Posts Tagged ‘history’

U.S. Presidential Campaign History

February 26th, 2015


It’s Thursday, February 26, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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


If you are looking for an interesting way to teach your students about past US Presidential election campaigns from 1960-2012, then this website is for you.
At this ad-supported website you will find: 
  • campaign logos and slogans
  • images of campaign posters
  • textual versions of the campaign brochures
  • television campaign commercial videos
  • text of announcements and acceptance of nominations
Navigating this website is a breeze. Simply select the campaign year of interest. Once the page opens you will see campaign banners in the middle of the page. Select a banner to view the text of the announcement or acceptance speech of a candidate for presidency. On the left side bar, find links to commercial videos or look at the poster images. Click on the brochure images in the right hand sidebar to read the text of that brochure.

It is quite interesting browsing through the information on this website and to see how the whole election campaign process and focus has changed over the years. You may wish to bookmark this website to visit again after the 2016 election.

American Presidential Studies Resource

February 19th, 2015


It’s Thursday, February 19, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Miller Center


Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)


This website from the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia, is your one-stop destination for your Presidential studies.
When arriving at this link you will find a grid of Presidential portraits. Simply click on the image of the President of choice and you are taken to the informational page for that President. Each page includes:
  • “Facts at a Glance” which provide snippets of biographical information in a concise manner
  • Essays on (PRESIDENT) and His Administration – Links to more in-depth information about the President
  • First Lady and other important members of the government at the time of Presidency – each linked to biographies
  • Presidential Speeches – links to texts of speeches. For Presidents after Herbert Hoover, there are also audios of speeches and after Eisenhower there are also videos
  • Scholarship and Speakers – a selection of Miller Center resources on the President
  • Scripps Library Reference Resources – “links to reference resources prepared by the Miller Center’s Scripps Library, designed to help students and scholars conduct their research quickly”
From the main page, you may select the “Speech Archive” button for quick access to all the Presidential Speeches. Select “Riding the Tiger” for a blog that examines current events through the “lens of history” and features resources from the digital archive of the Miller Center.

After selecting the “Presidential Classroom” on the main page, choose from either “Exhibits” or “Lesson Plans” for tons more supplemental materials and helpful classroom activities that allow students to dig deeper into U.S. history and government.

There is so much valuable information available at this website, neatly compiled for ease of use and navigation, that you will find yourself coming back time and time again.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

January 29th, 2015


It’s Thursday, January 29, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution


Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)


A collaboration of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and American Social History Project, this website uses text, images, maps, songs and more to provide visitors with an introduction to the French Revolution.
When arriving at the link, you are presented with a digital menu map that offers 3 ways to explore the website: 
  • Explore
  • Browse
  • Search
You may also use the menu above the image to quickly reach your desired destination of study.

In Explore, you can read through the ten essays on the major topics of the French Revolution that include: 

  • Social Causes of the Revolution
  • Monarchy Embattled
  • The Enlightenment and Human Rights
  • Paris and the Politics of Rebellion
  • Women and the Revolution
  • Monarchy Falls
  • War, Terror, and Resistance to the Revolution
  • Slavery and the Haitian Revolution
  • Legacies of the Revolution
Each essay page not only includes informative text but additional topical documents, images, maps, and songs that are accessible by selecting the icons on the left hand side of the text. These icons are strategically placed on the side to correspond with the relevant text providing a more in-depth look at the subject.

Select the Browse option on the main menu to: 

  • View 245 images, which include political cartoons, works of art, and artifacts.
  • Examine 338 text documents such as memoirs, official reports, newspaper articles, treatises, eyewitness accounts.
  • Explore 13 maps of the changing European borders in this era, military campaigns, and sites of Parisian revolutionary activity.
  • Listen to and read lyrics for 13 songs from the time.
  • Discover the key events of the Revolution with the 382 timeline entries.
  • Learn 65 terms using the Glossary.
If you have a specific topic of interest or a particular matching resource, use the Search option to quickly locate information.

This website provides a comprehensive overview of the French Revolution using primary sources and makes a wonderful avenue of study for the subject.

Time Warp into History

January 22nd, 2015


It’s Thursday, January 22, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Time Warp Trio


Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-7, with parental supervision)


Designed to go along with the television series produced by WGBH shown on the Discovery Kids Channel and the popular book series by Jon Scieszka, Time Warp Trio, this website provides interactive history learning adventures, games, and more.
When arriving at the website you will see what content is new this week and be able to select what you would like to do. Use the upper menu to select from the Adventures, or the Games, the Show.

When you select the Adventures, you can select the Adventure you wish to explore that either corresponds with the episode you watch or you can simply choose a time period or topic relevant to your studies. Each adventure presents basic information about the episode along with a map showing the location of the event. Then choose from the included exploration and learning extension such as: 

  • Cool Books – check out some warptastic reads
  • Who’s Who – Meet Joe and Co. and many more
The Games include:
  • Put it Back, Jack – Time-bending research game
  • Green Mist Mysteries – Interactive Time Warper Stories
  • Wordsplosion – Poetry gizmo, create, print & send
  • Plentifax 487 – The ultimate Time Traveler’s guide
  • Sandwiched of Time – Fast-paced challenge quiz
  • Sound Detective – Goofy game to fix time & space
In the upper left hand menu, select the Teacher’s & Parents link to find printable PDF Lesson Plans to accompany each episode that include additional offline activities, handouts, curriculum connections and standards, and more.

Because content is added regularly, you will want to bookmark this site to come back often to find out what is new. Whether you are a fan of the television series or not there is a lot of fun learning value at this website.

Take an Educational Journey Touring the FDR Library and Museum

January 16th, 2015


It’s Friday, January 16, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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FDR Library and Museum Virtual Tour


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


This website not only provides visitors a virtual tour through the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, but it also offers wonderful educational opportunities to learn about the 32nd President of the United States, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.
When arriving at the link, click the “Launch Now” button on the screen. There are multiple ways to explore the museum. You may use the “Back” and “Next” arrows to work through the slides, or you could expand the “Explore the Museum” button at the top right then choose your destination or you could use the map in the bottom right corner to select a location. You can also access the site map from the “Explore the Museum” button which provides a great way to reach the topic of interest quickly. Location galleries include:
  • Museum Lobby
  • America, 1932: A Nation in Fear
  • The Promise of Change
  • Foundations of a Public Life
  • A New Deal
  • FDR’s “Act of Faith”
  • War! (upper level)
  • War! (lower level)
  • Oval Office Desk/FDR’s Death
  • First Lady of the World
  • Legacy
  • Behind the Scenes
Each gallery provides a 360° tour that you can use your mouse to navigate around and examine. Some galleries include close-ups of artifacts, documents, as well as additional resource information, audios, and teachable moments. The teachable moments include brief video segments. Each gallery includes informational text beneath the presentation.

This website is an excellent resource for your history studies and a wonderful insight into the life and world of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Explore The Stained Glass Museum

December 27th, 2014


It’s Saturday, December 27, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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The Stained Glass Museum


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


When arriving at the link above, at the top of the reading material, click on “Click here to browse the Stained Glass Museum’s collection” to view hundreds of images of stained glass windows, many by famous artisans throughout history. Click the text link “Stained glass windows” to select stained glass images by title, the designer’s name, the subject matter depicted in the glass, the places or countries where the window exists, or by date – a timeline of stained glass! There is a handy menu at the left if you don’t know exactly what you’d like to see first.
The images are beautiful to behold, and are accompanied by information about the artist and the techniques used. The armchair tour is visually stunning and it might just motivate you to take the family on a stained glass treasure hunt in your own community.