Posts Tagged ‘landmarks’

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.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

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
HistoryGlobe.com: 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.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

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.

100 Virtual Tours

January 8th, 2010

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Hi!  It’s Friday, January 8, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website
Online Universities: 100 Vitual Tours
http://www.homefires.com/click?100tours 

ClickScholar Cie recommended this website that offers “100 Incredible & Educational Virtual Tours You Don’t Want to Miss“. Compiled by a company called Online Universities, this list of vitual tours is absolutely free and allows you to “learn how things are made, explore the human body or that of a life-sized whale, and visit ball parks and theme parks. There is even a section of incredible virtual tours that Google Earth has compiled that shares the world in a whole new way.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the introduction and a menu that includes links to virtual tours of:

  • Cities
  • Famous Landmarks and Buildings
  • Museums
  • College Campuses
  • Outer Space
  • How Things Are Made
  • Humans and Animals
  • Ball Parks
  • Theme Parks
  • Google Earth Virtual Tours

Just click on a link to launch the tour. As the website explains, “One of the wonders of the Internet is that it can bring the world to you instead of your needing to find the time and money to explore the traditional way.”

Enjoy!

Incredible Maps

May 14th, 2009

Recommended Website:
Mapsorama.com

ClickScholar Melissa suggested this website that offers free world and historic maps created over a vast timeline on a wide variety of topics. Depending on the cartographer who created the map, as well as the era the map was drawn, you’ll see remarkable artistry and fascinating information depicted in this stunning collection. When you get to the site you’ll see the featured maps of the day and next to it a simple menu of map categories including:

  • World Maps – View maps by early explorers, and maps depicting ocean currents, world time lines, topography, politics, and very unusual maps such as the distribution of cannibalism in the 19th century!
  • Europe Maps – Get maps of European countries and major European cities. Find national parks and monuments. Explore satellite maps, nautical maps, maps depicting the invasion of the Roman Empire, maps of languages spoken in European countries, and there are even maps of nuclear power plants in Europe.
  • Asia Maps – Explore maps of the countries of Asia, including major cities, landmarks, historic events, maps of medieval commerce and modern tourism.
  • Africa Maps – Discover maps of the countries, provinces, and cities in Africa. See maps depicting political regimes, official languages in Africa, topography, and thematic maps as well.
  • Australia Maps – See satellite and topographic maps of the regions and cities of Australia. Don’t miss the very first map of Australia drawn in 1547.
  • North America Maps – See maps of Canada, Mexico, the U.S., Cuba and Jamaica including major regions and cities. There are even very specific maps showing, for example, the extermination of bison by the end of the 19th century, slavery and emancipation in the U.S., the Kennedy Space Center, and even railways in Cuba.
  • South America Maps – View a variety of historic maps of the countries of South America including unusual maps such as a map of the city walls of Lima, Peru in the 17th century.
  • Antarctica Maps – Compare ancient maps to satellite images of today.
  • Celestial Maps – Enjoy an artistic rendering of the heavens made by Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit in the 17th century.

Use the search tool to find maps of interest. You may also enjoy looking at the “Popular Maps” featured in a sidebar menu on the home page. Fascinating stuff! :)

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