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Free World War II Field Trip Guide

July 16th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 16, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Notgrass: Remembering World War II Field Trip Guide Ebook

(http://notgrass.leadpages.net/wwii-field-trip-guide/)

 

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

 

From the popular Notgrass History homeschool curriculum provider, download this 42-page field trip guide that provides hundreds of hyperlinked field trip locations across the United States dedicated to the history of World War II.
When arriving at the link, take a few minutes to watch the brief video with an excerpt from the speech made by President Harry Truman on the surrender of Japan in 1945. Then click the large yellow button underneath. A pop up window will open asking you to provide your email address. Visitors may also sign up for optional email lists for Best History Field Trips, Notgrass History Bites (free lessons and activities), and/or Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers, but this is not necessary to access the guide. Click the blue “Access Now” button and you will be taken to another page where you can download the PDF guide. When viewing the PDF index, click on the table of contents titles to be taken to that section of the guide. The field trips locations are divided into the following categories: 
  • Battle and Attack Sites
  • World War II Museums and Sites
  • Military History Museums
  • Airplanes
  • Ships and Submarines
  • The Manhattan Project
  • Relocation Centers
  • The Holocaust
  • POW Camps
  • Other Sites
  • Events
Each destination is hyperlinked to a website that will provide more information about the location to make planning your field trip simpler. Looking for places solely in your neck of the woods? Use the Location Index in the back of the ‘book’ to narrow your search.

But don’t leave the Notgrass website yet! There’s more great material available here. When you arrived at the download page, you may have noticed the little pop up for yet another free history ebook. Sign up for the Notgrass e-mail newsletter and receive Laura’s Little Houses, a guide to twelve sites related to the Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder families. In the menu at the bottom of the page, under the “News & Articles” section, select “History Bites” for several downloadable and fun history lessons on some not so typical topics such as: 

  • The history of the “Candy Land” and “Scrabble” games
  • The youngest person and first woman in America to receive U.S. patents
  • The history of rubber bands, paper bags, microchips, hot air balloons, and cheese
  • The history of city playgrounds
  • And more
When you are done exploring these, select the “Family Activities” option in the bottom menu for even more great games, projects, and crafts to use throughout your studies.

Not only is A Guide to Museums and Historic Sites in the United States ebook a wonderfully useful resource but the website is chock full of great activities, lessons, and ideas to add to your homeschooling tool belt.

Navigate the Road to the American Revolution

July 9th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 9, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Liberty! The American Revolution

(http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/index.html)

 

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

 

This website is companion to the Peabody Award Winning PBS series, Liberty! The American Revolution. But even if you don’t have access to the program, there is still a lot of learning opportunities available here. With this website visitors are encouraged to travel the road through the history of the American Revolution with simple but interesting interactives.
When arriving at today’s link, select from the following: 
  • Chronicle of the Revolution – Read about the headline events from Boston, 1774, Philadelphia, 1776 and 1791, Trenton, 1776, Saratoga, 1777, and Yorktown, 1781. While in this section, check out the Timeline of the Revolution and comprehensive subject index to discover the people, pivotal events, documents, and social and cultural context of the Revolution.
  • Liberty! The Series – Read episode descriptions, about the making of Liberty!, meet the cast and scholars in the series, and about the accompanying music.
  • Perspectives on Liberty – Through interactive images, learn about daily life in the colonies, the global village, and military perspectives of the American Revolution.
  • The Road to Revolution – Play this question and answer game as you travel along the Revolution Road from Boston to Washington D.C.
Visitors can return to the homepage at any time by selecting the Liberty! Image in the upper left of the header. When back on the homepage, select the “Teacher’s Guide” on the right to access companion lesson plans. Choose the “Resources” link for a bibliography of American Revolution books and additional topical links. If you are interested in purchasing the DVD/Home Video of the series or the soundtrack, select the “Companion Products” option. If you would like to see if there are any upcoming broadcasts of this program on PBS in your area, select that option.

This website provides an interesting supplement to any study of the American Revolution.

Free, Fun Math Games For All Ages

July 6th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, July 6, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Sheppard Software: Math (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm)

 

Age Range: 4-15 (Grades PreK-10, with parental supervision)

 

The fabulous Sheppard Software company provides this educational website that offers a multitude of fun and engaging math games with sound and visual effects to make learning fun and more memorable. The games are designed with various difficulty levels so that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of games that cover topics including: 
  • Addition
  • Algebra
  • Counting
  • Comparing/Ordering
  • Decimals
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Factors
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Measuring
  • Mixed Operations
  • Money
  • Multiplication
  • Numbers
  • Place Value
  • Round/Estimate
  • Subtraction
  • Time
Click on any topic to find an assortment of games to practice and improve mathematical skill.

Don’t miss exploring the main horizontal menu located at the top of the home page, to find interactive learning games for language arts, science, social sciences and more! You’ll want to bookmark this site to return often!

Take an American History Journey

July 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 2, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Journeys

 

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

 

This website offers an amazing library of historical primary source documents that provide eyewitness accounts of North American explorers including the Vikings in 1000 AD, Spanish, French, and English explorers, American Indians, Pilgrims, Frontiersmen, Lewis & Clark, and the mountain men of the Rockies in 1800. Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, it was designed for students exploring National History Day’s 2004 theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange.”
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu bar that includes: 
  • Find A Document – A search engine to help you find documents on the topic that interests you.
  • Images – An incredible resource of paintings, sketches, and pictures of the events chronicled in the documents. You can view the images for free – or purchase high-quality reproductions.
  • Highlights – Not sure where to begin? This page offers a selection of eyewitness accounts of famous moments in American History by date. Pick one and with a click of your mouse jump right into history.
  • Teachers – THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. Read the description and use the menu bar that helps you choose a topic, select lesson plans, understand the geographical references and nomenclature used in the accounts, consider who wrote the accounts and what factors color their interpretation, determine how to deal with sensitive content in the accounts, and more.
Parents, as always, should review this material to determine suitability for your children and students. Be sure to read the comments under “Sensitive Content” on the menu bar in the “Teachers” section.

These documents provide a window into the past like no other. Bookmark this site so you can use it for research and supplementation to your studies of the history of exploration in North America.

History In An Hour

June 25th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, June 25, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

History In An Hour (http://www.historyinanhour.com/)

 

Age Range: 4-Adult (Grades 9-adult, children with parental supervision)

 

If you are looking for brief, accurate, and well-researched history accounts, then this website run by series editor and author Rupert Colley might just be the ticket. The site’s tag-line, “History for busy people” sums up the premise of this website’s purpose.
While the articles are written as blog posts, the search engine at the top of the page makes it easier to refine your search. You can also browse articles by the following topics found in the upper menu under “Blog”: 
  • All
  • On this day in history. . . (currently doesn’t appear to be working properly)
  • American History
  • Black History
  • Book Reviews
  • Classical History
  • Cold War
  • Historical Writing
  • Historiography
  • History of Medicine
  • Inter-war Years
  • Ireland
  • Islam
  • Interviews with Historians
  • Medieval History
  • Nazi Germany
  • Royal History
  • Stuart Britain
  • Soviet Union/Russia
  • Tudors and Reformation
  • Victorian History
  • Women in History
  • World War II
  • World War I
Because the articles are quick reads and information is presented in an interesting way in bite size pieces, this is a good place for those with little time or who otherwise would moan over the thought of learning history. Most of the stories have accompanying images to enhance the story. While not your typical education resource, this website does a good job of keeping the readers’ attention and good place to go for those reluctant history students.

Explore Baseball History with the Hall of Fame

June 18th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, June 18, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Baseball Hall of Fame Explorer (http://baseballhall.org/explorer)

 

Age Range: All ages and grades (children with parental supervision)

 

Visitors will learn about game player greats such as: 
  • Babe Ruth
  • Hank Aaron
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Willie Mays
  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Ty Cobb
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Randy Johnson
And so many more.

But the Baseball Hall of Fame does not simply celebrate great ball players. Umpires, managers, and baseball executives are also included. Discover the contributions to the history of the game for Hall of Famers such as: 

  • Hank O’Day – player, manager, umpire and scout for over 40 years in the National League
  • Bill Klem – affectionately known as “The Old Arbiter”, was the first umpire to wear a chest protector, and also one of the first to use visible arm signals to coincide with his calls
  • George Lee Anderson – a.k.a. “Sparky” Anderson is currently the only manager to win a World Series in both leagues
  • John J. McGraw – manager that led the Giants to 10 Pennants and 5 World Championships
  • Effa Manley – the female pioneer businesswoman and co-owner of the Newark Eagles, committed to baseball and civil rights
Visitors to the site can browse through the inductees or refine their search by using the several search fields. Select a Hall of Famer by clicking on their picture. Each page includes a mini-biography, images, and career statistics. Some also include links to other related items and videos.

Baseball is steeped in American history, and this website will sure to intrigue the sports fan in your home.

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