Posts Tagged ‘history’

New England History Only a Click Away

July 24th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 24, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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American Centuries: Views from New England

 

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

 

Step back in time with this website which features a huge digital collection of objects and documents from the Memorial Hall Museum, one of New England’s oldest museums in Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Through the use of hundreds of images, videos, interactive learning activities, transcribed historical documents, and lesson plans, visitors can gain a window into the past of life in New England. 

This site is extremely user friendly with straightforward navigation and clear explanation of all exhibits and activities. When arriving at this website, hover over the text links in the upper blue navigation bar to reveal more refined destinations. Or you may select from the interactive main page image map to begin exploring. There is even a “Just 4 Kids” special image link of a man in a top hat in the upper right corner of the website that brings visitors to a kid-friendly page with an image map linked to some of the interactive activities available.

On the Online Collection page you can narrow your discoveries for these topics:

  • Highlight of the Online Collection – browse through highlighted collection treasures grouped by topic
  • Explore the Online Collection – using the text links in the instructions, discover the best way to locate items of interest
  • People, Places and Events – a mini-encyclopedia for researching important people, places and events
  • Civil War Newspaper Index – search for articles that were published in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette and Courier during the Civil War. (Please note that most of the articles cannot be viewed online but can be viewed on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries)

There are loads of fun and interesting interactive activities to find on the Things to Do page. Just a few of those activities include:

  • Dress Up – see, hear, and learn about the clothing of American history interactively
  • First Person – read about and listen to audios of 20th century histories from the people who lived them
  • Magic Lens – easily read the fanciful writing of old manuscripts with the use of the interactive “Magic Lens”
  • Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools – brief videos of how tools from the past were used
  • Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibits – tons of interactive activities to learn more about Family Life, Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers, and The Land of the years 1680-1920.
  • And so many more

Be sure to check out the Online Exhibits. Select from:

  • Turn of the Centuries – focuses on the pivotal time periods of 1680-1720 (the Colonial Period), 1780-1820 (the Federal Period), 1880-1920 (the Progressive and Colonial Revival period)
  • Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 – takes you to a new website that explores all sides of the story through audios, images, interactives, and texts. Also includes a link to a Teacher’s Guide with several lesson plans.
  • Shays Rebellion and the Making of a Nation – opens another website that digs deep into the story, people, artifacts, documents, music and more regarding the rebellion. Also includes a companion study guide located at the “For Teachers” link on the site.

When you are visiting In the Classroom you will find hundreds of lesson plans, online curricula, teacher resources, and other online activities.

This is an extremely well thought out and well-designed website that encourages visitors to explore at length. You will definitely want to add this to your “must see” list when you are studying the history of New England.

Celebrate the History of Disneyland

July 17th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 17, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Designing Disney

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

On July 17, 1955, the doors of the magical kingdom known as Disneyland opened to visitors and the minds and hearts of imagination were forever changed. This Disney Fan website is “dedicated to the art and history of Disney theme parks.”

This website provides simple navigation to the various sections of interest. You can either use the tool bar at the top of the page or the links within the text of the home page. Destinations to choose from include:

  • Design – Behind the scene looks at how Disney theme park magic is made
  • History – The histories and stories of various Disney locations
  • People – Mini biographies of Disney Imagineers
  • On this Day – Learn about several special events that have taken place
  • Book Reviews – Reviews of recommended books pertaining to Disney parks
  • Current Events – What’s happening now at the Disney parks across the world

Through informative and interesting text and beautiful images, visitors can grow a new appreciation for what it takes to create the world’s most beloved theme parks. Discover what it took to design the Main Street Electrical Parade or how park costumes are made or what is involved in the landscaping of a park. Learn the history of Disneyland California, explore the lost treasures of Disneyland Paris, and investigate much, much more.

This website adds content regularly, so you may want to bookmark this site for further exploration in the future.

Keeping Score for Classical Music

July 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 5, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

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Keeping Score

 

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Created by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony and based on the PBS television series, this website provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the life and music of the composers featured in the series.
Through the use of audio, video, interactive materials as well as downloadable lesson plans specially created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program, students take an in-depth look into the composers’ political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

When arriving at the website, in the “Explore The Music” box, chose one of the following tabs to see what lessons are available:

  • Composers
  • Musical Technique
  • History
  • Musical Scores
  • Staff Picks

The composers covered are:

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Aaron Copland
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Education” to find more resources and lessons plans created by teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

Select “Interactive” to dig even deeper through images, videos, and text. Follow along with musical scores, experiment with various musical techniques, try your hand at conducting a symphony, discover the instruments and musicians of an orchestra, and much more.

Not only does the website provide a wonderful educational resource in the study of symphonic music, but it is a feast of sight and sound sure to encourage your student’s interest.

A 4th of July Curriculum

July 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, July 3, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Various

 

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

 

The 4th of July offers lots of opportunities to learn more about U.S. History, Social Studies, Science and more! Here are some websites to get you started.

 

ClassBrain.com – 4th of July

 

At this site you will find a stunning compendium of 4th of July themed activities with links to:

  • History lessons
  • Primary source documents
  • Texts, literature, poems, and songs
  • Quizzes, puzzles, coloring pages
  • Crafts
  • and much more.

 

There is enough material here to provide an entire unit study on American history and in particular the events associated with Independence Day.

 

Kaboom!

 

Sponsored by PBS Nova, this site is all about the science behind fireworks. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Anatomy of a Firework – an illustrated guide to the different parts that make up a firework
  • Pyrotechnics: It’s Elemental – find out what elements from the Periodic Table of Elements are used in fireworks
  • Demolition Woman – read an interview with a female pyrotechnician and find out about what her job entails.
 
If you have kids who are fascinated by fireworks – they will enjoy learning about the science behind the sparklers. Happy 4th of July!

History Lessons from the Civil War Trust

June 26th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, June 26, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Civil War Trust Curriculum

 

Age Range: 8-17 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Presented by the non-profit Civil War Trust, this website provides downloadable lesson plans with companion PowerPoint presentations and assessments as well as 360 degree battlefield panoramas, maps, photographs, videos, puzzles, bonus quizzes and much more.
When arriving at the link above, choose from Elementary, Middle School, and High School curriculum. Topics covered include:
  • Disunion
  • The Country Goes to War
  • Antietam and Emancipation
  • Life at War
  • The Home Front
  • Shifting Tides
  • Bringing the War to an End
  • Effects of War
  • Preserving the Memory

Each topic provides a variety of lesson plans as well as links to other resources to enhance your studies. Lessons may be used online or downloaded.

Use the navigation bars at the top of the page to access the 360 degree panoramas of Chancellorsville, Chattanooga, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Antietam battlefields which also include embedded videos and other informative images and texts. Select the IN4 videos on the top navigation bar to watch short videos that concisely explain basic Civil War topics. Many of the video pages include links to additional history articles, primary sources, and more classroom materials.

Click the “Education” link, then “Teachers” and look on the side bar menu for more classroom resources, a Civil War coloring book, crossword puzzles, and more. Under the “Education” link select the “Students” option for students to learn more about the Civil War on their own. Some topics that may intrigue your student are:

  • 10 Facts About the Civil War
  • Children in the Civil War
  • Student Created Videos
  • Railroads of the Confederacy
  • The American Journey of the Bond Family
  • Music of the 1860s

There is so much to explore at this website to enrich your Civil War studies that you will want to bookmark this website for easy access.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

June 25th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, June 25, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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SparkNotes

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a menu of free online study guides in a variety of subject categories. You can read most of the Study Guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. To give you an idea of what you can expect in the field of Language Arts, you’ll find: 

  • Literature – A stunning array of free study guides for book titles spanning from “Across Five Aprils” to “Walden.” Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading.
  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analyses of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.
  • Writing – A remarkable grammar glossary with easy-to-find answers on everything from proper usage of commas and semicolons to superlatives and more.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Language Arts! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.
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