Posts Tagged ‘history’

Explore Yellowstone National Park

August 22nd, 2014

 

It’s Friday, August 22, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Yellowstone National Park

 

Age Range: All (Children, with parental supervision)

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Yellowstone National Park through hundreds of pictures, videos, and webcams. Part of the larger National Park Service website, when you arrive at the featured page, click one of the image links for Photo Gallery, Multimedia Presentations, or Webcams. On these pages you will find:

Photo Gallery:

  • Lodging Photos – images of the nine lodging facilities
  • Wildlife and Fish – still photos of wolves, grizzly bears, and fish
  • Old Faithful Webcam Photo Gallery – views of other geysers erupting caught on the Old Faithful Webcam
  • Photo Archives – thousands of images from Yellowstone’s Photo Collection

Please note that all of the images in these galleries are downloadable and royalty-free.

Multimedia Presentations:

  • Videos – hundreds of videos of Yellowstone Park, archived webcams, research and educational videos, and much more
  • Audio – a feast for the ears with the sounds of natural phenomena, wildlife, and thermal features (downloadable) as well as audio postcards that are short stories of life in Yellowstone Park.
  • Virtual Tours – more options for history, nature, interactive, and electronic field trips
  • Interactive Features – watch a video and view a timeline of the wildfires of 1988, check out the Old Faithful Virtual Visitor Center, track the Yellowstone Hotspot, use the interactive Google map to visit the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and enjoy even more electronic field trips for middle school students with the Windows into Wonderland option.

Webcams:

  • Old Faithful Geyser Streaming Webcam – watch real-time video of Old Faithful, wild life, and other geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin
  • Old Faithful Geyser – webcam inside the visitor education center
  • North Entrance-Electric Peak – from the historic Roosevelt Arch, this view from the north entrance station
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Officer’s Row
  • Mammoth Hot Springs – Travertine Terraces and Parade Ground
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast
  • Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South

When you are finished taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellowstone, check out the “For Teachers” option located on the sidebar to find free “Curriculum for Your Classroom” materials to complement your virtual visit to Yellowstone Park. You will also want to explore the “For Kids” option on the sidebar for even more activities including games, coloring pages, and a scavenger hunt.

This website provides a thorough and memorable virtual visit to America’s first national park and one of its most beloved natural treasures.

Economics Games Online!

August 18th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 18, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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International Monetary Fund

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Ride a time machine back several centuries to invest everything you have for a chance at phenomenal wealth!
All you have at the beginning of the game are chocolate candy, a gold pendant, a few coins, a paper monetary note, and some song lyrics scribbled onto a napkin. Invest them wisely, and you will learn about the history of money, what forms it took at various times in various countries, and how it developed into what we use today. Will your pocket full of miscellany really increase in value over time? Play this game to find out! At the end of the game, you will also get a brief explanation of what the IMF (International Monetary Fund) is, what its role is in international monetary exchange, and what it means to you when you travel to a different country.
When you have finished this game, you might like to try all of the other games available from the main site. (Scroll down the page a little to find them under Student Interactives.)
One of these games is called “Trading Around the World” – Decide which country you are from and trade with people from different countries. Try your hand at bartering and negotiating prices. Try to achieve various goals such as becoming very rich or acquiring an assortment of goods. You should come away from this game with an understanding of the work of the IMF with regard to trade barriers.
Another game is “Monetary Mania” as well as an informative video. Each game or activity includes the recommended grade range and a description.
You’ll also find Lesson Plans and Online Exhibitions. Everything on this website also comes with a Teacher Guide!

Virtual Tour of Latex Balloon Factory

August 15th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, August 15, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Balloon Headquarters

 

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Ever wonder how latex and Mylar balloons are made? You can find out by taking a virtual field trip to this site. When you get there scroll down a little and you can read a general overview and some Q&A’s about how balloons are manufactured. There are some photographs that help illustrate the text. You will discover how balloons are molded, how the rolled lip is formed, how they are colored and imprinted, and there is even information on how to make latex balloons at home! (Parental supervision is required!)
But don’t stop with the tour….this site has all kinds of fascinating and educational information about balloons (some more appropriate for high school level and beyond). When you finish the “tour” click on “The Guide” on the menu at the top of the screen. Look under the headline: The How’s and Why’s of Balloons. You will see a menu that offers:
  • How balloons are made – click on it to repeat the tour.
  • How helium-filled balloons float – includes a discussion of “Archimedes’ Principle.”
  • Why do balloons pop? – an in-depth discussion of the effects of static electricity on balloons, an engineer’s explanation of stress on balloons, the molecule arrangement of balloons, and much more.
  • Balloon Science 101 – includes science discussion about balloons from the simple to the highly technical (for example: Stupid Human Tricks with balloons to Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics as applied to latex).
  • Balloons and Teaching – A COMPLETE 6-WEEK SAMPLE CURRICULUM that covers balloon safety, twisting balloons, connecting balloons, making balloon sculptures, hats, and critters – and some interesting suggestions/experiments with balloons and dry ice.

You can also read all about the history of balloons and much more! This is a delightful site for the balloon aficionado in your family. Be sure to have a gross of balloons handy when you visit this site – the urge to inflate and pop will be overwhelming!

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

Free Online & Offline Math Activities

August 11th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 11, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Teaching Ideas

 

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision)

 

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities and worksheets to help educators teach Math (and science, geography, and history as well). The resources are delivered through a variety of formats for use online and offline including:
  • PDF Files
  • Word Documents
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Websites
  • Text Documents (e.g. Notepad, Wordpad, Word)
  • Video Files
  • ~ and more!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief welcome message and some featured math resources and activities. Directly above the welcome message look for the blue menu bar and roll over “Maths” to find choices that include:

*Number Patterns – Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.
*Shape – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.
*Addition/Subtraction – Learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size.
*Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.
*Problem Solving – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands.
*Multiplication/Division – Check out interesting games, grids, and gadgets to help kids learn to multiply and divide.
*Fractions/Decimals/Percents – Get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.
There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.
Note: As you explore the site, you’ll notice comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.

Shine the Spotlight on History

July 31st, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 31, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Historical Spotlight

 

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

 

Gain insight into America’s pivotal historical events through the videos presentations and resources available at this website. Created by Dr. John Bianchi and Nicole Bianchi, the aim of this website is to “illustrate how competing ideologies have affected and continue to shape the development of the United States”.

When arriving at the home page of the website, use the navigation at the top of the page to select your destination. In the video section you will find such topics covered as:

  • Shay’s Rebellion
  • The American System
  • The Battle of Gettysburg
  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The Great Depression
  • And more
Each video page includes text of the video as well as images and bibliography of works sited. There is also the ability to post comments to the pages.

Under the Resources menu, find links to thought-provoking questions and resources to accompany the video presentations for further understanding of the topic.

When you select “Timelines” from the navigation bar, you will be able to choose from three currently available interactive timelines for the following time periods:

  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • The Great Depression

After you have visited the timelines, select the “Gettysburg Interactive Panoroma” to virtually explore part of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Interactively examine the field as seen from the Longstreet observation tower from Cemetery Ridge and the Emmitsburg Road.

Because, at this time, this is a fairly new website, you may wish to subscribe to the website to keep up to date on additions and news and receive a free copy of the ebook McCulloch vs. Maryland: The Extended Debate as well.

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