Posts Tagged ‘history’

Thomas Edison – A Lifetime of Innovation

October 19th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 19, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thomas Edison – A Lifetime of Innovation

(www.schenectadymuseum.org/edison/index.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

October 21st is the anniversary of the incandescent lamp invented in 1879 by Thomas Edison. This website from the Schenectady Museum in New York explores the life and inventions of Edison and their impact on history.

Use the menu to the right of the main slideshow to select from these topics in the Edison Timeline: 

  • Early Life – Learn about Edison’s ancestors, early inventions, the phonograph and more.
  • Lighting – Explore the history surrounding the invention of the incandescent lamp.
  • After Lighting – Dig into the formation of the General Electric and other Edison business ventures and inventions.
  • Legacy of Invention – Discover groups that formed to commemorate Edison’s work.
  • Edison Classroom – Download PDF documents, artifacts, personal letters, publications and primary documents that illustrate the life and work of Edison to use for your studies.

Or select from three different interactive features: 

  • Adventures in Electricity – an online 1949 comic book “The Story of Light” from the Adventure Series by General Comics
  • Early Edison Film – black and white films including the 1922 silent films “A Day with Thomas Edison”, “Edison’s and Visit to Schenectady” as well as films with sound including “Edison and the AIEE”, “Thomas Edison at his Winter Home”, and the color educational film “The Principles of Electricity” and more
  • Identify Your Light Bulb – Think you have an old GE light bulb? Use this section to identify and determine the age of your bulb as well as learn about the evolution of the incandescent lamp and much more.

Throughout the informative pages there are hundreds of images to explore. This website provides a wonderful overview of the life of Thomas Alva Edison.

[ClickSchooling] Experiments & Activities for National Chemistry Week

October 17th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, October 17, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ACS: National Chemistry Week

(www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html?_ga=1.263860047.250502132.1491251064)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

National Chemistry Week takes place next week, October 22-28, 2017 and the American Chemical Society provides all kinds of free, fun ways to celebrate chemistry at their website. (Get a head start on the fun!)

The program is designed to reach the public, particularly elementary and secondary school children, with positive messages about chemistry. The theme for this year is “Chemistry Rocks.” You can: 

  • Enter a contest – Illustrated Poem Contest
  • Read the current issue of “Celebrating Chemistry” – includes some activities and experiments along with educational articles
  • Learn more under Educational Resources.

Then on the side bar, check out Explore Chemistry. There you’ll find experiments, games, activities, and information such as: 

  • What is chemistry?
  • Periodic Table
  • Adventures in Chemistry
  • This Week in Chemical History
  • What’s That Stuff? Chemistry Behind Everyday Products
  • Reel Science — science in classic movies

And more!


Happy Chemistry Week!

Washing Machine Museum Virtual Tour

October 13th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, October 13, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum

(www.oldewash.com/)

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

 

Now here’s a quirky website. It offers a virtual tour of the Washing Machine Museum located in Eaton, Colorado.

The owner is Lee Maxwell whose hobby is collecting antique washing machines. He’s written a book about them oddly titled, “Save Womens Lives: The First Ever History of Washing Machines.” This website serves as a companion to the book (available for sale at the site), and makes access to the museum available to virtual tourists everywhere.

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of various antique washing machine labels. Use the menu on the left side of your screen and click on “Virtual Tour” at the bottom of the menu. A 17-minute video opens and Lee Maxwell takes visitors through the history of washing clothes, washing machines, and his museum. Using the sidebar menu select “Photo Album” then search the “Data Base” by brand name, keyword, machine ID #, and more to access photos and information about each and every machine. 

DON’T MISS THE BEST PART called “Machines with Animations” in the “Data Base” section. You can watch videos of many of these old clunkers in action!

There are over 1,000 antique washing machines at the museum, so be prepared to spend some time visiting if you wish to see all the machines.

Huge American Speeches Database

October 12th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 12, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Rhetoric

(www.americanrhetoric.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website contains a huge database of over 5,000 speeches from a variety of resources covering a wide range of topics.

There are several options to search through the speeches. On the homepage, visitors can use the options available in the content of the home page or use the sidebar menu. If the “Online Speech Bank” option on the home page is selected, visitors can search alphabetically by speech name or the speaker(s), special events, recent additions, Speech of the Week, and more. Use the sidebar menu to search through categories such as: 

  • Top 100 Speeches
  • President Obama Speeches
  • President G.W. Bush Speeches
  • Movie Speeches
  • Figures in Sound (audio and video illustrations of figures of speech)
  • Christian Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of 9-11

Most speeches provide transcripts of the speech and many also provide audios and/or videos.

But this site does not stop there. It also provides information about the study of rhetoric as well as online quizzes

Bookmark this site not only for your history studies but also for language arts and speech classes.

[ClickSchooling] KidsArt.com – Top Ten Art Lists

October 7th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 7, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsArt.com – Top Ten Art Lists

(kidsart.com/free-resources/top-ten-art-lists/)

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

 

The KidsArt.com website has added a fun, new feature called “Top Ten Art.”

Essentially, they have assembled art-themed lists for kids to explore such as:

  • Top Ten Tips & Tricks with Watercolor Paints
  • Top Ten Online Art Museums for Kids
  • Top Ten Things to Use for a Monster Costume
  • Top Ten Periods in Western Art History
  • Top Ten Music for Abstract Art
  • Top Ten Things to Remember when you Teach Art
  • Top Ten Coupons for Kids to Give to their Parents
  • Top Ten Things to Collect for Collage Art
  • Top Ten Favorite American Artists for Kids to Know

These lists contain brief information, others have activity ideas, and some offer links to more info. New lists are featured periodically on the site. The old lists are archived for easy access.

You can easily get creative with the simpler lists and use them to springboard a study of some aspect of art. For example, find items on the Top Ten Things to Collect for Collage and create a collage incorporating all those items, or go on a Web-Quest to find examples of the artwork of the Top Ten Favorite American Artists.

You’ll have great fun trying some of the suggested activities on the other lists – such as the currently featured Top Ten Tricks & Tips with Watercolor Paints.

Bookmark this site so you can return from time to time to check out the latest Top Ten Art List.

North Atlantic Vikings

October 5th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 5, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

(naturalhistory.si.edu/vikings/start.html)

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

 

Explore the saga of the North Atlantic Vikings with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Read the brief introduction and then select either the “View the Exhibit” or “Viking Voyage.” Once on the exhibit page choose the “Guided Tour” link in the upper menu or left sidebar to begin examining 9 artifacts in the collection and discover interesting stories about the pieces. From this page, the Viking Voyage can be selected in the upper menu. Choose either the Enhanced site or the standard site. Both versions present the same information, but the enhanced site automatically begins the audio/video features. Intended to be explored sequentially, use the map to journey to: 

  • Homelands
  • Western Isles
  • Iceland
  • Greenland
  • Markland and Helluland
  • Vinland
  • Land of Legend

Each page includes textural overviews, archaeological information, images, interesting Viking sagas, and historical facts. There are links to videos and animations, but we found that we were not able to play these. However, don’t let that deter you from visiting this website as there is a lot of other valuable information readily available for your studies.

There are also other educational resources available by selecting the “Learning Center” link. There is an online Teacher’s Guide, a downloadable Family Guide PDF with questions to answer and more, as well as links to other resources such as additional websites, vocabulary, Hnefatafl Board (an old Norse game), a Viking world map, and the Futhark Runic alphabets.

This website will be a nice addition to your list of social studies resources.

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