This month, we’re excited to bring to your attention not one, but two new segments on the history of The Space Race! Episode 4 of History In A Nutshell is ready for viewing! We also have news about the South Carolina African American History Calendar. And we simply couldn’t allow the holidays to arrive without a reminder of all the ways that students can stay engaged in learning—all through the holidays—on Knowitall!
NEW ON KNOWITALL
Episode 4 of History In A Nutshell - The Space Race
In the late 1950's, and throughout the 1960's, the U.S. was in the middle of The Cold War with the Soviet Union. Both sides tried to out-perform one another in every way, including scientific advancements and setting records. The Soviet Union had kicked off the "Space Race" when they launched the first man-made satellite called "Sputnik." In this episode of History In A Nutshell, follow the events leading up to the U.S. landing on the moon; from test pilots and Project Mercury, through Gemini and the Apollo program!
- The Space Race Part 1: The Early Days and Project Mercury
- The Space Race Part 2: Gemini and Apollo
- A Photo Gallery is also available.
South Carolina African American History Calendar
Also premiering in December will be the first of a series of monthly biographies, highlighting each of the honorees featured in the 2019 South Carolina African American History Calendar. In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education, South Carolina ETV will publish the biographies and a video profile on each of the honorees. The biographies will be published about one week prior to the first of each month on both the Knowitall blog and the ETV Education blog.
The honorees are chosen for their accomplishments and for the impact they’ve had on African American history and culture in the past, present, and future.
The cover of this year’s calendar features artist Johnathan Green’s “Breath of Freedom.” The painting is a depiction of the crowd outside the Charleston Federal Courthouse during the Briggs v. Elliott trial, during which Judge Julius Waring’s famous quote set the foundation for Brown v. Board of Education. Inside, 13 additional stories of inspiration and dedication paint their own pictures of perseverance, resolve and extraordinary achievements.
The 2019 Calendar is available now! Please visit the 2019 South Carolina African American History Calendar website and download the calendar!
THIS MONTH ON KNOWITALL
On Knowitall, we have Activities that you can take with you just about anywhere because many have been upgraded to work on mobile devices. Try them out!
If you have goggles, try out our VRs on Let’s Go!
- Please note: Some of our interactives are still accessible only in Flash. For these resources, please use a desktop computer. We will make note of these resources below.
- For interactives that work on your tablet, be sure to visit the Activities (Tablet-Friendly) Collection.
A comprehensive web-based experience for students, covering the visual and performing arts. Students will learn art history via animated one-minute movies, be guided on how to closely examine important works of art, and view videos of professional artists at work.
- Dance - The Studio section requires Flash. Please view on a desktop computer.
- Media Arts
- Music - The Studio section requires Flash. Please view on a desktop computer.
- Painting - The Studio section requires Flash. Please view on a desktop computer.
- Sculpture - The Studio section requires Flash. Please view on a desktop computer.
- Theater - The Studio section requires Flash. Please view on a desktop computer.
In Artopia - The Theater - the Costume Shop is now available on your tablet!
In Artopia - The Theater - The Stage, the Sound Studio is now available on your tablet!
This resource introduces Gullah culture and language to children, and each story features both English and Gullah versions.
*These stories from Gullah Tales have been converted and will now play on all mobile devices in English and Gullah!
You can also view the Videos in both English and Gullah.
And be sure to visit and sing along with Gullah Music!
Aunt Pearlie Sue and Reverend Leroy take you on a musical journey!
*Please use your desktop for these resources, as they have not yet been upgraded.
Learn how to use a compound microscope and a dissecting microscope.
- Balloon Blast *Now available on your mobile device!
Learn how velocity and distance work in this balloon blast game. A catapult is a military device that was used in ancient and medieval times to hurl stones, spears, and other objects. There were many different types of catapults developed and used throughout history. The most well-known catapult is the bucket catapult, which used a winched down - arm with a bucket on the end to toss objects. The catapult used in our Balloon Blast game is called a trebuchet.
Choose and customize a rocket. Launch your rocket and learn about Newton's Laws.
*Please view on a desktop computer, as this resource has not yet been upgraded.
A virtual community of workplaces designed to give students an interactive job exploration experience that connects school work to real work. Each area includes History, Job Play activities, Work Zone and Real People at work. Be sure to start with the History area, then proceed to Job Play, then to Real People, and finally to the Work Zone area while you’re in each work site!
* Some of the Job Play areas have not yet been upgraded for mobile devices. Please use a desktop computer for these activities.
In Kids Work! - Hospital - Medical Lab Technician is now available for your tablet!
In Kids Work! - Theater - Lighting Designer is now available for your tablet!
Tour some of South Carolina’s most interesting historical sites! View VRs using VR Goggles, such as a Google Cardboard or a Samsung Gear VR. Instructions are available in each section below:
- H.L. Hunley Museum
- Historic Brattonsville
- Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
- Powder Magazine
- South Carolina State House
- USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point
- Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Students learn about these topics and scientific principles while having fun!
- Brain Teasers
- Common Causes of Household Odors
- How Sound Travels
- Hurricane Basics
- Invention Timeline
- Light and Color
- Lightning and Static
- Matter and Molecules
- Parts of an Airplane
- Plate Movements – Convergent
- Plate Movements – Divergent
- Plate Movements – Lateral
- Scattering Light
- Sense of Smell
- Understanding Electricity
- Using NASA Technology to Track Hurricanes
- Wave Traits
- Word Jumble
The story of South Carolina's cultural and natural landscape as told by its rivers. RiverVenture will take you on a virtual "float-trip" across South Carolina, following the Saluda, the Congaree, the Santee, the Cooper, and the Catawba Rivers.
*RiverVenture is currently available on your desktop only. We hope to upgrade this resource in the future.
Students learn about the people and events, and the importance of the civil rights movement in South Carolina from the 1940s to the early 1970s.
Take a virtual field trip to a South Carolina Cove Forest.
Cove forests are unique ecosystems found exclusively in North America, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of the United States. They are a special type of forest known as mixed deciduous, meaning that forest's trees lose their leaves in fall. Cove forests are restricted to mountain "coves," which are bowl-shaped valleys with very rich, fertile, damp soil. Many cove forests have streams wandering through part of the forest. The cove forests of the South exhibit the greatest plant and tree diversity of any forests in the United States.
* The Salt Marsh is not available for use on mobile devices at this time. It is available on your desktop here.
Each month, remember to check out our Knowitall Factoids by Month. Take a look now at what’s available for December and learn something new each day!
Find out What’s New on Knowitall here! Check frequently, so you can stay updated about the latest additions.
Your comments and questions are always welcome! Please contact us here!
Wishing you much happiness this holiday season!