Posts Tagged ‘scale’

Classical Music and Games

December 12th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, December 12, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sphinx Kids

(www.sphinxkids.org/index.html)

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

 

This website is a companion to the Sphinx Organization that “envisions a world in which classical music reflects cultural diversity and plays a role in the everyday lives of youth.” Sphinx Kids bring classical music into underserved schools nationwide. The website, partially sponsored by AT&T and the New York Philharmonic, provides free interactive games that introduce kids to the world of classical music, instruments of the orchestra, and the diversity of many composers of classical music.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Minority Composer’s Forum – Learn about the lives and musical compositions of renown minority composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Undine Smith Moore, Heitor Villa-Lobos and more. Listen to samples of their compositions.
  • Practice Room – Pick a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) and watch videos of minority musicians playing scales and etudes.
  • Minorities On Stage – Watch videos of performances by minority musicians, and be sure to click on “See What’s Going On Backstage” to watch video-interviews with the musician-laureates. Their stories are inspirational.
  • Orchestration Station – Get familiar with the instruments of the orchestra. Pick one and hear it played.
  • Rhythm Band – Use a virtual pencil to place notes on a scale, then pick one or several instruments to hear how it sounds.
  • Music Match: Composers – Match the classical composers to their musical compositions.
  • Music Match: Instruments – Play a match game with instruments of the orchestra.
  • Instrument Storage Room – Take an animated tour of the storage room and learn about each instrument and hear it played.
  • String Instrument Gallery – Learn about each part of the violin, viola, cello, and bass and what it does.
  • Composer’s Gallery – Take an animated tour of a gallery of composers born from the 1600s through the 1900s. Read their bios and hear samples of their music. Includes: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gershwin, Ellington, Debussy, Danielpour, Chopin, Britten, Brahms, Bernstein, Beethoven, Beach, Handel, Mozart, Lindberg, Leon, Kolb, Kodaly, Joplin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Sheng, and many more.

This is a terrific way to introduce children and their families to classical music and to the diversity of the composers of that music.

Book Finder with Lessons, Author Bios, & More!

April 29th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 29, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Scholastic: Book Wizard

 

Age Range: 3-17 (Grades PreK-11 with parental supervision)

 

Have your children ever fallen in love with a particular book? Have they begged for more books like it? Have you scoured the library shelves trying to find something just as engaging to nurture their love of reading? Do you wish you could find extension activities to further learning through the books they love to read? Then you’ll love today’s website recommendation.
Scholastic’s Book Wizard offers three different ways to search over 50,000 books from all publishers to find just the right book for your child, and many search results include lesson plans, author bios, and study guides. Type in the name of a book your child likes, and the free Book Wizard will show similar titles in the same reading level with the same type of content with activities to further learning. What a time saver! When you get to the site, you can jump right in and use the search engine that includes options: 
  • Find Books – Just enter a book title, author or keyword. Once you’ve found the exact book you are looking for – you can click on the author’s name to read his/her bio, and (in many cases) access free lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and extension activities written specifically for the book. Note: Look for the words “Search By Level” under the input form. Click on those words to search for books and associated lessons and activities by preferences such as “Interest Level” and “Reading Level” for grades PreK-12. You can also search by Book Type, Subject, and Genre.

  • Similar Books – Enter a favorite book title, set the reading level scale (same, easier, harder), click “Search” and Similar Books performs it’s magic rendering a selection of titles your child is sure to enjoy.
Check out Scholastic’s Teacher’s page to locate oodles and gobs of resources!

Hummingbird Math

August 4th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 4, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project

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

 

This website was designed to be a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students in grades K-12 to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. These little birds tolerate people well and are drawn to gardens and feeders where they can easily be studied. The data collected is shared via the website with students worldwide. You can access a great deal of information at this site for free, but they also offer the opportunity to register for $20/year, a fee that enables students to participate fully in the research project. (Details are at the site.) However, you don’t have to register to learn interesting facts about a variety of hummingbirds or to access the activities and lesson ideas in math, art, drama, music, geography, and writing.
When you get to the site you will see the introduction to “Hummingbird Math Activities” – just scroll down to review the lessons and click on the links to the other curriculum pages as well.Want more hummingbird fun? Have your children make their very own hummingbird feeder and try some interesting activities like:

  • Hummingbirds weigh between 2 and 20 grams. If you have a kitchen scale, have the kids gather some items around the house they think weigh about as much as a hummingbird. Weigh them and see how close they come.

Science & Engineering Thru Comics

June 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, June 3, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HowToons

 

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 to adult; children with adult supervision.)

 

This Do-It-Yourself website provides a free and unique way for kids to learn science and engineering by building cool things using illustrations and instructions provided in comic-book format.
The website is the brainchild of three people – a comic book artist, an inventor, and a toy designer – whose mission is to provide engaging science content that inspires creativity, art, and imagination by using “tools of mass construction.”
When you get to the site, you’ll see a variety of information, but to get right to the projects and activities simply click on an item in the “Howtoon Menu” on the left side of the homepage that includes:
  • Animation – Learn how to make a zoetrope.
  • Computing – Use your hands to count in binary mode.
  • Communication – Write letters using materials from nature.
  • Energy – Make an alternative energy source with baked beans, or have fun with a DIY pin wheel.
  • Engineering – Make a soda bottle submarine or spring-loaded chopsticks.
  • Environment – Gauge the wind speed with the Beaufort scale.
  • Fashion – Try on a stylish trash-bag raincoat!
  • Holiday – Make your own snow globe.
  • Music – Become a one-person marching band!
  • Play – Make a marshmallow shooter or a pair of stilts.
  • Tools – Try on a pair of soda bottle goggles.
There is much, much more. Just click on an item and a new page opens with a cartoon story related to the project, a materials, list, downloadable/printable materials, illustrations and even how-to video instructions.
This is a terrific science resource – bookmark it to use again and again.

Interactive Viking Voyage of Discovery

January 30th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, January 30, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NOVA Online -The Vikings

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

What kid is not fascinated by the stories of Vikings? In 2000, PBS aired a 2-hour NOVA program exploring the less barbaric side of the Norsemen. Take an interactive voyage of discovery through this companion website and gain a better understanding of the Viking world.

Put your oars of exploration in the waters of learning with these topics: 

  

  • Explore a Viking Village by viewing video ‘walk throughs’ of a 1:30 scale model of a medieval Viking village in Sweden.
  • Who Were the Vikings? This question and others are answered wonderfully in a Q&A session with Dr. William Fitzhugh, who gives a better view of what Vikings were really like.
  • Examine the Secrets of Norse Ships, their construction, and how many different types of Viking ships have been discovered.
  • The Viking Diaspora examines the settlement of the Vikings in other lands with the aid of a clickable map.
  • Write Your Name in Runes and learn the meaning of each letter of the Viking alphabet using the interactive feature.
  • Build a Tree-Ring Timeline and discover how scientists have used this method to determine the date of the remains of Viking ships.
 

And because this is a simple to navigate but thorough website, further your Viking studies by examining the other recommended resources.

Tornado Science!

June 4th, 2013

It’s Tuesday, June 4, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Weather Wiz Kids: Tornadoes

Age Range 8 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

The devastating tornadoes in the Midwest may have your children asking many questions about them. At this website designed for kids, a meteorologist describes the science behind tornadoes including what weather conditions are required for them to form. It includes terrific information, pictures, links to free lesson plans, experiments, and more.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to read the text and see pictures and illustrations that explain what tornadoes are, how they form, and information on weather conditions associated with tornadoes such as:

  • Funnel Clouds
  • Supercell Thunderstorms
  • Mesocyclones
  • Microbursts
  • Waterspouts
  • Hail
  • Gustnadoes
  • Landspouts
  • Dust Devils

You’ll also learn about the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity and some Tornado Safety Tips. There are also links to FREE LESSON PLANS and Tornado Experiments that will enhance your children’s understanding of this dangerous weather phenomenon.

 

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