Posts Tagged ‘potato’

St. Pat’s Day Language Arts & Much More!

March 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Rainbows, Shamrocks and Leprechauns

(www.homefires.com/articles/st_paddys_day.asp)

Age Range: 3-14 (Grades PreK-8 approximately – and fun for the whole family!)

 

With St. Patrick’s Day only a couple of days away, we are highlighting some fun ideas from Diane Flynn Keith’s websites for cross-curricular celebrations – many of which you can do last minute!

This website has a wonderful article by veteran homeschool mom, Fran Wisniewski offering a fun array of St. Patty’s Day arts, crafts, and activities for ages 6-14 that cover math, science, language arts, and much more!

And for preschoolers, St. Patrick’s Day Fun for Preschoolers has an article with a few suggestions for some fun learning activities you can do with the little ones. Try Diane’s family’s recipe for a festive beverage today – a “Darby O’Gill”!

Fun for the whole family: A Potato Curriculum – Potatoes are an Irish food staple. Go on a Potato Hunt, explore a potato, conduct a potato science experiment, get creative with mashed potatoes – and have fun learning!

The Science of Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Visit the following websites and amaze your Thanksgiving dinner guests with scientific knowledge of the chemical composition and scientific aspects of the feast!

How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work

How does this little device imitate a thermometer?
 
Everyday Mysteries: Sweet Potato or Yam?

Learn the scientific difference between a sweet potato and a yam.
 
WKSU: The Chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner

Listen to 3-minute audio clip in which professors talk about proteins, peptides, alkenes, amino acids, tryptophan and more. Discover the chemistry and molecular structure lurking in your Thanksgiving dinner.
 
The Chemical Make-Up of a Potato

Discover the chemical content and nutritional value of a potato. Do green potatoes really contain a deadly toxin?
 
The Science of Cranberry Sauce

Find out why cranberry sauces that use the same ingredients produce different results. Why does one become a gelatin?

Create Your Own Picassohead

September 17th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 17, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Picassohead

(www.picassohead.com/create.html)

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

 

What fun! Today’s website offers an artistically-themed twist to the classic children’s game, “Mr. Potato Head.” Instead of designing a new look for Mr. Potato, you can design your own Picasso portrait in the cubist style he helped to make famous.

When you get to the site you will see a canvas and a selection of various cubist images of faces, eyes, noses, lips, ears, eyebrows, hair, etc. Use your mouse to click and drag the images to your canvas to create your masterpiece. Use the color and control tools on the menu at the bottom of your screen to get the desired results. Print it out and hang it up in your home gallery!

Learn How Potato Chips are Made

September 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Friday, July 24, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ballreich’s Potato Chips

(http://www.ballreich.com/shop/virtual_tour.html)

 

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

 

Discover how potato chips are made with this website from Ballreich Bros., Inc. Located in Tiffin, Ohio, this family owned business has been making potato chips since 1920.
When arriving at the link, either select the blue “Take Our Virtual Tour” text link or click on the pictorial timeline below it to learn the history of Ballreich’s.

After selecting the virtual tour link, visitors can view the 7-minute, narrated slide show that explains the process involved in going from potato to chip. Learn: 

  • How much a semi-truck load of potatoes weighs and how potatoes are delivered
  • How temperature affects potatoes
  • What happens to the peelings and scraps
  • What does a 1920’s hairstyle have to do with potato chips
  • How are potatoes dried after washings
  • How many pounds of potatoes and oil are used per hour to make a batch of potato chips
  • How many 1 ounce bags per minute can be filled with the finished chips
And much more.

When you are finished with your virtual tour, click the “Go Back” button which will take you back to the home page, then select the “Ballreich’s History” timeline image to discover the history of the company with vintage images and interesting accompanying text.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Irish Potato Science

March 17th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 17, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

See below.

 

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can You Push A Straw Through A Potato?

This website will teach you how to push a straw through a potato so you can amaze your friends on St. Pat’s Day, and explain the science behind it!

Make a Potato Battery

Get the 4-1-1 on how to make a potato battery and why it works.
This site offers a comprehensive look at the past and present history of potatoes. It includes the story of the potato’s Peruvian beginnings, its migration around the world (along with an historical timeline), how the potato was introduced to Ireland and the story of the Irish Potato Famine, the biology of the potato and info on its cultivation cycle – and the fungus that was responsible for the Irish Potato Famine, the modern science and technology of potato production, a potato curriculum for grades 3-9, and lots of fascinating trivia facts about the potato.
The Idaho Potato Commission offers potato themed word searches, mazes and coloring pages for FREE.
Universal Preschool shares some great educational and fun ideas for having potato fun with preschoolers.

Have fun learning with potatoes!

Learn about the Irish Potato Famine

March 5th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, March 5, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Irish Potato Famine

 

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

 

Take an interesting interactive tour of the Irish Potato Famine at this website.
When arriving at the site, select the “ENTER” text link in the middle of the screen and you are introduced to your bouncing personal guide, Splat, who will help you navigate through the pages. Read through the instructions and you will learn how easy it is to work through the site. After the instructional presentation, select from four locations in the village to learn about the 19th century potato famine: 
  • Rural dwelling
  • The work house
  • The school
  • The docks
When arriving at the location, after reviewing the introduction speech bubble, move your mouse around the picture to find hot spots to click. At these locations you are presented with more information in the form of speech bubbles, dairy entries, textual slide shows, images, videos, online activities and/or activity suggestions.

This website does a great job of teaching students about the basic causes and effects of the Great Famine.

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