Posts Tagged ‘ice age’

Virtually Visit a Musk Ox Farm in Alaska

March 31st, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 31, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Musk Ox Farm

(www.muskoxfarm.org/)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to Palmer, Alaska to see the Musk Ox Farm! This non-profit farm is dedicated to the preservation and domestication of these Ice Age mammals and to the production of “qiviut”, a fine wool from the musk ox.


When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Browse the horizontal menu at the top of the page to learn about: 

  • The farm – See a couple of pictures of the farm and farm staff.
  • The history of the project – Learn about the mission and history of the Musk Ox Farm.
  • The musk ox – See photographs of the musk ox and learn about their natural history including information on breeding and how they defend themselves against predators. Find out about their special wool (includes a downloadable color PDF).

Be sure to check out the “Events” section too. You’ll see pictures of the “Annual Running with the Bulls” that takes place each year in August.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Tour

February 19th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, February 19, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

(www.mnh.si.edu/panoramas/)

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

 

Browse through the exhibition halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from the comfort of your home with this website.

The interactive tours provide 360° panoramic images of the exhibits. These tours are available for both home computer or mobile device. Visitors can also select their version from the sidebar menu. After selecting your preferred version and beginning your tour, learn how to navigate the site by selecting question mark icon. Locate camera icons throughout your tours to get an even closer look at specific items. Exhibits include: 

  • First Floor
    • Rotunda
    • Mammal Hall
    • Human Origins
    • Ocean Hall
    • Discovery Room
    • African Cultures
    • Ice Age
    • Ancient Seas
    • Dinosaurs
    • Fossil Mammals
    • Fossil Plants
    • Early Life
  • Second Floor
    • Written in Bone
    • Egyptian Mummies
    • Bones
    • Insect zoo
    • Butterflies and Plants
    • Geology, Gems & Minerals
    • Korea Gallery

Visit the ground floor to see past exhibits such as: 

  • Western Cultures
  • Soil
  • Orchids
  • Rastafari
  • Coral Reef Crochet
  • Cyprus

There is so much to see and discover that you will want to bookmark this virtual tour to come back to time after time.

Virtual Field Trip to Musk Ox Farm!

April 20th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Friday, April 20, 2012 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
The Musk Ox Farm

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

Take a virtual field trip to Palmer, Alaska to see the Musk Ox Farm!  This non-profit farm is dedicated to the preservation and domestication of these Ice Age mammals and to the production of “qiviut”, a fine wool from the Musk Ox.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore:

*The Farm – See a couple of pictures of the farm and farm staff.

*The Project – Learn about the mission and history of the Musk Ox Farm.

*The Musk Ox – See photographs of the Musk Ox and learn about their natural history including information on breeding and how they defend themselves against predators. Find out about their special wool.

Be sure to check out the “Events” section too. You’ll see pictures of the “Annual Running with the Bulls” that takes place each year in August. 

 

Virtual Field Trip to La Brea Tarpits

January 20th, 2012

Hi! It’s Friday, January 20, 2012 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Tarpits.org: Timeline

Age Range: 9 and up (with paretal supervision)

ClickScholar Karla suggested this website that offers an interactive, mini timeline tour of the La Brea Tarpits in Los Angeles, California – the “only consistently active and urban Ice Age excavation site in the world.”  The tarpits trapped unfortunate prehistoric critters who were fossilized in the goo.

When you get to the site, read a brief introduction and click on the “start” arrow to learn more about:

*Pleistocene Period – Meet the American Mastodon, Saber-Toothed Cat, Yesterday’s Camel, Dire Wolf, Harlan’s Ground Sloth, Western Horse, and the Ancient Bison. See an artist’s sketch and a picture of a skeleton excavated from the tarpit.

*Prehistory/History – Learn about humans who settled in the Los Angeles area.

*Discovery/Excavations – Meet a founder of the La Brea Tarpits excavation site, learn the history of the La Brea Tarpits Museum. 

When you’re through taking the timeline tour, poke around the rest of the site to learn more.

 

User-Created History Timeline

August 23rd, 2007

Recommended Website:

The Timeline Index

Age Range: about 10 and up (IMPORTANT: See note to parents below.)

List member, Christina Sonas, suggested this website. She wrote:

“I have been looking and looking for a good online timeline site and I think I stumbled across it. You can browse by who/what/when/where/which, and you can search. I think I’m in heaven. It’s got nice visuals, links to pages with more information, and so on. It looks to be a wiki (user-created) but it’s nicely filled out at this point.”

The Timeline Index is a portal that provides a user-created chronological context of the following categories:

  • PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES, & HEROES – You’ll find historical entries for Actors • Alchemists • Archaeologists • Artists • Astronauts • Composers • Conquerors • Dictators • Explorers • Inventors •
    Mathematicians • Musicians • Philosophers • Scientists • Settlers • US Presidents • Writers • Women, and much more!
  • SUBJECTS, EVENTS, & ISSUES – Explore the timelines for: Art • Culture • Education • Exploration • Health • Industry • Law • Nature • Politics • Religion • Sports • Disasters • Discoveries • Empires • Revolutions • Theories • War, and more.
  • PERIODS, AGES, & EPISODES – Examine these eras in chronological context: Bronze Age • Ice Age • Industrial Age • Iron Age • Middle Ages • Reformation • Renaissance • Stone Age, and more.
  • REGIONS, CONTINENTS, & COUNTRIES – Travel back in time to Africa • America • the Arctic • Asia • Europe • Middle East • Oceania, and the Universe.
  • OBJECTS, THINGS, & CREATIONS – See the context of a variety of topics through time such as Books • Film • Music • Paintings • Economics • Fiction • Myths • NonFiction • Poetry • Travel, and more.

Click on any timeline entry in any given topic area and a new page opens with further information that is user-created and includes some illustrations and urls to other websites where you can get more information.

You can also create your own timeline item and add it to the Timeline Index, or you can add a related link (URL) to an existing item. Details are available at the site and entries require registration.

NOTE TO PARENTS: While this is an exciting idea, it comes with an element of risk because it is user-created. There are a vast array of topics, so it was impossible to review all of the entries. While the website reserves the right to edit/remove items that are contributed to maintain quality, it’s unknown if editing occurs prior to posting. It’s also unclear if suggested links for further research are reviewed for suitable content. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Explore The Ice Age at The La Brea Tar Pits

August 14th, 2003

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Recommended Website:
The La Brea Tarpits: Return To The Ice Age

The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California are one of the world’s most famous fossil sites. During the last Ice Age, saber-toothed cats, mastodons, mammoths, dire wolves and other fauna were hopelessly trapped in the gooey tar and preserved as fossils. Modern excavations by archaeologists and other scientists and researchers have produced over 3 million fossils of not only pre-historic herbivores and carnivores, but plants and insects as well.

The Education Program at The La Brea Tar Pits provides a remarkable teacher’s guide that you can read online with your students or download to use in the classroom at home. It includes an in-depth discussion of the La Brea geology, the flora and fauna, and human exploration and excavation. The learning guide is very reader-friendly with many illustrations and fun-fact footnotes. There is something here for just about every elementary and high school grade.

When you get to the site you will see a short introduction. Just click on “Begin” to explore the guide online, or “Downloadable PDFs Version” to use offline on your computer — or to print and use as a hard copy.

This site offers a remarkable look into the past courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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