Posts Tagged ‘space’

Ask An Astronomer Videos & Lessons

June 13th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ask_astronomer/video/index.html)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, NASA scientists and astronomers at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center & the SIRTF Science Center answer kids’ questions about the universe in entertaining video format.

Plus, the site provides free classroom activities, lessons, tutorials, image galleries, games, and resources that can be used to sate the curiosity of anyone interested in learning about the universe.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured videos. Below that is a menu of questions with video answers that include: 

  • Why is the sky blue?
  • What will happen to the Earth when the Sun dies?
  • How do you discover an asteroid?
  • What is the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way?
  • Why isn’t Pluto a planet any more?
  • What is a brown dwarf?
  • What causes an eclipse of the moon?

Once you’ve explored the videos, use the menu at the top of the page that includes: 

  • Cosmic Classroom – Find a wide spectrum of activities, experiments, and lessons that focus on infrared light.
  • Cosmic Kids – Learn to build your own model of the Spitzer Space Telescope, find out if people glow in the dark, enjoy a story about “What’s in Space?”
  • Image Galleries – A spectacular collection of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
  • Videos – Not only will you find the “Ask An Astronomer” videos, but you can enjoy Spitzer Observatory animations, and a series of funny and informative educational videos about a variety of science and technology topics.
  • Cosmic Games – Play astronomy-themed online games including Concentration, Hangman, Word Search, and more!

There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site to return often.

JFK Virtual Museum Tour

June 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, June 2, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum – Virtual Tour

(whd.jfklibrary.org/Tour/)

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

 

Take an online tour of the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Library with this website.

When arriving at today’s site, read the brief introduction then select the text link “Start Virtual Tour” in the lower corner. The tour begins with a video of clips about John F. Kennedy. Throughout the tour there are audios of era and JFK included which further enhance the virtual tour experience. Each slide also includes a general description text about the exhibit. Choose the display to examine from the scrolling slides under the current window. 

Exhibit topics include: 

  • Convention
  • 1960 Campaign Trail
  • Kennedy-Nixon Debate
  • Peace Corps
  • Space
  • Attorney General
  • Oval Office
  • First Lady
  • Kennedy Family
  • Pavilion

Within each slide are blue information icons that when clicked bring up a larger image and item description. Use the on-screen arrows to move around the displays.

This tour would add to any history course.

Science Experiments, Games, & More

May 30th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, May 30, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Planet Science

(www.planet-science.com/)

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

 

This website offers free, fascinating, and fun science activities, experiments, and games that will entice and engage the most reluctant scientist in your family

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured items and a menu that includes: 

  • Under 11s – Get free resources, articles, games and activities to learn about technology, chemistry, our world, our bodies, space, and more.
  • Over 11s – Enjoy articles, ideas, and activities for middle and high school students about the natural world, the human body, space, physics, technology, chemistry, and more.
  • Experiments – Get weird and wacky science experiments in biology, chemistry, technology, and the weather. Plus, you’ll find categories such as: Messy, Outdoors, and Magic Tricks!
  • Extras – Explore a selection of interesting science presentations and resources.
  • Weather Labs – Click on this link and a new site opens where you can engage in two challenges: 
    1. Check the accuracy of the weather forecast.

    2. Become a weather broadcaster.

You’ll also find tips for parents and teachers on how to make science enjoyable for learners of all ages.

A Sailor’s Life

May 11th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 11, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Sailor’s Life For Me

(www.asailorslifeforme.org/index.php)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Do you have what it took to be a sailor aboard Old Ironsides? With the interactive activities at this website from the USS Constitution Museum visitors will not only learn what it was like to be a sailor in the 1800’s but also the role the USS Constitution and its sailors played in the War of 1812.

Discover the life of a young sailor as you: 

  • Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns.
  • Tell tall tales and play a game of dice during your leisure time.
  • Find out how a wooden-hulled ship earned the name Old Ironsides.
  • Discover how Old Ironsides remained undefeated from its launch in 1797.
  • See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.
  • If you play the game well, you’ll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew!

When you get to the site, you can click on “Sail To Victory” and start playing the game right away. As you play, you’ll explore every nook of the ship from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast. Learn about the daily lives of the hundreds of sailors who lived and worked in the cramped ship space. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words.

There is a lot of content here and it takes a while to play the entire game. If you register at the site (free), you can leave the game at any time and return where you left off.

Be sure to click on “Educator Resources” link at the top of the home page for lesson plans and more. When on this page, look at the bottom and select the “Family Activities” link to download printable activities (pdf) to further the learning at home. They include: 

  • Speaking in Colors – Learn the language of the sea and create your own coded messages!
  • Word Search – Hunt down those tricky nautical terms and learn what they mean!
  • Ship’s Biscuit Recipe – Do you think you could eat like a sailor for a day? Put yourself to the test and bake your own ship’s biscuit.
  • Constructing Constitution – Construct your very own USS Constitution.
  • Ready? Aim. Fire! – Find out how sailors fired a cannon on board Constitution.

The site has vivid illustrations along with playful text and narration that draws on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum. As proclaimed at the website, “This is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!”

Tour the National Arboretum

April 28th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, April 28, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Arboretum Virtual Tour for Kids

(www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/VirtualTours/KidsVirtualTour.html)

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

 

The United States National Arboretum offers this educational virtual tour designed for kids. Learn about the many “weird, cool, and gross plants” that live in this gigantic outdoor space.

When you get to the site, read the brief introduction and then follow the instructions for taking the virtual tour that includes photographs and informative text that is sure to spark discussion. 

The interactive tour is laced with questions to challenge kids’ thinking and deepen the learning experience.

Plan to allow at least 20 minutes to take the entire tour.

Discover the History of American Air Travel

April 20th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 20, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

America By Air

(airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/america-by-air/online/index.cfm)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This comprehensive website from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum explores the history of American air travel through articles, pictorial presentations, and interactive activities.

When arriving at today’s link, visitors can use the upper menu or the image map to choose from: 

  • Fly Across America – See what was involved in traveling from New York to San Francisco, California during different time periods with this interactive map.
  • Online Exhibition – Dig deep into aviation history and technology with articles and images.
  • Objects & Images – Examine more than 300 images of planes, people, maps, documents, and much more.
  • Activities – Interactive activities that include: 
    • The Well-Dressed Pilot – Appropriately dress a time-period pilot.
    • Contact Flying – As an airmail pilot, navigate your route using landmarks.
    • A Pilot’s Personality – Examine documents to discern airmail pilot Bill Hopson’s personality.
    • Travel Agent – Using travel advertisements decide which way you would like to travel – by plane, train, or ship.
    • Around the World in 18 Days – Arrange Herbert R. Ekins’ journey around the world by either arranging the various aircraft he used in the correct order or make a newsreel arranging videos, images, and maps into a video timeline then add the appropriate audios.
    • At Your Service – Discover the amenities that were available on a 1950’s DC-7.
    • Stewardess Requirements – See if you would have met the requirements to become a stewardess in the 1950’s.
    • Baggage Claim – Match the luggage to the correct passenger based on its contents.
    • A New Generation of Leaders – Read mini biographies about the early leaders of the airline industry.
    • Today’s Jets – Learn about modern day jets and then try your hand at identifying them.
    • Air Routes – Explore the changes of commercial air routes for some major airlines.
    • Arline Ticket Price Meter – You are given $300 for an airline ticket. Choose options to make your ticket affordable.
    • Fly the Mail – Fly the mail from New York to Cleveland, Ohio making decisions along the way to reach your destination in a timely manner.
  • Stories – Visitor submitted stories about air travel
  • In the News – A few news articles relating to air travel
  • Behind the Scenes – Museum articles about the exhibits

There is so much to do and see at this website you will most certainly want to bookmark it to come back time and again.

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