Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

Virtually Sail Aboard USS Constitution

May 31st, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 31, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

All Hands on Deck

(www.allhandsondeck.org/)

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

 

Take a multi-media learning adventure aboard the USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) that incorporates language arts, reading, math, science, art, and social studies. Lessons are categorized by grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

When you get to the landing page of the website, we recommend that you watch the companion video (19 minutes long) that provides a sort of virtual field trip into the ship’s past. In the movie, a modern day ship visitor named Julie steps into a time-warp and meets characters from the ship’s past who tell their stories revealing the history and legacy of the USS Constitution.

Note: To download and watch the video, when you get to the website’s landing page, click on “Set Sail” and a new page opens. Click on “Table of Contents” and then click on “Video” on the left side of the screen. 

After watching the video, use the “Table of Contents” to explore the free curriculum that covers the USS Constitution‘s construction, the crew, and life aboard a 19th century warship. Discover the teamwork required to sail the ship and engage in battle.

The online curriculum has lessons and activities that require students to solve math problems, make maps and diagrams, and write essays and poems. You’ll find suggestions for getting started, vocabulary helpers, activity sheets to print out, and much more. You’ll also find: 

  • Recommended Resources – Get recommendations for further reading, fun field trips, movies, music, and games, and a list of items to have on hand.
  • Scuttlebutt – Enjoy humorous tales and interesting historical facts and anecdotes to extend the lessons.

This tribute to the legacy of the USS Constitution is designed for classroom use, but can be tweaked to suit any homeschool environment.

Virtual Tour of a Chicken Farm

May 24th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 24, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Farm Food 360

(www.farmfood360.ca/en/chickenfarms/chickenfarm/index.html)

Age Range: 9 -18 (Grades 3-12; younger children may enjoy these too, with adult supervision)

 

Take a virtual tour of a family’s chicken farm in Ontario, Canada.

When you get to the site, choose from these tour locations: 

  • The Barn’s Exterior
  • The Empty Barn – Cleaned and Ready for New Chicks
  • See the Day-Old Chicks
  • The Partially Grown Chicks
  • The Fully Grown Chickens
  • The Control Room

Click on the hot spots for more information about each area.

When you are done with those tours, there are videos at the bottom of the home page: 

  • The Life of Chicken Farmers
  • Caring for Chickens
  • Emergency Systems
  • Farm Food Safety
  • Biosecurity

The videos are only about one to two minutes long.

See How Marbles are Made

May 17th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 17, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: How Marbles are Made

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSDg5Qui6aU)

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

 

This YouTube video shows the amazing craftsmanship in making marbles.

This 4-1/2 minute video shows the process of making recycled glass into beautiful marbles – not only for games, but for industrial tasks. Learn more about marbles here

  • History
  • Raw Materials
  • The Manufacturing Process

And to see even more details of what goes into the process of making marbles, here is a 2-part video from the Discovery Channel.

National Zoo’s AnimalCams!

May 10th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 10, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Zoo’s AnimalCams

(nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo where you can see four animal exhibits streamed live through webcams.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of webcam exhibits that include: 

  • Naked Mole-rat
  • Lion
  • Giant Panda
  • Elephant

Click on any one and a new page opens where you can view the live footage. Sometimes you can see the animals quite clearly, and other times they are out of camera range. Remember that the Smithsonian National Zoo is on Eastern Standard Time – so if you visit after sundown and before sunrise Eastern time, it may be a little dark. Also, some have more than one camera, so you can click Cam 2 to see more.

In addition to viewing the webcams, you can scroll down for pictures and news that you can explore to learn more about the animals featured on these webcams.

Bookmark this site so you can return often!

Virtually Visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

May 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 3, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

(www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/exhibits/socal-marine-habitats.asp)

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

 

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located next to the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, California. The museum’s website offers a virtual tour of their exhibit hall that includes photographs and information about the many marine animals housed at the aquarium.

When you get to the site you can explore the exhibit areas that include: 

  • Kelp Forests – The richest habitat along the California rocky shores, kelp forests provide food and shelter to a large number of animals living on the shore and in the ocean.
  • Rocky Shores – a difficult place for critters to survive, with drying air at low tide and battering surf at high tide. Meet the animals that call this environment “home” including sea urchins, sea anemones, and sea hares.
  • Mudflats – A few animals have adapted to living in this shifting, moving habitat including halibuts and crabs. Meet them in this exhibit.
  • Open Ocean – Get to know some creatures that live in the deep sea including bizarre and beautiful fish – and sharks too!
  • Sandy Beaches – Meet the California Skate and a Sand Dollar

This website provides an overview of the aquarium’s exhibits and is an educational treat all by itself. It’s also a great way to prepare kids for a trip to an aquarium or tide pool.

Tour the U.S. Mint

April 26th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 26, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

U.S. Mint – Tours

(www.usmint.gov/about/mint-tours-facilities?action=vtShell)

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

 

At this website, you can take two different virtual video tours of the United States Mint: Philadelphia and Denver.

When you get to the website you’ll see a brief introduction. Below it you can select either presentation; then click on the video. The Philly Mint Virtual Tour takes you inside the Philadelphia Mint where you get close-up views of the different exhibits. Below the video, you can download a guide where you can learn more about the history of the Mint, and more including: 

  • Art
  • Die Making
  • Blanking
  • Annealing & Upsetting
  • Striking
  • Inspecting
  • Bagging

Watch the Denver video to discover the unique role and history of the U.S. Mint in Denver.

Younger children may prefer the animated virtual tour of how coins are made that is available here.

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