Posts Tagged ‘virtual tour’

Discover our Centennial President – Benjamin Harrison

October 15th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, October 15, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

(bhpsite.org/learn/benjamin-harrison/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Visit today’s website to learn all about our 23rd president, also known as the centennial president because he was inaugurated 100 years after George Washington.

Born August 20, 1833, Benjamin Harrison came from a long line of famous politicians. Great-grandson of founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Harrison V, and grandson of our 9th president, William Henry Harrison, a.k.a. “Old Tippecanoe”, he had big shoes to fill. Using the links on the left hand side bar, dig into the life and times of Benjamin Harrison and discover: 

  • The early years
  • His Civil War service
  • His life as a lawyer
  • His presidency
  • His wives
  • And more

Along with concise articles and interesting image galleries, there is a brief audio recording of the president and a quick virtual tour of his home on Delaware Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Add this website to your list for presidential studies.

Virtual Tour of Latex Balloon Factory

October 9th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, October 9, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Balloon Headquarters

(www.balloonhq.com/faq/making.html)

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

 

Ever wonder how latex and Mylar balloons are made? You can find out by taking a virtual field trip to this site.

When you get there scroll down a little and you can read a general overview and some Q&A’s about how balloons are manufactured. There are some photographs that help illustrate the text. You will discover how balloons are molded, how the rolled lip is formed, how they are colored and imprinted, and there is even information on how to make latex balloons at home! (Parental supervision is required!)

But don’t stop with the tour. This site has all kinds of fascinating and educational information about balloons (some more appropriate for high school level and beyond). When you finish the “tour” click on “The Guide” on the menu at the top of the screen. Look under the headline: The How’s and Why’s of Balloons. You will see a menu that offers: 

  • How balloons are made – click on it to repeat the tour.
  • How helium-filled balloons float – includes a discussion of “Archimedes’ Principle.”
  • How balloons pop – an in-depth discussion of the effects of static electricity on balloons, an engineer’s explanation of stress on balloons, the molecule arrangement of balloons, and much more.
  • Balloon Science 101 – includes science discussion about balloons from the simple to the highly technical (for example: Stupid Human Tricks with balloons to Entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics as applied to latex).
  • Balloons and Teaching – A complete 6-week sample curriculum that covers balloon safety, twisting balloons, connecting balloons, making balloon sculptures, hats, and critters – and some interesting suggestions/experiments with balloons and dry ice.

You can also read all about the history of balloons and much more! This is a delightful site for the balloon aficionado in your family. 


We also found a YouTube video of how balloons are made. Be sure to have a gross of balloons handy – the urge to inflate and pop will be overwhelming!

Virtual Tour of the Butchart Gardens

October 2nd, 2020

 

It’s Friday, October 2, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Butchart Gardens

(www.butchartgardens.com/a-virtual-visit/)

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

 

Visit the incredible Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada with this website that offers a free virtual tour! To really appreciate the gardens it’s helpful to know some history about them.

In 1888, Robert Butchart manufactured cement near limestone deposits on Vancouver Island where he and his family lived. As his business exhausted the limestone in the quarry near their home, Mrs. Butchart came up with the idea of transforming the abandoned quarry into a spectacular “Sunken Garden.” She had top soil hauled in and began the renovation.

The Butcharts were world travelers and it influenced the design of their gardens. They created a Japanese Garden with Koi pond, transformed a tennis court into an Italian Garden, and planted a spectacular Rose Garden. Mr. Butchart collected birds from all over the world and had elaborate bird houses constructed throughout the gardens. They decorated their garden with artifacts including bronze castings.

The renown of the Butchart Gardens spread. Today, close to a million people visit annually, enjoying the year-round display of floral beauty created from over 900 varieties of plants.

From the menu, choose: 

  • Sunken Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Italian Garden
  • Mediterranean Garden
  • and more

So much color and beauty in one place!

Saddle Up for Discovery of a Horse Farm

August 28th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, August 28, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

4-H Horse Farm Virtual Tour

(www.sites.ext.vt.edu/virtualfarm/equine/equine.html)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Saddle up your virtual horses and take an entertaining and educational field trip to a horse farm.

Sponsored by the Virginia Horse Industry Board and presented by the 4-H Virtual Farm, stops along your journey include: 

  • Visit a Horse Farm – View video interviews with horse farm owner.
  • Virginia is for Horses – Test your knowledge of Virginia horse trivia with this interactive quiz.
  • Horse of a Different Color – See the different horse colorings by name.
  • Carousel of Breeds – Using a revolving merry-go-round, select a horse to learn more about the breed.
  • Dusty the Dingy Pony – Clean up a virtual pony using the proper grooming tool with this interactive game.
  • Saddle Savvy – Learn the difference between an English Saddle and Western Saddle.
  • Horsing Around – With this interactive game, examine the anatomy of a horse.
  • 4-H Horse Show – Enjoy these video demonstrations of riding and showing styles.
  • Chincoteague Pony Dreams – Join Mallory on her trip to Chincoteague and learn about the ponies and the pony swim from a Salt Water Cowboy.
  • Whoa! What’s this? – Learn the language and vocabulary of the horse world.

Through the use of videos, interactive games and explorations, horse lovers of all ages will enjoy easily grazing through this colorful website. 

Explore Yellowstone National Park

August 7th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, August 7, 2020, and time for a Virtual Tour at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yellowstone National Park

(www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/index.htm)

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

 

Put on your virtual hiking boots and explore Yellowstone National Park through hundreds of pictures, videos, and webcams.

Part of the larger National Park Service website, when you arrive at the featured page, click one of the image links for Photo Gallery, Sounds, Videos, Virtual Tours, or Webcams. On these pages you will find:

  • Photo Gallery – Campgrounds; Canyons and Rivers; Lakes and Ponds; Old Faithful Webcam Photos; and more
  • Sounds – Sound Library; Telemetry; Audio Postcards; and more
  • Videos – Experience Yellowstone; Upper Geyser Basin Tour; Archived Live Ranger Talks; and more
  • Virtual Tours – Video Walks; Map-Based Tours; and Story Maps
  • Webcams – one live-streaming and eight static webcams of the area

When you are finished taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of Yellowstone, check out the “Educators” option located under “Learn & Explore” in the menu section for materials to complement your virtual visit to Yellowstone Park.

This website provides a thorough and memorable virtual visit to America’s first national park and one of its most beloved natural treasures.

Explore the Life and Work of M.C. Escher

June 19th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, June 19, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour: M.C. Escher – Life and Work

(https://www.nga.gov/features/slideshows/mc-escher-life-and-work.html)

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

 

The National Gallery of Art sponsors this site that offers a virtual tour of the artwork of M.C. Escher

If your students have studied math tessellations they may have been introduced to some of Escher’s work already – as he used patterns of interlocking forms and architectural mazes in his artwork. He also created unusual spatial effects by drawing a picture from different perspectives, for instance, looking up and down at the same time. Escher really contributed to the idea of metamorphosis drawing where one shape or object turns into something completely different. This tour offers examples of all of these aspects of his work and most kids will find the “morph” prints and drawings especially fascinating.

When you get to the site you can read the “Overview” for a biography and explanation of Escher’s work. Then click on the right arrow to view all of the many works in this virtual gallery. Each piece of art comes with a text explanation that helps the viewer to appreciate what they are looking at.

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