Posts Tagged ‘history’

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge Virtually

May 27th, 2016


It’s Friday, May 27, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Golden Gate Bridge Walk


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


The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened May 27, 1937. Take a virtual walking tour of the bridge with this website from the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District.

When arriving at the link, click the “Start the bridge walk” text link under the image. A new window will open revealing the image slide show. Use the text link navigational commands to “look” left, right, backwards, up or down as well as to “walk forward” or “walk back”. Each command brings up a new view of the bridge. Click “end walk” to end the tour.

When you have finished your walk, use the menu on the left of the web page to see more images of the bridge by selecting: 

  • Historic Photos – See images of the chief engineer, Joseph B. Straus and the construction of the bridge.
  • Contemporary Photos – View modern images of the art deco elements, beauty shots of the bridge, the Southeast Visitor area, bridge workers in action, and more.
  • Then and Now – comparative views of the bridge

You may also want to dig deeper into the history of the Golden Gate Bridge by selecting the “Research Library” link. At this page visitors will find links to other pages filled with historical information, interesting facts and trivia, and much more.

Put on your virtual sneakers and enjoy the tour.

The History of Memorial Day

May 26th, 2016


It’s Thursday, May 26, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Memorial Day


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


Discover the history and original intent of Memorial Day with this website maintained by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

When arriving at today’s link, read an overview of the history of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day. Discover the reason why red poppies are worn, what the National Moment of Remembrance is, and more.

After reading about the history, learn more about the traditional observances on Memorial Day by selecting the “Observance” link. Dig deeper by selecting “Resources” to discover: 

  • Speeches, Essays, Articles
  • Poetry, Prayers, Lyrics
  • Presidential Remarks
  • Patriotic Melodies

This simple website provides a solid background into understanding the purpose of celebrating Memorial Day.

It All Starts with Dirt: How Aluminum is Made

May 20th, 2016


It’s Friday, May 20, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Alcoa: How Aluminum is Made


Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)


The Alcoa Company offers several great ways to find out how aluminum is made. When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of choices from exploring a mini-website on the topic, to downloading a free colorful brochure, to watching a video of the manufacturing process.

We found it easy to just follow the topics in order as follows: 

  • Visit the “It All Starts With Dirt” website. Click on “enter site” and a new window opens. From there, click on “Make Your Selection” to see a menu of choices. Click on “Adding Value From the Ground Up” to take an illustrated text tour of the entire aluminum manufacturing process. When you’re through, go back to the menu to read about the “Age of Aluminum” and “The Alcoa Story.”

Close that screen to go back to the landing page and look for: 

  • Alcoa Can’t Wait – Under that heading you can click on links to hear the Alcoa “Folk Song,” watch a 1970s TV commercial, and watch a fast-paced 2008 video that is a quick timeline of the history of aluminum.
  • See How Aluminum is Made – DON’T MISS THIS! Watch a 3-minute video of the complete aluminum manufacturing process.
  • Alcoa’s History (Timeline) – Use your mouse for an interactive exploration of events in the history of aluminum.
  • Biography of Charles Martin Hall – Learn about this amazing aluminum pioneer and manufacturing magnate.
  • Aluminum Smelting – For budding chemists and techies – get a more in-depth discussion of aluminum manufacturing.

Alcoa has gone out of their way to offer a variety of multi-media resources to help visitors to their site understand how aluminum is manufactured.

(Non-readers will need assistance. There is something for everyone here. Young children may prefer to watch the video, and older students can explore the topic in more depth.)

Step Right Up to Learn the History of the Circus

May 19th, 2016


It’s Thursday, May 19, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Circuses and Sideshows


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


May 19th is Circus Day. Explore the history of American circuses and sideshows, the performers and the owners with this website.

When arriving at today’s link, read the brief introduction, then select where you want to begin your adventure using the images and links on the left sidebar: 

  • American Circuses – Discover the history of well-known circuses such as Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey, Dailey Bros. Circus and many more.
  • Famous Circus Performers – Learn about those performers who made their circus shows amazing including clowns, acrobats, human cannonballs, trapeze and tightrope artists, animal tamers and much more.
  • Circus Owners and Staff – Examine the lives of the men and women who owned circuses.
  • Circus Life – a brief overview of life in a circus
  • Circus Sideshows – Find out what a sideshow is and see some sideshow crews.
  • Sideshow Performers – See images of different sideshow performers from the past.
  • Circus Candy Butchers – Discover what a “candy butcher” is and their importance to the survival of the circus.
  • Circus Lingo and Slang – a glossary of circus terms
  • Circus Movies – an affiliate-linked list of movies about the circus
  • Circus Train Wrecks – a list of circus train wrecks and some statistics about them
  • Circus News – news and announcements related to circuses
  • Circus Links and Resources – Looking for more information about circuses? Check this section.

Each page includes text and images about the topic. Look for the red circle with the question mark in it for interesting trivia and a magnifying glass that will allow for a larger view of the image.

This website will provide an fascinating window into circus life and a fun departure from typical history studies.

Discover the Art of the Frick Collection

May 13th, 2016


It’s Friday, May 13, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at 


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The Frick Collection


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


At this website, explore paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts collected by Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The museum is located in his former residence on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Using the interactive map of the museum, click to select where you wish to begin your visit. When the page opens, most locations include: 

  • An interactive 360° image of the location. Hover over the various items to find highlighted pieces. Click the highlighted item to open a new window with details and audios about the piece
  • An audio tour about the location
  • A history of the location
  • Virtual Exhibitions
  • Archival images of the location most showing restoration progress
  • Items currently on display in that location
  • Related links for more information

There is so much to see, explore, and learn at this website, you will want to bookmark this site to visit at your leisure.

Discover 100 Leaders in History

May 12th, 2016


It’s Thursday, May 12, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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100 Leaders in World History


Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)


With this website from National History Day, visitors will explore 100 leaders from history. What makes this list unique is that not all of the leaders chosen are heroes or have left a positive impact on history. Some leaders have left their dark mark on history.

Those on the list displayed the following traits: 

  • Articulates a vision
  • Motivates others
  • Makes effective decisions
  • Willingness to confront tough issues
  • Impacts history

Leaders also fall into one or more of the following categories: 

  • Artistic
  • Economic
  • Intellectual
  • Military
  • Political
  • Religious
  • Scientific
  • Social

When arriving at the site, you can view the leaders by either selecting “Leader Gallery” in the upper tool bar or select the box “See the Gallery of Leaders” in the main image map. From the gallery page either select the image of the leader or filter your choices by type, sphere of influence, or by time period. Once the leader page opens, each page includes facts about the person, a summary of their leadership, a brief biography, what made them a leader, keywords for further study, contemporaries, and more resource suggestions.

Also included on this website are classroom resources accessible from the upper tool bar. There are lesson plans, printable posters, and much more.

The stated purpose of this website is to “teach us to be more thoughtful if and when we might be placed in positions of leadership”. By examining the positive and negative leaders presented on the site, students may learn what it takes to be a good leader and to recognize those traits in others.