Posts Tagged ‘recreation’

Explore the History of Arkansas

June 15th, 2017


It’s Thursday, June 15, 2017, and time for Social Sciences
at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture


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


On June 15, 1836, Arkansas was admitted to the Union and became the 25th state. This website, a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System, is a comprehensive resource to explore the history, geography, and culture of Arkansas.

When arriving at the homepage, read through the introduction and click the Arkansas Overview text link as a great starting point to learn about the state. Many entries on this page are hyperlinked to more in-depth articles. Also on the homepage is “Photo of the Day” and “A Day in Arkansas History” that provide interesting tidbits to pique the visitor’s interest to dig deeper.

Use the upper menu to browse entries: 

  • Alphabetically
  • By Category (such as Art, (Folklore and Folklife, Government and Politics, Land and Resources, Recreation and Sports, Religion, Science and Medicine, and much more)
  • By Type (Event, Group, Person, Place, and Thing)
  • By Time Period
  • By Race & Ethnicity
  • By Gender

Or search items by Media and browse Galleries that include: 

  • Photos
  • Maps
  • Documents
  • Videos
  • Audios

You can also “See what’s new” as this website is continually updated with new items.

Throughout the different entries there are also links to applicable lessons plans. Or, in the uppermost menu, select the “Resources” link and along with a list of other web-based resources for Arkansas history, there are links to teacher resources and lesson plans.

This is an excellent website for our Arkansas ClickScholars to use for their state history courses and for anyone interested in learning about our 25th state.

History Lessons from the Library of Congress

September 3rd, 2015


It’s Thursday, September 3, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Free History Lessons from Library of Congress


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


At this link on the Library of Congress’s website you will find a gold mine of tried and true lesson plans created by teachers that cover a wide range of history topics. All of the lessons use hyperlinked primary sources that will encourage the learner to dig deeper into the topic and make real connections with the subject.

When arriving at the link, you can search for lessons based on topic, era, or alphabetically. Topics include: 

  • African American History
  • American History
  • American Indian History
  • American Revolution
  • Arts & Culture
  • City & Regional History
  • Civil War
  • Culture & Folklife
  • Discovery and Exploration
  • Government, Law & Politics
  • Immigration & Ethnic Heritage
  • Maps & Geography
  • News, Journalism & Advertising
  • Oral Histories
  • Photographs, Prints, and Posters
  • Poetry and Literature
  • Science, Technology & Business
  • Sports, Recreation & Leisure
  • Women’s History
  • World History & Cultures
  • World War I
  • World War II

Each lesson plan is laid out similarly and includes: 

  • Overview – Includes a summary of the lesson, objectives, a means to check the standards met, time needed for lesson and recommended grade level.
  • Preparation – information and links to materials and resources used
  • Procedure – step by step instruction on implementing the lesson
  • Evaluation – Ideas for evaluating the students’ work

Some lessons also include a “For Students” section with more activities for the lesson.

While these lessons may have been created for the classroom setting, most can easily be adapted for the homeschool setting. Whether you are trying to put together a complete curriculum using primary sources or looking to supplement a specific topic, this website will quickly become a valuable source in your planning.

Listen to Music of Sound

October 18th, 2014


It’s Saturday, October 18, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:




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


At this free site, you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples. Once you find the sound you like you can listen to it, download the sound to hear it again and again, or send it to a friend!

When you get to the site you will see a search button. Type in the sound of the thing you want to hear and a new page pops up with a list of sound files for that item. Click on the file to hear the sound.

Or search through the sound categories:

  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Holidays
  • Household
  • Insects
  • Mayhem
  • Miscellaneous
  • Musical Instruments
  • Nature
  • Noisemakers
  • Office
  • People
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Tools
  • TV and Movies
  • Vehicles

What types of sounds are there? Thousands. For example you will find the sound that almost every musical instrument makes, from accordions to xylophones, the sounds animals make, all types of bird calls, holiday sounds like sleigh bells or spooky Halloween sounds, vehicle sounds such as an airplane or a police car, household sounds like boiling water and vacuum cleaners, insects, mayhem sounds (artillery, grenades, bombs, whips, arrows, etc.), nature sounds, the sounds people make including applause, burping, hiccups, snoring and more, and you can listen to the sounds of baseball, football, bowling, and tap dancing as well! There are even TV and movie sounds from cartoons to sci-fi films.

In addition to exploring the sounds in our world, this site has lots of potential for various presentation projects, and the kids will think it’s just a whole lot of fun!

Visit a Finnish Forest

March 21st, 2014


It’s Friday, March 21, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


UPM Forest Life


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


Sponsored by UPM – The Biofore Company, join forester Bob Taylor on a beautiful virtual walk through a forest in Finland.
After the site loads, Mr. Taylor welcomes you with a brief video, and then you are off on your hike. Navigate using the arrows, or select the “Map” link which will reveal the main slides:

* Tree Species
* Recreation
* Valuable Habitat
* Deadwood
* Mature Forest
* Bioenergy
* Multiple-use
* Thinning
* Structure
* Planning
* Harvesting
* Transport
* Skilled Operators
* Regeneration
* Silviculture
* Mixed Forests
* Buffer Zones
* Water
* Wetlands
* Evening
* People

Filled with focal points in the form of video explanations, images, informational text, audios of the sounds of the forest and so much more, this website is not simply a walk through the woods, but an excellent educational journey into the world of forestry and beyond!

Breathtaking Exhibit About Native Cultures!

October 20th, 2011

Hi! It’s Thursday, October 20, 2011, and time for Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Smithsonian: Beauty Surrounds Us

Age Range: 7-18 (with parental supervision; young students may enjoy looking at the photographs in this collection)

This website, brought to you by the Smithsonian, “presents an array of breathtaking and culturally significant objects made by Native peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere.” The point of this interactive presentation is to increase appreciation for the beauty with which Native peoples have always had a natural desire to surround themselves.

When you enter the site, you will see a menu of ten photographs. Each photo leads to a virtual display case full of objects. The cases available are:

*Nurturing Identity – clothing

*Containing Culture – bags for holding things

*Recreation and Pastimes – objects used for games

*Design as Identity – traditional/indigenous designs and the incorporation of new materials and art forms

*Elegance of Presentation – adornment

*Power of Transformation – masks

*Tools of Existence – knives, arrows, tools, tool cases, bowls, etc.

*Communication Through Sound – musical instruments

*Expressions of Movement – dancewear

*Honor and Respect – items designating individuals of importance

Once you have chosen a virtual display case, you can opt to navigate the site as a slideshow. Notice that in the upper right corner of the screen you can click on the arrows to move from case to case for a quick overview. You can also click on any object within a case to explore it.

While viewing an individual object you will see some information about it displayed, as well as one or more of the following:

  • Map– where the object was created and used
  • Related– photos of people actually using the item
  • Activity – something to try (it’s best to read all about the object first before attempting this)

Once you have finished exploring all of the objects in a case, such as “Design as Identity” for example, try your hand at its main activity, which in this instance would be the identification of individual objects as “Indigenous,” “Mixed” (incorporating elements from other cultures), or “New.” This is a great way to see how well you have retained what you have learned by viewing this exhibit.