Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Boost Your Knowledge with Geography Games!

June 16th, 2022

It’s Thursday, June 16, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Sheppard Software – Geography Games

(www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm)

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.

Virtually Tour Globally Inspired Gardens

May 13th, 2022

It’s Friday, May 13, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

The Butchart Gardens

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

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 topsoil 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!

Take A Tour To See How Cymbals Are Made!

April 22nd, 2022

It’s Friday, April 22, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Sabian Cymbal Factory Tour

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4oPY2D5xyk)

All grades, with parental supervision

This virtual field trip rocks! Ever wonder how cymbals are made? This 7-minute YouTube video explains how cymbals are made at the Sabian cymbal factory in Canada.

When you get to the site, click the ‘play’ icon and you can watch the fascinating manufacturing process.

After watching the factory tour, visit the Sabian website’s Education tab on the horizontal menu at the top of the page to view a glossary, the anatomy of a cymbal, and more.

If you have a drummer in the family, they’re sure to appreciate this!

The Amazing History of Transatlantic Communication

March 31st, 2022

It’s Thursday, March 31, 2022, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Transatlantic Cable Communications

(epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ic/cdc/cable/contents.htm)

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.

Virtual Holiday Field Trips!

December 17th, 2021

Favorite Holiday Virtual Field Trips

All grades, with parental supervision

Spangler Candy Cane Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/our-brands/candy-canes/tour)

At this site, you can take a virtual tour of the Spangler Candy Cane Factory. They explain the process of mass production of candy canes through text and photographs.

Christmas Tree Farm

(www.christmastrees.on.ca/index.php?action=display&cat=13)

Take a virtual tour to see how Christmas trees are grown from seedlings to mature trees. When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction followed by an index of the topics covered on the virtual tour. Click on “Tour Stop 1: Conifer Seedling” to begin. Then, just follow the prompts to experience the entire tour.

Reindeer Farmers in Lapland

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r63VL_gcxhg)

Take a virtual field trip to Lapland to see a reindeer farm! The 4-minute YouTube video from the BBC shows the herd and provides some information on the care and management of reindeer.

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum

(www.nutcrackermuseum.com/Video_1.html)

The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is located in the state of Washington and you can take a virtual video “Museum Tour” at their website.

BONUS: Track Santa!

(www.noradsanta.org/)

Where is Santa right now? Find out by visiting this website, sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which is the joint American and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada that was created in 1958. Every year NORAD tracks Santa’s whereabouts so that children throughout the world can determine his location and how close he is to delivering goodies to their house on Christmas Eve.

Virtual Field Trip to Old Ghost Towns

June 25th, 2021

GhostTowns.com – Virtual Field Trip To Ghost Towns

(www.ghosttowns.com/)

All Grades, with parental supervision

Take a virtual field trip to a Ghost Town! This website offers a virtual museum of historic “ghost towns” presented through both a video gallery and a photo gallery

While there are some ghost towns that match the cowboy movie depiction of a deserted town of rickety old buildings bordering a dusty dirt road, where the long-abandoned saloon’s doors creak when the wind blows – this website offers a more realistic view.

Here, you can explore ghost towns that have been revitalized as tourist attractions and offer tours, activities like panning for gold, history museums, shops, and even kid-friendly saloons where you can order Yosemite Sam’s favorite drink – a sarsaparilla soda!

Of course, there are far more ghost towns that are shadows of their former past. Once vibrant and bustling communities, their decayed remains are little more than a blip on a topographical map. Accessing these old ruins (often called “real” ghost towns) can be tricky – so it’s nice that this site provides a way to do it from the comfort of your home computer swivel chair.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some pictures and a menu below it. Click on “Virtual Museum.” A new page opens where you can access the virtual tour of ghost towns via video or photo gallery.

When you’ve finished the virtual tour, explore the rest of this terrific website. If your family would like to visit a ghost town in the United States or Canada in REAL TIME, you’ll find all of the information and resources you need including:

  • How to Locate A Ghost Town
  • How to Read Topographical Maps to Find Ghost Towns
  • Things to Take With You On A Ghost Town Search
  • How to Take Pictures of Ghost Towns
  • And a Glossary of Ghost Town Terminology

This site provides a fascinating way to introduce history of the Old West – and it may inspire some exciting family expeditions!

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