Posts Tagged ‘American history’

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.

Famous Moments in Early America Videos

June 30th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 30, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archiving Early America: Videos

(www.earlyamerica.com/videos/)

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

 

This website archives Early American History. When you get to the site you can watch – for FREE – well-produced, short films of noteworthy events in early American history.

Each of the 8 films highlights a true story of historical significance using images from primary source documents such as engravings, woodcuts, portraits, and drawings to create the scenes. The movies include: 

  • The Ben Franklin Story
  • The Life of George Washington
  • Declaring Independence
  • Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution
  • The Shot Heard Around The World
  • The Treason of Benedict Arnold
  • The Real Face of George Washington
  • Molly Pitcher, An American Heroine

All of the films provide students with a better understanding of the people, places and events of this era. While you can watch the films at the website, you can also download them for a small fee. But that’s not all!

When you are through watching the films, explore the menu. You will find primary source documents, biographies of notable women in early American history, maps, music of the era, milestone events recounted through primary source documents, famous obituaries, biographies of famous early Americans, and a wonderful gallery of portraits of early Americans including John Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and much more.

This terrific site gets a ClickSchooling Award for combining modern technology with historical documents to create a multi-media website resource that will enhance the study of Early American History for students of all ages.

Get Acquainted with The Founding Fathers

May 5th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, May 5, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Colonial Hall

(colonialhall.com/)

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

 

This website offers the biographies of 111 Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

It includes biographies for: 

  • the signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • the signers of the Articles of Confederation
  • the signers of the U.S. Constitution

The biographies include interesting information on the life and times of each Founder along with a portrait picture.

This site also has the biographies of 34 of the Founding Fathers’ wives. You can also read the Declaration of Independence at this site!

When you get to the site you will see the “Featured Founder.” Click on the name, and a new page opens where you can read the biography. You will also see a menu on the left side of the screen that you can use to access all of the biographies archived at this site.

This website is a good resource for your elementary American history studies.

Learn the History of the Raid on Deerfield

April 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Raid On Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

(1704.deerfield.history.museum/)

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

 

Count us among the ignorant who had never learned about the Raid on Deerfield of 1704. That’s astonishing when you consider how this singular event impacted American history.

At today’s website, you will find a well thought-out and exceptional use of multi-media technology that presents the history leading up to the Raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1704, the raid itself, and the legacies in its aftermath. But beyond the historic scenarios, are the stories of the people who were there. Through primary source documents and in-depth research this site captures and brings to life the involvement of culturally distinct groups of people and conveys the meaning it had for each one. The lives of Native Americans (W├┤banaki, Kanienkehaka, and Wendat), African slaves, and English and French colonists intersected at this moment in history to play significant roles in the Raid on Deerfield.

When you get to the site, you will see a menu. To get the most out of this site the FIRST thing you should do is click on “Play the Introduction to 1704.” Wait a minute for the video/audio to load and then sit back and enjoy the introductory presentation as it lays the foundation for everything else you will find at this site.

Once you watch the introduction, then you can either follow the menu outline to examine each section of the site in orderly sequence, or you can pick and choose the various aspects of the site you’d like to explore including: 

  • Meet the 5 Cultures – Meet the 5 cultural groups involved in the raid, and engage in an in-depth exploration of their history, lifestyles, habits, and how they interacted.
  • Go To The Story Menu – This timeline depicts the events and conflict preceding the raid, the raid itself, and the aftermath. Each segment is described from the perspective of each culture that was present.
  • Enter The Conflict – View maps of Deerfield and the surrounding area, get explanations for what occurred, meet the people involved in the raid, and examine artifacts.

Each of the above selections contain many links to resources for further exploration. You can skim for general information or delve into the content depending on your level of interest.

Don’t forget to check out the mini-menu bar on each page of the site. In addition to the above items, it contains a shortcut to hearing a radio broadcast commemorating the Raid, as well as audio snippets of legends and stories told by each of the different cultures involved in the Raid on Deerfield. You can also hear English songs and French music circa 1650-1750.

This is an exceptionally designed website that provides a multicultural glimpse of early American history through five different perspectives and interpretations of the facts. As mentioned in the audio/video introduction, there isn’t one truth provided here – rather they consider all of truths from different perspectives. The purpose is to bring history alive in all its uncertainties so we can begin to ask helpful questions that enable us to understand the past. Highly recommended.

Note: While this site is probably designed with middle school students and up in mind, younger students may enjoy aspects of the site on a visit with mom or dad.

National Anthem Day

March 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, March 3, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Star-Spangled Banner

(amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/default.aspx)

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

 

“The Star-Spangled Banner” became the United States’ National Anthem on March 3, 1931. Explore the legacy of this song with this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of History.

There are a few different ways to navigate around the website. After reading the brief overview on the home page you can select the “Begin with The War of 1812” image link at the bottom of the text and proceed through the pages in sequence. Or, if you would rather explore one of the four topics, they can be chosen from the upper menu: 

  • War – Learn about the War of 1812.
  • Flag – Explore the history of the American flag known as The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • Song – Discover the lyrics, composer, and music of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
  • Legacy – Dig into the symbols of this nation, the changes made to the flag, and rules and rituals associated with it.

Throughout the pages of this website are interactive features to help commit to memory what has been learned and to examine the flag and song more closely. These features can also be accessed either form the “Interact” link in the menu bar or from the home page and include: 

  • Collect – Collect stars by answering questions at the bottom of the pages. When all the stars are collected, students can print out a certificate.
  • Explore – Get up close to The Star-Spangled Banner with this interactive that allows you to zoom into different sections of the flag and learn about what is found.
  • Sing – Watch and sing-a-long with videos of people singing the national anthem.
  • Share – A prompt to tell what the American flag stands for and what it means to you.

Through brief texts and colorful images, this is a great place to add to your American history studies.

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