Posts Tagged ‘civics’

Hundreds of Free PreK-12 Lessons for all Subjects

February 20th, 2014


It’s Thursday, February 20, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Learning Aisle


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


This website is your one-stop destination for hundreds of ready to use on-line lessons for students PreK-12 across all the core subjects!


With content fully licensed from eTap, and from well-known sources such as Khan Academy, PBS, the History Channel, and more, navigating this well-designed website is a breeze. The curriculum is organized into four levels: 

  • Grades
  • Subjects
  • Units
  • Lessons


After registering for your free account, simply select a grade and then chose your subject, for example Social Studies. Then you will be presented with currently available units which are broken down even further into lessons. The Social Studies units cover such concepts as: 

  • Civics
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • People of the World
  • State Studies
  • U.S. History
  • World History


Unit lessons can include illustrated learning text, associated videos, and printer friendly worksheets as well as quizzes and additional resource links. 


A valuable feature of this website is that you may add lessons, units, subjects, or whole grades to your own Study Room. Within the Study Room, create personalized Study Lists for your students by simply dragging and dropping items from your Study Room to study lists. Students can then conveniently access the lessons you have assigned to them by selecting their own Study List. Also, for lessons within your Study room, there is a discussion box available to “ask questions, post comments, send messages to anyone who is studying the same lesson”. 


Within your study room, you can quickly monitor your students’ progress by selecting “Progress Report”. If there are tests or quizzes available within a unit, these can also be easily monitored by selecting the “Quiz Report”.   


Because this website includes units not only for social studies but also for science, math, and language arts, Learning Aisle may quickly become your first stop when planning your studies.


Free DVDs from John Stossel!

September 13th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 13, 2012, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Stossel In The Classroom: Free DVD

Age Range: 11-18 (about middle school/high school 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 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 2013 edition, and the 2012 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 including:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business   Chemistry
  • Civics
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English Language Arts
  • Environmental Science   Government Law
  • Health
  • Journalism
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Math
  • Music
  • Parenting
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • Technology
  • 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.


Free Listen-And-Read Books from Scholastic!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, September 5, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: Teachers – Listen and Read

Age Range: 4-10 (For emerging and beginning readers, with parental supervision.)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this resource from Scholastic, where you can enjoy over 50 non-fiction, read-along books (covering a variety of school subjects) that are accompanied by images and audio narration. There are even activities and/or quizzes at the end of each book to help the reader review what has been learned.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of the online book titles. The first 8 books on the menu are about careers that kids are often curious about including a Veterinarian, Pediatrician, and Fire Fighter. Then the rest of the books are divided into subject areas that include:

  • Animals– Arctic Fox, Panda Bear, Bats, Frogs, Alligators, Nocturnal Animals, etc.
  • Science–  Explore Tide Pools, Weather and Meteorology
  • Environmental Studies– Includes the stories in the science section plus books on apples, trees, and Earth Day celebrations.
  • Social Studies/History/Government & Civics  – These 3 sections offer the same online books for kids to  learn about the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Presidents, Pilgrims, and Native Americans.

Click on any story and a new page opens where you can start reading the book, one page at a time. Each page is accompanied by an engaging photograph or illustration, and the option to click “Listen” to hear a narrator read the words on the page.  Just follow the arrows to read the entire book.

At the end of the book you’ll find a simple quiz or activity that reviews the vocabulary words or simple concepts and information learned in the stories. Once you do the activity, you can advance to the next book. You can skip the activity, if desired, and move on to the next book by simply returning to the main menu.

Learn Civics Lessons in Freeville

February 17th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 17, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Bill of Rights Game

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately)

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia provides this fun, free game that helps students learn about the Bill of Rights. The premise is that the “National Computer” has crashed and deleted parts of the Bill of Rights! Your mission is to navigate through a map of a community called Freeville and identify the rights being used there to restore the document to its original content.

When you get to the site you will see a message that the computer has crashed. Click “Start” and the game map opens. Click on the landmarks to see a picture that depicts one of the 8 missing rights. Then, answer a multiple choice question to identify the missing right and help restore the document.

A correct answer adds the text back into the Bill of Rights that you’ll see displayed on the right hand side of the screen. 

If this game sparks interest in the U.S. Constitution, don’t miss exploring the “Interactive Constitution” housed at the National Constitution Center Museum to learn more.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Fun Games & WebQuests Teach Civics! (CSAW)

January 27th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, January 27, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 9 -18 (about Grades 4-12, younger students may enjoy aspects with parental assistance)

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.

When you get to the site you will see some featured games at the top of the page, and a menu of game “Topics” that include: 

*Citizenship and Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

*Separation of Powers – Control all 3 branches of government to understand the parts of government and how they work.

*The Constitution and the Bill of Rights – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law. Try out your persuasive skills by arguing a real Supreme Court case. Take a WebQuest to learn about how our Constitution was created and how it affects YOU.

*The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.

*The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.

*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.

In addition to the multi-media games and webquests, 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.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Play History!

November 4th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Thursday, November, 4, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Playing History

Age Range: 8-18 (Mostly Grades 4-12, younger children and non-readers will need assistance. Parents must preview for suitable content.)

ClickScholar Cie pointed out this website that offers an archive of links to over 100 free, interactive, digital games and simulations about U.S. and World History, civics, and geography. Many of these educational games were created by foundations and universities and combine academic knowledge with the latest digital technology.

When you get to the site you’ll see some of the featured games. You can use the search engine or simply click on the small horizontal menu tab at the top of the page that says, “Browse Games.”  A new page opens with a smorgasbord of choices such as:

*Franklin’s Interactive Lifetime – Learn about Benjamin Franklin and his interests in communication, science, politics and diplomacy

*Argument Wars – Debate historical U.S. Supreme Court cases.

*Oregon Trail – Journey by covered wagon across 2000 miles of plains, rivers, and mountains.

*The Adventure Train – Take a cross-Canada tour of railroad history.

*Inca Investigation – Discover what life was like for the people of the Huánuco Pampa.

*Discover Babylon – Explore three periods of Mesopotamian history.

*Build Your Own Parthenon – Learn about ancient Greece and architecture.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a screenshot of the game. In many cases you’ll see reviewer comments in the “Recent Ratings & Reviews” by those who register at this site. (It’s not necessary to register to access the games.)  Some of the comments are helpful; some not so much. It is unclear to me if these comments are monitored by the site owners, so parents should preview to determine suitability of content.

In addition to games, this site links to educational and trivia quizzes. I found a “Place The State” geography game too. A couple of games led to broken links such as a game called, “How Weird Are You?” from the History Channel. 

Some of the titles seem a bit odd or cover topics that are controversial.  Therefore, I’ll say it again, PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE USE OF THIS SITE.