Spotlight on Sources:
Welcome to Renzulli Learning’s Spotlight on Sources, some of our most engaging resources to excite and inspire your students!
Traveling to different places has never been easier! With Renzulli Learning, your students can visit countless destinations without ever leaving their seat. From the Colosseum in Rome to the Mona Lisa in Paris, the possibilities are endless. We offer Virtual Field Trips that cater to every student's interests, so there's something for everyone!
For an even more enriching experience, try pairing Virtual Field Trips with the Journal feature in Renzulli Learning. After taking a virtual trip, your students can write about their experience in their journal. Click on the button below to check out some of our favorite virtual field trips
To locate these activities within Renzulli Learning:
Under the 'Teach' navigation, click 'Search'.
On the Search page, type in the title of the activity you would like to locate.
For more ideas to infuse enrichment activities with your curriculum, please visit the Unit Supplements on the Teacher Site, under “Teach.” We can also link these enrichment resources to your regular curriculum if you send us a theme or topic.
Air Pano: Roman Colosseum, Italy
History & Social Studies
The Colosseum is a monument with a great history. It probably wouldn't even have been built if not for the vanity of the Emperor Vespasian, Nero's successor. At this site, you can take a panoramic virtual tour of Roman Colosseum. Click the link to view the Roman Colosseum.
EarthCam: Sharks and Friends - Jellyfish Cam
Dive into some fun with EarthCam's live aquarium webcams! Go below the surface and take a virtual swim in three unique tanks. See blacktip reef sharks, jellyfish and an incredible variety of brightly-colored saltwater reef fish. View real-time footage every day from 10:00am - 8:00pm ET, and enjoy archived footage outside of those hours.
Chicago's Brookfield Zoo presents Zoo Explorer! See pictures of dozens of animals. You can explore by habitat or by animal.
Visit the tropical rainforest of Nicaragua. Meet Janette, Chepe, and other children who live there. You can also get to know some rainforest animals and plants, including the howler monkey, the toucan, and the trap-jaw ant! Learn about the importance of biodiversity and the problem of deforestation. Choose between an interactive exploration and a guided slideshow.
National Gallery of Art: East Building Virtual Tour
The National Gallery of Art presents a virtual tour of the East Building. Zoom in and out, and navigate freely around the grounds and inside the architecture, which was erected in 1978.
EarthCam: Lion’s Den Cam
Go ahead, let out a "roar" - this webcam at the University of North Alabama is something special! EarthCam teamed up with UNA to virtually transport visitors into the lion's den, also known as the George H. Carroll Lion Habitat. Take a tour of Leo III and Una's on-campus housing with our unique live view.
Experience a virtual field trip to Africa to learn how locals are working together to restore forestlands, protect wildlife, and promote ecotourism, hosted by PBS LearningMedia, The Nature Conservancy, and field scientist Charles Oluchina. This event was originally recorded on Thursday, February 5, 2015
The "Mona Lisa" is one of the great works of Western art. This series of video lectures examines the painting's colors, physical characteristics, and artistic techniques, and also compares it to other Renaissance portraits. View the lectures, and then explore on your own using a virtual magnifying glass and a timeline!
History & Social Studies
Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington. They resided there from the time of their marriage in 1759 until General Washington's death in 1799. He worked tirelessly to expand his plantation from 2,000 acres to 8,000 acres and enlarge the mansion house from six rooms to twenty-one. Now, you can take a virtual tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens! Click any room in his virtual mansion to read its history.
History & Social Studies
In 1922, after seven years of searching, Howard Carter found the tomb of Tutankhamun. Over the course of several more seasons, through 1930, he excavated the site. Study the history of the search, and explore diaries and journals, drawings, maps, plans, and photographs that document the excavation.
Come take a virtual tour of a cell! The Cellscape is one of the many fascinating scientific visualizations created by XVIVO Scientific Animation Studio. The project was supported by Google Making and Science Team. The creators did a wonderful job in introducing us to the major parts of the cell visible to a viewer in the cytoplasm in a virtual environment. This tour will be sure to boost your next test score in cell biology!
Would you like to visit Ellis Island? Take this virtual tour of Ellis Island and understand what your ancestors and all of the immigrants that passed through their doors felt. Click the link to start your visit!
Thanks for being a part of the Renzulli Learning family and we hope you find these resources helpful.
Your Renzulli Learning Team