Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

National Zoo’s AnimalCams!

May 10th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 10, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Zoo’s AnimalCams

(nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo where you can see four animal exhibits streamed live through webcams.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of webcam exhibits that include: 

  • Naked Mole-rat
  • Lion
  • Giant Panda
  • Elephant

Click on any one and a new page opens where you can view the live footage. Sometimes you can see the animals quite clearly, and other times they are out of camera range. Remember that the Smithsonian National Zoo is on Eastern Standard Time – so if you visit after sundown and before sunrise Eastern time, it may be a little dark. Also, some have more than one camera, so you can click Cam 2 to see more.

In addition to viewing the webcams, you can scroll down for pictures and news that you can explore to learn more about the animals featured on these webcams.

Bookmark this site so you can return often!

Virtually Visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

May 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 3, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

(www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/exhibits/socal-marine-habitats.asp)

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

 

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located next to the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, California. The museum’s website offers a virtual tour of their exhibit hall that includes photographs and information about the many marine animals housed at the aquarium.

When you get to the site you can explore the exhibit areas that include: 

  • Kelp Forests – The richest habitat along the California rocky shores, kelp forests provide food and shelter to a large number of animals living on the shore and in the ocean.
  • Rocky Shores – a difficult place for critters to survive, with drying air at low tide and battering surf at high tide. Meet the animals that call this environment “home” including sea urchins, sea anemones, and sea hares.
  • Mudflats – A few animals have adapted to living in this shifting, moving habitat including halibuts and crabs. Meet them in this exhibit.
  • Open Ocean – Get to know some creatures that live in the deep sea including bizarre and beautiful fish – and sharks too!
  • Sandy Beaches – Meet the California Skate and a Sand Dollar

This website provides an overview of the aquarium’s exhibits and is an educational treat all by itself. It’s also a great way to prepare kids for a trip to an aquarium or tide pool.

Tour the U.S. Mint

April 26th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 26, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

U.S. Mint – Tours

(www.usmint.gov/about/mint-tours-facilities?action=vtShell)

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

 

At this website, you can take two different virtual video tours of the United States Mint: Philadelphia and Denver.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction. Below it you can select either presentation; then click on the video. The Philly Mint Virtual Tour takes you inside the Philadelphia Mint where you get close-up views of the different exhibits. Below the video, you can download a guide where you can learn more about the history of the Mint, and more including: 

  • Art
  • Die Making
  • Blanking
  • Annealing & Upsetting
  • Striking
  • Inspecting
  • Bagging

Watch the Denver video to discover the unique role and history of the U.S. Mint in Denver.

Younger children may prefer the animated virtual tour of how coins are made that is available here.

Virtual Field Trip to Alcatraz Island

April 19th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 19, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Rock: Alcatraz Island

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/alca/overview.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this National Park Service multi-media website, you can take a virtual tour of the infamous prison that operated from 1934-1963 on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.

Click on “Virtual Tours” under “Multimedia Site Features” and tour: 

  • Cell Block
  • Exercise Yard
  • Kitchen
  • Mess Hall

You can also watch slide shows that explore the history of Alcatraz including its use as a military fort, the decades it was used as a federal penitentiary, and its occupation by American Indians from 1969-1971.

And learn about some of the correctional facility’s most notorious inmates including Al “Scarface” Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert “Birdman” Stroud.

This online exhibit features an extensive collection in the “All Image Gallery” that includes historic photographs and documents, escape materials, correctional materials, and inmate artwork.

See how Marshmallow Peeps are made!

April 12th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 12, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Marshmallow Peeps Tour

(www.pbs.org/video/america-revealed-seasonal-manufacturing/)

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

 

Marshmallow Peeps are everywhere this time of year (even as a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee flavor)! Ever wonder how they’re made?

At this site, PBS shows how these traditional Easter-basket candy confections are manufactured. The 5-minute video is an educational tour of the Marshmallow Peeps manufacturing company that features planning, production, and more.

Virtual Tour of the Postal Museum

March 29th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, March 29, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Postal Museum

(postalmuseum.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour.html)

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

 

Postal history opens a unique window into the past. It brings personal histories to life and offers a compelling avenue for study. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum provides educators with an interesting selection of classroom resources and materials that can be used online or downloaded, as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its collections through virtual tours and online galleries

When you get to the site, click on the tour to see the 360 degree panoramas that lead you through the galleries of the museum: 

  • Moving the Mail
  • Stamp Gallery (Fire and Ice)
  • Alphabetilately
  • Mail Call
  • Binding the Nation
  • Postal Inspectors
  • Customers and Communities
  • Systems at Work

When you are through with your tour, check out the Collections, Exhibits, and Research links in the main menu bar. Learn about “Collection History”, “Collection Projects”, “Preservation” and more. Explore past, present and future exhibits to discover America’s postal history from colonial times to the present.

Also, don’t miss the Education and Activities links at the top. There are classroom resources and curriculum guides for such interesting topics as Owney the Dog, Victory Mail, and We Were There: Letters From the Battle Front.

With the wealth of information and educational materials available, this website will surely receive your stamp of approval.

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