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Movies from the Past for your History Studies

October 16th, 2014


It’s Thursday, October 16, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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


If you are looking for unique and interesting supplements to your history studies, FedFlix from the Internet Archive might just be the ticket. This portion of the website features the “best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors” and much more.
When arriving at the link above, use the search functions to find films for a specific topic, or you can browse the collection several different ways including by subject/keyword, by creator, alphabetically by title or author, or by when added to the site.
A sampling of topics we searched for included:
  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • FDR
  • National Parks
  • Space
  • Vietnam War
  • World War

The thousands of available film footage selections come from hundreds of contributors such as:

  • National Archives And Records Administration
  • House Oversight Committee
  • Department Of Defense
  • House Energy And Commerce
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Committee On Oversight And Government Reform
  • FDR Presidential Library
  • Committee On Energy And Commerce

After finding a film you wish to watch, click the link and you will be taken to the page with the movie along with information about the film and available options for downloading the files if desired.

These historical reels provide an excellent insight into the past and are a great addition to your studies.

Travel through History with Maps

October 9th, 2014


It’s Thursday, October 9, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Mapping History


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


Examine history with the use of the interactive maps at this website. Supported by grants from the Oregon University System, the University of Oregon, and other fellowships and foundations, the maps employ timelines and descriptive text to help visitors make the geographic connection between historical events and time.
When arriving at the site, select from the following sections on the left hand menu:
  • American History
  • European History
  • Latin American History
  • African History

Each section is further broken down into time periods or events in history, and even further broken down to include an introduction and summary of the topic as well as the interactive maps available.

The interactive maps can be navigated through by using the timeline under each map to choose the appropriate time frame or by selecting the arrow buttons to move forward or backward through the time periods. Each time period within the map also includes informative text about the map and time period. You may also hover over various portions of the maps for additional captioning.

This straight-forward and easily navigated website provides an interesting and useful way to travel through history.

Learn the BackStory with the American History Guys

October 2nd, 2014


It’s Thursday, October 2, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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BackStory with the American History Guys


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


At this website, visitors can listen as historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, Brian Balogh and others explore the historical connections of past events on present day happenings.
BackStory with the American History Guys is a public radio program and podcast from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Visitors can listen online to archived episodes, subscribe to the podcasts, or locate a radio station in their area that runs the show.
When you arrive at the site, you may choose to listen to the most recent show or select the “Show Archives” link to search for a specific show. You may search by year or by topic. Some of the topics covered include:
  • Political History
  • Economic History
  • Military History
  • Women’s History
  • Social History
  • Legal History
  • Presidential History
  • Religious History
  • Labor History
  • Native American History
  • Media History
  • Medicine
  • History of Technology
  • Environment
  • Holidays
  • And much more

Each episode is about one hour long and can be listened to either online or downloaded as an MP3 to take with you on the go. When you arrive at the episode page, you will see the sound file at the top of the page. There is a brief text explanation of the episode under which you will find a section of tabbed items that could include:

  • Segments – a topical breakdown of the broadcast to listen to specific sections
  • Guest List – information about the guests on the show
  • Resources – resource links for further exploration of the subject matter
  • Music – links to listen to the various musical selections used in the show
  • Transcript – text of the audio segments

While this program is not specifically targeted to students, there is a lot to be learned from these program audios that may spark interesting conversations and encourage further research.

History for the Appetite

September 18th, 2014


It’s Thursday, September 18, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Cookit! History Cookbook


Age Range: All (All grades – with parental supervision)


A ClickScholar in Virginia shares this appetizing history website sure to get your tummy rumbling. Part of the larger Cookit! website which is dedicated to improving students’ “skills, understanding and enjoyment of food and healthy eating”, this portion of the website encourages the discovery of food preparation, diets, and its effect on health and daily life throughout history.
When arriving at the site choose from the following time periods:
  • Prehistoric (15000BC – 42)
  • Romano-British (43 – 409)
  • Saxons & Vikings (410 – 1065)
  • Normans / Medieval (1066 – 1484)
  • Tudors (1485 – 1602)
  • Stuarts (1603 – 1713)
  • Georgians / Regency (1714 – 1836)
  • Victorians (1837 – 1901)
  • Edwardians and World War I (1901 – 1918)
  • Interwar Years (1918 – 1939)
  • World War II (1939 – 1945)
  • Postwar / Modern (1945 – 1985)

Through the use of video podcasts, recipes, and picture galleries, in addition to informational texts relating to life, food, and health facts during the time period, visitors will gain a better understanding of the importance of food in history. Learn about the evolution of food preparation, try period recipes, discover how the dinner table and the kitchen has changed, and how all of these things have contributed to the life-styles and health of people throughout time.

When you are finished exploring the History Cookbook, be sure to check out the Activities tab for more learning activities related to food, as well as the Teaching area tab for even more resources and guidance in using the whole Cookit! website.

This website is a wonderful (and tasty) addition to your history studies sure to have your children asking for second helpings.

Bridging World History

September 4th, 2014


It’s Thursday, September 4, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Bridging World History


Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult, children with parental supervision)


Part of the larger Annenberg Learner website, this portion of the website is a collection of 26 inquiry-based thematic units using videos, text, and interactive activities to help students discover world history. While the units can be used individually to supplement history studies, when used in their entirety and sequentially, they provide a complete chronological world history course.

Each of the lesson units include:

  • Videos produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting are usually divided into three segments, each focusing on a specific topic relating to the unit.
  • The Course Guide PDF not only provides instruction for using the unit but also can serve as the student workbook.
  • Online Text PDFs contain the reading material for the unit.
  • Learning Activities PDFs contain ideas for activities to be used by groups or individuals at various skill levels.

When arriving at the unit home page, use the left hand navigation bar to access the various components of the unit. In addition to the main study components, you will find:

  • References & Sources
  • Unit Audio Glossary
  • Related Units
  • Video Transcript

In the navigation bar beside the Bridging World History logo, be sure to check out the World History Traveler feature, an interactive that builds upon the lessons with the use of maps, images, documents, and texts. This tool can be used to focus in on particular events, places, or people or zooming out to see the larger picture of time and place.

Whether you are in need of supplemental material for your world history studies or looking for a full course, this website is definitely worth consideration.

Ancient & Modern Wonders of the World

August 28th, 2014


It’s Thursday, August 28, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World


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


Oh, you’ll be glad you visited this site! Most of us know that there are Seven World Wonders, but few can name them all.
At this site you will discover all seven, read about their history, and view artists’ illustrations of the wonders. When you are through exploring the ancient wonders you can click on a Geographic Map that shows you where they were located in relation to one another.

Then click on “Other Wonders” and discover more ancient wonders, along with Modern and Natural wonders too. In this section, you will find an illustration or photograph along with links that provide historical information – although in some cases (for example, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco) there is simply a link to another photograph.

You can also click on Frequently Asked Questions to get some answers to questions about the wonders, and there are Related Links about archaeology and history that you might enjoy surfing as well.

This site won a “Top 5% of All Websites Award” and for good reason. Just viewing the wonders may inspire students of all ages to want to learn more about history.