Posts Tagged ‘desert’

Discover the Ancient Americas

May 24th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 24, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas

(carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/AA/aaflashfront.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the cultures of ancient Central and South America with this interactive presentation from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.

After the content on the home page loads select your topic of interest: 

  • What are the Ancient Americas? – Learn what this term means and explore an interactive timeline.
  • Who were the first Americans? – Discover the ancient civilizations of the American continents.
  • Why should I look at ancient things? – Understand why it is important to examine artifacts.
  • Mummies – Learn about the world’s first mummies made by the Chinchorros of Chile.
  • Extreme Geography – Explore the world’s driest coastal desert, longest mountain chain, and biggest rain forest.
  • Favorite Foods – Discover which of your favorite foods first came from the ancient Americas.
  • Jaguars – See why the people of the ancient Americas were in awe of the jaguar and learn about other animals they would depict artistically.
  • Camel Cousins – Learn about the camelid family and its importance to ancient America.
  • Before Columbus – Who were the people of pre-Columbian America?
  • Writing in String – What is khipu and how was it used?
  • The Ballgame – Examine the roots of modern day ball games.
  • Piercing and Painting – What did body painting and piercing represent?

Each topic sets out to explain a “Did you know?” question with text, interactive images, maps, and activities. Be sure to check out the link, “For Your Teacher,” at the bottom right of the home screen for lesson plans, teacher guides, and more.

Add this website to your list of resources for your ancient civilization and world history studies.

Free Geography Games

April 5th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SoftSchools.com – Geography Games

(www.softschools.com/social_studies/geography/world_geography/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Brush up on your geography skills with these online games from SoftSchools.com.

When arriving at the site select a game from the list of World Geography Games. Most games are quizzes or sorting games, but there are a few map skills games. Topics include: 

  • Countries
  • Bodies of water
  • Mountains
  • Deserts
  • Islands and Peninsulas
  • Volcanoes
  • Continents
  • General Geography

Under the list of games is a section to learn geography facts such as: 

  • Wonders of the World Facts
  • National Landmarks Facts
  • Countries Facts
  • Mongolia Facts
  • Luxembourg Facts
  • Sierra Leone Facts
  • Nicaragua Facts
  • Iceland Facts
  • Pyramids Facts
  • Boreal Forest Facts
  • Sahara Desert Facts
  • The Great Barrier Reef Facts
  • The Aurora Facts

Each section is further broken down into another menu highlighting a more refined sub-topic.

This website can add some variety to your world geography studies.

Tour the Regions of California

September 8th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, September 8, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Regions of California Virtual Field Trip

(edtech2.boisestate.edu/jessicacassese/502/vtour.html)

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

 

Tour the California regions with this website created by a student at Boise State University.

When arriving at today’s link, start off your tour by watching the cute “Regions Video” which explains all the regions to the tune of “California Dreaming” then read through the brief summary below the video that provides information about the tours.  

Using the left-hand menu, select your destination: 

  • Coast
  • Mountains
  • Desert
  • Central Valley

Each regional tour provides a video or pictorial overview, maps, and a summary paragraph with links for further exploration. Please note that many of the links open to off-site pages so always preview before allowing students to visit.

Also included on the left-hand sidebar are questions for the student to answer about the region with links to where information can be found as well as a link at the bottom for the answers.

This site was intended for upper elementary students but younger and older kids will enjoy it as well.

Virtual Tours of the Petrified Forest

February 12th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, February 12, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NPS Petrified Forest

(http://www.nps.gov/pefo/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtour.htm)


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

 

Visit the Petrified Forest in Arizona with this website from the National Park Service. Through magnificent 360° panoramic images from artist-in-resident Tony Garbasso, explore various locations using your mouse to move all around the pictures.

Destinations include: 

  • Dining Room featuring Fred Kabotie Murals and CCC Furniture
  • Kachina Point overlooking the Painted Desert
  • Sunset from the Kachina Point end of the Painted Desert Rim Trail
  • Pintado Point was once known as 350 Degree Point
  • Puerco Pueblo from the southwestern corner
  • Newspaper Rock petroglyph panel
  • Agate Bridge
  • Jasper Forest, below Jasper Point
  • Crystal Forest split petrified log
  • Long log along the Long Logs Trail
  • Agate House
  • Rainbow Forest petrified wood
  • Rainbow Forest Museum Bone Zone

When you are finished with your virtual tours, use the left sidebar menu to learn more about the Petrified Forest including its history, the wildlife, and much more. Under the “Kids & Youth” section, you will find some downloadable fact sheets about the park.

This website provides a peek into the breathtaking views found in the Petrified Forest.

Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids

January 30th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 30, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids

(www.jerrysartarama.com/art-lessons/Skill-Level/Kids/index.html)

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

 

Part of the larger Jerry’s Artarama’s commercial website, today’s link provides over 65 video art lessons for middle to high school kids from the World of Art series.

Instruction includes lessons for: 

  • Making a vase from an old wine bottle
  • Drawing cartoons
  • Finger painting caterpillar
  • Painting a desert scene or a giraffe
  • Screen print leaves
  • New York City skyline diorama
  • Perspective instruction
  • Paper mach pie
  • Pattern study
  • Watercolor resist

Video lessons are presented by the following artists: 

  • Perry Milou
  • Bruce Blitz
  • Dan Nelson
  • Bob Ostrom
  • Tonya Hill
  • Lindsey Volins

After selecting and watching a lesson, click the “More” text link in the “Video Description and More. . .” section to find more lessons by the artist. Use the “Categories” link in the upper menu to find more advanced video lessons sorted by artist, medium, skill level, and subject.

Please note that the videos do include commercials for art products, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this website and reaping the benefits of the free lessons.

Kids Do Ecology!

January 26th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, January 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Do Ecology (kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/)

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California offers this multi-media website for kids to teach them the science of ecology.

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

  • Learn About Ecology – Get an introduction to the study of ecology, learn about endangered species, find out about careers in ecology, and enjoy interviews with ecologists.
  • Data Science – Discover the scientific method! Learn to analyze data and present results. Design your own ecology experiment.
  • World Biomes – Learn about the 5 major biomes including aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra. Discover the flora and fauna that thrive in each.
  • Marine Mammals – Meet Blue, Grey, and Humpback whales, a variety of dolphins, and sea otters!

Each section contains clickable links to information, videos, sound, and fun facts. You can also check out some classroom science projects and an assortment of links to other science websites.

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