Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

Free science experiments, games and activities

August 28th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kinetic City

(www.kineticcity.com/)

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 3-5, with parental supervision)

 

Save Vearth (Virtual Earth) from dastardly villains! The National Science Foundation sponsors this AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) website to promote science education in the classroom and at home.

When you get to the site, use the space vehicle at the top left corner of the screen. Click on “Club Car,” and from there select “Our World” to meet the animated crew of virtual kids who live on Vearth (the “virtual” planet Earth). Of course, they are facing a crisis — the possibility of Deep Delete — a wicked plan to destroy Vearth with 16 viruses.

By following the clues, reading scientific explanations for the strange things that are occurring on Vearth, and by doing science lab experiments that will help you solve various mysteries and puzzles, you can discover a solution to save Vearth.

To get started, you will need to choose from either: 

  1. Lab Car — Select this option to access just the interactive “mind games.”
  2. Control Car — To get all of the science content this site has to offer, use this option. Not only are all of the “mind games” included, but there are lab experiments to do.
  3. Supply Car — Click on “Deep Delete Trading Cards” to play “Virus Attack”.  The other choices of the Supply Car are “coming soon,” so bookmark the site and check back occasionally to see what’s new!

Once aboard the Control Car, use the top menu button labeled “Pack” to choose from packs labeled: Omega, Phi, Sigma, and Tau. Each pack has four viruses. Select a virus then click on its picture to read a brief synopsis of its threat to Vearth. Then, click the three buttons at the bottom of the screen to watch the villain and his evil henchman reveal their sinister plot of DOOM. To find out what you can do to help foil their evil plan, play the suggested online games and do the science lab experiments and other activities that include drawing, writing, and games involving physical movement. The information you gain from these activities will equip you for the “Mission to Vearth” that will ultimately destroy that virus.

When you first click “Mission to Vearth” you get a chance to earn “Power Points.” If you have logged in (membership is free), you can accumulate the points that you earn, have a chance at having your high scores posted on the site, and advance in rank from “Bug Zapper 2nd Class” all the way up to “Supersonic Virus Stopper!” If you’d rather not join, don’t worry; just click “Later” and proceed to answer the power questions anyway. You’ll still be congratulated for any power points you earn.

And don’t miss the heart-pounding arcade-style game to evaluate what you have learned, before you move on to the next virus! In “Bug Blaster,” crash into and destroy viruses, gain more fuel by answering questions correctly, and avoid obstacles which may reduce your shield strength. (Watch out! This game ends when you run out of either time, fuel, or shield strength.) Some viruses are destroyed by “Smart Attack” instead, a fast-paced matching game. Try to rack up points by matching as many facts as possible before you run out of lives or time.

Bookmark this site so you can return repeatedly to do the succession of activities in this entertaining Internet quest for science knowledge.

Learn to Draw

August 18th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 18, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Drawing Guides

(easydrawingguides.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides oodles of step-by-step drawing tutorials for animals, plants, cartoon characters and more. Most of the tutorials include video and online instruction.

The homepage provides some topical samples of the lessons with “See More” links under the categories including: 

  • Popular Drawing Ideas – cartoon flowers, a horse head, cartoon characters and much more
  • Latest Easy Drawing Tutorials – Find the most recent tutorials here.
  • How to Draw Animals – dogs, cats, forest creatures and other mammals, birds, fish and sea life, fantasy creatures and more
  • How to Draw Cartoons – T.V. characters, Star Wars, Disney, Japanese manga, super heroes, and more
  • How to Draw Flowers – from daisies to sunflowers and everything in between as well as trees, bushes, fruit and vegetables
  • How to Draw People – characters, body parts and more
  • How to Draw Things – food, instruments, transportation, buildings and all kinds of random things
  • Other Drawing Guides – things that may not have fit into other categories such as emojis, symbols, landscapes, weather and much more

Visitors can browse the collections or use the search engine to see if there is a tutorial for something specific. Drawing lessons also include texts about the subject.

If you subscribe to their newsletter you will receive a PDF Learn to Draw Animals ebook as well as the ability to download the lessons.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Hampton Mansion

March 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Friday, March 23, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hampton National Historic Site

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/hampton/index.html)

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

 

Step back into time with this virtual museum tour of the Hampton Historical Site in Towson, Maryland.

This website from the National Park Service provides a glimpse into Mid-Atlantic life from the 1790s through the 20th century. Once arriving at today’s link, read the overview, then select the “Mansion Tour” link under the introduction to begin the tour. Use the maps on the right to explore the various rooms, which display artifacts representing a specific time-period: 

  • Drawing Room – 1830-1860
  • Music Room – the high Victorian era, 1870-1890
  • Great Hall – Ridgely family portraits
  • Parlour – 1790-1810
  • Dining Room –  1810-1829
  • Kitchen – second quarter of the 19th century
  • Guest Bedchamber – 1890-1910
  • Master Bedchamber – 1780-1810
  • Northeast Bedchamber – mid-19th century

When selecting a room, move your mouse over the image to move around the room and get a closer look at various objects. Each room is also accompanied by a description of the display.

After finishing your tour of the mansion, use the upper menu to learn more about the Ridgely family by selecting the “People” link. See more detailed images of artifacts by selecting the other links in the menu.

The images on this site are wonderful and most can be examined more closely with a simple move of the mouse.

Circle Math with Paper Plates!

December 4th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, December 4, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wholemovement – Folding Circles

(wholemovement.com/)

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

 

This is fascinating! Bradford Hansen-Smith has been folding circles and teaching people of all ages how to do it for twenty-five years. He states, “Mathematics is based on the geometry of drawing pictures of the circle and using parts of the circle for constructing information from these static images. The square and all other polygons are only a part of the circle, all limited to a specific number of sides. The circle has no sides, it does not have limits.”

Under “How to Fold Circles” you’ll find four free, fundamental activities with instructions to make: 

  • A Sphere
  • A Tetrahedron
  • An Octahedron
  • An Icosahedron

You’ll also find on the home page a fascinating animation that demonstrates how folded circles combine into a spherical pattern that Buckminster Fuller called the Vector Equilibrium.

Hansen-Smith was inspired by the work of Fuller, and now leads explorations into geometry and other forms of math by folding and joining circles. He claims that, “The circle is the most experiential, comprehensive, hands-on, educational tool we have… Every child in school should be folding as often as they draw pictures of circles, and discuss the information that is generated in the folding.”

Folding circles is accessible to anyone who can fold a circle in half, regardless of age or grade level. The main tool you’ll need are paper circles that are readily available in the form of paper plates.

By using the menu, you can read and discover more about folding circles along with information on Hansen-Smith’s workshops and products he sells in his online store.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 16th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 16, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arte a scuola

(arteascuola.com/)

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

 

Italian art teacher, Miriam Paternoster, shares hundreds of art lessons for middle school aged students which can be easily adapted for older students on this ad-supported website.

Use the upper menu to select from: 

  • Drawing – felt-tip-pen, pastels, pencils
  • Painting – acrylic or watercolors
  • Art Techniques – arts & crafts, fabric, mixed media, mosaic, printing
  • Clay – hand building clay, slab clay, throwing clay, ceramic decoration
  • Paper & cardboard – cardboard, collage, pop-up
  • Art & Technology – computer art, photography, video, web
  • Teaching – educational system, events & exhibition, and History of Art

Almost all of the lessons include instruction and photographs of the process. Please note that some projects may require a printable template that the site owner is selling, but you can pass on these projects or adapt for your class or you may wish to support the site with your purchase.

Visitors will want to bookmark this website as content is added on a regular basis.

Australian Art Games, Videos & More

August 5th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, August 5, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

QAGOMA Children’s Art Center

(www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/learn/kids)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) invites visitors to explore art and artists from around the world through games, videos and “make-at-home activities.”

Scroll down below the introduction to begin your discovery. Select from interactive games such as: 

  • Build Your Own Humpy
  • Drover Muster
  • The Call of the Wild
  • We Miss you in Magic Land
  • Kusama’s World of Dots
  • Harlequin Hallway
  • Spanish Still Life
  • The Drawing Room
  • The Surrealist Chronicle
  • Pepe’s Great Escape

And many more. Games vary in skill level and type as well as what concepts are taught but are fairly simple to learn and play overall.

Activities include 5 downloadable lesson projects. There are also video stories available to watch online.

Bookmark this site to add to your art studies; but this would also be a nice addition to your cultural studies.

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