Archive for the ‘history’ category

Portrait of George Washington

February 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 23, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

George Washington – A National Treasure

(www.georgewashington.si.edu/index.html)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn all about President George Washington with this website from the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery.

Using the full-length portrait, Lansdowne, by Gilbert Stuart as the focal point of this study, visitors can explore the interactive presentations and games to not only examine the portrait but discover interesting facts about George Washington and the time period in which he lived.

When arriving at the site, use the upper menu to navigate to your area of interest. Select from: 

  • The Portrait – Geared towards older students and adults, use the interactive portrait to examine it in detail from three different vantage points: symbolic, biographic, and artistic.
  • Kids – Solve clues to not only discover what is missing in the portrait but also learn interesting facts as to why the items may have been included in the painting. The kid section also includes: 
    • The Patriot Papers – interactive activities such as matching games, crossword puzzles, word searches and more as well as downloadable articles from The Patriot Papers published by the Office of Education at the National Portrait Gallery which include a student and teacher version of the publishing
    • Teacher Guide – Find extra activities and lessons plans to further enhance your studies here.
    • Family Guide – Discover great topical discussion ideas as well as interesting information.
    • Wallpaper – a couple of downloadable images of Washington for your desktop
  • Washington’s Life – Explore the life and times of George Washington with this timeline.
  • Exhibition – Learn more about the painting and its artist as well as try out a couple of samples of the traveling interactives.

This website provides a unique way to learn about the first president of the United States and a fun addition to your history studies.

Coloring pages of art masterpieces

January 12th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 12, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CyberSpain

(www.cyberspain.com/colorme/iexplorer.htm)

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

 

This website offers a unique opportunity for your children to learn about art masterpieces housed in the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that offers 7 coloring pages of great works of art as follows: 

  • Noble Man with Hand on Chest by El Greco
  • El Buen Pastor by Murillo
  • The Maids of Honour by Velazquez
  • The Sunshade by Goya
  • The Duke of Lerma by Rubens
  • Still Life by Zurbaran
  • The Puppet by Goya

Click on any one, and a new page opens with a black and white coloring page of the masterpiece. Print it out, and your child can color it. The coloring page includes a paragraph of information about the picture and the artist who painted it.

This provides a great opportunity to introduce kids to art and art history. In fact, to further the learning, click on the words “The Prado” in the introduction, and you can see pictures of the real artwork on display at the museum. (Click on the images for a larger view.)

Note: These 2 pages are part of the vast CyberSpain.com website that provides info on the art, life, and culture of Spain. We did not review the rest of the site. Therefore, as always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.

Fun Facts About Fungi

November 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Intermountain Herbarium

(herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/factindx.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision; however, non-readers will need help navigating the site and younger children may enjoy some of the interactive games)

 

This website is designed to help kids learn all about fungi.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Experiments, Puzzles, & Games – Click on this section to find activities that will help you learn about fungi. Learn the parts of a mushroom, discover where fungi live and grow, cook with fungus, try a science experiment or two, and play an online mushroom hunt game.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi – This section contains fascinating information about the biodiversity of fungi. Learn about various forms of fungi including mushrooms, lichens, and slime molds. Find out how insects coexist with fungi, learn the history of penicillin, and discover how forms of fungi are used in medicine and industry.
  • Teacher’s Guide – This section is really a site map that displays the topics covered in the items mentioned above. Also check out “Meet The Authors” where you can read a brief bio on the creators of this website.

This site provides a great introduction to the study of fungi. If your students want to know more, try this site as well: FungiSee stunning photography of fungi, yeasts, slimes, molds, rusts, etc.

Free Science Lessons & Interactives!

October 9th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Young Scientist Lab

(www.youngscientistlab.com/students/digital-science-activities)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Discovery Education and 3M Corporation sponsor this website that provides free activities “to capture your curiosity and engage you in the scientific thinking process; while having fun!”

When you get to the site, choose from the 10 activities in pdf format including: 

  • Balloon Rocket
  • Disappearing Glass
  • Sandwich Bag Dartboard
  • Water Jug Race

You’ll also see a menu at the top of the homepage that includes “Teachers,”  “Students” and “Parents.” Under “Teachers,” you’ll find the content sorted by grade range (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) that includes Lesson Plans and Interactives. You can download (pdf) complete lesson plans that teach about recycling, light, adhesives, and more. The Interactives help students discover the real-world science around them. Download animations that explain wind energy, circuitry and the history of innovations.

There is a lot of content to explore on this site including a blog and information on a contest in which your emerging scientists can participate to win prizes (closed for 2018).

Books That Shaped America’s History

August 1st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 1, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: Books That Shaped America

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/books-that-shaped-america/overview.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Library of Congress has an exhibition called “Books That Shaped America” that highlights books that have had a historical impact on the lives of Americans through the ages.

The titles featured are by American authors and as the website explains, “Some of the titles on display have been the source of great controversy, even derision, yet they nevertheless shaped Americans’ views of their world and often the world’s view of the United States.” The Library of Congress encourages visitors to read the books exhibited to explore the breadth and depth of America’s literary tradition
 
This online exhibit presents a unique opportunity to identify books of historical importance by era. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of each era including: 

  • 1750 to 1800 – Find book titles such as: Experiments and Observations on Electricity by Benjamin Franklin, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, and even the first American cookbook.
  • 1800 to 1850 – You’ll find Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a book featuring papers written by Lewis & Clark about their great expedition, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. You’ll discover why these books were of great historical importance.
  • 1850 to 1900 – The titles here will most likely be much more familiar and include: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and many more.
  • 1900 to 1950 – Book titles you’ll recognize include: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and more.
  • 1950 to 2000 – Discover Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Double Helix by James D. Watson, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, etc.

Click on any era and a new page opens that explains what each book is about and why it is historically significant. Some of the explanations are thought provoking – and could stimulate lots of discussion.
 
You might want to copy the titles and use them as a guide the next time you head to the library for a good read.

Architecture as Art

July 28th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 28, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Buildings Collection

(www.greatbuildings.com/)

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

 

At this website you can experience art through architecture. See photographs, 3-D models, and architectural drawings of some of the most interesting and beautiful buildings in the worldRead about their history, the architectural style employed in their design, and read about the architects who designed them.


When you get to the site, after reading the introduction, use the menu at the top of the screen to open a subsection. You’ll find that over 1,000 buildings have been categorized for ease of search by: 

  • building name
  • building type (castle, cathedral, hotel, or house, etc.)
  • architect (read their biographies)
  • architectural style (Neolithic, gothic, Islamic, Japanese, Victorian, etc.)
  • construction type (brick, geodesic, glass, etc.)
  • place where the building exists (Rome, Paris, USA, etc.)
  • There is even a building timeline (located in tiny print below the main menu on the home page) – so you can pick a date or time period and explore the buildings of that era.

You will also find references to books for further study as well as links to other sites about architecture.

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