Posts Tagged ‘reading’

3-D Geologic Exploration of National Parks

February 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Friday, February 2, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geology of National Parks

(3dparks.wr.usgs.gov/)

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

 

At this website you can take virtual tours of the U.S. National Parks – from Arches to Zion!

The virtual tours highlight the geology and natural history of the parks, and are offered for viewing through 3-D anaglyphic images or through regular photographs.

If you don’t have 3-D glasses handy, you can enjoy the tours by just looking at the photos and reading the accompanying text.

If you want to see the 3-D images you’ll need 3-D glasses. As suggested at the website, you can do a search for 3-D glasses online and find all kinds of sources (and prices) for them. We also located a NASA lesson plan on how to make your own 3-D glasses.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of National Parks. At the top of each park page, you’ll see that you can click on any of these choices: 

  • 3D Photo Tour – to take a virtual tour of the parks by viewing 3-D images. The 3-D effect only works with 3-D glasses. Each photo is accompanied by text that explains what you are seeing.
  • Standard Photo Tour – to take a virtual tour of the parks by looking at a series of beautiful photographs. Each photo is accompanied by text that explains what you are seeing.
  • Thumbnail Gallery – To view all the images available, select this option.

Each page also provides a link to the website for that particular national park where you can get lots more information about it. There is educational content on some of the sites for students, and good info about park highlights and visiting hours, etc.

This is a terrific resource for budding geologists – and, considering the price of gas these days, this website offers a great way to visit our national parks without leaving home!

The Presidential Campaign of 1896

February 1st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 1, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Presidential Campaign – Cartoons & Commentary

(projects.vassar.edu/1896/1896home.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from Vassar College presents information relating to the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley over William Jennings Bryan. Historians consider this election to be one of the “most dramatic and complex in American history.”

When arriving at today’s link, review the introduction and information about symbols used throughout the pages. Under this information visitors will find links to the pages of the site broken down into sections: 

  • Leaders – Learn about the important people of the time such as Susan B. Anthony, J.P. Morgan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie as well as the candidates and more.
  • Themes of the Campaign – Discover the “hot topics” that fueled the campaigns including the Civil War, racial prejudice, economic depression, woman suffrage, and much more.
  • Popular Culture of 1890’s – Explore inventions, medicine, amusements and more of the time.
  • Special Features – Under this section find “Classroom Ideas” for using the 1896 website including discussion questions, writing prompts, further reading suggestions, and advanced researching ideas.

Throughout the website are images of political cartoons which can also be accessed from the link in the upper menu at the top of the home page. Please take note of this important statement on the website homepage: 

“1896” contains many images and arguments that the site’s architects find offensive, including antisemitic and racial slurs. These themes–and protests against them, which were largely ignored in the press–represented the state of public opinion at the time. We include such material as part of our commitment to a full understanding of the past and its legacies today.


As always, please preview this website prior to allowing your students’ use.

Language Arts Online Games

January 31st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 31, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PrimaryGames

(www.primarygames.com/reading.htm)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

For all kids who love to use the computer – here’s a great site to get some basic drill and practice in spelling, reading, and grammar using interactive, online games.

When you get to the site you will see the words “Reading Games.” Below it is an icon menu of the many games offered in this subject.

You will find all kinds of games to practice Language Arts including: 

  • Jigmania: Snow White – Read the story of Snow White while unscrambling pieces to make a picture. Can you put this legendary story back together again?
  • Clueless Crossword – Can you solve the crossword without using clues? Complete the crossword puzzle by guessing the letters.
  • Word Grid – How many words can you form with the given letters?
  • Missed Letters – Practice letter recognition by trying to find the missing letter that completes each.
  • And many more – including alphabet and letter recognition games for the very young.

Bookmark this site. Because once you’ve exhausted the Language Arts section, you can explore the games for other subjects by looking at the menu at the top of the screen. You’ll see that this site offers interactive online games to learn science, math, social studies and more!

Christmas Tree Farm Virtual Tour & Lesson Plans

December 8th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 8, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Christmas Tree Farm & Lesson Plans

(www.christmastrees.on.ca/index.php?action=display&cat=13)

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

 

Not only do you get to take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm today – but you can explore an extensive website all about Christmas Trees complete with themed lesson plans!

We’ve featured this site in previous years – but it’s worth an annual virtual trip to see. At this website you can take a virtual field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm in Ontario, Canada. When you get to the site, scroll down to locate the tour links and click to learn all about the growing and harvesting process through photographs and text. Then, read all about the history of Christmas trees. Locate the “Education” link in the upper menu to find “Activities for Kids” to print out some Christmas tree themed games and puzzles including dot-to-dot, word searches, crossword puzzles, and counting tree rings! Select the “Teacher’s Guide” link to find teaching plans. But wait! Keep reading.

Christmas Trees and More!


This website from the University of Illinois Extension Program has extensive information on Christmas trees presented through a printable series of lesson plans for grades K-7. Learn the plant parts of a Christmas tree, its development from seed to harvest, watch video clips of the life of a Christmas tree, learn about out nation’s official Christmas tree, and follow links to more information on tree farms and where to find them, Tree Events, and more. By the way, some of the lessons provided here suggest a year-round curriculum on trees – so you can print it out and use it all year long.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 7, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial

(www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/18arizona/18arizona.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. In the words of then President Franklin Roosevelt, it was “a date that would live in infamy”. This website from the National Park Service and from their “Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans” collection, helps students examine the events and history of Pearl Harbor and the memorialized USS Arizona.

After reading the introduction, scroll down to the “Table of Contents” which provides a linked layout of the lesson plan. Use the links in the layout to work through the plan. Concepts covered include: 

  • Setting the Stage: Historical Context – summary information about the purpose of the study
  • Locating the Site: Maps – Use the maps of Hawaii, Japan, the island of Oahu, and Pearl Harbor while working through the reading sections.
  • Determining the Facts: Readings – concise texts about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial
  • Determining the Facts: Charts – Use charts to answer questions.
  • Visual Evidence: Images – pictures that can be used with the lesson plan
  • Putting It All Together: Activities – four extension activities for better understanding

On every page there are thought-provoking questions to help students analyze the information presented. Select the “Supplementary Resources” link for additional sites for further study.  


Add this website to your list for World War II history studies. 

Visit Antarctica Virtually

December 1st, 2017

 

It’s Friday, December 1, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shackleton100 – Antarctica

(www.shackleton100.com/antarctica/)

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

 

Part of the larger website commemorating the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s incredible, but unsuccessful mission to cross Antarctica on foot in the 1910’s, explore various locations on Antarctica as well as South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

After reading the introduction, reviewing the tips on navigating the site, and watching the brief Antarctica video, select a location marked on the map to begin your tour. Locations include: 

  • West Point Island (Falkland Islands)
  • Right Whale Bay (South Georgia)
  • Hercules Bay (South Georgia)
  • Grytviken Whaling Station (South Georgia)
  • Ernest Shackleton’s Grave (South Georgia)
  • South Georgia Museum
  • Half Moon Island (Antarctica)
  • South Pole (Antarctica)
  • Dark Sector Laboratory (Antarctica)
  • Scott’s Hut – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Shackleton’s Hut – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Crary Science Center – Ross Island (Antarctica)
  • Berg Field Centre – Ross Island (Antarctica)

These 360° image tours not only provide a glimpse into a part of the world most people may never visit, but also adds insight into the conditions that the Shackleton mission faced.

When finished with your tour, be sure to review the rest of the website. Throughout its pages there are many intriguing videos, interesting animations, and incredible images that tell the fascinating story of the Shackleton mission.

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