Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

Discover the Mary Rose

January 5th, 2018

It’s Friday, January 5, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore the Mary Rose

(www.maryrose.org/discover-our-collection/)

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

 

At this website, explore the virtual exhibit of the Mary Rose, a 16th century warship that was King Henry VIII’s favorite.

After a long and successful military career, it sank during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545. Nautical archaeologists raised it in the 1980’s. Now part of an exhibit at a museum in Portsmouth, England, the Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display in the world.

At today’s interactive website, you can take a virtual tour of the Mary Rose and, while you’re at it, learn about the Tudor period of world history as well.

When you get to the site either scroll through the page to begin exploring or use the right-hand “Quick links” menu to select:

  • The Crew of the Mary Rose
  • The Mary Rose at Sea – 1511-1545
  • Why did the Mary Rose Sink?
  • The Story of the Ship
  • Artefacts 

     

  • Her Crew

Browse through the image galleries to see images of the Mary Rose and artifacts recovered from the wreck site. On “The Story of the Ship” look on the right side under “Useful resources” to locate “Dive in” to access an interactive presentation. Use the menu to explore a 3D model of the ship, meet the crew, learn the history and archaeology of the Mary Rose, and see artifacts. Also available on “The Story of the Ship” page, be sure to check out the Mary Rose STEM Lab that presents “Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in a unique context.”

As explained at the website, “Explore the Mary Rose is designed to encourage pupils to do two things: to do their own research, and to work from evidence. They can find out for themselves about one member of the crew and his life on board, and discover the main facts about the history and archaeology of the ship. Using the knowledge gained in this way, they can then look more closely at photographs of the artefacts and, working from them, start to draw their own conclusions from the evidence available.”

The site was designed to be used independently by the learner so they can explore the Mary Rose at will. It engages the student and provides basic information. There is a lot of material available throughout the site so if students want to learn more, they can browse through the other sections of the site to find virtual 3D reconstructions of skulls and artifacts, more resources for researching the Mary Rose, and much more.

Toy Hall of Fame

December 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 22, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Toy Hall of Fame

(www.toyhalloffame.org/)

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

 

Take a fun tour of the National Toy Hall of Fame and discover if your favorite toy has been inducted.

Part of the Strong National Museum of Play, discover the history and more of toys that are in the Hall of Fame. Click the “Inducted Toys” link in the upper menu to see what toys have been selected for inclusion since 1998. Click on the toy name to read its story and see some images. Some memorable toys included are: 

  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Frisbee
  • G.I. Joe
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Slinky
  • Duncan Yo-Yo
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Twister

And so many more. Some toys are generalized such as the baby doll, playing cards, bicycle, or ball and other inductees are unique childhood playthings stemming from creativity and imagination like a blanket, a stick, and the cardboard box. Visitors can even nominate a toy to be included. Toys must meet certain criteria to be considered including being recognizable, memorable, not a generational passing fad, fosters learning, creativity, and discovery through play and more.

But wait! The toy tour does not stop here. Select the “Research & Publications” link in the green top menu, then choose “Access to Artifacts Collections”. On this page, locate the links under “Learn more about Strong’s key holdings” to browse collections or find the “online database” link to see thousands of other toys sorted by: 

  • Toys – action figures, baby toys, construction toys, mechanical and pull toys, play sets, educational toys, puzzles, riding toys, stuffed animals, transportation toys, yo-yos and tops and more
  • Dolls – baby dolls, fashion dolls, celebrity dolls, cloth and rag dolls, collector dolls, paper dolls and more
  • Games – board games, card games, outdoor games, role-playing games and more
  • Video Games – arcade, computer, console, handheld and more electronic games
  • Other Collections – advertising, collectible cards, character products, outdoor play and much more

Visitors can spend hours browsing through all this site has to offer and older visitors may find themselves taking a trip down the memory lane of their childhood days. Be sure to bookmark this site as new items are added regularly.

Christmas Tree Farm Virtual Tour & Lesson Plans

December 8th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 8, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Christmas Tree Farm & Lesson Plans

(www.christmastrees.on.ca/index.php?action=display&cat=13)

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

 

Not only do you get to take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm today – but you can explore an extensive website all about Christmas Trees complete with themed lesson plans!

We’ve featured this site in previous years – but it’s worth an annual virtual trip to see. At this website you can take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm in Ontario, Canada. When you get to the site, scroll down to locate the tour links and click to learn all about the growing and harvesting process through photographs and text. Then, read all about the history of Christmas trees. Locate the “Education” link in the upper menu to find “Activities for Kids” to print out some Christmas tree themed games and puzzles including dot-to-dot, word searches, crossword puzzles, and counting tree rings! Select the “Teacher’s Guide” link to find teaching plans. But wait! Keep reading.

Christmas Trees and More!


This website from the University of Illinois Extension Program has extensive information on Christmas trees presented through a printable series of lesson plans for grades K-7. Learn the plant parts of a Christmas tree, its development from seed to harvest, watch video clips of the life of a Christmas tree, learn about out nation’s official Christmas tree, and follow links to more information on tree farms and where to find them, Tree Events, and more. By the way, some of the lessons provided here suggest a year-round curriculum on trees – so you can print it out and use it all year long.

Visit Antarctica Virtually

December 1st, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 1, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shackleton100 – Antarctica

(www.shackleton100.com/antarctica/)

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

 

Part of the larger website commemorating the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s incredible, but unsuccessful mission to cross Antarctica on foot in the 1910’s, explore various locations on Antarctica as well as South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

After reading the introduction, reviewing the tips on navigating the site, and watching the brief Antarctica video, select a location marked on the map to begin your tour. Locations include: 

  • West Point Island (Falkland Islands)
  • Right Whale Bay (South Georgia)
  • Hercules Bay (South Georgia)
  • Grytviken Whaling Station (South Georgia)
  • Ernest Shackleton’s Grave (South Georgia)
  • South Georgia Museum
  • Half Moon Island (Antarctica)
  • South Pole (Antarctica)
  • Dark Sector Laboratory (Antarctica)
  • Scott’s Hut – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Shackleton’s Hut – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Crary Science Center – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Berg Field Centre – Ross Island (Antarctica)

These 360° image tours not only provide a glimpse into a part of the world most people may never visit, but also adds insight into the conditions that the Shackleton mission faced.

When finished with your tour, be sure to review the rest of the website. Throughout its pages there are many intriguing videos, interesting animations, and incredible images that tell the fascinating story of the Shackleton mission.

Discover the Farmers’ Museum

November 17th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, November 17, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Farmers’ Museum: Harvest of History

(www.harvestofhistory.org/)

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

 

Take a virtual tour of The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York with this website.

Use either the text links on the home page or the images below to select “Explore our Historical Village” to begin your tour. Either use the interactive map or choose an image to visit: 

  • Main Barn
  • Creamery
  • Empire State Carousel
  • Todd’s General Store
  • Westcott Shop
  • Filer’s Corners Schoolhouse
  • Dimmick House
  • Morey Barn
  • Morey Drive Shed
  • Filed Blacksmith Shop
  • More House
  • Middlefield Printing Office
  • Dr. Jackson’s Office
  • Dr. Thrall’s Pharmacy
  • Bump Tavern
  • Law Office
  • Cornwallville Church
  • Pope Hop House
  • Turkey House
  • Lippitt Farm House
  • Brooks Barn
  • Westmore Drive Shed
  • Brooks Granary
  • Poultry House
  • Herkimer Kitchen and Woodshed
  • Sweet Marble Barn

Click the location to open a new window that provides information about the location, images, related objects. Some locations also include videos. Click on the green box with three horizontal lines to open a left hand sidebar menu to locate the “In the Classroom” option to find lesson plans.


Back on the homepage, browse the other links to “Learn about Farming” and search the “Classroom Resources.” 

The tour is quite extensive and there is a lot of information to be found.

Virtual Tour of America through Postcards

November 10th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, November 10, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour America Through Postcards

(www.postcardsfrom.com/t1/arcin.html)

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

 

This ClickScholar-recommended website provides a virtual postcard tour of the United States. A husband-wife team documented their RV road trip visiting the capitals of all 50 states. He used his skills as a photographer and graphic designer to create the customized postcards. She is a former history teacher and writer who conducted interviews and collected “fun facts” to provide the educational content on the tour.

When you get to the site you will see a list of the states in the order they visited them. Click on a state and a new page opens displaying the unique photo-postcards. Then, click on the menu items above the postcard that say: 

  • Maps
  • Travel Tips
  • Stamps
  • Fun Facts

Those links will connect you to educational information about that state.

Don’t miss the “Just for Teachers” item on the sidebar menu for suggestions on how to use this site to encourage learning history, geography, and social studies.

If you dream of taking a similar journey, you’ll find a “Travel Tips” section at the site. The FAQs answer questions about how this couple funded their trip, since they quit their jobs to be on the road for almost three years. This is a fascinating and inspiring look at the United States.

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