Posts Tagged ‘history’

Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

October 21st, 2016


It’s Friday, October 21, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at


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Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island


Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)


This virtual field trip from Scholastic takes visitors on a video field trip to Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1924, twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island in their first steps to becoming citizens of the United States. Explore this story with the over 30-minute video that provides a walk-through tour of Ellis Island and interviews with knowledgeable Ellis Island park rangers.

Students will learn about: 

  • What was it like for immigrants to come to America and the screening process?
  • The history of Immigration Station
  • What was on the island before it became the doorway to America?
  • Who was the first immigrant through Ellis Island?
  • What happened to immigrants after leaving Ellis Island?

And more.

When you have finished watching the video, use the menu at the top to select “Explore Ellis Island” to: 

  • Read interesting stories
  • Hear first-hand accounts from people who came through Ellis Island
  • See historical photos
  • Watch film footage of immigrants arriving

But the learning doesn’t stop there. Use the upper navigation to “Meet Young Immigrants” who recently immigrated to the United States and explore “Immigration Data”.

Select the “Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today” header to go to the main page of this unit. Scroll down the page to locate the “Teaching Resources” section to find: 

  • Teacher’s Guide – explains the objectives of the unit, provides grade-level lesson plans, and other suggested resources
  • Book lists – suggested reading about immigration for students grades 3-5 and 6-12
  • Ellis Island Facts and Worksheets – worksheets and interesting facts to supplement your studies
  • The New York Times Interactive Map of Immigrant Settlement Patterns – an interactive map on the NY Times website that allows students to see where immigrants from specific countries settled in America

This unit not only provides an interesting virtual tour but loads of great information and activities to add your history studies on immigration.

Today in History

October 6th, 2016


It’s Thursday, October 6, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Library of Congress – Today in History


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


Discover what happened today in history at this this website from the Library of Congress.

When clicking on today’s link, the date should automatically be added to the end of the URL taking you to the highlighted events of the day. Looking for a specific date? No problem. Use the “Select date” field to enter your desired date and click go. Each entry includes: 

  • Information about the event or person
  • Relevant images
  • Links to “Learn More” about the subject.

There are links throughout the text as well to dig even deeper.

This is a neat resource to add to your daily history lessons.

Learn All About Earthquakes

October 4th, 2016


It’s Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Earthquakes for Kids


Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)


Today’s site, sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), offers a multi-media exploration of earthquake history, animations, project ideas and a lot more.

When you get to the site simply use the icon menu to explore:

  • Latest Quakes – See a map depicting where earthquakes have occurred worldwide over the past 7 days.
  • Animations – Watch terrific video animations of Amplification, A Blind Thrust Fault, Foreshocks, and much more!
  • Become An Earthquake Scientist – Learn what it takes to be a Geophysicist.
  • Cool Earthquake Facts – Learn fascinating trivia and tidbits about earthquakes.
  • Earthquake ABC – This provides a good introduction to earthquakes for children along with safety tips and info for parents and teachers.
  • Puzzles & Games – Under Plate Tectonics Activities there are Flashcards, Matching, Concentration and Word Search games.

And more!

Classical Music Website for Teens

October 1st, 2016


It’s Saturday, October 1, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Classical Chops


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


Classical Chops is a free, online community for young musicians to express themselves while also learning from pros in the business!

Designed by the Creative Kids Education Foundation, the site offers the opportunity to “learn about current classical music trends, music composition, orchestration, famous musician’s history and advice, and communicate about what is happening in musical communities through blogging and video.”

When you get to the site you’ll see some icon images with descriptions. Click on any one to watch a video performance of classical music or an interview with a classical musician, composer, or singer.

Then, use the menu at the right side of the page to find out how to participate and share with this online forum including: 

  • Inspiration and Creativity – Watch video interviews about all things classical music. Then learn how you can create videos and submit them to be reviewed and possibly featured on the site.
  • Advice & Lessons – Watch video interviews and interactive lessons on music composition.
  • Performance – Watch videos of other musicians playing classical music and upload videos of your own performances to share with visitor to the site.

Oh! And don’t miss the additional resource suggestions on each page. They contain other suggested videos, articles books, DVDs, and CDs as well as links to other websites to some great sites where you can learn about orchestration, how to write a song, theory, ear training, music careers, and get free printable sheet music and staff paper. You’ll even find a few resources for music schools and music scholarships.

History and Social Studies and More, Oh My!

September 29th, 2016


It’s Thursday, September 29, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)


This sister website to the website, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, serves as an internet gateway to educational information and services available through government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.

Using the navigation buttons at the top of the page, first decide your audience, Kids Grade K-5 or Teens Grade 6-8, then choose to:

  • Learn Stuff
  • Play Games
  • Watch Videos

This is where the fun begins. Choose from the suggestions in the scroll-able upper menu box or find the subject you are interested in by selecting it from the icons below the box. The icons will take you to another page broken down into topics. From here either browse through the list of linked websites or click the topical text link to be taken to the page of links.

All kinds of subjects are available, but we will focus on History. On the “Learn More” tab find great resources to learn about: 

  • American History
  • Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
  • Groups and Cultures
  • Presidents
  • Time Periods and Eras
  • Wars

History games include: 

  • America by Air – Among other activities, take a virtual flight across America.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Kid’s Zone – Games that teach about life in colonial America
  • History and Culture – Smithsonian Education – a selection of games sponsored by the Smithsonian
  • And many more!

Watch videos about: 

  • Native American Indians
  • Martha Washington
  • Webcasts from the Library of Congress

(Note: While reviewing this site we found some links no longer took you directly to the right page, but adventurous researchers can dig a little on the site to locate what they need.)

Select the Teachers button in the top menu to find activities, worksheets, lesson plans and more. The Parents page provides parental resources for a subject.

This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site to come back time and again for all your subjects.

Check Out the American History Calendar

September 22nd, 2016


It’s Thursday, September 22, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

American History Calendar


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


This ad-sponsored website offers a free American History Calendar that highlights people and events of historic importance every day of the year. You can use it to springboard discussions and further learning.

When you get to the site you’ll see the current week’s historic birthdays and events, along with an introduction and information about what you’ll find at the site. Use the menu at the top of the page to access: 

  • People Calendar – Features the birthdays of people of historic importance to American history including:
    • Signers of the Declaration of Independence
    • U.S. Presidents
    • U.S. Vice Presidents
    • First Ladies
    • Revolutionary People
    • 1812 War People
    • Civil War People
  • Events Calendar – Highlights the anniversary date of historic events that occurred during:
    • Revolution Era
    • State Ratifications
    • 1812 War Events
    • Civil War Events
    • World War II Events

Click on either calendar and a new page opens that displays the current month’s calendar. Birthdays and/or events are highlighted on it. Place your cursor over or click on those of interest to see more information, as well as a Google map indicating the location where the event took place. It’s enough to spark a short conversation or it may inspire you to research the person or event at your leisure.

The calendar is incomplete. It’s a work-in-progress and you are welcome to help improve the calendar by contributing information to it (see details at site).

The calendar is fully functional and free to site visitors.  Again, this is an ad-supported site. Ads are randomly generated and change.  Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site and supervise exploration of it.

Note: There is an option to “subscribe” to the calendar which allows you to download it, customize it, and synchronize it with other tech tools, calendars, and applications. It didn’t work properly when we visited and tried it, so it’s not clear to us if the subscription is free (and if so, if it requires registration), or if it’s fee-based.