Posts Tagged ‘history’

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.

The History of Christmas Hymns and Carols

December 18th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, December 18, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

 

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

 

This website provides the history behind Christmas music along with an extensive index of Christmas carols and hymns.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Below it is a way to search for a song alphabetically by title.

Below the alphabetical search box is a link to the “Full Index” of songs archived at this site. Use either method to find a song of interest, click on it, and the whole story behind the song – it’s history, tradition, who wrote the words and music, etc., is displayed.

Note: If you use the “Full Index” to search for a song, you will be surprised to see that the site includes not only the original song, but any subsequent versions or parodies of it as well. If you click on a song title – and it doesn’t look like the one you remember, go back to the index and search again for the original version of the song.

Once you are through exploring the history of individual songs, click on “History of Carols” on the menu at the top of the screen. There, you will find the history of the tradition of singing carols at Christmas from the Middle Ages through the Victorian era right up to 20th Century compositions.

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

December 13th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 13, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

StudySpanish.com

 

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

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials. There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. This site uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:
  • Pronunciation Tutor – learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Verb Drills – learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Word-A-Day – log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Travel Helper – learn important words, phrases and sentences that will help you when traveling. Themes include airport, hotel, restaurant, beach, downtown, meeting people, shopping, and medical care. Lessons accomplished through text, audio tutorial, and interactive games and quizzes.
  • Cultural Notes – learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, links to other sites, an online translator, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

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