Posts Tagged ‘Nova’

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…

Recommended Websites:

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!

Recommended Website:
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!

Recommended Website:

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.

4th of July!

June 23rd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, June 23, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Since this is the last ClickSchooling review before my summer break, I thought I’d give you several websites to explore themed around the 4th of July.

Recommended Websites:
See Below

Age Range: Varies (with parental supervision)

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids:
The Declaration of Independence

I can’t think of a better way to tie in language arts with the 4th of July than to visit this website (designed for grades K-12) where you can read The Declaration of Independence. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll find links to explore the history behind it, information on the signers, and an outline of U.S. History.

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 what her job entails.

How Stuff Works: Fireworks

Did you ever wonder how fireworks are made? This website explains the basic components in fireworks from simple firecrackers and sparklers to the more complex aerial fireworks displays. There is a fascinating section and animation on the different shell types and the patterns they create when launched and exploded. There is also a great video clip that explains how fireworks are made too.

Make Your Own Aerial Fireworks Interactive

Try a fun online activity that allows you to create your own aerial fireworks display. (Note: This site is part of a larger site that I have not reviewed. If you click away from this page, you do so at your own risk.)

Interactive Vikings!

March 10th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, March 10, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Viking Quest

Age Range: 9 and up (also a section for ages 7-9; both with parental guidance)

The BBC has done it again — an amazing multi-media interactive animation and game that teaches students all about Viking history as it entertains.

When you get to the site, the program will launch and you’ll learn to build a ship, chart a course, select a crew, and loot a monastery! Careful! You may be rebuked by your chieftain for making poor choices and banished to a cod fish boat! Be sure to turn up the sound for the full Viking experience. :)

If this whets your kids’ appetites for more information, then head to the
home page” that offers articles on every aspect of Viking history including their reputation, weapons, warfare, religion, runes, food and more. The articles are enhanced with photographs of artifacts, illustrations, and maps.

There is also a milder section for kids ages 7-9. When you get to the site you’ll see a cartoon picture of a Viking with a selection of topics to explore that includes: Viking Invasion, Viking Life, Viking Beliefs, Travel/Trade/& Exploration, and more. Each section offers interesting text, photos, and illustrations.

Want more Vikings?

NOVA Online – The Vikings

In the Spring of 2000, PBS aired a NOVA program all about Vikings. This website was designed as a companion for further exploration of the subject of Vikings. Through video cam, photographs, artist’s renderings, and text you can explore a model of a real Viking Village that was discovered by archaeologists in Sweden.

There is a wonderful Q&A at this site with a Smithsonian Institution anthropologist who exposes the legends about Vikings and explains what their piracy and raiding was all about.

Vikings used written symbols called “runes” to communicate. There is a fun activity that allows you to see your own name as it would appear written in runes.  



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Top Social Sciences Sites for 2008

January 8th, 2009

Continuing with our recap, here are ClickSchooling’s Top Social Sciences sites for 2008:

Note: The links below take you to the ClickSchooling archives where you can read the original review. From there, you can click on a link to access the site.

Recommended Websites:

Geography Thru Free Map Unit Studies!

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8)

This is one of the most frequently visited websites in the ClickSchooling archive. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis partnered with National Geographic on an exhibit called “MAPS: Tools for Adventure” that teaches kids about maps. The exhibit offers this companion website with FREE Unit Study guides in downloadable, printable, book-style format containing lessons about mapping. This is a thorough resource for teaching cartography.

Free Social Science Videos from NOVA

Age Range: 10-17 (Grades 6-12)

At this website you can learn all about social sciences by watching PBS NOVA videos for free. Topics covered by these films include: Anthropology, Natural Disasters, the Human Genome, ancient Egypt, the Parthenon, Nature, Physics, Space, Technology and more. Some of the video pages link to further resources, teacher’s guides, transcripts of the films, and more.

Chicago History Museum: Great Chicago Stories

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12)

This ClickSchooling award-winner offers an engaging history of Chicago presented through historical fiction stories that are accompanied by lessons and activities, as well as investigations of museum artifacts. It’s a terrific example of educational technology at its best. Topics geared for grades 3-12 include the Great Migration, baseball, railroad transportation, hot dogs, abolition, public housing, immigration, labor, Progressivism, the Jazz Age, politics and more.

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

This website provides an introduction to geography through earth sciences including the earth’s energy, structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and bio-geo-chemical cycles. Includes interactive quizzes and links to further resources.

Free Historical Paper Dolls! Paper Dali

Age Range: 5-12 (approximately)

A homeschool mom (who also happens to be a history buff and talented artist) created this site that offers FREE Paper Dolls based on historical people and events. Print out the variety of characters and make history come alive! You’ll find paper dolls for all of these historical themes: American Revolution, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, King Arthur & Knights of the Round Table, Wild West, and Biblical Times. You’ll also find ideas and tips for use. Join the free mailing list to receive updates whenever new Paper Dali’s are added to the site.


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