Archive for the ‘social sciences’ category

History of the White House Easter Egg Roll

April 17th, 2014


It’s Thursday, April 17, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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The White House Easter Egg Roll


Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)


Take a delightful trip back in time and explore the history of the annual Easter Egg Roll held on the White House grounds.
Sponsored by The White House Historical Association, this portion of the larger White House History website offers a look into past Egg Rolls and the evolution of the games and events through historical photographs and concise informational texts.

When arriving at this link, select “The White House Easter Egg Roll” from the list of presentations, then select from the following topics:

  • Origins
  • Hayes
  • Cleveland
  • Harrison
  • Kid’s Racket
  • Family Fun
  • Egg Games
  • Bunnies
  • Wartime
  • Keepsakes

Since 1878, the White House Egg Roll has been a whimsical part of American history. This website provides a fun rabbit trail to travel down in your American history studies.

Eyewitness History

April 10th, 2014


It’s Thursday, April 10, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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EyeWitness to History


Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)


This is a most remarkable website for the study of history as it presents eyewitness accounts of historical events that have occurred throughout the world. You can read journal entries from ancient times through today, see illustrations, paintings, drawings and photographs depicting world events, and listen to recordings of historical voices of the 20th century.
The historical eras these primary sources cover include:
  • Ancient World – for example, an eyewitness account of the destruction of the Roman town of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
  • Middle Ages/Renaissance – for example, an eyewitness account of the ravages of the Black Death plague of 1348 that killed 25-50% of the European population.
  • 17th Century – for example, an eyewitness account of The Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
  • 18th Century – for example, an eyewitness account of the execution of Nathan Hale in 1776 who said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
  • 19th Century – for example, an eyewitness account of the inhumane conditions aboard a slave ship in 1829.
  • Civil War – for example, an eyewitness account of the Surrender at Appomattox.
  • Old West – for example, an eyewitness account of the death of Billy the Kid in 1881.
  • 20th Century – for example, an eyewitness account of the discovery of King Tut’s Tomb in 1922.
  • And other eras including World War I and World War II.

Also available at the site is a feature titled “It Happened This Month.” You can read eyewitness accounts of historical events that took place during this month in history.

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return here often.

Postal History

April 3rd, 2014


It’s Thursday, April 3, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Smithsonian National Postal Museum


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


Postal history opens a unique window into the past. It brings personal histories to life and offers a compelling avenue for study. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum provides educators with an interesting selection of lesson plans and materials that can be used online or downloaded, as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its collections through virtual tours and online galleries.

When arriving at the site, the sidebar navigation offers the following destinations, each with wonderful historical educational opportunities: 

  • About the Museum
    • Take a 360° tour of the museum in the “Virtual Tour”
    • Visit the “Ford Education Center” to play educational games
    • Watch a video and learn the “History of the National Postal Museum”
    • Examine fascinating artifacts through the “Object of the Month”
  • Exhibits
    • Explore past, present and future exhibits to discover America’s postal history from colonial times to the present.
  • Collection
    • Delve into the world of philately and objects of postal operations with the “Arago Online Collection Database”. Visitors can even create their own digital collection of their favorite finds.
    • Learn about the “Collection History”, “Collection Projects”, and “Preservation Projects”.
    • Download “Finding Guides” that provide concise descriptions of the scope and content, provenance and list of materials for each collection.
  • Educators
    • Find lesson plans and downloadable material “Curriculum” for such interesting topics as:
      • Owney the Dog (early elementary)
      • Victory Mail (upper elementary through high school)
      • Moving the Mail West (interactive study of the Pony Express for middle school)
      • We Were There: Letters From the Battle Front (high school)
    • “Classroom Resources” offers a ‘jumping off’ point for supplemental activities.
  • Stamp Collecting
    • Discover the ins and outs of the intriguing world of philately.
  • Research
    • Additional information for serious enthusiasts, including links to the museum library, historical video footage and exhibit videos, and more.
  • Getting Involved – Ways to get involved with the museum
  • Activity Zone
    • Quick access to the online games, coloring pages, quizzes, and downloads.
  • Museum Library
With the wealth of information and educational material available, this website will surely receive your stamp of approval.

Red Cross History and Emergency Preparedness

March 27th, 2014


It’s Thursday, March 27, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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American Red Cross


Age Range: 8-adult (Grades 2 and up, with parental supervision)


March is Red Cross Month. Dedicated to humanitarian service, this portion of the larger American Red Cross website provides an in-depth look at the history of the Red Cross.

Using the sidebar navigation, explore the following areas of interest through text and images:

  • Our History
  • Founder Clara Barton
  • Our Federal Charter
  • Red Cross in American History
  • The Global Red Cross Network
  • Significant Dates in History
When you are finished learning about the history of the Red Cross, select the American Red Cross logo in the upper right corner of the website, then scroll to the bottom of the home page. There you will find the heading “Plan and Prepare”. Once in this section of the website, visitors will find a plethora of information about planning and preparing for emergencies and disasters. In the “Prepare Your Home and Family” section there are links to Disney’s Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book that can be viewed online or printed out. There are also sections with helpful printables available for things such as:
  • Get a Kit – how to prepare an emergency preparedness kit
  • Make a Plan – includes an editable, printable family disaster plan template
  • People with Disabilities – downloadable guide for Preparing for Disaster for People with Special Needs
  • Seniors – downloadable guide for Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors
  • Pets – download the Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist
  • Prevent Home Fires – includes printouts for Fire Prevention & Safety Checklist, install and maintain smoke alarms, and Fire Escape Planning.

And for even more discovery, choose “Tools and Resources” from the side bar menu and find more information and printable checklists for all kinds of emergencies available in a variety of languages. Before you leave the website, be sure to check out the interactive module “Be Red Cross Ready” which includes pictures, audio and video content and a clever Prepare 4 Game.

Visiting these sections of this website just touches the iceberg of information and training available from the American Red Cross.

South Carolina History through River Exploration

March 20th, 2014


It’s Thursday, March 20, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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


Travel down the Saluda, Congaree, Santee, Cooper, and Catawba rivers of South Carolina through this interactive website and discover the rich story within their shores.
Upon your arrival at this site, choose from the following:
  • Catawba River – Piedmont Region
  • The Three Rivers – Columbia, South Carolina
  • The Estuary – Charleston, South Carolina
  • Web of Water

As you travel down the illustrated rivers, search for hidden clues by scrolling over the landscape along the way. When a clue is found, information and related images are revealed that bring the history and stories of the rivers alive. File these clues into your virtual note book. When you are finished exploring the river, select the ‘toolbox’ to do the “River Wrap” where questions can be answered related to what has been learned. Also available in the ‘toolbox’ are a glossary, maps (aerial photograph and topographic), a way to view the panoramas found through your exploration of the river, and quick access to the “River Wrap”.

There are also printable “Teacher Resources” available for each destination that may include lesson plans, activities, and other useful educational material.

And if that is not enough, select the Web of Water link and journey with Ian Sanchez as he kayaked from the mountains to the sea in the spring of 2008. Through the use of videos, “Webisodes”, scavenger hunts, and many more learning materials, continue to gain understanding of how the rivers and landscapes shaped the people and culture of South Carolina.

St. Patrick’s Day History and More

March 13th, 2014


It’s Thursday, March 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences

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Age Range: All (with parental supervision)


History Channel: St. Patrick’s Day


The fabulous History Channel website offers the biography of St. Patrick, the history of the holiday, lots of interactive information about Ireland and its people, and even some quizzes to take to test your knowledge of the Emerald Isle. St Patrick’s Day


You say you want worksheets and lesson plans themed around St. Patrick’s Day? This site has all kinds of language arts worksheets including acrostic poems, adjective worksheets (how many ways can you describe a head of cabbage), crossword puzzles, cryptogram, reading comprehension worksheet, vocabulary quiz, word scrambles, group creative writing lesson, a St. Patrick’s Day maze, St. Patrick’s Day songs and much more!


Erin Go Bragh! (Ireland Forever!)