Posts Tagged ‘education’

Turkey Hill Ice Cream Factory Tour

June 20th, 2014


It’s Friday, June 20, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Turkey Hill Experience


Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)


I scream, you scream, we all scream for an ice cream factory tour! At this website sponsored by the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania, explore Turkey Hill Dairy to learn how Rocky Road ice cream is made – from when the milk arrives at the factory until the ice cream leaves the factory freezers.
Using the images above the presentation window, easily navigate through the animated slides. Each slide is accompanied by informational text in a bubble beside the slide. Hover around the slide to find the red circled or boxed item to reveal additional fun facts. Cute sound effects play when viewing the slides.

When you are done with your virtual tour, select the “Snapshots” option on the side bar under the “Plan & Learn” option to view nostalgic photos from Turkey Hill Dairy. To see images of the Turkey Farm Experience, select the “Photo Gallery” option on the side bar.

And, if you are lucky enough to be able to visit the Turkey Hill Experience in person, check out the “Education” link under “Groups” on the sidebar to find lesson plans for grades K-6 that you can use to expand your visit.

Ice cream is a favorite summertime treat enjoyed by young and old alike. After visiting this site you will want to head for the freezer for your favorite ice cream treat.

John F. Kennedy Lesson Plans

May 29th, 2014


It’s Thursday, May 29, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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JFK Library – Curricular Resources


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


On May 29, 1917, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was born. Part of the larger John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website, the Curricular Resources page provides educators with lesson planning ideas and activities for elementary, middle school, and high school.
When arriving at the link above, first select the grade level for which you are interested. The elementary and middle school levels provide resources and lesson plans for:
  • Biographical Resources
  • Campaign, Election, Inauguration
  • In the White House
  • Historical Resources
The high school level digs deeper with additional topics covering:
  • Civil Rights
  • The Cold War
  • The Kennedy White House
  • Civic Education

Lesson plans provide age-appropriate informational texts, images, primary source materials, and activities which not only challenge students to explore the life on John F. Kennedy, but to analyze and understand the events happening during his life.

Some of the lesson plans include:

  • The Struggle for Civil Rights (elementary)
  • Red States, Blue States: Mapping the Presidential Election (elementary, middle school)
  • Why Choose the Moon (middle school)
  • Integrating Ole Miss (middle and high school)
  • World on the Brink: The Cuban Missile Crisis (high school)
  • Military Advisors in Vietnam: 1963 (high school)

Celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most beloved presidents of the United States when you visit this website.

Bring Orchestra Music Studies to Life!

May 24th, 2014


It’s Saturday, May 24, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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


This is a wonderfully colorful and fun interactive site with loads of printable lesson plans and worksheets and online activities to use with your students as they learn about orchestral music. 


Presented by the National Arts Centre located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, this website not only introduces students to the instruments of the orchestra but also the musicians, composers, and conductors who bring music alive.


Select from the following to start your musical adventure:

  • Music Resources - listen to music recordings, watch video clips, browse the music dictionary, find helpful advice for parents and teachers
  • Instrument Lab – learn all about the sections and instruments that make up an orchestra; examine virtual instruments and listen to the sounds that they make
  • Great Composers – investigate the lives and music of the great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and more as well as contemporary composers such as Adams, Morquez, Shafer, and others
  • NAC Orchestra and Friends – read interviews with the musicians, conductors and composers of the NACO
  • Activities and Games – play and learn with loads of fun games and activities such as the click and drag game “Compose Music”, the online quizzes like “Name that Composer” and “Name that Instrument”, and lots of printables
  • Orchestra on Tour – Read the online journal kept by NAC Orchestra musicians and staff during their 2008 performance and education tour


Be sure to check out the “Resources for Teachers” section of the website for more helpful resource including resource kits, lesson plans, and NAC Orchestra Student Matinee study guides. This website is a valuable resource of information and activities that encourage an engaging learning experience in your study of orchestral music.

Take Flight with this Virtual Tour

May 16th, 2014


It’s Friday, May 16, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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EAA AirVenture Museum


Age Range: All (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)


Presented by The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), explore the exhibits of the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and discover the history of aviation. When arriving at the link above, choose your destination from:
  • Eagle Hangar
  • Pioneers of Flight
  • Pioneer Airport
  • Homebuilts & Van’s RV
  • SpaceShipOne
  • Innovations Gallery
  • Antiques & Classics
  • Air Racing & Aerobatics
  • KidVenture Gallery

Through the use of images and descriptive texts, examine planes of all kinds and learn about the history of aviation from balloon travel through space travel.

When you are finished exploring the exhibits, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Education & Resources”. When arriving at this page, from the left hand menu choose “Multimedia”, then select “Videos” to be taken to the EAA Video Player website. On this page you can view archived videos of events, aerobatics, instructional videos for building and flying planes, and an interesting video series called “Timeless Voices” which provides first-hand accounts of flying during combat and other various circumstances.

Take the history of flight to new heights with this website.

Extra! Extra! Learn All about a Day in the Life of a Newspaper

May 9th, 2014


It’s Friday, May 9, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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LA Times – A Day in the Life of a Newspaper


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


The Los Angeles Times has never missed a day of publication since its first issue on December 4, 1881. At this website, take a brief virtual tour of the LA Times and explore A Day in the Life of a Newspaper. Easily navigate through the slide show of the following steps: 


  • The Story
  • Digitizing
  • Editing
  • Composing
  • Printing
  • Distribution
  • Delivery

In addition to images and text explaining the newspaper making process, there are few interactive slides where visitors can explore 360° images of: 


  • stacks of newsprint
  • the printing press
  • the newspaper express
  • newspaper stacker

When you are finished with your tour, check out the Los Angeles Times in Education website to keep the learning going. Select “Weekly Lessons” on the navigation bar and explore educational material based on the latest news stories. You will want to bookmark this page and come back regularly as lessons are updated every Monday. This is definitely a news-worthy site to share with your friends.

Free Environmental Science Journals for Middle Schoolers

April 22nd, 2014


It’s Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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The Natural Inquirer


Age Range: 10-14 (Designed for grades 6-8, but there are aspects of these journals that will appeal to a much broader age/grade range. All children with parental supervision)


Happy Earth Day! This website offers a FREE science education journal titled, “The Natural Inquirer,” in which scientists with the USDA Forest Service share their research with middle school students. Each article in every issue explains research being conducted on trees, wildlife, insects, and water.
Each issue of “The Natural Inquirer” introduces students to the scientists who conduct the environmental research and includes an article on a specific research project. The article, as explained at the website, is “written in a way that scientists write when publishing their research in journals.” Topics include:
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Relationship Between Carbon, Photosynthesis, and Roots of Trees
  • Urban Forests
  • Tropical Biomes
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Natural Resources
  • And more!

Each issue also contains a “Discovery FACTivity” designed to help students learn scientific vocabulary words included in the articles. There are also discussion questions designed to help students think more about research.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction, information on the latest issue of “The Natural Inquirer,” and scrolling below that will reveal a few new free resources:
  • Download the first series of scientist cards and posters – These cards are an excellent tool for teaching students about different types of science and scientists and can be printed and used offline. There is also an accompanying lesson plan designed to encourage students to use their imagination and envision themselves as scientists while they explain and present their understanding of the Natural Inquirer Scientists’ Card Series to their peers.
  • A few items for Pre-K and 1st grade – Find coloring sheets and activity sheets available for Pre-K through 4th grade.

On the left side of the screen choose from the drop-down menu:

  • View & Order Issues: This is where you can access all the archived issues. Some issues are also offered in Spanish!
  • Education Resources: Put your cursor over this menu item to see a drop-down list by age group, that includes a glossary, games and activities, podcasts, slideshows, lesson plans and more that are themed around topics covered in various issues of “The Natural Inquirer.” This is a treasure trove of environmental learning resources!

Bookmark this one, as you’ll need to visit many times to explore the vast content!