Posts Tagged ‘historical’

Walk through Time with History Games

April 13th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, April 13, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Walk through Time

(www.bbc.co.uk/history/walk/games_index.shtml)

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

 

The archived Walk Through Time website is from the BBC television series of the same name. While geared for ages 7-9, it provides entertainment and education that the whole family can enjoy about the following eras in history: Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian, and the 1950’s.

As explained in the Teachers/Parents section, “The site does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to any one particular period, but rather an exploration of change, development and chronology.”

When you get to the site you will see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Odd-One-Out Games – Choose an era in history. A picture of a typical street scene or home setting appears on the screen. Your job is to detect what items in the picture do not belong in the scene and send it through “The Time Tunnel.”
  • The TimeStrip – This offers the opportunity to explore the personalities of people living in different eras of history.
  • What Came First? – A randomly generated series of pictures from various historical eras are presented on the screen. Your job is to put them in chronological order.
  • In Living Memory – This section provides a guided activity that encourages kids to interview relatives or neighbors and create a living history of their lives.
  • Print and Do – Printable activities to do offline that explore historical eras.

All of the games and activities can be used to enhance the study of Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian or post WWII history. They can also be used as a starting point for a lesson about the lives of men, women and children during different historical eras. Use it to discuss the differences in people’s lives based on their place in society (i.e., from peasants to kings). These activities are also great conversation starters and can generate discussion about changes in living conditions, work, transportation, clothes, food, architecture, and technology through time.

Be a WebRanger!

April 11th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 11, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WebRangers

(www.nps.gov/webrangers/index.cfm)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

This site has a free online WebRanger program for kids with over 50 games and activities that teach about national parks, monuments, and historic sites all provided by the National Park Service.

We suggest you click on “Visit” on your first experience and just look around and play the activities (rated Easy, Medium, and Hard) in these categories: 

  • People – Learn about U.S. Presidents, Thomas Edison, Paul Revere.
  • History – Discover arctic artifacts. set sail on a Navy war ship in 1812.
  • Nature – Discover dendrochronology (tell time with tree rings) and take The Puma Challenge!
  • Puzzles – Break the alpha code names for national parks, send a message with a signal flag, go on a website scavenger hunt.
  • Science – Test the water quality, virtually explore tidepools, find out what dinosaurs ate.
  • Parks – Play “Name That Park,” help a ranger, learn the 10 essentials for having fun and staying safe in parks.
  • Animals – Pack a virtual dog sled, protect bald eagles, and help baby sea turtles find the ocean.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of multi-media online games and activities that teach as they entertain. From simple match games to challenging quests, you won’t believe the amount of content delivered.  

Bookmark this site, you simply can’t see it all in one visit.

Also, National Parks Week is April 15-23, 2017 and during April 15-16 and 22-23: Visit for free! On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission! Many of them are also offering educational and entertaining activities including historical reenactments, living history, guided tours, volunteer clean-up programs, and much, much more. Find your park!

Old Fort Western Virtual Tour

March 24th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 24, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Fort Western

(www.oldfortwestern.org/virtual.asp)

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

 

Visit Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Historical Landmark fort on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, with this virtual tour, and see its transformation over its 250-plus year history.

After arriving at today’s link, select your internet connection type, either dialup or broadband, to begin your tour. Once the new window opens, use the timeline under the introduction to begin exploring. Choose from: 

  • Military Period – 1754-1770
  • William Howard Period – 1770-1782
  • Two Family House Period – 1782-ca 1830
  • Three Family House Period – ca 1830-ca 1870
  • Tenement Period – ca 1870-ca 1922
  • 2004

The tours for the Military Period through the Tenement Period are in drawings and primarily show how the fort changed in its division and use of the space. Once you have selected your time-period, the fort image will load. Text on the page describes the fort and its use. As you move your mouse over the image a view finder will reveal details inside the fort. There are several tools to change your views. When you explore “2004”, it provides a more in-depth view of the current use of the fort as a museum with photos and panoramic views of the various rooms.

There is a lot of interesting history connected with Old Fort Western and the part it played in the development of the Kennebec Valley in Maine as well as American history in general. When you are finished with your tours, close the tour window to get back to the opening page. In the upper menu, select “Fort Information” to find links to the fort, house, and store history.

President’s Day Math and more

February 20th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, February 20, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

Monday is usually Math Day at ClickSchooling. We found a few math activities themed around President’s Day, but thought you’d also enjoy a variety of resources to help your family learn while celebrating.

Eduplace.com: Where Did They Come From?

(www.eduplace.com/activity/presidentshomes.html)


 This free lesson combines math and social studies. Download and print free worksheets that help students analyze data and create a bar graph showing the home states of U.S. Presidents (up through Obama). Find out which state has given us the most Presidents. 

The White House

(www.whitehouse.gov/1600/Presidents)

This is a great source for fun and educational facts on U.S. Presidents that will appeal to all ages. It’s housed at the official White House website. When you get to the site simply click on the president’s name — #1 – #45.

The White House Historical Association

(www.whitehousehistory.org/teacher-resources/every-day-is-presidents-day-at-the-white-house)


Get a free lesson plan titled, “Every Day Is Presidents’ Day at the White House,” for grades K-3. Be sure to click on the lesson plans and activities links to access free materials that supplement the lesson.

Homeschool Helper

(homeschoolhelperonline.com/holidays/presidents-day/)

Get free unit studies on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln along with links to other Presidents’ Day resources, printables, and crafts. While you’re there, use the menu to check out their free unit studies on every subject.

DLTK

(www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/presidents.html)

This terrific site offers free coloring pages and craft activities that are appropriate for ages 3-12. For President’s Day you’ll find an assortment of coloring pages, some toilet paper roll crafts, and even instructions to make a milk-carton log cabin.

Cybersleuth Kids

(cybersleuth-kids.com/games/wordsearch/presidents_day_WS.htm)


Try a U.S. President Word Search!

Happy President’s Day!

Free Animated History Activity eBooks!

February 1st, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 1, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Animated Hero Classics Activity Books

(www.dscl.org/kids/nest-activity-resources/nest-activity-books)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides resources that combines Language Arts with History and Social Sciences! You may be familiar with The Animated Hero Classics Series that consists of 20 DVDs with inspiring and educational stories of men and women whose contributions made an impact on world history.

At this website, you’ll find the free companion “Animated Hero Activity Books” (pdf) that include word games, puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Your child can learn interesting facts and trivia about each historical hero and heroine in the series, by reading and doing the activities in the downloadable e-books that include: 

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Beethoven
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Galileo
  • George Washington
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Helen Keller
  • Joan of Arc
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Louis Pasteur
  • The Maccabees
  • Marco Polo
  • Marie Curie
  • Pocahontas
  • Thomas Edison
  • William Bradford
  • The Wright Brothers

This is an engaging and entertaining way to introduce historical figures to your kids – and it may springboard them to want to learn more! It’s also a great way to supplement and/or review information about people of historical importance.

Snowflake Art

January 28th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 28, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snowflake Bentley

(snowflakebentley.com/index.htm)

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

 

This site is devoted to the life’s work of “Snowflake Bentley,” a man who placed snowflakes under a microscope and photographed them. The images he captured will take your breath away.

When you get to the site, use the images to navigate to: 

  • Read a short biography of Wilson A. Bentley
  • Find articles written by Bentley and additional resource about snowflakes
  • Explore the Bentley Exhibit

Select “Bentley Exhibit” then scroll down to the bottom of the page to find “Snowflake Display” to see images of Bentley’s snowflakes. Click on the snowflakes to enlarge them so you can see the amazing details.

Return to the “Bentley Exhibit” page and check out the virtual tour of the Jericho Historical Society’s Bentley Exhibit in Jericho, Vermont. Click on the frames on the wall to get a closer look at the displays. Before leaving the website, play the game to see if you can match the flakes.

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