Posts Tagged ‘shapes’

Create Animated Maps

November 8th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animaps

(www.animaps.com/#!home)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Create fun and interesting animated maps with this site that “extends the MyMaps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.”

When arriving at today’s link, read over the information, check out some example animated maps, and, to get a good understanding of how to use Animaps, be sure to watch the “Basics Tutorial.” You can check out more maps that others have created under the “Most viewed” and “Latest maps” sections, however, as this is a public access site, be sure to review a map prior to allowing your children to do so to ensure they are suitable for your family. 

To create a map, visitors must either create a free Animaps account or log in using their Facebook account. This will provide a place to easily keep track of the maps you have created. Along with the ability to add multiple route markers for specific times, you can add text, images, icons, and more to your map. A fun feature is the ability to select a mode of transportation and change them along your route so that once your map is created, when you play it back, you can watch it travel your route. You can even share your maps or embed them into a web page if you have one.

While learning and creating new maps may take some time, the creative educational uses will make it worth the effort. This tool could not only be used to teach geography, but also used for other subjects. Some ideas for maps we came up with include: 

  • Create map history timelines showing where and when events took place.
  • Show the journeys of the explorers.
  • Plan out dream vacation trips and include travel cost information and points of interest to visit.
  • During an election, plot out the route of a candidate’s state visits.
  • Create a “book report” indicating settings or destinations from the story. (Around the World in 80 Days comes to mind as a perfect choice.)
  • Have foreign language students show locations where the language is spoken.

Map creation is limited only by the visitor’s imagination.

Drawing Portraits Video Lessons

October 20th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 20, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Learn to Draw Portraits

(www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DE90A0B005052EFB)

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

 

PARENTAL WARNING: The lessons featured today are on YouTube.com. While the content of the “Learn To Draw Portraits” lessons that we have reviewed are suitable for general audiences, the YouTube format is such that you may see questionable content in the sidebars and/or in the comment section (below the video). Both sections continually change. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should review the lessons WITH their children.

This ClickScholar recommended website offers a series of free lessons on how to draw portraits – no previous experience necessary! The artist who developed this entertaining series prefaces the lessons with lectures that offer scientific explanations on how the human eye and brain perceive light and form. Understanding the science behind the art removes the “mystery” of how to create portraits and makes it seem “doable” for amateurs and reluctant artists.

When you get to the site the lessons are listed to the right. Simply select a lesson, watch the video and enjoy the lecture by this quirky, laid back, and very talented artist-instructor. There are 12 video lessons in all that cover:  

  • Value and Contrast
  • Graphite and Eraser
  • Sketching
  • Value Shapes
  • Measuring

While that short list above may seem mundane – the lecture/demonstrations are engaging and you’ll be drawing portraits in no time at all. We posted the age range as 10 and up, but there are aspects of these video lessons that younger children may enjoy as well with constant parental supervision.

The artist, who introduces himself as “Jason,” is also a speed-painter with a sense of humor. In fact, taking a cue from the popular comedian Jeff Foxworthy, he suggests “you might be a redneck if you finger-paint with barbeque sauce” – and, just for fun, demonstrates how to do it on his YouTube channel, Eclectic Asylum Art.

Better stock up on the BBQ sauce before sharing this video with the kids – they’re sure to want to try it!

Learn to Draw Animals

September 8th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 8, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

How to Draw It

(www.howtodrawit.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free, easy-to-follow instructions (complete with illustrations) on how to draw a variety of animals using simple shapes as a base.

When you get to the Google ad-supported site, you’ll see a menu of free drawing lessons. Simply click on the animal you want to learn to draw and a new page opens with the easiest directions imaginable: 

  • Learn to draw a kitten from a basic pear shape.
  • Draw a squirrel using the number “3”.
  • Find out how to turn alphabet letters into animals.
  • Turn the number “2” into a frog.
  • Discover how to turn a couple of bowling tenpins into strolling penguins.

You won’t believe how simple this is – and how satisfying it will be when your kids learn to draw.

Visit the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

August 24th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, August 24, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

(www.reading.ac.uk/Ure/tour/index.php)

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

 

Discover the artifacts of Greece and Egypt with this virtual tour of the Ure Museum at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

Navigating the website to see the items will take a little effort but it is worth it. When arriving at today’s link, visitors will find a menu of themes to explore: 

  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Mythology and religion
  • Household – including childhood
  • Making Greek vases – including shapes, decoration and timeline
  • Education – including music, athletics and literacy
  • Citizenship – including gender
  • Warfare
  • The Symposium
  • Body beautiful
  • Death – including graves and funerary rituals

Once you have selected a theme, a page opens with information relating to the topic. Within the topic are accession numbers that are links to the artifact. Clicking one will open the page with information and image of the item. Click on the images to enlarge, then you can use the navigation tool under the image to see more views available. Use the back arrow on your browser to return to the previous page or select the Ure Museum Home link on the left sidebar to get to the homepage and then select the “Tour of the Museum” tab to get back to where the menu is.

You could also search the database to search for items using a keyword or topic. Use the “database” link in the welcome paragraph to access this. If there are available items to view, a list will populate. Click the link and available accession numbers will appear for you to select.

There is an abundance of information on this site to supplement your studies of ancient Greece.

Challenging Math & Logic Puzzles – All Ages!

August 13th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 13, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zoopz.com: Games That Make You Think

(www.zoopz.com/)

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

 

Don’t let these games from Meyers Labs fool you – they offer fun ways to learn fundamental and challenging concepts that are required for math.

When you  get to the site, you’ll see a menu of puzzles that includes: 

  • Frog Jumpin’
  • Inch Worm
  • Galactic Journey
  • Maze Craze
  • Ink Blobs
  • Mosaic Design
  • and more.

Click on any game and a new window opens. Some of the games come with instructions, others are intuitive. Some of the skills these games enhance are: 

  • Recognizing Patterns
  • Sequencing
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Recognizing and Sorting Shapes and Colors
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Memory
  • Performance Under Pressure
  • and more!

It helps to read the “Parents & Teachers” notes (at the bottom, on the left side of the home page) that explain which skills are addressed by each game.

Interactive Art Activities

May 5th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 5, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NGAkids Art Zone

(www.nga.gov/education/kids.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

The National Gallery of Art’s website for kids offers free interactive art projects that inspire creativity while providing engaging lessons in art and art history.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of possibilities that includes: 

  • Faces & Places – This exploration of American folk art, uses the NGA art collection for inspiration. Kids create portraits and construct panoramic landscapes that include folk music and animations.
  • Brushster – Make your own abstract art! Experiment with tools to create sophisticated non-representational paintings.
  • Photo Op – Get familiar with digital photography and image editing. As explained at the website, “Use the virtual camera to snap pictures, then experiment with the easy-to-use photo editing tools to give your art a whole new look. The special effects palette, colorizing options, collage tools, warps, and mirrors will transform your photographs.”
  • Still Life – Mix everyday objects with those borrowed from art in the NGA collection to create your own still life masterpiece.
  • Dutch Doll House – Explore an interactive doll house based on the paintings of well-known 17th-century Dutch artists. Kids can “mix and match colorful characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist’s studio, and courtyard.”
  • Jungle – Inspired by the art of Henri Rousseau, this activity allows kids to make a jungle scene filled with tigers, monkeys, and other exotic creatures.
  • And much more.

Use the “Paintbox” option to make a mini-painting online, try out the “Collage Machine,” or use the latest “Flow” tech-tools to create artwork that moves.

Don’t miss the “3-D Twirler” to design three-dimensional, moving geometric shapes, and be sure to try “Pixelface,” an interactive portrait maker.

BONUS! These activities can be downloaded to your computer for use offline or find the NGAkids App for iPad.

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