Posts Tagged ‘ocean’

Tour Our Ocean Planet

August 12th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 12, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ocean Planet

(seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/ocean_planet_scripts/tour.pl?sel=211+214+242+249+222+378+225+386+215+269+208+219+218&page=&cs=59753)

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

 

Today’s website allows you to take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s acclaimed exhibit, Ocean Planet. Using audio and visual technology along with beautiful graphs, charts, photographs and illustrations you can explore and examine Earth’s oceans and the interconnectedness of them to every habitat and creature worldwide. Designed for a general audience, younger children will need some help with navigation.

When you get to the site you will see a menu bar at the top of your screen. Directly below the menu are the numbers 1-13 – and below the numbers is a very brief introduction, links to sounds of the sea, and a link to the “floor plan” that allows you to see any part of this amazing exhibit. 

Note: As the links on this site do occasionally change, you might encounter an error message. If you do, just select “Please request your tour again,” then select “Ocean Planet Preview Tour” from the menu.

There is an assortment of virtual tours of the various segments of this exhibit. We have chosen to feature the Curator’s Preview Tour because it provides an overview of what is available to you in the real-time exhibit – most of which you can explore virtually. Once you take this tour, you will undoubtedly want to bookmark the site and return to explore the different galleries in the exhibit thoroughly.

So, from the landing page just click on the “next” button or the number “2” to start the tour. Each successive page describes briefly a gallery or section of the Ocean Planet exhibit. You will see a photo of the gallery, a brief description and a clickable menu that takes you to each part of that gallery where you can learn all about subjects like: 

  • Oceanography
  • Marine Biodiversity
  • Mariana Trench
  • Ocean Depths
  • Seafaring Communities Worldwide
  • Marine Habitat Destruction
  • Marine Scientist Biographies

You’ll also see the “cafeteria menu” but just click past it to continue with what’s available at the website. Once you’ve seen what’s available, use the “Floorplan” icon to return to any section that interests you and immerse yourself in ocean knowledge.

Oil and Acrylic Painting Lessons

July 16th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 16, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paint with Len

(paintwithlen.com/free-lessons/)

Age Range: 10-adult (Grades 5-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Paint along with Australian artist and teacher Len Hend, and learn how to paint using his techniques with either acrylics or oils.

Through instructional videos and text, go through the lessons on this page to paint: 

  • Branches and Foliage
  • Bush Shack
  • Trees
  • Forest Scenes
  • Mountains
  • Skies
  • Outback Ranges
  • Reflections
  • Sunrise and sunset
  • Ocean and rivers
  • Boats
  • And much more.

In addition to the full lessons, there are several technique lessons that teach about: 

  • Clouds
  • Mountains
  • Water
  • Foliage
  • Brushes
  • Perspective

Visitors can find even more tutorials at the “Streaming” link in the menu. Len presents the material in a relaxed and friendly manner and encourages the budding new artist to enjoy the process. There is a lot to explore on this website and it makes a great beginner’s painting course.

Create Your Own Maps

April 28th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MyGreatMaps

(mygreatmaps.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Create your own maps with this website from Mr. Nussbaum.

When arriving at the site, a welcome pop-up will appear encouraging you to sign up for a free account so that your maps can be saved. When you sign up as a teacher, you will be able to add student accounts so that you can see all the maps your students have created in one place.

Once your accounts have been created, the fun can begin. In the upper right, select the “Need help?” link to learn about the features of the map creator. To create your map, make a selection from: 

  • World maps – Includes world, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East, the Caribbean, Central America, and Atlantic Ocean.
  • State maps – Select the whole US, the 13 Colonies, eight USA Regions, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New England, Southern States, Western States, or any of the 50 states.
  • Country maps – Choose from Canada, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, China, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, India, Nigeria, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia.
  • Flags – Includes selections from various countries and states.

Once you have created your map and added features such as your key, notes, and more, the map can be saved, printed, and even shared. Once your students have learned to navigate the program and with a little practice, this tool will have your young cartographers creating all kinds of maps for geography and history projects.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Tour

February 19th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, February 19, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

(www.mnh.si.edu/panoramas/)

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

 

Browse through the exhibition halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from the comfort of your home with this website.

The interactive tours provide 360° panoramic images of the exhibits. These tours are available for both home computer or mobile device. Visitors can also select their version from the sidebar menu. After selecting your preferred version and beginning your tour, learn how to navigate the site by selecting question mark icon. Locate camera icons throughout your tours to get an even closer look at specific items. Exhibits include: 

  • First Floor
    • Rotunda
    • Mammal Hall
    • Human Origins
    • Ocean Hall
    • Discovery Room
    • African Cultures
    • Ice Age
    • Ancient Seas
    • Dinosaurs
    • Fossil Mammals
    • Fossil Plants
    • Early Life
  • Second Floor
    • Written in Bone
    • Egyptian Mummies
    • Bones
    • Insect zoo
    • Butterflies and Plants
    • Geology, Gems & Minerals
    • Korea Gallery

Visit the ground floor to see past exhibits such as: 

  • Western Cultures
  • Soil
  • Orchids
  • Rastafari
  • Coral Reef Crochet
  • Cyprus

There is so much to see and discover that you will want to bookmark this virtual tour to come back to time after time.

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

June 30th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 30, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

 

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 
  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, sea turtles, stingrays, killer clams, sea cows, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos (so far) that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.
This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Free Printable Math Worksheets & More

June 15th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, June 15, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

KidZone Math

 

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

KidZone is part of the DLTK family of ad-supported, educational websites. This review focuses on the Mathematics portion of the site, where there are plenty of free math worksheets and activities to print and do.
When you get to the site you’ll find: 
  • Math Games –
    • on-line, timed Basic Facts addition, subtraction and multiplication quizzes (Good for any grade – improve basic skills)
    • Math Brain Teaser (Grade 3 and up) – very fun to try!
    • Mathematical Magic Trick – (practice your 2 times tables and 5 times tables)
    • Mathematical Magic Trick – Calculator – (practice using a calculator)
  • Free Printable Worksheets – You can select your desired grade level, theme (farm, jungle, ocean, holidays, and more), and activity type including:
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Multiplication
    • Division
    • Geometry
    • Word Problems

Many of the worksheets are different every time they load, for virtually unlimited practice sets.

  • Other Links – These lead to sections of DLTK sister sites with supplementary fun coloring pages and activities to reinforce counting, number recognition, and other early math concepts.
When you are finished, be sure to explore the other areas of this site for printable worksheets relating to Language Arts, Science, Geography, and more.
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