Archive for the ‘history’ category

The Secret Life of Machines

August 8th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, August 8, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Secret Life of Machines

(www.secretlifeofmachines.com/index.shtml)

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

 

Engineer and cartoonist Tim Hunkin developed a series of cartoons with simple explanations about how machines work.

Tim’s unique take on explaining the mystery behind the mechanisms, resulted in a TV series that allowed him to further develop the explanations with more in-depth cartoons. These cartoons are featured on today’s archived website. When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and then a menu of cartoon topics that includes: 

  • cars
  • central heating systems
  • electric lights
  • fax machines
  • internal combustion engines
  • refrigerators
  • sewing machines
  • telephones
  • televisions
  • vacuum cleaners
  • video recorders
  • washing machines
  • word processors
  • and many more!

Click on any one and enjoy reading the cartoons that explain how these machines work.

They made a series of videos from the cartoons that demonstrate the history and inventions of modern conveniences and other
machines. They are really fun to watch and are housed by the    
Exploratorium website (www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/SLOM/).

9 Animal Names in Cantonese for Kids

July 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 22, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Museums Liverpool – Learn Cantonese

(www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/chinese-language/index.aspx)

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

 

From the larger National Museums Liverpool website, we found this quick-stop page to learn how to say and write the names of nine animals in Cantonese.

This page is easy to use. Simply select one of the nine images of a piece of art work representing an animal, read a bit about the relevance of the animal in Cantonese culture and then select to either “Write” or “Listen”. When selecting “Write”, visitors can follow along with the animation to write the animal name. Select “Listen” to hear the name spoken in Cantonese.

Animals include: 

  • Bull
  • Rabbit
  • Chicken
  • Cat
  • Horse
  • Dog
  • Elephant
  • Monkey
  • Pigeon

When you have finished learning these nine words, continue exploring the other kids’ activities for other subjects including art, history and science. 

Be a Portrait Detective

June 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 3, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Portrait Detectives

(www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/portraits/)

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

 

The Walker Art Gallery provides this fun website for kids that lets them learn about art history through the study of portraits.

The site explains that a portrait is a treasure trove of clues and ideas. It can tell you who a person was, how they lived and what they thought about themselves. It can even tell you about the painter and their life.

Using paintings from the Walker, the website provides a tutorial on how to find and interpret clues in a portrait. You can take a virtual “Guided Tour” of three portraits in which the museum explains the portrait to you, or you can visit the “Explore” section where you do the detective work and find the clues yourself.

To begin your investigation, go to the website where you will see a menu of six portrait icons. Click on any of the three portraits in the top row, and a new page opens with instructions for how to take the “guided tour” through pictures and text. Click on any of the three portraits in the bottom row, and a new page opens that allows you to begin your own exploration of the portrait by finding clues that answer the questions provided.

Be sure to click on the button “Something To Do” right above the portrait menu. It offers activity suggestions to enhance learning offline.

The site is designed so that your whole family can enjoy doing a computer activity together.

Animal History & Biology for K-12

May 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animal Diversity Web

(animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Resources for grades K-12 and beyond, with parental supervision)

 

The University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology sponsors this amazing searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals that is also a science tool and virtual museum!

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of a featured animal such as “Insects.” Click on the black arrows on either side of the photo to see more pictures of the phyla represented including: 

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Mollusks
  • Reptiles

Click on any item on the menu and a new page opens with an introduction, and a menu on the right side of the page that allows you to explore: 

  • Pictures – See terrific photos of the creatures in this category. Click on any small picture to see an enlarged version.
  • Specimens – See photos of specimen collections by zoologists.
  • Classification – Explore the scientific names of animals including kingdom, phylum, and class. In some instances you can listen to the sound a creature makes, and see a map of its habitat.

BUT WAIT! There’s more! Use the menu located on the left side of the page to explore the Special Collections. This section includes: 

  • Mammal Anatomy – Provides detailed information about every aspect of animal anatomy.
  • Spinning Skulls – View QuickTime movies and close-up images of mammal skulls.
  • Frog Calls – Listen to an array of frog calls used to attract mates and express distress.

Bookmark this site to return often.

World Myths & Legends in Art

May 13th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, May 13, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

World Myths & Legends in Art

(archive.artsmia.org/world-myths/)

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

 

Explore the mythology surrounding 26 works of art with this website from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Dig into your studies by selecting either “Art by Culture” or “Art by Theme.” Cultures include: 

  • African
  • Euro-American
  • Chinese
  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Western European
  • Ancient Greek and Roman
  • Japanese
  • Native American
  • Oceanic

Themes cover: 

  • Creation Myths
  • Myths explaining a practice
  • God Myths
  • Hero Myths
  • Myths with animal or beast characters

Once you have decided the direction you wish to take for your studies, you will be presented with various related artworks. Select the option you want to view the artwork, learn key ideas, read the story behind the piece, discover the background behind the piece, and answer discussion questions.

Vocabulary words in capital letters are scattered throughout that when clicked on provide pop-up window with definitions. Reveal the answers to discussion questions by clicking on the underlined, highlighted section.

Teachers will want to review the “How to use this site” link and the entire curriculum can be downloaded to use away from the computer by selecting the “Downloadable Curriculum” link.

Not only will this website be a great addition to your art appreciation class, but will provide a nice supplement to your world history studies.

Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

March 14th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=6)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans for grades K-3, 4-7, 6-9, and 9-12
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers: 

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.
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