It’s Thursday, January 28, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)
Discover the obstacles Americans faced to secure the freedoms we have today through games and activities provided by this website from Ball State University, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service.
When arriving at today’s link, select either the “Students Start Here” or “Teachers Start Here” links. When selecting the teacher link, learn about the purpose of the website and how to use it in conjunction with your studies. There are lesson plans and additional activities available at the “Website and Classroom” link in the top menu that include topics such as:
- The Revolution
- The Constitution
- American Freedom
The student section of this website allows students to independently dig into this topic of American history through virtual game boards. There are 3 different game boards, covering different time periods:
- Colonial Edition – Learn about the early struggles for freedom from pioneers coming to America through the Revolutionary War.
- Founders’ Edition – Take a look at the Constitution including its foundation to its operation today.
- Citizens’ Edition – Discover the paths of freedom since the writing of the Constitution including women’s rights and civil rights.
Once the student enters their name to start a game, games are automatically saved as the student plays. Up to 10 games can be stored. To play students ‘spin the wheel’ and their piece is moved along the board. Depending on where the piece lands depends on what happens next. There are challenging mini-games to be played and the student earns points. The final goal of the game is not only to learn the information but to score as many points as possible. The board is complete when all the mini-games have been played. In order to open a different game board, students must work through the previous board. Throughout the games are videos, images, text, and more reinforcing the material.
Bookmark this website to use with your American history studies again and again.