Posts Tagged ‘expeditions’

Missouri State History for Kids

August 10th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, August 10, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Missouri Secretary of State Kids Page

(www.sos.mo.gov/kids/default)

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

 

Missouri became the 24th state to be admitted to the Union on August 10, 1821. This website from the office of the Missouri Secretary of State gathers together loads of resources for your state study of Missouri.

At the kids’ homepage, there is a clickable list of links to: 

  • Games – online coloring pages, connect the dots, crossword puzzles, and more
  • Missouri History & Fun Facts – state symbols, famous people, a timeline, and other interesting topics
  • Missouri Government, A Brief Look – learn about the jobs of the state government

On the left-hand sidebar, select the Resources & Links to download PDFs in a virtual school packet that include full color brochures of the Missouri Government, A Brief Look, the Missouri State Capitol, the state flag, state symbols, famous Missourians, and the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. There are also links to other resources.

Add this website to your collection of state study sites.

Interactive US History Games

July 6th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, July 6, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mission U.S.

(www.mission-us.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by Public Broadcasting, offers free interactive games to immerse players in U.S. history content. The games are available for use online as well as for iPad and Android tablets.

When you get to the site select from the following games: 

  • Mission 1: For Crown or Colony? – “Puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.”
  • Mission 2: Flight to Freedom – “Players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the ‘free’ North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?”
  • Mission 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey – “Players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation.”
  • Mission 4: City of Immigrants – “Players navigate New York’s Lower East Side as Lena, a young Jewish immigrant from Russia. Trying to save money to bring her parents to America, she works long hours in a factory for little money and gets caught up in the growing labor movement.”
  • Mission 5: Up from the Dust – “Players take on the roles of twins Frank and Ginny Dunn, whose family wheat farm is devastated by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. As they experience the hardships of the 1930s, players learn about Americans’ strategies for survival – as individuals, communities, and a nation.”

Watch trailers of the games for an overview of each mission then click “Play Mission” to begin the game. 

Note: If you click on “Educators” on the menu at the top of the home page, you’ll find “Educators Guides” that provide instructions and tips for using the games as learning tools in the classroom. Some of the information may be helpful for home educators as well.

Visit Ghost Towns Virtually

November 4th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, November 4, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

GhostTowns.com

(www.ghosttowns.com/)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to a Ghost Town! This website offers a virtual museum of historic “ghost towns” presented through both a video gallery and a photo gallery.

While there are some ghost towns that match the cowboy movie depiction of a deserted town of rickety old buildings bordering a dusty dirt road, where the long-abandoned saloon’s doors creak when the wind blows – this website offers a more realistic view.

Here, you can explore ghost towns that have been revitalized as tourist attractions and offer tours, activities like panning for gold, history museums, shops, and even kid-friendly saloons where you can order Yosemite Sam’s favorite drink – a sarsaparilla soda!

Of course, there are far more ghost towns that are shadows of their former past. Once vibrant and bustling communities, their decayed remains are little more than a blip on a topographical map. Accessing these old ruins (often called “real” ghost towns) can be tricky – so it’s nice that this site provides a way to do it from the comfort of your home computer swivel chair.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some pictures and a menu below it. Click on “Virtual Museum.” A new page opens where you can access the virtual tour of ghost towns via downloadable video or photo gallery.

When you’ve finished the virtual tour, explore the rest of this terrific website. If your family would like to visit a ghost town in the United States or Canada in REAL TIME, you’ll find all of the information and resources you need including: 

  • How to Locate A Ghost Town
  • How to Read Topographical Maps to Find Ghost Towns
  • Things to Take With You On A Ghost Town Search
  • How to Take Pictures of Ghost Towns
  • And a Glossary of Ghost Town Terminology

This site provides a fascinating way to introduce history of the Old West – and it may inspire some exciting family expeditions!

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

June 10th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 10, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/virtualtour/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

With this website, explore the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress to discover maps, notes, manuscripts, and more from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Begin your tour by selecting the “enter tour” link on the first slide. Watch the slide show introduction then the tour begins. In each slide, select an image in the timeline to enlarge. Read through the text then click on the image to get a larger view. Select “Go Back” at the bottom of the slide to return to the timeline. Some images will open a new window with a presentation on the Library of Congress website. Simply close the window to return to the virtual tour. Select “Continue Tour” to move along. Sections of the timeline include: 

  • Prologue
  • Before Lewis & Clark
    • Beyond the Allegheny Mountains
    • The Spanish Entrada into the Southwest
    • Exploration of the Missouri River
    • British Passage to the Pacific
    • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark
    • Discovering Diplomacy
    • Geography
    • Animals
    • Dressed in Courage
    • Plants
  • After Lewis & Clark
    • The Journeys of Zebulon Montgomery PikeLong’s Expedition to the Central and Southern Plains
    • The Fur Trade
    • Wilkes and Frémont Expeditions
    • Boundary Surveys
    • Epilogue-Transcontinental Railroad Surveys

If you prefer not to use the interactive tour, visit the Rivers, Edens, Empires webpage on the Library of Congress site using the link under the interactive tour window.

Not only is this an interesting tour of the artifacts in the museum, but a wonderful addition to your westward expansion studies.

Free Virtual Trips to World Wonders!

March 7th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, March 7, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

World Wonders Project

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

“Cloudschooling” and “Hackschooling” are revolutionizing the way we learn – and this website provides a perfect demonstration. Created by Google, it’s a portal to help students learn geography and history through virtual trips to see the many ancient and modern wonders of the world — including:

  • Stonehenge
  • The Palace at Versailles
  • The Grand Canyon
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • The Ruins of Pompeii
  • The Ancient Temple of Kyoto
  • The Remains of Scott’s and Shackleton’s Expeditions in Antarctica
  • And Much More!

The site uses Street View, 3D modeling, and other technologies, photographs and videos, and provides in-depth information to help you explore the many world wonders, as if you were there.

When you get to the site you can start your adventure by clicking through the picture carousel on the homepage that features random sites from all over the world. You can also use the menu at the top of the page to:

*Find by Location – Includes sites located in Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania (Australia), and South America.

*Browse by Theme – Including Archaeological Sites, Architecture, Cities and Towns, Historic Sites, Monuments & Memorials, Palaces & Castles, Parks & Gardens, Places of Worship, Regions & Landscapes, Wonders of Nature.

Be sure to click on “Education” on the menu to download free teaching guides for using these resources with classroom students in primary and secondary schools. (It can be tweaked for use by homeschoolers.)

Once you select a site to explore, click on the title and a new page opens with a screen that displays a panoramic and interactive picture of the location. Use the menu to the right of the screen to access helpful information, videos of the location, and amazing photographs.

This is a terrific resource that you can use again and again – so bookmark it to return often.

Free Vocabulary Activities that Teach History!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 6, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

MyVocabulary.com

(See links below.)

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision)

This website is offering free activities to boost students’ vocabularies and knowledge of history in anticipation of Constitution Day, Columbus Day, and Election Day. I’ve provided the individual links to each page below…

CONSTITUTION DAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH

Enjoy interactive word searches, crosswords, matching games, quizzes, and more that include 229 vocabulary words themed around the U.S. Constitution.

COLUMBUS DAY, OCTOBER 8TH

Try your skills at solving vocabulary word puzzles and games, and get some lesson ideas for learning about Columbus and his historical expeditions.

ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

Play word games and do puzzles themed around political vocabulary words such as: Ballot, Campaign, Candidate, Canvass, Caucus, Constituency, Delegates, Electoral, Gerrymander, Incumbent, Judicial, Legislature, Nominate, Partisan, Primary, Quorum, Veto, etc.

Bookmark this ad-free website to take advantage of the array of free content to improve vocabulary. You’ll find activities to help prepare students for SAT and ACT exams too.

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