Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

Virtual Field Trip to Churros Factory

January 4th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, January 4, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Churros Factory

(online.recordnet.com/projects/churro/project.html)

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

 

Churros are tube-shaped, cinnamon-sugar dusted, Spanish pastries. Sometimes they contain fruit-flavored or custard-like fillings. Kids and adults alike love these sweet confections.


At today’s website you can take a virtual tour of The Churro Factory in Stockton, California. Watch a video of the proprietor, Carlos Pino-Calderon, as he mixes the dough, loads it into cylinders, squeezes out the pastries, and deep-fries them until they are golden brown. Some are served plain, others are stuffed with scrumptious fillings. Pino-Calderon provides a brief narration.


WARNING: Watching this clip may result in uncontrollable cravings for churros. To remedy that problem, here are two recipes: 

Churros Con Chocolate

This is a recipe for authentic Spanish churros. In Spain, churros are traditionally made without cinnamon, and then dipped in thick, gooey, hot chocolate.

Rockin’ Robins: Scrumptious Churro Recipe

This recipe promises to knock your socks off and is made with cinnamon.

See How Maple Syrup Is Made

December 14th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 14, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Making Maple Syrup

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXeBOl4fXY&%20feature=related)

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

 

Did you know that National Maple Syrup Day comes right in the middle of the holiday season? It’s on Monday, December 17th.

This is a terrific video (shown in two parts on YouTube.com) on the process of making maple syrup from sap to syrup. What’s wonderful is that this depicts the multi-generational O’Brien family of Wisconsin demonstrating their maple syrup business

This “amateur” video (shot and narrated by an O’Brien family member) is instructional covering selecting the right spot to tap a maple tree, how to use duct tape to keep the squirrels away, the equipment that’s needed, collecting the sap, and filtering and cooking the sap. The first video takes a little less than 10 minutes to watch. 

When it’s through, look over on the right side of the screen for the menu under “Related Videos.” The first item on the menu is “Making Maple Syrup Part II.” Click on it to watch and learn about the evaporation process, cleansing, testing sugar density, canning, work schedules, the maple sap tapping season, and cooking with the finished product. The second video is almost a full 10 minutes.

Here are some more fun websites about Maple Syrup: 

ThoughtCo. – maple syrup wordsearch, crossword, coloring pages, and more!

The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association – everything you need to know about maple syrup

This comprehensive website includes: 

  • Maple History
  • How Maple Syrup is Made
  • A glossary of maple sugaring terms
  • The seasons of maple
  • and more!

You’ll also find printable worksheets and other resources.

And if you live in the area or plan a vacation (best time to go is March, which is Maple Month), you can take a tour of maple farms using the directory found under the “Buy Maple Syrup” link at the top.

WARNING: Exploring these websites may lead to an insatiable desire for maple syrup. Better stock up beforehand.

The Science of Cooking

April 4th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking

(www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/)

Age Range: 6-16 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers free lessons, activities, virtual field trips and access to webcasts that explain the science of food.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items and a menu selection that includes: 

  • Eggs – Turn your kitchen into a lab and learn the scientific processes that occur when you cook eggs.
  • Pickles – Discover the ancient culinary craft of preserving foods in salt brine and vinegar and how it manipulates microbes in foods.
  • Candy – Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule and discover how different types of candy are made.
  • Bread – Take “Bread Science 101” that includes a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
  • Seasonings – Explore your senses through the world of spices.
  • Meat – Learn about fat, proteins, and collagen – and the molecular art of grilling.

This is the ultimate kitchen-science excursion – and fun for the whole family!

Sweet Visits to A Lollipop Factory, Fudge House and More

April 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, April 22, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lollipop Factory and Fudge House Virtual Field Trip

(www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/index.html)

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

 

This ClickScholar-recommended website is part of the larger NSF Exploratorium website, The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking.

Today’s link provides two brief tours of: 

  • Kendon Candies in San Jose, California – Tour a lollipop factory.
  • Fudge House at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California – See how fudge is made.

When arriving at the link, find the “Behind the Scenes” section and select the text link for either the lollipop factory or the fudge house.

When you get to the lollipop factory page, you will see an introduction about Kendon Candies in San Jose, California – the largest lollipop producer in the United States. Click on the “next” buttons for a brief tour through text and photographs. OR, AND EVEN BETTER – watch the Quicktime or RealPlayer video on the first slide and see the lollipop-making process at the Kendon candy factory.

When you are through learning all about how to make lollipops, click on the “Candy Home Page” link at the bottom of the slide. That will take you back to the “science of candy” page where you can learn how to make candy at home, find out about the chemistry of sugar, and you can take a tour of the Fudge House in San Francisco!

When you have finished with your candy tours, select the “Science of Cooking” image link in the upper left. This will take you to the main menu of the website. Select the “Eggs” page and look for the “Visit a Farm” section to tour an organic egg farm in Petaluma, California.

These short but sweet virtual tours provide a nice overview of the locations. When you have finished your tours, be sure to check out all that the “Science of Cooking” website has to offer.

Serious Science Projects for K-12

December 30th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Buddies

 

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

 

This non-profit foundation’s website provides free science project ideas, instructions, explanations, and assistance “for serious students” to build their literacy in science and technology in the 21st century.
You’ll find free projects and activities in all areas of science including:
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Math & Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
You’ll even find science projects that cover cooking, food, music, photography, videos, computer games, and sports.

Science Buddies aims to reduce the hassle of hands-on scientific investigations while encouraging fun, intellectually-stimulating and cutting-edge science education. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Project Ideas – Over 1,000 scientist-outlined projects in 30 different fields of science and engineering. Plus you can use the “Topic Selection Wizard” to find a project that matches your student’s unique interests!

*Project Guide – Not sure how to proceed? This section includes step-by-step guidance about the scientific method, research, constructing and testing a hypothesis, analyzing data, drawing a conclusion, and communicating results.

*Ask an Expert – Get online advice in a forum with scientists and engineers.

*Teachers/Parents/Students – Find resources, enrichment tools, and tips for success.

*Science Careers – Discover how the science in a student’s project is used in real-world careers.

This is an amazing resource for science discovery and exploration. Bookmark it to return often.

Calendar of Children’s Books

April 9th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

About.com – Calendar of Children’s Books

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

About.com is an ad supported website that was founded in 1996. First called The Mining Company, they slowly transformed into About.com.
They say they have nearly 1,000 Experts that write for About.com and are one of the most visited sites on the Internet with over 25% of the U.S. visiting each month. They help users discover, be inspired, and learn about topics ranging from parenting and healthcare to cooking and travel.
The About.com Calendar of Children’s Books is a treasure trove of resources available to help support students reading at any level all brought together in one convenient location. When you arrive on the monthly calendar page you’ll see the list of monthly reading themes. These themes are based on the seasons, various cultural and government named holidays and recognized social causes, sometimes a famous person or an author’s birthday, and so on. Scrolling down the page you’ll find some general reading help for each theme and recommended reading. Then the calendar for the month will outline in chronological order; any notable date or historical event or famous person’s birthday – anything that might give you a reason to pull out a book and read!

As a bonus, across the top of the page is a menu directing you to age appropriate help for parents of children ages 0 – 3, 4 – 8 and 9 – teens designed to help raise readers. There are articles and book recommendations for new and prospective parents, help for transitioning from picture to chapter books, resources for reluctant readers, and even recommended reading lists.

To give you a little taste of what awaits you at this wonderful website, here is a little clip of the April 2014 calendar.

Here are some books and tips to help you raise a reader who is enthusiastic about books. Learn about the importance of reading aloud to your child at every age, the value of audiobooks, and resources for locating exceptional books for elementary and middle school students.

Bookmark this calendar and come often. This is a great resource to visit for tips and ideas to keep your readers reading!

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