Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

See How Ornaments & Artificial Trees Are Made

December 20th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, December 20, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

See How Ornaments & Artificial Trees Are Made

(See below.)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The ad-supported ScienceChannel.com website provides all kinds of free “How It’s Made” videos, including two videos (linked below) that explain how glass ornaments and artificial Christmas trees are made.

When you get to the site, a 30-second video commercial launches. When the advertisement is over, you can watch the educational videos that include: 

(www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/videos/how-its-made-christmas-ornaments/)


This video demonstrates how glass blowers create Christmas tree ornament bulbs and figurines, and then shows how they are colored and decorated. You’ll also discover how the stems are made and capped before the ornament is boxed and shipped to stores.

(www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/videos/how-its-made-artificial-christmas-trees/)


This video shows how artificial Christmas trees are made, including building the steel framework. You’ll find out how sheets of green PVC plastic are shredded to make simulated pine needles. Watch, as workers crimp the artificial foliage together, assemble branches, and attach them to the framework to build a holiday tree.

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.

Paper Snowflake Art

December 10th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, December 10, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dave’s Paper Snowflake Patterns

(www.daves-snowflakes.com/index.html)

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

 

Are you a fan of paper snowflakes? Have you ever shown your children how to make them? Would you like to teach them how to make them? If so, visit this website.

There are 6 free patterns to print and cut – the lines to tell you where to fold, and then the pattern is right on the printed page. Very complicated-looking snowflakes come out very easily.

Dave (the owner) dedicated this site to the memory of his mother, who gathered the family around the tree every Christmas Eve to make decorative snowflakes. He shares his patterns for making these works of art with adults and kids alike. There is a photo gallery of the beautiful handmade snowflakes and pictures of Dave’s Christmas trees decorated with his family’s art. What a wonderful tradition!

Also check out snowcrystals.com. You haven’t really seen a snowflake until you visit this website that contains incredible images of real snowflakes and explains the science behind them.

Christmas Music Printable Lyrics and More

December 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, December 3, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

The Christmas season is quickly approaching, so brush up on your favorite Christmas songs with the help from these websites.

Kidsjellybean.com

On this simply laid out website, listen online or download MP3 or Midi audio files of some of the most popular Christmas songs to use for a sing-along. Click the “Printable Lyrics” link by each title to open a new window with the lyrics in plain text. Use your browser print option to print them out.

Print a Song 

Over 100 different Christmas song lyrics, downloadable in PDF format, from popular standards like the “12 Days of Christmas”, “Away in the Manger”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to more modern tunes such as the “12 Pains of Christmas”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, “Feliz Navidad”, “Snoopy and the Red Baron”, and “Where are you Christmas”. Click on the individual titles on the list to open the PDF in a new window to either save or print. There is also a 6-page “Caroling Group” of songs that include: 

  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (Christmas Song)
  • Silver Bells
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Winter Wonderland
  • White Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Frosty the Snowman

Free Christmas Carols Book

Download the 125-page PDF book called “The Caroler” to keep handy throughout the holiday season. Please note that at one time there were links to sheet music and midi files for the songs in the PDF, but those links no longer work. But don’t let that deter you from checking out this one-stop resource.

These sites will have you ready to sing your way through the holidays.

Say “Merry Christmas” in Different Languages

November 26th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 26, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holidays: The Voices of Christmas

(www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website lets you listen to the different ways “Merry Christmas” is said around the world.

Scroll down through the page, click on the audio play button for country of choice, and hear the Real Audio file of “Merry Christmas” and other related holiday greetings in: 

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Spanish
  • French/Creole
  • German
  • Welsh
  • Romanian
  • Finnish
  • Vietnamese
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Greek
  • And more.

The words are also written out so you can try to follow along. This is a fun way to introduce the whole family to the many languages of the world!

Warning: This is an ad-supported website and there could be pop-up ads on this website. Turn on your pop-up and spam blocker when you visit this site to avoid the nuisance.

Online Exhibits to the National WWI Museum and Memorial

November 11th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 11, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

(www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/online-exhibitions)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Remember Veterans Day with this virtual tour of the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

There are over 25 online exhibitions that include: 

  • Make Way for Democracy
  • The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914
  • War Fare
  • The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World War
  • Drawn to War The Political Cartoons of Louis Raemaekers
  • WWI All-Stars
  • Over By Christmas
  • Billy Bishop
  • Coming Home
  • Images of the Great War
  • Canadian War Posters
  • Man and Machine
  • Snoopy
  • War and Art
  • Road to War

And much more.

After deciding on the topic you would like to see, select the “Explore Exhibition” option to open the tour. Each exhibition provides an explanation of the theme and a slide show of artifacts, historical photos, and more. Some exhibitions provide in depth information and others are brief presentations.

Bookmark this site to visit again as you work through your studies of World War I.

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