Posts Tagged ‘theater’

Fun Poetry Lessons & Activities for Kids

April 5th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 5, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Giggle Poetry

(www.gigglepoetry.com/index.aspx)

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

 

April is National Poetry Month! This website offers such a fun way to introduce kids to poetry. It provides free lessons and activities that will inspire the poet in your child. This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of featured items in the center of the screen and a menu on the left that you can use to navigate through topics such as: 

  • Poetry Class – Use these easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to write funny poems in no time at all. Write poetry about feelings, songs, seasons – and learn to write limericks and haiku too.
  • Poetry Fun – Try to say some tongue twisters, learn to rhyme, and try your hand at fill-in-the-blank poetry.
  • Poetry Theater – Perform plays using a selection of popular and funny poems archived here.
  • Read & Rate – Find a selection of poems on topics such as summer fun, birthdays, yucky poems, love poems, food poems, scary poems and many more. Read the poetry and then rate it on the giggle meter.
  • Ask the Poet – Read the bios and get the scoop on your favorite children’s poets.

There is much more to explore at this site, so bookmark it to return often.

Free Interactives for Art, Music, and More!

April 16th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 16, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Toy Theater

(www.toytheater.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of interactive games for learning art, music and more. It was recommended by Maaria Hoagland, the wife of the website designer. She wrote, “My husband has spent many years creating ToyTheater.com as a free and quality educational website for PreK through Grade 5. It is completely free and will remain that way. We want children to learn!”

Because this is Saturday and “Electives Day” at ClickSchooling, we focused on Art and Music for this review. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Art – Your child can use interactive online media to draw, color, make collages, create animations and more.
  • Music – Your child will have fun composing music, creating drum beats, and using a virtual puppet to play piano tunes.

Just click on either topic and a new page opens with a selection of activities that will engage and entertain your kids.

Then, when you are through having fun and learning with Art and Music, get ready to explore the MAIN CONTENT on this site that is archived in these menu items: 

  • Math – Play a variety of interactive games that teach kids about patterns, matching, shapes, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, time, algebra and more.
  • Reading – Enjoy an animated alphabet, learn to type and practice keyboard skills, read a few jokes, play a crossword puzzle, or create your own road signs. All of these activities are designed to enhance language arts skills.

You’ll also find puzzles and games at the site – so be sure to bookmark it to return often.

A Listening Journey into the Past

February 13th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 13, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archives

(cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/)

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

 

Special thanks goes out to one of our ClickScholars for alerting us to today’s unique music website.

“Before MP3s, CDs, cassettes and vinyl records, people listened to … cylinders.” This website, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Grammy Foundation, and other donors, provides visitors with an opportunity to listen to over 10,000 cylinder recordings.

Once you arrive at the site, you can learn about the history of cylinders, choose to listen to the “Cylinder of the day”, find thematic selections by browsing the playlists, or use the search engine at the top of the page to find selections by keyword, author, title, subject, year, or UCSB call number. Available recordings include those first recorded on tinfoil in 1877 as well as the last celluloid recordings in 1929. Types of recordings include: 

  • Popular songs of the day
  • Vaudeville acts
  • Classical music
  • Opera
  • Comedy
  • Audio Theater
  • Historical speeches
  • Foreign and ethnic recordings

Visitors are also able to download the files in MP3 format to listen to while on the go.

Click the “About” link in the upper right of the page to learn about the project or use the footer menu to find the Help/FAQs.

Not only are these recordings fun and nostalgic, but they also present a listening journey into the past.

***Please be aware that the nature of some of the recordings may contain objectionable material due to the stereotyping of the day. As always, parental supervision is advised.***

Free Language Arts “Audio School”

February 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, February 3, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

My Audio School

(www.myaudioschool.com/?page_id=4571)

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

 

This commercial website, founded by a homeschool parent, offers educational audio content such as classic books, old-time radio theater, historical radio and television broadcasts, and video clips on a variety of school subjects such as Ancient History, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the American Revolution, etc.

While 80% of the content is available for an annual fee of $14.99, 20% of the content is “unblocked” and available absolutely FREE, which is why we’re featuring it on ClickSchooling. Much of the free content focuses on Language Arts.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to see a menu of the free titles that include: 

  • A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty
  • Lord Byron, Selected Poems
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
  • Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
  • In Flanders Field by John McCrae

You’ll also find more free poetry selections, a variety of art appreciation videos, videos that teach kids about bird watching, and even John F. Kennedy’s Moon Speech.

Most of the titles also come with links to curriculum (available for sale on CurrClick.com), as a way to enhance learning.

Again, you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the free or “unblocked” titles.

Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

April 10th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, April 10, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

 

Age Range: Virtual Tour – All Ages; Educational Materials for Grades 8-12 (children with parental supervision)

 

Explore one of the most famous theaters in American history with this virtual tour. Site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, Ford’s Theatre remained closed for nearly 100 years. In 1968, the theatre reopened as a national historic site and working theatre. Today it serves to offer visitors “inspiring theatrical productions, live historic interpretation and engaging education programs”.
When arriving at the link, explore the 360° image of the Main Stage using your mouse to navigate around the image. While examining the image, find the plus signs in a blue circle – “Hotspots”. Clicking on these provides interesting facts about the location. On the right hand side of the image there is a grey bar with the image title down the length that when clicked on slides out and provides information about the image.

When you are done exploring the Main Stage, click on the images under the main window for even more pictures and loads of interesting information. Image selections include: 

  • View from the Box
  • Presidential Box
  • Stage
  • Cast of Characters
  • Booth’s Possessions
  • Theatre Exterior and Lobby
  • Ford’s Theatre Museum
  • Center for Education and Leadership
  • Petersen House
After clicking on the individual image from the list above, other images related to the main image appear in the window. Each image includes informational text. Use the slider in the window to scroll through the pictures.

When you are finished with your tour be sure to go to the main Ford’s Theatre website to keep the learning going. From here, select “Education” in the upper tool bar. When arriving at this page, select the “Resources for Teachers” link either on the sidebar or near the bottom of the page for lesson plans, printables, guided virtual tours, videos and much more. The “Resources for Students” page provides students with a variety of resources for their studies. Click the “Printable Resources” option on the side bar for more printables. Please note that the Teacher and Student resources and lessons are geared towards students in grades 8-12.

This website is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to learn more about President Lincoln, his assassination, and his legacy.

Fun Poetry Lessons & Activities for Kids!

October 23rd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, October 23, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Giggle Poetry

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

We have featured this website in the past, but it offers such a fun way to introduce kids to poetry it’s worth visiting again! It provides free lessons and activities that will inspire the poet in your child. This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of featured items in the center of the screen and a menu on the left that you can use to navigate through topics such as:

*Read & Rate – Find a selection of poems on topics such as summer fun, birthdays, yucky poems, love poems, food poems, scary poems and many more.  Read the poetry and then rate it on the giggle meter.

*Poetry Class – Use these easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to write funny poems in no time at all. Write poetry about feelings, songs, seasons – and learn to write limericks and haiku too.

*Poetry Fun – Try to say some tongue twisters, learn to rhyme, and try your hand at fill-in-the-blank poetry.

*Poetry Theater – Perform plays using a selection of popular and funny poems archived here.

*Ask the Poet – Read the bios and get the scoop on your favorite children’s poets.

There is much more to explore at this site. Bookmark it to return often.

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