Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Explore a Variety of Power Plants

August 5th, 2016


It’s Friday, August 5, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
 at ClickSchooling!


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MidAmerican Energy Virtual Plant Tours


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


Electricity is made in many different ways today and with the video virtual tours from MidAmerican Energy, visitors can learn all about the histories and processes of creating energy. Videos last between 5 and 10 minutes and use digital animation to present interesting and thorough explanations of the different types of energy plants.

These include: 

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Hydroelectric
  • Combustion-fueled
  • Coal-fueled

When you are done taking your tours, select the “Safety” option in the upper menu, then select “Education Programs” on the side bar menu. When that page opens, select the “Energy for Education website” text link to be taken to the “Electric Universe/Energy Underground” website where there are lessons, activities, games, and more for students in grades Kindergarten through 9th grade that will expand upon your virtual tours.

The virtual tours and the accompanying Energy for Education website will be a fabulous resource to use in your science studies of energy.

A Video Guide to Dairy Farming

July 22nd, 2016


It’s Friday, July 22, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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


Discover the various aspects of dairy farming through a series of short videos at this website.

The video presentations are broken down into specific topics and then provide several topical videos which include: 

  • Taking Care of the Cows
    • Animal health care
    • Antibiotics
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Calf separation
  • All about the Milk
    • Milk safety
    • Testing for antibiotics in milk
  • Taking Care of the Land
    • Dairy farmer’s environmental responsibility
    • Manure as fertilizer
    • Converting manure to electricity
    • Dairy technology
    • Dairy farm technological innovations
  • Community and the Future
    • Learn about some different dairy farms

When you are finished with your video tours, use the upper menu to discover more about dairy farming. Select the Life on the Farm link to read interesting articles, watch slideshows and more videos and learn much more about the life of a dairy farmer. There is a lot to explore on this website, so if your student is interested in cows and farming, you will want to bookmark this to come back to time and time again.

Let’s Get Some Exercise!

April 5th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


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BAM! (Body and Mind) – Physical Activity


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


Most kids these days aren’t active enough. Here’s an innovative website to help your kids stay healthy and get enough exercise.

Here’s what you will find at this website: 

  • Activity Calendar – Select activities you’d like to do, and schedule them into your week. This handy calendar is printable, so you can check off each activity as it is completed.
  • Activity Cards – Here you can learn the rules for many different sports. Which one would you like to learn next?
  • “I Heard” Hurdle Race – Answer all of the questions correctly, and your athlete will clear all the hurdles. If you miss any, you can go back and try for a better result. This game is short, so it won’t make you lose sight of the goal, which is to actually go out and get moving!
  • Meeting the Challenge – Read about successful athletes who have overcome major challenges (disabilities).
  • Motion Commotion – Take a short profile quiz to help you get into activities you will like.

Bonus: Get some advice from the Xperts on how to stay physically active.

Check out the other health-related sections of this site: Diseases, Food and Nutrition, Your Safety, Your Life, and Your Body.

Remembering the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire

March 24th, 2016


It’s Thursday, March 24, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

The 1911 Triangle Factory Fire


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


This website from the Cornell University, IRL School, and Kheel Center not only provides visitors with insight into the fire, but also access to online versions of primary resources for deeper examination.

During the Industrial Revolution, when many factory working conditions were deplorable and inhumane to its employees, a fire broke out on March 25, 1911 at the Triangle Waist Factory in New York City, claiming the lives of 146 people, most of who were under the age of 25. This historical incident led to significant changes in the labor code of New York State and the implementation of fire safety measures that served as a model for the whole country.

When arriving at the site, choose from the following to start your investigation: 

  • Learn about the Fire
    • Read the story of the fire
    • Review original text documents
    • Listen to and read interviews of survivors and witnesses
    • View photographs and illustrations
  • Gain Perspective
    • View a timeline of events
    • Explore a model of the 9th floor
  • Research Further
    • Find bibliographic resources
    • High school students: Get tips on using primary sources
  • Commemoration
    • Remember the victims
    • Final six victims identified
    • Learn about reforms and outcomes of the fire’s legacy
    • Triangle fire commemoration events

After selecting your first destination, use the upper menu to navigate to other portions of the website. Select the “Primary Sources” link to see a list of links to testimonials, letters, reports, newspaper and magazine articles, and much more.

Select the “Supplemental Resources” link to locate the timeline, a model of the 9th floor, tips for students and more. On the “Tips for Students” page, find the “Resources for Teachers” link on the right sidebar for ideas for other resources to locate for instructional materials.

This website would make a good additional resource for your studies not only about the Industrial Revolution but also labor laws and fire safety as well.

Literature on “Kiddie Records”

February 17th, 2016


It’s Wednesday, February 17, 2016, and time for Language Arts 
at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: All (Everyone can enjoy this – children with parental supervision)


This website offers a treasure trove of recorded children’s stories and literature from the 1940’s and 1950’s that you can download or listen to for free online, as you browse the books with original illustrations!

Kiddie Records began as a year-long project to celebrate the golden age of children’s records by offering a story each week. The project lasted through 2009 and now, the stories are all archived online. As explained at the website, “Many of the recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions on major record labels and featured big time celebrities and composers.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured stories. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the screen and click on each year from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 to access the stories that include titles such as: 

  • Story of Robin Hood
  • Cinderella
  • Hopalong Cassidy
  • The Selfish Giant
  • 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
  • Peter Pan
  • Tubby the Tuba
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • Paul Bunyan
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • Thumbelina

And many, many more! There are even stories about manners and safety, and sing-along songs too. Thanks to this website, these old treasures can now be shared with today’s generation online.

Terrific Science Freebies

January 5th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, January 5, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Terrific Science


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


This website, developed by two enthusiastic chemistry teachers named Mickey and Lynn, provides a wide assortment of free lessons and activities that teach students of all ages the scientific method through fun, hands-on investigations.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the “Freebies” including:

  • Lesson and Lab Exchange – Get hundreds of free, downloadable science lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These lessons run the gamut from teaching chemistry with glitter wands to an 8-part series on forensic science.
  • National Chemistry Week – Explore an archive of chemistry lessons and experiments offered during Chemistry Week in 2005-2008.
  • Health Science Resources – Enjoy hands-on activities that emphasize water safety, personal hygiene, indoor pollution, chemical safety, skin health, and information on drug-resistant bacteria.
  • Terrific Science Movies plus Activities – View a variety of movies (excerpts from the science teachers’ workshops) that include fun animations and activity demonstrations. Some of the movies have accompanying activity instructions.

When you’re through exploring the “Freebies,” poke around the rest of the website for additional information and resources on the art of teaching science.