RMS Titanic Virtual Tour

April 17th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, April 17, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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The RMS Titanic

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

From the Russian international multimedia news service, Sputnik International, take an interactive virtual tour of a realistic animated version of the RMS Titanic.
When arriving at the link, let the tour load in the window then click “Start” to begin the tour. Visitors can watch the brief fly-by view of the ship, or choose to skip it, and then a cutaway version of the ship appears. Use the lower left button to select “Outside” or “Inside” the ship.

Click on the spinning ‘boxes’ to explore various locations on the ship such as: 

  • Third-Class Cabin
  • Third-Class Dining Room
  • Second-Class Cabin
  • Second-Class Dining Room
  • First-Class Stateroom
  • First-Class Dining Saloon
  • Engine Room
  • Staircases
  • Bridge
  • Bow Section
After selecting your destination, use your mouse, arrow keys, or the on-screen arrows to move around and examine the location. Occasionally visitors will discover informational hotspots among the images with interesting facts and tidbits about the location. Click the “X” to return to the main image.

Along with being able to visit various parts of the ship, select the paragraph icons to learn more fascinating facts about the ship.

This website provides an excellent rendition of what the Titanic was like before its demise on April 15, 1912.

The History of the Titanic

April 16th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, April 16, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Titanic Interactive

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

During her maiden voyage, the British passenger liner, RMS Titanic, sank into the North Atlantic Ocean the morning of April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg. More than 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives that fateful day. This interactive website from the History Channel explores the building of the ship, the disaster that sank her, and the aftermath.
When arriving at the site, visitors can select from the following: 
  • 1909 – Birth of the Titanic – Learn about the designing and building of the Titanic through historical photographs and a tour of the ship that includes cutaway illustrations and images.
  • 1912 – The Disaster – Uncover the causes of the sinking of the Titanic with animated video and pictures taken by passengers and witnesses of the ship and the rescue effort.
  • 1913 – The Aftermath – Understand how people dealt with the news of the Titanic disaster through the stories of the survivors and learn how the event changed the maritime industry.
  • Titanic Route Map – Explore the interactive map with “Hotspots” linked to a timeline.
  • Timeline of Events – Discover the timeline of the Titanic from the laying of its keel in Belfast, Ireland, March 31, 1909 to the burial of many of the victims at Halifax cemeteries on May 3, 1912.
With brief, informative text, images, and videos, this website not only explores the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic but provides insight into the passengers and crew before, during, and after the catastrophe.

Free, Fun, “Parts of Speech” Tutorial & More!

April 15th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Sheppard Software: Parts of Speech Tutorial

 

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun “Parts of Speech Tutorial” is comprised of a series of animated games that help kids identify and use nouns, adjectives, verbs, commas, and capitals. It’s part of the massive, ad-supported Sheppard Software website that offers hundreds of free learning games for children in language arts, math, science, history and more.
When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a stage. Click on the word “Play” on the stage curtain to create a character using nouns, adjectives, and verbs. If you’re uncertain of those parts of speech, then look at the menu on the left side of the page to find educational games that include: 
  • Noun Explorer – Learn the definition of a noun and use it to feed fish in the animated game.
  • Adjective Adventure – Select fly adjectives and use them to feed the spiders.
  • Verbs in Space – Use verbs to hammer robot aliens in space.
  • Comma Chameleon – Select punctuation marks and help the chameleon place them in a sentence correctly.
  • Magical Capital – Help a fairy capitalize words in sentences.

Once you play those games, go back to the main page to build your character for the stage. This is an engaging way to help kids learn and practice parts of speech.

When you’ re finished, be sure to click on the words “Sheppard Software” at the top of the screen to explore all of the learning games offered at this site. You’ll want to bookmark it to return often.

Aww…”ZooBorns” Baby Animals!

April 14th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 14, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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ZooBorns

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This website has the latest news on animal babies from zoos and aquaria worldwide – and boy are they CUTE!
When you get to the site, you’ll see the featured news story on the most recent birth of a baby animal at a zoo, for example, the birth of a baby White Rhino born at the Tel Aviv Zoo in Israel. Then, use the sidebar menu to search for baby animals from aardvarks to zebras. Have you ever seen a baby anteater, eel, or wombat? They’re all here! Click on any critter on the menu and a new page opens featuring pictures, information about the animal, a link to the website of the zoo where the baby was born, and in some cases – you’ll even find videos!

You can also search by zoo – and see the baby animals that were born at your local zoo.

Challenging Math & Logic Puzzles – All Ages!

April 13th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Monday, April 13, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Zoopz.com: Games That Make You Think

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Don’t let these games from Meyers Labs fool you – they offer fun ways to learn fundamental and challenging concepts that are required for math.
When you  get to the site, you’ll see a menu of puzzles that include Frog Jumpin’, Inch Worm, Galactic Journey, Maze Craze, Ink Blobs, Mosaic Design, and more. Click on any game and a new window opens. Some of the games come with instructions, others are intuitive. Some of the skills these games enhance are: 
  • Recognizing Patterns
  • Sequencing
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Recognizing and Sorting Shapes and Colors
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Memory
  • Performance Under Pressure
  • And More!
It helps to read  the “Parents & Teachers” notes (at the bottom, on the left side of the home page) that explains which skills are addressed by each game.

Drawing Lessons from Toad Hollow Studio

April 11th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, April 11, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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Toad Hollow Studio

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website created by Carol Rosinski, author of Drawing Made Easy: Getting Started, features loads of drawing tutorials. In addition to a few drawing videos and other demonstrations, exercises and tips scattered throughout the website, lessons are available at three levels.
In the Beginning lessons, the author explains some of the following techniques: 
  • From 2D Design To 3D Shape
  • How To Draw A Cat In Four Steps (more or less)
  • Texture Hatching Technique
  • Blind Contour Drawing
  • Draw A Teddy Bear
  • How To Draw Simple Flowers
  • Shading Basics
The intermediate lessons cover the following: 
  • Mindless Drawing
  • Organic Form Gradation
  • Key – What It Is, Why It Matters To Your Drawings, And How To Change It
  • Creating Three Dimensional Form with Value
  • How to Draw a Scallop Shell
  • How to Draw a Shiny Ornament
  • How to Draw a Rose
  • Advanced Shading
The current advance lessons include: 
  • Drawing Texture Technique on Queen Anne’s Lace
  • How to Draw a Horse
  • Sketch a Yarn Ball
Visitors will enjoy the personal style of the lessons and come away with newfound knowledge of pencil drawing techniques.

Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

April 10th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Friday, April 10, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

 

Age Range: Virtual Tour – All Ages; Educational Materials for Grades 8-12 (children 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. Today it serves to offer visitors “inspiring theatrical productions, live historic interpretation and engaging education programs”.
When arriving at the link, explore the 360° image of the Main Stage using your mouse to navigate around the image. While examining the image, find the plus signs in a blue circle – “Hotspots”. Clicking on these provides interesting facts about the location. On the right hand side of the image there is a grey bar with the image title down the length that when clicked on slides out and provides information about the image.

When you are done exploring the Main Stage, click on the images under the main window for even more pictures and loads of interesting information. Image selections include: 

  • View from the Box
  • Presidential Box
  • Stage
  • Cast of Characters
  • Booth’s Possessions
  • Theatre Exterior and Lobby
  • Ford’s Theatre Museum
  • Center for Education and Leadership
  • Petersen House
After clicking on the individual image from the list above, other images related to the main image appear in the window. Each image includes informational text. Use the slider in the window to scroll through the pictures.

When you are finished with your tour be sure to go to the main Ford’s Theatre website to keep the learning going. From here, select “Education” in the upper tool bar. When arriving at this page, select the “Resources for Teachers” link either on the sidebar or near the bottom of the page for lesson plans, printables, guided virtual tours, videos and much more. The “Resources for Students” page provides students with a variety of resources for their studies. Click the “Printable Resources” option on the side bar for more printables. Please note that the Teacher and Student resources and lessons are geared towards students in grades 8-12.

This website is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to learn more about President Lincoln, his assassination, and his legacy.

History Matters

April 9th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, April 9, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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SchoolHistory.co.uk

 

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

 

For those of you looking for comprehensive and meaty U.S. History curriculum and lessons for high school students and beyond – look no further. This site provides resources and a gateway to U.S. history materials for teachers and students.
When you get to the site, you may need to wait a few minutes for it to fully load before you can click on the menu items. From primary source documents to teaching assignments using web resources, along with strategies from distinguished history teachers, you will discover all of the tools you need to study U.S. history – and most of the resources include text, image, and audio. There are also chat rooms for discussing various history topics and lessons with other students and teachers.

You will also find a fascinating History Test at this site that presents a series of questions and asks you to determine whether the test question is a legitimate question taken from real standardized tests for junior high and high school. This is in the Puzzled By The Past section that includes all kinds of quizzes and puzzle challenges for history students.

While this site is geared for high school and up – junior high students can benefit from many of the resources and information as well.

Stories From A Long, Long Time Ago

April 8th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, April 8, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Long, Long Time Ago – stories for you

Age Range: 3-11 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Children’s book author, Rohini Chowdhury, retells a collection of timeless tales for kids that you can read online or print out to read offline. There are no bells and whistles at this website just interesting stories that children will enjoy reading or hearing.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Fables
  • Folktales
  • Fairytales
  • Myths
  • Festival Stories
  • Tales from History
  • Classics
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Stories Behind Great Discoveries
  • Tales Behind Nursery Rhymes
  • Short Stories
Click on any item and a new page opens with a brief historical introduction and a short menu of stories in that tradition. Most are retold by Chowdhury, unless otherwise indicated. The stories are presented in plain text, and a few of the stories are accompanied by colorful illustrations.NOTE: Because myths, fairytales, legends, fantasy and the like can touch on many themes and topics, parents (as always) should preview the material on this site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Pomegranate Pips” for young children (about ages 3-5) are all accompanied by illustrations.

In addition to the stories available on the site, you’ll find some free, printable, activity pages – a crossword and a word search for older children, and a maze for young children.

To top off the offerings on this site, you’ll find reviews of children’s books and some very interesting biographies of children’s writers.

Incredible Animal Science Lessons for K-12!

April 7th, 2015 by admin No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, April 7, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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SeaWorld/Busch Gardens: Animals

 

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

 

This terrific, multi-media website is chock-full of free and downloadable lessons and activities on animal and marine animal science.
Sponsored by SeaWorld/Busch Gardens, this site is a companion to the exhibits and education provided at the amusement parks. It is intended to increase students’ competencies in science and math while developing a lifelong appreciation and respect for all living creatures and habitats.

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

  • Animal Info – Get free “Animal Infobooks” and fun facts, listen to the sounds different animals make, explore ecosystems and zoological research.
  • Just For Teachers – Get free, downloadable teachers’ guides and classroom activities for grades K-12 (that can be tweaked for homeschools) on topics from Arctic Animals to Marine Animal Husbandry & Training. Watch the educational and entertaining “Shamu TV” online!
  • Fun Zone – Play interactive games that teach as they test your knowledge about animals. Print coloring pages of killer whales, penguins, sharks, elephants, gorillas, lions, and rhinos.
You’ll also find info about the educational programs, camps, and internships offered for students at the various theme-park locations throughout the U.S. and career information too. Learn about conservation and find out what’s new at the SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens theme parks near you.
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