Posts Tagged ‘performing arts’

The Best ClickSchooling Resource Ever? (CSAW)

September 25th, 2007

Recommended Website:
eMINTS

Age Range: 6-17 (Grade Range: 1-12)

ClickSchooling list member Mary Burns suggested this website that is one of the VERY BEST educational websites I’ve seen to date. It provides links to lessons and activities for every grade level 1-12, developed around a particular theme. Each theme integrates a variety of standardized subjects including science, math, history, geography, social studies, language arts, and much more. These themes are explored by clicking on pre-reviewed links to educational websites containing a multi-media extravaganza of learning tools.

This site, and all of the links, are meticulously maintained by University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education staff and graduate students from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.(Unbelievable as it seems, I clicked on numerous links here, and didn’t find one that wasn’t functional.)

The e-MINTS website is designed with classroom teachers and students in mind, but can easily be adapted to any learning environment.

When you get to the site you will see the title “e-Themes Resources Listed By Grade Level.” Below it are the grade levels 1-12. Click on the grade level that applies to your child, and you’ll see a menu of topics that include every subject.

Click on one of over 1,000 topics of interest, such as Animals, Anatomy, Ancient Civilizations, Authors, Holidays, Literature, Maps, Math, Performing Arts, Physics, Pioneer Life, Science, Solar System, Spanish American War, Sports, States, U.S. Government, Vikings, Virtual Field Trips, Weather, Westward Expansion, Writing and more. A new page
opens providing a description or overview of what you can learn from
following the suggested links provided on the page.

I wasn’t surprised to find that many websites that we’ve recommended in the past on ClickSchooling are utilized in the e-themed lessons and explorations here. :)

As the e-MINTS website explains, “this is an extensive database of content-rich, age-appropriate resources organized around specific themes.” I think it could stand alone as a computer and Internet based curriculum resource, in addition to being used as a supplementation tool for any subject or method of learning.

The resources here are also listed alphabetically for ease of use. There are teacher tips for getting the full benefit from using this resource too.

This website gets the ClickSchooling Award for Excellence!

Math Through Fiction!

July 10th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Mathematical Fiction

ClickSchooling list member Theresa recommended this website that contains a collection of over 500 fiction books, plays, films and other media that have significant references to mathematics. The site was developed by Alex Kasman, a professor of mathematics at the College of Charleston, who thought that people who like math would be interested in knowing about them because they “affect and reflect the non-mathematician’s view of this subject.”

The website has a convenient search engine that allows you to sort by author, title, or publication date. Best of all, Kasman has sorted the titles in a really helpful way as follows:

  • Select a Medium — In this section you’ll find books (with math references) that you can read for FREE online, and you’ll discover comic books, films, novels, plays, short stories, and television series that have significant references to math. Don’t miss the review of an episode of the “Simpsons” titled, “Girls Just Want to Have Sums” — it contains all kinds of references to women in mathematics.
  • Select a Genre — Choose from children’s literature, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, humor, mystery, science fiction and more. All contain significant references to math.
  • Select a Motif — This has some really interesting categories such as; anti-social mathematicians, cool or heroic mathematicians, evil mathematicians, math as exciting and useful, math as dry and useless, music and math, prodigies, proving theorems, time travel and more.
  • Select a Topic — You’ll find math references in literature and films to arithmetic, algebra, calculus, chaos, cryptography, geometry, trigonometry, infinity, physics, finance and more.

Each piece of literature or film referenced contains a review that explains what math topic is referenced in the work. The reviews themselves are really interesting reading — plus, you can read comments by visitors to this site and learn what they think about that particular book, play, or film.

Finally, Kasman explains that there are all kinds of math references in children’s literature. Rather than list them all, he only selects titles that are “unusually good or unusually interesting” to be included at this site.

Interactive Ballet Dictionary!

May 20th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Ballet Dictionary

At this website, the American Ballet Theatre offers an interactive ballet dictionary. When you get to the site look at the list of ballet words and terms on the left side of the screen. They are in alphabetical order. Click on any one and a new page opens with a definition of the term in text along with highlighted links to more information. On most of the pages you will also see a logo or a smaller screen. Click on it to watch a film clip of someone from American Ballet Theatre performing the move!

It seems to me this would be an especially helpful tool for anyone studying ballet. For those who don’t, just understanding what the terminology means — and being able to see it demonstrated — may enhance appreciation for ballet.

History Through Song!

May 4th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Popular Songs In American History

ClickSchooling list member MaryAnna recommended this website that offers an archive of songs that were popular during different historical eras in American history. When you get to the site you can read a brief introduction that is followed by a Menu of songs from the following eras:

  • 17th Century
  • 18th Century
  • The French & Indian War
  • The Revolutionary War
  • 19th Century
  • Early 1800s to the Civil War
  • Civil War
  • Post Civil War
  • The Gold Rush & Westward Journey
  • Cowboys
  • After 1900
  • Sea Shanties & Songs of the Sea
  • More American Songs
  • Songs of Other Countries
  • and more!

Click on any one and a new page opens with the lyrics of the song, a brief history including origin, and you can listen to the music.

It’s really interesting to read through the lyrics and get a feel for what the composers were experiencing as they lived through these events and eras. The historical information about some of the songs is fascinating — and I was surpised that the origins and subjects of some songs were not what I thought them to be at all. (i.e., “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen,” “Buffalo Gals,” etc.)

Note: Parents (AS ALWAYS) should read through the material to determine suitability of content. Some songs are of a political nature. A few songs (especially Sea Shanties) may contain bawdy content — although the language is so archaic that you and your children might not understand what is meant. :)

These songs provide a fascinating way to approach or introduce the study of history — and it will enhance any history curriculum.

Tap Dancing!

April 29th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Tap Dance

Do you love tap dancing? Would you like to learn how to tap dance? Want to know the history of tap or watch a video of tap dancing or just listen to the sounds of tap dancing? It’s all at today’s website.

You will also find lists of tap dancing teachers and studios throughout the wolrd, calendars of special tap dancing performance events, a “Who’s Who in Tap” reference guide, and a glossary of tap terms and notation.

Experienced tap dancers can even print out basic to complicated tap steps (in notation) in order to teach or learn more.

Not enough? Well, you can read about tap trivia and activism, subscribe to a tap online newsletter, find a list of tap dancing supply stores, find links to other Internet Dance Sites, and more.

This is a great site for those who enjoy tap dancing or want to learn more about it.

Puppetry!

October 9th, 2004

Recommended Website:
Puppetry

This website offers all kinds of information on puppetry. Read a brief history of puppets. Look backstage at a puppet show. Read poems about puppetry. And best of all, print out the free puppet play scripts and get the instructions for making the puppets you will use to perform the play! Then, invite your friends to a your puppet show! Have fun!

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