Posts Tagged ‘history’

United Stated History for Kids

April 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 23, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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American Historama

 

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

 

This ad-supported UK website presents American history uniquely by connecting important events with the presidencies during which they occurred.
When arriving at the link above, there are brief explanations about the site content and then you are able to select your topic of interest.
Information is broken down by the following: 
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Eras
    • 1790-1800: The New US
    • 1801-1828: Evolution Era
    • 1829-1841: Jacksonian Era
    • 1841-1850: Westward Expansion
    • 1850-1865: Secession Era
    • 1860-1865: Civil War Era
    • 1866-1881: Reconstruction Era
    • 1881-1913: Maturation Era
    • 1913-1928: WWI & Prohibition
    • 1929-1945: Depression & WWII
    • 1945-1989: Cold War Era
    • 1990 – Present: The Modern Era
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Important Time Periods and US Events
    • The Wild West
    • The Cowboys
    • Big Business and Corporations
    • Urbanization in America
    • Immigration Laws History Timeline
    • Labor Unions History
    • Women’s suffrage
    • Gilded Age and Era
    • Social Darwinism
    • Industrialization in America
    • Black Segregation History
    • Black Segregation Timeline
    • The Progressive Movement
    • 1800’s Child Labor
    • Black Populism
    • Populism in America
    • The Conservation Movement
    • Inventions & Inventors Timeline
    • Nativism in America
    • US Facts about WW I
    • Environmentalism History
    • Black History People & Events
    • The Roaring Twenties
    • Harlem Renaissance
The home page, as well as most of the other main pages at this site, also includes a 12-minute slide-show-like video overview of the Presidents of the United States from Washington to Obama. After selecting your main topic of choice, information is presented in bite size pieces with many sub-topics hyperlinked (which are identified by blue, underlined text links) to even more in-depth informational pages. Many of the pages include more video presentations about the President in residency during the time period.

To return to the home page, you will need to find the text link or button “US American History” which usually is found below the first paragraph on the page. You may also wish to use the American Historama Sitemap to more quickly locate the sub-topics within each era to locate specific pages.

If you are looking for a concise, no ‘bells and whistles’ approach to American history, this website may be just what you need.

(Please be sure that you assist younger children when navigating this website as it is ad-supported and there are a few text linked ads as well as image ads on most pages. But the value of the content should outweigh this nuisance.)

The History of the Titanic

April 16th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 16, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Titanic Interactive

 

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

 

During her maiden voyage, the British passenger liner, RMS Titanic, sank into the North Atlantic Ocean the morning of April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg. More than 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives that fateful day. This interactive website from the History Channel explores the building of the ship, the disaster that sank her, and the aftermath.
When arriving at the site, visitors can select from the following: 
  • 1909 – Birth of the Titanic – Learn about the designing and building of the Titanic through historical photographs and a tour of the ship that includes cutaway illustrations and images.
  • 1912 – The Disaster – Uncover the causes of the sinking of the Titanic with animated video and pictures taken by passengers and witnesses of the ship and the rescue effort.
  • 1913 – The Aftermath – Understand how people dealt with the news of the Titanic disaster through the stories of the survivors and learn how the event changed the maritime industry.
  • Titanic Route Map – Explore the interactive map with “Hotspots” linked to a timeline.
  • Timeline of Events – Discover the timeline of the Titanic from the laying of its keel in Belfast, Ireland, March 31, 1909 to the burial of many of the victims at Halifax cemeteries on May 3, 1912.
With brief, informative text, images, and videos, this website not only explores the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic but provides insight into the passengers and crew before, during, and after the catastrophe.

Free, Fun, “Parts of Speech” Tutorial & More!

April 15th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Sheppard Software: Parts of Speech Tutorial

 

Age Range: 7-10 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun “Parts of Speech Tutorial” is comprised of a series of animated games that help kids identify and use nouns, adjectives, verbs, commas, and capitals. It’s part of the massive, ad-supported Sheppard Software website that offers hundreds of free learning games for children in language arts, math, science, history and more.
When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a stage. Click on the word “Play” on the stage curtain to create a character using nouns, adjectives, and verbs. If you’re uncertain of those parts of speech, then look at the menu on the left side of the page to find educational games that include: 
  • Noun Explorer – Learn the definition of a noun and use it to feed fish in the animated game.
  • Adjective Adventure – Select fly adjectives and use them to feed the spiders.
  • Verbs in Space – Use verbs to hammer robot aliens in space.
  • Comma Chameleon – Select punctuation marks and help the chameleon place them in a sentence correctly.
  • Magical Capital – Help a fairy capitalize words in sentences.

Once you play those games, go back to the main page to build your character for the stage. This is an engaging way to help kids learn and practice parts of speech.

When you’ re finished, be sure to click on the words “Sheppard Software” at the top of the screen to explore all of the learning games offered at this site. You’ll want to bookmark it to return often.

Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

April 10th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, April 10, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

 

Age Range: Virtual Tour – All Ages; Educational Materials for Grades 8-12 (children with parental supervision)

 

Explore one of the most famous theaters in American history with this virtual tour. Site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, Ford’s Theatre remained closed for nearly 100 years. In 1968, the theatre reopened as a national historic site and working theatre. Today it serves to offer visitors “inspiring theatrical productions, live historic interpretation and engaging education programs”.
When arriving at the link, explore the 360° image of the Main Stage using your mouse to navigate around the image. While examining the image, find the plus signs in a blue circle – “Hotspots”. Clicking on these provides interesting facts about the location. On the right hand side of the image there is a grey bar with the image title down the length that when clicked on slides out and provides information about the image.

When you are done exploring the Main Stage, click on the images under the main window for even more pictures and loads of interesting information. Image selections include: 

  • View from the Box
  • Presidential Box
  • Stage
  • Cast of Characters
  • Booth’s Possessions
  • Theatre Exterior and Lobby
  • Ford’s Theatre Museum
  • Center for Education and Leadership
  • Petersen House
After clicking on the individual image from the list above, other images related to the main image appear in the window. Each image includes informational text. Use the slider in the window to scroll through the pictures.

When you are finished with your tour be sure to go to the main Ford’s Theatre website to keep the learning going. From here, select “Education” in the upper tool bar. When arriving at this page, select the “Resources for Teachers” link either on the sidebar or near the bottom of the page for lesson plans, printables, guided virtual tours, videos and much more. The “Resources for Students” page provides students with a variety of resources for their studies. Click the “Printable Resources” option on the side bar for more printables. Please note that the Teacher and Student resources and lessons are geared towards students in grades 8-12.

This website is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to learn more about President Lincoln, his assassination, and his legacy.

Stories From A Long, Long Time Ago

April 8th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, April 8, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Long, Long Time Ago – stories for you

Age Range: 3-11 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Children’s book author, Rohini Chowdhury, retells a collection of timeless tales for kids that you can read online or print out to read offline. There are no bells and whistles at this website just interesting stories that children will enjoy reading or hearing.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:
  • Fables
  • Folktales
  • Fairytales
  • Myths
  • Festival Stories
  • Tales from History
  • Classics
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Stories Behind Great Discoveries
  • Tales Behind Nursery Rhymes
  • Short Stories
Click on any item and a new page opens with a brief historical introduction and a short menu of stories in that tradition. Most are retold by Chowdhury, unless otherwise indicated. The stories are presented in plain text, and a few of the stories are accompanied by colorful illustrations.NOTE: Because myths, fairytales, legends, fantasy and the like can touch on many themes and topics, parents (as always) should preview the material on this site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Pomegranate Pips” for young children (about ages 3-5) are all accompanied by illustrations.

In addition to the stories available on the site, you’ll find some free, printable, activity pages – a crossword and a word search for older children, and a maze for young children.

To top off the offerings on this site, you’ll find reviews of children’s books and some very interesting biographies of children’s writers.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Irish Potato Science

March 17th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 17, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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

 

Can You Push A Straw Through A Potato?

This website will teach you how to push a straw through a potato so you can amaze your friends on St. Pat’s Day, and explain the science behind it!

Make a Potato Battery

Get the 4-1-1 on how to make a potato battery and why it works.
This site offers a comprehensive look at the past and present history of potatoes. It includes the story of the potato’s Peruvian beginnings, its migration around the world (along with an historical timeline), how the potato was introduced to Ireland and the story of the Irish Potato Famine, the biology of the potato and info on its cultivation cycle – and the fungus that was responsible for the Irish Potato Famine, the modern science and technology of potato production, a potato curriculum for grades 3-9, and lots of fascinating trivia facts about the potato.
The Idaho Potato Commission offers potato themed word searches, mazes and coloring pages for FREE.
Universal Preschool shares some great educational and fun ideas for having potato fun with preschoolers.

Have fun learning with potatoes!

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