Posts Tagged ‘treasure hunt’

Celebrate Constitution Day

September 13th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 13, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Constitution Facts

(www.constitutionfacts.com/)

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

 

Celebrate the ratification of the United States Constitution that happened on September 17, 1787 with the resources available at this website as well as explore other important documents in American history.

When arriving at the site, visitors can begin by taking the “What’s Your Constitution I.Q.?” quiz by selecting the main image link under the navigation menu. Don’t worry if you don’t get all the answers correct. Wrong answers are explained. After taking the 10-question quiz, there is an opportunity to do an advanced challenge with more difficult questions. Or learn all about the Constitution and the Amendments, Declaration of Independence, the Articles of the Confederation, our Founding Fathers, the Supreme Court and more by selecting a topic from the upper menu. Not only can visitors read through the documents online, but they will find a timeline of related events, learn about the people involved with the drafting and signing of the documents, discover constitutional trivia, dig deeper into significant events surrounding the inception and implementation of the document, browse through papers of our Founding Fathers, review synopsis of landmark Supreme Court cases and much more. 

Use the link under the home page main image to locate the “Fun Zone.” On this page you will find games, printable word search and crossword puzzles, printable Treasure Hunt quizzes, and online quizzes.

Check out “The Founders Library” link in the top menu to find: 

  • a list of U.S. Presidents and their portraits
  • reading lists and links of books and journals written by the Founding Fathers
  • things invented by the Founding Fathers
  • a history of the American postal system
  • the content of the Magna Carta
  • modern performances of the music from the American Revolution
  • what traveling was like during colonial times
  • Constitution landmarks such as Independence Hall, Old North Bridge, and “Old Ironsides”
  • Information about the first political parties
  • Constitution inspired artwork
  • Fashion worn by the Founding Fathers
  • Colonial currency

And just for fun, be sure to check out the “Founding Documents in Pop Culture” to see video clips of Captain Kirk and Barney Fife quoting the Preamble, The Preamble Song from Schoolhouse Rock, Benjamin Gates reading from the Declaration of Independence in National Treasure, celebrities reading the Declaration of Independence, and more.

Add this website to your bookmarked links for your American history studies.

Explore The Stained Glass Museum

December 27th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 27, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Stained Glass Museum

 

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

 

When arriving at the link above, at the top of the reading material, click on “Click here to browse the Stained Glass Museum’s collection” to view hundreds of images of stained glass windows, many by famous artisans throughout history. Click the text link “Stained glass windows” to select stained glass images by title, the designer’s name, the subject matter depicted in the glass, the places or countries where the window exists, or by date – a timeline of stained glass! There is a handy menu at the left if you don’t know exactly what you’d like to see first.
The images are beautiful to behold, and are accompanied by information about the artist and the techniques used. The armchair tour is visually stunning and it might just motivate you to take the family on a stained glass treasure hunt in your own community.

Penguin Science!

May 5th, 2009

The following sites are all about penguins. The “Penguin Science” site is geared for students in grades 6-12, and “Penguins Around the World” is for students in grades 2-5. Both sites have aspects that will appeal to students of all ages – including preschoolers. :)

Recommended Website:
Penguin Science

ClickScholar MC recommended this terrific, multi-media website about Antarctic penguins and how they are adjusting, or not, to changes in their habitat brought by climate change. You’ll find an array of science activities and fascinating videos to help students learn about penguin life, history and their relationship to the ecosystem.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the menu bar at the top of the page that includes research information as well as:

  • Education – Enjoy a variety of classroom activities that can be tweaked for use at home to explore nesting, habitat, adaptation, sounds of a penguin colony, etc. You can even make a penguin flag and/or a penguin cartoon.
  • Penguin Cam – Located at Cape Royds on Ross Island in Antarctica, this Penguin Cam worked inconsistently for me when I visited the website. No worries, though. You can get plenty of educational penguin action and drama from the video webisodes.

Want to learn more about penguins? ClickScholar Cie Buschle recommends this website:

Penguins Around The World

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-5)

Cie wrote, “My ten-year-old daughter loves science and animals and thought this was a great site for learning about penguins. You can find out fun facts, learn about penguin habitats, enjoy lesson plans, learning activities, and even go on a treasure hunt. Then, quiz yourself after you’ve played!”

Enjoy!

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On the Trail of Captain John Smith

November 20th, 2008

Recommended Website:
National Geographic Kids: On The Trail of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Adventure

Age Range: 6-12 (approximately)

ClickScholar MaryAnna suggested this website that’s just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday! It offers a fun, interactive game that allows kids to learn about Captain John Smith’s voyage from England to America and the establishment of a colony in what is now Virginia.

When you get to the site simply click on “Let’s Go” to play the game. Be sure to turn on your speakers so you can hear the narrated video presentation that is also displayed in text below the screen.

A new page opens with a table of contents. Just click on the highlighted topics in sequential order that include:

  • Off to Virginia – Watch an introduction and brief history about the initial voyage.
  • Building A Fort – Learn about the disagreement among the colonists about building a fort to protect the colony.
  • John Smith is Captured! – Discover the difficult conditions the colonists face and the exploration they embarked upon to find relief. Find out how John Smith was captured by Native Americans and the result of his capture.
  • Powhatan’s Power – Learn about Captain John Smith’s meeting with the Indian Chief Powhatan. Is the legend of how Pocahontas saved John Smith’s life true? Discover historians’ perspective on this story.
  • Help from the Indians – Play a treasure hunt game to find the natural resources in the bay and marshlands that helped the colonists survive.
  • Exploring the Chesapeake – John Smith and the colonists were seeking gold and a Northwest Passage. Find out what they DID find, and play some games that will test your skill at virtual fishing and boating.

Enjoy!

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Geocaching – High Tech Treasure Hunt!

July 26th, 2007

Recommended Website
Geocaching For Kids

A big thank you to ClickSchooling members Annette Hall and Tammy Bailey who recommended today’s website and topic – Geocaching!

Geocaching (pronounced “geo-cashing”) is a navigation game and treasure hunt for GPS users. What’s GPS? It’s a Global Positioning System or radio navigation device that allows people to determine their exact location (on land, sea, or air) anywhere in the world.

Players use their GPS device to participate in a “cache hunt.” What’s a cache? It’s a place where some kind of treasure (in this case, a small toy or trinket or collectible) is hidden. The cache is usually stored in a waterproof container along with a logbook.

Geocaching organizations set up caches in indoor and outdoor locations worldwide and then post the waypoints to the location on the Internet. Players input the location coordinates into their GPS receiver and follow the directions to find the cache. Because people are very creative when it comes to placing a cache, it can be more challenging then it sounds to find one. Geocaching is so popular that there are now hundreds of thousands of caches in countries worldwide.

The twist with this modern-day treasure hunt, is that when you find the cache, you don’t necessarily keep what you find. Sometimes you simply enter the fact that you found the treasure in the logbook stored in the cache. Sometimes you are instructed to replace the treasure you find with another treasure. Then, you place the treasure you found in another cache. Each time a player takes or places a treasure in a cache, they make a note of it in the logbook. That way, future visitors to the cache can see who else has been there before them.

Geocaching is a fun and educational family activity. At today’s website, you will find detailed information about one family’s experiences with geocaching. They provide all of the basic info, some leads to fun cache locations, and ideas for how to integrate the study of geography, nature, culture, and history into geocaching. Their website directs you to the most popular website on the topic of geocaching where you will find everything you need to know to get started on your own geocaching adventures. Here’s the url:

Geocaching – The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

By the way, “Home Education Magazine” ran an interesting by Lori
Diehl about her family’s geocaching experiences. You can read it here:

Geocaching – High-tech Treasure Hunting

Some of you may notice the similarity of geocaching to letterboxing.
Letterboxing doesn’t require the use of a GPS device. So for those of you who would like a more low-tech version of a modern day treasure hunt visit this letterboxing site that we featured in September of 2006 on ClickSchooling:

Letterboxing.org

Eat Smart, Play Hard!

March 10th, 2007

Recommended Website:
USDA’s Eat Smart, Play Hard!
Kids’ Page

Age Range: 6-11

The United States Department of Agriculture features this website for
children to learn about healthy nutrition and the importance of exercise.

When you get to the site, you will see a colorful drawing of a town center.
Click on the buildings to find activities, worksheets, games, and other
helpful information. Your host, Power Panther (the mascot of good nutrition
and exercise) will guide you throughout the site. Here are some of the
highlights you will find:

  • Town Library: Power Panther tells stories of his own experiences, in order
    to encourage children to get off the couch and into the playground. For
    online viewing, you may like to select the individual cartoon panels.
    Questions follow each story, to ensure comprehension and retention. Here you
    will also find clip art, activity sheets, and even food experiments. Note:
    the “MyPyramid for Kids” link goes to the TeamNutrition website, where you
    can download some lessons and also order a CD with a game on it; all of this
    is also available for free on the MyPyramid website referenced further down.

  • Theater: Power Up Moves – Dance along with Power Panther :)
  • Fitness Center: Printable activity sheets (also available in Spanish)
  • Power Tunes: Get up and move to these rock songs. Lyrics and sheet music
    are also provided.

  • Post Office: Printable Power Panther themed greeting cards and posters.

  • Eat Smart Grill: Recipes you can try at home!
  • Fun Times Arcade: This is where you will find the MyPyramid Blast Off Game
    (and if you go to this game you will also find links to the lessons
    referenced earlier, along with some visually pleasing presentations about
    food choices, serving sizes, recommended daily allowance, and so forth.)
    Under “Games” you will find an interactive gardening game, where you try to
    keep the garden well watered and free of pests and weeds. (This one is
    challenging!) This section also features online mazes and scrambled word
    puzzles. “Links to other fun stuff” leads to a website especially designed
    to help girls keep their bones strong.

  • Travel: Among other things, this section has a printable Grocery Store
    Treasure Hunt you can take with you next time you go shopping!

  • Farmer’s Market: Under “Other Fun Stuff” you can play the “Agventure Game”
    or make your own fruit and vegetable diary.

  • House: Don’t miss the house in the foreground, where you will find tips for
    families, help for growing your own vegetable garden, printable worksheets,
    and more!

  • Playground: Last but not least, if you click on the kids playing in the
    foreground, you will get suggestions for activities and games you can do to
    stay healthy (these require getting up from the computer).

Enjoy!

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