Posts Tagged ‘civics’

Current Events for Kids

July 5th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Current Events

(hmcurrentevents.com/)

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

 

This website from textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides free, interactive, multi-media current events reports for middle school and high school students.

When you get to the site you’ll see a list of the recent stories. Use the left-hand sidebar menu for sections that carry stories spotlighting: 

  • American History
  • World History
  • World Geography
  • Civics/Government
  • American Diversity
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Presidential Election Connection

Also available from the homepage are sections for “Today in History,” “BBC Lead Stories,” “Web Resources,” “Events Calendar,” and “Polls.”

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a selection of current stories in the news, photographs, illustrations, and information for further research and study. Visitors will also find topical quizzes, top related stories and more.

Parents, please be aware that there are often links to other websites outside of the HMH site that have not been reviewed. As always, preview content prior to allowing your student to visit those websites.

Tennessee History for Kids

May 31st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, May 31, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tennessee History for Kids

(www.tnhistoryforkids.org/)

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

 

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee was admitted into the Union. Discover the history, geography and civics of our 16th state with this website.

Begin exploring by either selecting an option in the upper menu or scroll down the page to see available topics. Select from: 

  • History – Discover people, places and more with images, texts, biographies, virtual tours, videos and more. Then take an interactive history quiz that can be customized by grade and number of questions.
  • Civics – Sorted by learning levels, Elementary, Middle school, and High school, learn about government and politics and then test your knowledge with another interactive quiz.
  • Geography – This section is divided into two sections, Basic and Advanced, where students can explore geography, economics, and more and again take a quiz to see what they have learned. Please note the link for the Tennessee Department of Transportation on the scavenger hunt page brought up an error, but if you put into the search engine on that page “Maps” you should be able to locate a free downloadable map to use with the Scavenger Hunt.

If you need additional resources for your state study, there are also 14 printed booklets that can be ordered from the site at a cost.

This website could serve as a supplement for your state studies of Tennessee.

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.

History by Era Resources

June 1st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 1, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History by Era

(www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era)

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

 

This website from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a “gateway” to the historical content available from the Institute.

Arranged chronologically by era, visitors will find scholarly introductions to the topics, essays written by historians, primary resources including images and transcripts, multimedia presentations, lesson plans and other classroom materials. Eras include: 

  • The Americas to 1620
  • Colonization & Settlement, 1585-1763
  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • The New Nation, 1783-1815
  • National Expansion & Reform, 1815-1860
  • Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900
  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
  • Great Depression & WWII, 1929-1945
  • 1945 to the Present

Information is also sorted by “Themes”: 

  • African American History
  • American Indian History
  • Art, Music, and Film
  • Economics
  • Global History and US Foreign Policy
  • Government and Civics
  • Immigration and Migration
  • Literature and Language
  • Arts
  • Military History
  • Reform Movements
  • Religion
  • Women’s History

For each era or theme, information is presented in the same fashion beginning with an overview essay, then sub-era essays as well as available primary resources, teaching resources, a timeline of events, key vocabulary, multimedia and more.

This site provides an excellent place for the student to research American history or to dig deeper into a historical topic of interest.

Explore Presidential Inaugurations

January 5th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, January 5, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Our White House – Presidential Inaugurations

(ourwhitehouse.org/history-civics/inaugurations/)

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

 

On January 20, a new President will be inaugurated. Dig into the history and the process involved in US Presidential Inaugurations. Part of the larger “Our White House Looking In, Looking Out” website from The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, this portion of the site provides interesting facts and activities to engage students’ interest in the presidency, elections, and inaugurations.

On this opening page, there are links and explanations to the meat of the material. There is even a downloadable “Our White House Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids!” PDF to use offline in your classroom.

Topics explored include: 

  • Why Are Presidential Inaugurations Held on January 20th?
  • The Presidential Oath of Office
  • Americans Love a Parade
  • United by Voice and Vision: Thomas Jefferson’s First Inauguration, March 4, 1801
  • Come One, Come All! How Technology Transformed Inauguration Day
  • Inaugural Activities and Discussion Questions
  • Great Presidential Inauguration Websites

But the learning doesn’t stop with this one topic. This website has a lot more to offer. Use the upper menu to explore more about the White House, Presidents, First Ladies, Voting Rights, Campaigns and Elections, and so much more so bookmark this website to come back to time after time.

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.

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