Posts Tagged ‘historical’

Digital American History for K-12

January 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital History

(www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)

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

 

The University of Houston sponsors this free, in-depth, American history website.

Topics include: 

  • A U.S. history textbook
  • Lesson plans and e-lectures
  • Primary source documents including court cases and Supreme Court decisions
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Essays, letters, and cartoons
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Multimedia exhibitions
  • Video, films, and flash movies
  • Audio presentations of speeches and debates
  • Interactive modules, history games, and quizzes
  • Historical Music
  • Reference resources that include classroom handouts
  • Resources to create your own multimedia American history exhibitions

The content here covers 44 historical eras with exploration activities on topics such as: 

  • Mexican, Tejano, and Texian perspectives on the battle of the Alamo
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to relocate Japanese Americans during WW II
  • Children’s perspectives on slavery, westward migration, and WW II

When you get to the site you’ll see an interactive timeline in the center of the homepage. Click on any block to sample what’s available here. Or use the extensive menu below the timeline to begin your exploration of the array of historical content.

You’ll even find links to living history museums, presidential libraries, and other historical websites.

Once your history thinking cap is fully loaded, take the quiz to find your History I.Q.

Holiday History

December 21st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 21, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holiday History

(www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas)

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

 

Explore the history of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more with these websites.

The History of Christmas

History.com offers several videos you can watch on the history of Christmas from the religious story to the traditional icons in popular culture. Discover the origins of Santa Claus, explore Christmas celebrations around the world, and learn about ancient rituals and Winter Solstice celebrations too.

The History of Hanukkah

Get a terrific overview of the history of the Jewish Festival of Lights called Hanukkah. Watch a 4-minute video, explore traditions like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and discover why potato pancakes (latkes) are a popular food at Hanukkah celebrations.

The History of Kwanzaa

At this site you can watch a video that provides a good explanation and overview of Kwanzaa, a non-religious African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture for 7 days from December 26 – January 1.

The History of the Christmas Tree

This site provides a lesson plan on the history of the Christmas tree. Use the discussion questions to stimulate conversation or prompt a writing exercise.

The History of Christmas Carols

This website provides information on the history of Christmas carols! When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu of songs. Click on any one and a new page opens that explains the origin of the song, along with the lyrics. (If you want to hear the music to these songs, try this website.


The History of the Dreidel

The dreidel is a traditional Hanukkah toy. At this website you can get an overview of its history and its various meanings in theology, psychology, philosophy, numerology and more!

The History of Gingerbread

This website offers the history of gingerbread from the Middle Ages to modern times – with a nod to the Brothers Grimm and “Hansel & Gretel.” It also explains the history of ginger root, the herb used to make ginger for use in gingerbread. The text at this site provides basic historical information and contains links for further study. Unfortunately, the links did not work when we visited, but the text provides plenty of information without it. You will also find some recipes using ginger at this site.

New Jersey History for Kids

December 14th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 14, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

New Jersey History Kids

(www.state.nj.us/state/historykids/index.htm)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

Kids can join New Jersey History Kids, Corey and Gabriela, and discover the history, geography, and government of New Jersey with this interactive website from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

When arriving at today’s link, students can select the “Enter” option to begin exploring, or teachers may wish to choose the “For the Teacher” tab at the top of the page to learn about the website and how to use it in their classrooms.

Once students have entered the interactive website, they are greeted by the animated “guides” and click-through instructions for navigating the site. Select a numbered location on the map to open a unit. There are eleven units from which to choose: 

  • The Lenape
  • Farming
  • Industry
  • Invention
  • The Underground Railroad
  • The American Revolution
  • Immigrants
  • The State House
  • Barnegat Bay
  • Delaware Bay
  • The Pinelands

Each unit is associated with a historical place and one or more field of study. In addition to information related to the subject, units include videos, questions for the student to answer and some also include interactive online activities.

On the “For the Teacher” page there are downloadable teacher guides as well as other printable worksheets and activities for the student.

This website will be a fun addition to your state studies.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, December 7, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial

(www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/18arizona/18arizona.htm)

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

 

On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. In the words of then President Franklin Roosevelt, it was “a date that would live in infamy”. This website from the National Park Service and from their “Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans” collection, helps students examine the events and history of Pearl Harbor and the memorialized USS Arizona.

After reading the introduction, scroll down to the “Table of Contents” which provides a linked layout of the lesson plan. Use the links in the layout to work through the plan. Concepts covered include: 

  • Setting the Stage: Historical Context – summary information about the purpose of the study
  • Locating the Site: Maps – Use the maps of Hawaii, Japan, the island of Oahu, and Pearl Harbor while working through the reading sections.
  • Determining the Facts: Readings – concise texts about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial
  • Determining the Facts: Charts – Use charts to answer questions.
  • Visual Evidence: Images – pictures that can be used with the lesson plan
  • Putting It All Together: Activities – four extension activities for better understanding

On every page there are thought-provoking questions to help students analyze the information presented. Select the “Supplementary Resources” link for additional sites for further study.  


Add this website to your list for World War II history studies. 

Discover the Farmers’ Museum

November 17th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, November 17, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Farmers’ Museum: Harvest of History

(www.harvestofhistory.org/)

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

 

Take a virtual tour of The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York with this website.

Use either the text links on the home page or the images below to select “Explore our Historical Village” to begin your tour. Either use the interactive map or choose an image to visit: 

  • Main Barn
  • Creamery
  • Empire State Carousel
  • Todd’s General Store
  • Westcott Shop
  • Filer’s Corners Schoolhouse
  • Dimmick House
  • Morey Barn
  • Morey Drive Shed
  • Filed Blacksmith Shop
  • More House
  • Middlefield Printing Office
  • Dr. Jackson’s Office
  • Dr. Thrall’s Pharmacy
  • Bump Tavern
  • Law Office
  • Cornwallville Church
  • Pope Hop House
  • Turkey House
  • Lippitt Farm House
  • Brooks Barn
  • Westmore Drive Shed
  • Brooks Granary
  • Poultry House
  • Herkimer Kitchen and Woodshed
  • Sweet Marble Barn

Click the location to open a new window that provides information about the location, images, related objects. Some locations also include videos. Click on the green box with three horizontal lines to open a left hand sidebar menu to locate the “In the Classroom” option to find lesson plans.


Back on the homepage, browse the other links to “Learn about Farming” and search the “Classroom Resources.” 

The tour is quite extensive and there is a lot of information to be found.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

November 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. You can read most of the study guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading

In the side menu, other Language Arts categories are: 

  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

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