Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

San Diego Zoo Animal Webcams

December 9th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, December 9, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

San Diego Videos and Webcams

(zoo.sandiegozoo.org/content/video-more)

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

 

Visit some of the animals in the San Diego Zoo in California with the videos and webcams found at this website.

Peek in on the following animals in their exhibits: 

  • Penguin
  • Ape
  • Koala
  • Panda
  • Polar Bear
  • Elephant
  • Tiger
  • Condor

On some cam pages, there are links to learn more about the animals or read blog entries relating to the animals.

On today’s link, choose the “Videos” link to see many behind-the-scenes activities including ultrasounds of pandas, a pacemaker implanted in a Tasmanian Devil, setting up “Snow Day” for the snow, meerkat pups, giraffe calf, aye aye baby, capybara babies, elephant videos, and much more.

Animal lovers of all kinds will enjoy visiting this website.

Tour Spangler Candy Cane Factory Virtually

December 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, December 2, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spangler Candy Cane Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/our-brands/candy-canes/tourm)

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

 

The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make millions of candy canes a day! At this site you can take a tour of their factory.

When you get to the site you will see text and photographs explaining the process used to make candy canes. When you are through with the tour, you can learn about the history and legends associated with candy canes by clicking on Candy Cane Legends link in the upper menu.

SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS:
The legends contain some religious content. We mention this, because in previous years that we have featured this site, we received (in response) many links from list members with the “true story” of candy canes. We also get links to sites that debunk the “true story” of candy canes as urban legend. AS ALWAYS, we leave it to each parent to review and research the information and determine what is suitable for their own children.

Before you gather the kids around the computer to take this tour, you might want to stock up on some candy canes – as it really stimulates the appetite for these wonderful red and white holiday confections.

Discover Countries Around the World

November 25th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 25, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip

at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ProjectExplorer.org

(projectexplorer.org/)

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

 

Bring the world to your classroom with the educational videos and material at this website from the non-profit organization, ProjectExplorer.

When arriving at today’s link, select your grade level then choose your desired location from across the world. A sampling of the video tours include: 

  • The song and dance of South Africa
  • A sugar shack in Canada to see how maple syrup is made
  • Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia
  • Teotihu├ícan pyramid in Mexico
  • Caves of Belize
  • See the Orang Utans in the Singapore Zoo
  • The food of Mumbai, India
  • Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica
  • The Caspian Sea
  • The BBC in England
  • And so much more.

Each video tour is accompanied by a diary-like entry providing more details and information.

To access the teacher lesson plans, you will need to register for free. Once you have confirmed your registration, select the “For Teachers” link in the upper menu. Then you can search for lesson plans by country or by subject. Lesson plans include objects, standards and benchmarks, rubrics, worksheets and more.

Bookmark this website to come back to time and again to supplement your geography and social studies.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Plymouth

November 18th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 18, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Plymouth

(edtech2.boisestate.edu/marielzamora/edtech502/start.html)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians, the Mayflower, Plymouth, and Plimouth Plantation with this website from Boise State University. While this website was designed for students in grades 3-6, younger and older students will benefit from the presentations available.

Using the upper menu tabs select from: 

  • Plymouth
  • Plimouth Plantation
  • Mayflower
  • Wampanoag
  • Pilgrim Hall

On each page, visitors will find brief textual passages about the topic and then will be able to watch video tours. Please note that some tours open to the video on YouTube or other websites and others are embedded on the page.  

Virtual tours include: 

  • Historical places in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Plimouth Plantation tour from Scholastic
  • Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower
  • A Wampanoag home site
  • A walk-through tour of Pilgrim Hall Museum

Also, included on each page is a “Test Your Knowledge” box to learn more about Plymouth. 

This website provides a good stepping off point for your studies of Pilgrim life and times.

Online Exhibits to the National WWI Museum and Memorial

November 11th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 11, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

(www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/online-exhibitions)

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

 

Remember Veterans Day with this virtual tour of the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

There are over 25 online exhibitions that include: 

  • Make Way for Democracy
  • The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914
  • War Fare
  • The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World War
  • Drawn to War The Political Cartoons of Louis Raemaekers
  • WWI All-Stars
  • Over By Christmas
  • Billy Bishop
  • Coming Home
  • Images of the Great War
  • Canadian War Posters
  • Man and Machine
  • Snoopy
  • War and Art
  • Road to War

And much more.

After deciding on the topic you would like to see, select the “Explore Exhibition” option to open the tour. Each exhibition provides an explanation of the theme and a slide show of artifacts, historical photos, and more. Some exhibitions provide in depth information and others are brief presentations.

Bookmark this site to visit again as you work through your studies of World War I.

Visit Ghost Towns Virtually

November 4th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 4, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GhostTowns.com

(www.ghosttowns.com/)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to a Ghost Town! This website offers a virtual museum of historic “ghost towns” presented through both a video gallery and a photo gallery.

While there are some ghost towns that match the cowboy movie depiction of a deserted town of rickety old buildings bordering a dusty dirt road, where the long-abandoned saloon’s doors creak when the wind blows – this website offers a more realistic view.

Here, you can explore ghost towns that have been revitalized as tourist attractions and offer tours, activities like panning for gold, history museums, shops, and even kid-friendly saloons where you can order Yosemite Sam’s favorite drink – a sarsaparilla soda!

Of course, there are far more ghost towns that are shadows of their former past. Once vibrant and bustling communities, their decayed remains are little more than a blip on a topographical map. Accessing these old ruins (often called “real” ghost towns) can be tricky – so it’s nice that this site provides a way to do it from the comfort of your home computer swivel chair.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some pictures and a menu below it. Click on “Virtual Museum.” A new page opens where you can access the virtual tour of ghost towns via downloadable video or photo gallery.

When you’ve finished the virtual tour, explore the rest of this terrific website. If your family would like to visit a ghost town in the United States or Canada in REAL TIME, you’ll find all of the information and resources you need including: 

  • How to Locate A Ghost Town
  • How to Read Topographical Maps to Find Ghost Towns
  • Things to Take With You On A Ghost Town Search
  • How to Take Pictures of Ghost Towns
  • And a Glossary of Ghost Town Terminology

This site provides a fascinating way to introduce history of the Old West – and it may inspire some exciting family expeditions!

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