Posts Tagged ‘Vikings’

BBC History Virtual Tours

February 3rd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 3, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
BBC History Virtual Tours

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects)

This is another great resource from the BBC. It is filled with free, multi-media virtual tours that are themed around Ancient History, British History, and World Wars.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of the tours and their brief summaries including:

*Viking Age Farm Virtual Tour – See an ancient farm that was excavated in the 1970s.

*Endeavour Virtual Tour – Step onboard Captain Cook’s ship to explore a piece of maritime history.

*London Bridge Virtual Tour – See how the bridge would have looked in 1540.

*Windsor Castle Virtual Tour – This castle was the hub of key events in the history of England. It’s been a fortress, palace, prison, barracks to a lunatic asylum, country house, and museum.

*World War One Trench Virtual Tour – Experience conditions for the soldiers of World War One.

Click on any one of interest and see panoramas and 3D models of reconstructions of various historical events along with computer generated historical voyages. 



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Social Studies Books, Games & Crafts (CSAW)

December 3rd, 2009

Hi!  It’s Thursday, December 3, 2009 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website
A Book In Time

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)

I reviewed this website several years ago, but was reminded by the site owner that it has been updated and expanded. That’s an understatement. What was once a list of great books for supplementing history studies along with supplemental crafts now includes:

*Reading Lists – A chronological listing of the best fiction and nonfiction books for kids and teens about important people and events in the Ancient World, Middle Ages, Age of Discovery, World Wars I & II, and The Present Era. Book titles are linked to site affiliates for ease of purchase. You can also look for the titles at your library.

*Period Crafts & Projects – Get craft activities that extend learning about any era in American and World history. You’ll find instructions for making Corn Husk Dolls, an Egyptian Pharaoh’s Death Mask, Origami Dinosaurs, A Knight’s Helmet, recipes for authentic foods of different historical eras, and much more! Some require purchase of materials to do the craft, which are linked to this sites affiliates.

*Interactive Games & Activities – Here you’ll get links to a terrific selection of online games (many hosted by museums) that boost learning about history and geography. Enjoy games about Mesopotamia, Egypt, ancient Greece, Rome, Israel, China, Japan, Incan & Aztec Empires, Middle Ages, Vikings, The Black Plague, Renaissance, Shakespeare, Victorian Era, and much, much more! The activities I visited were free or free with registration.

*Maps & Timelines – This section recommends some innovative ways for students to use maps and timelines as they study history. There’s a selection of books, kits, maps and timelines for sale, and also free instructions on how to make your own materials along with links to websites that provide free resources such as printable maps.
Most of the information at this site include suggested grade levels from Kindergarten through High School. The site is well-maintained. I only found a few links that led to error messages which is unusual for a site with so much content.

Book mark this website – it’s a fabulous resource for finding books and activities to supplement and develop a history and social sciences curriculum or unit study. You’ll want to return often. earns the ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in combining education with technology. 

Virtual Field Trip to Denmark

August 21st, 2009

Recommended Website:
Denmark: Meet the Kids

ClickScholar Chris suggested this website that provides an animated virtual tour of Denmark that is designed for kids.

When you get to the site you’ll see a map, simply click on the buildings and characters to learn about different facets of Danish life, society, history, culture, etc., through short animated cartoons. Learn about Denmark’s:

  • History & Vikings
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Economy & Welfare Society
  • Christmas and Traditions
  • Food
  • Famous Danes such as Hans Christian Anderson, the Royal Family, etc.
  • And much more!


24 Hour Virtual History Museum in the UK (CSAW)

July 9th, 2009

Recommended Website:

Show Me

Age Range: 8-14 (approximately, but there’s something for everyone here)

ClickScholar Chris recommended this website that offers an incredible array of games, stories, activities, and virtual tours about historical topics gleaned from museums and galleries throughout the UK.

They’ve taken the best of the best and developed virtual history unit studies designed for kids that are engaging and fun!

When you get to the site just click on the icon menu to dive right in and explore topics such as:

  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Anglo-Saxons
  • Vikings
  • Romans
  • Tudors
  • Victorians
  • …and much more!

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of offerings related to that topic that include interactive, multi-media games and activities that teach history as they entertain. These items are linked to the websites of museums and galleries in the UK where exhibits related to the topic are on display. You simply won’t believe the variety of information and make-and-do ideas to extend the learning. Plus there are links to related sites if you want to explore the topic further.

This site, all by itself, provides enough material to satisfy any world history curriculum – and it’s so much more engaging than a textbook that it earns a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence. (CSAW)

The Best ClickSchooling Resource Ever? (CSAW)

September 25th, 2007

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 6-17 (Grade Range: 1-12)

ClickSchooling list member Mary Burns suggested this website that is one of the VERY BEST educational websites I’ve seen to date. It provides links to lessons and activities for every grade level 1-12, developed around a particular theme. Each theme integrates a variety of standardized subjects including science, math, history, geography, social studies, language arts, and much more. These themes are explored by clicking on pre-reviewed links to educational websites containing a multi-media extravaganza of learning tools.

This site, and all of the links, are meticulously maintained by University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education staff and graduate students from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.(Unbelievable as it seems, I clicked on numerous links here, and didn’t find one that wasn’t functional.)

The e-MINTS website is designed with classroom teachers and students in mind, but can easily be adapted to any learning environment.

When you get to the site you will see the title “e-Themes Resources Listed By Grade Level.” Below it are the grade levels 1-12. Click on the grade level that applies to your child, and you’ll see a menu of topics that include every subject.

Click on one of over 1,000 topics of interest, such as Animals, Anatomy, Ancient Civilizations, Authors, Holidays, Literature, Maps, Math, Performing Arts, Physics, Pioneer Life, Science, Solar System, Spanish American War, Sports, States, U.S. Government, Vikings, Virtual Field Trips, Weather, Westward Expansion, Writing and more. A new page
opens providing a description or overview of what you can learn from
following the suggested links provided on the page.

I wasn’t surprised to find that many websites that we’ve recommended in the past on ClickSchooling are utilized in the e-themed lessons and explorations here. :)

As the e-MINTS website explains, “this is an extensive database of content-rich, age-appropriate resources organized around specific themes.” I think it could stand alone as a computer and Internet based curriculum resource, in addition to being used as a supplementation tool for any subject or method of learning.

The resources here are also listed alphabetically for ease of use. There are teacher tips for getting the full benefit from using this resource too.

This website gets the ClickSchooling Award for Excellence!

Northern Lights!

January 2nd, 2007

Recommended Website:

Northern Lights

Santa has come and gone, but you can give your children an idea of what’s happening at the North Pole right now. The heavens are performing a spectacular light show! MaryAnna discovered this terrific website all about the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights…

When you get to the site, for an instant and awesome display of the Northern Lights simply click on the small strip of beautifully colored panels near the upper right of the screen to start viewing a slideshow of about 1,700 aurora photos! These are some of the best to be found anywhere, and with good reason.

This website runs a monthly and an annual aurora photo competition, and all the winners are posted here! (If your contribution wins, you get an all-expense-paid trip to Norway! The catch is, you would have to be somewhere near an aurora first in order to snap a winning photo! :)

The northern lights have been especially active at the North Pole lately due to recent strong sunspot activity. The little Magnetometer icon in the upper right corner of this website is updated every thirty seconds to show you what’s going on in the earth’s magnetic field right this minute! More information about current conditions is located in the right-hand column of the main page of this site. (You can easily return to the main page from anywhere on the site by clicking the logo centered at the top of your screen.)

What do sunspots and the earth’s magnetic field have to do with auroras? And what do auroras have to do with the northern lights? You can read all about the science behind the Northern Lights and more by using the menu located in the upper left corner of the main page. It includes:

  • What Are Northern Lights? — Find out the physics behind a northern lights display, the frequency of occurrence, the colors, form and structure, the sounds they make, and discover auroras on other planets! Be sure to watch the aurora video clips in the right hand columns located in the “What Are Northern Lights” subcategory, “Colours”. Some of them are just too awe-inspiring for words.
  • Aurora in Science — Meet the auroral research pioneers. Then explore modern research including magnetic, radiowave, and Rocket Range observations.
  • Realtime Measurements — Check out the gadgets and gizmos (auroral instruments) that stream their up-to-the-minute animations and cams of current aurora activity!
  • Auroral Mythology — Find out how Vikings, Native Americans, and people in olden times explained the strange lights in the sky.
  • User’s Corner — Did you know there was once a man-made, artificial aurora? Download a photo of it here, along with a few other wallpapers (computer screen backgrounds), or read the FAQ’s and join a discussion with other aurora fans. Find a list of links to other websites where you can “ooh” and “aaaah” all day to your heart’s content! :)

If after viewing all of these incredible aurora photos, video clips, and cams you simply must go see the northern lights, you can get information here to help you plan your next vacation. There’s nothing quite like seeing
them in person. Pack warmly, and bon voyage! :)