Posts Tagged ‘light’

Tour Tocqueville’s 1831 America

July 15th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, July 15, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Democracy in America

(xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/)

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

 

Today’s website provides the full text (that you can read online or print out to read offline) of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville – one of the most influential works on the politics and culture of America in 1831-1832.

As the website introduction explains:

What he saw there, who he talked with, what he read and overheard, became the stuff of his analysis of our nation’s essential nature and probable destiny. And almost everything he saw and heard has, of course, simply vanished…. Cincinnati is no longer a frontier boom town and the trackless wilderness of Tennessee has been comfortably suburbanized and malled along with the rest of the country….

And so we’re attempting to construct a virtual American ca. 1831-32…. based on Tocqueville’s itinerary, on his and his friend Beaumont’s letters and journals, on contemporaneous accounts of other foreign visitors, and on a variety of examples of material culture of the period, mostly paintings and engravings. It also holds explorations of Women’s Place at the time, of attitudes toward race and color, towards religion, and towards everyday life.

Democracy in America gives keen insight to life in the United States in the early/mid-19th century.

In addition to the text, the site offers an interesting VIRTUAL TOUR of Tocqueville’s America in 1831, through featured textual excerpts, illustrations, pictures, and more. It’s a great way to preview the book and get a peek at American culture over 150 years ago. The virtual tour alone provides an interesting social studies lesson.

When you get to the site you will see a map in the center of the screen. Above it is a link to the full text of the book and an introduction to the website.

A menu surrounds the map. The Virtual Tour is the first link on the menu on the left-hand side of your screen. It is followed by links to various other highlights based on the book including: 

  • Red, Black & White: Race in 1831
  • Everyday Life in 1831
  • American Religion in 1831
  • American Women: 1820-1842
  • and much more.

This is a fascinating historical account of life in America that sheds light on our past while illuminating the stark contrasts to present day America. After exploring the site, you can’t help but speculate what the future will bring.

Online Elementary Songbook

July 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 9, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Office of Education: Elementary Songbook

(www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/fineart/Elementary/Songbook/Music.aspx)

Age Range:  5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, offers a free online songbook with lesson plans for teaching elementary music education.

When you get to the site you’ll see menu of songs that include children’s favorites such as: 

  • A Tisket, A Tasket
  • Bingo
  • Clementine
  • Down in the Valley
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Kum Ba Yah
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • and many, many more!

Click on any song and a new page opens where you will find the sheet music, lyrics, suggested activities, ideas for playing instruments, curriculum tie-ins, and more. There’s a complete lesson plan for each song listed. There are also audio files to listen to that accompany the song. Scroll further down the page to find “Movement/Dance Options” which provide dance suggestions for various songs.

While this online songbook was created with classroom teachers in mind, it can be easily tweaked for use in the homeschool or unschool environment as well.

Science Games for Kids!

February 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, February 23, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Kids

(www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html)

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

 

This New Zealand-based website offers all kinds of fun and interactive games that teach science and technology.

When you get to the ad-supported site, you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of science games including: 

  • Living Things – Learn about food chains, microorganisms, the life cycle of a plant, animals, and human anatomy and health.
  • Physical Processes – Explore electricity, magnets and springs, light, forces, sounds, friction, and more.
  • Solids, Liquids, & Gases – Discover the matter that makes up our earth. Experiment with water, melting points, rocks, minerals, and more.

Just click on a game to get instructions and begin play.

When you’re through playing all of the science games, explore the rest of the menu including: 

  • Experiments – Get interesting facts about nature, dinosaurs, famous scientists, forensic science, and more.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge of space, chemistry, biology, physics, atoms, states of matter, and more.
  • Projects – Get instructions for making a string phone, a robot, stalactites and stalagmites, a microscope, a rain gauge and much more.
  • Lessons – Try these lesson plans designed to teach students the basics of science.
  • Videos – Watch animations and film clips that explain weather, physics, chemistry, sports science, video game technology and more.

This is a remarkable science resource you can refer to again and again.

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 8th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

(http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/

index.html)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free activities that allow students to explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy through amazing color photographs. You’ll see images of the cellular levels of everything from hamburgers to superconductors.

When you get to the site, you will see a brief introduction that explains that you are about to take a virtual journey from the Milky Way to the microscopic world. In successive orders of magnitude, journey from the Milky Way Galaxy “into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.” When you are through watching the display, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore: 

  • Optics Timeline – See highlights of important events and developments in the science of optics from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Student Activities – Investigate light, optics, and color with an assortment of online activities. Discover more about:
    • Animal Vision
    • Eclipses
    • Cameras and Photography
    • Binoculars, Periscopes, & Kaleidoscopes
    • 3D Images & Holograms
  • Tutorials – Access a curriculum resource package for elementary grade students that combines scientific inquiry, hands-on and interactive computer-based instruction, text, and animated manipulatives for a variety of learning experiences. Some of the activities include:
    • Newton’s Prism Experiments
    • Refraction of Light
    • Microscope Magnification
    • Optical Illusions
    • Human Vision

You can also explore digital video galleries to learn more about digital microscopes and the spectrum of applications. The content on this site is massive, so bookmark it to return often.

Free K-12 Science Lessons, Activities, Videos & More!

September 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 21, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Science Kids (http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/)

 

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Your kids will enjoy the free science activities, lessons, videos, projects, experiments, cool facts, quizzes, and games available at this terrific website! They’ll learn about animals, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, weather, space science and more.
When you arrive at the site, you will see an introduction and the highlighted facts and features of the site. You can use the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the following topics: 
  • Experiments – Perform cool chemistry experiments and more with materials you’ll find around the house. Float an egg, melt some chocolate, make a vinegar volcano, breed bacteria, make invisible ink, germinate seeds, or make fake snot (ewwww!).
  • Games – Try these challenging interactive games that test your tech skills while teaching the science behind activities that involve magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases, etc.
  • Facts – “Did you know that the ears of a cricket are located on its front legs?” Get the facts and enjoy fun trivia about animals, planets, the human body, and other fascinating topics.
  • Quizzes – Test your knowledge about elementary science through quizzes with questions ranging from easy to hard. Enjoy printable science word searches and puzzle worksheets too!
  • Projects – Learn about the “scientific method” while you try the science projects offered in every field of science for students in grades K-12. Grow salt crystals, make a kaleidoscope or a simple microscope, learn about forensics and much, much more!
  • Lessons – Get fun and educational science activities for students and lesson plans for teachers from elementary to high school level including resources, ideas, and activities.
  • Images – Use this archive of illustrations, photos, and diagrams to create a science report or project.
  • Videos – Watch incredible video clips of animal behavior, cellular behavior, chemical reactions, and more. See “How-To” videos on everything from making a lemon battery to surviving a bear attack. You’ll find videos on engineering, video game technology, dinosaurs, robots and more!
  • Topics – Get a wide range of teaching resources and ideas on over 30 science topics.
This is an ad-supported website and the ads are randomly generated. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

There are an amazing number of things to do and learn on this site – bookmark it to return often.

Christmas – 360° Virtual Tour Panoramas

December 12th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, December 12, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Panoramic Earth – Christmas

 

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

 

If the beauty of Christmas lights makes you smile, then you will enjoy this week’s virtual tour. Part of the larger Panoramic Earth website, this page offers visitors the opportunity to visit locations in Canada and England and their past light displays.
  • Locations available include: 
  • Butchart Gardens – Vancouver, Canada, 2012
  • Regent Street – London, England, 2011
  • Oxford Circus – London, England, 2011
  • South Molton Street – London, England, 2009
  • Hyde Park – London – England, 2009
  • Oxford Street – London, England, 2009
Select the panorama you would like to see by either clicking the image or the name. When the page loads, there is information from the photographer about the image and other information about location. Click the play button on the image. When the image loads you can navigate the smaller image using the tool icons in the image. Select the icon with the 4-arrows pointing in all directions to open the image to full screen. You may use your mouse to move around the image or the tool icons in the image. Click your escape button on your keyboard to return to page. Use your back arrow to return to the list of tours.

It is interesting to see how other places decorate for the holidays and these tours give visitors an idea how Canada and England decorate.

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