Posts Tagged ‘American history’

Colonial America for Kids

November 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, November 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Land of the Brave: Colonial America for Kids

(www.landofthebrave.info/)

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

 

Explore Colonial America with this ad-supported website from the U.K.

Information is presented with concise text, interesting images, maps, fast facts, and more. After reading over the generalized information relating to a topic, each section can be further investigated by selecting from a list of more specific material. Students can begin learning by selecting from the following general topics: 

  • Explorers & Discovery of America – from Leif Ericson to the colonization of America and all the explorers in between
  • Religious Beliefs & Religions – Learn about the Puritans, the various religions in the colonies, the Salem witch trials and more.
  • Important Original Documents – Explore primary source documents such as the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Sugar Act, state Constitutions and much more.
  • Revolutionary War & Battles – Discover the people and events of the Revolutionary War.
  • The Pilgrims & the Mayflower – Who were the pilgrims and the other people aboard the Mayflower?
  • Taxation in the Colonies – Examine the history of British Acts and taxation in the colonies.
  • Life in Colonial Times – Read about events that happened during colonial days and what it was like to live during that time.
  • Congress & Government – What was the government like during colonial days?
  • The First 13 Colonies – Dig into the history of the original 13 colonies.
  • Colonization, Trade & Colonialism – Explore the trade practices and commodities of colonial America as well as the colonization and colonialism that took place.
  • Famous Colonists & Patriots – Learn about the many important people of colonial days such as William Bradford, Captain John Smith, Thomas Hooker, Anne Hutchinson, Patrick Henry, the founding fathers and many more.

With so much information available, students will be able dig deep into colonial American history. 

(NOTE: As always, because this site is ad-supported, be sure to assist students while navigating around this website to avoid unwanted detours.)

Thanksgiving Poetry!

November 15th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 15, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Poetry Foundation: The Cranberry Cantos

(www.poetryfoundation.org/collections/101693/the-cranberry-cantos)

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

 

This website offers a great selection of Thanksgiving-themed poetry.

As explained at the site, “Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.” Some are somber and some are silly. Some are old and some are modern. We hope you find one to print out and enjoy with your family!

History by Era Resources

June 1st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 1, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History by Era

(www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era)

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

 

This website from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a “gateway” to the historical content available from the Institute.

Arranged chronologically by era, visitors will find scholarly introductions to the topics, essays written by historians, primary resources including images and transcripts, multimedia presentations, lesson plans and other classroom materials. Eras include: 

  • The Americas to 1620
  • Colonization & Settlement, 1585-1763
  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • The New Nation, 1783-1815
  • National Expansion & Reform, 1815-1860
  • Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900
  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
  • Great Depression & WWII, 1929-1945
  • 1945 to the Present

Information is also sorted by “Themes”: 

  • African American History
  • American Indian History
  • Art, Music, and Film
  • Economics
  • Global History and US Foreign Policy
  • Government and Civics
  • Immigration and Migration
  • Literature and Language
  • Arts
  • Military History
  • Reform Movements
  • Religion
  • Women’s History

For each era or theme, information is presented in the same fashion beginning with an overview essay, then sub-era essays as well as available primary resources, teaching resources, a timeline of events, key vocabulary, multimedia and more.

This site provides an excellent place for the student to research American history or to dig deeper into a historical topic of interest.

Civil War Virtual Battlefield Tours

April 7th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, April 7, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Civil War Virtual Battlefield Tours

(johnsmilitaryhistory.com/cwvirtual.html)

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

 

Tour the battlefields of the Civil War at this website by military history enthusiast, John Hamill.

Easily navigate to the various tours available by locating the battlefield on the list sorted by year. Each tour provides pictures of the location and information about the place. Some of the destinations included are: 

  • First and Second Manassas
  • The Peninsula Campaign
  • The Seven Days
  • Harpers Ferry
  • Antietam (Sharpsburg)
  • Fredericksburg
  • Chancellorsville
  • Second Winchester and Stephenson’s Depot
  • Gettysburg
  • Vicksburg
  • Chattanooga
  • Cold Harbor Campaign
  • Hunter’s Raid
  • Fort Harrison
  • Petersburg Breakthrough
  • Saylors Creek

And many more. When you have finished viewing the tours, head back to the tour page and you will find additional links for: 

  • Strategy and Tactics
  • Editorial/Opinion
  • Essays by Matt Hering
  • Links to Other Civil War Websites

These online tours will add to your American history studies.

Language Arts Quizzes & More!

March 29th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 29, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kidport

(www.kidport.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Kidport is a Google-ad supported website that offers free information and brief quizzes in a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, science, social studies, and creative arts. For this review we focused on “Language Arts.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of what looks like a remote control device that contains grade levels from K-8. Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of subjects. Then, click on “Language Arts” to see an index of the topics covered for that grade level including: 

  • Compound Words
  • Contractions
  • Word Recognition
  • Spelling
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Homophones

Click on a topic and a new page opens with information, an interactive quiz, and an activity suggestion (that you can do offline). 

The Language Arts section is useful and there are quizzes on many subject areas – and as a mechanism for review of topics typically taught by grade level, it may be helpful.

You can get a good idea of everything the site has to offer by clicking on “Contents” on the menu. It includes direct links to the materials by grade level, including the “Reference Library Section” that offers information and interactives on the following topics:

  • Animal Kingdom
  • Life in the Sea
  • Human Body Anatomy and Physiology
  • Social Studies
  • American History
  • American Revolution
  • American Civil War
  • California Gold Rush
  • California Missions
  • U.S.A. Geography Index

Old Fort Western Virtual Tour

March 24th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 24, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Fort Western

(www.oldfortwestern.org/virtual.asp)

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

 

Visit Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Historical Landmark fort on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, with this virtual tour, and see its transformation over its 250-plus year history.

After arriving at today’s link, select your internet connection type, either dialup or broadband, to begin your tour. Once the new window opens, use the timeline under the introduction to begin exploring. Choose from: 

  • Military Period – 1754-1770
  • William Howard Period – 1770-1782
  • Two Family House Period – 1782-ca 1830
  • Three Family House Period – ca 1830-ca 1870
  • Tenement Period – ca 1870-ca 1922
  • 2004

The tours for the Military Period through the Tenement Period are in drawings and primarily show how the fort changed in its division and use of the space. Once you have selected your time-period, the fort image will load. Text on the page describes the fort and its use. As you move your mouse over the image a view finder will reveal details inside the fort. There are several tools to change your views. When you explore “2004”, it provides a more in-depth view of the current use of the fort as a museum with photos and panoramic views of the various rooms.

There is a lot of interesting history connected with Old Fort Western and the part it played in the development of the Kennebec Valley in Maine as well as American history in general. When you are finished with your tours, close the tour window to get back to the opening page. In the upper menu, select “Fort Information” to find links to the fort, house, and store history.

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