Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Make the Dirt Fly: Panama Canal History

August 9th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 9, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian Libraries: Make the Dirt Fly

(www.sil.si.edu/Exhibitions/Make-the-Dirt-Fly/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914 creating a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This digital exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries explains the history and process of undertaken to build the canal.

To enter the exhibition, click the home page image then read through the next few frames, using the red arrow on the right-hand side of the screen to move through the slides. After the first few slides, there will also be a map on the pages that can be used to move to different sections of the presentation. Topics covered include: 

  • Why Build a Canal?
  • Choosing a Route
  • Making the Dirt Fly
  • Waging War on Mosquitoes
  • Life in the Canal Zone
  • Civil Engineering
  • An Engineering Icon
  • Did you know?
  • Suggested Reading

Each topic includes informational text, relevant images that can be enlarged by clicking on them, quotes from people of the time, and additional facts relevant to the subject.

This site makes a nice resource for your history studies of building of the Panama Canal.

You Are There History Audios

August 2nd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 2, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Internet Archive: You Are There

(archive.org/details/You_Are_There_OTR)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Family members of all ages can enjoy listening to these archived broadcasts of the “You Are There” radio program, but older students may have a better level of comprehension and retention.

“You Are There” is a series of about seven dozen or so radio broadcasts which aired from 1947 to 1950, each about half an hour long. More than 70 episodes are archived. Each episode is a fictional news report “live from the scene” of an important event in history.

As the reporter conducts interviews with famous people (and not-so-famous people) and you hear realistic sound effects, you can imagine that you have been transported back in time – and history is unfolding right before your very ears.

  • Listen in as Julius Caesar, Socrates, Captain Kidd, Maximilian, Joan of Arc, John Wilkes Booth, and others meet their end.
  • Re-live the famous battle at Thermopylae, the Alamo, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the storming of the Bastille, the battle of Gettysburg, the battle of Hastings, the fall of Troy, the defeat of Sitting Bull, and other exciting conflicts.
  • Witness the rise and fall of great leaders, the signing of pivotal documents and treaties, and important uprisings, trials, and discoveries.

Archive.org makes all of this available for free. When you reach this site, you may wish to wait a little while for the main page to load completely; a gray audio player appears near at the top of the play list of the screen. You can click on any title to play it directly from your browser.

In addition to legally and freely listening to these broadcasts online, you can also right-click on the titles to download them to your computer for listening later, then load them onto any device that plays mp3’s.

Cozy up on the couch with the family for a delightful listening adventure or listen as you travel away from home.

Explore Colorado State History

July 26th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 26, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UNCO – Doing History, Keeping the Past

(www.unco.edu/hewit/doing-history/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the history of Colorado with this website from the University of Northern Colorado.

When arriving at today’s link use the menu under the header to begin exploring: 

  • Indians
  • Trappers & Traders
  • Miners
  • Farmers & Ranchers
  • Cities
  • 20th Century Colorado
  • Virtual Field Trips

Each topic is further broken down into sub-sections focusing on the people, places, lifestyles, occupations and more. Each section provides textural information along with images and relevant quotes.  

A nice feature of these units is there is a downloadable PDF available of the section that you can take along with you when you are offline. From the “Home” page, select the “Teacher Resources” link under the welcome section to locate downloadable Word documents of lesson plans and activities as well as other online resources.

This site would make a good addition to your Colorado state studies.

Discover the History of Us

July 12th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom: A History of Us

(www.thirteen.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html)

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

 

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for: 

  • Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
  • Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
  • For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.
  • About the Series – Learn about the PBS “Freedom” series.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

Discover the History of the Liberty Bell

June 28th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 28, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Liberty Bell

(www.ushistory.org/libertybell/index.html)

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

 

At this part of the larger USHistory.org website, students can explore the history and more of the Liberty Bell.

When arriving at the site, read through the material on the home page to learn about its history, how it got its crack, its symbolism and more. Use the menu at the top to dig deeper and discover: 

  • Timeline – from 1701 through 2004
  • Facts – interesting statistics and more about the Bell
  • Trivia – Learn some fascinating information about the Liberty Bell.
  • Quotes – Read some quotes relating to the Bell.
  • 1915 Tour – View images of the Bell’s only tour of the U.S. to the Panama-Pacific Exposition of San Francisco.
  • More – Explore links to other sites to learn more about the Liberty Bell.

Add this site to your list for your U.S. history studies.

Building Detroit: Frontiers to Factories

June 21st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 21, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Detroit Historical Society: Building Detroit

(apps.detroithistorical.org/buildingdetroit/)

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

 

With this website from the Detroit Historical Society, discover the rich history of Detroit, Michigan and learn about the decisions that were needed to be made to take it from a frontier town to a thriving city.

While the information on the site was created to use with third graders, older students will enjoy using it as well. Be sure to have your Adobe Flash turned on to use the interactives.

When arriving at today’s link, there are three options available: 

  • Building Detroit The Game – With this clever game, make decisions through the history of 5 generations of your “family” that help shape the future of the virtual Detroit.
  • Timeline of Detroit History – Explore the history of Detroit from 1600 through 1901 with this interactive timeline filled with interesting information and images.
  • Building Detroit Lessons – eighteen well thought out lesson plans covering six time periods. Plans are downloadable and have supplemental materials.

In addition to these resources, select the “Detroit Historical Society” logo in the upper right of the screen to be taken to the main website and locate the “Learn” link in the menu to locate the: 

  • Teacher Portal – more lesson plans for all grade levels as well as information about their outreach program and field trips
  • Encyclopedia of Detroit – Search for information for just about anything regarding Detroit.
  • The Arsenal of Democracy – Discover historical locations of some of the cities’ most important factories.
  • History Resources – links to other history websites

And to add even more interest to your study, select the “Collections” option and then the “View The Online Collection” button. From here, either use the search engine to locate something specific, or browse videos, images, and objects by selecting the option in the upper menu.

This is a fabulous website not only for your Michigan state studies but also American history.

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