Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Free Theoretical Physics Video Lessons & Resources!

November 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Perimeter Institute: Students

(www.perimeterinstitute.ca/outreach/students/games-and-videos)

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

 

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics of Canada sponsors this website that offers free educational resources for young people to convey the wonder and mystery of the universe and the power of theoretical physics including: Condensed Matter, Cosmology & Gravitation, Particle Physics, Quantum Physics, Superstring Theory, and more.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of educational resources that includes:

  • MYSTERY OF DARK MATTER – Explore the mysterious substance that makes up about 90% of the mass of every galaxy in the universe.
  • ALICE & BOB IN WONDERLAND – Join your animated hosts, Alice & Bob, in this series of 60-second video adventures as they learn about the world around us from discovering how a flashlight works to learning about gravity and time-travel.
  • CHALLENGE OF QUANTUM REALITY – Explore the quantum world in a 30 minute video featuring the double-slit experiment and the concept of wave-particle duality.
  • MEET A SCIENTIST – Watch short video interviews with leading researchers from around the world.
  • POWER OF IDEAS – Explore the six most powerful ideas in physics history through this multimedia experience.
  • VIRTUAL ISSYP – Learn more about the wonders of modern physics and the excitement of research and discovery by watching video excerpts from the Perimeter Institute’s two-week International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP).

These remarkable presentations are certain to inspire your inner Einstein.

Geography Games & Activities

October 29th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, October 29, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sheppard Software – Geography Games

(www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website is filled with an assortment of U.S. and World geography games that you can play to boost your knowledge of where places are located in the world.

When you get to the site, choose from links to places in the world including: 

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Mexico
  • United States
  • and more!

The games are sorted by capitals, countries and landscapes and then by levels from beginner to expert and beyond.

We also want to draw your attention to a special section called Kid’s Corner – U.S.A. You’ll find a great selection of social science activities that include:

  • USA Landmark Puzzles
  • USA Government Games
  • USA Cities and State Word Games
  • USA Regions Games
  • and more

You’ll want to bookmark this site to return often.

All of these activities are available for free on this ad-supported website. For those of you who would prefer to access the site without ads, you can get a family subscription for $36/year and enjoy the activities commercial free.

Virtual Tour of the Butchart Gardens

October 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Friday, October 2, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Butchart Gardens

(www.butchartgardens.com/a-virtual-visit/)

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

 

Visit the incredible Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada with this website that offers a free virtual tour! To really appreciate the gardens it’s helpful to know some history about them.

In 1888, Robert Butchart manufactured cement near limestone deposits on Vancouver Island where he and his family lived. As his business exhausted the limestone in the quarry near their home, Mrs. Butchart came up with the idea of transforming the abandoned quarry into a spectacular “Sunken Garden.” She had top soil hauled in and began the renovation.

The Butcharts were world travelers and it influenced the design of their gardens. They created a Japanese Garden with Koi pond, transformed a tennis court into an Italian Garden, and planted a spectacular Rose Garden. Mr. Butchart collected birds from all over the world and had elaborate bird houses constructed throughout the gardens. They decorated their garden with artifacts including bronze castings.

The renown of the Butchart Gardens spread. Today, close to a million people visit annually, enjoying the year-round display of floral beauty created from over 900 varieties of plants.

From the menu, choose: 

  • Sunken Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Italian Garden
  • Mediterranean Garden
  • and more

So much color and beauty in one place!

Discover the Spies in the Shadows

September 10th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, September 10, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spies in the Shadows

(www.spiesintheshadows.com/index.php)

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

 

Companion to the documentary series, Spies in the Shadows, this interactive educational website provides visitors with tools to understand the role that intelligence and espionage played in shaping Canada.

When arriving at the home page of this website, read the brief summary “Why Spy?”, then go to the upper tool bar to select “Teacher’s Lounge”. On this page you will find downloadable lesson plans that include all the associated masters. In addition to the downloadable “Elements of Intelligence History”, which provides a list of resources for further exploration, choose from: 

  • Lesson 1: Spy Identities and Methods: War of 1812
  • Lesson 2: Spy Tools of the Trade: Cryptography, Codes, and Ciphers
  • Lesson 3: Women and Intelligence
  • Lesson 4: The Role of Intelligence and Espionage in Canada During the Cold War

In the “Teacher’s Lounge”, you will also find additional resources such as: 

  • The Secret Files –  Explore an interactive file cabinet filled with ‘index cards’ profiling some of the most unique participants in spy history.
  • The Espionage Glossary – Learn the words and phrases in the language of spies.
  • The Great Canadian Spyglass of Espionage Abbreviations – Uncover the meaning of intelligence acronyms.

After reviewing the lessons, use the features at the website to bring the lessons to life. Some of the special interactive features found in the top menu include: 

  • Cryptography Laboratory – Discover the world of codes and breaking codes with activities that include using Morse code, color shielding, book codes, and secret ink.
  • Espionage Games – Engage in the decision making process faced by commanders in the War of 1812 by ‘joining’ in five battles which include the Battle of Detroit, Battle of Stoney Creek, Battle at Beaver Dams, Battle of York, and Battle on Washington D.C.
  • Espionage Timeline – Travel through time with this interactive timeline and explore the history of espionage and intelligence. Find key icons along the way to reveal important events.
  • Links – dozens of links to other websites for further study of Canadian espionage and the War of 1812

Students intrigued by mystery, espionage, and the world of spies will enjoy exploring this website and will learn a great deal about Canadian history and the Spies in the Shadows along the way.

Take a Virtual Sea Odyssey

August 21st, 2020

 

It’s Friday, August 21, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Burgess Shale – Virtual Sea Odyssey

(burgess-shale.rom.on.ca/en/sea-odyssey/index.php)

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

 

Climb into a “virtual submarine” and dive into the depths of the past to see virtual recreations of creatures that once lived in the area now known as the Burgess Shale. Located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, the Burgess Shale is “one of Earth’s most important fossil deposits.”

With this website from the Royal Ontario Museum, watch video animations of: 

  • Descent – Dive below the sea surface to the seafloor.
  • Swimmers
  • Predators
  • Grazers
  • Filterers
  • Scavengers
  • Burial – what it may have looked like when the Burgess Shale community was covered by a rapid mudflow event

Underneath the video tours, click on the various species images to learn more and to find more video animations and images.

After you have finished your “virtual sea odyssey”, use the upper menu to learn more about the Burgess Shale and its discoveries. Select from: 

  • Introduction – Learn about the Burgess Shale through text and images.
  • Fossil Gallery – Examine images of the fossils found and see 3D animations and model of the creatures.
  • Science – Discover the science behind the Burgess Shale.
  • History – Explore the history of the research and discovery involved.
  • Parks Canada – Get more information about Yoho National Park and the Burgess Shale.
  • Resources – Find topical reading suggestions, other related museums and webpages, and lesson plan links.

Discover the Original Information Highway

August 13th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, August 13, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Transatlantic Cable Communications

(tinyurl.com/y2ck6szq)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website explores Canada’s historic part in transatlantic communications. You can hear the story of the official first transatlantic cable message (Queen Victoria to President Buchanan), as well as listen in on bits of history such as the distress call from the Titanic!

When you get to the archived site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Introduction – Get a brief overview of the history of the electric telegraph and why the locations of Canso and Hazel Hill on the Atlantic coast of Canada were critical to utilizing this technology.
  • Science – Learn about the invention of the telegraph and how the resin from the Gutta-Percha tree provided just the right properties for suitable insulation to waterproof underwater cables. Explore the science of telegraphy and discover Morse Code. Virtually examine the parts of a telegraph machine. Find out about other great inventions that were a result of the “Cable Era.”
  • History – Read an in-depth history of telegraphy and its socio-economic impact. Find out what the life of a telegrapher was like, and listen to some of the famous messages sent and received via telegraph – including the distress message of the ill-fated ship, Titanic.
  • Media Gallery – See photographs, watch video clips, and visit the sound studio to explore telegraphy.
  • Resource Center – Take a multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of telegraphy, print out a fun telegraphy-themed word-search puzzle, and discover more links to Internet resources on telegraphy.
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