Posts Tagged ‘history’

A Listening Journey into the Past

February 13th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 13, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archives

(cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/)

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

 

Special thanks goes out to one of our ClickScholars for alerting us to today’s unique music website.

“Before MP3s, CDs, cassettes and vinyl records, people listened to … cylinders.” This website, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Grammy Foundation, and other donors, provides visitors with an opportunity to listen to over 10,000 cylinder recordings.

Once you arrive at the site, you can learn about the history of cylinders, choose to listen to the “Cylinder of the day”, find thematic selections by browsing the playlists, or use the search engine at the top of the page to find selections by keyword, author, title, subject, year, or UCSB call number. Available recordings include those first recorded on tinfoil in 1877 as well as the last celluloid recordings in 1929. Types of recordings include: 

  • Popular songs of the day
  • Vaudeville acts
  • Classical music
  • Opera
  • Comedy
  • Audio Theater
  • Historical speeches
  • Foreign and ethnic recordings

Visitors are also able to download the files in MP3 format to listen to while on the go.

Click the “About” link in the upper right of the page to learn about the project or use the footer menu to find the Help/FAQs.

Not only are these recordings fun and nostalgic, but they also present a listening journey into the past.

***Please be aware that the nature of some of the recordings may contain objectionable material due to the stereotyping of the day. As always, parental supervision is advised.***

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.

Explore the History of the H.L. Hunley

February 11th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 11, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Friends of the Hunley 

(www.hunley.org/)

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

 

This is a beautifully appointed website about the history and recovery efforts of the Civil War submarine, the H.L. Hunley. On February 17, 1864, the Hunley became the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship, a feat as important as the first airplane flown by the Wright brothers. But on the same day, she and all of her crew members suddenly disappeared. What caused her to sink? And would she ever be found? You can explore this mystery at today’s site.

At this website, learn about: 

  • The building, innovation, evolution, and design of the 
  • Hunley
  • Its contribution to the Civil War
  • Its crew
  • The recovery effort
  • The preservation of the submarine
  • And more!

Select the “Education” link to find online lesson plans for all grade levels. The text is geared for those who read well. Non-readers will undoubtedly enjoy the virtual tour of the submarine, and may find the recovery footage fascinating as well.

Free Iditarod Math & More!

February 8th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, February 8, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Iditarod.com (iditarod.com/)

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

 

The Iditarod begins on March 5, 2016! Billed as “The Last Great Race On Earth,” mushers and their dog teams race over 1,000 miles across Alaska’s mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coast. In a period of 10 to 17 days each team’s dogs and their musher race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. They endure temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, long hours of darkness, and treacherous terrain.

At this “official” Iditarod website you’ll find information about the history of this race, exclusive race coverage, and free, Iditarod-themed lessons and activities to enhance learning in math, science, language arts, social sciences, and more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured articles, videos, and highlights. Use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Race Center – Get information on how this website works and learn about Iditarod rules, race preparations, and previous races.
  • Videos – Watch video clips from previous races that include stories from the trail.
  • Education – In this section there are two archives that you don’t want to miss: 
    • Teachers – Get access to a large menu of archived curriculum connections. Plus, get standards-driven lessons in math and other subjects delivered in a downloadable (pdf) activity book. You’ll also find downloadable weather-related math and science activities, applicable for all grade levels.
    • Students – Kids of all ages will enjoy this array of Iditarod activities including newsletters from canine journalists, cryptograms, word searches, coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, and a FUN QUIZ about the Iditarod to the tune of the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Download and play a PowerPoint math and science game developed by the Iditarod education team. Learn about caring for the sled dogs and watch some interesting pod casts.

  • Insider – Subscribe to the official newsletter of the Iditarod. You can register to get a free ad-supported subscription, or get one of several fee-based, ad-free subscriptions that provide membership benefits including access to videos and a documentary film.
  • Information – Learn the history of the race, see the Iditarod trail, explore the race archives, meet champions and record holders, learn mushing terminology, visit the veterinary center, and learn about the Junior Iditarod.

The resources at this site provide a way to see the real-world uses for math and science in a fun and exhilarating way.

Museum Without Walls Audio Exploration

February 5th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, February 5, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum Without Walls Audio

(museumwithoutwallsaudio.org/)

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

 

Take an audio virtual tour of Philadelphia’s public art with the aid of this website from the Association for Public Art.

Select from more than 60 sculptures such as: 

  • Abraham Lincoln by Randolph Rogers
  • Areo Memorial and Duck Girl, by Paul Manship
  • Charioteer of Delphi
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial by Hermon Atkins MacNeil
  • Cowboy by Frederic Remington
  • Deinonychus by Kent Ullberg
  • Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial – various artists, all terraces
  • General Galusha Pennypacker Memorial by Henry Baerer
  • Frank L. Rizzo Monument by Zenos Frudakis
  • General Ulysses S. Grant by Daniel Chester & Edward C. French & Potter
  • Joan of Arc by Emmanuel Frémiet
  • John Wanamaker by John Massey Rhind
  • Lion Crushing a Serpent by Antoine-Louis Barye
  • Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs by Nathan Rapoport
  • Rocky by A. Thomas Schomberg
  • Smith Memorial Arch by various artists
  • The Lion Fighter by Albert Wolff
  • The Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther by August Kiss
  • The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
  • Washington Monument by Rudolf Siemering
  • Major General George Gordon Mead, Shakespeare Memorial, Swann Memorial Fountaine, William Penn by Alexander Milne Calder
  • And much more!

What makes this resource unique is that it provides audios narrated by various people describing the work of art, its history, and more related interesting information. Not only can audios can be downloaded or a free smartphone app accessed for those lucky enough to visit the sites in person, but there are also audio slideshows on the website that include narrated videos and images of the locations. There are also a few lesson plans available for download.

This virtual tour will be a great addition to your history and art studies.

Lessons for Black History Month

February 4th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 4, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Culture & Change: Black History in America

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

February is Black History month. Discover famous African-Americans and explore black history with this website from Scholastic.

Presentations include: 

  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights – Learn about Rosa Parks’ role in the fight against discrimination.
  • Integrating Central High: The Melba Pattillo story – Discover the dangers and events faced by 9 students during the desegregation of an all-white school in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Famous African-American Inventors – Meet 14 inventors whose contributions changed the world around us.
  • History of Jazz – Join Grammy-Award winner Wynton Marsalis to explore jazz music and the people and events that formed it.
  • The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery – Take an interactive journey through the Underground Railroad that includes many additional resources to supplement this study.
  • Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage – Through slide shows, an interactive digital magazine, and a kid-created video presentation, explore the story of the first African-American child to integrate an all-white elementary school.

Any or all of these presentations will be a wonderful addition to your history studies and help your student gain a better understanding of black history.

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