Posts Tagged ‘government’

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.

[ClickSchooling] Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

April 14th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, April 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mr. Nussbaum – United States History for Kids

(http://mrnussbaum.com/united-states-history-for-kids/)

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

 

This portion of the larger, ad-supported Mr. Nussbaum website created by the teacher of the same name, focuses on United States History. With hundreds of topics, interactives, and printables, your elementary and middle school students will find themselves digging deeper into the subject at hand.

When arriving at today’s link, select your main topic of interest from the some of the following: 

  • United States History Super Timeline
  • Explorers
  • 13 Colonies
  • American Revolution
  • Civil War
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Westward Expansion
  • Biographies
  • French and Indian War
  • Native Americans
  • Pirates
  • Presidents
  • Constitution
  • United States Government
  • War of 1812
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Castles
  • Animated Biographies
  • Social Studies Games

Each main topic is further broken down into sub-topics to narrow your learning adventure. Not only is there concise, age-appropriate text, but there are interactive maps, games, quizzes, puzzles, downloadable worksheets and other activities. 

In addition to the history pages, visitors will want to explore the math, language arts, science, and other pages available. There is also an option to purchase a subscription to an ad-free version of the website if you so desire.

Bookmark this one to come back to often.

Take the Presidency Seven Hat Challenge

February 18th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, February 18, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic News – Seven Hat Challenge Game

(teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews

/games_quizzes/president_roles/SevenHatChallenge.swf)

Age Range: 8-15 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

Take the Seven Hat Challenge and learn about the roles of the president of the United States by playing this game from Scholastic News.

Begin the game by entering your name and selecting “Start”. On-screen instructions provide the details of how to play and win the game. The premise of the game is that the player has been newly elected to the office and will travel through time to meet other Presidents to learn his role. By answering questions about that president and his roles, players earn that president’s hat. Earn all 7 hats, and your presidential training is complete. Presidents include: 

  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • John F. Kennedy
  • George H.W. Bush
  • Barak Obama

This quick game provides a good reinforcement in your studies of government and the presidency.

***Please note that this game works best using Internet Explorer or Firefox but can be played in Chrome. The Start button is difficult to find in Chrome.***

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.

History Lessons from the Library of Congress

September 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, September 3, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free History Lessons from Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/)

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

 

At this link on the Library of Congress’s website you will find a gold mine of tried and true lesson plans created by teachers that cover a wide range of history topics. All of the lessons use hyperlinked primary sources that will encourage the learner to dig deeper into the topic and make real connections with the subject.

When arriving at the link, you can search for lessons based on topic, era, or alphabetically. Topics include: 

  • African American History
  • American History
  • American Indian History
  • American Revolution
  • Arts & Culture
  • City & Regional History
  • Civil War
  • Culture & Folklife
  • Discovery and Exploration
  • Government, Law & Politics
  • Immigration & Ethnic Heritage
  • Maps & Geography
  • News, Journalism & Advertising
  • Oral Histories
  • Photographs, Prints, and Posters
  • Poetry and Literature
  • Science, Technology & Business
  • Sports, Recreation & Leisure
  • Women’s History
  • World History & Cultures
  • World War I
  • World War II

Each lesson plan is laid out similarly and includes: 

  • Overview – Includes a summary of the lesson, objectives, a means to check the standards met, time needed for lesson and recommended grade level.
  • Preparation – information and links to materials and resources used
  • Procedure – step by step instruction on implementing the lesson
  • Evaluation – Ideas for evaluating the students’ work

Some lessons also include a “For Students” section with more activities for the lesson.

While these lessons may have been created for the classroom setting, most can easily be adapted for the homeschool setting. Whether you are trying to put together a complete curriculum using primary sources or looking to supplement a specific topic, this website will quickly become a valuable source in your planning.

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.

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