Posts Tagged ‘theater’

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.

Symphony Orchestra for Kids

October 5th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 5, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DSO Kids

(www.mydso.com/dso-kids/)

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

 

DSO Kids is the educational music site for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra located in Dallas, Texas. The site offers a wide variety of free music appreciation activities for kids!

You’ll find an introduction to famous composers and their music, lessons that teach you how to build your own instrument, practice tips for playing instruments, and more. There is also a great teacher resource section on the site that includes a huge database of archived music appreciation lesson plans that you can download and print out for use at home including: 

  • Families of Instruments Listening Maps
  • Meet the Composers Scavenger Hunt
  • The Role of the Conductor
  • Puppet Theater
  • Music Can Tell a Story
  • The Character of Instruments
  • Music and Motion
  • Meet the Percussion Instruments
  • and more!

This is a great resource to learn all about music!

Free Interactives for Music, Art and More!

August 31st, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 31, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Toy Theater

(toytheater.com/category/classic-toy-theater/classic-music/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all kinds of high quality interactive games for learning music, art, math and literacy that have real educational value.

Because this is Saturday and “Electives Day” at ClickSchooling, we focused on Music for this review. When you get to the site, you can choose from: 

  • Drum Beats
  • Piano Puppet
  • Composer
  • Music Maker

Your child will have fun creating drum beats, using a virtual puppet to play piano tunes, and composing music.

Then, when you are through learning with Music, get ready to explore the MAIN CONTENT on this site that is archived in these menu items: 

  • Art – Your child can use interactive online media to draw, color, create animations and more.
  • Math – Play a variety of interactive games that teach kids about addition, multiplication, subtraction, line plots, pictographs and more!
  • Reading – Enjoy an animated alphabet, learn to type and practice keyboard skills, word finds, word searches, alphabet doodles, word scrambles, original & classic stories and more! All of these activities are designed to enhance language arts skills.

Just click on a topic and a new page opens with a selection of activities that will engage and entertain your kids. You’ll also find puzzles and games at the site – so be sure to bookmark it to return often.

Historical Music from the Library of Congress

August 11th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 11, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: National Jukebox

(www.loc.gov/jukebox/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision. NOTE: See warning below.)

 

The Library of Congress provides a “National Jukebox” that makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge.

This exhibit transforms your computer into a gramophone featuring more than 10,000 78rpm disc recordings issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925. You can listen to a broad range of songs including marching band music, novelty tunes, hits from musical theater productions, dance tunes, and opera arias. You’ll also find spoken recordings.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the music audio player – and just above it this: 

WARNING: Historical recordings may contain offensive language.

These music selections are presented as part of the record of the past. They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of people in a very different time period. For that reason, they may contain content that is offensive to users. As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE and supervise all Internet activity.

Once you get past the disclaimer, look below the audio player to find a menu of featured recordings and playlists. Use the menu in the left margin that includes: 

  • Browse all Recordings – Search by language, target audience, record label, date range, composer, lyricist, performer and genre.
  • Artists – Browse the artists from A-Z. Find recordings by music greats such as opera singer Enrico Caruso, Broadway legends Al Jolson and Fanny Brice, whistling virtuoso Charles Kellogg, composer and band leader John Philip Sousa, and thousands more.
  • Genres – Find a wide selection of genres of music including classical, opera, religious, popular music, blues, ethnic music, humorous songs, etc.

This is an AMAZING musical resource that takes time to explore. Bookmark it to return often.

Virtually Explore Virginia

June 15th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, June 15, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Encyclopedia Virginia

(www.encyclopediavirginia.org/vr)

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

 

Tour some of the historical sites of Virginia with this page from the larger Encyclopedia Virginia website.

Each of these tours provides a selection of 360° images of the location that visitors can explore using their mouse. Destinations include: 

  • Old Coast Guard Station, Virginia Beach
  • The Virginia State Capitol
  • The Virginia Executive Mansion
  • Mount Vernon
  • Monticello
  • Montpelier
  • Poplar Forest
  • James Monroe’s Highland
  • The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
  • Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum
  • Abijah Thomas House, Smyth County
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
  • Stratford Hall
  • Smith’s Fort Plantation
  • Carr/Greer Family Residence
  • Gunston Hall
  • The Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum
  • The John Marshall House
  • The Patrick Henry National Memorial
  • Scotchtown
  • The Poe Museum
  • Justice Park, Charlottesville
  • Lee Park, Charlottesville
  • Carlyle House Historic Park
  • Athenaeum
  • Panorama of Lumpkin’s Jail Site
  • Tobacco Barns in Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties
  • Slave Dwellings in the counties of Amelia, Caroline, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Kent, Powhatan, and Rockbridge and in Church Hill, Richmond
  • Bacon’s Castle
  • Cape Henry Lighthouse
  • Christ Church
  • Saint John’s Church, Richmond
  • Aquia Episcopal Church
  • Howland Chapel School & Teachers’ Cottage
  • Julius Rosenwald High School
  • Saint John Rosenwald School
  • The Academical Village at the University of Virginia
  • The Barter Theater
  • The Extant Structures and Grounds at Menokin

These simple virtual tours will make a wonderful addition to your state and history studies.

Free Lesson Plans for Music, Dance, Theater and More

March 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 24, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

(artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx)

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

 

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select: 

  • Grade Band
    • K-4
    • 5-8
    • 9-12 
  • Arts Subject
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Media Arts
    • Music
    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
  • Other Subject
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Physical Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Technology
    • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

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