Posts Tagged ‘history’

Old Fort Western Virtual Tour

March 24th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 24, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Fort Western

(www.oldfortwestern.org/virtual.asp)

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

 

Visit Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Historical Landmark fort on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, with this virtual tour, and see its transformation over its 250-plus year history.

After arriving at today’s link, select your internet connection type, either dialup or broadband, to begin your tour. Once the new window opens, use the timeline under the introduction to begin exploring. Choose from: 

  • Military Period – 1754-1770
  • William Howard Period – 1770-1782
  • Two Family House Period – 1782-ca 1830
  • Three Family House Period – ca 1830-ca 1870
  • Tenement Period – ca 1870-ca 1922
  • 2004

The tours for the Military Period through the Tenement Period are in drawings and primarily show how the fort changed in its division and use of the space. Once you have selected your time-period, the fort image will load. Text on the page describes the fort and its use. As you move your mouse over the image a view finder will reveal details inside the fort. There are several tools to change your views. When you explore “2004”, it provides a more in-depth view of the current use of the fort as a museum with photos and panoramic views of the various rooms.

There is a lot of interesting history connected with Old Fort Western and the part it played in the development of the Kennebec Valley in Maine as well as American history in general. When you are finished with your tours, close the tour window to get back to the opening page. In the upper menu, select “Fort Information” to find links to the fort, house, and store history.

Resources for Women’s History Month

March 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, March 23, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TIME for Kids: Women’s History Month

(www.timeforkids.com/minisite/womens-history-month)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

March is Women’s History Month and this mini site from TIME for Kids provides some great resources for your studies.

Once arriving at today’s link, use the left-hand side bar menu to begin exploring. Through slideshows, videos, interviews, articles and more, dig deeper into topics such as:

  • Women’s History Milestones
  • Trailblazing Women
  • Celebrating Women’s History
  • Where Are the Women?
  • Suiting Up
  • Girls with Grit
  • Women Warriors
  • Meet the Marchers
  • The Role of the First Lady
  • The Fight to Vote
  • A Famous First
  • An American Hero
  • Following Their Dreams
  • Let Girls Learn
  • A Swimming Star
  • The Day Women Went on Strike
  • A Woman on the $10 Bill
  • Star Ballerina

Select the “Women’s History Month Printables” link to find some grade level sorted downloadable PDFs about: 

  • Women at Work (grades K-1)
  • A Way With Wildlife (grade 2)
  • Women in Science (grades 3-4)
  • Interview a Woman in Your Life (grades 5-6)
  • And more.

While TIME for Kids has additional subscriber-only resources, there is plenty of free material available that will add to your Women’s History Month studies.

Open Source Literary Works & More

March 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Open Culture

(www.openculture.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision – there is something for everyone here!)

 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”? Then take a look at today’s amazing website.

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style.
 
When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free: 

  • Audio Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.
  • Online Courses – Take over 1,200 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.
  • Movies – Access free movies online!
  • Languages – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.

Visit the Blarney Stone & Castle

March 17th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 17, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Blarney Castle & Gardens

(www.blarneycastle.ie/)

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

 

Take a virtual tour of the home of the Blarney Stone, one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Legend has it that if one kisses the Blarney Stone they will never be at a loss for words again. While most of us may never be able to kiss the legendary stone, we can take a tour of the castle and grounds where it lies with the help of this website.

On the home page of today’s link, visitors can watch a fly-over view of the castle and the grounds. When you are ready to tour the grounds, hover over the “Plan Your Visit” link in the upper menu. Select the “Map & Virtual Tour” option to begin. When the page opens, there will be a map that you can hover over the ‘pins’ to see what is located there. Scroll down the page to find the 360° Blarney Castle tour. You will be able to use your mouse to explore: 

  • Poison Garden
  • Family Room
  • Castle Interior
  • Rock Close
  • Fern Garden

When you are finished with that tour, continue your exploration by selecting the “Explore Blarney Castle” link in the upper menu. On this page, through an image and brief text, you can learn about: 

  • Badger’s Cave
  • The Dungeon
  • The Witch Stone
  • The Estate
  • Wishing Steps
  • Witch’s Kitchen

And much more. Visitors can also explore further by selecting the following at the top of the page: 

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Experience the Gardens
  • Explore Rock Close
  • Visit the Castle

Select “History” in the upper menu to discover the history of Blarney Castle, see a family timeline, and view archived videos.

This is a great site to add to your studies of Ireland.

Energy Lessons, Printables, & Activities for K-12

March 14th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, March 14, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Energy Kids

(www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=6)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, provides free energy-related lessons, printables, games, and activities designed for classroom use in grades K-12. (They can be tweaked for use in the homeschool environment.)

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu under the banner “For Teachers” that includes: 

  • Lesson Plans for grades K-3, 4-7, 6-9, and 9-12
  • Teacher Guide with tips on extension activities
  • Career Corner to explore jobs in the Energy field
  • Science Fair Experiments
  • Field Trips with ideas for taking trips to power plants, etc.
  • Related Links to resources and energy websites

Once you’ve explored the “For Teachers” section check out the menu in the left margin of the page that offers: 

  • What is Energy? – Learn energy basics including its forms, how it’s measured, and what it has to do with the periodic table of elements.
  • Energy Sources – Discover renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen, and the latest energy stats.
  • Using & Saving Energy – Learn how energy is used at home, work, in industry, transportation, and more.
  • History of Energy – Check out the time line of energy inventions including Coal, Electricity, Ethanol, Geothermal, Hydropower, Natural Gas, Oil, Wind, and more. You can also read biographies of people who developed scientific breakthroughs with energy including Celsius, Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Joule, Marconi, Newton, Oppenheimer and more.
  • Games & Activities – Enjoy riddles, puzzles, science experiments, and take a quiz to test your energy IQ.

Celebrate Pi Day!

March 13th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, March 13, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Joy of Pi

(www.joyofpi.com/pilinks.html)

Age Range: All (All grades. Parents – preview these sites and select the resources that will be most beneficial to your children.)

 

Tomorrow, March 14, is “World Pi Day” and people everywhere are celebrating the mathematical symbol Pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or 3.14159…).

Celebrate all week long with activities that enhance students’ understanding of all that is circular.

A companion to the book, “The Joy of Pi,” this website offers a terrific, comprehensive and current archive of links to information and resources all about Pi, including FREE downloadable lessons and activities. Learn the history of Pi, how to calculate Pi, and many other unique, fun, and innovative ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages.


Here’s another resource:


MEGSL (Math Educators of Greater St. Louis)

(megsl.org/pi.html)


A collection of pi facts, resources, and free downloadable lessons and activities. The site also maintains an archive of links to Pi math problems, discussions, and unique, fun, and innovative ways to investigate Pi for students of all ages.

BONUS! 

Albert Einstein for Kids

(http://www.albert-einstein.org/.index6.html)


Tomorrow is also Albert Einstein’s birthday! At this site you will find links to explore every stage of Einstein’s life. To get your kids interested in Einstein consider telling them that he was a genius – but that he didn’t talk until he was 3, he hated school and thought it was boring, he left school at 15 because of bad grades, and he wanted to study at the university but couldn’t pass the entrance exam! Nevertheless, at age 26 he published the Theory of Relativity, the quantum theory of light, and proved that energy and matter are linked in the physics relationship of E=MC².

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