Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Classical Music and Games

August 24th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 24, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sphinx Kids

(www.sphinxkids.org/index.html)

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

 

This website is a companion to the Sphinx Organization that “transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts.” Sphinx Kids bring classical music into underserved schools nationwide.


The website, partially sponsored by AT&T and the New York Philharmonic, provides free interactive games that introduce kids to the world of classical music, instruments of the orchestra, and the diversity of many composers of classical music.


When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Minority Composer’s Forum – Learn about the lives and musical compositions of renown minority composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Undine Smith Moore, Heitor Villa-Lobos and more. Listen to samples of their compositions.
  • Practice Room – Pick a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) and watch videos of minority musicians playing scales and etudes.
  • Minorities On Stage – Watch videos of performances by minority musicians, and be sure to click on “See What’s Going On Backstage” to watch video-interviews with the musician-laureates. Their stories are inspirational.
  • Music Match: Composers – Match the classical composers to their musical compositions.
  • Music Match: Instruments – Play a match game with instruments of the orchestra.
  • Instrument Storage Room – Take an animated tour of the storage room and learn about each instrument and hear it played.
  • String Instrument Gallery – Learn about each part of the violin, viola, cello, and bass and what it does.
  • Composer’s Gallery – Take an animated tour of a gallery of composers born from the 1600s through the 1900s. Read their bios and hear samples of their music. Includes: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gershwin, Ellington, Debussy, Danielpour, Chopin, Britten, Brahms, Bernstein, Beethoven, Beach, Handel, Mozart, Lindberg, Leon, Kolb, Kodaly, Joplin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Sheng, and many more.

This is a terrific way to introduce children and their families to classical music and to the diversity of the composers of that music.

NOTE: Since Shockwave is no longer available, some of the links are not accessible, but there is enough here to keep you busy learning about the orchestra and its beautiful music!

Free Seismology Lessons, Videos, & More

August 20th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, August 20, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

IRIS

(www.iris.edu/hq/)

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

 

This site offers free science tools, lessons, animations, software and more to help students learn all about seismology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, geology and much more! 

Sponsored by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (funded by the National Science Foundation), this website has powerful, interactive learning tools from a consortium of over 100 U.S. universities dedicated to the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. We know this may sound “heady” but there are all kinds of engaging multi-media activities that students of a wide range of abilities and interests will enjoy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a variety of offerings. We suggest clicking on “Seismic Monitor” that is under “Earthquake Resources” on the landing page. A new screen opens where you can access: 

  • Earthquake Headlines – Read news stories about earthquakes.
  • Last 30 Days Earthquakes – See a list of earthquakes, their location and magnitude over the past 30 days.
  • Special Quakes – Review recent earthquake teachable moments.
  • Plate Tectonics – Discover the continual slow movement of the tectonic plates.
  • Education Links – Get access to free animations, video lectures, lessons and resources with links to materials, and much more!

There is so much content here that you can’t really see and enjoy it all in one visit. Bookmark the site to return again.

Listen to Interviews with Children’s Book Authors

August 14th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BBC School Radio: English – Meet the Authors

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64q0/episodes/player)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-9, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides recordings of interviews with children’s authors.

The authors answer questions posed by students about how they started writing, where they find inspiration for their stories, how they develop characters and storyline, and questions about their plans for future books. Sixteen prolific authors (who are very popular in the United Kingdom) are featured including: 

  • Brian Patten
  • Valerie Bloom
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Philip Ridley
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • Eva Ibbotson
  • Anne Fine
  • And more!

When you get to the site, simply click on the author’s name on the menu, then “Listen Now.” Most interviews are 15 minutes in length and are sure to engage and inspire young writers.

All About Caves (and Bats)

July 16th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Exploring Caves

(tinyurl.com/y3fh9n3j)

Age Range: 4-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

This 50-page PDF from the U.S. Geological Survey has free educational materials all about caves that can easily be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.

Learn about geology, cartography, and hydrology in a lighthearted story of a bat. This original 5-chapter fictional story introduces a wealth of information about caves through the adventure of two children and a talking bat. There are lesson plans, activity sheets, teacher instructions and coloring pages. The lessons include: 

  • What Is a Cave?
  • Cave Stories – Tales of Adventure
  • Find a Cave
  • Cave Diagram
  • Adapting to the Dark – Bats and People
  • Water Creates a Cave
  • Cave Art and History
  • and more!

There is also a list of books, articles, special publications, music, and more. You’ll also find links to other educational resources. However, most of the links have changed. As it says at the top of the resource page: “URL’s (Web site addresses) often change unpredictably. If any of the given URL’s fail to work, do searches with names of organizations combined with relevant key words.”

Free Activities to Learn & Improve Writing Skills!

July 10th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, July 10, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WritingDEN

(www2.actden.com/writ_den/index.htm)

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

 

The WritingDen website offers free, online activities to help students improve their writing skills by working on vocabulary, sentence structure, and paragraph development.

When you get to the site you will see a “Feature Topic” and a menu. Click the “About” button on the menu for an overview of what the WritingDen offers.

Then, back on the home page, click on the “Feature Topic.” The topic is “wolves.” Click on it and a new page opens with a menu of: 

  • Words
  • Sentences
  • Paragraphs

Click on each one in succession to see how the story is developed from a selection of vocabulary words, to simple sentence structures, and finally to full paragraphs.

The “Paragraphs” section includes a “Note Set” that shows how the ideas presented in the paragraph were organized. This step-by-step process really demonstrates how stories are constructed.

Once you’ve completed the activity, take the quiz to test your comprehension and understanding of vocabulary, sentence structure, and paragraph development.

When you are through with the “Feature Topic,” you will have a clear idea of how material is presented at this site. If you like it, go back to the home page and click on “More Topics” to see the archived list of stories on subjects that include: History, Nature, Canada, Science, etc. Click on any story to go through the writing process as you did with the “Feature Topic.” 

This site also contains “Tips-O-Matic” that provides grammar rules on word, sentence, and paragraph usage. This is a great tool for learning and reviewing parts of speech, etc.

This site is a great resource to help students develop their writing skills.

Spanish Fun for Young Ones!

July 6th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, July 6, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GPB Salsa

(www.gpb.org/salsa)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

Created by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Salsa is an award-winning language television series that uses puppets, digital graphics, and animations to provide young learners with an introduction to the Spanish language and culture in a fun and entertaining manner.

Episodes, ranging in length from 15-30 minutes, are entirely in Spanish. With the help of familiar children’s stories and characters, children become engaged and quickly pick up on the language skills presented. Throughout an episode there are brief breaks in the stories to focus on the featured words, reinforcing the vocabulary being taught.

Join Salsa, the animated salamander, and his friends as you watch any or all of the 42 video lessons available for free online. The stories include characters from such favorite stories as: 

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Three Clever Goats
  • The Three Pigs

Transcripts of the episode and activity guides are also available to download for each episode.

And to keep the learning going, there are four fun interactive games for your students to play: 

  • Seek and Find
  • Pizza
  • Sequence
  • Coloring Book

Based on research, children before the age of nine can easily learn multiple languages and with the help of this website your students can discover that learning Spanish is great fun.

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