Posts Tagged ‘history’

Free Art Lessons!

September 26th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 26, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Deep Space Sparkle Art

(www.deepspacesparkle.com/age-grade-levels/)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free art lessons including complete instructions and helpful tips.

The site was designed by an art teacher in Santa Barbara, California, who named the site after her favorite Crayola crayon color. She thinks that art should be a part of every child’s day. The lessons are themed around different animals, architecture, cultures, and geography, and many are inspired by children’s picture books.

When you get to the site, choose the grade level you are interested in. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens with complete instructions, illustrations, and photos and even videos. The lessons can be easily adapted to suit kids of all ages. In fact, the whole family may enjoy doing these activities together.

Then use the menu on the left to find:  

  • 45-minute art lessons
  • Art at Home
  • Art History Curriculum
  • Art Lessons by Subject
  • Art Lessons by Technique
  • Art Shows
  • How to Teach Art
  • and more!

While most of the information is geared for classroom teachers, it can be easily tweaked for use at home.

Visit a Virtual Art Museum

September 18th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, September 18, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Web Gallery of Art

(www.wga.hu/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6112, with parental supervision)

 

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from the 13th to 19th centuries. It contains over 49,500 images. Artist biographies, pictures of the artwork, commentaries on the artwork, and (best of all) virtual guided tours are available at this site.

This site is so remarkably comprehensive that when you select a particular tour – say, the “Overview of Italian Painters” – a screen pops up with a map of Italy asking you to pick the region of Italy that produced the “school” of artists whose work you would like to see. Once you choose the region, another screen pops up with a description of the school of art that was popular there, and a list of artists. Choose an artist, and a screen appears that shows their artwork, along with a biography of the artist and commentary on their artwork. There are currently 16 tours available at the site – including a tour of the Sistine Chapel.

If you don’t want to tour, you can search for the artwork you want to see by artist, artwork title, region, etc. The index and cross-references are well-designed to help you locate the art you want to see. In addition, you can explore the site in a “duality” mode – viewing 2 pieces of artwork at once to contrast and compare!

Another great aspect of this site is that is has a free postcard service. Do you see a picture that you think your friend would enjoy? Then select the postcard button and it will be sent to your friend in the form of an electronic postcard instantly!

Oh, don’t forget to choose from among the selections of classical music you can listen to as you explore this site. They really have thought of everything to make your visit to the Web Gallery of Art enjoyable.

Visiting this site regularly would be like taking a college-level art history course. The text, paintings, sculptures, and history will provide continuous enjoyment for the whole family.

NOTE: Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise internet access.

Free Vocabulary Activities that Teach History!

September 16th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, September 16, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com – Constitution Day

(myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/constitution-day-sept-17th-vocabulary/)

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

 

This website is offering free activities to boost students’ vocabularies and knowledge of history in anticipation of Constitution Day, Columbus Day, and Election Day.

When you get to the site, you’ll find interactive: 

  • word searches
  • crosswords
  • matching games
  • quizzes
  • and more

that include 229 vocabulary words themed around the U.S. Constitution.

Also check out COLUMBUS DAY, October 12th 

Try your skills at solving vocabulary word puzzles and games, and get some lesson ideas for learning about Columbus and his historical expeditions.

and ELECTION DAY, November 3rd

Play word games and do puzzles themed around political vocabulary words such as: Ballot, Campaign, Candidate, Canvass, Caucus, Constituency, Delegates, Electoral, Gerrymander, Incumbent, Judicial, Legislature, Nominate, Partisan, Primary, Quorum, Veto, etc.

Bookmark this ad-free website to take advantage of the array of free content to improve vocabulary. You’ll find activities to help prepare students for SAT and ACT exams too.

Math with Archimedes

September 14th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, September 14, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archimedes

(www.cs.drexel.edu/~crorres/Archimedes/contents.html)

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

 

This site is a treasure trove of information on one of the greatest mathematicians of all time – Archimedes. The site was created by Chris Rorres, a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. It contains free information about the life and times of Archimedes, as well as examples of his work and inventions such as the compound pulley system, the planetarium, the water screw, etc.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu and some fascinating “Quick Facts” about Archimedes. Click on any menu item to explore: 

  • Archimedes’ Claw
  • Burning Mirrors
  • The Golden Crown
  • Archimedes Screw
  • Archimedean Solids
  • Spheres and Planetaria
  • The Lever
  • ~ and much more!

Each item includes an explanation along with illustrations and animations. The documentation and resources for further exploration are terrific. Professor Rorres also indicates which inventions were arguably credited to Archimedes.

This site is a great blend of math and history and may springboard interest in learning much more.

Discover the Spies in the Shadows

September 10th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, September 10, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spies in the Shadows

(www.spiesintheshadows.com/index.php)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Companion to the documentary series, Spies in the Shadows, this interactive educational website provides visitors with tools to understand the role that intelligence and espionage played in shaping Canada.

When arriving at the home page of this website, read the brief summary “Why Spy?”, then go to the upper tool bar to select “Teacher’s Lounge”. On this page you will find downloadable lesson plans that include all the associated masters. In addition to the downloadable “Elements of Intelligence History”, which provides a list of resources for further exploration, choose from: 

  • Lesson 1: Spy Identities and Methods: War of 1812
  • Lesson 2: Spy Tools of the Trade: Cryptography, Codes, and Ciphers
  • Lesson 3: Women and Intelligence
  • Lesson 4: The Role of Intelligence and Espionage in Canada During the Cold War

In the “Teacher’s Lounge”, you will also find additional resources such as: 

  • The Secret Files –  Explore an interactive file cabinet filled with ‘index cards’ profiling some of the most unique participants in spy history.
  • The Espionage Glossary – Learn the words and phrases in the language of spies.
  • The Great Canadian Spyglass of Espionage Abbreviations – Uncover the meaning of intelligence acronyms.

After reviewing the lessons, use the features at the website to bring the lessons to life. Some of the special interactive features found in the top menu include: 

  • Cryptography Laboratory – Discover the world of codes and breaking codes with activities that include using Morse code, color shielding, book codes, and secret ink.
  • Espionage Games – Engage in the decision making process faced by commanders in the War of 1812 by ‘joining’ in five battles which include the Battle of Detroit, Battle of Stoney Creek, Battle at Beaver Dams, Battle of York, and Battle on Washington D.C.
  • Espionage Timeline – Travel through time with this interactive timeline and explore the history of espionage and intelligence. Find key icons along the way to reveal important events.
  • Links – dozens of links to other websites for further study of Canadian espionage and the War of 1812

Students intrigued by mystery, espionage, and the world of spies will enjoy exploring this website and will learn a great deal about Canadian history and the Spies in the Shadows along the way.

Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

September 8th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/for-teachers/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans for Primary (K-3), Elementary (4-7), Intermediate (6-9), and Secondary (9-12)
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers: 

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.

There’s also a link to Energy Calculators and a Glossary.

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