Posts Tagged ‘American history’

The History Of Jell-O!

April 4th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, April 4, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jell-O Gallery

(http://www.jellogallery.org/history.html)

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

 

The mere mention of Jell-O causes most people to giggle — but the silliness of Jell-O’s history is serious business.

Here are some more fun facts: Did you know that immigrants entering Ellis Island were served Jell-O as a welcome dish? Or that there were chocolate and cola flavored gelatins that were discontinued? Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish created artwork depicting Jell-O. Hollywood movie-makers used Jell-O to create the effect of parting the Red Sea in the 1923 silent film “The Ten Commandments,” and the horse-of-a-different-color in “The Wizard of Oz” was sponged down with green Jell-O. Astronauts at space station Mir marked time in space with Jell-O. The Smithsonian Institute even proclaimed, “American History is Jell-O History!”

Jell-O makes history fun — but don’t be too surprised if everyone craves Jell-O after visiting the site. If so, use the recipes at the site to make some yummy concoctions with Jell-O. Have fun!

Native American Math Activities

November 12th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, November 12, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Play Picaria

(thelittletravelers.typepad.com/the_little_travelers/2009/01/picaria.html)

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

 

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history. Here are some math activities inspired by the same.

Play Picaria – A homeschooling family offers step-by-step instructions for how to make your own game board and play Picaria, a fun strategy game developed by the Zuni or Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. It is similar to tic-tac-toe, but more challenging. Don’t miss the terrific tips and videos on worldwide traveling and learning with kids at this website, too!

Check out this site as well: Native American Geometry

Age Range: 9-14. This website was designed for students in grades 4-9 and teaches geometry through hands-on investigations and design activities. It has been used successfully in GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) programs as well.

Native American Science Lessons & Activities

November 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native American Science

(nativeamericanscience.org/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

It’s November and in the U.S. learning activities are often themed around the contributions of Native Americans to American history.

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and several universities, provides a free university-level curriculum (that high school students and accelerated learners may also enjoy) that shows how Indigenous traditions are based on a solid understanding and description of natural phenomena. Topics include: 

  • Native and Western Views of Nature
  • Indigenous Research Methods
  • Environmental Justice
  • Indigenous Perspective
  • and more.

As explained at the website, “Our goal is to avoid romantic cliches and characterizations of Indian people and their traditional knowledge and to present this knowledge as well documented but different in approach from ‘Western science.’ These traditions are based on connection to the natural world, rather than separation from nature–in other words we are working with a science based on relationships, reciprocity and respect rather than solely on exploitation and economic concerns.”

And for the younger set, have them build their own canoe: Lesson: Can-Do Canoe

This free classroom lesson and activity (for ages 8-18 or grades 3-12) can be tweaked for homeschoolers. As explained at the website, “Explore the engineering design process by building model canoes from everyday materials and testing their design. The canoes must be able to float for three minutes and, for older students, support a load.” Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their canoes and discuss their findings.

Be a History Explorer

November 1st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 1, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian’s History Explorer

(historyexplorer.si.edu/)

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

 

Explore American history with the hundreds of lesson plans, activities, interactives, media and much more available at this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

The homepage highlights featured topics, artifacts and resources. Visitors can use the search box on the right-hand side of the page to search for their topical interest which can easily be further refined by resource type, grade level, historical era, and/or cross-curricular connections. Once the list of resources populates, make your selection, review the information about the resource, then select the “Get Resource” button to access the material. Please note that some of the units bring you to an outside website while others are located on the Smithsonian site, so as always be sure to preview prior to allowing students to use this site. 

Visitors can also choose to browse content using the upper menu to locate resources by: 

  • Lessons & Activities – Search for specific lessons and activities to support your students’ learning.
  • Media – Explore relevant audio, video and interactive resources.
  • Museum Artifacts – Browse collections to use for object-based learning.
  • Themes – Dig deeper into resources focused on a major theme in American history including: 
    • A Nation We Build Together
    • American Experiments
    • Protest and Civic Action, the Civil Rights Movement
    • The American Revolution and World Wars
    • Presidential History, Politics and Voting
    • STEM Resources
    • Westward Expansion
    • Immigration
    • Hispanic Heritage Month
    • Teaching with Drama
    • Agriculture History
    • And more
  • Books – Check out the list of history related books to add to your reading list.
  • Teacher Resources – Find help for using the site and primary sources in teaching history as well as archived webinars and more.
  • Web Links – Examine additional links to other history websites.

Be sure to bookmark this website as it will be a valuable resource through all your American history studies.

Early American History through Caricatures

October 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 25, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

America in Caricature: 1765-1865

(www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/cartoon/cartoons.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Lilly Library, offers an online exhibition of political cartoons done in caricatures – pictures of a person or thing drawn with gross exaggeration of its most characteristic features.

The idea is to express satire and criticism of political and social agendas, especially during times of discontent or upheaval. While caricatures are always accompanied by text, it is secondary to the portrait that conveys the meaning through imagery intended to provoke a response from the viewer. The political cartoons in this exhibit depict times of turbulence in American history ranging from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 and then to the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864 which brought Abraham Lincoln to the White House.

As a ClickScholar said when she recommended the site, “See Abe Lincoln win the presidential race because of his long legs! See the Union map being unsuccessfully glued back together prior to the Civil War! See it all through the eyes of folks who were actually there. Great stuff! :)”

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu below it that includes: 

  • About Caricatures – Read the fascinating history of this art form.
  • The War of 1812 – View the cartoons and read the text to get a feel for what satirists were trying to convey at the time.
  • The Colonial Years – Caricatures of The Stamp Act and its repeal, and the “Bloody Massacre” also known as “The Boston Massacre”
  • Abraham Lincoln 1860-1865 – Political cartoonists depict the elections of 1860 and 1864, as well as The Civil War.

This website provides a brief, but fascinating look at early American history through the eyes of talented illustrators with specific political views. It’s a great adjunct to any study of early American history – probably geared more for middle school students and up.

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.

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