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New England History Only a Click Away

July 24th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 24, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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American Centuries: Views from New England

 

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England. 

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics:

  • Highlight of the Online Collection – browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic
  • Explore the Online Collection – using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include:

  • Dress Up – see, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively
  • First Person – read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them
  • Magic Lens – easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920.
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from:

  • Turn of the Centuries – focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

Celebrate the History of Disneyland

July 17th, 2014

 

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

 

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Designing Disney

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

On July 17, 1955, the doors of the magical kingdom known as Disneyland opened to visitors and the minds and hearts of imagination were forever changed. This Disney Fan website is “dedicated to the art and history of Disney theme parks.”

This website provides simple navigation to the various sections of interest. You can either use the tool bar at the top of the page or the links within the text of the home page. Destinations to choose from include:

  • Design – Behind the scene looks at how Disney theme park magic is made
  • History – The histories and stories of various Disney locations
  • People – Mini biographies of Disney Imagineers
  • On this Day – Learn about several special events that have taken place
  • Book Reviews – Reviews of recommended books pertaining to Disney parks
  • Current Events – What’s happening now at the Disney parks across the world

Through informative and interesting text and beautiful images, visitors can grow a new appreciation for what it takes to create the world’s most beloved theme parks. Discover what it took to design the Main Street Electrical Parade or how park costumes are made or what is involved in the landscaping of a park. Learn the history of Disneyland California, explore the lost treasures of Disneyland Paris, and investigate much, much more.

This website adds content regularly, so you may want to bookmark this site for further exploration in the future.

Geography Resources at Your Fingertips

July 10th, 2014

 

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

 

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Geography World

 

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

 

This award-winning website will quickly become your first stop when looking for anything geography related. It serves as a portal to hundreds of other geography websites. When arriving at the home page, you will be pleased at the simplicity of the site and navigation. The home page is broken down into the following sections:
  • Geographic Information
  • Geography Games, Puzzles, Quizzes, Trivia
  • Geography World (contains information about the website)

Each of the above sections provide link lists based on topics such as:

  • Continent
  • Culture
  • Conservation / Environment
  • Books, Magazines, Toys
  • Weather / Climate
  • Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Erosion / Weathering
  • Population
  • Flags
  • Geography Games
  • Maps / Globes / Skills
  • And so much more!

After selecting your topic of choice, you are taken to another page with a list of links to websites relating to the topic.

At the top of the home page, there is also a small navigation bar broken down into the following tabs, each with their own dropdown menus for more navigation opportunities:

  • Home
  • Continents
  • Culture
  • Geography Information
  • Geography Fun
  • Other Topics
  • Geography World

Per the information on the website: “Geography World previews all listed links and reviews these links on a semi-annual basis to keep content fresh and current.” Keep this website handy by bookmarking it because you will want to come back to it again and again throughout your homeschooling years.

A 4th of July Curriculum

July 3rd, 2014

 

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

 

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Various

 

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

 

The 4th of July offers lots of opportunities to learn more about U.S. History, Social Studies, Science and more! Here are some websites to get you started.

 

ClassBrain.com – 4th of July

 

At this site you will find a stunning compendium of 4th of July themed activities with links to:

  • History lessons
  • Primary source documents
  • Texts, literature, poems, and songs
  • Quizzes, puzzles, coloring pages
  • Crafts
  • and much more.

 

There is enough material here to provide an entire unit study on American history and in particular the events associated with Independence Day.

 

Kaboom!

 

Sponsored by PBS Nova, this site is all about the science behind fireworks. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Anatomy of a Firework – an illustrated guide to the different parts that make up a firework
  • Pyrotechnics: It’s Elemental – find out what elements from the Periodic Table of Elements are used in fireworks
  • Demolition Woman – read an interview with a female pyrotechnician and find out about what her job entails.
 
If you have kids who are fascinated by fireworks – they will enjoy learning about the science behind the sparklers. Happy 4th of July!

History Lessons from the Civil War Trust

June 26th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, June 26, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Civil War Trust Curriculum

 

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Presented by the non-profit Civil War Trust, this website provides downloadable lesson plans with companion PowerPoint presentations and assessments as well as 360 degree battlefield panoramas, maps, photographs, videos, puzzles, bonus quizzes and much more.
When arriving at the link above, choose from Elementary, Middle School, and High School curriculum. Topics covered include:
  • Disunion
  • The Country Goes to War
  • Antietam and Emancipation
  • Life at War
  • The Home Front
  • Shifting Tides
  • Bringing the War to an End
  • Effects of War
  • Preserving the Memory

Each topic provides a variety of lesson plans as well as links to other resources to enhance your studies. Lessons may be used online or downloaded.

Use the navigation bars at the top of the page to access the 360 degree panoramas of Chancellorsville, Chattanooga, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Antietam battlefields which also include embedded videos and other informative images and texts. Select the IN4 videos on the top navigation bar to watch short videos that concisely explain basic Civil War topics. Many of the video pages include links to additional history articles, primary sources, and more classroom materials.

Click the “Education” link, then “Teachers” and look on the side bar menu for more classroom resources, a Civil War coloring book, crossword puzzles, and more. Under the “Education” link select the “Students” option for students to learn more about the Civil War on their own. Some topics that may intrigue your student are:

  • 10 Facts About the Civil War
  • Children in the Civil War
  • Student Created Videos
  • Railroads of the Confederacy
  • The American Journey of the Bond Family
  • Music of the 1860s

There is so much to explore at this website to enrich your Civil War studies that you will want to bookmark this website for easy access.

History Tour of the Erie Canal!

June 19th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, June 19, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Erie Canal: A Journey Through History

 

Age Range: 10-17 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

List member, Tracey of Connecticut, recommended today’s terrific site. She wrote: 
“I discovered this site about the Erie Canal the other day. The link offers an animated history tour of the Erie Canal, complete with the music and lyrics of ‘Low Bridge, Everybody Down’ (The Erie Canal Song).”

When you get to the site simply click on the button that says, “Launch Erie Canal Tour.” Then sit back, watch and listen as you see historical panoramic views of the canal and learn a bit about its history. At the end of the introduction you will see a menu that includes:
  • Canal Tour – visit the many towns along the waterway and learn about their history in connection with the canal.
  • History – you have several options that includes reading different texts – one designed for kids, learning about historic recreational opportunities along the canal, viewing a timeline, and a bibliography for further study.
  • Panoramas – see panoramic views of each city along the canal.
  • Canal Songs – a wonderful selection of folk songs about the canal, including the Erie Canal Song that Tracey mentioned, and Buffalo Gals!

Your whole family can enjoy this site together – and don’t forget to sing a round of Canal Songs!

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