Posts Tagged ‘civics’

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This website from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a “gateway” to the historical content available from the Institute.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

Free DVDs from John Stossel!

May 26th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Stossel in the Classroom (http://stosselintheclassroom.org/freedvd/)

 

Age Range: 11-Adult (about middle school through adult; children with parental supervision)

 

“Stossel in the Classroom”, sponsored by the Center for Independent Thought (a non-profit educational foundation) offers a free DVD each school year that is a compilation of John Stossel’s television programs and specials designed for use in the classroom to enhance the study of social sciences. All you have to do is register (free), and agree to provide feedback once you’ve viewed the DVD – and the DVD’s will be mailed to your home or school address. There are also free, downloadable “Teacher Guides” for the DVDs at the website with lesson plans, activity suggestions, handouts, and vocabulary.
A new DVD is produced each year and is free to teachers including home educators. Right now you can get TWO FREE DVDs: the 2014 edition and the 2015 edition (while supplies last)! When you get to the site, you’ll see John Stossel’s smiling face and learn how to register to receive the DVDs.

When you’re through registering, use the menu at the top of the page to access all of the free resources available. Watch free “Streaming Videos” from Stossel on thought-provoking topics. Past videos are archived at the site. You can also search the videos by subject. Since today’s focus is on Science, search the topics for: 

  • Biology
  • Business Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Health
  • Science
  • Technology
Bookmark this site and come often to find tons more resources on topics like: 
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Civics
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language Arts
  • Government Law
  • Journalism
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Math
  • Music
  • Parenting
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • US History
  • World History
Again, all of this is provided for FREE – they simply request that you provide feedback on the website and products to share with fellow teachers/educators.

You can use John Stossel’s thought-provoking programs to launch lively discussions, question conventional wisdom, gather and analyze information, and distinguish between fact and opinion.

When you register at the site, you will automatically receive the quarterly e-newsletter with convenient links to order the latest free DVD, play the free monthly streaming video clips, and access the featured teacher resources.

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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