Posts Tagged ‘art’

Performing Arts with Bob Hope

April 27th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 27, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bob Hope and American Variety

www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

The Library of Congress offers this free online presentation of the life of entertainer Bob Hope and the history of American Variety entertainment including Vaudeville, Radio, Movies, Television, and more.


Using photographs, illustrations, and text, this exhibit provides a biography of Hope’s career that provides fascinating historical information about the performing arts as well. 

When you get to the website use the menu in the middle that includes:

  • Early Life – Find out where Bob Hope was born, his real name, and how he got his start in show business.
  • Vaudeville – Discover Hope’s journey through vaudeville and get some terrific insight about what made this artform so popular.
  • Motion Pictures – Learn about the country’s transition to film making and the role of Hope’s series of “Road” pictures from 1940-1962 with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.
  • Joke File – Explore Hope’s theft-proof joke vault with more than 85,00 pages of  bits, sketches, and jokes created by his team of comedy writers.
  • On The Road: USO Shows – Read about Hope’s 50-years of performing variety shows for U.S. troops.
  • And more!

This interesting exhibition about Hope’s life provides keen insight into American history, culture, life, and values. It may springboard interest in watching some of Hope’s films that the whole family may find entertaining. You can rent DVDs of Hope’s “Road” pictures such as Road to Singapore and Road to Rio. Your public library may have them as well.

Tour the U.S. Mint

April 26th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 26, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

U.S. Mint – Tours

(www.usmint.gov/about/mint-tours-facilities?action=vtShell)

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

 

At this website, you can take two different virtual video tours of the United States Mint: Philadelphia and Denver.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction. Below it you can select either presentation; then click on the video. The Philly Mint Virtual Tour takes you inside the Philadelphia Mint where you get close-up views of the different exhibits. Below the video, you can download a guide where you can learn more about the history of the Mint, and more including: 

  • Art
  • Die Making
  • Blanking
  • Annealing & Upsetting
  • Striking
  • Inspecting
  • Bagging

Watch the Denver video to discover the unique role and history of the U.S. Mint in Denver.

Younger children may prefer the animated virtual tour of how coins are made that is available here.

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

April 13th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 13, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StudySpanish.com

(https://studyspanish.com/learn-spanish-free)

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials that uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish.

There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. 

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

  • Pronunciation Tutorial – Learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – Learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Verb Drills – Learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – Learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Daily Word – Log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Cultural Notes – Learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, a travel helper, links to other sites, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

Pavement Drawings and Sidewalk Chalk!

April 6th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 6, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pavement Drawings – 3D Illusions

(www.julianbeever.net/index.php/phoca-gallery-3d)

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

 

This website features the work of sidewalk art master Julian Beever. If you have kids who like to draw on the sidewalk (or if you enjoyed it yourself as a child) – don’t miss this website! It takes sidewalk art to a whole new level.

When you get to the site you’ll see small thumbnail renderings of the 3D pavement drawings. There are over seventy-five 3D illusions to amaze and amuse you. You can also see some of the artist’s self-portraits (under “Miscellaneous”) – that appear to be reflections on a concrete canvas. 

This is a delightful exhibit – sure to inspire the sidewalk artists in your family. If it does, then don’t miss this recipe for how to make your own sidewalk chalk.

History of the Circus

March 28th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, March 28, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – The Circus

(www.childrensmuseum.org/educators/classroom-resources)

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

 

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has an exhibit called “Circus-Starring YOU!” The exhibit offers this companion website with outstanding Unit Study guides for teachers.

This downloadable, printable, book-style guide offers lessons about the circus. Although it is all related to the museum exhibit, it doesn’t require visiting the museum or even seeing the exhibit to benefit from the lessons.

When you get to the site, you can read a summary of the classroom resources. Then download the circus unit study to see a menu of lessons that include: 

  • Circus Life
  • Circus Art
  • Circus Science

The lessons are preceded by an introduction – really just an overview of what follows. The last two sections are “Culminating Experiences” and “Resources.” The first is specific to the exhibit. The second is a bibliography and list of websites.

This is a thorough, careful background in teaching all about the circus. And when you are through, check out all the other Unit Studies up to Grade 9 about dinosaurs, food, trains, sports, space, archaeology, and more.

Math with MIT’s “Scratch”

March 25th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 25, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scratch

(https://scratch.mit.edu/ideas)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

The good folks at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) developed this website that offers “Scratch,” a new programming language designed to help young people “create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art” – and then share them on the web.

As kids (8 and up) use Scratch, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, think creatively, analyze systematically, gain a deeper understanding of the process of design, and use technology to develop learning skills for the 21st century.

Scratch is available FREE online and/or can be downloaded for Mac OS and Windows at the website.

When you get to the site, choose a tutorial or start with the Getting Started tutorial. The categories are: 

  • Animation
  • Art
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories

Follow along and then try for yourself! There are also activity guides, and coding cards to download.

This is a great way to engage in math while having fun!

Also, ScratchJr is available – a simplified version of Scratch designed for ages 5 to 7.

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