Posts Tagged ‘history’

Building Detroit: Frontiers to Factories

June 21st, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 21, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Detroit Historical Society: Building Detroit

(apps.detroithistorical.org/buildingdetroit/)

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

 

With this website from the Detroit Historical Society, discover the rich history of Detroit, Michigan and learn about the decisions that were needed to be made to take it from a frontier town to a thriving city.

While the information on the site was created to use with third graders, older students will enjoy using it as well. Be sure to have your Adobe Flash turned on to use the interactives.

When arriving at today’s link, there are three options available: 

  • Building Detroit The Game – With this clever game, make decisions through the history of 5 generations of your “family” that help shape the future of the virtual Detroit.
  • Timeline of Detroit History – Explore the history of Detroit from 1600 through 1901 with this interactive timeline filled with interesting information and images.
  • Building Detroit Lessons – eighteen well thought out lesson plans covering six time periods. Plans are downloadable and have supplemental materials.

In addition to these resources, select the “Detroit Historical Society” logo in the upper right of the screen to be taken to the main website and locate the “Learn” link in the menu to locate the: 

  • Teacher Portal – more lesson plans for all grade levels as well as information about their outreach program and field trips
  • Encyclopedia of Detroit – Search for information for just about anything regarding Detroit.
  • The Arsenal of Democracy – Discover historical locations of some of the cities’ most important factories.
  • History Resources – links to other history websites

And to add even more interest to your study, select the “Collections” option and then the “View The Online Collection” button. From here, either use the search engine to locate something specific, or browse videos, images, and objects by selecting the option in the upper menu.

This is a fabulous website not only for your Michigan state studies but also American history.

Math with Galileo’s Compass

June 18th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, June 18, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museo Galileo

(brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/esplora/compasso/index.html)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up approximately, with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

 

This website, sponsored by the Museo Galileo, provides free, fascinating, multimedia demonstrations of the uses of Galileo’s compass for math calculations, geometry, architecture, engineering, navigation, and other fields. Learn the history of the compass and Galileo’s contribution to its development during the Renaissance in 1597.


When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • History – Watch a presentation about the history of the compass, Galileo’s invention of a specific type of compass, and the improvements he made upon it. See a comparison between compasses, and play the interactive “Compass Game.”
  • Explore – Learn about how it works.
  • Simulation – Watch engaging simulations of the many operations you can perform with Galileo’s compass, including: 
    • Division of a segment
    • Division of a circumference
    • Squaring a regular figure
    • Sum of volumes
    • Measurement of calibers
    • Astronomical quadrant
    • Scale of slopes
    • And more!

This website offers the user the ability to view the text of the presentations, and provides links to other interesting resources about the compass as well. There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site and return again to see it all.

Virtually Explore Virginia

June 15th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, June 15, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Encyclopedia Virginia

(www.encyclopediavirginia.org/vr)

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

 

Tour some of the historical sites of Virginia with this page from the larger Encyclopedia Virginia website.

Each of these tours provides a selection of 360° images of the location that visitors can explore using their mouse. Destinations include: 

  • Old Coast Guard Station, Virginia Beach
  • The Virginia State Capitol
  • The Virginia Executive Mansion
  • Mount Vernon
  • Monticello
  • Montpelier
  • Poplar Forest
  • James Monroe’s Highland
  • The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
  • Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum
  • Abijah Thomas House, Smyth County
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
  • Stratford Hall
  • Smith’s Fort Plantation
  • Carr/Greer Family Residence
  • Gunston Hall
  • The Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum
  • The John Marshall House
  • The Patrick Henry National Memorial
  • Scotchtown
  • The Poe Museum
  • Justice Park, Charlottesville
  • Lee Park, Charlottesville
  • Carlyle House Historic Park
  • Athenaeum
  • Panorama of Lumpkin’s Jail Site
  • Tobacco Barns in Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties
  • Slave Dwellings in the counties of Amelia, Caroline, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Kent, Powhatan, and Rockbridge and in Church Hill, Richmond
  • Bacon’s Castle
  • Cape Henry Lighthouse
  • Christ Church
  • Saint John’s Church, Richmond
  • Aquia Episcopal Church
  • Howland Chapel School & Teachers’ Cottage
  • Julius Rosenwald High School
  • Saint John Rosenwald School
  • The Academical Village at the University of Virginia
  • The Barter Theater
  • The Extant Structures and Grounds at Menokin

These simple virtual tours will make a wonderful addition to your state and history studies.

Sea History for Kids

June 14th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 14, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sea History for Kids

(seahistory.org/kids/)

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

 

Set sail on an adventure to discover the history of the sea with this website from the National Maritime Historical Society.

Using the colorful icons at the top of the page, visitors can explore: 

  • Animals – Learn about all kinds of animals and historical stories about them.
  • People – Discover sailors, pirates, explorers, and more.
  • Vessels – Have a look at the vessels of the sea past and present and much more.
  • Archaeology – Dig into nautical archaeology.
  • Careers – Explore a variety of occupations related to the sea.
  • Games – Download PDF crossword puzzles.
  • Discover More – Dive into the language of the sailors of yesterday, explore navigational tools, discover the science and art of the sea and much more.

Each topic provides colorful images, interesting text and a “Did You Know?” section for further investigation.

Older students and adults will also find a lot more maritime history by selecting the home icon at the top of any page. Hover over the “Resources” link on the main menu to research a vessel, learn about historic ships, browse the Sea History site index, see marine art in their store, and discover links to other maritime image collections.

This site will enrich your American history studies by allowing students to more deeply examine how the seas have played a part in our history.

Go Virtual Caving in France

June 8th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, June 8, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

La Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc

(archeologie.culture.fr/chauvet/en)

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

 

Explore the La Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave in southern France with these virtual tours.

Discovered in 1994, the La Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave is home to the some of the best-preserved cave paintings in the world. The actual cave is closed to visitors to preserve the cave, but a replica of the cavern was created so that the collection can be admired without the risk of damage to the original location. However, with this website, visitors can take a virtual tour of the actual caverns.

When arriving at today’s website, scroll down the page to select the virtual tour link. There are twelve locations included in the tour: 

  • Brunel Chamber – North and South
  • Chamber of the Bear Hollows
  • Cactus Gallery
  • Red Panels Gallery
  • Candle Gallery
  • Hillaire Chamber – North and South
  • Skull Chamber
  • Latticework Gallery
  • Megaloceros Gallery
  • End Chamber

Use the mouse to navigate around the images and locate “hot spots” to learn more and see additional images. When you have finished the virtual tour, use the “Home” button in the upper left to return to the opening page. Scroll down the page to locate the video link (beside the virtual tour link.) Please note that the video is in French, but even if you don’t speak French, it is worth watching. Scroll further down the home page to discover more about the cave, its history and preservation.

Free History Resources

June 7th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, June 7, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

School History

(schoolhistory.co.uk/)

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

 

Today’s United Kingdom-based website offers a tremendous amount of FREE resources for learning (interspersed with occasional plugs to purchase software programs or membership to the site).

The site can be navigated in several ways. Use the blue, horizontal menu across the top to access free lessons, games, and quizzes based on time period, or use the grade-range menu to sort the activities according to the student’s age. You can also click on any topic of interest that is featured on the landing page. Among the resources you will find: 

  • Links – Get over 1,000 links to history websites sorted first by the age- or grade-range they are suited for, and then divided into topic categories such as Aztecs, Magna Carta, Spanish Armada, Industrial Revolution, etc.
  • Lessons – These are illustrated lessons with short text, hyperlinked vocabulary/definitions, and captivating tone, yet the material is not at all frivolous. You can learn a lot here!
  • Resources – downloadable .pdf worksheets and PowerPoint presentations. This is a LARGE collection, well organized by age and topic, annotated, and well done. Many of these were created by teachers. Definitely worth a look!
  • Interactivities – Here are opportunities to show what you know. Fill in online diagrams, write an essay, or make a cool storyboard with your choice of several colorful backgrounds and characters to complement your text!
  • Games – The rest of this site is great, but it’s ok to admit that this game section is the REALLY fun part! Here you will find such games as Penalty Shootout, Make Your Teacher Walk the Plank, One- or Two-Player HoopShoot, Beat da’ Bomb, and more! All of these exciting and highly motivational games have been customized by teachers and students, so there is an amazing collection of history questions you can choose from in order to beat these games!
  • Quizzes – Here you can find a variety of quiz types – matching, multiple choice, flash cards, word searches, and more – and again, an extensive list of topics.
  • Teachers – You can create your own content or questions for most of the interactivities, lessons, quizzes, worksheets, presentations, and other items found on this site! You can also access a vast collection of teacher helps, hints, and much more! Or go see what bits of wisdom and experience you can glean from history teachers in the forum!

Although you may need to dig around to locate the free resources, it is well worth the search. You could also opt to purchase a subscription to the website to access all the available information. You will definitely want to bookmark this incredible page and return often!

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