Posts Tagged ‘historical’

Free Thanksgiving Lessons

November 14th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, November 14, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The First Thanksgiving

(www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades Pre-K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Scholastic offers free Thanksgiving lessons with Common Core-aligned lessons and activities.

The website says: “Introduce your class to the first harvest celebration, delve deeper into the relationships between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, and take a closer look at the historical significance of the Pilgrims’ settlement.”

Choose from: 

  • The Mayflower
  • Daily Life
  • The Feast
  • Historical Letters – with audio!
  • Videos and photos
  • Teaching Resources – Lesson plans by grade level and more!

Using the lesson plans, students will develop an understanding of historical events from different perspectives while practicing reading comprehension, creative writing, sequencing, and analytical and research skills.


The lesson plans are complete with reproducibles, a Thanksgiving book list, and recommended related materials to enhance and extend learning further.

Be a History Explorer

November 1st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, November 1, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Smithsonian’s History Explorer

(historyexplorer.si.edu/)

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

 

Explore American history with the hundreds of lesson plans, activities, interactives, media and much more available at this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

The homepage highlights featured topics, artifacts and resources. Visitors can use the search box on the right-hand side of the page to search for their topical interest which can easily be further refined by resource type, grade level, historical era, and/or cross-curricular connections. Once the list of resources populates, make your selection, review the information about the resource, then select the “Get Resource” button to access the material. Please note that some of the units bring you to an outside website while others are located on the Smithsonian site, so as always be sure to preview prior to allowing students to use this site. 

Visitors can also choose to browse content using the upper menu to locate resources by: 

  • Lessons & Activities – Search for specific lessons and activities to support your students’ learning.
  • Media – Explore relevant audio, video and interactive resources.
  • Museum Artifacts – Browse collections to use for object-based learning.
  • Themes – Dig deeper into resources focused on a major theme in American history including: 
    • A Nation We Build Together
    • American Experiments
    • Protest and Civic Action, the Civil Rights Movement
    • The American Revolution and World Wars
    • Presidential History, Politics and Voting
    • STEM Resources
    • Westward Expansion
    • Immigration
    • Hispanic Heritage Month
    • Teaching with Drama
    • Agriculture History
    • And more
  • Books – Check out the list of history related books to add to your reading list.
  • Teacher Resources – Find help for using the site and primary sources in teaching history as well as archived webinars and more.
  • Web Links – Examine additional links to other history websites.

Be sure to bookmark this website as it will be a valuable resource through all your American history studies.

Old Fort Niagara Virtual Tour

October 19th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 19, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Fort Niagara

(www.oldfortniagara.org/virtual-tour)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York at the mouth of the Niagara River.

(Please note that this tour requires Adobe Flash to run. Due to issues with Chrome/Flash compatibility, we used the Firefox browser to review this site.)

After arriving at today’s link and allowing Flash to run, the tour automatically loads. Use your mouse to navigate the fort grounds and to locate hotspots indicated with down arrows. Click the rotating tour to stop the screen and zoom in on locations. When a hotspot is selected, a new window opens with information about the location as well as any available shortcut links to specific locations. Close the new window and you will find the hotspot location has opened a new tour or interactive map to that location. Within the mini-tours, there are informational locations found randomly when moving your mouse over an object in the exhibit. Select the signs icon in the upper left-hand corner of the tour to reveal the Old Fort Niagara map. Select any yellow dot on the map to find a location.

Hotspot destinations include: 

  • French Castle – includes views of the Commandant’s quarters, Jesuit Chapel, Soldiers’ Barracks, trade room, and officers’ mess
  • Bake House – Explore the workspace for the fort baker.
  • The River Defenses – view of the river from cannon station
  • Powder Magazine – Discover the storage space for ammunition and gun powder.
  • North Redoubt – Examine the British 1770’s addition to Fort Niagara’s defenses.
  • The Earthworks – Check out the landward side form of defense for the fort.

When you have finished your tour, check out the other educational materials available at the site using the links at the top of the page: 

  • History – Read about the 300-year history of the fort as well as read a featured article focused on a specific historical event at the fort.
  • Education – Select the Pre-Visit Materials link in the drop-down menu to download Old Fort Niagara’s colorful PDF booklet “Flintlocks & Council Fires” that includes history, activities, and links to videos.
  • Gallery – See “Static Images” of re-enactments, buildings, and more as well as find a link to the Old Fort Niagara Association’s YouTube page of videos.

Enjoy your tour!

Interactive “Elements of a Story” & More!

October 17th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 17, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org: Language Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/)

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

 

Learner.org offers free, interactive lessons including the elements of storytelling, how to use primary sources for historical facts when writing, and even an interactive spelling bee!

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of amazing interactives for every subject that are archived on this site. Don’t get distracted! Look under “Language Arts” and “Literature” on the left “Disciplines” menu to find several choices including:

  • Elements of a Story (Grades K-5) – Explore the different ingredients and elements that go into stories such as characters, plot, and background – and see how they fit together.
  • Spelling Bee (Grades 1-10) – Take part in a virtual old-fashioned spelling bee! Listen to three stories and then spell words from each story. You can review the words, hear the audio, find definitions, and see the words used in context too!

Of course, once you’re through with the Language Arts and Literature Interactives, you’ll want to return to the main menu to explore Mathematics, Social Studies & History, Science, Foreign Language and Arts interactives too. Bookmark this site, it’s a keeper!

Explore Jefferson’s Monticello

October 12th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Monticello Explorer

(explorer.monticello.org/)

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

 

This ClickScholar suggested website provides a variety of multi-media opportunities to explore the home where Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President) lived on a plantation in VirginiaThe home is called Monticello. At the site you can virtually explore the plantation, house, gardens and grounds.

Please note that visitors will need Adobe Shockwave to view this site. After the website loads, you’ll see a menu with five choices listed under two categories as follows: 

  • EXPLORE (Use interactive maps.)
    • Explore the Plantation – Use an interactive map to randomly explore the 5,000 acre plantation, buildings, and grounds.
    • Explore the House – Use an interactive 3-D map to navigate the hallways, rooms, and floors of Jefferson’s mansion.
  • TOUR (Take a multi-media, narrated tour.)
    • General House – This is a terrific way to see Monticello. Join a curator who narrates the video tour of the mansion, explaining the furnishings, and telling stories that bring it all to life.
    • Domestic Life At Monticello – This narrated video tour explains the history of the Jefferson family and the enslaved families (including the Hemings family) that lived on the plantation for several generations.
    • Gardens and Grounds – This audio-video tour of the grounds is punctuated with beautiful photography and interesting explanations about horticulture and the cultivation of specialized plants, as well as Jefferson’s fascination with native plants.

All along the explorations and tours, you will find related materials to further learning. There are so many clickable functions to explore the site, that you may need to be patient occasionally as various presentations are downloaded for viewing. Bookmark the site, as it will take some time to investigate this expansive historical collection of images and information about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.

Tour the Wilmington Railroad Museum

October 5th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 5, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wilmington Railroad Museum

(www.wrrm.org/gallery.html)

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

 

All aboard! Take a virtual tour of the Wilmington Railroad Museum in North Carolina with this site.

On this page, visitors can watch a slideshow of the model train displays and watch an 11-minute video of the model trains in motion. Be sure to have your volume turned on to enjoy the sounds of the trains. 

Hover your mouse over the “Gallery” link in the upper menu to move to your next stop on the tour. Choose from: 

  • Model Railroads – See images of the various model train displays and operating layouts as well as a YouTube-hosted video of a trip around their largest display. (The link takes you to the YouTube site so be sure to preview for suitability prior to allowing children to visit.)
  • Modular Model Railroads – Browse the images and information about modular displays that can be displayed at other locations other than the museum.
  • Museum Displays – View pictures of other railroad related items.
  • Outdoor Rolling Stock – Check out the full-size engines and cars at the museum.
  • Steam Engine Renovation – View the slideshow of the restoration of the ACL Steam Engine #250 as well as the Eagle Scout Chris Taurasi and his troop’s contributions to the project.
  • Museum Move – 2007 – Through pictures, watch what it took to move the museum contents to its new location.

Your tour continues by selecting the “History” link in the upper menu. Discover historical photographs of the Wilmington Railroad, learn about the architect of the 1887 ACL Building and read about the Legend of Joe Baldwin as well as early newspaper articles concerning railroad business. 


For the final stop on your tour, click the “Links” option to find other railroad websites.

css.php