Posts Tagged ‘American history’

Solve the History Mystery

March 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: History Mystery

(teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

One of our ClickScholars recommended today’s website that offers a series of fun “History Mysteries” for students to solve.

When you get to the site you will see your animated guide, Dr. Carlotta Facts, a professor at the fictional History Mystery Museum. Dr. Facts challenges students to figure out the historic person, place, event, or object she is studying based on 4-5 clues she provides. The idea is to solve the mystery in as few clues as possible.

Students are encouraged to use the clues to conduct research on the World Wide Web (or use offline resources like textbooks, maps, and reference books) to solve the mystery. There is an online search mechanism built into the game. Each “History Mystery” game is themed in United States or world history and includes topics in these categories: 

  • African-American History
  • Environmental History
  • Government and Politics
  • Inventions and Technology
  • Social & Cultural History
  • Women’s History
  • Exploration
  • World Civilizations

Within each topic category, there is a list of sub-topics. Click on any one to play a game themed on that topic. Once students think they have solved the mystery, they submit an answer. If the answer is correct, they receive a designation as an investigator of historical mysteries and an opportunity to learn more about the subject. If the answer is incorrect, they can receive another clue, investigate further, or submit another solution. They can also click on “see the answer” and read all about the topic.

The History Mystery game is a fun way to challenge your knowledge of history and a great way to introduce information on various historical periods, civilizations, industry and technology, certain landforms and geography, and elements of culture.

Learn the Legends of Tuskagee

February 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, February 22, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Visionaries: Legends of Tuskegee

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/intro.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

With this website from the National Park Service, explore the lives of American visionaries, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and the Tuskegee Airmen.

When arriving at today’s link, read over the introduction then select which legend you would like to learn about. When the page opens either use the upper menu to navigate through the sections or follow in sequence of the presentation by selecting the “Next” link. When you are ready to learn about a different person(s), either use the upper menu or lower menus to make a new selection or select the “Exhibit Home” text link in the lower right of the page.

Along with brief texts there are historical images and pictures of artifacts as well as links to additional information. Also included in the Booker T. Washington online exhibit there are 360° virtual tours of his parlor and den at his home, The Oaks, in Tuskegee.

In addition to an overview and image gallery for each exhibit, visitors will also explore the following: 

  • Booker T. Washington: 
    • Up From Slavery
    • Personal Life
    • Building a University
    • Tuskegee Students
    • Influential Spokesman
    • The Oaks
  • George Washington Carver:
    • From Slave to Student
    • Desire for Knowledge
    • Arts and Crafts
    • A Great Teacher
    • Practical Researcher
    • Movable School
  • Tuskegee Airmen: 
    • Civilian Pilot Training
    • Training for War
    • Airmen in Combat
    • Motion Field
    • Support Personnel
    • Benjamin O. Davis

This website is a great addition to your Black History Month and American history studies.

Visit the Home of Frederick Douglass

February 16th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, February 16, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site – Virtual Museum Exhibit

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/frdo/index.html)

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

 

Visit the home of abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, Frederick Douglass with this virtual museum exhibit from the National Park Service.

After arriving at the site and reading the overview use the links above and below the main image to navigate. Choose from: 

  • Visionary – Learn about why Frederick Douglass was called the father of the civil rights movement and more.
  • Washington Home – On this page learn about his home, examine artifacts and find the virtual tour link.
  • Power of an Idea – Read a brief summary of how ideas shaped his life. (Parents Note: This page has an image of the Statue of a Female Slave which is a nude, so as always use discretion when allowing children to view this site.)
  • Mighty Word – Discover how Mr. Douglass became a public speaker and writer.
  • Women’s Rights – Learn about other abolitionists and his part in the women’s rights movement.
  • All Image Gallery – View all the images available on all the pages.

There is also a link to “Lesson Plans” to the right of the overview which provides a list of all available lesson plans from the NPS museum collections where visitors can find lesson plans for African American History and many more topics.

To view the virtual tour, select the Washington Home link then click the “House Tour” link under the picture of the house. When the tour begins slides of the rooms will transition. Below the slide show there is a summary and to the right a clickable floor plan map to explore the rooms. Select a room to open the image and learn about each room’s function. Use your mouse or the tools under the image to take a closer look. Rooms to explore include: 

  • East Parlor
  • Library
  • West Parlor
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen
  • Frederick Douglass Bedroom
  • Helen Pitts Douglass Bedroom
  • Ann Douglass Bedroom
  • Men’s Guest Bedroom
  • Lady’s Guest Bedroom
  • Helen George Bedroom

This site will make a great addition to your African American history studies.

The Presidential Campaign of 1896

February 1st, 2018

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

The Presidential Campaign – Cartoons & Commentary

(projects.vassar.edu/1896/1896home.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from Vassar College presents information relating to the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley over William Jennings Bryan. Historians consider this election to be one of the “most dramatic and complex in American history.”

When arriving at today’s link, review the introduction and information about symbols used throughout the pages. Under this information visitors will find links to the pages of the site broken down into sections: 

  • Leaders – Learn about the important people of the time such as Susan B. Anthony, J.P. Morgan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie as well as the candidates and more.
  • Themes of the Campaign – Discover the “hot topics” that fueled the campaigns including the Civil War, racial prejudice, economic depression, woman suffrage, and much more.
  • Popular Culture of 1890’s – Explore inventions, medicine, amusements and more of the time.
  • Special Features – Under this section find “Classroom Ideas” for using the 1896 website including discussion questions, writing prompts, further reading suggestions, and advanced researching ideas.

Throughout the website are images of political cartoons which can also be accessed from the link in the upper menu at the top of the home page. Please take note of this important statement on the website homepage: 

“1896” contains many images and arguments that the site’s architects find offensive, including antisemitic and racial slurs. These themes–and protests against them, which were largely ignored in the press–represented the state of public opinion at the time. We include such material as part of our commitment to a full understanding of the past and its legacies today.


As always, please preview this website prior to allowing your students’ use.

Free Science Units on Atoms & Molecules and Plants!

January 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funtastic Unit Studies

(funtasticunitstudies.com/lessons-and-activities/)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website is provided by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom with a degree in biology, who has written some unit studies (available as e-books) on science and history. Designed with homeschoolers in mind, the unit studies are available for purchase on the site, but Susan also offers some free science lessons and activities (taken from the pages of her e-books)!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page under “Lessons and Activities” to access: 

  • Atoms and Molecules for ages 8-13 – Learn the definition of atom and molecule, print out a Periodic Table of Elements, do activities to enhance learning, and take a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
  • Plants for ages 4-8 – Learn the parts of a plant including seeds, roots, stem, and leaves. Enjoy activities to boost learning, and answer review questions.

Click on either link to open a pdf that contains the lesson (within the framework of the actual e-book). You’ll have to scroll about 1/3 down the page, past the “Table of Contents” to get to the lesson.
 
Once you’ve explored the Science freebies, check out some of the author’s free American History Activities that correspond to her books: 

  • The Pilgrim Adventure
  • The King Philip’s War Adventure
  • The Salem Adventure
  • The Civil War Adventure
  • and more.

Again, these free lessons and activities are excerpts from Susan Kilbride’s e-books that you can purchase via the website.

Digital American History for K-12

January 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital History

(www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)

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

 

The University of Houston sponsors this free, in-depth, American history website.

Topics include: 

  • A U.S. history textbook
  • Lesson plans and e-lectures
  • Primary source documents including court cases and Supreme Court decisions
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Essays, letters, and cartoons
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Multimedia exhibitions
  • Video, films, and flash movies
  • Audio presentations of speeches and debates
  • Interactive modules, history games, and quizzes
  • Historical Music
  • Reference resources that include classroom handouts
  • Resources to create your own multimedia American history exhibitions

The content here covers 44 historical eras with exploration activities on topics such as: 

  • Mexican, Tejano, and Texian perspectives on the battle of the Alamo
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to relocate Japanese Americans during WW II
  • Children’s perspectives on slavery, westward migration, and WW II

When you get to the site you’ll see an interactive timeline in the center of the homepage. Click on any block to sample what’s available here. Or use the extensive menu below the timeline to begin your exploration of the array of historical content.

You’ll even find links to living history museums, presidential libraries, and other historical websites.

Once your history thinking cap is fully loaded, take the quiz to find your History I.Q.

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