Posts Tagged ‘history’

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Irish Potato Science

March 17th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 17, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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

 

Can You Push A Straw Through A Potato?

This website will teach you how to push a straw through a potato so you can amaze your friends on St. Pat’s Day, and explain the science behind it!

Make a Potato Battery

Get the 4-1-1 on how to make a potato battery and why it works.
This site offers a comprehensive look at the past and present history of potatoes. It includes the story of the potato’s Peruvian beginnings, its migration around the world (along with an historical timeline), how the potato was introduced to Ireland and the story of the Irish Potato Famine, the biology of the potato and info on its cultivation cycle – and the fungus that was responsible for the Irish Potato Famine, the modern science and technology of potato production, a potato curriculum for grades 3-9, and lots of fascinating trivia facts about the potato.
The Idaho Potato Commission offers potato themed word searches, mazes and coloring pages for FREE.
Universal Preschool shares some great educational and fun ideas for having potato fun with preschoolers.

Have fun learning with potatoes!

Campus Visit of the Fighting Irish

March 13th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, March 13, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Notre Dame Campus Tour

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Home of the “Fighting Irish” sports teams and alma mater to numerous well known athletes, politicians, television and movie personalities, astronauts, and many other professionals of distinction, the University of Notre Dame ranks among the “top 25 institutions of higher learning in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review, Time, Kiplinger’s, and Kaplan/Newsweek and others”.
At this website tour the prestigious university located in Indiana from your home.

When arriving at the link, read the brief introduction, then select the “Get Started” button in the middle of the image. You will be taken to a list of all the locations you can visit. Using the navigation tool bar, pinpoint destinations relating to: 

  • Academic
  • Athletic
  • Campus Favorites
  • Sacred Spaces
  • Residence Halls
  • Student Life
When arriving at your point of interest, you will find images and informational text about the location. Use the upper navigation to see more photos. Click on the photos to see larger views. Some locations have 360° panoramic images that visitors can use their mouse and keyboard plus and minus keys to explore. Some destinations include video presentations that provide interesting tours of the location. When you are done exploring a location, select the “All Tour Locations” button to return to the list of tours.

Finish up your campus tour by selecting the “Sights and Sounds” link in the upper right of the page to find: 

  • MP3s of “The Notre Dame Victory March” and “Notre Dame, Our Mother”
  • Live webcams of the Clarke Memorial Fountain, The Dome and Basilica, Hesburgh Library, and McCourtney Hall
  • Downloadable wallpapers of Notre Dame for your phone, tablet, and desktop
If you are interested in learning more about the University of Notre Dame, use the upper navigation bar to select the “About” option to learn the history of the school, discover facts and figures, and see a list of notable alumni.

Whether you are considering Notre Dame as a college choice or not, this tour provides visitors a look into the world of the “Fighting Irish” and its school.

The Wives of Henry VIII

March 12th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, March 12, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

PBS has created this fun and historical site (a complement to a PBS program of the same name) that examines the life and times of Henry VIII through the biographies of his six wives.
The site is beautifully designed using the latest in multi-media resources. When you get to the site use the menu just below the 6 thumbnail photos of the wives including:
  • Meet the Wives – a timeline biography of each of the women who were married to the king.
  • Find a Wife – take the challenge to play matchmaker for King Henry VIII but be careful not to lose your head with a mismatch in this game.
  • Portrait of a King – examine the life of Henry VIII and its historical impact.
  • Tudor Times – explore the Tudor era of history.

The site is rich with resources and activities that will supplement any study of European history, and is most appropriate for middle grades and up. Find lesson plans and other activities by selecting “Classroom” on the left hand sidebar.

Look Around Ireland from Your Home

March 6th, 2015

 

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

 

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Look Around Ireland Virtual Tours

 

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

 

Visit hundreds of locations in Ireland virtually at this ad-supported travel website.
When arriving at the link, visitors can select from 27 counties to see the list of locations or simply scroll down the page to find your destination. Choose from well-known as well as little-known places. Types of locations include: 
  • Gardens
  • Castles
  • Colleges
  • Villages
  • Graveyards and Tombs
  • Parks
  • Monuments
  • Man-made wonders
  • Natural and scenic beauties
When the window opens, there is a 360° image of the location that you can navigate around using your mouse as well as interesting information about the scene. Sometimes there is only a picture of the location but more often than not it is a 360° image you can tour. Please note that while scanning through the links there were some that were not working properly, but don’t let that dissuade you from visiting. There are still hundreds of locations to explore via this website.

Before leaving the website, be sure to check out the other pages available on the upper navigation bar: 

  • Ireland Travel Guide – Learn all about Ireland with information on the cities, landscape, geography, history, language, culture and more
  • County Travel Guides – Use interactive maps to discover the places of interest in a specific county
  • Theme Maps – Access clickable maps for the Aran Islands, Scenic Ireland, Celtic Ireland, and the Castles of Ireland to reach the virtual tours related to these
  • Genealogy – Discover Irish history, legends, and videos of Ireland which include Irish music
Bookmark this website for all your Irish studies.

U.S. Presidential Campaign History

February 26th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 26, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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4President.org

 

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

 

If you are looking for an interesting way to teach your students about past US Presidential election campaigns from 1960-2012, then this website is for you.
At this ad-supported website you will find: 
  • campaign logos and slogans
  • images of campaign posters
  • textual versions of the campaign brochures
  • television campaign commercial videos
  • text of announcements and acceptance of nominations
Navigating this website is a breeze. Simply select the campaign year of interest. Once the page opens you will see campaign banners in the middle of the page. Select a banner to view the text of the announcement or acceptance speech of a candidate for presidency. On the left side bar, find links to commercial videos or look at the poster images. Click on the brochure images in the right hand sidebar to read the text of that brochure.

It is quite interesting browsing through the information on this website and to see how the whole election campaign process and focus has changed over the years. You may wish to bookmark this website to visit again after the 2016 election.

American Presidential Studies Resource

February 19th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, February 19, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Miller Center

 

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia, is your one-stop destination for your Presidential studies.
When arriving at this link you will find a grid of Presidential portraits. Simply click on the image of the President of choice and you are taken to the informational page for that President. Each page includes:
  • “Facts at a Glance” which provide snippets of biographical information in a concise manner
  • Essays on (PRESIDENT) and His Administration – Links to more in-depth information about the President
  • First Lady and other important members of the government at the time of Presidency – each linked to biographies
  • Presidential Speeches – links to texts of speeches. For Presidents after Herbert Hoover, there are also audios of speeches and after Eisenhower there are also videos
  • Scholarship and Speakers – a selection of Miller Center resources on the President
  • Scripps Library Reference Resources – “links to reference resources prepared by the Miller Center’s Scripps Library, designed to help students and scholars conduct their research quickly”
From the main page, you may select the “Speech Archive” button for quick access to all the Presidential Speeches. Select “Riding the Tiger” for a blog that examines current events through the “lens of history” and features resources from the digital archive of the Miller Center.

After selecting the “Presidential Classroom” on the main page, choose from either “Exhibits” or “Lesson Plans” for tons more supplemental materials and helpful classroom activities that allow students to dig deeper into U.S. history and government.

There is so much valuable information available at this website, neatly compiled for ease of use and navigation, that you will find yourself coming back time and time again.

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