Posts Tagged ‘constitution’

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.

A Sailor’s Life

May 11th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, May 11, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Sailor’s Life For Me

(www.asailorslifeforme.org/index.php)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Do you have what it took to be a sailor aboard Old Ironsides? With the interactive activities at this website from the USS Constitution Museum visitors will not only learn what it was like to be a sailor in the 1800’s but also the role the USS Constitution and its sailors played in the War of 1812.

Discover the life of a young sailor as you: 

  • Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns.
  • Tell tall tales and play a game of dice during your leisure time.
  • Find out how a wooden-hulled ship earned the name Old Ironsides.
  • Discover how Old Ironsides remained undefeated from its launch in 1797.
  • See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.
  • If you play the game well, you’ll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew!

When you get to the site, you can click on “Sail To Victory” and start playing the game right away. As you play, you’ll explore every nook of the ship from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast. Learn about the daily lives of the hundreds of sailors who lived and worked in the cramped ship space. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words.

There is a lot of content here and it takes a while to play the entire game. If you register at the site (free), you can leave the game at any time and return where you left off.

Be sure to click on “Educator Resources” link at the top of the home page for lesson plans and more. When on this page, look at the bottom and select the “Family Activities” link to download printable activities (pdf) to further the learning at home. They include: 

  • Speaking in Colors – Learn the language of the sea and create your own coded messages!
  • Word Search – Hunt down those tricky nautical terms and learn what they mean!
  • Ship’s Biscuit Recipe – Do you think you could eat like a sailor for a day? Put yourself to the test and bake your own ship’s biscuit.
  • Constructing Constitution – Construct your very own USS Constitution.
  • Ready? Aim. Fire! – Find out how sailors fired a cannon on board Constitution.

The site has vivid illustrations along with playful text and narration that draws on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum. As proclaimed at the website, “This is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!”

Become a History Detective

November 17th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, November 17, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Historical Scene Investigation

(hsionline.org/)

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

 

This website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives through investigating primary source documents.

Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials archived at this website. Through these “journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past” they compare the multiple points of view of those on the scene at the time.

Developed in partnership with the College of William & Mary School of Education, University of Kentucky School of Education, and the Library of Congress, H.S.I. is an effort to take students beyond textbook facts and give them “experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian.”

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that offers information about the H.S.I. Project and a link to the “Investigations” that include: 

  • Jamestown Starving Time
  • Bacon’s Rebellion
  • The Boston “Massacre”
  • Lexington & Concord
  • Constitution Controversy
  • Antonio A Slave
  • Finding Aaron
  • Children in the Civil War
  • School Desegregation
  • Dropping the Bomb
  • Case of Sam Smiley
  • March on Frankfort
  • When Elvis Met Nixon

Click on any “case file” and a new page opens with a description of the historic event and a question for the student to answer through investigating documents. Click on “Student View” to read the documents and access a series of questions that guide the student in analyzing the information in order to crack the case.

History and Social Studies and More, Oh My!

September 29th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, September 29, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids.gov

(kids.usa.gov/index.shtml)

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

 

This sister website to the USA.gov website, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, serves as an internet gateway to educational information and services available through government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.

Using the navigation buttons at the top of the page, first decide your audience, Kids Grade K-5 or Teens Grade 6-8, then choose to:

  • Learn Stuff
  • Play Games
  • Watch Videos

This is where the fun begins. Choose from the suggestions in the scroll-able upper menu box or find the subject you are interested in by selecting it from the icons below the box. The icons will take you to another page broken down into topics. From here either browse through the list of linked websites or click the topical text link to be taken to the page of links.

All kinds of subjects are available, but we will focus on History. On the “Learn More” tab find great resources to learn about: 

  • American History
  • Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
  • Groups and Cultures
  • Presidents
  • Time Periods and Eras
  • Wars

History games include: 

  • America by Air – Among other activities, take a virtual flight across America.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Kid’s Zone – Games that teach about life in colonial America
  • History and Culture – Smithsonian Education – a selection of games sponsored by the Smithsonian
  • And many more!

Watch videos about: 

  • Native American Indians
  • Martha Washington
  • Webcasts from the Library of Congress

(Note: While reviewing this site we found some links no longer took you directly to the right page, but adventurous researchers can dig a little on the site to locate what they need.)

Select the Teachers button in the top menu to find activities, worksheets, lesson plans and more. The Parents page provides parental resources for a subject.

This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site to come back time and again for all your subjects.

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