Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Math with The Simpsons

June 8th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 8, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Simpsons Math Activities

(mathsci2.appstate.edu/~sjg/simpsonsmath/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; parents should preview and supervise)

 

In many episodes of the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons, there are references to mathematics including arithmetic, geometry, and calculus that uncover and poke fun of mathematical illiteracy. As explained at the website, “Al Jean, Executive Producer and head writer, has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University.”

Two math professors saw the potential to use math references in The Simpsons as an “ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students…”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, followed by a menu that includes: 

  • Mathematics on The Simpsons – Read a few articles that reveal where and how math is used in various episodes.
  • Engaging Students with Related Mathematics – Get free “Activity Sheets” based on math references in random episodes of The Simpsons. They are designed for classroom use (but can be tweaked for homeschooling) and cover concepts such as: 
    • The Pythagorean Theorem
    • Arithmetic and Number Theory
    • Pre-Calculus and Calculus
    • Probability

You’ll also find links to media coverage in which the writers and other crew members talk about the math and science in The Simpsons‘ episodes. And there are suggestions and cautions for teachers about using pop culture in the curriculum as well.

BONUS! Mathematics on Futurama! That’s right, the science fiction cartoon series has math and science references in almost every episode. One of the comedy writers on Futurama! has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard and you can read about his “inside jokes” in various episodes. The site is similar to The Simpsons math site, and contains free Futurama! math worksheets.

Note: While these programs may be pop culture icons, some contain controversial subject matter. As always, parents must preview the material and supervise Internet access.

[ClickSchooling] ThoughtCo. – Language Learning Resources

May 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, May 23, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – Language Learning Resources

(www.thoughtco.com/languages-4133094)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a ton of resources “for both students and teachers of second languages, from basic vocabulary and grammar guides to advanced writing and conversation exercises.”

When you get to the website, choose from: 

  • English as a Second Language
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Russian

You can read articles on history and culture, essential vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and so much more! There are even some teacher resourses like lesson plans under English as a Second Language and worksheets under French.

Breathtaking Exhibit About Native Cultures!

April 25th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Beauty Surrounds Us

(americanindian.si.edu/sites/1/files/pdf/exhibitions/BeautySurroundsUs-brochure.pdf)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision; young students may enjoy looking at the photographs in this collection)

 

This PDF, from the National Museum of the American Indian, presents a “breathtaking presentation of Native American art.”

Enjoy scrolling through the photos and reading the descriptions: 

  • Nurturing Identity – clothing
  • Recreation and Pastimes – objects used for games
  • Honor and Respect – items designating individuals of importance
  • Elegance of Presentation – adornment
  • Communication Through Sound – musical instruments
  • Tools of Existence – knives, arrows, tools, tool cases, bowls, etc.
  • Containing Culture – bags for holding things
  • Expressions of Movement – dancewear
  • Power of Transformation – masks
  • Design as Identity – traditional/indigenous designs and the incorporation of new materials and art forms

The point of this presentation is to increase appreciation for the beauty with which Native peoples have always had a natural desire to surround themselves.

The History of Electronic Games!

April 23rd, 2020

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Video Game History

(www.museumofplay.org/about/icheg/video-game-history)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games is part of The Strong – a museum in Rochester, New York. ICHEG “collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography.”

When you get to the site, you can explore: 

  • Game History
  • Video Game History Timeline
  • Key Moments in Video Game History PDF
  • Interpreting the History of Electronic Games

The timeline has the history of electronic games and delivery systems from the 1940s to the 2010s including: 

  • Pong
  • Space Invaders
  • Pac-Man
  • Donkey Kong
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Play Station
  • The Sims
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Minecraft
  • and more!

Just click on each decade in the timeline to learn about legendary games and game systems, along with their inventors including Will Wright, Ralph Baer, Don Daglow, and others. You’ll enjoy a brief textual history along with photographs.

When you’re through with the timeline, check out other parts of The Strong: the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and more! The gamers in your home are sure to want to take a field trip or family vacation to experience this museum in real time.

Take a Tour of Ford’s Theater

April 10th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, April 10, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

(www.fords.org/visit/virtual-tour/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore one of the most famous theaters in American history with this virtual tour. Site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, Ford’s Theatre remained closed for nearly 100 years. In 1968, the theatre reopened as a national historic site and working theatre.

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction then click on “Start Virtual Tour”. This 360° tour from Google Arts & Culture starts on the Main Stage. Use your mouse to navigate around the image. As you scroll through the tour, interesting information about each image is provided.

When you are finished with your tour be sure to go back to the main Ford’s Theatre website to keep the learning going. From here, click on “Lincoln’s Assassination” on the top menu to learn about: 

  • Lincoln’s Death
  • Night on 10th Street
  • Investigating the Assassination
  • Impact on a Nation

Also, in the top menu, click on “For Teachers”. Under “Teaching Lincoln’s Assassination & Legacy” you can download a lesson plan for a fifth grader. And check out “All Teaching Resources” for a Timeline, Map of Responses and People.

This website is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to learn more about President Lincoln, his assassination, and his legacy.

Free Women’s History Month Lessons

March 26th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, March 26, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Women’s History Month

(womenshistorymonth.gov/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Here is another resource for Women’s History Month that recognizes and celebrates the importance of women and their role in history. This website, sponsored by the Library of Congress, offers extensive free resources including articles, exhibitions, audio/visual presentations, lessons, activities and more to learn about women’s history.

When you get to the website you’ll see an introduction and featured highlights and events. Use the menu at the top to access: 

  • Exhibits & Collections – An archive of links to resources that include virtual field trips to historic places such as the homes of Clara Barton and Eleanor Roosevelt, and links to information on Women’s Rights, and women in Performing Arts, Government and Politics, Culture and Folklife, and much more.
  • Audio/Video – Enjoy audio and video presentations about women in Arts and Culture, Business and Economics, Civil Rights, Music and Performing Arts, Poetry and Literature, and more.
  • For Teachers – Access ready-to-use lesson plans, collection guides and research aids.

There is a massive amount of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

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