednesday, August 8, 2012, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Winged Sandals

Age Range: 6-12 (older children and adults will find the site engaging too)

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Melbourne University’s Centre for Classics and Archaeology collaborated on this website that provides stories from Greek mythology (using the latest technology in digital storytelling) to to inspire the imaginations of children around the world.

As mentioned in the “About” section of the website, this project was setup to avoid oversimplification or dumbing down of the classics, while at the same time interpreting the stories and characters of these myths in a contemporary, entertaining and engaging way.

The timeless stories on video are beautifully rendered animations of mythical people and places. Learning mythology is reinforced with interactive games. There are even off-line activity suggestions for artistic endeavors.

When you get to the site, choose which version you want to view the site – Flash or HTML. Then click on the interactive map or use the menu that includes:

*Storytime – Watch and listen to the animated videos of Greek myths that include, “Perseus and Medusa,” “Demeter and Persephone,” Apollo and his Oracle,” and more.

*Play Games – These online games let you make your own pentatonic music or catch chicken feathers to make wings.

*Make and Do – Get instructions for art projects you can do offline at home – make a Medusa mask, a Grecian vase, or your own Grecian robe.

*Who’s Who – Use this searchable online guide to learn about the characters, heroes, and gods of Greek mythology.

*History – Use a list of history links to learn more about everyday life in Classic Greek times including fashion, food, politics, religion, architecture, art, education, the Olympic Games and more.

*Ask the Oracle – Watch the story of Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi. Ask the Oracle about your future (intended for entertainment).

This site provides a remarkable blend of education and technology to make learning fun!

 

George Lucas’ Make-A-Hero Activity

December 15th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, December 15, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Lucas Learning’s Make-A-Hero

Age Range: 9-14 (approximately, younger children may enjoy aspects with adult assistance)

Director George Lucas (of Star Wars fame) sponsors this website where you can explore stories of mythical heroes from Mexico, Africa, China, Egypt, Greece, and the United States – and you can even make your own hero!

When you get to the site you will see an introduction. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access:

*Make-A-Hero Activity – Create your own mythical heroic figure with a click
of your mouse. Choose a hero/heroine and alter how they look and what they wear based on information from across cultures, times, and places worldwide. (You can print our your character when completed.)

*Classroom Activities – Explore the myths prevalent in many cultures through suggested activities including:

  • Interview a Hero
  • Learn About Clothing & Costumes Across Cultures
  • Go on a Themed Scavenger Hunt

The lessons are for classroom use, but they can be tweaked to use in the homeschool environment.

*Resources – Find a selected bibliography of books about myths that you can take to your library for further learning. And don’t miss…

  • Print Hero Descriptions – This section offers printable hero and myth descriptions that are engaging to read.  Print them all out, assemble them in a binder, and you’ve got a great learning tool that will enrich your kids’ knowledge of the world.

This site provides a fun learning resource that incorporates language arts and social studies through exploring myths of other cultures and countries.

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