Posts Tagged ‘history’

How Nutcrackers Are Made and More!

December 7th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 7, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Nutcracker Museum

(nutcrackermuseum.com/gallery2.html)

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

 

People of all ages love nutcrackers — as much for their functionality as their whimsical design. At this time of year, we see nutcrackers in holiday displays and on dining room tables. The glorious strains of music from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet” permeate our homes as well as the mall, reinforcing our fascination with nutcrackers during the holidays. But what is the history of the nutcracker? How are they made? How many designs are there? How many different ways are there to crack a nut?


Answers to these questions and more await you at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, located in the state of Washington, and the destination of today’s virtual field trip. When you get to the site, you will see the words “A virtual tour of the museum.” Below are 2 sections of photographs of some of the “residents.” (Click on the photos to see larger images). 

Then using the menu at the top, look under “The Museum” to learn about antique nutcrackers, the history of the museum and more. Under the “Information” menu, learn even more including: 

  • The History of Nutcrackers
  • Nuts are Good for You – Check out the videos on cracking a nut and styles of nutcrackers
  • Museum in Germany – Watch a video (with some German narration) of the nutcrackers displayed there, including the largest nutcracker in the world! (Parents, as always, should preview videos to determine suitability).

You can cap this off by watching video clips of the Nutcracker Ballet here.

History Channel – Christmas

December 6th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, December 6, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History Channel – Christmas

(www.history.com/topics/christmas)

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

 

The Christmas holiday is steeped in traditions and customs. This page from the History Channel provides texts and videos relating to the history of many of the traditions practiced today.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the topics covered including: 

  • Christmas Traditions Worldwide
  • History of Christmas
  • History of Christmas Trees
  • Santa Claus

Videos (with commercials) are in each section so, parents, as always, will want to preview the material prior to allowing their student to use the material to be sure that the information presented aligns with their family beliefs and standards.

If you can get over the commercials embedded into the videos, there is still a lot of interesting and educational value to this website.

See How Chase “Cherry Mash” Candy is Made

November 30th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, November 30, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cherry Mash

(cherrymash.com/cherry-mash/)

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

 

Today’s website provides a brief tour to see how Cherry Mash (a popular candy confection in the Midwest) is made.

Cherry Mash consists of a soft, cherry flavored center with maraschino cherries, covered in a mixture of chopped roasted peanuts and chocolate. When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then simply scroll down the page to see photographs of the candy making process, and read the descriptive text.

When you complete the tour, read the history of this popular candy that was first produced in 1918 by visiting the “Our Legacy” link.

Oh, and if this tour makes you hungry for Cherry Mash, you can order it right at the website.

The CIA for Kids!

November 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 29, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CIA for Kids

(www.cia.gov/kids-page)

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

 

When you think about the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), “kids” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. So, you may be surprised to see what they offer for children on their “Kids’Zone” page.

Find out about the history of the CIA and what they do including how they use dogs and pigeons to gather intelligence. You can also try your hand at breaking a secret code!

When you get to the site you will see a menu on the right side of your screen that includes: 

  • K-5th Grade – Click on this link and a new page opens with a brief introduction to the CIA for younger elementary grade students. Look for the menu on the left side of the screen that includes an opportunity to learn all about the CIA Seal, find out about the CIA K-9 Corp (kids will love reading the personal stories of 23 different “spy” dogs), and get a bird’s eye view of the CIA (includes info about how carrier pigeons help the CIA).
  • 6th-12th Grade Homepage – Click on this link to access info designed for older students including: 
    • Who We Are & What We Do – Includes a more in-depth look at the mission, structure, and the operations of the CIA.
    • Getting a Job at the CIA – Explains the qualifications one must have to work for the CIA.
    • Operation History – When you click this, don’t miss “one of the most secret museums in the world” to take a virtual tour of the CIA museum and its artifacts. More advanced students might like to read the “History of American Intelligence” and “The History of the CIA” – in-depth looks at the history of the CIA from the Revolutionary War through WWII. Of particular interest for older students are the spy biographies which can be accessed by clicking “The CIA Hall of Fame.” Here you will find several U.S. presidents (including George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and George Bush), Nathan Hale, Harriet Tubman, and even a heroic spy who, with several names and only one leg, was the only female ever to earn the Distinguished Service Cross, one of the highest honors issued by the U.S. military.

Once you’ve checked out the grade-specific sections, have some fun by clicking on “Games” on the menu. Junior spies of every age, will have fun with a CIA puzzle, word find, and trying to decipher a secret code.

As always, parents should preview this material to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

Listen to the Music of Colonial America

November 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 24, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Music of Colonial and Revolutionary America

(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp35KhnpWUYVQoTyKeE6n1fYE_SaGxYrS)

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

 

This large YouTube Playlist pulls together an assortment of musical renditions of songs from the colonial and revolutionary times in America.

Many of the videos present the music played with similar instruments traditionally used during the time period and some videos are from a variety of re-enactment fairs or locations. 

Because this is a playlist and a selection opens in a new window, once you have watched the video, use the left-hand side list to either return to the playlist page or select another video in the collection. Please be aware that video suggestions under the playlist on the video page may contain content that may not be appropriate for your family, so it may be best to monitor use of this page. 

Please also note that because the list currently contains 270 videos and is added to regularly, we were not able to view every video, but the ones we did select were fine and quite pleasant. Parents should always preview any YouTube video prior to allowing children to view them.

This playlist could add a bit of interest to your history studies as well as provide an overview of what colonial American music was like.

Fun Facts About Fungi

November 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Intermountain Herbarium

(herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/factindx.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision; however, non-readers will need help navigating the site and younger children may enjoy some of the interactive games)

 

This website is designed to help kids learn all about fungi.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Experiments, Puzzles, & Games – Click on this section to find activities that will help you learn about fungi. Learn the parts of a mushroom, discover where fungi live and grow, cook with fungus, try a science experiment or two, and play an online mushroom hunt game.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi – This section contains fascinating information about the biodiversity of fungi. Learn about various forms of fungi including mushrooms, lichens, and slime molds. Find out how insects coexist with fungi, learn the history of penicillin, and discover how forms of fungi are used in medicine and industry.
  • Teacher’s Guide – This section is really a site map that displays the topics covered in the items mentioned above. Also check out “Meet The Authors” where you can read a brief bio on the creators of this website.

This site provides a great introduction to the study of fungi. If your students want to know more, try this site as well: FungiSee stunning photography of fungi, yeasts, slimes, molds, rusts, etc.

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