Posts Tagged ‘history’

Learn Braille

May 9th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, May 9, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Braille Bug

 

Age Range: 8-12 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) was designed to teach sighted children about braille. With the aid of this site children will not only gain an understanding of the history and importance of braille as a language for the blind, but will also learn braille numbers and letters.
When arriving at this colorful site, students can select from the following: 
  • Change the Colors of the Site! – Change the color of the text and background for easier viewing.
  • What is Braille? – Learn the ins and outs of reading and writing braille as well as print out a braille alphabet key or send away for a free braille alphabet card.
  • Reading Club – featured books to read including a Reading Club Schedule and a Message to Parents and Teachers explaining the purpose of the Reading Club
  • Games and Secret Messages – interactive activities that encourage students to interpret simulated braille letters, words, and numbers. See your name in braille, solve trivia, riddles and rhymes, jumbles, secret messages and more.
  • Louis Braille – read the brief story of Louis Braille then visit the Louis Braille Online Museum through the link provided on the page.
  • Helen Keller Kids Museum Online – Explore the timeline of Helen Keller’s life which includes photos and videos (which need to be downloaded to your computer to view) and much more.
  • Parents and Teachers – This page provides links to an overview of the Braille Bug website, instructions for downloading braille files for those that have a braille printer, suggestions for classroom activities, and more.
  • Are You Ready for Real Braille? – This page provides a special offer to purchase the Braille BugĀ® Activity Book, Slate, and Stylus.
In the bottom menu, visitors can learn about the AFB by selecting the text link “Learn About the American Foundation for the Blind“.

While this website’s target audience is students in grades 3-6, many of the activities can easily be adapted for younger and older students.

US Bicycling Hall of Fame Tour

May 8th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, May 8, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

US Bicycling Hall of Fame

 

Age Range: All ages and grades (children with parental supervision)

 

May is National Bike Month and what better way to explore bicycling history with a virtual tour of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, California.
When arriving at the link, you are able to select from specific time periods on the left hand menu. Each time period is again broken down into various collections and/or artifacts to examine. Collections include images and information for: 
  • Bicycles
  • Trophies, medals, and other awards
  • Historical photos and posters
  • Cycling magazine and catalog covers
  • Other cycling memorabilia such as jerseys and helmets
After selecting the desired time period, visitors can click the image to see a larger view or click the text link beside the image to view details about the artifact. On the detail page there are links on the left sidebar to other related artifacts.

When you are finished exploring the collection, select “Inductees” in the top menu bar to learn about famous cyclists in the Hall of Fame.

This website provides an interesting topic to explore with your students which just might inspire them to get on their own bikes and achieve the website’s mission to “encourage them to participate in the future of the sport.”

Exploring Social Sciences with Peter Pan

May 7th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, May 7, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Websites:

 

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Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

May 9th is the birthday of Sir James Matthew Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Barrie was born in 1860. We thought an exploration of history and social sciences while commemorating the author’s life and his most famous work would be fun! There are several sites that have interesting facts and features which turns this particular ClickSchooling recommendation into a sort of unit study.

Discover the History of Mexico

April 30th, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 30, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

MexicanHistory.org

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of Mexico with the help of this ad-supported website.
When arriving on the homepage visitors will find the page divided into the following time periods: 
  • Pre-Columbian Mexico
  • Cortes and the Spanish Conquest 1517-1521
  • Colonial Mexico 1519 – 1821
  • Mexican War of Independence – Republic of Mexico – Mexican-American War – French Intervention – Porfiriato
  • Mexican Revolution – Modern Mexico
Each section is further broken down with images and brief text links to specific topics within those time periods. Each topic page provides relating informative text, images, maps, and videos. Some topics of interest may include: 
  • Mayans
  • Aztecs
  • Teotihuacan
  • Cortes
  • First Mexican Empire
  • Santa Anna
  • Mexican American War
  • The Cristero War
And much more.
Also found near the bottom of the home page are links to other resources to use with your study of Mexico such as: 
  • Mexican History Maps
  • Mexican History Time Lines
  • Mexican History News
  • Other Links
There is a lot of information on this website to contribute to your study of Mexico.

United Stated History for Kids

April 23rd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, April 23, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

American Historama

 

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

 

This ad-supported UK website presents American history uniquely by connecting important events with the presidencies during which they occurred.
When arriving at the link above, there are brief explanations about the site content and then you are able to select your topic of interest.
Information is broken down by the following: 
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Eras
    • 1790-1800: The New US
    • 1801-1828: Evolution Era
    • 1829-1841: Jacksonian Era
    • 1841-1850: Westward Expansion
    • 1850-1865: Secession Era
    • 1860-1865: Civil War Era
    • 1866-1881: Reconstruction Era
    • 1881-1913: Maturation Era
    • 1913-1928: WWI & Prohibition
    • 1929-1945: Depression & WWII
    • 1945-1989: Cold War Era
    • 1990 – Present: The Modern Era
  • Encyclopaedia of United States History for Kids: Important Time Periods and US Events
    • The Wild West
    • The Cowboys
    • Big Business and Corporations
    • Urbanization in America
    • Immigration Laws History Timeline
    • Labor Unions History
    • Women’s suffrage
    • Gilded Age and Era
    • Social Darwinism
    • Industrialization in America
    • Black Segregation History
    • Black Segregation Timeline
    • The Progressive Movement
    • 1800’s Child Labor
    • Black Populism
    • Populism in America
    • The Conservation Movement
    • Inventions & Inventors Timeline
    • Nativism in America
    • US Facts about WW I
    • Environmentalism History
    • Black History People & Events
    • The Roaring Twenties
    • Harlem Renaissance
The home page, as well as most of the other main pages at this site, also includes a 12-minute slide-show-like video overview of the Presidents of the United States from Washington to Obama. After selecting your main topic of choice, information is presented in bite size pieces with many sub-topics hyperlinked (which are identified by blue, underlined text links) to even more in-depth informational pages. Many of the pages include more video presentations about the President in residency during the time period.

To return to the home page, you will need to find the text link or button “US American History” which usually is found below the first paragraph on the page. You may also wish to use the American Historama Sitemap to more quickly locate the sub-topics within each era to locate specific pages.

If you are looking for a concise, no ‘bells and whistles’ approach to American history, this website may be just what you need.

(Please be sure that you assist younger children when navigating this website as it is ad-supported and there are a few text linked ads as well as image ads on most pages. But the value of the content should outweigh this nuisance.)

The History of the Titanic

April 16th, 2015

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

Titanic Interactive

 

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

 

During her maiden voyage, the British passenger liner, RMS Titanic, sank into the North Atlantic Ocean the morning of April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg. More than 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives that fateful day. This interactive website from the History Channel explores the building of the ship, the disaster that sank her, and the aftermath.
When arriving at the site, visitors can select from the following: 
  • 1909 – Birth of the Titanic – Learn about the designing and building of the Titanic through historical photographs and a tour of the ship that includes cutaway illustrations and images.
  • 1912 – The Disaster – Uncover the causes of the sinking of the Titanic with animated video and pictures taken by passengers and witnesses of the ship and the rescue effort.
  • 1913 – The Aftermath – Understand how people dealt with the news of the Titanic disaster through the stories of the survivors and learn how the event changed the maritime industry.
  • Titanic Route Map – Explore the interactive map with “Hotspots” linked to a timeline.
  • Timeline of Events – Discover the timeline of the Titanic from the laying of its keel in Belfast, Ireland, March 31, 1909 to the burial of many of the victims at Halifax cemeteries on May 3, 1912.
With brief, informative text, images, and videos, this website not only explores the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic but provides insight into the passengers and crew before, during, and after the catastrophe.

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