Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Learn the Legends of Tuskagee

February 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 22, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Visionaries: Legends of Tuskegee

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/intro.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

With this website from the National Park Service, explore the lives of American visionaries, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and the Tuskegee Airmen.

When arriving at today’s link, read over the introduction then select which legend you would like to learn about. When the page opens either use the upper menu to navigate through the sections or follow in sequence of the presentation by selecting the “Next” link. When you are ready to learn about a different person(s), either use the upper menu or lower menus to make a new selection or select the “Exhibit Home” text link in the lower right of the page.

Along with brief texts there are historical images and pictures of artifacts as well as links to additional information. Also included in the Booker T. Washington online exhibit there are 360° virtual tours of his parlor and den at his home, The Oaks, in Tuskegee.

In addition to an overview and image gallery for each exhibit, visitors will also explore the following: 

  • Booker T. Washington: 
    • Up From Slavery
    • Personal Life
    • Building a University
    • Tuskegee Students
    • Influential Spokesman
    • The Oaks
  • George Washington Carver:
    • From Slave to Student
    • Desire for Knowledge
    • Arts and Crafts
    • A Great Teacher
    • Practical Researcher
    • Movable School
  • Tuskegee Airmen: 
    • Civilian Pilot Training
    • Training for War
    • Airmen in Combat
    • Motion Field
    • Support Personnel
    • Benjamin O. Davis

This website is a great addition to your Black History Month and American history studies.

Primary Source U.S. History Lessons

February 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teach US History

(www.teachushistory.org/)

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

 

This website provides primary source materials, lesson plans, audio and video presentations, and supplementary resources such as worksheets and links to other informative websites to help teach U.S. History.

While its target audience is classroom teachers, most of the material can be adjusted for use in the homeschool environment.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a welcome message accompanied by a menu on the left side of the screen. Click on “About Us” to read an outline of what the site provides. Then, simply click on the topics of interest from the menu that includes: 

  • American Revolution
  • Indian Removal
  • Isaiah Thomas – Patriot Printer
  • Life in Antebellum America
  • Temperance Reform in the Early 19th Century
  • The Dred Scott Decision
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas
  • The Second Great Awakening and the Age of Reform
  • War of 1812 and the Hartford Convention
  • Westward Expansion

As you click on each topic a new page opens. There is some inconsistency in the format that can be a little confusing. Some pages open to a splash page, others open to a menu of choices, and others open to a page with a brief overview. On the latter, it may look as though there isn’t any information – but look on the menu on the left side of the screen and you’ll see that under that topic is a highlighted drop-down menu from which you can select lesson plans and resources.

This site is deceiving. It contains a vast amount of content assembled by teachers and museum curators as you will discover once you start clicking through the resource links. Plan to spend some time here to pinpoint the materials you’ll want to use to supplement your study of U.S. history.

The American Presidency Project

February 8th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Presidency Project

(www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index.php)

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

 

Explore an internet archive of presidential documents at this website hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Per the information on the site the archive contains 128,921 documents and is growing regularly.

Once on the homepage, scroll down to see “Today in History” to read a highlighted presidential segment of the day. Below this is the comprehensive search engine. There are three search options where you can decide for what you are searching and refine your search by keywords, date, document category, and many other options. Or use the upper menu to browse: 

  • Data – Find statistical information relating to Relations with Congress, Popularity, Public Appearances, Growth of Executive Branch, Presidential Selection, State of the Union and Inaugural Address Charts, and Presidential Disability.
  • Documents – a large selection of presidential documents including messages and papers of the Presidents, daily and weekly compilations, weekly addresses, fireside chats, news conferences, executive orders, proclamations, economic reports, speeches, and much more
  • Elections – visual and statistical data relating to election results from 1789-today
  • Media – an audio and visual archive for presidents from Hoover to Obama
  • Links – links to Presidential Library websites

When viewing a document be sure to look over the entire page as there is often additional information in the right-hand side bar often including links to related audios or video.

Visitors may find themselves coming back to this website often throughout their entire history studies, so be sure to bookmark.

The Presidential Campaign of 1896

February 1st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 1, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Presidential Campaign – Cartoons & Commentary

(projects.vassar.edu/1896/1896home.html)

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

 

This website from Vassar College presents information relating to the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley over William Jennings Bryan. Historians consider this election to be one of the “most dramatic and complex in American history.”

When arriving at today’s link, review the introduction and information about symbols used throughout the pages. Under this information visitors will find links to the pages of the site broken down into sections: 

  • Leaders – Learn about the important people of the time such as Susan B. Anthony, J.P. Morgan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie as well as the candidates and more.
  • Themes of the Campaign – Discover the “hot topics” that fueled the campaigns including the Civil War, racial prejudice, economic depression, woman suffrage, and much more.
  • Popular Culture of 1890’s – Explore inventions, medicine, amusements and more of the time.
  • Special Features – Under this section find “Classroom Ideas” for using the 1896 website including discussion questions, writing prompts, further reading suggestions, and advanced researching ideas.

Throughout the website are images of political cartoons which can also be accessed from the link in the upper menu at the top of the home page. Please take note of this important statement on the website homepage: 

“1896” contains many images and arguments that the site’s architects find offensive, including antisemitic and racial slurs. These themes–and protests against them, which were largely ignored in the press–represented the state of public opinion at the time. We include such material as part of our commitment to a full understanding of the past and its legacies today.


As always, please preview this website prior to allowing your students’ use.

Presidential Study Tool

January 25th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 25, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PresidentsUSA.net

(www.presidentsusa.net/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website from Baaron’s Hill, LLC provides a comprehensive one-stop resource for information relating to the Presidents of the United States and the Presidency.

Begin your research by selecting a President from the clickable list on the home page or scroll below the list to explore a Presidential related subject including some interesting topics such as: 

  • Collectible Items and Memorabilia
  • Movies, Television, and Plays featuring the Presidents
  • Nicknames
  • Pets of the First Family
  • Political Commercials, Ads, and Presidential Campaign Slogans
  • Quotes
  • Rankings and Public Opinion
  • Recordings (Audio and Video) Starting with Grover Cleveland
  • Religion and Beliefs of the Presidents
  • Scandals and Impeachments
  • Ttransportation Used by the Presidents
  • Trivia, Physical Characteristics, Habits, Foods
  • Veto Record

And much more. 

After selecting a President, the page will open presenting general information with more clickable links to dig deeper into the topic. Please note that some links will take visitors off the home site to other websites, so, as always, please be sure to preview prior to letting students explore on their own.

This website pulls together thousands of Presidential internet resources into one easy-to-navigate location. This bookmark worthy site is a great tool for all your Presidential and U.S. history studies.

Digital American History for K-12

January 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital History

(www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)

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

 

The University of Houston sponsors this free, in-depth, American history website.

Topics include: 

  • A U.S. history textbook
  • Lesson plans and e-lectures
  • Primary source documents including court cases and Supreme Court decisions
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Essays, letters, and cartoons
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Multimedia exhibitions
  • Video, films, and flash movies
  • Audio presentations of speeches and debates
  • Interactive modules, history games, and quizzes
  • Historical Music
  • Reference resources that include classroom handouts
  • Resources to create your own multimedia American history exhibitions

The content here covers 44 historical eras with exploration activities on topics such as: 

  • Mexican, Tejano, and Texian perspectives on the battle of the Alamo
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to relocate Japanese Americans during WW II
  • Children’s perspectives on slavery, westward migration, and WW II

When you get to the site you’ll see an interactive timeline in the center of the homepage. Click on any block to sample what’s available here. Or use the extensive menu below the timeline to begin your exploration of the array of historical content.

You’ll even find links to living history museums, presidential libraries, and other historical websites.

Once your history thinking cap is fully loaded, take the quiz to find your History I.Q.

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