Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

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!

Explore the World with Videos

April 16th, 2021

ProjectExplorer.org

(www.projectexplorer.org/kids-home)

Grades 3-12, with parental supervision

 

Bring the world to your classroom with the educational videos and material at this website from the non-profit organization, ProjectExplorer.

When arriving at today’s link, select your grade level then choose your desired location from across the world. A sampling of the video tours include: 

  • The song and dance of South Africa
  • A sugar shack in Canada to see how maple syrup is made
  • Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia
  • Teotihuácan pyramid in Mexico
  • Caves of Belize
  • See the Orang Utans in the Singapore Zoo
  • The food of Mumbai, India
  • Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica
  • The Caspian Sea
  • The BBC in England
  • And so much more.

Each video tour is accompanied by a diary-like entry providing more details and information.

To access the teacher lesson plans, you will need to register for free. Once you have confirmed your registration, select the “For Teachers & Parents” link in the drop-down upper menu. Then you can search for lesson plans by country or by subject. Lesson plans include objects, standards and benchmarks, rubrics, worksheets and more.

Bookmark this website to come back to time and again to supplement your geography and social studies.

Delve into the Works of Shakespeare

April 14th, 2021

Shakespeare Online

(www.shakespeare-online.com/)

Grades 7-12, with parental supervision

 

This website offers all of Shakespeare’s works online along with articles and analysis of his life and works – and much more.

The site is produced by Amanda Mabillard who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alberta in Canada and focused on Shakespeare and Renaissance political philosophy in both undergraduate and graduate school. She also was the Shakespeare Guide on About.com, so some of her articles link to material posted there.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured content in the center of the screen. Scroll down to “Why Study Shakespeare”? to start.

Back at the top, use the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis, plots, a biography of Shakespeare scholars, and a fun selection of Shakespeare quizzes.

Use the menu on the right side of the screen to get the answer to the trivia question of the day, see the featured quote, the word of the week, and more.

The content here is comprehensive and a terrific resource for homeschooling families. Bookmark this one so you can return often.

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.

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