Posts Tagged ‘recreation’

Discover Minnesota

May 11th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, May 11, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Minnesota DNR: Virtual Tours

(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/virtual_tours.html)

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

 

On May 11, 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the Union. Discover the parks, trails, waterways and more of Minnesota with this page from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to locate a destination and then choose from two types of tours: 

  • Panoramic tour – Explore with multiple 360° images. When the window opens, use your mouse or arrow keys to move around the image. Locate the “Pin” in the image to move to the next destination in the park or select an image in the bottom picture strip. There is also drop-down map available at the top of the image to find another location within the park. Hover over the blue dots on the map for the name of the location and click to the image to load. Descriptive text accompanies each image.
  • Snapshot tour – Each tour provides multiple images along with information texts. At the bottom of each tour there are additional links to go to the home page of the location.

In addition to the panoramic and snapshot tours, the following locations also include video tours: 

  • Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
  • Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
  • Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
  • Heartland State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Gitchi-Gami State Trail
  • Root River State Trail
  • Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

(Please note that some of the video tours are stored on YouTube, so as always be sure to view prior to allowing children to use the site.)

When you have finished with your tours, use the upper menu to navigate to the Teacher Resources page to find downloadable educational materials. Select the Education & Safety option, then More, then scroll down to the Natural Resources section to locate the Teacher Resources link.

This page makes a nice addition to your state studies resources.

Discover the History of Ohio

March 1st, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Ohio History Central

(www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Welcome_To_Ohio_History_Central)

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

 

Every year on March 1st, Ohio celebrates Statehood Day. However, there is some controversy as to the actual date statehood was confirmed. With this site from the Ohio History Connection, see why there is confusion and learn all about the history of Ohio.

When arriving on the welcome page of the site, read through the introduction and quick facts. Then either use the search engine in the upper menu to find specific information or select the “Browse” dropdown menu to search alphabetically, by category, topic, or time-period or use the timeline to view events sequentially. Topics covered include: 

  • African Americans
  • American Indians
  • American Revolution
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Business and Industry
  • Civil War
  • Climate and Weather
  • Communities and Counties
  • Education
  • Frontier Ohio
  • Government and Politics
  • Historic Sites
  • Military
  • Reform
  • Religion
  • Science and Medicine
  • Sports and Recreation
  • State Symbols
  • Statehood
  • Transportation
  • Women
  • World Wars

Feeling adventurous? Select the “Random Page” option and dig into a random topic. Concise text often accompanied by an image make this a great research site for your Ohio state history studies.

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

(www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/)

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

(http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/)

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:

 

FindSounds

 

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!

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