Posts Tagged ‘historical’

Happy Birthday, John Muir

April 20th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, April 20, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

John Muir National Historic Site

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/jomu/index.html)

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

 

Celebrate the birthday (April 21) of naturalist, preservationist, writer, and “Father of the National Parks,” John Muir, with this virtual field trip from the National Park Service.

Visitors to the site can learn about his life through texts, timelines, slide shows, and images.

After reading the overview on the home page, navigate through the exhibits using either the upper or lower menus to explore his: 

  • Family – Meet John’s family and see images of them and some personal belongings.
  • Home – View slide shows and explore a time line of his home in Martinez, California.
  • Legacy – Explore his contributions to America’s wild lands.
  • Image Gallery – Examine all the images in the exhibit including historical photos of him and his family, artifacts, and much more.

When you have finished taking this tour, check out this 20-minute video on the NPS website to learn more about John Muir, his life, and legacy.

Listen to “Paul Revere’s Ride”

April 18th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, April 18, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

“Paul Revere’s Ride”

(www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1231017)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

April 18th is the anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride. In 1775, Revere rode by horseback to warn Sam Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. A quintessential moment in the American Revolution, it was depicted in the poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

At this website, National Public Radio offers a free audio recording of the poem that includes a discussion of the background of Revere’s ride, including the historical inaccuracies in the poem.

It may be helpful to read the poem as you listen to it recited. Read the poem online or print it out to read offline here.

And if you are ever in the Boston area, you can visit the Paul Revere House and follow the route of the ride.

User-Created Timeline

April 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Timeline Index

(www.timelineindex.com/content/home.php)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision – also see note at bottom of review)

 

One of our ClickScholars wrote this: “I have been looking and looking for a good online timeline site and I think I stumbled across it. You can browse by who/what/when/where/which, and you can search. I think I’m in heaven. It’s got nice visuals, links to pages with more information, and so on. It looks to be a wiki (user-created) but it’s nicely filled out at this point.”

The Timeline Index is a portal that provides a user-created chronological context of the following categories: 

  • PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES, & HEROES – You’ll find historical entries for Actors, Alchemists, Archaeologists, Artists, Astronauts, Composers, Conquerors, Dictators, Explorers, Inventors, Mathematicians, Musicians, Philosophers, Scientists, Settlers, US Presidents, Writers, Women, and much more!
  • SUBJECTS, EVENTS, & ISSUES – Explore the timelines for: Art, Culture, Education, Exploration, Health, Industry, Law, Nature, Politics, Religion, Sports, Disasters, Discoveries, Empires, Revolutions, Theories, War, and more.
  • PERIODS, AGES, & EPISODES – Examine these eras in chronological context: Bronze Age, Ice Age, Industrial Age, Iron Age, Middle Ages, Reformation, Renaissance, Stone Age, and more.
  • REGIONS, CONTINENTS, & COUNTRIES – Travel back in time to Africa, America, the Arctic, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and the Universe.
  • OBJECTS, THINGS, & CREATIONS – See the context of a variety of topics through time such as Books, Film, Music, Paintings, Economics, Fiction, Myths, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Travel, and more.

Click on any timeline entry in any given topic area and a new page opens with further information that is user-created and includes some illustrations and URLs to other websites where you can get more information.

You can also create your own timeline item and add it to the Timeline Index, or you can add a related link (URL) to an existing item. Details are available at the site and entries require registration.

NOTE TO PARENTS: While this is an exciting idea, it comes with an element of risk because it is user-created. There are a vast array of topics, so it was impossible to review all of the entries. While the website reserves the right to edit/remove items that are contributed to maintain quality, it’s unknown if editing occurs prior to posting. It’s also unclear if suggested links for further research are reviewed for suitable content. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Folk Music and Dance for Kids

April 7th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 7, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Board of Education: So Why Music?

(www.schools.utah.gov/curr/finearts/elementarysongs)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website by the Utah Office of Education encourages learning Fine Arts to “enable students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems, communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in history, tradition, and culture.”

To that end they offer a free music catalog of downloadable song files (mp3), sheet music with lyrics, and dance instructions that accompany some of the songs.

When you get to the site you’ll see the Elementary Songbook Music Catalog with a menu of traditional children’s music and folk song titles that include: 

  • “A Tisket, A Tasket”
  • “Bingo”
  • “Buffalo Gals”
  • “Down By the Bay”
  • “Going to the Zoo”
  • “If You’re Happy”
  • “Old MacDonald”
  • “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “Yankee Doodle”

And many more titles that you’re sure to recognize.

Plus, you’ll find a menu of Movement/Dance Options that include free, printable instructions for folk dances you can do as you listen to the songs. You’ll discover: 

  • A simple line dance in a middle eastern style
  • A couple dance after the style of French Canadian step dancing
  • A simple circle dance in the style of “big circle mountain” dancing
  • A contemporary American country line dance for sets of 3
  • A Latin American line dance popular at Carnival
  • A circle dance adaptation of traditional Native American style
  • A square dance in traditional formation
  • A simple variation of the traditional Virginia reel in long sets

This is a terrific resource to help your kids learn songs of historical and cultural significance. You can learn the dance steps too, and it might be a great project for a homeschool support group or scout troop.

Folk Music and Dance for Kids

April 7th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 7, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Board of Education: So Why Music?

(www.schools.utah.gov/curr/finearts/elementarysongs)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website by the Utah Office of Education encourages learning Fine Arts to “enable students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems, communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in history, tradition, and culture.”

To that end they offer a free music catalog of downloadable song files (mp3), sheet music with lyrics, and dance instructions that accompany some of the songs.

When you get to the site you’ll see the Elementary Songbook Music Catalog with a menu of traditional children’s music and folk song titles that include: 

  • “A Tisket, A Tasket”
  • “Bingo”
  • “Buffalo Gals”
  • “Down By the Bay”
  • “Going to the Zoo”
  • “If You’re Happy”
  • “Old MacDonald”
  • “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “Yankee Doodle”

And many more titles that you’re sure to recognize.

Plus, you’ll find a menu of Movement/Dance Options that include free, printable instructions for folk dances you can do as you listen to the songs. You’ll discover: 

  • A simple line dance in a middle eastern style
  • A couple dance after the style of French Canadian step dancing
  • A simple circle dance in the style of “big circle mountain” dancing
  • A contemporary American country line dance for sets of 3
  • A Latin American line dance popular at Carnival
  • A circle dance adaptation of traditional Native American style
  • A square dance in traditional formation
  • A simple variation of the traditional Virginia reel in long sets

This is a terrific resource to help your kids learn songs of historical and cultural significance. You can learn the dance steps too, and it might be a great project for a homeschool support group or scout troop.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Hampton Mansion

March 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Friday, March 23, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hampton National Historic Site

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/hampton/index.html)

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

 

Step back into time with this virtual museum tour of the Hampton Historical Site in Towson, Maryland.

This website from the National Park Service provides a glimpse into Mid-Atlantic life from the 1790s through the 20th century. Once arriving at today’s link, read the overview, then select the “Mansion Tour” link under the introduction to begin the tour. Use the maps on the right to explore the various rooms, which display artifacts representing a specific time-period: 

  • Drawing Room – 1830-1860
  • Music Room – the high Victorian era, 1870-1890
  • Great Hall – Ridgely family portraits
  • Parlour – 1790-1810
  • Dining Room –  1810-1829
  • Kitchen – second quarter of the 19th century
  • Guest Bedchamber – 1890-1910
  • Master Bedchamber – 1780-1810
  • Northeast Bedchamber – mid-19th century

When selecting a room, move your mouse over the image to move around the room and get a closer look at various objects. Each room is also accompanied by a description of the display.

After finishing your tour of the mansion, use the upper menu to learn more about the Ridgely family by selecting the “People” link. See more detailed images of artifacts by selecting the other links in the menu.

The images on this site are wonderful and most can be examined more closely with a simple move of the mouse.

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