Posts Tagged ‘history’

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.

Science In A Pond

September 26th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, September 26, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Microscopy-UK.org: A Virtual Pond Dip

(tinyurl.com/7l2sm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website allows you to virtually explore pond life and all of the amazing microscopic critters that live there!

When you get to this site you will see a picture of a collection jar with pond water and lots of unusual creatures in it along with

instructions on how to begin your investigation.

Click on any one of the items in the jar, and a new page opens with detailed information about it. You’ll examine:

  • Protozoa
  • Algae
  • Copepod
  • Paramecium
  • Amoeba
  • Hydra
  • Water Flea
  • Rotifers
  • Ostracod

If you click on the words “Pond Life Identification Kit” in the introduction, a new page opens with a terrific guide that will help you identify pond life – and it provides instructions on how to collect microscopic pond life from freshwater ponds wherever you live.

There are links to websites that use multi-media tools for extensive study of pond life as well.

Use the horizontal menu tab at the top of the page to explore an archive of microscopy including: 

  • Intro – Read the history of the microscope, find out how to buy a microscope, explore insects, botany, and marine life.
  • Museum – Explore the “Micropolitan Museum” that includes incredible photos of specimens from freshwater and marine environments. Check out “The Insectarium,” and “The Botanical Garden” too.
  • 3-D Images – Don’t miss this incredible archive of 3-D computer models of insects, flowers, bacteria, viruses, and much more!

This is a great tool to help you begin microscopic examinations with your children/students – even if you don’t own a microscope or have a real pond in your neighborhood.

Explore Mission San Luis

September 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, September 22, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mission San Luis

(www.missionsanluis.org/virtualTour/)

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

 

Travel back in time to 1703 and explore Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida where Apalachee Indians and Spanish settlers lived and worked together.

After a brief introduction, use the interactive map or the upper menu to select a location to begin your tour of this living museum. Choose to visit: 

  • Visitor’s Center
  • Council House
  • Church
  • Spanish House
  • The Camino Real
  • Friary
  • Blacksmith Shop
  • The Fort

Once a location is selected, explore the 360° images. Use your mouse or arrow keys to navigate around the image (or use the online navigation tools). Arrows in the images will also lead to other locations. Click on the feathers in the images to learn more about a topic. Choose the speaker icon to hear about the subject and/or location. Select the “play” icon in the image to watch a brief video presentation.

When you are finished with your tour, select the Mission San Luis image in the upper left to be taken to the main website for the living museum. Here, visitors will find more information available about the museum, the history of the Mission, and be able to view images of artifacts (Collections).

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