Posts Tagged ‘North Pole’

The Polar Express

December 13th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, December 13, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Polar Express

(polarexpress.com/schools-libraries)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

When you get to the site you can download an extensive discussion guide for The Polar Express. You’ll also find “Additional Curriculum Connections”. Don’t miss “More Games and Fun” for: 

  • Activities
  • Games
  • Recipes

And links to Discussion Guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg’s books.

Also check out Countdown Calendar on the top menu where you’ll find an activity to do on each day of the calendar.

Return to this site often!

Track Santa’s Sleigh!

December 5th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NORAD Tracks Santa

(www.noradsanta.org/)

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

 

Track Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve! Those wacky scientists at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) use four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft.

Not only that, they provide lots of pre-Christmas Eve activities just for kids including: 

  • Visit Santa’s Kids’ Countdown Village – Visit this website each day in December to receive updates from the North Pole and discover surprises (activities like word searches and crossword puzzles).
  • Watch Holiday Cheer Videos – Watch videos created by students to celebrate Santa. And on December 24th visit NORAD’s site to see the video feed from Santa Cams positioned around the world.
  • Track Santa with Your Mobile Phone – On December 24th use “Google Maps for Mobile” to track Santa’s location worldwide.
  • Track Santa Through Google Earth – On Christmas Eve head to the NORAD site to track Santa’s flight in Google Earth.
  • About Santa – Watch a video of Santa reciting, The Night Before Christmas. Read FAQs about Santa and NORAD. Find out how many cookies Santa eats on Christmas Eve.
  • About NORAD – Find out why NORAD tracks Santa and how they do it!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a joyful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

Fun Christmas Village Virtual Tour

December 18th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, December 18, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ogden’s Christmas Village

(www.ogdencity.com/en/
about_ogden/special_events/christmas_village.aspx)

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

 

Take a fun journey through a Christmas Village with this website. Since its beginning in 1962, visitors to downtown Ogden, Utah, have enjoyed the display of a “dazzling winter wonderland set aglow with Christmas lights and a unique setting of cottages modeled after Santa’s village at the North Pole.”

Click the “Christmas Village” text link to begin your tour. The page that opens includes a map of the location of each cottage and images of the different displays. There are a few ways to navigate the tour: 

  • Use the arrows on the sides of the images to move back and forth through the images
  • Click the map for the image to open
  • Use the thumbnails at the bottom of the screen to select an image

When the image comes up in the left hand pane, click on it for the image for a clearer view. Either click off the image or use the “X” in the lower corner to close the image. Each cottage includes its name, sponsor, and when it was built. A sampling of cottages you will see are: 

  • Carnegie Free Library
  • North Pole Express
  • AmeriCan-Fix-It Ski Shop
  • The Church of Hope
  • Nani’s Cottage
  • Nutcracker Nook
  • Polarview Manor
  • Santa’s Ornament Factory
  • Roodolf’s 258
  • Frosty’s Firehouse

And about 54 much more whimsically themed displays.

If you live near Ogden, Utah, the village is traditionally open from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through January 1.

This simple and fun little tour is a nice addition to your holidays.

Track Santa’s Sleigh!

December 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, December 23, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NORAD Tracks Santa

 

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

 

Track Santa’s Sleigh on Christmas Eve! Those wacky scientists at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) use four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft.
Not only that, they provide lots of pre-Christmas Eve activities just for kids including: 
  • Visit Santa’s Kids’ Countdown Village – Visit this website each day in December to receive updates from the North Pole and discover surprises (activities like word searches and crossword puzzles).
  • Watch Holiday Cheer Videos – Watch videos created by students to celebrate Santa. And on December 24th visit NORAD’s site to see the video feed from Santa Cams positioned around the world.
  • Track Santa with Your Mobile Phone – On December 24th use “Google Maps for Mobile” to track Santa’s location worldwide.
  • Track Santa Through Google Earth – On Christmas Eve head to the NORAD site to track Santa’s flight in Google Earth.
  • About Santa – Watch a video of Santa reciting, The Night Before Christmas. Read FAQs about Santa and NORAD. Find out how many cookies Santa eats on Christmas Eve.
  • About NORAD – Find out why NORAD tracks Santa and how they do it!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a joyful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

The Polar Express

December 10th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 10, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Polar Express

 

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. We thought it would be fun to explore learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole.

The author’s website offers an overview of the book and samples of the outstanding illustrations that earned a Caldecott Medal. You can also read the author’s bio, see a timeline of his work, and access resources and interactives themed around his books.

When you get to the site you’ll find a picture of each book cover/title. If you click on them – you will be directed to purchase the book. There is no requirement to purchase anything in order to use the free resources. Scroll past those covers to the bottom of the page to find a link titled “Teachers: Discussion Guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg books.” When you click you’ll find additional curriculum connections for the Polar Express.

Creative Writing/Language Arts:

* Brainstorm winter words.
* Ask children to imagine their own magical midnight train ride and write about what they see on their journey and what their final destination looks like.
* Go through the book together and pick out all of the adjectives and list them on a large sheet of paper. Do the same for the verbs and nouns.

Read-Aloud:

* As a way to begin using the book as the basis for a unit or simply as a treat for the children, host a Polar Express Party. Click the link to download a complete party kit.
Science/Geography:

* Have children locate the North Pole on a globe or map. They can research and write a short report on the landscape, climate, and other characteristics of the North Pole
* Topics for Further Research
o Polar ice cap
o Northern lights
o Reindeer
o Weather and climate – what are the average high and low temps?

Art:

* Have children draw what they would see out the window of the Polar Express on its way to the North Pole.

Music:
* Give each child a bell. Play holiday songs to which they can ring the bells.
* At your party, break the kids into groups of four. Give each group a song and have them come up with a way to accompany it with their bells.

When you think you’ve done everything you can, find the link to “More Games & Fun” to discover activity sheets, games, recipes, and more AND discussion guides for all of Chris Van Allsburg’s other books!
Return to this site often!

Polar Express Learning Activities!

December 4th, 2013

Hi! It’s Wednesday, December 4, 2013 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

One of the best-loved holiday books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The timeless story captures the imagination of children everywhere. I thought it would be fun to explore some sites that encourage learning language arts through this magical tale of a boy who takes a night-time train ride to the North Pole. 

Recommended Websites:

Age Range: 6-10 (give or take a year or two, with parental supervision)

Chris Van Allsburg

The author’s website offers an overview of the book and samples of the outstanding illustrations that earned a Caldecott Medal. You can also read the author’s bio, see a timeline of his work, and access resources and interactives themed around his books.

A Teacher’s Guide: The Polar Express

This site provides ideas to extend learning using the book. It includes guided questions for a book discussion and explores similes and metaphors in the story. It also includes some “just for fun” story starters that could be used to spark creative writing.

Polar Express: Games, Activities & Recipes

This website offers coloring pages and craft ideas along with a downloadable/printable crossword, word search, and maze. Try the recipes for cookies and enjoy them with hot cocoa.

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