Posts Tagged ‘art’

Relating Math to Real Life

June 27th, 2022

It’s Monday, June 27, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

University of Cambridge: Motivate – Maths Enrichment for Schools

(motivate.maths.org/content/)

Grades 6-12, with parental supervision 

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real-life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams, and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Multi-Media Packs” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as:

Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?

How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?

What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.

You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.

If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports, and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work anymore, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

Explore Digital Photography Techniques!

June 11th, 2022

It’s Saturday, June 11, 2022, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Digital Photography School

(digital-photography-school.com/)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website created by Darren Rowse provides a bonanza of digital photography tutorials and helpful hints to make the most of your digital camera.

When you get to the site, click on “Start Here” on the upper menu. On this page, students can learn photography tips and techniques relating to:

  • Landscapes
  • Portraits
  • Composition
  • Beginner Tips
  • Post Processing
  • Cameras and Gear

Parents will want to check out the entry called “13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography” to help their children learn some basics of taking a photograph. (Put the title in the “search” box to get right to it.)

There are courses that can be purchased from this website, but visitors will find a lot of great free information about photography that they could easily create their own short course for their student. You can also subscribe to their weekly newsletter.

Virtually Visit Harvard College

June 10th, 2022

It’s Friday, June 10, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Harvard College Virtual Tour

(college.harvard.edu/admissions/explore-harvard/virtual-tour)

Grades 9 and up, with parental supervision

Harvard College, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and one of two undergraduate schools at Harvard University, is among one of the most prestigious private colleges in the United States. At this website, take a virtual tour of the school from the comfort of your home.

When arriving at the link, click on “Let’s Go” image for a student-guided tour of the college. Places you will visit include:

  • Tercentenary Theatre
  • Widener Library
  • Lamont Library
  • Barker Center
  • Phillips Brooks House
  • Science Center
  • Annenberg Hall
  • Memorial Hall/Sanders Theatre
  • Maxwell Dworkin Laboratory
  • Northwest Science Building
  • Harvard Art Museums
  • Farkas Hall
  • Lowell House
  • Malkin Athletic Center
  • Weld Boathouse
  • Harvard Square
  • Agassiz House
  • And more

When the tour begins, the guide explains how to navigate through your tour. Locations include a narration by a Harvard student of interesting facts about the location, 360° self-navigating views, additional images to browse, and video presentations.

Whether your student is interested in attending Harvard or not, this tour provides an excellent look at our country’s oldest institute for higher learning.

Become a Virtual History Detective!

June 2nd, 2022

It’s Thursday, June 2, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

William & Mary, Univ. of KY & Library of Congress: Be A History Detective

(hsi.wm.edu/)

Grades 6-12, approximately, with parental supervision

The Historical Scene Investigation (H.S.I.) website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives. Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials such as journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past.

Then, students compare the multiple points of view of the people who were on the scene at the time.

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them “experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian.”

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the “Investigations” that include:

  • Jamestown Starving Time
  • Bacon’s Rebellion
  • The Boston “Massacre”
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Constitution Controversy
  • Antonio A Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • Dropping the Bomb
  • Case of Sam Smiley
  • March on Frankfort
  • When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any “case file” and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on “Student View” to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.

Examine the Artwork of M.C. Escher

May 14th, 2022

It’s Saturday, May 14, 2022, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

National Gallery of Art: M.C. Escher – Life and Work

(www.nga.gov/features/slideshows/mc-escher-life-and-work.html)

All grades; children with parental supervision

The National Gallery of Art sponsors this site that offers a virtual tour of the artwork of M.C. Escher.

If your students have studied math tessellations they may have been introduced to some of Escher’s work already — as he used patterns of interlocking forms and architectural mazes in his artwork. He also created unusual spatial effects by drawing a picture from different perspectives, for instance, looking up and down at the same time. Escher really contributed to the idea of metamorphosis drawing where one shape or object turns into something completely different. This tour offers examples of all of these aspects of his work and most kids will find the “morph” prints and drawings especially fascinating.

When you get to the site you can read the “Overview” for a biography and explanation of Escher’s work. Then click on the right arrow to view all of the many works in this virtual gallery. Each piece of art comes with a text explanation that helps the viewer to appreciate what they are looking at.

Favorite Science Activities & Lesssons!

May 10th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, May 10, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

The Science Spot

(www.sciencespot.net/)

Grades 6-8, with parental supervision

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables.

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

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.

  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t follow all of these links — so parent supervision, as always, is advised.

  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

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