Posts Tagged ‘history’

Free World War II Field Trip Guide

July 16th, 2015

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

Notgrass: Remembering World War II Field Trip Guide Ebook

(http://notgrass.leadpages.net/wwii-field-trip-guide/)

 

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

 

From the popular Notgrass History homeschool curriculum provider, download this 42-page field trip guide that provides hundreds of hyperlinked field trip locations across the United States dedicated to the history of World War II.
When arriving at the link, take a few minutes to watch the brief video with an excerpt from the speech made by President Harry Truman on the surrender of Japan in 1945. Then click the large yellow button underneath. A pop up window will open asking you to provide your email address. Visitors may also sign up for optional email lists for Best History Field Trips, Notgrass History Bites (free lessons and activities), and/or Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers, but this is not necessary to access the guide. Click the blue “Access Now” button and you will be taken to another page where you can download the PDF guide. When viewing the PDF index, click on the table of contents titles to be taken to that section of the guide. The field trips locations are divided into the following categories: 
  • Battle and Attack Sites
  • World War II Museums and Sites
  • Military History Museums
  • Airplanes
  • Ships and Submarines
  • The Manhattan Project
  • Relocation Centers
  • The Holocaust
  • POW Camps
  • Other Sites
  • Events
Each destination is hyperlinked to a website that will provide more information about the location to make planning your field trip simpler. Looking for places solely in your neck of the woods? Use the Location Index in the back of the ‘book’ to narrow your search.

But don’t leave the Notgrass website yet! There’s more great material available here. When you arrived at the download page, you may have noticed the little pop up for yet another free history ebook. Sign up for the Notgrass e-mail newsletter and receive Laura’s Little Houses, a guide to twelve sites related to the Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder families. In the menu at the bottom of the page, under the “News & Articles” section, select “History Bites” for several downloadable and fun history lessons on some not so typical topics such as: 

  • The history of the “Candy Land” and “Scrabble” games
  • The youngest person and first woman in America to receive U.S. patents
  • The history of rubber bands, paper bags, microchips, hot air balloons, and cheese
  • The history of city playgrounds
  • And more
When you are done exploring these, select the “Family Activities” option in the bottom menu for even more great games, projects, and crafts to use throughout your studies.

Not only is A Guide to Museums and Historic Sites in the United States ebook a wonderfully useful resource but the website is chock full of great activities, lessons, and ideas to add to your homeschooling tool belt.

Free Daily Audio Science Lessons for Kids!

July 14th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, July 14, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Pulse of the Planet (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/)

 

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

 

This website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers daily (Monday-Friday), free, engaging two-minute sound portraits that blend science, nature, and culture worldwide. These audio clips contain fascinating information that may springboard you to further science investigation and learning.
Just take a look at some of what’s available from this month so far: 
  • Jul 14 – Acoustical Ecology – Loons: Development and disturbance can silence the beautiful call of the common loon.
  • Jul 9 – Long Leaf Pine – Restoring: Forestry experts at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are working to restore Long Leaf Pine, a species that once ranged from Virginia to Texas.
  • Jul 8 – Natchez – Oral History: The Principal Chief of the Natchez offers a unique perspective of his people’s cultural heritage.
  • Jul 2 – Terraforming: It may work on Star Trek, but in real life Mar’s thin atmosphere will be writing the script.
  • Jul 1 – Okefenokee – Standing Up to Bears: What hisses at bears to defend its nest eggs? Hint: it’s bigger than a robin.
Just listen to the featured sound clip (and print out the transcript or download the MP3 if desired). Then, use the menu to access all of the “Daily Programs” audio clips from 1998-2015.

But there’s more! In the “Educator Resources” section you’ll find free lesson plans with activities “suitable for classrooms or home-schoolers” using Pulse of the Planet programs. The lesson plans for grades K-12 contain downloadable audio files. You must register (free and painless) to access the lessons.

Click on “Monthly Features” for the in-depth studies, and peruse the rest of the menu for other wonderful science surprises.

Navigate the Road to the American Revolution

July 9th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 9, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Liberty! The American Revolution

(http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/index.html)

 

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

 

This website is companion to the Peabody Award Winning PBS series, Liberty! The American Revolution. But even if you don’t have access to the program, there is still a lot of learning opportunities available here. With this website visitors are encouraged to travel the road through the history of the American Revolution with simple but interesting interactives.
When arriving at today’s link, select from the following: 
  • Chronicle of the Revolution – Read about the headline events from Boston, 1774, Philadelphia, 1776 and 1791, Trenton, 1776, Saratoga, 1777, and Yorktown, 1781. While in this section, check out the Timeline of the Revolution and comprehensive subject index to discover the people, pivotal events, documents, and social and cultural context of the Revolution.
  • Liberty! The Series – Read episode descriptions, about the making of Liberty!, meet the cast and scholars in the series, and about the accompanying music.
  • Perspectives on Liberty – Through interactive images, learn about daily life in the colonies, the global village, and military perspectives of the American Revolution.
  • The Road to Revolution – Play this question and answer game as you travel along the Revolution Road from Boston to Washington D.C.
Visitors can return to the homepage at any time by selecting the Liberty! Image in the upper left of the header. When back on the homepage, select the “Teacher’s Guide” on the right to access companion lesson plans. Choose the “Resources” link for a bibliography of American Revolution books and additional topical links. If you are interested in purchasing the DVD/Home Video of the series or the soundtrack, select the “Companion Products” option. If you would like to see if there are any upcoming broadcasts of this program on PBS in your area, select that option.

This website provides an interesting supplement to any study of the American Revolution.

Fun Grammar Games and Lessons!

July 8th, 2015

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Teachers’ Cafe

(http://www.theteacherscafe.com/Grammar/Grammar_Games.php)

 

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

 

Mr. and Mrs. Farino created The Teachers’ CafĂ© in 2004. It was originally started as a simple way to store worksheets online instead of using a filing cabinet. As they began to understand the need for teacher resources their website morphed and changed to meet the growing need and today the website contains literally thousands of teaching aids like: 
  • Printable worksheets
  • Downloadable workbooks
  • Reading Lists
  • Holiday Printables
  • Assessments
  • Audio books
  • Classroom management tools
  • You can even study Spanish!
Today we are focusing on Grammar. When you get to the site, use the two column menu in the center of the page to find many resources for learning grammar: 
  • Learning English – Dozens of free Grammar games. Articles, Parts of speech to Superlative adjectives
  • Noun Dunk – Helps students understand common & proper nouns with practice from this simple online game.
  • Proofreading Makes Perfect – You choose skill: Capitalization, punctuation, spelling, usage or putting it together.
  • Middle School – Online lessons & activities: Adjective and Adverbs, General Grammar Exercises (error correction exercises), nouns, prepositions, Pronouns & verb tenses.
  • Grammar Exercises – Intermediate Online practice. Comma Splices, Fragments, Irregular Verbs, Commas, Pronoun Agreement, Pronoun Reference, S-V Agreement & Word Choice.
  • And so much more!
This website is a huge resource for many subjects; Math, Science, History, Social Studies – all of it can be found here so bookmark this website and return often!

Historic Philadelphia Tour

July 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Friday, July 3, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Historic Philadelphia

 

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

 

Part of the larger ushistory.org website from the Independence Hall Association (IHA), tour the historic sites of Philadelphia. Locations along your ad supported virtual visit include:
  • The Liberty Bell
  • Independence Hall, Old City Hall, Congress Hall, Liberty Hall, and Fireman’s Hall
  • United States Mint and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • First and Second Banks of the United States
  • The Bourse
  • Taverns
  • Penn’s Landing
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Historical houses
  • Museums
  • Parks, gardens, squares
  • Churches, synagogues, temples, meeting houses, and cemeteries
  • And much, much more.
Navigate through the site using the “Next Stop” arrow at the top of each page. Or, from the home page, use the index to jump right to your destination. Each stop of your tour includes an image or images of the location, its history, interesting facts and trivia as well as other tourist information.

With over 70 different destinations, visitors will not only get a great feel for historical Philadelphia but will also learn a bit about its impact on the history of the United States.

Take an American History Journey

July 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, July 2, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Journeys

 

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

 

This website offers an amazing library of historical primary source documents that provide eyewitness accounts of North American explorers including the Vikings in 1000 AD, Spanish, French, and English explorers, American Indians, Pilgrims, Frontiersmen, Lewis & Clark, and the mountain men of the Rockies in 1800. Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, it was designed for students exploring National History Day’s 2004 theme, “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange.”
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu bar that includes: 
  • Find A Document – A search engine to help you find documents on the topic that interests you.
  • Images – An incredible resource of paintings, sketches, and pictures of the events chronicled in the documents. You can view the images for free – or purchase high-quality reproductions.
  • Highlights – Not sure where to begin? This page offers a selection of eyewitness accounts of famous moments in American History by date. Pick one and with a click of your mouse jump right into history.
  • Teachers – THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. Read the description and use the menu bar that helps you choose a topic, select lesson plans, understand the geographical references and nomenclature used in the accounts, consider who wrote the accounts and what factors color their interpretation, determine how to deal with sensitive content in the accounts, and more.
Parents, as always, should review this material to determine suitability for your children and students. Be sure to read the comments under “Sensitive Content” on the menu bar in the “Teachers” section.

These documents provide a window into the past like no other. Bookmark this site so you can use it for research and supplementation to your studies of the history of exploration in North America.

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