Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Fun Periodic Table of Videos

October 15th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 15, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Periodic Videos

(www.periodicvideos.com/)

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

 

What a find! This website teaches the periodic table with videos!

When you click on an element on the periodic table, it plays a video showing educational experiments and explanations about that element. (Okay, while this site is probably designed for middle school, high school, and beyond, younger children will enjoy seeing some of the experiments. Plus, we’ve found that little kids lap up information about the Periodic Table, so don’t be shy about introducing them to it.)

This is so much fun! Each video is short (up to about 10 minutes) and provides basic information about the featured element, it’s history, and how it is used. You can tell the chemists, who narrate while demonstrating experiments with the various elements, love what they do!

Consider starting with Lithium (Li). It’s very reactive in water and the clip is fun to watch. Then try Hydrogen (H) or Helium (He) to see a big bang! (Careful – kids may be tempted to try this at home, so parental guidance and safety discussions are required.) The Phosphorus (P) video will really amaze your kids when they learn there’s about a pound of this reactive element in their bodies!

The scientists in the lab have a lot fun demonstrating the properties of the elements – and their antics with beakers, Bunsen burners, and bloopers are narrated by mild-mannered professor Martyn Poliakoff who has wonderful, wild, Einstein-ish hair! Some of his descriptions are hilarious – such as when he describes what can be done with Nitrogen (N). (Preview it, as it might alarm younger children.)

Note: We didn’t watch all of the videos. Therefore, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the videos BEFORE showing them to children to determine suitability of content.

The Periodic Table of Videos is educational, fun, and not to be missed!

Multimedia History of American Agriculture

July 11th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, July 11, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Growing A Nation: The Story of American Agriculture

(www.agclassroom.org/gan/index.htm)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 5 and up; children with parental supervision. This was designed for middle and high school classrooms.)

 

This website provides a free multimedia social studies program that explores the history of American agriculture and how it has affected our lives today. It uses digital story telling to engage learners and help them understand that “the history of America is much more than just war battles.”  


When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Explore Multimedia Program – Launch or download the free program that is divided into four lessons delivered through a narrated video presentation (turn on your speakers): 
    • Lesson 1 – 1600-1929, Seeds of Change
    • Lesson 2 – 1930-1949, From Defeat to Victory
    • Lesson 3 – 1950-1969, Prosperity & Challenges
    • Lesson 4 – 1970-Present, Into a New Millennium
    • Classroom Resources – Access pdfs of the instructional units (lessons) along with activities and resources based upon primary source documents. You’ll also find options for assessment.
  • Historical Timeline – Explore the various eras of American agriculture including Economic Cycles, Farm Machinery & Technology, Crops & Livestock, Transportation, Agricultural Trade & Development, and Government Programs & Policy.
  • External Resources – Find more free lessons on agriculture including pest management, water quality, food safety, understanding wetlands and the environment, the history of cotton, cattle ranching, and more.

This program is designed for classroom use to stimulate discussions and promote understanding. There is lots of flexibility in the material that can be tweaked for independent study. It supplements any study of history and meets national standards.

TV SchoolHouse – Social Sciences & More!

June 13th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, June 13, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

TV SchoolHouse

(tvschoolhouse.com/)

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

 

This website offers free, old-time, educational movies for a variety of subjects including social studies and geography!

The creator of this website, Chris Grahl, tried to cover as many of the subject areas he could find videos for. He used old educational films – some are highly informative, while others are just funny. Many fall somewhere in the middle. Most of these movies were made between 1940-1960. You can access them for free on a variety of subjects including: 

  • The Arts
  • Science
  • Home Economics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Health, Safety & Careers
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Teacher’s Lounge

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of choices. Click on a film title and a new screen opens where you can watch the film. Note: You must click on the screenshot to start the movie. 

You’ll be treated to an entertaining educational extravaganza. Watch these with your kids because they will result in lots of laughs, great discussions, and engaging learning opportunities.

Virtual Tour of a Chicken Farm

May 24th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, May 24, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Farm Food 360

(www.farmfood360.ca/en/chickenfarms/chickenfarm/index.html)

Age Range: 9 -18 (Grades 3-12; younger children may enjoy these too, with adult supervision)

 

Take a virtual tour of a family’s chicken farm in Ontario, Canada.

When you get to the site, choose from these tour locations: 

  • The Barn’s Exterior
  • The Empty Barn – Cleaned and Ready for New Chicks
  • See the Day-Old Chicks
  • The Partially Grown Chicks
  • The Fully Grown Chickens
  • The Control Room

Click on the hot spots for more information about each area.

When you are done with those tours, there are videos at the bottom of the home page: 

  • The Life of Chicken Farmers
  • Caring for Chickens
  • Emergency Systems
  • Farm Food Safety
  • Biosecurity

The videos are only about one to two minutes long.

Tornado Science!

August 21st, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 21, 2018, and time for Science  at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Weather Wiz Kids

(www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-tornado.htm)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website designed for kids, a meteorologist describes the science behind tornadoes including what weather conditions are required for them to form. It includes terrific information, pictures, links to free lesson plans, experiments, and more.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page to read the text and see pictures and illustrations that explain what tornadoes are, how they form, and information on weather conditions associated with tornadoes such as: 

  • Funnel Clouds
  • Supercell Thunderstorms
  • Mesocyclones
  • Microbursts
  • Waterspouts
  • Hail
  • Gustnadoes
  • Landspouts
  • Dust Devils

You’ll also learn about the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity and some Tornado Safety Tips. There are also links to FREE LESSON PLANS and Tornado Experiments that will enhance your children’s understanding of this dangerous weather phenomenon.

Discover Minnesota

May 11th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, May 11, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Minnesota DNR: Virtual Tours

(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/virtual_tours.html)

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

 

On May 11, 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the Union. Discover the parks, trails, waterways and more of Minnesota with this page from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

When arriving at today’s link, scroll down the page to locate a destination and then choose from two types of tours: 

  • Panoramic tour – Explore with multiple 360° images. When the window opens, use your mouse or arrow keys to move around the image. Locate the “Pin” in the image to move to the next destination in the park or select an image in the bottom picture strip. There is also drop-down map available at the top of the image to find another location within the park. Hover over the blue dots on the map for the name of the location and click to the image to load. Descriptive text accompanies each image.
  • Snapshot tour – Each tour provides multiple images along with information texts. At the bottom of each tour there are additional links to go to the home page of the location.

In addition to the panoramic and snapshot tours, the following locations also include video tours: 

  • Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
  • Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
  • Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
  • Heartland State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail (Video tour only)
  • Gitchi-Gami State Trail
  • Root River State Trail
  • Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

(Please note that some of the video tours are stored on YouTube, so as always be sure to view prior to allowing children to use the site.)

When you have finished with your tours, use the upper menu to navigate to the Teacher Resources page to find downloadable educational materials. Select the Education & Safety option, then More, then scroll down to the Natural Resources section to locate the Teacher Resources link.

This page makes a nice addition to your state studies resources.

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