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Resources for Teaching American History

August 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 23, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching American History – Teacher Resources

(teachingamericanhistory.org/teacher-resources/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger TeachingAmericanHistory.org website provides a large variety of resources to use for your American history studies.

From today’s link, select from the following: 

  • American History Toolkits – collections of resources from the site focusing on a specific topic. These resources can include Guiding Questions, Essential Documents, Webinars, archived courses from the Presidential Academy section, and Lesson Plans. The topics cover The American Founding, Expansion & Sectionalism, Civil War & Reconstruction, The Progressive Era, The Great Depression and World War II, and Civil Rights.
  • Exhibits on the American Founding – Using primary and secondary sources, maps, images and more, students will explore major events related to the founding of the American Republic. Events covered include the Constitutional Convention, The Federalist-Antifederalist Debate, The Ratification of the United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights.
  • Exhibits on American History – Similar in nature to the Exhibits on the American Founding section, students will explore in depth the historical significance of specific themes and events such as Religion in America, The Election of 1800, Abraham Lincoln, and The Civil War.
  • Lesson Plans – links to other sites with history lesson plans
  • Presidential Academy – Provides a 30-session course focusing on three major documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. From the website description, “Each session is made up of a set of readings, all linked from its blog post, and usually one lecture. Guiding questions and focus issues are at the foundation of each week’s study.”
  • Multimedia Resources – links to find archived videos and podcasts
  • Homeschool Resources – specifically gathered for the homeschool family, visitors will find:  
    • Free Homeschool American History Curriculum – a free high-school level American History and Government curriculum focusing on primary documents. There is a sample of the curriculum to review and then a form to fill out to receive the curriculum by email.
    • Monthly Webinars – conversations focusing on the 50 Core American Documents
    • Classroom Webinars for Homeschool Co-ops – interactive webinars ideal for AP U.S. History or Government and Politics courses.
    • Saturday Webinars – monthly programs for those who want to know more about American history documents. These webinars are also archived making it a great anytime resource.
    • Documents Library – access to the over 23,000 primary documents on the site
    • 50 Core American Documents – a collection of the most important documents in American history and government with summaries, questions and links to related documents.

This site is a fantastic resource for your American history studies and well worth bookmarking.

Free homeschool curriculum

August 15th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, August 15, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AmblesideOnline

(www.amblesideonline.org/)

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

 

As the website states, “AmblesideOnline is a free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world.”

Charlotte Mason believed children should read and learn from living books rather than text books. If you ever wanted to try her style of teaching/learning, this would be a great place to start. Everything is laid out for you – daily plans and weekly plans for each year (grade).

When you get to the site, click on “Introduction to AmblesideOnline” to get an overview. Then use the menu on the left side bar to choose the weekly schedule for the year. There is a basic overview of the year, and then each subject is detailed. Each year also has Additional Books for Free Reading – with direct links.

From the side menu, you can also choose by subject: 

  • Art Study
  • Composers
  • Nature Study
  • Plutarch
  • Shakespeare
  • Poets
  • Hymns
  • Folksongs
  • Bible
  • and more!

You can also join a forum, check out their blog and link to extensive teacher resources.

Free History Periods Resources

July 19th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 19, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Siteseen Limited – History Periods

(www.siteseen.info/history-periods.htm)

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

 

This ad-supported site from a UK-based publisher of educational websites provides a gateway of resources for various historical time periods.

After reading the introduction at the top of the page, scroll down to select a topic to explore which will take you to a new website: 

  • Elizabethan Era
  • Ancient Castles
  • The Middle Ages
  • American Symbols
  • Tutankhamun (King Tut)
  • The Roman Empire
  • Native Indian Tribes
  • Ancient Egyptians
  • The Battle of Hastings
  • The Tudors
  • Presidential Power
  • Colonial America
  • Medieval Life and Times
  • History Timelines
  • Shakespeare Biography
  • United States History for Kids
  • US Constitution & Government
  • The US Civil War
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

Most of the websites are similar in nature in that they present information in small pieces with additional links within the text to dig even deeper into the topic. Please note that when we reviewed this site the “Egyptian Gods” link did not work.

This website could be used as a starting point for your history studies or serve as a supplement for further researching a topic.

Help Contribute to Real Academic Research

June 5th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zooniverse

(www.zooniverse.org/projects)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

This website “is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects” developed by the Citizen Science Alliance.

The CSA works with scientists and researchers around the world on projects that use the efforts and ability of citizen volunteers. Parents and kids can have a great time together engaging in real science projects!

When you get to the site, you’ll see an image menu of the current projects. Click on any image and a new screen opens with a brief description. Click on “Learn More” to get a detailed explanation of the project and what volunteers do. Once you understand the scope of the project, you can sign up to participate (free). Some of the current projects include: 

  • CLIMATE – Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations using Royal Navy ship logs.
  • MEDICINE – Play a brain match game.
  • NATURE – Help marine researchers understand how whales communicate.
  • SPACE – Help track solar storms, measure and map our galaxy, identify meteors, and more!

Some of the projects include “Resources for Teachers” with interactive lesson plans, teachers’ notes, presentations, events and exhibitions. They are designed for classroom students but can be tweaked for use at home.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the “Paused” or “Retired” projects too!

This is a terrific way to engage the whole family in science explorations. Bookmark it to return often.

User-Created Timeline

April 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Timeline Index

(www.timelineindex.com/content/home.php)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision – also see note at bottom of review)

 

One of our ClickScholars wrote this: “I have been looking and looking for a good online timeline site and I think I stumbled across it. You can browse by who/what/when/where/which, and you can search. I think I’m in heaven. It’s got nice visuals, links to pages with more information, and so on. It looks to be a wiki (user-created) but it’s nicely filled out at this point.”

The Timeline Index is a portal that provides a user-created chronological context of the following categories: 

  • PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES, & HEROES – You’ll find historical entries for Actors, Alchemists, Archaeologists, Artists, Astronauts, Composers, Conquerors, Dictators, Explorers, Inventors, Mathematicians, Musicians, Philosophers, Scientists, Settlers, US Presidents, Writers, Women, and much more!
  • SUBJECTS, EVENTS, & ISSUES – Explore the timelines for: Art, Culture, Education, Exploration, Health, Industry, Law, Nature, Politics, Religion, Sports, Disasters, Discoveries, Empires, Revolutions, Theories, War, and more.
  • PERIODS, AGES, & EPISODES – Examine these eras in chronological context: Bronze Age, Ice Age, Industrial Age, Iron Age, Middle Ages, Reformation, Renaissance, Stone Age, and more.
  • REGIONS, CONTINENTS, & COUNTRIES – Travel back in time to Africa, America, the Arctic, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and the Universe.
  • OBJECTS, THINGS, & CREATIONS – See the context of a variety of topics through time such as Books, Film, Music, Paintings, Economics, Fiction, Myths, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Travel, and more.

Click on any timeline entry in any given topic area and a new page opens with further information that is user-created and includes some illustrations and URLs to other websites where you can get more information.

You can also create your own timeline item and add it to the Timeline Index, or you can add a related link (URL) to an existing item. Details are available at the site and entries require registration.

NOTE TO PARENTS: While this is an exciting idea, it comes with an element of risk because it is user-created. There are a vast array of topics, so it was impossible to review all of the entries. While the website reserves the right to edit/remove items that are contributed to maintain quality, it’s unknown if editing occurs prior to posting. It’s also unclear if suggested links for further research are reviewed for suitable content. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Free “Citizen Science” Projects for You

April 10th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SciStarter

(www.scistarter.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grade 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides an archive of  “Citizen Scientist” projects that you and your kids can do at home to help researchers gather information on bees, birds, crickets, storms, solar energy, microbiomes, and much, much more.

You’ll learn all about science as you take part in both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts that make science simple and fun for the whole family.

At the top of the site, you’ll see that April 14, 2018 is Citizen Science Day! See if there are any events near you.

Or scroll down to see the featured projects. You can also “Find a Project” by location and topic. Select a subject of interest such as: animals, astronomy  space, birds, chemistry, climate & weather, food, health & medicine, insects & pollinators, nature & outdoors, physics, etc. Click on any item on the drop-down menu and a new page opens with a list of projects currently available in that category. You can do an advanced search from the next screen that allows you to filter for: 

  • Projects you can do online, outdoors, indoors
  • Projects suitable for different age groups

And you can even filter for projects that have classroom materials available.
 
From the home page you can also sign up to receive their free “newsletter” that delivers information about awesome projects to your email inbox.

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