Posts Tagged ‘constitution’

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.

Be A History Detective!

October 17th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, October 17, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Historical Scene Investigation Project

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, approximately)

The Historical Scene Investigation (H.S.I.) website provides social studies students with the opportunity to become virtual history detectives. Students investigate prepared “case files” about historical events by examining primary source materials such as journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past. Then, students  compare the multiple points of view of the people who were 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.

Free CD of K-12 History Lessons & More!

August 8th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 8, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

AmericanHeritage.org

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12) 

This website, sponsored by the non-profit, non-partisan American Heritage Education Foundation, provides FREE K-12 lesson plans to teachers, students, and families in all 50 states.

As explained at the website, AHEF is “dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America’s factual and philosophical heritage to promote constructive citizenship and Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility among our students and citizens…AHEF is inclusive of individuals of every race and creed and every religious or non-religious persuasion.”

When you get to the website, you’ll see some explanatory text with hyperlinks to the lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school.  Simply click on the link for the grade level of interest and a new page opens to a menu of lessons with activities that include:

FOR ELEMENTARY GRADES:

  • Colonial America
  • Declaration of Independence
  • U.S. Presidents
  • The Great Seal, Motto, Flag, etc.
  • The History of Thanksgiving Day ~ and more!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL:

  • Colonial America: American Revolution
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Bill of Rights
  • Gettysburg Address
  • What is an American? ~ and more!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL:

  • The Mayflower Compact
  • Federalist Paper Number 47
  • The First Amendment
  • Entrepreneurs in History
  • American’s Creed ~ and more!

Each lesson is available in English and Spanish. You can access it online through a downloadable pdf file. You can print the lessons out and use them offline as well.

You can also order a CD of these lessons absolutely FREE! Instructions are at the website here: http://www.americanheritage.org/contact_us.html

Note: A binder of the lessons for each grade level is also available for a fee of $19.50.

These free AHEF lessons and activities can be enjoyed regardless of homeschool methodology.

 

Virtually Sail Aboard USS Constitution

August 2nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, August 2, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

All Hands on Deck

Age Range: 5-18 (Lessons are designed for Grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.)

Take a multi-media learning adventure aboard the USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) that incorporates language arts, reading, math, science, art, and social studies.

When you get to the landing page of the website, I recommend that you watch the companion video (19 minutes long) that provides a sort of virtual field trip into the ship’s past. In the movie, a modern day ship visitor named Julie steps into a time-warp and meets characters from the ship’s past who tell their stories revealing the history and legacy of the USS Constitution.

Note: To download and watch the video, when you get to the website’s landing page, click on “Set Sail” and a new page opens. Click on “Table of Contents” and then click on “Video” on the left side of the screen. 

After watching the video, use the “Table of Contents” to explore the free curriculum that covers the USS Constitution’s construction, the crew, and life aboard a 19th century warship. Discover the teamwork required to sail the ship and engage in battle.

The online curriculum has lessons and activities that require students to solve math problems, make maps and diagrams, and write essays and poems. You’ll find suggestions for getting started, vocabulary helpers, activity sheets to print out, and much more. You’ll also find:

•Recommend Resources – Get recommendations for further reading, fun field trips, movies, music, and games, and a list of items to have on hand.

•Scuttlebutt – Enjoy humorous tales and interesting historical facts and anecdotes to extend the lessons.

This tribute to the legacy of the USS Constitution is designed for classroom use, but can be tweaked to suit any homeschool environment.

 

Free Lessons on the Bill of Rights!

April 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, April 25, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Bill of Rights Institute

Age Range: 10-18 (Middle School and High School, with parental supervision)

This website delivers free lessons to help boost students’ knowledge of their constitutional rights and America’s founding principles. The lessons are delivered to your inbox in a free e-newsletter called, The Constitution Courier. Each lesson includes historical content, connections to real life, classroom activities, downloadable PDFs, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of the free lessons available and information on how to sign up to get them (simply enter your email address). The lessons cover a wide range of topics including:

*Being an American – Get lessons on The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Bill of Rights.

*Current Events and the Constitution – Get a framework for discussing current events in context with history. Each month, students analyze how the Constitution applies to a specific issue or event on the local, state, or national level.

*Bill of Rights In The News – Focuses on issues making headlines that directly relate to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. It provides current online news articles, discussion questions, and related links and resources.

*Landmark Supreme Court Cases And The Constitution – Spotlights prominent United States Supreme Court Cases past and present and highlights key constitutional issues and controversies. 

*The Constitution and Religious Freedom – Explores the history and importance of religious liberty in the United States from the colonies to today. Focuses on historic individuals, landmark Supreme Court cases, student rights, and current issues related to this First Amendment protection.

*Election Resources – Learn about issues discussed during elections, with a focus on the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press.

*Presidents and the Constitution – Find out about the roles of the President including  Commander in Chief and Chief Executive Officer, and how the President responds to the office as it pertains to the Constitution.

When you are through signing up to get these terrific resources, explore the rest of the site. You’ll find free lessons from past newsletters in the archives that are designed to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

This is a great way to implement the advice issued by President John Adams in 1789: “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”

 

Free U.S. Constitution Lessons & Activities

September 20th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 20, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ConstitutionOnline.com

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

I received an announcement from the Heritage Foundation (a non-profit, conservative research organization) about a new tool for homeschoolers – a free online guide to the constitution complete with a “Teacher’s Companion.”  The guide is designed to be user-friendly, comprehensive, searchable, and contains free lesson plans for students.  It provides a clause-by-clause examination of the Constitution and explains each clause’s interpretation over the years. It includes exercises and quizzes to facilitate understanding of the Constitution’s main concepts.

When you get to the site, you can jump right in, or explore the menu to learn more about this tool. If you prefer to follow an organized guide, click on “Teacher’s Companion” on the menu to explore:  

  • The Legislature
  • The Executive Branch
  • The Judicial Branch, Courts, and Judges
  • The Constitution, Federalism, and the States
  • Amendments and the Bill of Rights
  • Slavery and the Constitution

This resource is completely free and doesn’t require any sort of sign up.

 

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