Posts Tagged ‘potato’

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.

Explore Van Gogh Masterpieces

August 23rd, 2014


It’s Saturday, August 26, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

National Gallery of Art – Van Gogh Masterpieces

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


At this site, visitors are treated to a fabulous tour of some of the best works of Vincent Van Gogh. Using Van Gogh’s Masterpieces and interesting text, the visitor is introduced to Van Gogh’s early works, his various “periods” in Paris, Arles, and Saint-Rémy and his self-portraits. Periods include:
  • Introduction – Early Works
  • The Potato Eaters
  • Holland to Paris
  • Self-Portraits
  • Paris
  • Japanese Influence
  • Arles
  • The Yellow House
  • Saint-Rémy
  • Auvers-sur-Oise

When you get to the site, two screens will appear. The one on the left displays the text that you can follow to take the tour; the one on the right shows a floor plan of the museum that you can click on to visit whatever room that you want (each features different Van Gogh artwork). Sticking with the tour will give you a better context as each section progresses from the early works to the various periods in Van Gogh’s creations. Either way, you will be treated to some fabulous art, along with insightful commentary on the works – and the artist!

Thanksgiving Science!

November 19th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, November 19, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites:

See Below

Age Range: Varies (Due to the nature of some of the content, parents AS ALWAYS should preview these sites to determine suitability.)


Exploratorium’s Fowl Science: Talking Turkey

Watch a webcast that explains: Why a turkey continues to cook after it’s out of the oven. How you can be sure to thoroughly cook the dark meat without drying out the white meat. How you make the skin golden. Discover why temperature is critical, and investigate different cooking methods: roasting, deep frying, barbecuing, and smoking.

How Stuff Works: How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work       

Great article and illustrations on what makes those pop-up thermometers work.


Sweet Potato or Yam? 

Find out what the difference is between sweet potatoes and yams – fascinating!



The Tryptophan Effect – Does Turkey Make You Sleepy? 

Interesting article and illustrations that expose the truth about whether or not turkeys contain a natural sedative.

Exploding Pumpkin! 

Science Wiz Steve Spangler demonstrates this method (a favorite among chemistry teachers) to illustrate the energy released when you break a triple bond in a molecule of acetylene. Huh?  Watch the video. (Note: Parental previewing and guidance a must!)


Virtual Tour of Potato Chip Factory!

November 8th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Friday, November 8, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!  

Recommended Website:

Utz Factory Tour

Age Range:  8 and up (with parental supervision)  

The Utz snack food company offers a free audio tour with photographs of their potato chip manufacturing process from spud to chip.   

Turn on your speakers, and when you get to the site just click “play” and the tour will begin.  Click the “next” buttons to learn about each aspect of their manufacturing process including:  

  • Potato Handling  
  • Peeling & Slicing  
  • Frying  
  • Salting  
  • Inspection  
  • Packaging  
  • Warehousing  
  • Truck Loading  

You may want to stock up on some potato chips before you take this tour!

Free St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities for Your Family!

March 13th, 2013


Dear Reader,

Just for Fun:
Free St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities!

St. Patrick’s Day, on March 17th, is one of my favorite holidays. To celebrate, I’ve compiled some free St. Patrick’s Day activities and resources chalk full of learning opportunities that your whole family will enjoy.

You’ll find ideas that are fun for little and big kids alike including:

  • Learn about the Wee Folk and make Leprechaun-Inspired Mischief!
  • Get a Recipe for Irish Soda Bread!
  • Make Green Carnations with a Fun Science Experiment!
  • Enjoy a Refreshing Magical Beverage called “A Darby O’Gill”!
  • Conduct a “Potato Science Experiment” to Demonstrate Phototropism
  • Turn a Potato into a Stamp and Make Potato Prints!

And you’ll find recommendations for St. Patrick’s Day books, along with links to more free St. Patty’s Day Learning Activities!

Click on this link to get your Free St. Patrick’s Day Learning Activities Now!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Diane Flynn Keith

Author of Papa’s Pearls: A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom to His Children.

*Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability of content for children.

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