Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

History Through Inventions

August 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 3, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Great Idea Finder

(www.ideafinder.com/)

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

 

This website was created by an Internet consulting company to inspire the “inventor” in everyone. It showcases the history of remarkable inventions, inventors, and great ideas throughout time.

When you get to the site, click on “Enter” and a new page opens. In the center of the screen you’ll see some features. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page and at the top of the page to access: 

  • First Time Visitor – Get an indexed overview of what you’ll find on this content-rich website that features innovation information about the past, present, and future.
  • History Facts & Myths – Explore an incredible archive of history’s most interesting inventions and the stories behind them including the Abacus, Car, Coca-Cola, Frisbee, Hair Dryer, Internet, Jell-O, Liquid Paper, Microwave Oven, Post-It Notes, Slinky, and many more. Each invention includes a bibliography for further reading as well as links to more sources of info on the Internet.

Plus, you’ll find: 

  • Inventor Biography – Read the biographies of notable inventors such as Steve Jobs (Apple Computer), Ed Johnson (Christmas Lights), Harvey Ball (Smiley Face), Alfred Butts (Scrabble), and many more.
  • Innovation Timeline – Search any era in history (from ancient BC to the modern 21st Century) to learn about the innovations that occurred during that time period. Includes photographs, quotations, and resources for further learning.
  • Innovation Games & Trivia – Don’t be afraid to take this test BEFORE you explore the site. The questions are intriguing, so if you don’t know the answers and your curiosity gets the better of you – find out instantly by clicking the “answer” button. A great way to introduce the topic of invention and segue to a history lesson.
  • Idea Showcase – The point of innovation is to improve the quality of life. That said, inventors like making income by selling their inventions. In this section you can check out award-winning inventions and purchase them as well.
  • Features – Find out how many inventions were the result of an accident. See how inventors improve upon the inventions of others to “build a better mousetrap.” Check out inventions that changed civilization and had an enduring effect on the world.
  • Resource Center – Find resources for further learning and investigation including websites, books, movies, and a listing of contests, competitions, experiments, and projects for the young inventor. (Some are available for free, others for a fee.) Find resources for invention mentors too.
  • History Articles – Read in-depth articles on historical innovations, inventors, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Find out about the Patent Act of 1790 and explore some patents that have become products.

Students will need good reading skills to explore this site independently, and non-readers of all ages will enjoy the pictures and information with assistance.

Windmill & Whirligig Art & Science

July 15th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 15, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

From Windmills to Whirligigs

(www.smm.org/sln/vollis/index/frontvollis.html)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

The Science Museum of Minnesota offers this website that is a wonderful mix of whimsy, science, and art through an exploration of windmills and whirligigs.

You can see some amazing pictures of wind-driven artistic creations, hear what they sound like, watch movies of some of them in action, and get instructions for how to make your own!

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

  • Meet Vollis – Vollis Simpson has devoted a lifetime to making some of the most spectacular windmills and whirligigs you’ve ever seen. Take a photo album tour of his home and workshop and watch movies of his works of art in motion!
  • Visit The Yard – Take a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm where you can see some gigantic wind-driven sculptures.
  • Follow A Whirlwind Tour – This is a comic-strip account of a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm. (In our opinion, the real photos & movies are much better. This is sort of the result of a school-like activity to document what visitors experienced when they visited Simpson’s farm.)
  • Make Connections – Here’s where you’ll find a menu of links to other resources that extend learning about wind-driven devices and other stuff as well. Be sure to click on Beer Can Whirligig for instructions on how to make a simple whirligig out of beer or soda cans. Hmmm… perhaps you can make some whirligig gifts in time for Christmas!
  • Try These – Find an assortment of activities to do and things to make – from pinwheels to pop bottle whirlers to motion machines. You’ll also find reading recommendations themed around windmills and whirligigs.

This site offers lots of fun ways to learn how to harness wind power through artistic and whimsical devices. Great fun!

Free Piano Teaching Resources

April 15th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 15, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Susan Paradis Piano Teaching Resources

(www.susanparadis.com/free/)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Looking for printables, games, and activities to supplement your music studies, specifically piano? Then check out this website from classroom music specialist, Susan Paradis. Visitors will find loads of great teaching ideas and colorful printables to add fun and interest to their music class.

When arriving at today’s link, you will find a list of topical links to access the various freebies. Categories include: 

  • Christmas Games and Worksheets
  • Christmas Music
  • Composing Activities
  • Easter Games and Worksheets
  • Easter Music
  • Games for Anytime
  • Halloween and Autumn Games and Worksheets
  • Halloween and Autumn Music
  • Music
  • Pre-reading Music
  • Sacred Music
  • Teaching Aids
  • Thanksgiving Games and Music
  • Valentine Games and Worksheets
  • Valentine Music
  • UK Vocabulary Worksheets
  • Worksheets for Anytime

There are so many wonderfully created resources here you will want to add this website to your bookmarks.

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.

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

December 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, December 23, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lyndhurst Manor Christmas Tour

(www.lyndhurst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/VirtualTours/LyndhurstChristmas360.html)

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

 

Explore Lyndhurst Manor in all its Christmas splendor with this 360° virtual tour. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis and overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, Lyndhurst Manor is noted as one of “America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions.”

When you arrive at today’s link, click the main menu window to start the tour. Use the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to stop the automatic rotation and to navigate through the manor as you wish. The first two icons allow you to easily move through the rooms. Visit the: 

  • Entry Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Picture Gallery
  • State Bedroom
  • Star Bedroom

When you are finished with your Christmas tour, click the Lyndhurst logo in the upper right to visit the main website. From here, click the “About” link in the upper menu to learn about the history of Lyndhurst Manor. On the left-hand side bar menu, click the “Virtual Tours” link to find more tours of the manor such as: 

  • Bowling Alley
  • Aerial Lyndhurst
  • The Mansion
  • The Mansion at Halloween

These simple tours provide an excellent window into Gothic Revival architecture and of a time long ago.

Christmas Traditions Around the World

December 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 22, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas Traditions Around the World

(www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm)

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

 

Discover the multitude of Christmas traditions from all over the world with this page from the larger Santas.net website.

Learn: 

  • What is Twelfth Day, Sinterklass Eve, Ganna, Kwanzaa, Carols by Candlelight, the Little Feast, and other winter holidays
  • Who are Viejito Pascuero, Christkind, Pere Noel, Lan Khoong, Nisse, Julebukk and Father Christmas
  • What happens at Christmas in Bethlehem
  • What dates are Christmas holidays observed in other countries
  • What types of food are eaten especially for Christmas
  • How to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages
  • And much more.

With over 70 countries to explore, this website makes a great addition to your geography studies around the holidays.

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