Posts Tagged ‘PBS’

Navigate the Road to the American Revolution

July 9th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 9, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Liberty! The American Revolution

(http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/index.html)

 

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

 

This website is companion to the Peabody Award Winning PBS series, Liberty! The American Revolution. But even if you don’t have access to the program, there is still a lot of learning opportunities available here. With this website visitors are encouraged to travel the road through the history of the American Revolution with simple but interesting interactives.
When arriving at today’s link, select from the following: 
  • Chronicle of the Revolution – Read about the headline events from Boston, 1774, Philadelphia, 1776 and 1791, Trenton, 1776, Saratoga, 1777, and Yorktown, 1781. While in this section, check out the Timeline of the Revolution and comprehensive subject index to discover the people, pivotal events, documents, and social and cultural context of the Revolution.
  • Liberty! The Series – Read episode descriptions, about the making of Liberty!, meet the cast and scholars in the series, and about the accompanying music.
  • Perspectives on Liberty – Through interactive images, learn about daily life in the colonies, the global village, and military perspectives of the American Revolution.
  • The Road to Revolution – Play this question and answer game as you travel along the Revolution Road from Boston to Washington D.C.
Visitors can return to the homepage at any time by selecting the Liberty! Image in the upper left of the header. When back on the homepage, select the “Teacher’s Guide” on the right to access companion lesson plans. Choose the “Resources” link for a bibliography of American Revolution books and additional topical links. If you are interested in purchasing the DVD/Home Video of the series or the soundtrack, select the “Companion Products” option. If you would like to see if there are any upcoming broadcasts of this program on PBS in your area, select that option.

This website provides an interesting supplement to any study of the American Revolution.

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!

NOVA: See Inside A Submarine

June 19th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, June 19, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

NOVA Online: See Inside A Submarine

(http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/subsecrets/inside.html)

 

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

 

At this website you can take a virtual tour of the inside of two nuclear powered submarines, the original USS Nautilus commissioned in 1955, and an “attack” submarine, the USS Springfield, commissioned in 1993. You can visit the control room, the crew quarters, and officers’ deck, see navigational equipment, and check out the periscopes, plotting tables, and weapons control panel. Learn about life on a submarine from members of the crew and their families.
This site is part of the larger PBS/NOVA companion website to the film presentation, “Submarines, Secrets, and Spies.” If you click on that title (located on the left side of your screen) you will go to the home page where you can learn a great deal more about submarines and underwater research including the fascinating science of how sound travels underwater. In fact, you can take an informative “true or false” quiz on that topic – answer the questions, and then find out the scientific reasoning behind the correct answers. For example: True or False? Do dolphins produce notes 100 times higher than the highest note a soprano can reach? Go to the website to find out!

Summer Solstice and Summer Projects!

June 16th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

PBS Parents – Summer Science Projects

(http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/science/tips/summer-science-projects/)

 

Age Range: 4-9 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

In 2015, the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT. This year, Father’s Day is also celebrated on the 21st!
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.

This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Look at this nifty Sunrise and sunset calculator located at FarmersAlmanac.com for how many hours of sunlight you’ll get at your location.

PBS Parents, along with a wonderful article from Science Buddies, offer some fun summer projects for kids. When you get to the website enjoy reading the article and learn about fun summer projects like: 

  • Really Big Bubble Makers
  • Bird Feeders
  • Sun Prints
  • Newspaper Kites
  • Silly Putty
  • Salt/Cloud Dough
  • Ooblek/Slime/Gak/Flubber
Don’t stop there though! Continue by investigating the sidebar links to find: 
  • Science Milestones for Kids
  • More Science Activities
  • Science Games
  • Science Tips
There is a lot to explore at the top menu too. Start with the “education” button and return often for more ideas.

Explore Music with Chuck Vanderchuck

June 6th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 6, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion

(http://pbskids.org/chuck/)

 

Age Range: 6-9 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)

 

Join PBS characters Chuck Vanderchuck, Ramona, and Chuck’s dog, Zeppelin, on an interactive exploration of music genres, instruments, ear training, and music composition. (You’ll need Adobe Flash Player 9 Plug-in installed on your computer to view this site.)
When arriving at the game page, select from: 
  • Jam Sessions – Use the arrows to choose a music genre, then click play to learn about that genre. Next play the 3 games below to open the Main Gig to apply what you have learned and win your award: 
    • Lyrical Solarium – fill in the blanks to write lyrics
    • What Sounds Like What – discover the sounds of instruments used to play different music genres
    • Zen of Composition – learn how patterns are used in music to make songs
  • Dance Beat Explosion – Choose the character you want to play as then answer the questions to earn ‘dance moves’. At the end of the game the winner gets to use their moves to make their character perform the dance. If you have a web cam you can watch yourself dance on the screen.
  • Costume box – just for fun, dress up the characters in attire related to a musical style, take a picture, and print out if you want
  • Road Trip – choose a music genre then, in this classic video game style game, use your keyboard to move along the route to collect points and the musical instruments needed. But be careful of the dangers along the way because you only have 5 lives to complete your mission.
  • Awards – check out the awards you have collected playing the games.
There are also great resources for Parents and Teachers found by clicking the links at the bottom of the home page. The parent’s page includes an overview of the site, information about the show, the characters, and music genres as well as additional downloadable activities to keep the learning going. In the teacher’s area find video clips about the music genres and information about which games relate to the genre.

While this website may be geared for elementary aged students, it can easily be enjoyed by older students. With the help of this site, learning musical concepts is a fun and entertaining experience.

Online Stories & Interactives for Kids

March 18th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, March 18, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Johnnie’s Story Page

 

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

 

This ad-supported website offers an archive of links to interactive stories and reading activities for children up to ten years of age
When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
  • Beginning Readers – Over 40 interactive stories from the British Council, PBS, and Scholastic, along with alphabet and phonics activities from Starfall.
  • Classic Stories – Click on the links to read familiar children’s stories online such as Mother Goose, fairy tales, Greek mythology, Aesop’s Fables and more.
  • Older Readers – You’ll find links to myths, legends, ghost stories, and even Roald Dahl’s website (he’s the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
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