Posts Tagged ‘historical’

The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

April 17th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, April 17, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Knowing Poe

(knowingpoe.thinkport.org/)

Age Range:  9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website explores the literature, life, and times of the state of Maryland’s native son and writer, Edgar Allan Poe.

Turn on your speakers to engage in a variety of multi-media activities that will help you learn about one of America’s foremost writers, who is best known for works such as “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

This site offers some ingenious methods for learning about Poe through both historical and fictional means, as well as from a number of different perspectives. Learn about the era he lived in, what his house, family, and hometown were like, and see how it informed the complex choices Poe made as he wrote poems and stories. You can even become a forensic investigator and review the “hard facts” about Poe’s untimely death. 

Use the lesson plans and interactive experiences, including primary source documents, links to other website resources, and even some fun family-centered activities to understand the continuing impact of Poe’s legacy. [Note: Some of the links to other web-based resources are inoperative. However, we found that a quick Google search for those items led to results for similar content on a variety of other sites.]

When you get to the site you can click on images to begin to explore the content, or use the menu on the left to focus on: 

  • Poe The Person – Includes a timeline that highlights historic events that occurred during his lifetime. This section also offers, “It’ll be the Death of Me,” that allows you to explore the possible causes of Poe’s mysterious death.
  • Poe The Writer – Provides an exploration into Poe’s writings and the unusual tools, techniques, and revision processes he used.
  • The Poe Library – Access some of Poe’s works, primary source documents about Poe, and link to other resources about Poe.

In addition to all of the above, this site is filled with trivia and little known facts about Poe. The dark, mysterious images and style of the website maintains the spooky legacy of Poe’s most famous works. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.)

Virtual Tour of George Washington’s Home

February 22nd, 2019

 

It’s Friday, February 22, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

(www.mountvernon.org/visit-his-estate/virtual-tour-flash)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

February 22nd, according to many sources, is the birthday of the first U.S. President, George Washington, who was born in 1732. 

To celebrate his birthday, take a tour of the home where President Washington and his wife, Martha, lived. The home is a mansion called “Mount Vernon” that was located on a plantation covering 8,000 acres of land. In the real world, it is a historical landmark and open to visitors. If you can’t get there for an actual tour, try this virtual tour of the mansion and grounds.

When you get to the site, click on any of the arrows and watch videos to learn about the history of Mount Vernon that includes some good biographical information on George Washington’s life and times as well.

Ancient & Modern Wonders of the World

January 24th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, January 24, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

(web.archive.org/web/20070830090254/http:/ce.eng.usf.edu/pharos/wonders/)

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

 

Oh, you’ll be glad you visited this site! Most of us know that there are Seven World Wonders, but few can name them all.

At this archived site you will discover all seven, read about their history, and view artists’ illustrations of the wonders. Click on each of the 7 photos at the top. When you are through exploring the ancient wonders you can click on the Geographic Map link that shows you where they were located in relation to one another.

Then click on “Other Wonders” and discover more ancient wonders, along with Modern and Natural wonders too. In this section, you will find an illustration or photograph along with links that provide historical information.

You can also click on Frequently-Asked Questions to get some answers to questions about the wonders, and there are Related Links about archaeology and history that you might enjoy surfing as well.

This site won a “Top 5% of All Websites Award” and other awards for good reason. Just viewing the wonders may inspire students of all ages to want to learn more about history.

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!

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