Posts Tagged ‘vision’

Learn the History of Farming – and more!

January 30th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, January 30, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Farming History

(livinghistoryfarm.org/farming-history/)

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

 

This website is a companion to a real “Living History Farm” in Nebraska, where you and your children can learn about the history of agriculture in America and how technology has changed it.

You can also learn about the man, David Wessels, whose estate made possible his vision of a Living History Farm. One of his major concerns was “that today’s kids – both urban and rural – have almost no idea how farmers went from essentially a medieval system of plowing with horses to huge tractors run by computers with global positioning systems and air conditioned cabs.” 

The story told at the website, goes back to Native Americans who first cultivated the fields, through the first European immigrants staking out the prairie ground, to boom and bust cycles, and then the incredible technological innovations of the 20th Century. 

When you get to the site you’ll find information on: 

  • Farming in the 1920’s
  • Farming in the 30’s
  • Farming in the 40’s
  • Farming in the 50’s
  • 70’s to Today

You’ll see videos and or graphics and sound for each, along with links to these categories: 

  • Farm Life
  • Making Money
  • Water
  • Machines
  • Crops
  • Pests & Weeds
  • World Events

Listen to interviews on many aspects of farming history as well.

Also, on the left side bar, be sure to check out the link for Ted Kooser – podcasts from a former U.S. Poet Laureate. And the video link has all the videos in one place.

The Living History Farm seeks to educate everyone about the role agriculture plays in providing nourishment to the world. If you can’t make it to Nebraska to explore the farm in real time, this is the next best thing.

The Science and History of Color

August 10th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 10, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color Matters for Kids

(https://colormatters.com/color-resources/color-matters-for-kids)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, real-life Color Professor Jill Morton, provides kids with information about the science, history, and symbolism of color

The topics are quite unusual and include: 

  • How Animals See Color – Explanations and actual photographs that demonstrate what you see and what your dog sees.
  • Why Are School Buses Yellow? – Enjoy a brief discussion of “true yellow” and some facts about the color yellow you might not have known.
  • Look Inside the Eye – Find out how cones and rods in the eye’s retina determine the colors that humans, insects, birds and animals see.
  • Colors & What You Wear – What do you know about the colors of pink and blue? Find out what colors mean in different cultures.
  • And more

When you are through exploring the kids’ section of the site, use the menu to explore color in depth. Professor Morton provides the sum total of every color course she’s ever taught and all the research she’s conducted on this site that is a continuation of her passion for color. You’ll find out how color affects:

  • Symbolism
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • The Body
  • Vision
  • Science
  • And more!

Explore the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 11th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 11, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The King Center

(www.thekingcenter.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the pages of this website.

Use the upper menu to navigate through pages to discover: 

  • An overview of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A brief biography of Coretta Scott King
  • The Archive
  • Share your dreams and read the dreams of others.

We found the Archive provides the meat of the website with a searchable thematic database of documents, photos, and more. Browsing themes include: 

  • Dr. King the Scholar
  • Economics
  • Global Vision
  • Letters from Children
  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • Notable Sermons
  • Political
  • Public Opinion
  • Recurring Messages
  • Telegrams
  • Vietnam
  • And much more.

Once a topic has been selected, a collage of related items populates on the page. Select an item in the collage to open it and examine it closer. On the left sidebar there is more information about the item. Use the zoom tool on the right to take a closer look, and, if there are more views for an item, use the navigation above the item to move back and forth through the images.


Please note that per the information on the website: “The images in the digital archives are true representations of the items housed in The King Center Archive collection. Nothing has been censored or redacted from the original documents. Search terms and results are a reflection of the content of the images. Images appear that may be disturbing or offensive to a user. User discretion is advised.”

Explore Presidential Inaugurations

January 5th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 5, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Our White House – Presidential Inaugurations

(ourwhitehouse.org/history-civics/inaugurations/)

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

 

On January 20, a new President will be inaugurated. Dig into the history and the process involved in US Presidential Inaugurations. Part of the larger “Our White House Looking In, Looking Out” website from The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, this portion of the site provides interesting facts and activities to engage students’ interest in the presidency, elections, and inaugurations.

On this opening page, there are links and explanations to the meat of the material. There is even a downloadable “Our White House Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids!” PDF to use offline in your classroom.

Topics explored include: 

  • Why Are Presidential Inaugurations Held on January 20th?
  • The Presidential Oath of Office
  • Americans Love a Parade
  • United by Voice and Vision: Thomas Jefferson’s First Inauguration, March 4, 1801
  • Come One, Come All! How Technology Transformed Inauguration Day
  • Inaugural Activities and Discussion Questions
  • Great Presidential Inauguration Websites

But the learning doesn’t stop with this one topic. This website has a lot more to offer. Use the upper menu to explore more about the White House, Presidents, First Ladies, Voting Rights, Campaigns and Elections, and so much more so bookmark this website to come back to time after time.

Mad Scientist Experiments for All Ages

January 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, January 3, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab: Experiments

(reekoscience.com/category/science-experiments)

Age Range: All (There’s something for everyone here with parental assistance and supervision.)

 

This ad-supported website is a treasure trove of free, fun, and fascinating science experiments that will bring out the “mad scientist” in everyone.

When you get to the site, there are 9 pages of science experiments that you can click on directly. Or you can hover your mouse over “Science Experiments” and click on the category of interest: 

  • Atomic/Electric
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Chemistry Experiments
  • Cohesion
  • Flotation
  • Geometry and Math
  • Inertia/Momentum
  • Light and Vision
  • Miscellaneous Science Experiments
  • Motion/Energy
  • Pressure
  • Sound and Vibrations

You’ll find a complete description of the experiment, instructions on how to conduct it, and a list of the materials you will need. You also get an explanation of the scientific principles that govern the experiment.

From the traditional experiments of science fairs such as making a volcano or a lemon battery, to more unusual projects like making a cloud in a bottle or starting a fire with water – your whole family will have fun learning from the science activities at this site.

Don’t miss the “Fun Stuff” section where you will find puzzles, fun activities using encrypted messages, games, and science trivia.

Bookmark this site for access to science learning year ’round!

Free Science Curriculum from Museum of Vision

November 1st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, November 1, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Vision

(museumofvision.org/education/)

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

 

This website is sponsored by the Museum of Vision that has helped educate people of all ages about the eye, vision, and the history of eye care for more than 30 years.

The Museum of Vision has published on its website curriculum guides which focus on the human eye, perspective and how the brain processes images like optical illusions and 3-D.

When you get to the site you’ll see the guides that are in .pdf files:

  • Healthy Eyes, Healthy Body – Designed for parents and educators to use when teaching children about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for their whole body
  • Eye Openers – Describes the basic concepts of vision, anatomy of the eye, optical illusions, binocular vision, etc.
  • Animal Eyes – The animal kingdom is full of amazing eyes. Discover eyes that look like yours, and eyes that are wildly different. Join scientists on their exciting quest to understand how animals actually see.
  • Art & Vision – Describes how artists create the illusion of 3-dimensions by exploring the basic concepts of vision, size scaling, overlapping, atmospheric perspective and linear perspective.

Click on any one and the .pdf file opens to reveal a well-formatted education guide with interesting text and colorful photos and illustrations. You can review it online or print it out to use offline. Every guide provides interesting discussion points and fun interactive activities. Then take a quiz – Discover your Eye Q!

In addition to the free guides, this website houses online exhibits. From the menu at the top, choose Exhibitions. A new page opens with a menu of online exhibits to explore.

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