Posts Tagged ‘performing arts’

Free Women’s History Month Lessons & Activities!

March 14th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, March 14, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Women’s History Month

Age Range: 10 and up  (approximately, with parental supervision)

March is Women’s History Month that recognizes and celebrates the importance of women and their role in history. This website, sponsored by the Library of Congress, offers extensive free resources including articles, exhibitions, audio/visual presentations, lessons, activities and more to learn about women’s history.

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction and featured highlights and events. Use the menu on the left side of the page to access:

*Exhibits & Collections – An archive of links to resources that include virtual field trips to historic places such as the homes of Clara Barton and Eleanor Roosevelt, and links to information on Women’s Rights, and women in Performing Arts, Government and Politics, Culture and Folklife, and much more.

*Audio/Video – Enjoy audio and video presentations about women in Arts and Culture, Business and Economics, Civil Rights, Music and Performing Arts, Poetry and Literature, and more.

*For Teachers – Access ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids. Don’t miss the link to “Women’s History.” When the new page opens, you’ll see an illustration of a woman. Below it, are links to “Lesson Plans,” and a section “For Students” with many, many more resources to explore.

There is a massive amount of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

Social Sciences Via Free Documentaries!

July 28th, 2011

Hi! It’s Thursday, July 28, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Top Documentary Films

Age Range: Varies

This website offers access to free, high-quality documentaries that you can watch online. This is essentially an archive of links to documentaries housed at other sites such as GoogleVideo, YouTube, etc.

 The content is well-organized making it easy to find and watch educational films covering diverse topics such as:

  • Art & Artists
  • Biography
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Health
  • History
  • Nature
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Society
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • And Much More!

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured and recommended documentaries. Use the menu tab at the top of the page to browse the documentaries and learn more about the site. You can also purchase documentaries to use offline.

Bookmark this terrific resource to use again and again.

History of Sir Isaac Newton

December 9th, 2010

Hi! It’s Thursday, December 9, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
OpenDreamEnsemble.com

Age Range:  8 and up (approximately)

Brett Walters of the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op suggested this website that offers a free performing arts video series on the historical life and times of Sir Isaac Newton, who developed the theory of gravity and the math form of calculus, among other things.

Sponsored by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Open Dream Ensemble helps sustain young people in the performing arts and encourages them to incorporate education into their performances.

Open Dream Ensemble develops educational performance projects and then performs them in schools. They’ve filmed one of their performances and present it in a seven-episode series on the website. As explained at the site:

“It’s the story of a performing ensemble, which in addition to their work on stage and in the classroom, travel through history making certain that great discoveries in math and science happen.

Their nemesis is the great Dr. Disrupto who seeks to stop progress by sending his Quarksters to prevent scientists and mathematicians from making their discoveries. In the process, the series teaches Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion in a new and engaging way, connecting science and the arts.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see screen shots of all 7 webisodes. Start at the top and work your way though them to see the entire performance. It will take about an hour or so of your time to see the entire presentation.

Some of the antics in the epidsodes are a little corny and may make older students and adults groan, but younger kids will enjoy it. That said, everyone will learn something about Sir Isaac Newton from watching the performance.

Information at the website explains that more shows will be filmed and uploaded to the site in the future, so bookmark this and check back from time to time for updates.
 

Performing Arts with Bob Hope

November 6th, 2010

Hi! It’s Saturday, November 6, 2010 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Library of Congress: Bob Hope and American Variety

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately)

The Library of Congress offer this free online presentation of the life of entertainer Bob Hope and the history of American Variety entertainment including Vaudeville, Radio, Movies, Television, and more.

Using photographs, illustrations, and text this exhibit provides a biography of Hope’s career that provides fascinating historical information about the performing arts as well.

When you get to the website use the menu located under the title, “EXHIBITION SECTIONS” that includes:

*Early Life – Find out where Bob Hope was born, his real name, and how he got his start in show business.

*Vaudeville – Discover Hope’s journey through vaudeville and get some terrific insight about what made this artform so popular.

*Motion Pictures – Learn about the country’s transition to film making and the role of Hope’s series of “Road” pictures from 1940-1962 with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.

*Joke File – Explore Hope’s theft-proof joke vault with more than 85,00 pages of  bits, sketches, and jokes created by his team of comedy writers.

*On The Road: USO Shows – Read about Hope’s 50-years of performing variety shows for U.S. troops.

This interesting exhibition about Hope’s life provides keen insight into American history, culture, life, and values.  It may springboard interest in watching some of Hope’s films that the whole family may find entertaining. You can rent DVDs of Hope’s “Road” pictures such as Road to Singapore and Road to Rio.  Your public library may have them as well.

Interactive Orchestra, Composers, & More (CSAW)

August 28th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, August 28, 2010 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ArtsVivants/ArtsAlive

Age Range: 5-18 (elementary through high school approximately)

Chris in Virginia recommended this treasure that offers a vast selection of free interactive games and activities to encourage music appreciation and skill in young people of all ages.

Not only can kids and students explore the history of orchestral and classical music, but they can play interactive games that teach and inspire as they entertain. Watch videos and listen to clips of orchestral music, get to know composers, print out lessons and activities in pdf files and much more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message, some featured activities, and a menu that includes:

*Music Resources – Access music recordings, video clips, and a handy music dictionary. There is advice for students, teachers, and parents too.

*Instrument Lab – Virtually “handle” orchestral instruments through this interactive program and listen to what it sounds like. Discover all four instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.

*Great Composers – Take a virtual field trip to another country and time as you learn about the lives of great classical and contemporary composers including Beethoven, Gershwin, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Adams, Marquez, and more.

*Activities & Games – Create your own musical score, test your knowledge of composers, and name the instruments of the orchestra.  Download sheet music (for recorder or piano) and play along to pieces by Vivaldi, Schubert and Mozart!

There is so much content here that you’ll need to visit several times to explore it all.

Not only that, but if you use the menu at the very top of the page, you can explore other performing arts in a similar interactive style including:

  • English Theater
  • French Theater
  • Dance
  • Costume Design
  • Graphic Arts 

Like I said, bookmark this site which has earned a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence – you’ll want to return again and again! 

Interactive Orchestra, Composers, & More (CSAW)

August 28th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, August 28, 2010 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
ArtsVivants/ArtsAlive

Age Range: 5-18 (elementary through high school approximately)

Chris in Virginia recommended this treasure that offers a vast selection of free interactive games and activities to encourage music appreciation and skill in young people of all ages.

Not only can kids and students explore the history of orchestral and classical music, but they can play interactive games that teach and inspire as they entertain. Watch videos and listen to clips of orchestral music, get to know composers, print out lessons and activities in pdf files and much more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message, some featured activities, and a menu that includes:

*Music Resources – Access music recordings, video clips, and a handy music dictionary. There is advice for students, teachers, and parents too.

*Instrument Lab – Virtually “handle” orchestral instruments through this interactive program and listen to what it sounds like. Discover all four instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.

*Great Composers – Take a virtual field trip to another country and time as you learn about the lives of great classical and contemporary composers including Beethoven, Gershwin, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Adams, Marquez, and more.

*Activities & Games – Create your own musical score, test your knowledge of composers, and name the instruments of the orchestra.  Download sheet music (for recorder or piano) and play along to pieces by Vivaldi, Schubert and Mozart!

There is so much content here that you’ll need to visit several times to explore it all.

Not only that, but if you use the menu at the very top of the page, you can explore other performing arts in a similar interactive style including:

  • English Theater
  • French Theater
  • Dance
  • Costume Design
  • Graphic Arts 

Like I said, bookmark this site which has earned a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence – you’ll want to return again and again! 

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