Find your Way through a Virtual Corn Maze

October 31st, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s October 31, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Edmonton Corn Maze

 

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

 

Try your hand at navigating this huge corn maze from 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada using Google Street View.
When arriving at the link above, use your mouse to hover over the map to find directional arrows along the path and click to move. Look for x’s in the paths to help yourself move along. You may also click and drag the image to help find the x’s, but be careful. You can easily find yourself among the corn stalks. But no worries! Simply hover your mouse around the page or click and drag until you see another arrow, then click. You can use the “Rotate the view” tool in the lower left corner to find a different direction to look around and can zoom in and out of the image using the “Zoom” tool. You may find yourself lost in giggles navigating through this maze as you hit dead ends and try to find your way out. Loads of fun for the whole family.

Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project

October 30th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 30, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project

 

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

What better way to best understand what happened during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 than through the primary source materials provided at this website. Published in partnership with the Scholars’ Lab of the University of Virginia Library and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, this website provides:
  • Documents & Transcriptions of court records, record books, personal letters, sermons, dairies and more
  • Historical Maps of Salem Village, Andover, and maps of witchcraft accusations
  • Archival Collections from the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Essex Institute Archive, and more
  • Contemporary Books online by Cotton Mather, Robert Calef, Increase Mather, John Hale, Samuel Willard, and George Lincoln Burr all pertaining to witchcraft and the trials.
  • Notable People provides biographical information and sometimes images about the people involved in the trials including the accused and the accusers.
  • Literary Works provide online texts from such authors as Hawthorne, Holmes, Longfellow, and others who wrote about witches in their works

Navigating through this unintimidating website is a breeze. You may read an “Overview of the Salem Witch Trials” or view the “Various Images of Salem Witch Trials” by selecting those on the sidebar menu as well as check out the “Media Reviews” of books and movies related to the topic.

This website is a great supplemental resource in your studies of the Salem Witch Trials.

Popcorn Language Arts & Much More!

October 29th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, October 29, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Popcorn.org

 

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

 

October is National Popcorn Month and at Popcorn.org you will find all kinds of lessons and activities themed around popcorn to help you celebrate. When you get to the site you will see some neat suggestions for popcorn-themed Language Arts including a popcorn booklist, popcorn coloring sheets, popcorn worksheets, and popcorn games.
But that’s not all!
Click on “For Teachers” on the menu bar and a new page opens with all kinds of ingenious suggestions for incorporating popcorn into the curriculum. Look for “Teaching Tools, Lesson Plans” on the menu. Click on it to find an incredible array of fun popcorn-themed lessons, activities, and experiments in Math, Science, Agricultural Sciences, Social Studies, Business, Art, Music, Literature, Health Sciences and Nutrition for grades K-12.
This site is sure to whet the kids’ appetites for popcorn – so make sure you have some in the house before you visit the site!

PlanetQuest (CSAW)

October 28th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 28, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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NASA: PlanetQuest Timeline

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3-Adult; children, with parental supervision)

 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers a multi-media historic timeline of the discovery of planets in our solar system and in others. Turn on your speakers to hear the narration as you watch the video slide show.

Then, visit the main PlanetQuest website with a dazzling array of astronomical science, technology, and incredible multi-media space-themed games, simulations, movies and virtual tours!

There’s something for everyone here – a description simply doesn’t do it justice. This one earns a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in blending technology with education.

Candy Corn Math Ideas and More!

October 27th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 27, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various – see below

 

Age Range: All (All grades: Most of the activities are for Grades K-8, but fun for all.  Parental supervision required.)

 

This website offers an article that contains all kinds of great ideas for how to use candy corn to teach math – from simple concepts for young students to more advanced math problems. In fact, the article refers to the “Internet Math Challenge From the University of Idaho” as a potentially fun math problem for geometry students. (You’ll find the solution HERE.)

Education World: 35 Chocolate Activities

Get a list of fun ideas using M&M’s, chocolate Kisses, candy bars and more to explore math, science, and language arts.

Math Investigations.com’s Candy Math Worksheet

Use M&Ms or other candies to review estimation, grouping, addition, and graphing with this free, printable worksheet.

Halloween Candy Math – Find a list of activities you can do with an assortment of candy including setting up a candy store and making a number book. Other activities teach estimation, measurement, fractions, and more.

Hundreds of Art Lessons for Kids

October 25th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 25, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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Art for Kids Hub

 

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

 

At this website, you will find hundreds of lessons for drawing, painting, and sculpture and there is even a special category of projects for kids under 5. Created by a dad who wanted to share his ideas and tips with others, lessons are presented in a fun way and most include images and/or a video making following along simple. Many also include downloadable PDF instruction sheets.

Just a small sampling of lessons include:

  • How to Draw:
    • Animals such as a crocodile, chicken, turtle, owl, pig, raccoon, frog, and tiger
    • Dinosaurs like a triceratops, apatosaurus, stegosaurus, dilophosaurus, and pterodactyl
    • Minecraft figures include a ghast and enderman
  • Painting for Kids
    • Animals like a butterfly, ladybug, starfish , seahorse, and a koala
    • A car, a monster, Winnie the Pooh, a snowman
    • A pumpkin, watermelon, and a candy cane
  • Sculpting for Kids
    • Origami box, frog, bat, and fortune teller
    • Pinch pot, coil pot, and slab pot

There are too many to list here.

And don’t limit yourself to the categories at the top of the menu bar. Select the “Archive” link in the sub-menu bar and find a huge list of past lessons. With all of the lessons, downloads, videos, and helpful hints for teaching, this website will quickly become your favorite “go-to” website for art instruction and project ideas.

Historic Westville Virtual Tour

October 24th, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 24, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Historic Westville, Georgia: 1850s Living History Museum

 

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

 

Living history museums offer visitors a glimpse into days-gone-by, and at this website, virtually tour the buildings of Georgia from the mid-1800s. Part of this collection of historical buildings was originally collected by Colonel John West with the acquisition of 6 buildings. After his death in 1961, the collection was purchased and moved from his home in Jonesboro, Georgia to Lumpkin, Georgia and has grown to include over 30 buildings.
When arriving at the link above, use the interactive map of the village to begin your exploration. Buildings to visit include:
  • The Wells House, The Kiser House, The Moye House, The Lawson House, The Grimes House, The Singer House, The Rawson House, The McDonald House, The Thornton House, The Bryan House and Replica Slave House
  • The Harris Farmhouse Complex, which includes:
    • The Harris Farmhouse
    • The Mule Barn
    • The Sugar Cane Mill & Syrup Boiler (Check out the video of Sugar Cane grinding at Westville on this page)
  • The West Cabin
  • Dabney and McDaniel Log Homes
  • The Blacksmith Shop & Carriage Shed
  • Bagley Cotton Gin & Westville’s Cotton Press
  • The Pottery Shed and replica Pug Mills & Kiln
  • The Adams Store and The Randle Store
  • The Print Shop
  • The Singer Boot Shop
  • The Yellow Creek Meeting Arbor
  • The Chattahoochee County Courthouse
  • The Damascus Methodist Church
  • Stewart County Academy
  • “Singer Gates to the Past”
  • Dr. Paullin’s Office

Each location provides interesting historical information and great photos of the properties.

Geography with Interactive Maps and Games

October 23rd, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 23, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Owl & Mouse: Maps that Teach

 

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can you point to Zimbabwe on a map of Africa? Can you find the Spice Islands? If you use today’s website, you can!
Sponsored by Owl & Mouse Educational Software, the website offers for FREE:
  • Online Interactive maps of the U.S., Europe, Asia, and more.
  • Online Atlas with maps of the countries of every continent.
  • Map Puzzles – These interactive puzzles help you learn geography by assembling maps of Europe, the U.S., Africa, and more! (If you like these puzzles, you can download the software for free to use offline.)
  • Printable Maps of the world, continents, and countries in large or small sizes.
  • Maps by Place – Choose a location and get a map of Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and more!
  • U.S. Geography Mega Quiz with 1100 questions about the United States

Note: To get a good overview of what the site offers and teaching suggestions for how to use the maps – just scroll down below the menu on the home page.

“Maps that Teach” understands that geography is spatial and that kids learn best by doing. As children assemble the maps, they build a permanent mental picture of the world. They learn about the continents and where they are in relation to each other. They learn about the countries of the world, their capitals and major cultural landmarks, and physical features. The free resources here make learning geography easy and fun.

Pumpkin Education

October 22nd, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, October 22, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various – see below

 

Age Range: 3-Adult (Grades PreK-Adult, children with parental supervision)

We thought you might enjoy some fun ideas for how to learn many different subjects with pumpkins. There is so much material in the websites listed below that you can create a complete pumpkin curriculum! 

Pumpkin Education

Make your own pumpkin curriculum! If you would like to develop a “Pumpkin Unit Study” or a pumpkin-themed curriculum, check out this remarkable educational website from the University of Illinois that includes:

  • Pumpkin History
  • Pumpkin Education – including tons of free lesson plans for pumpkin math, science, language arts, and more!
  • Pumpkin Facts
  • Pumpkin Fun
  • And a directory of pumpkin farms and festivals throughout the U.S.!

Pumpkins for Preschoolers!

Read the article “Pumpkin Fun!” with all kinds of ideas for learning with pumpkins at this site. While this page was created with preschoolers in mind, many of the activities suggested will be fun for the whole family.

Local Harvest: Pumpkin Patch

To find a pumpkin farm near you visit this website. When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of pumpkins with a search box under it. Simply enter your zip code, city, and state and a new screen opens with pumpkin farms and patches near you. Click on any one listed and a new page opens with information on that farm, visiting hours, directions, any fees, etc.
For another resource to locate a pumpkin farm or festival near you try Pumpkin Patches and More.

Save the Estuary Online Game

October 21st, 2014 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 21, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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NOAA: Waterlife

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The game is based upon an ecosystem of a United States west coast estuary and follows an animated human girl as she encounters a talking sea otter. Together they visit an “oracle” (a wise old turtle) who introduces them to a geoduck clam. The characters embark on a journey that raises student awareness and interest in estuaries, water quality, tides, endangered and threatened species, pollution and marine debris, and what students can do to help. The characters face challenges along the way, and by using the game’s “Field Guide” they get in-depth information that helps them heal the estuary and return home safely.

There is lots of good content here delivered through downloadable pdfs, activities, and quizzes. We found the game to be a bit slow-moving and we didn’t spot any “obvious” way to fast forward. That may be intentional by the designers who want students to take the time to learn the various concepts and information offered.

THE BEST PART in our opinion, are the additional learning opportunities beyond the game at this site. Use the menu that includes: 

    • For Kids – Click on links to maps where you can find real estuaries to visit, or take a virtual field trip to an estuary.
    • Careers – Meet the scientists, researchers, and ecologists who work to help us all better understand and preserve marine estuaries.
    • What We Do – Watch video clips that bring the game to life, as you watch real people working and visiting estuaries.
When you’re through playing the game “Where Rivers Meet the Sea”, click on the “Games@NOAA” button on the right hand menu to play arcade games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.
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