Hi! It’s Thursday, January 13, 2010 and time for History at ClickSchooling!
TeachingHistory.org: National History Clearinghouse
Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)
ClickScholar Jean Troop recommended this website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, that is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K–12, by improving teachers’ access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history. While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.
Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you’ll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you’ll see a display of featured items from the site’s content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the “Quick Links” for:
- Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
- Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
- High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)
In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You’ll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)
You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore:
*Teaching Materials – Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the “Ask a Master Teacher” tool and browse the FAQs.
*History Content – Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in “Ask A Historian.”
*Best Practices – Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.
Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers:
- Digital Tools
- Historic Sites and Museums
- Holidays and Heritage
- Primary Sources
- Student Activities
- Teaching Materials
- ~and Much More!
BONUS! Get a free “Historical Thinking Poster“ that answers questions such as, ”How do we know what we know about the past?” One side is geared toward elementary students, and the flip side is geared toward middle and high school students. Just enter your name and mailing address to request one or several copies.