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Music Theory Lessons & Activities

February 12th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 12, 2011 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
MusicTheory.net

Age Range: 6 and up (with parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance)

At this deceptively simple site you can learn music theory and more for free!  If you have a passion for music or just want to get the hang of it, you’ll enjoy the activities, many of which contain audio clips to enhance learning.

When you get to the site you will see tabs for “Lessons,” “Exercises,” and “Tools.”  Choose the “Exercises” tab to jump right to the activities and quizzes where you can learn and/or test your knowledge about:

  • Notes
  • Key Signatures
  • Generic & Specific Intervals
  • Chords
  • The Keyboard
  • The Fretboard
  • Interval, Scale, & Chord Ear Training

Each exercise can be set to the most basic level or customized to your preferred level.  Take the quizzes to test what you know. For example, try and identify the scales by ear.  If you get too many wrong answers on the quizzes, you can go to the lessons and study to learn more. Then try the quizzes again.

Music students of all ages will enjoy the “Tools” section that lets you create music pieces and then run an analysis to tell you what you have done.  Fun stuff!

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Count to 10 in Cherokee!

April 12th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Cherokee Nation: Culture – Numbers

Age Range: 4 and up (The age range is designated for the “Numbers” page only. Parents should preview any other parts of the site to determine suitability of content.)

ClickScholar MaryAnna recommended today’s website that offers free lessons in how to speak Cherokee.

When you get to the website you’ll see the words, “Beginning Cherokee: Novice Level.” Below that you’ll see the numbers 1-10 in English and the Cherokee word equivalent.

If you scroll below the chart, you can click on MP3, Window Media Player, or Real Player to hear the words spoken – which really helps with learning the correct pronunciation.

Once you try your hand with numbers, look at the menu on the left side of your screen. Scroll to the “Kids Corner” section, and below that you’ll see the item “Language” on the menu. Click on it and a new page opens with all kinds of lessons in the Cherokee language for beginners and beyond. Not all of the lessons offer audios. (By the way, not all of the links are working – but enough do work to make it worthwhile.)

You can learn the “Syllabary Sounds” – the 85 distinct syllables or sounds of the Cherokee language along with the fonts that represent each sound, while listening to how each is pronounced.

You can also listen to the Cherokee “Syllabary Song” that sets the sounds to music to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

This is a great introduction to the Cherokee language.

Note: I did not have an opportunity to explore the rest of the site that includes Cherokee history, culture, literature, and more. Therefore, parents (as always) should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their children.

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Astronomical Event!

July 12th, 2001

Hi, It’s Thursday, July 12th, 2001, and while I realize our usual fare is Social Studies on Thursdays, there is an astronomical event taking place that I just had to tell you about…

Recommended Website:
Morning Coffee and Planets

From July 13th through the 18th, four planets (Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury), a red star (Aldebaran), and a crescent moon will form a spectacular grouping in the pre-dawn eastern sky. At this site you can read all about what to look for, where to look for it, and how to look for it. Simple diagrams and text explain what’s happening for the novice skywatcher and you can even click on a button to hear the information read to you. As with all NASA webpages, words that may need more definition are highlighted and hotlinked to glossaries and other web pages that give more detail.

Wait! There’s more! Scroll to the bottom of the screen and see “Thursday’s Classroom Corner.” Here you will find:

*Discussion Questions — that inspire your students to wake up early to watch the sky show.

*Hands Up! — how to use your hands to navigate the sky with a lesson plan activity for older and younger kids.

*Sky Orienteering — a lesson that introduces kids to the cardinal directions around their house so they know how to find planets in the sky.

You can read the lessons online or print them out in Adobe PDF format.

Keep scrolling and you will find weblinks to information and spectacular photographs of the players in this week’s sky show — Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Venus, and Aldebaran.

You can also sign up for “Express Science News Delivery” — a free email service that will alert you every time “Morning Coffee and Planets” posts a new story!

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