Posts Tagged ‘landmarks’

Virtual Field Trip to See Salt Harvested!

July 22nd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, July 22, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Cargill Salt

Age Range: 6 and up (approximately with parental supervision)

Take a virtual tour of Cargill Salt’s salt-harvesting operation on the San Francisco Bay. See ancient and modern techniques employed to make and refine over 650,000 tons of salt each year from bay water with the help of the sun and wind.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction.  Just follow it in chronological order by clicking on the directional links at the bottom of each page.  You’ll read interesting text and see clear photographs (click to enlarge for easy viewing). Or you can click on the menu to view any segment of the tour you’d like.  The tour includes:

*Solar Ponds – See the plant site where the salt is concentrated, crystallized and harvested.

*Evaporation Ponds – Through natural evaporation, water is drawn out of these ponds that are protected by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

*Salt Stacks – The bright, white salt stacks are familiar landmarks in the San Francisco Bay, serving as a navigational aid to commercial and private pilots.

You’ll also see and learn about the equipments used in the refinery, where salt is washed, processed and packaged.

When you’re through with the tour, be sure to click on the “Kids Pages” in the horizontal menu at the top of the page where you can learn:

  • How To Harvest Salt Yourself
  • How To Make A Mummy
  • Print Out Coloring Pages of Birds that Live in the Salt Marshes

Social Studies & Geography Games!

May 12th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, May 12, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
School Time Games: Social Studies

Age Range: 8-14  (about grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

What fun! This website offers a variety of free, multi-media, interactive games to help students learn social studies and geography. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include:

*Time Trip – Match events, landmarks, inventions, and fashions to their time in history.

*Explore Jamestown – Grab your shovel and compass to unearth clues from the past and avoid the many hazards settlers faced years ago in Jamestown.

*Titanic – Virtually excavate the Titanic’s hidden treasures.

*Coffee Tycoon – Run your own coffee shop, coffee stand, and coffee empire in this coffee simulation game.

You’ll also find geography games where you match names of states and countries to their position on maps.

Once you’ve explored the Social Studies menu, use the menu at the top of the page to find other terrific games for learning language arts, science, and math.

Note: This is an ad-supported website. In some cases, a random video advertisement may play before your game starts. Parents, as always, should supervise Internet use.



Learn Civics Lessons in Freeville

February 17th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 17, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Bill of Rights Game

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately)

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia provides this fun, free game that helps students learn about the Bill of Rights. The premise is that the “National Computer” has crashed and deleted parts of the Bill of Rights! Your mission is to navigate through a map of a community called Freeville and identify the rights being used there to restore the document to its original content.

When you get to the site you will see a message that the computer has crashed. Click “Start” and the game map opens. Click on the landmarks to see a picture that depicts one of the 8 missing rights. Then, answer a multiple choice question to identify the missing right and help restore the document.

A correct answer adds the text back into the Bill of Rights that you’ll see displayed on the right hand side of the screen. 

If this game sparks interest in the U.S. Constitution, don’t miss exploring the “Interactive Constitution” housed at the National Constitution Center Museum to learn more.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Oregon Trail Virtual Tour

February 4th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, February 4, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website Oregon Trail Tour

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

At this website you can virtually follow the pioneer path along the Oregon Trail and see the natural landmarks, forts, and trading posts that they saw on their long and dangerous journey West.  

When you get to the site you will see a menu tab at the top of the page. Click on “1843 Map” and “Modern Map” to compare the path of the Oregon Trail then and now.

Click on “Trail Tour” to begin your virtual journey through photographs and historical paintings accompanied by interesting facts and trivia about:

  • Independence, Missouri
  • Courthouse Rock
  • Chimney Rock
  • Fort Laramie
  • Independence Rock
  • Fort Bridger
  • Soda Springs
  • Fort Hall
  • Fort Boise
  • Whitman Mission
  • The Dalles
  • Oregon City

You can also view information about the landmarks by clicking on their locations on the maps. 

NOTE:  The “Travel Links” button was originally intended to lead to travel information for those who wanted to visit the Oregon Trail. However, most of the links now lead to error messages and/or to redirects that I have not reviewed.  Parents, AS ALWAYS, MUST PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE USE of this website.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Free K-8 Language Arts Games & Quizzes

January 12th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, January 12, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Big IQ Kids

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K–8)

This website offers free customizable spelling and vocabulary wizards, along with reading activities to help students improve their language arts skills through games, practice activities, and quizzes.

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

*Spelling Program – Use a “virtual spelling tutor” with quizzes, tests, and fun games that you can customize to each student’s ability level. Use the spelling lists provided for each grade level, or create your own.

*Spelling Game – Create your own spelling contest to improve your skill, or compete with friends and family using a leveling mechanism that allows a 1st grader to compete head-to-head with an adult.
*Vocab Program – Expand your vocabulary with this wizard for word building. Select word lists by grade level or create your own.
*Vocabulary Game – This vocabulary game and contest allows 2nd graders to compete with SAT-level contestants, while everyone improves their skills.

*AEIOU Vowel Program – Kids in grades K-5 can learn long and short vowel sounds.

*eBooks Series – Enjoy fun, interactive chapter books (for ages 8-12).  

This site also offers a Math Program with basic math-fact lessons, and an online U.S. States Program to help children master facts about state locations, capital cities, landmarks, economy, and more.

The site is completely narrated, so turn on your speakers to be coached through the instructions on how to use the activities.

You can use this site as a guest (free), or purchase the “premium” program that allows you to monitor a student’s progress and advance them only when mastery of the subject matter has been achieved.

Fun, Interactive Geography Quizzes

December 2nd, 2010

Hi!  It’s Thursday, December 2, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
TravelPod: The Traveler IQ Challenge

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately; non-readers will need assistance)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this commercial travel website that offers a series of free, interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of geography.

When you get to the site a game will launch on the screen. Directly above it is a menu of the various challenges you can play to test your geographical knowledge of:

  • The World
  • North America
  • Europe
  • World Capitals
  • Canada
  • Asia
  • Latin America
  • Africa
  • Australia

You’ll also find quizzes on “Flags of the World,” and you can have fun trying to match photos of landmarks and tourist attractions to where they are located on a world map.

Note: This is a commercial website with advertisements. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.