Posts Tagged ‘constitution’

See the U.S. Capitol Virtually

January 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, January 22, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Architect’s Virtual Capitol

(www.capitol.gov/)

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

 

Explore and learn about the U.S. Capitol at this government website.

When arriving at today’s link, use the image links at the bottom left side of the page to: 

  • Discover – Through video presentations discover the history of the Capitol.
  • Explore – Using a clickable map, take multiple virtual tours of various locations around the Capitol. Not only can you explore the locations, but each place includes information about the Arts & Architecture, History, and a look Behind the Scenes. Locations include: 
    • U.S. Capitol Building
    • Capitol Reflecting Pool
    • James Madison Memorial Building
    • Cannon House Office Building
    • Longworth House Office Building
    • Rayburn House Office Building
    • John Adams Building
    • Thomas Jefferson Building
    • Supreme Court
    • Hart Senate Office Building
    • Russell Senate Office Building
    • And much more!
  • Learn – Through the use of an interactive timeline, images, and text, learn the history of the Capitol from its provision in the Constitution in 1787 until 2013.

This is a meaty website with a lot of excellent information to digest, so allow plenty of time to explore.

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.

AP History PowerPoints, Lessons, and More

September 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 23, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

TomRichey.net (http://www.tomrichey.net/)

 

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Created by Tom Richey, a high school and technical college teacher in South Carolina, this website is a neat resource for those looking for online PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, YouTube videos and lectures, and more to supplement their AP history courses.
When arriving at the site, mouse over “Courses” in the upper navigation bar to find course material related to the following: 
  • AP US History – includes Colonial America, The American Revolution, The U.S. Constitution, Jefferson vs. Hamilton, The Jefferson Republic, The Age of Jackson, The Crisis of the Union, Civil War & Reconstruction, The Gilded Age, Progressivism & Intervention, Twenties and Depression, WWII and the Cold War, Civil Rights & Vietnam, The Conservative Resurgence
  • AP European History – covers Renaissance & Exploration, Protestant Reformers & Religious Wars, Absolutism & Constitutionalism, The Age of Reason, The French Revolution, Industry and Isms (1815-1850), Late 19th Century, WWI and Modernism, Dictatorships and WWII, Cold War & Contemporary Europe
  • AP Government & Politics – Constitutional Underpinnings, Campaigns and Elections, The Federal Judiciary
  • World History to 1300 – Prehistory & Human Origins, Cradles of Civilization, Ancient Israel, Ancient Greece, The Romans, and Empires of Monotheism
  • HS 101 (TCTC) – Western Civilization to 1689
  • HS 102 (TCTC) – Western Civilization Post 1689
  • Current Events
When selecting a main course title, visitors will find the downloadable course syllabus and study guide. Use the “Courses” dropdown menu again, hover over the course to reveal the different units. Each unit page includes any applicable hyperlinked Unit Guides which includes course materials, a YouTube Playlist, lecture notes, and PowerPoint presentations.

When you have finished exploring the courses, check out “EOC Review” on the main menu for review materials. While the material is based on the South Carolina US History Standards, you don’t have to live in South Carolina to reap the benefits of this website.

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.

 

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