Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

Travel to the “Land Between Rivers”

February 13th, 2014


It’s Thursday, February 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History


Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, approximately, with parental supervision)


Dig deep into your study of Mesopotamia with this comprehensive and appealing website. Created with the help of Chicago teachers, The Oriental Institute and others, when you first arrive at this website you are welcomed with a brief introduction and then you can select your area of discovery:

* Life in Mesopotamia
* Interactives
* Learning Collection
* Teaching Materials

While exploring “Life in Mesopotamia”, the brief, yet informative text encourages a closer examination of the interactive images of the artifacts. Some of the topics covered are:

* The First Farmers
* Daily Life
* The First Cities
* The Role of Women
* Literature
* Mathematics and Measurement
* Art and Architecture
* The First Cities
* Religion
* The Invention of Writing
* Law and Government
* Science and Inventions

On the “Interactives” page, dig even deeper in your exploration with artifact image interactives, videos, and a fun virtual archaeological dig where the student collects and catalogs artifacts and then creates their own museum exhibit.
In the “Learning Collection”, take an in-depth look at the artifact images using the “Zoomify” software and encourage closer examination and understanding of the objects with the provided thought-provoking questions.
You won’t want to miss checking out the “Teaching Materials”. With helpful instruction on how to use the site in your classroom and downloadable PDF lesson plans for each of the topics covered, your Mesopotamia study will be complete! 

Discover the Renaissance!

November 7th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, November 7, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Renaissance Connection

Age Range: 10-18 (Middle/High School)

This is one of the best interactive sources for learning about the Renaissance. Developed by the Allentown Art Museum, just click your mouse to travel 500 years into the past to discover Renaissance innovations that impact our lives today along with free lesson plans to enhance learning.

When you get to the site you can choose to view the site with animations (requires Flash) or you can view the site in a text/HTML version. Either way, begin your exploration of the Renaissance by watching the introduction and then clicking on the following menu items:

*Art Explorer — Learn about Renaissance art, architecture, life, trade, exploration, and developments in science and technology through a timeline, map, or alphabetical listing of topics.  

*Innovations — Trace modern achievements to their origins in Renaissance times by using a “Time Telescope” and then create your own innovations online, or check out a gallery of innovations conceived by other visitors to this website.  

*Be A Patron of the Arts — See how families of great wealth supported the arts by commissioning work to glorify God, their cities, and themselves.

*The Artist’s Life — Take a peek into the lives of great art masters including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonnarotti, and Ugo da Carpi.  

*Lesson Plans — Find free lesson plans in downloadable pdf format for middle school grades that include language arts, art, science, social studies, and math.

In addition to all of the above, you will find a glossary and information for classroom teachers on how to use the site.  This site can be used in any home learning environment, and the lessons can be easily adapted for homeschool use.

This is a terrific site to explore with your family — but because it is so extensive, parents may want to visit to determine the spots that will be of most interest to your children before inviting them to explore it with you. Allow plenty of time to view this website and don’t forget to bookmark it so you can return often.

Learn History & Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

July 18th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, July 18, 2013, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Roadside Peek

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

One of the great things about a summer road trip is seeing the landscape that reflects our culture through the architecture and signage along the way. 

At this website you can take a virtual journey along old routes and highways (through photographs and text) to see the long-gone, but not forgotten drive-in restaurants, gas stations, motels, neon signs, and tourist traps of the 1950s-1970s.

Many are the roadside haunts of your parents and grandparents – so, ask them to take this nostalgic online tour with you, and I’ll bet they’ll provide some personal and historical perspective for your whole family.

When you get to the site use the menu to explore:

*Architecture – See examples of Art Deco, Googie (space-age architecture), Tiki Villages and more.

*Auto Alley – Visit vintage auto showrooms, gas stations, and car washes.

*Eateries – Check out the burger joints, coffee shops, diners, and hot dog stands of bygone eras – often shaped like the food they served!

*Entertainment – Explore bowling alleys, drive-in theaters, and skating rinks of yesteryear.

*Neon – Be dazzled by the neon lights advertising motels, theaters, eateries, and more.

*Road Icons – Discover roadside attractions that include giant cows, artichokes, and dinosaurs, as well as legendary folk heroes.

You can even explore these memorable roadside stops by regions including the East, Great Plains, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest.

If this makes you want to hop in the car and find your own roadside treasures, be sure to check out for an online guide to offbeat tourist attractions.   

And don’t forget to take along my book, Carschooling, to entertain the family between roadside attractions.


Free Virtual Trips to World Wonders!

March 7th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, March 7, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

World Wonders Project

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

“Cloudschooling” and “Hackschooling” are revolutionizing the way we learn – and this website provides a perfect demonstration. Created by Google, it’s a portal to help students learn geography and history through virtual trips to see the many ancient and modern wonders of the world — including:

  • Stonehenge
  • The Palace at Versailles
  • The Grand Canyon
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • The Ruins of Pompeii
  • The Ancient Temple of Kyoto
  • The Remains of Scott’s and Shackleton’s Expeditions in Antarctica
  • And Much More!

The site uses Street View, 3D modeling, and other technologies, photographs and videos, and provides in-depth information to help you explore the many world wonders, as if you were there.

When you get to the site you can start your adventure by clicking through the picture carousel on the homepage that features random sites from all over the world. You can also use the menu at the top of the page to:

*Find by Location – Includes sites located in Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania (Australia), and South America.

*Browse by Theme – Including Archaeological Sites, Architecture, Cities and Towns, Historic Sites, Monuments & Memorials, Palaces & Castles, Parks & Gardens, Places of Worship, Regions & Landscapes, Wonders of Nature.

Be sure to click on “Education” on the menu to download free teaching guides for using these resources with classroom students in primary and secondary schools. (It can be tweaked for use by homeschoolers.)

Once you select a site to explore, click on the title and a new page opens with a screen that displays a panoramic and interactive picture of the location. Use the menu to the right of the screen to access helpful information, videos of the location, and amazing photographs.

This is a terrific resource that you can use again and again – so bookmark it to return often.

Virtual Tour of Scotland!

January 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, January 25, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Scotland: A Virtual Tour

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Today is January 25th, the birthday of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, who was born in 1759.  Burns wrote the poem, Auld Lang Syne, that people around the world sing on New Year’s Eve. If you’d like to know more about Burns, you can watch the animated video “The Story of Robert Burns.”   

Inspired by Burns’ birthday, I thought it would be fun to take a virtual tour of Scotland.  When you get to the website, you’ll see an introduction. To take the tour, use the menu tabs at the top of the page that include:

*Begin – Introduction to Scotland including an interactive map, the flag of Scotland and the national anthem.

*Cities – Learn about the major cities of Scotland including Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. Look in the left margin of the page and click on the city names to take fun trivia quizzes about each city.

*National Features – Discover the architecture and landscape of Scotland including Edinburgh Castle – you can even watch live webcams!

*Lifestyles – Get a glimpse of the lifestyle and culture of the Scottish people.  Learn about people of historic importance and watch a video of a bagpipe solo performance.

*History – Find out about the Scottish Knight, William Wallace and discover how the thistle helped save Scotland from invaders.

Math with Galileo’s Compass!

January 7th, 2013

It’s Monday, January 7, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Galileo’s Compass

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately, with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

ClickScholar Cie, recommended this website, sponsored by the Museo Galileo, that provides free, fascinating, multimedia demonstrations of the uses of Galileo’s compass for math calculations, geometry, architecture, engineering, navigation, and other fields. Learn the history of the compass and Galileo’s contribution to its development during the Renaissance in 1597.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*History – Watch a presentation about the history of the compass, Galileo’s invention of a specific type of compass, and the improvements he made upon it. See a comparison between compasses, and play the interactive “Compass Game.”

*Explore – Learn about the compass and how it works.

*Simulation – Watch engaging simulations of the many operations you can perform with Galileo’s compass, including:

  • Division of a segment
  • Division of a circumference
  • Squaring a regular figure
  • Measurement of calibers
  • Astronomical quadrant
  • Sum of volumes
  • Scale of slopes
  • And more!

This website offers the user the ability to view the text of the presentations, and provides links to other interesting resources about the compass as well. There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site and return again to see it all.