Posts Tagged ‘history’

Old Fort Niagara Virtual Tour

October 19th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 19, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Fort Niagara

(www.oldfortniagara.org/virtual-tour)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York at the mouth of the Niagara River.

(Please note that this tour requires Adobe Flash to run. Due to issues with Chrome/Flash compatibility, we used the Firefox browser to review this site.)

After arriving at today’s link and allowing Flash to run, the tour automatically loads. Use your mouse to navigate the fort grounds and to locate hotspots indicated with down arrows. Click the rotating tour to stop the screen and zoom in on locations. When a hotspot is selected, a new window opens with information about the location as well as any available shortcut links to specific locations. Close the new window and you will find the hotspot location has opened a new tour or interactive map to that location. Within the mini-tours, there are informational locations found randomly when moving your mouse over an object in the exhibit. Select the signs icon in the upper left-hand corner of the tour to reveal the Old Fort Niagara map. Select any yellow dot on the map to find a location.

Hotspot destinations include: 

  • French Castle – includes views of the Commandant’s quarters, Jesuit Chapel, Soldiers’ Barracks, trade room, and officers’ mess
  • Bake House – Explore the workspace for the fort baker.
  • The River Defenses – view of the river from cannon station
  • Powder Magazine – Discover the storage space for ammunition and gun powder.
  • North Redoubt – Examine the British 1770’s addition to Fort Niagara’s defenses.
  • The Earthworks – Check out the landward side form of defense for the fort.

When you have finished your tour, check out the other educational materials available at the site using the links at the top of the page: 

  • History – Read about the 300-year history of the fort as well as read a featured article focused on a specific historical event at the fort.
  • Education – Select the Pre-Visit Materials link in the drop-down menu to download Old Fort Niagara’s colorful PDF booklet “Flintlocks & Council Fires” that includes history, activities, and links to videos.
  • Gallery – See “Static Images” of re-enactments, buildings, and more as well as find a link to the Old Fort Niagara Association’s YouTube page of videos.

Enjoy your tour!

Discover the History of the Lightbulb

October 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lighting a Revolution

(americanhistory.si.edu/lighting/index.htm)

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

 

Explore the history of the lightbulb with this web presentation from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

This site takes visitors through the steps involved in the process of the invention of the lightbulb by Thomas Edison in the 19th century and then examines the major developments made to lamps in the 20th century.

After reading through the introductory text on the home page, students can begin their exploration by selecting from the three “doors” on the page: 

  • Invention Factory: 19th Century Electric Lamps
  • Invention Factory: 20th Century Electric Lamps
  • Guest Lounge & Library

The “Invention Factory” sections are broken down again into the 5 steps of inventing: 

  • Store Room: Knowledge & Equipment for Inventors (Step 1: Preconditions) – Dig into what previously discovered technology and inventions help in the creation of the new product.
  • Laboratory: Caution Inventors at Work (Step 2: Invention) – Learn about the people, places, events, and discoveries of lighting inventors.
  • Marketing Department: Promotions for All Occasions (Step 3: Promotion) – Gain an understanding of the importance promoting an invention has in bringing new inventions to the public.
  • Competition: Inventors: Have Patents Out & Ready for Inspection (Step 4: Competition) – Discover the importance of competition in the world of inventions.
  • Consequences: Intended & Otherwise (Step 5: Consequences) – Examine the results of the invention of the lightbulb and its impact on history.

Each section presents concise information about the topic accompanied by exhibit images.

The “Guest Lounge & Library” provides visitors opportunities for further research by providing exhibit scripts and notes, a time-line photo gallery of lamp inventors, links to other informative sites about Thomas Edison and lighting, history, technology, and energy files with additional images and information relating to lighting including ink blotters, patents, the science behind electric lighting and lightbulbs, and significance of energy efficiency.

Add this site to your list of resources for history and inventor studies.

Interactive “Elements of a Story” & More!

October 17th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 17, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org: Language Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/)

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

 

Learner.org offers free, interactive lessons including the elements of storytelling, how to use primary sources for historical facts when writing, and even an interactive spelling bee!

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of amazing interactives for every subject that are archived on this site. Don’t get distracted! Look under “Language Arts” and “Literature” on the left “Disciplines” menu to find several choices including:

  • Elements of a Story (Grades K-5) – Explore the different ingredients and elements that go into stories such as characters, plot, and background – and see how they fit together.
  • Spelling Bee (Grades 1-10) – Take part in a virtual old-fashioned spelling bee! Listen to three stories and then spell words from each story. You can review the words, hear the audio, find definitions, and see the words used in context too!

Of course, once you’re through with the Language Arts and Literature Interactives, you’ll want to return to the main menu to explore Mathematics, Social Studies & History, Science, Foreign Language and Arts interactives too. Bookmark this site, it’s a keeper!

Explore Jefferson’s Monticello

October 12th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Monticello Explorer

(explorer.monticello.org/)

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

 

This ClickScholar suggested website provides a variety of multi-media opportunities to explore the home where Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President) lived on a plantation in VirginiaThe home is called Monticello. At the site you can virtually explore the plantation, house, gardens and grounds.

Please note that visitors will need Adobe Shockwave to view this site. After the website loads, you’ll see a menu with five choices listed under two categories as follows: 

  • EXPLORE (Use interactive maps.)
    • Explore the Plantation – Use an interactive map to randomly explore the 5,000 acre plantation, buildings, and grounds.
    • Explore the House – Use an interactive 3-D map to navigate the hallways, rooms, and floors of Jefferson’s mansion.
  • TOUR (Take a multi-media, narrated tour.)
    • General House – This is a terrific way to see Monticello. Join a curator who narrates the video tour of the mansion, explaining the furnishings, and telling stories that bring it all to life.
    • Domestic Life At Monticello – This narrated video tour explains the history of the Jefferson family and the enslaved families (including the Hemings family) that lived on the plantation for several generations.
    • Gardens and Grounds – This audio-video tour of the grounds is punctuated with beautiful photography and interesting explanations about horticulture and the cultivation of specialized plants, as well as Jefferson’s fascination with native plants.

All along the explorations and tours, you will find related materials to further learning. There are so many clickable functions to explore the site, that you may need to be patient occasionally as various presentations are downloaded for viewing. Bookmark the site, as it will take some time to investigate this expansive historical collection of images and information about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.

History through American Writers

October 11th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 11, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

C-SPAN – American Writers

(www.c-span.org/series/?americanWriters)

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

 

Discover the power of words and its influence on shaping the course of our nation with this portion of the C-SPAN website. The American Writers series ran from March 2001 through July 2002 and explored “American history through the lives and works of American writers.”

Using the drop down menu on the right of the page, visitors can select a time period from 1600 to 1975 and then a specific writer from that time period. After the selection is made, the page will load a summary about the author, a list of featured works, and information about the “Featured Place” from where the episode was presented. Select the “View Program” to open the episode. Video presentations run about 2½ hours and include actor portrayal of the writer, interviews with subject experts, political commentary, viewer call-in conversations and more. 

Some notable writers included in the series are: 

  • William Bradford
  • Thomas Paine
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Lewis and Clark
  • James Fenimore Cooper
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Mark Twain
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Upton Sinclair
  • Will Rogers
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • John Steinbeck
  • Whittaker Chambers
  • William F. Buckley
  • James Baldwin
  • And many more.

As always, please be sure to preview the available content prior to allowing your students to access this site as there may be controversial and political information presented that some may find unsuitable for their family.

Free Science Lessons & Interactives!

October 9th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Young Scientist Lab

(www.youngscientistlab.com/students/digital-science-activities)

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

 

Discovery Education and 3M Corporation sponsor this website that provides free activities “to capture your curiosity and engage you in the scientific thinking process; while having fun!”

When you get to the site, choose from the 10 activities in pdf format including: 

  • Balloon Rocket
  • Disappearing Glass
  • Sandwich Bag Dartboard
  • Water Jug Race

You’ll also see a menu at the top of the homepage that includes “Teachers,”  “Students” and “Parents.” Under “Teachers,” you’ll find the content sorted by grade range (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) that includes Lesson Plans and Interactives. You can download (pdf) complete lesson plans that teach about recycling, light, adhesives, and more. The Interactives help students discover the real-world science around them. Download animations that explain wind energy, circuitry and the history of innovations.

There is a lot of content to explore on this site including a blog and information on a contest in which your emerging scientists can participate to win prizes (closed for 2018).

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