Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

Learn How To Make Art!

November 13th, 2021

Awesome Artists

(awesomeartists.com/ART/main.htm)

Grades 2-8, with parental supervision

Learn basic art skills and principles with the help of this colorful website.

All of the lessons are downloadable so you can use these anywhere. Lessons can include booklets, posters, games, PowerPoint slideshows, and project ideas.

Choose from the following:

  • The ABCs of Art – The Elements & Principles of Design made simple
  • Keys to Success – Say aloud poems to learn values: respect, kindness…
  • A Mindful of Art – Simple games to learn art terms & examine art works
  • My Materials & Me – Fun cartoon posters on care of art materials & tools
  • Fiber Art – (Still under construction)—
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – A few fun cartoon posters to teach recycling
  • Terrific, Tactile, Texture – A few lessons on combining texture with drawing
  • Collage & Mixed Media – Booklets, lessons & slide shows
  • Crafts & Construction – A few lessons
  • I Can’t Draw…Until I Practice! – Many step-by-step booklets. Drawing from life is best.
  • Getting Wired – Simple, basic wire sculpture techniques & lessons
  • Clay Creations – Booklet, lessons & examples to work with clay
  • Printmaking – A few simple lessons
  • Painting – A few simple lessons
  • Sculpture – Booklets on general technique and 1 lesson

When you arrive at your destination, simply find your desired lessons, click the link, download, and save the file to your computer. Then, when you are ready to use the activities, just print out what you need and away you go. While these lessons appear to be for upper elementary and middle school, they certainly can be modified for younger or older students.

Children’s Books Crafts & Activities

October 27th, 2021

Can Teach: Kids’ Novel & Picture Book Activities!

(www.canteach.ca/resources/english-language-arts/book-activities/specific-book-activities/)

Grades K-7, with parental supervision

Can Teach is an education website with lots of curricula resources designed for use in the classroom – although most can be tweaked for homeschoolers.

When you get to this page of the site, you will find a free selection of fun activities that are based on popular children’s novels and picture books.

For example, here is what you will find by clicking on the following titles:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White — directions for how to make a spider.
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw — an activity designed around squiggle drawings.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl — a recipe for making chocolate treats.
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett — an activity to help students understand character development in a story.

When you are through exploring this section of the site, click on Elementary Resources>English Language Arts on the menu at the top of the screen. You’ll find information and activities to teach:

  • Beginning Reading and Writing
  • Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Writing Prompts & Journal Topics
  • ~And More!

Virtual Field Trip to the Museum of the American Revolution

May 28th, 2021

Museum of the American Revolution

(www.amrevmuseum.org/learn-and-explore/collection)

Grades 2-12, with parental supervision 

Discover some of the artifacts of the American Revolutionary War with this museum website.

When arriving at today’s link, start exploring items available online such as:

  • Artwork – portraits of Lieutenant John Ross, Thomas McDonogh, the Comte du Perron, and other masterpieces including the March to Valley Forge and the Battle of Germantown
  • Objects – muskets, swords, flags, clothing, cookware, Washington’s headquarters tent, and more
  • Printed Works – A Founding Father’s Roman History, newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence, Patrick Henry’s Law Books, Common Sense and Plain Truth, poems, and more

Exhibits include historical background about the artifact and other related items to examine.

Be sure not to leave this site before visiting the Learn and Explore link in the upper menu. Here you will find many educational resources including interactive features, virtual exhibits, crafts & activities, and much more. You will also find links for Virtual Museum Tour and the Virtual Field Trip.

The Virtual Field Trip takes visitors to a page for Beyond the Battlefield: A Virtual Field Trip, “a behind-the-scenes field trip of the Museum with host Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series of children’s historical fiction novels.” This field trip will take visitors to the Scholastic website and includes a downloadable Classroom Kit, a 25-minute video tour, and many more resources for your students in 2nd-8th grade. 

This site will make a fabulous addition to your American History studies.

Ladybug Science

April 13th, 2021

LadybugLady.com

(www.ladybuglady.com/)

All grades, children with parental supervision

 

This ad-supported website is all about ladybugs! Maintained by an entomologist, this site offers free scientific information, terrific photographs, fun facts, coloring pages, and ladybug craft ideas!

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the “Facts about Ladybugs” link on the menu on the left side of the screen to find the answers to questions such as: 

  • What do ladybugs eat?
  • Are ladybugs poisonous?
  • How did the ladybug get its name?
  • Do the spots tell you how old they are?
  • And many more!

You’ll also find ladybug crafts and coloring pages. And you’ll find information to use for science projects and fairs, and why they are considered a “beneficial” insect.

Live Webcams from Monterey Bay Aquarium

April 6th, 2021

Monterey Bay Aquarium

(www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams)

All grades, children with parental supervision

 

Check out all the webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and learn about ocean science!

Some of the cams are only live during certain hours, but there are recordings if you are viewing them after hours. The choices are: 

  • Aviary Cam
  • Open Sea Cam
  • Jelly Cam
  • Kelp Forest Cam
  • Penguin Cam
  • Sea Otter Cam
  • Shark Cam
  • and more

When you are finished seeing all the marine animals, learn more using the “For Educator” link in the upper menu to find online courses, parent-led activities, crafts, and printables. Click on “Curriculum” under the “Teacher Development” section then choose a grade level or exhibit to find learning materials. There will be a focus question, overview, objectives, background for the topic you are interested in, then a materials list, procedure, and more. 

This is an incredible site! Bookmark it to return often.

Springtime Botany Lessons with Daffodils

March 9th, 2021

DaffodilUSA.org

(daffodilusa.org/about-ads/youth-program/)

Grades 2-12, with parental supervision

 

This website, sponsored by the American Daffodil Society, offers free, downloadable botany lessons using daffodils, as well as a free “Daffodil Dissection Guide.”

There is terrific information that you can use to enhance learning the science of botany through the common daffodil flower. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of links including: 

  • Daffodil Dissection with Photos & Terms “Inner Secrets Revealed” – Two.pdf documents that contain photos and details to conduct a daffodil biology project. This is geared towards a classroom environment, but can also be conducted at home.
  • Daffodil Botany Drawing – Two drawings that identify the parts of a daffodil. Both of these drawings are used in American Daffodil Society judging schools. These drawings are also useful for horticulture biology coursework.
  • Crafts – Making Tissue Daffodils – A fun project that even adults have enjoyed making!
  • A suggested curriculum for school – Project-based learning through Daffodils

And don’t miss the Daffodil Coloring Pages – Print out 13 pages depicting a variety of daffodils with information about each one. Assemble them all into a fun activity book for your kids – great for home learning or carschooling!

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