Posts Tagged ‘dinosaurs’

Virtually Cruise Historic Route 66!

April 1st, 2022

It’s Friday, April 1, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Roadside Peek: Learn History & Get Your Kicks on Route 66

(www.roadsidepeek.com/)

Grades 5 & up, with parental supervision

One of the great things about a summer road trip is seeing the landscape that reflects our culture through the architecture and signage along the way.

At this website, you can take a virtual journey along old routes and highways (through photographs and text) to see the long-gone, but not forgotten drive-in restaurants, gas stations, motels, neon signs, and tourist traps of the 1950s-1970s.

Many are the roadside haunts of your parents and grandparents – so, ask them to take this nostalgic online tour with you, and I’ll bet they’ll provide some personal and historical perspective for your whole family.

When you get to the site use the menu to explore:

  • Architecture – See examples of Art Deco, Googie (space-age architecture), Tiki Villages and more.
  • Auto Alley – Visit vintage auto showrooms, gas stations, and car washes.
  • Eateries – Check out the burger joints, coffee shops, diners, and hot dog stands of bygone eras – often shaped like the food they served!
  • Entertainment – Explore bowling alleys, drive-in theaters, and skating rinks of yesteryear.
  • Neon – Be dazzled by the neon lights advertising motels, theaters, eateries, and more.
  • Road Icons – Discover roadside attractions that include giant cows, artichokes, and dinosaurs, as well as legendary folk heroes.

You can even explore these memorable roadside stops by regions including the East, Great Plains, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest.

If this makes you want to hop in the car and find your own roadside treasures, be sure to check out RoadsideAmerica.com for an online guide to offbeat tourist attractions.

And don’t forget to take along my book, Carschooling, to entertain the family between roadside attractions.

Dinosaur Fun For Kids!

February 15th, 2022

Kids-Dinosaurs.com: Dinosaurs for Kids

(www.kids-dinosaurs.com/)

Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. This Google-ad-supported website offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults as well.)

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to view:

  • Top Dinosaurs
  • Dino Facts
  • Fun

The site features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more! Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Print and trace your very own dinosaur. And more!

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

Have fun!

Interactive and Engaging Educational Activities for Language Arts & More!

September 1st, 2021

Toy Theater: Free Interactive Educational Website

(toytheater.com/)

Toy Theater is a free educational website with interactive activities in the areas of math, reading, art, music, puzzles, and games. The activities on Toy Theater are designed to apply new media to core curriculum concepts in a way that children will be entertained, engaged, and will absorb the concepts behind the activities

This site offers a multitude of educational activities in various key curriculum areas. Below is a brief taste of what Toy Theater has to offer:

Art

  • Animation Station is a terrific art tool where you can discover the art of animation.
  • Doodle Pad is a fantastic set of virtual crayons.
  • Matisse’s Pieces introduces you to the world of fine artists and gives you the opportunity to create your own collage.

Math

  • Feed Freddy is a fun way to learn symbols, shapes, and patterns.
  • Bowling encourages you to count the pins in groups of ten.
  • Fruit Fall introduces the skill of reading a bar graph.

Reading

  • Road Signs is a tool where you can create and print out your own signs.
  • Action Alphabet displays animations highlighting the letter being explored.

Music

  • Composer is an interactive music activity where you can create your own melody.
  • Drum Beats are a high energy group that allows you to create your own percussion show.

In addition, Toy Theater has a large collection of interactive puzzles and games that highlight skills such as memory building, symbol recognition, and just plain having fun. The Playset is a special place you can create your own virtual toy set using cars, planes, plants, insects, buildings, ships, and dinosaurs.

History Timelines, Maps, Crafts and more

February 18th, 2021

A Book in Time

(www.abookintime.com/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

 

Veteran homeschool mom, Carol Henderson, owns this website that she designed to help other home educators find interesting and fun “real” books about history and social studies along with timelines, maps, craft activities, and interactive history websites with games and more that enhance the study of World History and American History.

When you get to the site, use the menu to find: 

  • History 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.
  • History 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 the purchase of materials to do the craft, which are linked to this site’s affiliates.
  • Online Games – 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 includes suggested grade levels from Kindergarten through High School. The site is well-maintained: we only found a few links that led to error messages which is unusual for a site with so much content.

ABookInTime.com is a fabulous resource for finding books and activities to supplement learning about history. You’ll want to return often.

Dinosaurs for Kids

May 12th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, May 12, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Dinosaurs for Kids

(www.kids-dinosaurs.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

There is just something about dinosaurs that really appeals to children. This Google-ad-supported website offers all kinds of free information on dinosaurs – and it’s designed just for kids. (Non-readers will need assistance. Aspects of this site will appeal to older students and adults as well.)

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Then use the menu on the left side of the page to view:  

  • Top Dinosaurs
  • Dino Facts
  • Fun

The site features early dinosaurs, large and small meat eaters, plant eaters, bird-footed dinosaurs, armored dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and more! Play an assortment of dinosaur-themed games. Print and trace your very own dinosaur. And more!

This site holds lots of virtual treasures for your family’s budding paleontologist.

Museum Quality History Lessons & Activities

January 23rd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 23, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Show Me

(www.show.me.uk/)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 2-9 approximately, but there’s something for everyone here; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers an incredible array of games, stories, activities, and information about historical topics gleaned from museums and galleries throughout the United Kingdom that are engaging and fun.

When you get to the site, click on the big red box that says “Everything” to see the topics including: 

  • Games
  • Collections
  • Places
  • Curious
  • Art
  • Dinosaurs
  • History
  • Science
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Literature

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. You can also sort by type including: 

  • Collections
  • Stuff to Read
  • Events
  • Exhibitions
  • Games
  • Videos
  • Websites
  • Places

This site, all by itself, provides enough material to satisfy any world history curriculum – and it’s so much more engaging than a textbook.

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