Posts Tagged ‘history’

Take a Virtual Trip to a Coffee Farm

April 29th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, April 29, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Greenwell Farms – Kona Coffee

(www.greenwellfarms.com/farm-tour)

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

 

Take a delicious virtual tour of the Greenwell Farms in Hawaii and learn how Kona Coffee is grown and processed.

Through images, text, and videos: 

  • Dig into the growth process from seeding to harvest.
  • Discover pulping, drying, milling, and roasting of the coffee beans.
  • What is Kona Snow?
  • Learn about ‘cupping’ coffee.
  • Uncover the challenges in coffee farming.
  • Examine the science and innovation used in farming.
  • Explore the history of Greenwell Farms.

Click on any of the images at this easy-to-navigate and colorful website to explore the farm and learn all about the coffee making process.

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.

The Secret Life of Machines

April 26th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, April 26, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Secret Life of Machines

(www.secretlifeofmachines.com/index.shtml)

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

 

Engineer and cartoonist Tim Hunkin developed a series of cartoons with simple explanations about how machines work. Tim’s unique take on explaining the mystery behind the mechanisms, resulted in a TV series that allowed him to further develop the explanations with more in-depth cartoons. These cartoons are featured on today’s website.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and then a menu of cartoon topics that includes: 

  • elevators
  • fax machines
  • internal combustion engines
  • refrigerators
  • sewing machines
  • telephones
  • televisions
  • vacuum cleaners
  • video recorders
  • washing machines
  • word processors
  • and many more!

Click on any one and enjoy reading the cartoons that explain how these machines work.

They made a series of videos from the cartoons that demonstrate the history and inventions of modern conveniences and other machines. They are really fun to watch and are housed by the Exploratorium website here. (You need to have QuickTime installed to view the videos.)

Samples of the videos are also on other sites such as Google Video and YouTube and you’ll find the links here.

12 Free State Unit Studies

April 21st, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 21, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DIY Homeschooler – Free State Unit Studies

(diyhomeschooler.com/free-state-unit-studies/)

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

 

This page from the DIY Homeschooler provides mini unit studies for twelve states

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Each unit consists of a brief history, geography, and other information about the state, and a selection of parent-teacher resources which include interesting state facts, mapping suggestions, links for further investigation, activities, and book suggestions. There are also additional links to state-specific unit studies and lessons plans as well as printables and notebooking pages.

And don’t worry if your state is not on the list. If you are interested in doing a unit study for your state, select the “state resources page” text link at today’s site, and the DIY Homemaker has provided resources for creating your own study.

When you are finished browsing through these units, select the “Units” link in the upper menu then select “All Units” to see all of the available free unit studies which include more history and social studies units as well as studies related to geography, science, holidays, music and art, literature, and much more.

Stories From A Long, Long Time Ago

April 20th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, April 20, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Long, Long Time Ago Stories

(www.longlongtimeago.com/)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-5, with a separate page for ages 3-5, see details below)

 

Children’s book author, Rohini Chowdhury, retells a collection of timeless tales for kids that you can read online or print out to read offline. There are no bells and whistles at this website just interesting stories that children will enjoy reading or hearing.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Fables
  • Folktales
  • Fairytales
  • Myths
  • Festival Stories
  • Tales from History
  • Classics
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Stories Behind Great Discoveries
  • Tales Behind Nursery Rhymes
  • Short Stories

Click on any item and a new page opens with a brief historical introduction and a short menu of stories in that tradition. Most are retold by Chowdhury, unless otherwise indicated. The stories are presented in plain text, and a few of the stories are accompanied by colorful illustrations.

NOTE: Because myths, fairy tales, legends, fantasy and the like can touch on many themes and topics, parents (as always) should preview the material on this site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Chowdhury also offers a collection of stories for young children (about ages 3-5) called “Pomegranate Pips.” These stories are all accompanied by illustrations.

In addition to the stories available on the site, you’ll find some free, printable, activity pages – a crossword and word search for older children, and a maze for young children.

[ClickSchooling] Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

April 14th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

(http://mrnussbaum.com/united-states-history-for-kids/)

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

 

This portion of the larger, ad-supported Mr. Nussbaum website created by the teacher of the same name, focuses on United States History. With hundreds of topics, interactives, and printables, your elementary and middle school students will find themselves digging deeper into the subject at hand.

When arriving at today’s link, select your main topic of interest from the some of the following: 

  • United States History Super Timeline
  • Explorers
  • 13 Colonies
  • American Revolution
  • Civil War
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Westward Expansion
  • Biographies
  • French and Indian War
  • Native Americans
  • Pirates
  • Presidents
  • Constitution
  • United States Government
  • War of 1812
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Castles
  • Animated Biographies
  • Social Studies Games

Each main topic is further broken down into sub-topics to narrow your learning adventure. Not only is there concise, age-appropriate text, but there are interactive maps, games, quizzes, puzzles, downloadable worksheets and other activities. 

In addition to the history pages, visitors will want to explore the math, language arts, science, and other pages available. There is also an option to purchase a subscription to an ad-free version of the website if you so desire.

Bookmark this one to come back to often.

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