Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

See the World through the Eyes of Children

January 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids World Travel Guide

(www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world with this website written and maintained by children. Because the information presented was researched and presented by teenagers and young travelers, the content is not only engaging for young visitors, but is also a valuable resource for those who travel abroad with kids.

Current countries include: 

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Namibia
  • Norway
  • Qatar
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Spain

In addition to learning interesting facts about the country, its geography and people and colorful maps, discover kid friendly attractions. Use the sidebar menus to find more fun facts about flags, passports, the continents, oceans, geography and even Christmas around the world as well as travel tips, games, trivia, and quizzes.

Keep in mind that this site is created by teenagers and you may run across some typos. The manager of the website encourages visitors to let them know of any errors found. And if your students have a love for geography and want to build country pages to add, they are encouraged to contact them for information and support.

Holiday Science

December 13th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, December 13, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday Science

(see below)

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

 

Here are free science resources for some holiday cheer.


Track Santa on Christmas Eve

http://www.noradsanta.org/

This website is sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which is the joint American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada that was created in 1958. Every year NORAD tracks Santa’s whereabouts so that children throughout the world can determine his location and how close he is to delivering goodies to their house on Christmas Eve. At the site you can get the scoop on the science behind tracking Santa including radar, satellites, Santa Cam, and jet fighter aircraft

HowStuffWorks: How Holiday Lights Work

http://christmas.howstuffworks.com/christmas-lights1.htm

Get the information on how those mini decorative lights are made. Clear explanations and great illustrations and photos help you understand how these incandescent bulbs work, why the removal of one bulb in a strand can break the circuit, and how they get the bulbs to blink.

Science I.Q. – The Gingerbread Man

http://www.scienceiq.com/Facts/TheGingerbreadMan.cfm

Ewwwww! It’s hard to believe, but at the Science I.Q. website they explain that gingerbread originated because of a wheat disease known as “stinking smut” that “replaces the wheat grain with a black powder of spores that has a strong fishy odor.” Learn more about it at the website, although it won’t exactly whet your appetite for gingerbread.

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.

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!

Discover the Original Information Highway

July 28th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Transatlantic Cable Communications

(epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ic/cdc/cable/contents.htm)

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

 

Today’s website explores Canada’s historic part in transatlantic communications. You can hear the story of the official first transatlantic cable message (Queen Victoria to President Buchanan), as well as listen in on bits of history such as the distress call from the Titanic!


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

  • Introduction – Get a brief overview of the history of the electric telegraph and why the locations of Canso and Hazel Hill on the Atlantic coast of Canada were critical to utilizing this technology.
  • Science – Learn about the invention of the telegraph and how the resin from the Gutta-Percha tree provided just the right properties for suitable insulation to waterproof underwater cables. Explore the science of telegraphy and discover Morse Code. Virtually examine the parts of a telegraph machine. Find out about other great inventions that were a result of the “Cable Era.”
  • History – Read an in-depth history of telegraphy and its socio-economic impact. Find out what the life of a telegrapher was like, and listen to some of the famous messages sent and received via telegraph – including the distress message of the ill-fated ship, Titanic.
  • Media Gallery – See photographs, watch video clips, and visit the sound studio to explore telegraphy.
  • Resource Center – Take a multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of telegraphy, print out a fun telegraphy-themed word-search puzzle, and discover more links to Internet resources on telegraphy.

Portable Atlas Online

July 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, July 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PAT – Portable Atlas

(ian.macky.net/pat/index.html)

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

 

Looking for map images to use in your geography studies? Today’s website might just be the ticket.

When arriving at the site, use the yellow text links above the images to open a page to make your selections. Visitors can choose maps categorized by: 

  • Globes
  • Regions
  • Countries
  • U.S. States
  • World Maps
  • Canada Provinces
  • Australian States

Once you have made your initial selection, narrow down your choices by the options presented. Then you are able to either view the images online or download them to your computer. Because all of the images are in public domain, you are free to use them as needed.

There are some unique features to point out. On the “Globes” page there are animated GIFs of rotating planets – nice to use for planetary studies. The “World Maps” page allows for changes to the maps based on projection, size, color, hydrology, political and more. Once you have made your adjustments, click the link under the map to open in a larger window.

To save the maps on your computer, right click the image or link and use the “Save As” option. The “Regions”, “Countries”, “U.S. States”, “CA Provinces”, and “AU States” pages include zip files of the maps that can be downloaded to your computer.

PAT will be a wonderful addition to your homeschooling resources.

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