Posts Tagged ‘theater’

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.

Explore Free Music Interactives!

June 22nd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, June 21, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: Explore the Arts – Interactives

Age Range: 11 and up (middle school and up approximately, with parental supervision)

The Kennedy Center offers this website that provides interactive programs that allows students to explore a variety of musical genres.  When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*1940s – Explore the societal changes taking place during WWII that were echoed in an arts revolution through music, dance, film, and more.

*The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna – Learn about classical, orchestral, and operatic music that originated in these central European hubs.

*Jazz in Time – Discover the history of Jazz from the ragtime music of the 1920s to the diverse musical stylings of today.

*National Symphony Orchestra – Meet the musicians and learn about the instruments and history of the NSO.

*Perfect Pitch – Learn how instruments are made, create your own orchestral arrangement, and enjoy guided listening activities.

*The Sondheim Celebration – Learn about the storied career of songwriter Stephen Sondheim that includes musical theater productions of “A Little Night Music,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Company,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” and more.

Just click on a topic of interest and a new page opens where you can learn about music’s historical impact while enjoying engaging and entertaining interactives.

 

Free Art Lessons & Interactives!

April 27th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 27, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

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

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology. 

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select:

*Grade Band

  • K-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12  

*Arts Subject

  • Dance
  • Literary Arts
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

*Other Subject

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to  prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

 

Free National Jukebox from Library of Congress!

February 2nd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 2, 2013, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: National Jukebox

Age Range: All (with parental supervision, see warning below)

The Library of Congress provides a “National Jukebox” that makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. This exhibit transforms your computer into a gramophone featuring more than 10,000 78rpm disc recordings issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925.  You can listen to a broad range of songs including marching band music, novelty tunes, hits from musical theater productions, dance tunes, and opera arias. You’ll also find spoken recordings.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the music audio player – and just above it this:

WARNING: Historical recordings may contain offensive language.

These music selections are presented as part of the record of the past.They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of people in a very different time period. For that reason, they may contain content that is offensive to users.  As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE and supervise all Internet activity.

Once you get past the disclaimer, look below the audio player to find a menu of featured recordings and playlists.  Use the menu in the left margin that includes:

*Browse all of the Recordings – Search by language, target audience, record label, date range, composer, lyricist, performer and genre.

*Artists – Browse the artists from A-Z. Find recordings by music greats such as opera Singer Enrico Caruso, Broadway legends Al Jolson and Fanny Brice, whistling virtuoso Charles Kellogg, composer and band leader John Philip Sousa, and thousands more.

*Genres – Find a wide selection of genres of music including classical, opera, religious, popular music, blues, ethnic music, humorous songs, etc.

This is an AMAZING musical resource that takes time to explore. Bookmark it to return often.

Interactive Shakespeare!

June 6th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, June 6, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Globe Education: Playing Shakespeare

Age Range: 10 and up (with parental supervision)
 
This website, sponsored by the Globe Theater in London, provides a range of engaging activities that help students learn language arts through studying some of the plays of Shakespeare. Designed for classroom use, the activities can be tweaked for independent use. Students will learn about character development and motivation, themes and issues in the plays, and they explore the language of the text.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of 4 plays that have been performed at the Globe Theater:

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Macbeth
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Much Ado About Nothing

Click on any play title and a new page opens where you can read the play, and learn more about it through the pictures, videos and interviews taken throughout rehearsals. Use the menu to find ingenious methods to engage students including:

*LanguageRead every scene of the play online with links to definitions of the terminology in the script. Plus, you can use a “Tools” feature to find examples of literary techniques Shakespeare used in the text including iambic pentameter, onomatopoeia, couplet, simile, alliteration, and more.

*CharacterThe character pages on the website are intended to look similar to Facebook. Each character has their own page with a profile, photographs, and quotations. Listen to audio clips of actors discussing how they interpret their character by creating a back story with explanations as to what motivates them. Then, learn how the cast works with the director to further develop their characters

*ThemesLearn about the main ideas in the play such as love, family, ambition, duty, loyalty, violence, guilt, blame, etc. You’ll find discussion questions as well.

*Text In Performance – Discover the process of building a production including designing a set, creating costumes, and writing marketing materials. Read interviews with the creative team and crew.

This is a great opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s plays interactively through text, video clips, and commentary.

 

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