Posts Tagged ‘France’

Create Your Own Maps

April 28th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyGreatMaps

(mygreatmaps.com/)

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

 

Create your own maps with this website from Mr. Nussbaum.

When arriving at the site, a welcome pop-up will appear encouraging you to sign up for a free account so that your maps can be saved. When you sign up as a teacher, you will be able to add student accounts so that you can see all the maps your students have created in one place.

Once your accounts have been created, the fun can begin. In the upper right, select the “Need help?” link to learn about the features of the map creator. To create your map, make a selection from: 

  • World maps – Includes world, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East, the Caribbean, Central America, and Atlantic Ocean.
  • State maps – Select the whole US, the 13 Colonies, eight USA Regions, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New England, Southern States, Western States, or any of the 50 states.
  • Country maps – Choose from Canada, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, China, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, India, Nigeria, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia.
  • Flags – Includes selections from various countries and states.

Once you have created your map and added features such as your key, notes, and more, the map can be saved, printed, and even shared. Once your students have learned to navigate the program and with a little practice, this tool will have your young cartographers creating all kinds of maps for geography and history projects.

La Tour Eiffel – Eiffel Tower Virtual Tour

February 6th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 6, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

La Tour Eiffel

 

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
When arriving at the site, click on “Eiffel Tower Gallery” to see the drop down menu. You can now select from these options to begin your tour:

  • 360° virtual tour
  • Pictures
  • Movies
  • Multimedia

After selecting the 360° virtual tour, a new window will open and visitors can use their mouse to examine the tower close up. Select from the numerous images below the screen for different views, both day and night, from and of the tower.

Back at the “Eiffel Tower Gallery”, select Pictures to not only see images of the Tower but also see images of the blueprints from making the tower. Select the “Movies” option to see videos of the tower, celebrations held there, and the ice rink at the tower.

Under the “Multimedia” option, take a 360° tour of Paris, explore an interactive time line of Major Events surrounding the Tower, or let the kids “Play with the Eiffel Tower” with an interactive educational puzzle and maze or colorfully “Illuminate the Eiffel Tower” with your favorite color and fireworks.

When you are done with your tours, select the “Children’s Tower” option to find educational material for learning and teaching about the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to select the “Teacher’s Page” link in the upper right of the kid’s page to access more educational materials.

Explore the other menu options on the home page tool bar for even more educational opportunities. And for a learning experience for those students studying a foreign language, use the drop down menu in the upper left to select to see this site in 8 different languages including French, Spanish, Chinese, and more.

So grab your beret, pack your croissants, and enjoy a fine day in Paris at the Eiffel tower from the comfort of your home.

Virtual Field Trips to Stone Ruins including Stonehenge

July 18th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, July 18, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Stone Pages

 

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

 

Many people know about one of the most famous of stone ruins called Stonehenge in England. However, there are hundreds of stone ruins throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, including standing stones (like Stonehenge) and many of them are much older than Stonehenge. They document early man’s habitats, customs, rituals, defense, observance of cycles in nature like the seasons, and much more.

Today’s website offers the most amazing compilation of information on stone ruins in the U.K. and Europe. When you get to the site you can click on the following destinations to open new website pages devoted to these ruins:

  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Italy

You can take virtual tours of these remarkable historic sites through photographs and text – and in some cases through quick time movies. You will be astounded by the sheer number of these ruins, and what archaeologists have been able to piece together about early humans from them.

You can take virtual tours of:

  • stone forts
  • stone settlements
  • stone circles
  • standing stones
  • tombs
  • burial chambers
  • and many other formations

Allow plenty of time on your first visit to this site to get your bearings. You’ll want to bookmark it to visit each country and the many ruins offered for virtual tours.

Bios of Scientists & Much More!

January 29th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, January 29, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Eric Weisstein’s World of Scientific

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website offers an incredible encyclopedic-style archive of information on science and math, including the biographies of scientists. When you get to the site, use the menu in the left margin of the page to search for scientists based upon:

*Branch of Science – Search for a scientist by his/her field of study from Archaeology to Sociology.

*Gender/Minority Status – Women, African Americans, Asian Americans, etc.

*Historical Periods – Meet scientists from the Bronze Age, Greek Dark Ages, and Pre-Classical Greece.

*Nationality – Find scientists from many nations including the U.S., China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, and Russia.

*Prize Winners – Read the Bios of Scientists and Mathematicians who have been awarded prizes (i.e., The Nobel) for their work.

*Alphabetical Index – An A to Z list of all of the scientists and mathematicians whose biographies are archived on the website. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the scientist’s picture and bio. References are provided as well.

In addition to the scientists’ bios, you can use the menu tabs at the top of the page to find encyclopedic information on specific branches of science and math including:

  • Astronomy – Learn about atmospheres, galactic astronomy, the solar system, stars and more.
  • Chemistry – Find out about chemical reactions, experimental chemistry, oganic chemistry, quantum chemistry and more.
  • Mathematics – Explore algebra, applied mathematics, calculus, geometry, number theory, probability, statistics, etc.
  • Physics – Discover astrophysics, electromagnetism, experimental physics, fluid mechanics, states of matter, thermodynamics and more.

There is so much content here, you’ll want to bookmark this site to return often.

Math on 11/11/11 – A Ones In A Life Event

October 17th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Monday, October 17, 2011 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

November 11th, 2011 will be a “Ones In A Lifetime Event.”  It’s the only date that can be represented by six identical digits as 11/11/11, and it only comes around once every hundred years according to Corbin E. Covault, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, who is credited with inspiring 11/11/11 Day.

What follows is information on the event and ideas for celebration to make math fun! Mark your calendars so you won’t miss it!

Recommended Websites:
See Below

Age Range: Varies (ALL sites require parental preview and supervision.)

OnesInALifetime.com

This website offers ideas for celebrating “The ONES In A Lifetime Event” at 11:11:11 on 11/11/11 when the time and the date are all 1. They are attempting to create a unifying global event to celebrate world peace because November 11th also happens to be Armistice Day in France (commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI), and it is also Veterans Day in the USA and Remembrance Day in Canada that commemorate the sacrifices of those who served in armed conflicts.

This particular website (with a commercial edge) encourages people to have a party at home or in a club or restaurant, or create a community event, or participate in an online streaming party. It may inspire you to think of ways to celebrate with your family.

What has any of this got to do this math? For an answer visit these websites:

How to Interpret 11/11/11 – You see, the number eleven is the sixth prime number and there are some interesting peculiarities and folklore about it that you’ll discover at this website.

Number 11 – Wikipedia offers mathematical and scientific information about the number 11 and explains that it’s the atomic number of sodium, as well as the number of spacetime dimensions in M-theory. Scroll down the page and click on the links to articles that explain the sunspot cycle is 11 years, and Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon. Find out the implications of the number 11 in religion, music, sports, military, computing, and other fields.

What’s Special About The Number 11? – This site explains that 11 is the largest known “multiplicative persistence.” (You’ll find info about other unusual numbers too.)

An Easy Way to Multiply Any Number by 11 – At CuriousMath.com you can learn some simple multiplication tips using the number 11.

Play Number Twins 11CoolMath4Kids.com offer this interactive online math game for kids that lets them practice adding numbers that add up to 11.

Of course there are other ways to celebrate 11/11/11. Plan eleven fun activities. Dress in 11’s – wear stripes! Color with 11 crayons. Listen to 11 songs. Read 11 pages in a book. Visit 11 friends. Plant 11 seeds. Do 11 sit-ups. Give 11 gifts. Solve 11 math problems. Go on an “11 Hunt” – find eleven things, or search for the number 11 wherever you go. You can also eat meals made up of 11’s with tasty treats such as:

  • Carrot Sticks
  • Celery Sticks
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • String Cheese
  • French Fries
  • Bread Sticks

And don’t forget to look in the Asian food section of your grocery store for Pepero and Pocky. Pepero is a Korean cookie snack and Pocky is a similar Japanese treat.  Both are essentially a cookie “stick” that comes in a variety of flavors. If you hold up two Pepero or Pocky sticks they resemble the number 11. So, the clever manufacturing company successfully promoted the celebration of…

Pepero Day!
Each November 11th (11/11), Koreans exchange the cookie sticks in an observance similar to Valentine’s Day.

 

Virtual Field Trip to Statue of Liberty

August 27th, 2010

 
Hi!  It’s Friday, August 27, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Statue of Liberty eTour


Age Range: 8 and up (approximately, non-readers will need assistance)

This website offers a free virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. As explained at the website, it was a gift to the people of the United States from France, and “commemorates the ideals of freedom, democracy, and opportunity.”

Turn on your speakers and head to the website. There’s a brief audio/video introduction. Then, a page opens where you can read instructions that will help you navigate the site that includes historical information, descriptions of the symbolism included in the design, and stories and comments shared by park rangers.

You’ll see a screen with a photograph of the statue.  If you click the arrows underneath it, you can take the tour as designed.  Notice that the text below the picture changes with each frame, describing what you see.  And you’ll see a map of the island with a red dot indicating where you are on the tour.

IMPORTANT:
As you advance through the tour, keep an eye on the menu bar in black directly below the picture screen.  It will display tiny icons (of a video camera or head phones, for example).  If you click on them you can watch videos and/or listen to narratives that describe what you are viewing. The video icon allows you to see and hear park rangers’ stories and comments as well.  Don’t miss clicking on the icon that enables you to see a 360 degree panoramic view of the Statue of Liberty – the photography is beautiful!

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