Posts Tagged ‘American history’

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.

Colorado Doing History Virtual Tours

October 28th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, October 28, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Doing History Virtual Tours

(hewit.unco.edu/dohist/vftrips/themes.htm)

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

 

Take 11 different virtual field trips with this website from the University of Northern Colorado and The William E. Hewit Institute for History and Social Studies Education.

Choose to visit: 

  • Colorado Indians
  • Georgetown’s Historic Stores
  • Georgetown’s Historic Houses
  • An 1860’s Farm
  • An 1890’s Farm
  • The Lebanon Sliver Mine
  • Denver’s Historic Lower Downtown
  • Denver’s Historic 17th Street
  • Denver’s Historic Civic Center
  • Denver’s Historic Uptown District

Once you have selected your tour, there are a few different ways to navigate the tours, depending on your selection. Some you click an image to begin, then use the “Next” text link to move to the next slide. Others bring up a group of images to choose from, then you can continue using the “Next” link. And there are a few that visitors use a map to choose locations. Once an image is pulled up, then click on it again to enlarge in another pop up window. When this window opens, learn more about the image by choosing either “About this stop” or “Preservation” from the lower menu in the frame.

But the learning doesn’t stop there. Click the “Doing History Site Map” text link and another pop up will appear. This brings up a chart that when you select the check mark a new browser window opens and you can dig deeper into: 

  • Farmers & Ranchers
  • Indians
  • Miners
  • Cities
  • 20th Century
  • Archives
  • Ancient Pueblos

Here you will also find a link to Teachers Resources which include Lesson plans and more tips on using the website.

Bookmark this site to come back to during your Colorado state and American history studies.

Happy Birthday, Teddy Roosevelt

October 27th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, October 27, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

(www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trpresident.html)

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

 

On October 27, 1858, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States was born. With this website, students will learn all about the man and his legacy.

Using the simple navigation menu at the top of the page, learn about Theodore Roosevelt as: 

  • President
  • Politician
  • Soldier
  • Author
  • Outdoorsman
  • Family man

Through texts, images, videos, and much more visitors can not only explore his life but can also discover his contributions to American history such as: 

  • The Rough Riders
  • The Square Deal
  • League of Nations
  • United States Forest Service
  • Antiquities Act
  • Panama Canal
  • And much more.

Throughout the website are downloadable PDFs of speeches, primary resources, lists, and much more to be used in your studies offline. Visitors will also enjoy checking our “The Roosevelt Bears” in the Cartoon section of this website to see and read the “Teddy” related storybooks of the day.

This thorough website is an excellent resource for your history and presidential studies.

History and Social Studies and More, Oh My!

September 29th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 29, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids.gov

(kids.usa.gov/index.shtml)

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

 

This sister website to the USA.gov website, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, serves as an internet gateway to educational information and services available through government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.

Using the navigation buttons at the top of the page, first decide your audience, Kids Grade K-5 or Teens Grade 6-8, then choose to:

  • Learn Stuff
  • Play Games
  • Watch Videos

This is where the fun begins. Choose from the suggestions in the scroll-able upper menu box or find the subject you are interested in by selecting it from the icons below the box. The icons will take you to another page broken down into topics. From here either browse through the list of linked websites or click the topical text link to be taken to the page of links.

All kinds of subjects are available, but we will focus on History. On the “Learn More” tab find great resources to learn about: 

  • American History
  • Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
  • Groups and Cultures
  • Presidents
  • Time Periods and Eras
  • Wars

History games include: 

  • America by Air – Among other activities, take a virtual flight across America.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Kid’s Zone – Games that teach about life in colonial America
  • History and Culture – Smithsonian Education – a selection of games sponsored by the Smithsonian
  • And many more!

Watch videos about: 

  • Native American Indians
  • Martha Washington
  • Webcasts from the Library of Congress

(Note: While reviewing this site we found some links no longer took you directly to the right page, but adventurous researchers can dig a little on the site to locate what they need.)

Select the Teachers button in the top menu to find activities, worksheets, lesson plans and more. The Parents page provides parental resources for a subject.

This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site to come back time and again for all your subjects.

Check Out the American History Calendar

September 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 22, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American History Calendar

(americanhistorycalendar.com/)

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

 

This ad-sponsored website offers a free American History Calendar that highlights people and events of historic importance every day of the year. You can use it to springboard discussions and further learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see the current week’s historic birthdays and events, along with an introduction and information about what you’ll find at the site. Use the menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • People Calendar – Features the birthdays of people of historic importance to American history including:
    • Signers of the Declaration of Independence
    • U.S. Presidents
    • U.S. Vice Presidents
    • First Ladies
    • Revolutionary People
    • 1812 War People
    • Civil War People
  • Events Calendar – Highlights the anniversary date of historic events that occurred during:
    • Revolution Era
    • State Ratifications
    • 1812 War Events
    • Civil War Events
    • World War II Events

Click on either calendar and a new page opens that displays the current month’s calendar. Birthdays and/or events are highlighted on it. Place your cursor over or click on those of interest to see more information, as well as a Google map indicating the location where the event took place. It’s enough to spark a short conversation or it may inspire you to research the person or event at your leisure.

The calendar is incomplete. It’s a work-in-progress and you are welcome to help improve the calendar by contributing information to it (see details at site).

The calendar is fully functional and free to site visitors.  Again, this is an ad-supported site. Ads are randomly generated and change.  Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site and supervise exploration of it.

Note: There is an option to “subscribe” to the calendar which allows you to download it, customize it, and synchronize it with other tech tools, calendars, and applications. It didn’t work properly when we visited and tried it, so it’s not clear to us if the subscription is free (and if so, if it requires registration), or if it’s fee-based.

Explore Civil War Collections at the Smithsonian

July 8th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, July 8, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CivilWar@Smithsonian

(www.civilwar.si.edu/home.html)

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

 

Explore the artifacts and memorabilia from the Civil War era with this website from the Smithsonian Institution and produced by the National Portrait Gallery.

Select from the following menu items: 

  • Collections – Through images and text, examine the items and portraits in the following collections: 
    • Slavery and Abolition
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • First Blood
    • Soldiering
    • Weapons
    • Leaders
    • Cavalries
    • Navies
    • Life and Culture
    • Appomattox
    • Winslow Homer
    • Matthew Brady
  • Timeline – Learn about the events of the Civil War from 1859-1865 through this textural timeline.
  • Resources – Expand on your studies of the collections with additional links and book recommendations.

This tour will make a wonderful supplement to your American history studies.

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