Posts Tagged ‘American history’

New England History-Only a Click Away

May 16th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, May 16, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Centuries: View from New England

(www.americancenturies.mass.edu/)

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 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Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England.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: 

  • Highlights 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.

Performing Arts with Bob Hope

April 27th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 27, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bob Hope and American Variety

www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

The Library of Congress offers this free online presentation of the life of entertainer Bob Hope and the history of American Variety entertainment including Vaudeville, Radio, Movies, Television, and more.


Using photographs, illustrations, and text, this exhibit provides a biography of Hope’s career that provides fascinating historical information about the performing arts as well. 

When you get to the website use the menu in the middle that includes:

  • Early Life – Find out where Bob Hope was born, his real name, and how he got his start in show business.
  • Vaudeville – Discover Hope’s journey through vaudeville and get some terrific insight about what made this artform so popular.
  • Motion Pictures – Learn about the country’s transition to film making and the role of Hope’s series of “Road” pictures from 1940-1962 with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour.
  • Joke File – Explore Hope’s theft-proof joke vault with more than 85,00 pages of  bits, sketches, and jokes created by his team of comedy writers.
  • On The Road: USO Shows – Read about Hope’s 50-years of performing variety shows for U.S. troops.
  • And more!

This interesting exhibition about Hope’s life provides keen insight into American history, culture, life, and values. It may springboard interest in watching some of Hope’s films that the whole family may find entertaining. You can rent DVDs of Hope’s “Road” pictures such as Road to Singapore and Road to Rio. Your public library may have them as well.

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.

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