Posts Tagged ‘history’

Learn about the kazoo!

January 25th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, January 25, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Eden Kazoo Factory & Museum

(www.edenkazoo.com/history.php)

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

 

Tuesday, January 28th, is National Kazoo Day! At this website, you can read about the history of METAL kazoos, developed in 1840 in Macon, Georgia.


Learn how the device was patented and manufactured by The Original American Kazoo Company.

Also check out the National Kazoo Day website and watch a cute 4-minute video about the history of the kazoo, read an extended history of the kazoo and see other links related to the kazoo.

And here is a video that shows aspects of the PLASTIC kazoo manufacturing process at the Beaufort Kazoo Factory.
 
Of course, this info is likely to lead to a strong desire to play the kazoo. It’s a fun musical instrument that even young children can learn to play. All you have to do is start humming, place the kazoo in your mouth, and the humming turns into kazoo music.
 
By the way, you can purchase inexpensive plastic kazoos at most toy stores, or get them at Kazoobie Kazoos.

Photographic Tour of State Parks

January 24th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, January 24, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Photographic Tour of State Parks

(www.usgs.gov/science-support/osqi/yes/national-parks/)

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

 

At this website you can take “a photographic and informative tour” of the U.S. National Parks – from Arches to Zion! The photos highlight the geology and natural history of the parks.

When you get to the site, choose the area of the country you’d like to view: 

  • Four Corners Region
  • Northwest
  • Hawaii
  • Southwest
  • Upper-Midwest
  • Northeast
  • Southeast

Click on the area of choice and a new page opens with a list of parks in that area. Then each park has beautiful photographs, a map and text. And each has a Learn More button to dig deeper.

This is a terrific resource for budding geologists – and offers a great way to visit our national parks without leaving home!

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.

Math History, Humor and more

January 20th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, January 20, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Academy/Platonic Realms

(www.mathacademy.com/pr/index.asp)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This amazing, ICRA-certified (G-rated) website was produced by a handful of math and math education graduate students in Boulder Creek, CO. There is all kinds of FREE content that is highly accessible to all ages, from kindergarten to university student and beyond!

Each day, there are new items in the following categories: 

  • Mathematics quote of the day! (And an archive of previous quotes).
  • Daily Challenge: This comes with a hint, and you can also view the previous day’s problem and solution.
  • Historical Note: Learn a surprising fact about the history of mathematics!
  • Math Humor – In the left column under “graffiti” you’ll find new jokes each day! Because this site is designed for *all* levels of mathematics, some of the jokes are easier for everyone to “get,” while other more mystifying ones might just be good incentive to keep learning more math! (Parents, as always, should preview the jokes to determine suitability.)

In addition to the daily features, there is an enormous math encyclopedia. Many of the encyclopedia entries are supplemented by free “prime articles.” Be sure not to miss, for example, Zeno’s Paradox, Fibonacci sequence, and Story problems (how to solve)!

Please note: Some of the links on this site did not work; however, there is enough information here to keep you busy for a long time.

Explore History through Timelines

January 16th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 16, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore History through Timelines

(www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Lovers of timelines will thoroughly enjoy this simple-to-navigate and ultra-informative website.


Using the two sidebar navigation tools, hone in on the points of history you wish to survey. Discover the people and events covering a time span of 3,000 years. This website allows visitors to explore not only the events in history, but also the people and places of history. In addition to timelines for general history, events, and people, specific topics covered include: 

  • Science
  • Culture
    • Artists
    • Music
    • Writers
  • Religion
  • Politics

Once you have selected a particular timeline to view using the left-hand side bar, narrow down your timeframe using the right-hand sidebar. The entries within the timelines are clickable, providing additional topical information on the right hand sidebar.

In addition to the timelines, there is a selection of maps to geographically envision the seven periods of world history: 

  • Early Civilizations
  • Greek Colonization
  • Rome & Han China
  • Barbarian Invasions
  • Expansion of Islam
  • Mongol Empires
  • A.D. 1500-1800

An online, comprehensive, 250 chapter history text written by Frank Smitha that complements HyperHistory is also available for free through the link “Book Text”. (Please note that the “Book Text” link takes you to an external ad-supported website.)

Timelines are a valuable resource for putting history into perspective and you will find yourself bookmarking this site to come back to time after time.

Virtual Field Trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa

January 10th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, January 10, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo Gallery

(www.towerofpisa.org/leaning-tower-of-pisa-photos/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision; younger children and non-readers will need assistance from mom or dad.)

 

Learn all about the famous “Leaning Tower of Pisa” located in Italy with these photos and facts.

Built in 1173 as a bell tower for a cathedral, it began its unintentional incline during construction. There have been ongoing efforts over the centuries to shore up the tower and save it from toppling over. When you get to the site, click on a photo and then scroll through the different pictures of the tower and the area. Then check out the top menu to learn more: 

  • Facts
  • Campo dei Miracoli
  • History
  • Historical Facts
  • and more!

We also found this website. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa in 360!

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