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Resources for Teaching American History

August 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 23, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Teaching American History – Teacher Resources

(teachingamericanhistory.org/teacher-resources/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger TeachingAmericanHistory.org website provides a large variety of resources to use for your American history studies.

From today’s link, select from the following: 

  • American History Toolkits – collections of resources from the site focusing on a specific topic. These resources can include Guiding Questions, Essential Documents, Webinars, archived courses from the Presidential Academy section, and Lesson Plans. The topics cover The American Founding, Expansion & Sectionalism, Civil War & Reconstruction, The Progressive Era, The Great Depression and World War II, and Civil Rights.
  • Exhibits on the American Founding – Using primary and secondary sources, maps, images and more, students will explore major events related to the founding of the American Republic. Events covered include the Constitutional Convention, The Federalist-Antifederalist Debate, The Ratification of the United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights.
  • Exhibits on American History – Similar in nature to the Exhibits on the American Founding section, students will explore in depth the historical significance of specific themes and events such as Religion in America, The Election of 1800, Abraham Lincoln, and The Civil War.
  • Lesson Plans – links to other sites with history lesson plans
  • Presidential Academy – Provides a 30-session course focusing on three major documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. From the website description, “Each session is made up of a set of readings, all linked from its blog post, and usually one lecture. Guiding questions and focus issues are at the foundation of each week’s study.”
  • Multimedia Resources – links to find archived videos and podcasts
  • Homeschool Resources – specifically gathered for the homeschool family, visitors will find:  
    • Free Homeschool American History Curriculum – a free high-school level American History and Government curriculum focusing on primary documents. There is a sample of the curriculum to review and then a form to fill out to receive the curriculum by email.
    • Monthly Webinars – conversations focusing on the 50 Core American Documents
    • Classroom Webinars for Homeschool Co-ops – interactive webinars ideal for AP U.S. History or Government and Politics courses.
    • Saturday Webinars – monthly programs for those who want to know more about American history documents. These webinars are also archived making it a great anytime resource.
    • Documents Library – access to the over 23,000 primary documents on the site
    • 50 Core American Documents – a collection of the most important documents in American history and government with summaries, questions and links to related documents.

This site is a fantastic resource for your American history studies and well worth bookmarking.

Online Civics Lessons

November 9th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, November 9, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EL Civics for ESL Students

(www.elcivics.com/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides brief lessons with supporting materials for civic studies. All the lessons are presented in a concise manner making it a good starting point for your studies or as a study review for older students.

Navigation of the site is straight-forward. Either use the left-hand sidebar menu or select from the generalized options on the home page. Search for lessons relating to civics and government, holidays, states, and life skills. There are also many lesson and worksheets for ESL students.

The civics and government lessons include: 

  • 13 Colonies with Map
  • American Indian Tribes
  • The Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, the Constitution and more important documents
  • Civic Theories
  • Civil War, World War II, and Cold War
  • Democracy and the branches of the government
  • Famous Americans
  • The United Nations
  • Voting, political parties, rights and freedoms
  • National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, National Parks and other American treasures

And much more.

Lessons include images and some also have videos. Most lessons include related downloadable activities such as worksheets, puzzles, and other reading exercises.

Whether your students are just starting their civic studies or need to brush up on some topics, this website is well worth a visit.

Congress for Kids

September 21st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, September 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Congress for Kids

(www.congressforkids.net/)

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

 

Discover the foundations of the U.S. federal government and how its actions affect our lives with this website from The Dirksen Center.

Using the side bar menu and through text, games, and quizzes, students can learn about: 

  • Independence – Examine how America came to free itself from British rule.
  • Constitution – Discover the history and meaning of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Amendments.
  • Legislative Branch – Learn about the House of Representatives, the Senate, how laws are made and the power of the veto.
  • Executive Branch – Explore who makes up the Executive branch of government and their jobs.
  • Judicial Branch – Find out about the role of the Supreme Court.
  • Elections – Learn about voting procedures, political parties, National Conventions, campaigning, the electoral college and more.
  • Citizenship – Discover what it means to be a citizen of the United States.

Each section is broken down into smaller topics. Select the topic of interest, read over the information, then select the starred activity at the bottom or the “Learn More” link. Activities include crossword puzzles, word searches, cryptograms, quizzes and more that can be printed out using the print function of your browser. There are some online matching games and additional off-site activities that can be found by selecting the “Surf with Uncle Sam” block on the right-hand side of the page. We did find some links that led to dead ends but the majority of them did lead to other activities.

In addition to the main portions of this site, don’t forget to look at the sidebars for quick facts, “Things to Think About”, “Projects to Do”, and other “Online Learning Modules” to further expand your studies.

Explore U.S. History with Milestone Documents

August 17th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 17, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Milestone Documents

(www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?flash=true&page=milestone)

Age Range: 11-Adult (Grades 6-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Explore United States history from 1776-1965 by examining 100 documents gathered by National Archives and Records Administration.

The select documents are considered to “reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to ‘form a more perfect union.'” After selecting one of the documents from the link list, the window will open where visitors will see an image of the actual document, be able to read about its history and significance, review a transcript of the document, and additionally can download a PDF(s) of the image of the item. Some of the most popular documents available include: 

  • Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Constitution of the United States (1787)
  • Bill of Rights (1791)
  • Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803)
  • Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  • 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
  • 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)
  • Gettysburg Address (1863)
  • Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • And many more.

There are additional resources available using the left-hand menu including: 

  • The People’s Vote – a ranked list of the documents based on public opinion of which are considered the most historically influential
  • Tools for Educators – includes a downloadable source book, teaching ideas and more
  • Related Resources – links to other websites for documents and historical research

This website is an excellent resource for any history class wishing to use primary resources in their studies.

Celebrate the U.S. Constitution

November 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, September 17, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Constitution Center

(constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources)

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

 

On September 17, 1787, the course of history was changed when thirty-nine brave delegates at the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution. This website not only provides information about the Constitution but also lesson plans, educational videos, games and activities to supplement your studies.

When arriving at the link, browse around the page for various links to educational resources or click the “Resources” link in the upper menu at the top of the page to select from: 

  • New Interactive Constitution – Students in grades 8-12 will discover what constitutional experts have to say about articles and amendments of the Constitution.
  • Videos – Videos from past Constitution Days explain: 
    • The Bill of Rights
    • The Legislative Branch
    • The Presidency
    • Freedom of Expression
    • The Judicial Branch
  • Preamble Kit – downloadable classroom kit with lesson plan and more to explore the importance of the Preamble for elementary and middle school students
  • Lesson Plans – include: 
    • Preamble Challenge Lesson Plan
    • To Sign or Not to Sign lesson
    • Bill of Rights Lesson
    • Founders Library-Think Like a Founder
    • Separation of Powers
  • Activities and Resources – fun ways to spark your children’s interest in the Preamble

When you are finished with the featured sections, use the sidebar menu to find even more links to lessons, games, and resources for your Constitutional studies. If you are looking for even more inspiration, select the red, white, and blue “National Constitution Center” button in the upper tool bar to visit the home page of the National Constitution Center, then hover over the “Learn” text link where you find links to additional lessons, activities, games, and much more.

This site is bookmark worthy as a go-to resource for civics, citizenship, and constitutional studies.

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

August 7th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 7, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

iCivics

 

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

 

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

From the home page, select the large green “Teach” image, then select “Games” on the next page. Some of the featured games “Topics” include:

  • The Constitution – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
  • The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents. Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.
  • The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.
  • The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.
  • Citizenship & Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

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