Posts Tagged ‘art’

Museum Quality History Lessons & Activities

January 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 23, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Show Me

(www.show.me.uk/)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 2-9 approximately, but there’s something for everyone here; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers an incredible array of games, stories, activities, and information about historical topics gleaned from museums and galleries throughout the United Kingdom that are engaging and fun.

When you get to the site, click on the big red box that says “Everything” to see the topics including: 

  • Games
  • Collections
  • Places
  • Curious
  • Art
  • Dinosaurs
  • History
  • Science
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Literature

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of offerings related to that topic that include interactive, multi-media games and activities that teach history as they entertain. These items are linked to the websites of museums and galleries in the UK where exhibits related to the topic are on display. You simply won’t believe the variety of information and make-and-do ideas to extend the learning. You can also sort by type including: 

  • Collections
  • Stuff to Read
  • Events
  • Exhibitions
  • Games
  • Videos
  • Websites
  • Places

This site, all by itself, provides enough material to satisfy any world history curriculum – and it’s so much more engaging than a textbook.

Everyday Art Starters

January 11th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, January 11, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Everyday Art Assignments

(www.everydayart.org/)

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

 

This website is the result of a project conducted in Pittsburgh, PA that encouraged people of all ages to rediscover their creative energy through artistic assignments suggested by real artists.

While the actual art project took place in 2004, the assignments are archived at the website to inspire artistic endeavors forevermore. 

When you get to the site, you must wait for the introduction that is slow-moving, and then double-click on the final words in the presentation to get to the menu. Your patience will pay off. From the menu, you can read about the “EAA” – Everyday Art Assignment project, and review “Successes” – artistic submissions by people worldwide.

THE BEST PART OF ALL is the “Artist Assignments.” Click on this item and a new page opens featuring the photos of 15 artists who contributed SUGGESTIONS for art assignments that you can try at home. Click on the artist’s photo, and a new page opens to their art assignment. You’ll find suggestions such as: 

  • Persephone’s Return – Learn about the Greek goddess of Spring through planting seeds and tracking their growth with a nature journal.
  • Everyday Ritual – Create a photo-documentation of an everyday ritual.
  • Gained in Translation – Write a 24-line poem and use a recommended website to translate it into multiple languages.
  • Fiber Jambalaya – Use old clothes to create the craziest quilt ever!
  • Make A Paper Doll of a Great Friend!
  • Use 17 Objects to Create Peace.
  • And more!

Each Art Assignment provides very simple instructions, leaving the rest to your imagination. Pictures of other people’s results are provided to help you better understand the assignment. 

Think of this website as an “art-starter.” Even if you don’t do the exact assignment, it will certainly inspire artistic expression in one way or another.

Virtual Tour of the Goodyear Blimp

January 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Friday, January 3, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Goodyear Blimp

(https://www.goodyearblimp.com/behind-the-scenes/current-blimps.html)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Most of you have seen photographs of the Goodyear Blimp flying over the crowd at a major sporting event. Some of you may have even seen the Goodyear Blimp as it travels through the skies overhead. Since 1925 it has been the giant airborn icon of the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to get a close-up view of the Goodyear Blimp? Well, now you can! 

When you get to the site, scroll down to the video to watch the building of Wingfoot One from start to finish. Then check out Behind the Scenes and Relive History from the top menu. Learn about the: 

  • Crew
  • Bases
  • Art of Flight (be sure to watch those videos)
  • Blimp Science
  • Blimp History – from the 1920’s to the 2010’s

Also see the Blimp schedule under News & Events to see if it will be flying near you any time soon.

Become a History Detective

January 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 2, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Historical Scene Investigation

(hsionline.org/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives through investigating primary source documents.

Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials archived at this website. Through these “journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past… they compare the multiple points of view of those 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 and Concord
  • Constitution Controversy<
  • Antonio a Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • 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.

Make Easy Holiday Arts & Crafts

December 14th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, December 14, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Make a Pomander Ball

(www.instructables.com/id/Pomander-ball-Christmas-gift/)

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

 

There’s still time to make artistic holiday decorations and gifts. Check out this site and more!

Take an orange, stud it with cloves, tie a ribbon around it – and presto! – you’ve made an aromatic decoration or gift. This site has simple instructions illustrated with pictures.

And here are some more Fun Family Crafts. Choose from: 

  • Quilled Poinsettia Card
  • Tissue Paper Tassel Garland
  • Simple Winter Village Houses
  • Christmas Pom Pom Photo Frame
  • and many more!

Make Candles!

Build a Mini Gingerbread House!


Fun for the whole family!

Thanksgiving Crafts!

November 23rd, 2019

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Art

(www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/turkey_crafts.html)

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

 

We thought you might like to get some step-by-step tutorials on how to make fun Thanksgiving arts and crafts with this website from DLTK.

Explore a menu of “Turkey Crafts” that include: 

  • Make an Autumn Leaf Turkey
  • Make a Toilet Paper Roll Turkey
  • Make a Variety of Handprint Turkeys
  • Make a Paper Plate Turkey
  • Make a Turkey Napkin Ring
  • and more.

Click on any item and a new page opens with complete instructions and illustrations. Many of these projects are so simple, they’d make a great activity for your Thanksgiving guests. Simply provide the materials needed and a space for assembly, demonstrate how to do it, and let everyone create their own memorable party favor.

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