Posts Tagged ‘pioneers’

Natural Science Lessons & Interactives!

May 17th, 2011

Hi! It’s Tuesday, May 17, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Campsite 24

Age Range:  7-12 (Grades 2-6, with parental guidance)

ClickScholar Wendy recommended this website, sponsored by the Ontario Parks Department of Canada, that provides lessons and activities about nature, plants, and wildlife along with historic and geologic information about Ontario’s parks.

This is a multi-media website with lots of bells and whistles. When you first arrive at the site allow up to several minutes for the pages to load. Once they’re in your web cache, you’ll be able to zip around quickly and explore the menu that includes:

*Kids – Enjoy online activities that include a trip in a virtual time machine to explore the Geological Era, Aboriginal Era, Early Settlers Era, and Modern Parks Era. You’ll find amazing interactives on insects, fish, wildflowers, trees, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Play “Park Pals” and see informative slideshows, take a quiz, enjoy print and play activities, and explore further resources.

Note: I think it’s easier to access all of the “Kids” activities from the Site Map. Don’t forget that it takes some time to load every page you visit.

*Teachers – This Lesson plan database allows you to access the classroom lessons archived on this site for grades 2-6 in Language Arts, Math, Science and Technology, and Social Studies. The lessons include downloadable/printable curriculum, worksheets, and links to Ontario parks with features that tie into the lessons. You’ll see a map of the park and read a brief description. Plus, there are links to online activities and resources on a broad range of topics including:

  • Insects
  • Animals
  • Pioneers
  • Plants
  • Minerals
  • Food Chains
  • Habitats
  • Weather
  • Flight
  • ~ And More!

*Climate Change – This online activity for students explains the impact climate change has on wetlands, plants, animals, and people.

*Francais – Explore the entire website in the French Language!

The content here is extensive and would be difficult to explore on one visit.  Bookmark this site to return again.

Carnegie Hall Music Appreciation Games

April 9th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 9, 2011 and time for Music at

Recommended Website:
Carnegie Hall: Games & Listening Guides

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 and beyond, with parental
The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall offers four, free interactive modules that helps students and their families
develop music appreciation skills

When you get to the site, turn on your speakers and look for icon menu that includes:

*An Interactive History of African American Music – This
interactive has lots of educational content geared for older
students. Trace the development of African American musical
styles and learn about the pioneers who helped define various
genres from gospel to hip hop. See photos, listen to audio
clips, and learn the history of African American music from
the 1600’s through today.

Note:  When you click on the icon, a new page opens where
you’ll see the icon again. Look for the word “Launch” below
the icon and click on it to start the interactive.

*Carnegie Hall Animated History – This is fun for kids! Gino, the
Carnegie Hall cat, will be your guide to learning about the
history of Carnegie Hall through engaging videos. Then, play
an interactive maze game featuring important historical
figures from Carnegie Hall’s past.

*Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 – Listen to Dvorák’s classic, From
the New World
. Learn about the 4 themes in each movement of
the piece. Then, play challenging interactive games that test
what you’ve learned such as “Melody Mix-up” and “Unscramble
the Themes.”

*The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Go on an
instrument safari, guided by animated characters, to collect
all the instruments of the orchestra while you listen to
Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

This is a terrific resource to engage students of many ages
and interests in music appreciation.


Oregon Trail Virtual Tour

February 4th, 2011

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

Recommended Website Oregon Trail Tour

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

At this website you can virtually follow the pioneer path along the Oregon Trail and see the natural landmarks, forts, and trading posts that they saw on their long and dangerous journey West.  

When you get to the site you will see a menu tab at the top of the page. Click on “1843 Map” and “Modern Map” to compare the path of the Oregon Trail then and now.

Click on “Trail Tour” to begin your virtual journey through photographs and historical paintings accompanied by interesting facts and trivia about:

  • Independence, Missouri
  • Courthouse Rock
  • Chimney Rock
  • Fort Laramie
  • Independence Rock
  • Fort Bridger
  • Soda Springs
  • Fort Hall
  • Fort Boise
  • Whitman Mission
  • The Dalles
  • Oregon City

You can also view information about the landmarks by clicking on their locations on the maps. 

NOTE:  The “Travel Links” button was originally intended to lead to travel information for those who wanted to visit the Oregon Trail. However, most of the links now lead to error messages and/or to redirects that I have not reviewed.  Parents, AS ALWAYS, MUST PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE USE of this website.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Free History Videos & Interactives

September 2nd, 2010

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 2, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Have Fun with History

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, younger children may enjoy aspects of this site and non-readers will need assistance)

What a find! This website provides free streaming videos and interactive presentations to bring American history alive for “teachers, homeschoolers, and history buffs.”

The designers of this site have ingeniously paired various American history topics, people, and events with free streaming videos and links to some of the best online history games and interactives. The result is history “edutainment” that will engage learners of varying age ranges and abilities.

When you get to the site you can dive right in and explore some of the topics featured on the home page. Or explore the menu that includes:
*History Videos – Over 300 history videos and documentaries are archived here, and the content will surprise you. You’ll not only see some well-crafted educational flicks, but also history-themed TV dramas and Hollywood films.

As explained at the website, “Any form of recorded history reflects the time it was written or filmed as much as it does the time period it attempts to capture.” That can result in some fascinating discussions as you watch a 1895 Edison experimental talking movie, educational films from the 1950s, or movies that were made for entertainment, but reflect the time in which they were made, such as Frank Capra’s Great Depression era film, “Meet John Doe.”

The site acknowledges that Hollywood movies and doctrinarians often “get it wrong” and suggests that every American history resource should challenge us to investigate further.

*History Activities – Enjoy an array of online activities and games about historical subjects. The site links to some of the best online history-based games (many provided by museums and other educational websites), in addition to creating some of their own. I tried “The Boston Tea Party 1773” and “Presidential Turkeys” and was happily surprised by the quality of the interactives and how much historical info was packed into them. Likewise the site’s own creation, “The Amazing Civil War Movies of the 1860s.”

This is a great way to get a brief overview of a historical topic that could springboard your kid’s interest and desire to investigate further. Or just use it as a fun way to supplement your studies of American history.

*History Subjects – Click on a history topic of interest and a new page opens with a menu of suggested films, interactives, documentaries, rare historical footage and newsreels. Topics include:

  • Colonial America
  • Revolutionary War
  • War of 1812
  • Civil War
  • Pioneers & the Frontier
  • WWI & WWII
  • Money & Finance
  • Science & Inventions
  • U.S. Presidents & Government
  • ~ And Many More!

Most of the videos are hosted on the site but some are from a 3rd party. Additionally, this site is ad-supported by randomly generated Google Ads, etc. That means PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW SITES AND SUPERVISE USE TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

ClickSchooling Resource: Celebrate “Not Back to School” With Johnny Appleseed

August 23rd, 2009


How are you planning to kick-start the “Not Back To School” year?

Our family marked the beginning of each new “Not Back To School” year by taking a trip to the Gizdich Apple Ranch in Watsonville, California. We took a tour of the facility, learned all about the apple-agri business, and saw apples crushed to make cider. Then, we headed into the apple orchards to pick a 1/2 bushel of Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Pippin apples. After picking apples, we’d go to the barn where they served delicious apple pie and apple dumplings – yum!

Our annual homeschool ritual tied in nicely with the birthday of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) on September 26th. We’d listen to his biography on CD, make apple recipes, and do craft activities with apples. My sons eventually outgrew the apple crafts – but they loudly objected when I suggested they may have outgrown our annual tradition. Even as teens they enjoyed the family trek to pick apples in September! :)

I thought some of you might want to adopt a similar tradition – or just learn more about American History through the engaging facts, legends, and lore of Johnny Appleseed!

As I mentioned, Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is September 26th – and you and your family can get a head start on the celebration with….


This innovative and educational 48-page eBook by homeschool mom Fran Wisniewski (and edited by yours truly) is designed for kids in grades K-7 – and the whole family will enjoy the learning activities. This eBook includes:

  • An accurate account of the life and times of Johnny Appleseed
  • Folk legends and lore about Johnny Appleseed
  • Illustrations and pictures
  • The history of early pioneers and apple orchards in the U.S.
  • Fun and fascinating apple-themed projects
  • Lesson plans in language arts, math, and geography
  • Hands-on apple science experiments
  • Apple recipes and craft ideas!

Click on the array of embedded links in the resource pages to visit other Johnny-themed websites with apple coloring books, art projects, songs, books, games, links to you-pick apple orchards, and more.

Celebrate educational freedom and kick off the “Not Back To School” year with fun activities that will jump-start learning all year long!

Get more info on this Homefires’ exclusive here:

Happy Homeschooling!


Diane Flynn Keith
ClickSchooling List Owner


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Northern Lights!

January 2nd, 2007

Recommended Website:

Northern Lights

Santa has come and gone, but you can give your children an idea of what’s happening at the North Pole right now. The heavens are performing a spectacular light show! MaryAnna discovered this terrific website all about the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights…

When you get to the site, for an instant and awesome display of the Northern Lights simply click on the small strip of beautifully colored panels near the upper right of the screen to start viewing a slideshow of about 1,700 aurora photos! These are some of the best to be found anywhere, and with good reason.

This website runs a monthly and an annual aurora photo competition, and all the winners are posted here! (If your contribution wins, you get an all-expense-paid trip to Norway! The catch is, you would have to be somewhere near an aurora first in order to snap a winning photo! :)

The northern lights have been especially active at the North Pole lately due to recent strong sunspot activity. The little Magnetometer icon in the upper right corner of this website is updated every thirty seconds to show you what’s going on in the earth’s magnetic field right this minute! More information about current conditions is located in the right-hand column of the main page of this site. (You can easily return to the main page from anywhere on the site by clicking the logo centered at the top of your screen.)

What do sunspots and the earth’s magnetic field have to do with auroras? And what do auroras have to do with the northern lights? You can read all about the science behind the Northern Lights and more by using the menu located in the upper left corner of the main page. It includes:

  • What Are Northern Lights? — Find out the physics behind a northern lights display, the frequency of occurrence, the colors, form and structure, the sounds they make, and discover auroras on other planets! Be sure to watch the aurora video clips in the right hand columns located in the “What Are Northern Lights” subcategory, “Colours”. Some of them are just too awe-inspiring for words.
  • Aurora in Science — Meet the auroral research pioneers. Then explore modern research including magnetic, radiowave, and Rocket Range observations.
  • Realtime Measurements — Check out the gadgets and gizmos (auroral instruments) that stream their up-to-the-minute animations and cams of current aurora activity!
  • Auroral Mythology — Find out how Vikings, Native Americans, and people in olden times explained the strange lights in the sky.
  • User’s Corner — Did you know there was once a man-made, artificial aurora? Download a photo of it here, along with a few other wallpapers (computer screen backgrounds), or read the FAQ’s and join a discussion with other aurora fans. Find a list of links to other websites where you can “ooh” and “aaaah” all day to your heart’s content! :)

If after viewing all of these incredible aurora photos, video clips, and cams you simply must go see the northern lights, you can get information here to help you plan your next vacation. There’s nothing quite like seeing
them in person. Pack warmly, and bon voyage! :)