Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Video History of Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2010

Hi! It’s Thursday, February 11, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
History.com: History of Valentine’s Day

At this website you can learn all about the history of Valentine’s Day and the history of things related to Valentine’s Day by watching a free selection of interesting and entertaining videos.

When you get to the site, look for the headline, “Watch Valentine’s Day Videos.”  There is a video menu below it that includes:

  • Valentine’s Day — Learn about the real St. Valentine and how Febraury 14th became a day for expressing love to family and friends.
  • History of the Valentine — You’ll see an interesting display of Valentine cards from the first recorded example in 1806 to today.
  • How Is Chocolate Made? — Watch a video of the chocolate manufacturing process at the Hershey plant in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

How to Write a Letter

February 10th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, February 10, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Here are some websites that will inspire your kids to learn to write a letter…

Recommended Website:
Suite101.com: Valentine Letter Writing

Age Range: 4-14 (There are 3 websites included in this review; age range varies.)

This website offers a free lesson plan for classroom teachers on how to teach letter writing to students using Valentine’s Day as inspiration. It includes a basic outline of the traditional letter format, along with suggestions for brainstorming what to write about and who the recipient should be. (It suggests sending “love” letters to parents, siblings, and grandparents.)

You’ll notice that the article refers to the free “Valentine Remailingprogram offered by the post office in Loveland, Colorado. If you send your pre-addressed and stamped valentines to the post office in Loveland, Colorado they will mail them with a “Loveland” postmark. Cards and letters were due by February 9th to guarantee delivery by Valentine’s Day. Don’t despair! Your Valentine may enjoy a love-letter postmarked “Loveland” – even if it is a little late. This remailing program is available year-round. Learn more at the Loveland website.

Oh! There’s more! Loveland also offers a free “Email Valentine Remailing” program – and it’s not too late to send your sweetie an eValentine with a “LoveWithLoveland.com” email address. Get the instructions and send an eValentine today!

These things may inspire your students to write a letter. If they need a little more information on how to write a proper letter here’s a website that provides free step-by-step instruction for grades PreK-6:

Teach Your Child How To Write A Letter

Valentine Math

February 8th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Monday, February 8, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Googol Learning: Valentine Math

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9)

At this website you’ll find all kinds of free valentine-themed math activities that explore concepts from symmetry to Fibonnaci and beyond for students of all ages. When you get to the site indulge in the sweet math menu that invites you to:

  • Explore measurements and temperature by making your own chocolate candy.
  • Graph your favorite chocolate bars and experiment with fractions as you divide them among your friends.
  • Use Sweetheart candies for counting, sorting, grouping, and estimation exercises.
  • Figure out the area and perimeter of a circle and square using common cinnamon heart candies.
  • Explore a variety of candy math lessons for grades 1-9.
  • Plot latitude and longitude in a game of Valentine Candy Battleship.
  • Make a symmetrical heart and calculate its perimeter.
  • Get a free printable set of multiplication flash cards for the times tables 2-13.
  • Discover your own heart’s resting rate and find out how much blood it pumps.
  • Use a formula (or algorithm) to calculate the number of hugs you’ll receive in February.
  • Solve some Valentine’s Day math word problems.

Then, explore the archive of links to even more Valentine’s Day math lessons, problems, quizzes, crafts, games, and more!

Don’t miss the rest of the fantastic GoogolPower.com website. You won’t believe the free math resources this site has in store for you!

Valentine’s Day Crafts & Learning Activities

February 6th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 6, 2010 and time for Art at ClickSchooling
  
Valentine’s Day is coming and I wanted to share with you a couple of terrific resources (if I do say so myself) for art, crafts, and much more that are available on my websites… 
  
Recommended Website: 
Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12) 
  
At Homefires.com, you’ll find a terrific, free “chocolate curriculum” by veteran homeschool mom, Fran Wisniewski, that not only links to the best sites on the web for exploring the history and science of chocolate, but includes fun, artistic, and creative activities with chocolate that your whole family will enjoy!  
 
  
Recommended Website: 
Age Range: 2-5 (Pre-K – and fun for the whole family!)
 
Check out our Valentine’s Day book list, fun poems, stories, and songs.  Get instructions for “Stinky Valentine’s”, Paper Plate Valentine People, and make your own Valentine Mailbox. Click links to free valentine printables and coloring pages and tons of valentine art and craft projects. Learn how to make valentine pancakes, heart-shaped sandwiches, pizza, and hamburgers.  Find out how to play the game, “Hugs and Kisses.”

Sweethearts Candy Factory Tour

January 29th, 2010

 

Hi!  It’s Friday, January 29, 2009 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Necco: Sweethearts Factory Tour

Age Range: 5-105 (Non-readers will need assistance.)
 
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. I’ve been seeing the boxed “Sweethearts” candies with the tiny valentine messages printed on them in the grocery store check-out line. I thought it might be fun to learn how they are made.

At the Necco Candy website you can take a free virtual tour (through photographs and text) to see how “Sweethearts” are manufactured. Not only that, you can take a tour to see how Necco Wafers and Haviland Thin Mints are made as well!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of all three tours. Click on the tour of interest and a new screen opens where you can follow the virtual tour.

Once you’ve take the tours, click on “Fun and Learning” on the menu to access research for school projects and reports, games, quizzes, and recipes.

Virtual Tours of Chocolate Factories!

February 9th, 2007

Recommended Websites:

Valentine’s Day is coming and I thought it would be fun to feature a number of websites that offer virtual tours of chocolate factories. All of the following websites offer information on the history of chocolate too. But if you want an in-depth lesson, visit the Exploratorium website where you can indulge in “The Sweet Science of Chocolate.”

And don’t miss Homefires’ “A Valentine’s Day Chocolate Curriculum” by Fran Wisniewski with all kinds of links to the history and science of chocolate along with chocolate literature suggestions, movies and videos about chocolate, and some fun chocolate activities — great for you unit-study folks!

We’ve also put together lots of fun chocolate learning activities for little ones at UniversalPreschool.com.

And now, what you’ve been waiting for….

CHOCOLATE FACTORY VIRTUAL TOURS:

Hershey’s Chocolate Factory

At this site you get 2 options for a virtual tour of the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory — you can take a tour through text and photos, or you can take a video tour. Learn all about chocolate from cocoa bean to candy bar. Hershey maintains an amazing factory town in Hershey, Pennsylvania that you can visit in real time.

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Scharffen Berger Dark Chocolate Factory

This site provides a virtual tour of the dark gourmet chocolate factory in Berkeley, California through photographs and text. Learn about the history of the company and chocolate production.

Scharffen Berger offers free public tours and private groups tours of the chocolate factory.

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Cadbury Chocolate Factory Tour

Cadbury offers an animated virtual tour of their chocolate making process that includes how they make their famous chocolate Easter eggs and chocolate bars.

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory

Ghirardelli provides a short but terrific photo-and-text tour of the chocolate making process from bean to bar. If you are ever in San Francisco you can visit their flagship store and soda fountain at Ghirardelli Square (near Fisherman’s Wharf).
At the store you can see the original chocolate making equipment in operation.

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CocoaPro.com

Really, this is the best site on the net about chocolate — could it be I feel that way because they list the health benefits of chocolate? Learn all about the antioxidant properties of chocolate while watching fabulous videos of the history of chocolate, how it’s made (from bean to bar), the sustainability of cocoa farming in the rainforest, and play an interactive game featuring the favorite cocoa drink of Aztec warriors.

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CHOCOLATE SITES WITHOUT FACTORY TOURS:

See’s Candies

See’s Candies is a well-known chocolate company, but unfortunately they don’t offer real or virtual tours of their candy-making process at their website — almost inconceivable since they are practically in Silicon Valley! Oh well, until they catch up with the wonders of modern technology you can read about the history of the company at their website — and buy their candy online.

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Godiva

This European chocolatier doesn’t offer a virtual tour, but you can read the company’s history and check out the “Chocolate Lover’s Timeline” that provides a history of chocolate through the ages.

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Joseph Schmidt Confections

While this site does not contain a factory tour, it does contain a too-brief photo gallery of the amazing chocolate sculptures of Joseph Schmidt. The man is an artist and chocolate is his medium. You won’t believe what he can craft from chocolate — it’s a shame his works of chocolate art get eaten.

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M&Ms Chocolate Candies

You can’t talk chocolate without mentioning M&Ms. Learn all about the sweet success of this candy that started out as a snack food for military personnel.

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DISCLAIMER: If you decide to view any of these websites, ClickSchooling is not responsible for the chocolate cravings that may ensue. You may want to have a chocolate bar, morsel, or cup of cocoa on hand to enjoy during your virtual tours. :)

Have fun!

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