Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

January 18th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, January 18, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

(www.nps.gov/mlkm/learn/photosmultimedia/index.htm)

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

 

Part of the expansive collection of webpages from the National Parks Service, today’s website takes us on a visual tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.

Through a short video and images, visitors can explore: 

  • A brief video tour from the 2011 dedication with excerpts of President Obama’s remarks and students reciting passages from Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
  • Photos from the soft opening of the Memorial on August 22, 2011
  • Pictures of the Stone of Hope statue
  • Images from the 2013 Day of Service and Wreath Laying at the Memorial
  • Close-ups of the wall inscriptions

When you are done with your virtual tour, use the sidebar menu to learn more about the park history and more. This website provides a brief look at the memorial and a nice addition to your MLK Day studies.

Visit Ski Resorts Around the World

January 11th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, January 11, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snoweye

(www.snoweye.com/)

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

 

This website offers a view of ski resorts throughout the world through live cameras in thousands of locations.

Type the resort name into the search engine, or click on the country in the upper tool bar, then the location of your choice, and a new screen appears with thumbnail images from the cameras. Click on an image for a full screen view. In some cases the cameras are live streams, and in others the images are updated at regular intervals throughout the day. (Some cameras only operate seasonally.)

You can extend the learning on this virtual field trip by keeping a world globe handy as you visit various ski resorts – point to the country it’s located in on the globe. Not only do you get a glimpse into life on the ski slopes, but weather throughout the world. If the country is located in the Southern Hemisphere, and the camera operates year-round, you will see a very different weather image at this time of year than you will when visiting ski resorts in the Northern Hemisphere.

Virtual Field Trip to Churros Factory

January 4th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, January 4, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Churros Factory

(online.recordnet.com/projects/churro/project.html)

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

 

Churros are tube-shaped, cinnamon-sugar dusted, Spanish pastries. Sometimes they contain fruit-flavored or custard-like fillings. Kids and adults alike love these sweet confections.


At today’s website you can take a virtual tour of The Churro Factory in Stockton, California. Watch a video of the proprietor, Carlos Pino-Calderon, as he mixes the dough, loads it into cylinders, squeezes out the pastries, and deep-fries them until they are golden brown. Some are served plain, others are stuffed with scrumptious fillings. Pino-Calderon provides a brief narration.


WARNING: Watching this clip may result in uncontrollable cravings for churros. To remedy that problem, here are two recipes: 

Churros Con Chocolate

This is a recipe for authentic Spanish churros. In Spain, churros are traditionally made without cinnamon, and then dipped in thick, gooey, hot chocolate.

Rockin’ Robins: Scrumptious Churro Recipe

This recipe promises to knock your socks off and is made with cinnamon.

Holiday Virtual Field Trips

December 21st, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 21, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spangler Candy Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/spangler/products/canemaking2.php)

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

 

Enjoy this tour of a candy cane factory.

The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make over 2 million candy canes a day! At this site you can take a virtual tour of their factory. They explain the process of mass production of candy canes through text and photographs.

And here are some more holiday field trips:

Virtual Field Trip to a Christmas Tree Farm

When you get to the site, scroll to the bottom and click on “Tour Stop 1: Conifer Seedling” to begin the virtual tour. Then, just follow the prompts (at the bottom of each page) to experience the entire tour.

Virtual Field Trip to an Antique Christmas Lights Museum

This site offers the fascinating explanation of America’s Christmas lighting history from 1900 through the seventies. Through text, illustrations and photographs the site acts as a museum that documents the “golden age” of electric Christmas lighting through a sort of book format, chapter by chapter. Scroll down to Chapter One and click on “Early History of Electric Christmas Lighting in America.” When done, click ‘NEXT’ to get to the next chapter. You’ll see what American Christmases were like without electricity when families used candles to light the tree, and then discover how it changed when electric lights were introduced.

See How Maple Syrup Is Made

December 14th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 14, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Making Maple Syrup

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXeBOl4fXY&%20feature=related)

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

 

Did you know that National Maple Syrup Day comes right in the middle of the holiday season? It’s on Monday, December 17th.

This is a terrific video (shown in two parts on YouTube.com) on the process of making maple syrup from sap to syrup. What’s wonderful is that this depicts the multi-generational O’Brien family of Wisconsin demonstrating their maple syrup business

This “amateur” video (shot and narrated by an O’Brien family member) is instructional covering selecting the right spot to tap a maple tree, how to use duct tape to keep the squirrels away, the equipment that’s needed, collecting the sap, and filtering and cooking the sap. The first video takes a little less than 10 minutes to watch. 

When it’s through, look over on the right side of the screen for the menu under “Related Videos.” The first item on the menu is “Making Maple Syrup Part II.” Click on it to watch and learn about the evaporation process, cleansing, testing sugar density, canning, work schedules, the maple sap tapping season, and cooking with the finished product. The second video is almost a full 10 minutes.

Here are some more fun websites about Maple Syrup: 

ThoughtCo. – maple syrup wordsearch, crossword, coloring pages, and more!

The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association – everything you need to know about maple syrup

This comprehensive website includes: 

  • Maple History
  • How Maple Syrup is Made
  • A glossary of maple sugaring terms
  • The seasons of maple
  • and more!

You’ll also find printable worksheets and other resources.

And if you live in the area or plan a vacation (best time to go is March, which is Maple Month), you can take a tour of maple farms using the directory found under the “Buy Maple Syrup” link at the top.

WARNING: Exploring these websites may lead to an insatiable desire for maple syrup. Better stock up beforehand.

How Nutcrackers Are Made and More!

December 7th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 7, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Nutcracker Museum

(nutcrackermuseum.com/gallery2.html)

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

 

People of all ages love nutcrackers — as much for their functionality as their whimsical design. At this time of year, we see nutcrackers in holiday displays and on dining room tables. The glorious strains of music from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet” permeate our homes as well as the mall, reinforcing our fascination with nutcrackers during the holidays. But what is the history of the nutcracker? How are they made? How many designs are there? How many different ways are there to crack a nut?


Answers to these questions and more await you at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, located in the state of Washington, and the destination of today’s virtual field trip. When you get to the site, you will see the words “A virtual tour of the museum.” Below are 2 sections of photographs of some of the “residents.” (Click on the photos to see larger images). 

Then using the menu at the top, look under “The Museum” to learn about antique nutcrackers, the history of the museum and more. Under the “Information” menu, learn even more including: 

  • The History of Nutcrackers
  • Nuts are Good for You – Check out the videos on cracking a nut and styles of nutcrackers
  • Museum in Germany – Watch a video (with some German narration) of the nutcrackers displayed there, including the largest nutcracker in the world! (Parents, as always, should preview videos to determine suitability).

You can cap this off by watching video clips of the Nutcracker Ballet here.

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