Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

Discover the History of the Lightbulb

October 18th, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

Lighting a Revolution

(americanhistory.si.edu/lighting/index.htm)

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

 

Explore the history of the lightbulb with this web presentation from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

This site takes visitors through the steps involved in the process of the invention of the lightbulb by Thomas Edison in the 19th century and then examines the major developments made to lamps in the 20th century.

After reading through the introductory text on the home page, students can begin their exploration by selecting from the three “doors” on the page: 

  • Invention Factory: 19th Century Electric Lamps
  • Invention Factory: 20th Century Electric Lamps
  • Guest Lounge & Library

The “Invention Factory” sections are broken down again into the 5 steps of inventing: 

  • Store Room: Knowledge & Equipment for Inventors (Step 1: Preconditions) – Dig into what previously discovered technology and inventions help in the creation of the new product.
  • Laboratory: Caution Inventors at Work (Step 2: Invention) – Learn about the people, places, events, and discoveries of lighting inventors.
  • Marketing Department: Promotions for All Occasions (Step 3: Promotion) – Gain an understanding of the importance promoting an invention has in bringing new inventions to the public.
  • Competition: Inventors: Have Patents Out & Ready for Inspection (Step 4: Competition) – Discover the importance of competition in the world of inventions.
  • Consequences: Intended & Otherwise (Step 5: Consequences) – Examine the results of the invention of the lightbulb and its impact on history.

Each section presents concise information about the topic accompanied by exhibit images.

The “Guest Lounge & Library” provides visitors opportunities for further research by providing exhibit scripts and notes, a time-line photo gallery of lamp inventors, links to other informative sites about Thomas Edison and lighting, history, technology, and energy files with additional images and information relating to lighting including ink blotters, patents, the science behind electric lighting and lightbulbs, and significance of energy efficiency.

Add this site to your list of resources for history and inventor studies.

History through American Writers

October 11th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 11, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

C-SPAN – American Writers

(www.c-span.org/series/?americanWriters)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the power of words and its influence on shaping the course of our nation with this portion of the C-SPAN website. The American Writers series ran from March 2001 through July 2002 and explored “American history through the lives and works of American writers.”

Using the drop down menu on the right of the page, visitors can select a time period from 1600 to 1975 and then a specific writer from that time period. After the selection is made, the page will load a summary about the author, a list of featured works, and information about the “Featured Place” from where the episode was presented. Select the “View Program” to open the episode. Video presentations run about 2½ hours and include actor portrayal of the writer, interviews with subject experts, political commentary, viewer call-in conversations and more. 

Some notable writers included in the series are: 

  • William Bradford
  • Thomas Paine
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Lewis and Clark
  • James Fenimore Cooper
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Mark Twain
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Upton Sinclair
  • Will Rogers
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • John Steinbeck
  • Whittaker Chambers
  • William F. Buckley
  • James Baldwin
  • And many more.

As always, please be sure to preview the available content prior to allowing your students to access this site as there may be controversial and political information presented that some may find unsuitable for their family.

History Lesson Plans

October 4th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 4, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NPS – Teaching with Museum Collections

(www.nps.gov/museum/tmc/tmc_park.html#browse)

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

 

Find over 60 well laid out history lesson plans themed around specific national parks at this website from the National Park Service.

Visitors can browse through the available lesson plans using three search criteria: By Park, By Skill, or By Theme. Lesson plans follow the same pattern of presentation: 

  • Title – includes information about the plan developer, suggested grade level, number of sessions and suggested length of time to implement
  • Overview – which park collection is used, a plan description, and any essential questions the plan tries to address
  • Museum Collections, Similar Items and other Materials Used – a chart with images and/or links to related museum objects
  • National Educational Standards – applicable national standards met
  • Student Learning Objectives – objectives for each lesson or activity in the plan
  • Background and Historical Context – “the topic of the lesson unit plan” in “historical context for teachers and students”
  • Vocabulary – appropriate word lists and definitions
  • Teacher Tips – suggested materials and resources needed 
  • Lesson Implementation Procedures – instruction for implementation of the plan as well as warm up and discussion suggestions
  • Evaluation/Assessment for Measurable Results – ideas for measuring understanding of the material
  • Extension and Enrichment Activities – suggestions for building on the lessons
  • Resources – resources used in the development of the lesson plan
  • Site Visit – places to visit related to the topic
  • Charts, Figures and other Teacher Materials – any related materials used in the plan

Plans feature over 20 National Parks and focus on a variety of themes including American Indian History, Art/Music, Fashion/Design, Family Life, Politics and Government, Labor History, U.S. Presidents, Women’s History, War and Conflict, and much more.

We are sure visitors will find these lesson plans a valuable history resource.

Transcontinental Railroad History

September 20th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 20, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Transcontinental Railroad

(railroad.lindahall.org/index.html)

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

 

Explore the history of the Transcontinental Railroad and the technology of trains with this website from the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri.

When arriving at the site an interactive map will load with hotspots along the train route to click on providing images and brief explanations. Links at the bottom of the summaries lead the visitor to more in-depth information about the topic. Or use the left-hand menu to explore: 

  • A Brief History of the Pacific Railway
  • Black Powder & Nitroglycerin
  • Couplers & Brakes
  • Cultural Impact
  • Locomotives
  • Rail Cars
  • Rail Gauge
  • Snow Sheds
  • Time Standardization
  • Tunnels & Bridges

Each page includes interesting articles and images concisely explaining the topic.


Continue learning about the railroad using the links on the right-hand sidebar. Here you will find: 

  • Search the Railroad Journal Collection – links to the Linda Hall Library digital collection of railroad journals from the 19th century
  • Who Was Who – Discover the people involved in early railroad transportation.
  • What Was What – a glossary of 19th century railroad terms
  • Maps & Plans – Explore the Linda Hall Library digital collection of railroad maps and plans.
  • Travel Along the Pacific Railway – Take an interactive trip through time with this clever timeline that includes images, animations, and tidbits of information (needs Flash to work).
  • Hop on the Quiz Train – Test what you have learned with an interactive multiple-choice quiz.

Add this site to your list of must visits for your American history studies.

Celebrate Constitution Day

September 13th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 13, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Constitution Facts

(www.constitutionfacts.com/)

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

 

Celebrate the ratification of the United States Constitution that happened on September 17, 1787 with the resources available at this website as well as explore other important documents in American history.

When arriving at the site, visitors can begin by taking the “What’s Your Constitution I.Q.?” quiz by selecting the main image link under the navigation menu. Don’t worry if you don’t get all the answers correct. Wrong answers are explained. After taking the 10-question quiz, there is an opportunity to do an advanced challenge with more difficult questions. Or learn all about the Constitution and the Amendments, Declaration of Independence, the Articles of the Confederation, our Founding Fathers, the Supreme Court and more by selecting a topic from the upper menu. Not only can visitors read through the documents online, but they will find a timeline of related events, learn about the people involved with the drafting and signing of the documents, discover constitutional trivia, dig deeper into significant events surrounding the inception and implementation of the document, browse through papers of our Founding Fathers, review synopsis of landmark Supreme Court cases and much more. 

Use the link under the home page main image to locate the “Fun Zone.” On this page you will find games, printable word search and crossword puzzles, printable Treasure Hunt quizzes, and online quizzes.

Check out “The Founders Library” link in the top menu to find: 

  • a list of U.S. Presidents and their portraits
  • reading lists and links of books and journals written by the Founding Fathers
  • things invented by the Founding Fathers
  • a history of the American postal system
  • the content of the Magna Carta
  • modern performances of the music from the American Revolution
  • what traveling was like during colonial times
  • Constitution landmarks such as Independence Hall, Old North Bridge, and “Old Ironsides”
  • Information about the first political parties
  • Constitution inspired artwork
  • Fashion worn by the Founding Fathers
  • Colonial currency

And just for fun, be sure to check out the “Founding Documents in Pop Culture” to see video clips of Captain Kirk and Barney Fife quoting the Preamble, The Preamble Song from Schoolhouse Rock, Benjamin Gates reading from the Declaration of Independence in National Treasure, celebrities reading the Declaration of Independence, and more.

Add this website to your bookmarked links for your American history studies.

Explore California History

September 6th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 6, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

This Week In California History

(thisweekincaliforniahistory.com/)

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

 

California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850. Dig into its rich history with this website.

When arriving on the homepage, visitors will be on the California History Timeline page that presents interesting tidbits of history that happened during the current week in the past. Information is presented in bitesized pieces and is accompanied by images or videos making it a great way to add a little history every day to your state study. Some of the topics include transportation, events, famous people, sports, entertainment, crime, catastrophes, government, business, and much more. 

In addition to the wonderful collection of California historical trivia, use the upper menu to find: 

  • Games – fun ideas for turning what students have learned in history as games to expand their knowledge
  • Stories – a collection of short stories about children growing up in California throughout time
  • Videos – over 20 videos relating to California history
  • Virtual Field Trips – suggestions for virtual field trips around California

This site is an excellent addition to your state history studies. Bookmark the site or follow them on Facebook as content is updated regularly and there is so much interesting information you might not want to miss.

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