Posts Tagged ‘Nova’

A 4th of July Curriculum

July 3rd, 2014


It’s Thursday, July 3, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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


The 4th of July offers lots of opportunities to learn more about U.S. History, Social Studies, Science and more! Here are some websites to get you started. – 4th of July


At this site you will find a stunning compendium of 4th of July themed activities with links to:

  • History lessons
  • Primary source documents
  • Texts, literature, poems, and songs
  • Quizzes, puzzles, coloring pages
  • Crafts
  • and much more.


There is enough material here to provide an entire unit study on American history and in particular the events associated with Independence Day.




Sponsored by PBS Nova, this site is all about the science behind fireworks. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Anatomy of a Firework – an illustrated guide to the different parts that make up a firework
  • Pyrotechnics: It’s Elemental – find out what elements from the Periodic Table of Elements are used in fireworks
  • Demolition Woman – read an interview with a female pyrotechnician and find out about what her job entails.
If you have kids who are fascinated by fireworks – they will enjoy learning about the science behind the sparklers. Happy 4th of July!

Interactive Viking Voyage of Discovery

January 30th, 2014


It’s Thursday, January 30, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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NOVA Online -The Vikings


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


What kid is not fascinated by the stories of Vikings? In 2000, PBS aired a 2-hour NOVA program exploring the less barbaric side of the Norsemen. Take an interactive voyage of discovery through this companion website and gain a better understanding of the Viking world.

Put your oars of exploration in the waters of learning with these topics: 


  • Explore a Viking Village by viewing video ‘walk throughs’ of a 1:30 scale model of a medieval Viking village in Sweden.
  • Who Were the Vikings? This question and others are answered wonderfully in a Q&A session with Dr. William Fitzhugh, who gives a better view of what Vikings were really like.
  • Examine the Secrets of Norse Ships, their construction, and how many different types of Viking ships have been discovered.
  • The Viking Diaspora examines the settlement of the Vikings in other lands with the aid of a clickable map.
  • Write Your Name in Runes and learn the meaning of each letter of the Viking alphabet using the interactive feature.
  • Build a Tree-Ring Timeline and discover how scientists have used this method to determine the date of the remains of Viking ships.

And because this is a simple to navigate but thorough website, further your Viking studies by examining the other recommended resources.

Explore Nova Scotia

January 24th, 2014


It’s Friday, January 24, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Landscapes of Nova Scotia


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


Climb aboard for a virtual helicopter ride with Dr. Ralph (a.k.a. Air Wolf) to explore the scenic vistas and geological wonders of Nova Scotia.

Presented by the Department of Natural Resources in Nova Scotia, Canada, this site takes the visitor on a picturesque trip through the province of Nova Scotia. Through the use of breathtaking aerial photographs and closer views of geological features, this site is a geologist’s gold mine of information. Some of the locations of exploration include:
  • Halifax Harbor and the Atlantic Uplands
  • Hants lowlands
  • Five Islands
  • Wittenburg Mountain
  • Gibraltar Rock
  • Lismore
  • Northumberland Strait coast and Cape George
  • Chedabucto Bay
  • Strait of Canso
  • Cape Breton
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence
  • St. Georges Bay


For each ‘stop’ of your journey, the images are accompanied by informative text that not only gives visitors a geographical description of the destination but also provides an in-depth geological explanation of the stop. The “Summary for non-geologists” is perfect for the lay-person to develop an understanding of the geology of Nova Scotia


Before you finish your tour, be sure to stop by the “Passing Views” and “Vistas of the Month” pages for more splendid views of the land as well as the “Reading Material” and “Links” sections of the home page. 


Effortlessly navigate through this site and expand your knowledge of geology and Nova Scotia.

Einstein’s Birthday & Pi Day on March 14th!

March 12th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tuesday, March 12, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Albert Einstein, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist of The Theory of Relativity, was born on March 14, 1879. March 14th also happens to be world Pi Day. I thought you might like to explore some websites devoted to Einstein, his famous equation E=MC2, and Pi Day…

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See Below

Age Range: Varies (with parental supervision)

Brief Bio of Albert Einstein 

This website, designed for kids, offers a brief biography of Albert Einstein that will give some context to the other websites recommended below.

PBS: That’s My Theory! 

PBS uses a game show format (similar to “What’s My Line?”) to help you become familiar with notable scientists, including Einstein. Several questions are presented and answered by “guests.” Select which guest’s answers reveal the real Albert Einstein.

PBS NOVA: Think Like Einstein 

PBS presents Einstein’s special theory of relativity as an online, animated activity that will require you to think about the same things Einstein had to consider (such as velocity and the speed of light) to develop his theory. Then answer some questions by reasoning out the solutions.

PBS NOVA: Einstein’s Big Idea

Watch this almost 2-hour movie presentation that dramatizes the story behind Einstein’s revolutionary special theory of relativity represented by the equation E = MC2.

One Minute Physics: E=MC2 

Watch a one-minute video explanation of Einstein’s equation, E=MC2.

Coincidentally, Einstein’s birthday on March 14th, is also “World Pi Day!The mathematical symbol Pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or 3.14159…) is celebrated on March 14 at 1:59 PM (3.14159…)! 

You’ll find a brief history of Pi and some free Pi activities at the Exploratorium’s website.

Explore The Great Pyramids of Egypt!

November 4th, 2011

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

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PBS NOVA: Pyramids

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

The tomb of Egyptian boy-King Tut was discovered on November 4, 1922. Would you like to explore a pyramid and check out a pharaoh’s burial chamber? At this PBS website, you can take a free virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tombs and temples of Thebes, and you can even take a virtual walk around the Sphinx! This interactive virtual tour of the Land of the Pharaohs is provided through 360° panoramas and stunning photographs with interesting and informative text.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of pyramids in the center of the page. Click on the words, “LAUNCH INTERACTIVE” next to the picture. A new screen opens to a map of ancient Egypt and drop-down menus that allow you to explore:

*Old Kingdom – Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Khufu Pyramid, the Khafre Pyramid, the Sphinx, and the Giza Plateau.

*New Kingdom – Virtually tour the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Colossus of Memnon, the Tomb of Riekhmire, and the Tomb of Ramose.

Simply click on the place you want to explore.

If you select a pyramid, the image will appear on the screen with a drop-down menu that invites you to look inside the pyramid, see a cross-section map of the pyramid, view artifacts, and browse the photo gallery.

If you select a monument such as the Sphinx or Colossus of Memnon, you can take a “walk-around” virtual tour.

The images and content are spectacular. Younger children may enjoy this presentation with adult assistance to read the text and navigate the site.


Free Video Drum Lessons!

October 15th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, October 15, 2011 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

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Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website offers a terrific and comprehensive archive of free drum lessons presented by expert drummers through informative and entertaining videos.  When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Beginner Drum Lessons – Learn the basics on how to play the drums, hold the drumsticks, tune a drum, and more.

*Drum Theory & Notation – Learn to read drum notation, count notes from 1/4 notes to 32nd notes, and more.

*Dynamic Drumming – Find out how to accent with rim shots, do snare drum cross-sticking or cymbal choking, play off-beat hi-hats, etc.

*Drum Set Rudiments – Practice various drum rolls, flams, paradiddles, dragadiddles, and ratamacue.

*Rock Drum Lessons – Learn the basic beats including funk, blues shuffle, and odd-time beats and fills.

*Jazz Drum Lessons – Discover patterns, beats, snare and bass drum comping and more.

*Latin Drum Lessons – Play Rumba, Bossa Nova, Songo, and Cascara drum beats.

*Double Bass Drums – Do your warm-ups and then play double bass drum beats and fills.  Get some speed tips.

*Drum Play-Alongs – Enjoy playing along to rock, contemporary, funk, folk rock, heavy metal, jazz, country, Latin, blues, hard rock, classic rock and techno music.

*Drum Solos – Watch, learn, and listen to drum solos by the masters.

You can also listen to covers of popular songs that feature great drumming, watch videos of live drum lessons, and read many articles on drumming techniques and tips.

Just click on an area of interest and a new page opens where the video lesson is launched. 

NOTE:  You do have to watch a randomly generated commercial before you see each video lesson.  That’s one reason why parents should (as always) supervise use of the site.