Posts Tagged ‘history’

Telescopes, Black Holes and More!

June 21st, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

(amazing-space.stsci.edu/)

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

 

Today’s website is courtesy of the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute that promotes “the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community.”

When you get to the homepage, you will see an icon menu and a regular menu to the right of it. Use either one to explore this site that includes: 

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of topics including: the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern observatories; the force of gravity; planning a Hubble servicing mission; comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news about the Hubble telescope.
  • Educators — Check out the “Resources” that provide an overview of what you’ll find at this website along with recommendations on how to further the learning.

Then at the bottom under “Features”, check out: 

  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.
  • Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia.

You say you want more?

Then visit the parent HubbleSite. Here are just some of the activities you’ll find: 

  • Get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.
  • Listen to podcasts about recent space discoveries!
  • Watch a fascinating video presentation about the increasing accuracy of telescopes within the past century!
  • Explore Astronomy — In this section you can take a “Way Out” Quiz and see how far the cow goes after he makes it over the moon; tons of fun, and if you play the entire game, you can register in a drawing to win a prize! You can also play an exciting game called “Black Holes, Gravity’s Relentless Pull!” Watch a video presentation of what happens when galaxies collide.

Travel the Maryland Underground Railroad

June 16th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 16, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maryland and the Underground Railroad

(pathways.thinkport.org/flash_home.cfm)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website from Maryland Public Television helps visitors gain a better understanding of the what the Underground Railroad was, how and why it was created, and its impact on the country.

When arriving at today’s link use the side bar menu to begin your journey through the use of interactives, audios, music, images, printables, and texts by selecting from:

  • About the Underground Railroad – 15 questions help students understand the terms and concepts related to the life of a slave and what led to the Underground Railroad movement
  • Following the Footsteps – an interactive chance to walk in the shoes of young slave and to determine what fate would befall you based on your decisions
  • Eyewitness to History – Explore first-person stories of slaves that traveled the Underground Railroad to freedom.
  • Figure It Out – Using “Think Sheets”, students use an interactive timeline to gather the data they need to answer questions related to slavery and Maryland.
  • Mapping It Out – Through the use of an interactive map, discover the geography, historical sites, and important places of the Underground Railroad in Maryland.
  • Secrets: Signs & Symbols – Discover the secret ways those involved in the underground railroad communicated with each other.
  • Create a Quilt Block – Create an online quilt block using this drag and drop interactive that when completed can be printed out.
  • Living History – a place where students can read and share stories about their connection to the Underground Railroad
  • Underground Railroad Library – Dig deeper with these additional resources.

Use the menu at the bottom of the window to locate even more valuable resources. Be sure to access the “Classroom Resources” to find teaching tips, links, lesson plans and activities as well as a teacher’s toolbox filled with a variety of helpful tools for helping your student get the most out of the website.

Also check out the “For Parents” section for tips, book recommendations, music collections, videos and more.

This website presents information in a memorable way and provides visitors with an in-depth study of the Underground Railroad in Maryland.

Dig into Big History

June 9th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 9, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Big History Project

(school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Created by Professor of History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, David Christian, sponsored by Bill Gates, and maintained by the Big History Project LLC, this website provides an online, Common Core, C3, state and National World History Standards aligned course covering history from the Big Bang until now.

In order to access and use the course, visitors must register for a free teacher account. Once you have confirmed your registration and log in, be sure to go through the “Teaching Big History” unit to understand the scope and spectrum of the course and how to use it. The Teacher Guide PDF provides an excellent overview of the program and its implementation. Part of setting up your teacher’s account is to also set up your students by providing them with a special classroom code to join your “class”. Once they have joined your class, you as the teacher, will be able to use your admin panel to see their grades on their quizzes and tests, prepare your lessons, and much more. The teacher and student accounts have different views of the website. The teacher has access to all the admin tools as well as special notes within the units that are not visible to the student.

The types of content included in a unit include: 

  • lecture videos
  • text
  • activities, investigations, and projects
  • infographics
  • images galleries

The units of study include: 

  • What Is Big History?
  • The Big Bang
  • Stars and Elements
  • Our Solar System and Earth
  • Life
  • Early Humans
  • Agriculture and Civilization
  • Expansion and Interconnection
  • Acceleration
  • The Future

According to the information on the website, some schools use this course in place of a standard World History course. This must-see website provides everything you would need for a complete, 150-hour course of study.

News Literacy Lessons, Games, & Resources

June 8th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 8, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Newseum

(www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/)

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

 

This website is a companion to the Newseum in Washington D.C. What’s a “Newseum”? It’s a real museum (adjacent to the Smithsonian museums) with galleries, theaters, and exhibits “that offer five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology in hands-on exhibits.”

It takes visitors behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. This website offers free lessons and resources to promote language arts, social sciences, critical thinking, and civic responsibility.

The website provides an overview of the Newseum and it’s exhibits, including “Today’s Front Pages” that displays the front pages of daily newspapers worldwide in their original, unedited form. It’s a great way to get an idea of how news is featured and disseminated in any given country.

When you get to the site – you’ll see icon images of “Today’s Front Pages” from newspapers in North America (including every state in the USA), Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, South America, and Africa. Click on any one and the page gets larger so can read the entire front page.

The idea here is that reading worldwide headlines and front page stories may springboard learning and discussion of news events, history, journalism, and more.

When you are through reading the newspaper front pages, use the menu at the top of page to explore the rest of the site including: 

  • Education 
  • Exhibits
  • And more!

This is a great way to combine language arts with social sciences.

Tour the Wreck of the USS Monitor and More

June 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 3, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour the Wreck of the USS Monitor

(monitor.noaa.gov/wreck_tour/wreck_tour.html)

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

 

The Union’s first Civil War ironclad, the USS Monitor was lost in a gale storm on December 31, 1862. Through this interactive tour of images, explore the wreckage at this website from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

Use your mouse to hover over different sections of the ship to reveal images and text about the wreckage. But the tour doesn’t stop here. Click the “Back” link under the tour to reach the home page of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website. Use the sidebar menu to dig deeper into the Monitor and other shipwrecks. Select “Shipwrecks” to see and learn more about Graveyard of the Atlantic in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Presented with interesting statistics about the wreck along with fascinating history and images, learn about: 

  • German U-Boats
  • Merchant Ships
  • Allied Ships

Next, check out the “OBX Trail Videos” to discover more about the Outer Banks and the history of the different shipwrecks.

Select “Image Gallery” to see even more images of the Monitor through the online gallery and from the National Marine Sanctuary online Encyclopedia as well as from the Naval History and Heritage Command’s website. Visitors can also explore the National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library to see video clips and images of America’s underwater treasures.

By selecting the “Education” link, visitors will find many resources to supplement their visit. Additional links to sites, videos, activities, printables, and much more round out your virtual tour.

There is a lot to see and do on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to often.

Bad Fads Museum

June 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, June 2, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:


Bad Fads Museum

(www.badfads.com/)

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

 

As the traditional school year comes to a close, classroom activities generally involve lighter fare. We thought we might try that approach with today’s ClickSchooling feature.

At today’s website you can explore history and social studies through taking a fun and nostalgic look at major fads – things that were popular during any given time in the modern era.

When you get to the website you will see a brief introduction and then a menu that includes Bad Fads in: 

  • Fashion – From Afro hairdos to Zoot Suits – The trends in hair, clothing and fashion accessories are listed here. Click on any one to see a photograph and read a fascinating historical (and sometimes political) explanation.
  • Collectibles – Find your favorites from Barbie Dolls and Beanie Babies to Pogs and Yo-Yos. Click on any one and find out who invented it and why it “caught on.”
  • Activities – Learn about the popularity of such pastimes as EST Therapy, Dungeons & Dragons, miniature golf, skateboarding, talking to plants, and sleeping on waterbeds. You can even find out the origins of the phrase “Kilroy Was Here!”
  • Events – Get the scoop on incredible, zany, and flat-out ridiculous crowd-pleasers such as dance marathons, flagpole sitting, goldfish swallowing, streaking, toga parties and more.

Everything we saw at this site was presented tastefully (even if the fad itself was the height of bad taste) and with general audiences in mind. Parents, as always, should preview the material to determine suitability. We think you will find that there is something wonderfully whimsical and educational in most of these bad fads that your family will enjoy.

It’s just this kind of quirky subject matter that can inspire curiosity and springboard a student to an exploration of multiple academic subjects. So, have fun and don’t be surprised at how much you learn.

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