Posts Tagged ‘American history’

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.

Rooms through Time

January 27th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, January 27, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DAR Period Rooms

(www.dar.org/museum/current-exhibition/dar-period-rooms)

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

 

Travel through time exploring the period rooms on display at the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial Continental Hall in Washington DC.

Each of the 31 scenes are sponsored by a different state organization of the NSDAR and depict 18th – 20th century: 

  • Parlors
  • Bedchambers and bedrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Dining rooms
  • Meeting rooms and halls
  • An attic playroom
  • A study
  • A library
  • And more

Explore each room with the 360° image either by letting the auto revolve rotate around the room or use your mouse to move around the room. Navigate to each room using the image strip under the room. When you are finished visiting each of the rooms, use the upper menu, hover over “Museum” then select “Online Exhibitions” to discover even more online museum exhibits such as: 

  • Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia
  • Creating the Ideal Home, 1800-1939: Comfort and Convenience in America
  • Fashioning the New Woman: 1890-1925
  • By, For, And Of the People: Folk Art and Americana in the DAR Museum
  • Telling Their Stories: Samplers and Silk Needlework
  • Artifacts of the Abolitionist Movement

The virtual tours on this website open the doors to conversation with your students about how the rooms of our homes have changed and/or remained the same through the centuries and provides a nice visual addition to your American history studies.

Learn History through Poetry

December 8th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 8, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History for Kids

(www.history-for-kids.com/)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Use the fun poems found at this ad-supported website from author S.K. Dinning to help your students remember various history stories.

Review the home page for information about the site and how to use it. Use the left-hand side bar menu to select from the history topic of interest: 

  • Ancient History
  • Middle Ages
  • British History
  • American History
  • Myths & Legends
  • Pirates

Once you have selected your topic, visitors will find a selection of titles that when clicked on take you to the poem. Included on each page are either a timeline of history facts or other interesting facts.

Also, using the right-hand menu, visitors will find some “Colouring” pages, suggested history board games and books, interviews with other writers, a gallery of artwork by kids, and some silly history jokes.

If you are looking for lighthearted ways to add some fun to your history studies, you will most certainly enjoy this website.

Discover the Price of Freedom

November 10th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 10, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War

(amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/)

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

 

From the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center, this website provides an interactive exploration of the artifacts and history of American wars from the War of Independence to the War in Iraq.

Navigating this website is very straight-forward. When arriving at the link, read the brief introduction text then select the “Enter the Exhibition” button. From here a timeline of conflict populates from which you can choose: 

  • War of Independence
  • War of 1812
  • Eastern Indian Wars
  • Mexican War
  • Civil War
  • Western Indian Wars
  • Spanish American War
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Cold War
  • New American Roles

Once you have selected your area of interest, a summary page opens, then you select “Begin” to view the exhibit. Next, watch the overview video, then “Enter Exhibit.” Once in the exhibit, read about the history of the conflict, view interesting images, and examine related artifacts. The exhibits include a printable version of the entry.

Both on the home page and at the bottom of any exhibit page, there is a link to Learning Resources that can be downloaded which include lesson plans and guides to the collection. There are also supplementary videos to the various sections.

This is a great addition to your bookmarks for Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or other patriotic holiday studies or as a supplement for your American history class.

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