Posts Tagged ‘history’

Investigate the First Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 20, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Plimoth Plantation: You Are The Historian

 

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Interested in learning about the history of Thanksgiving? Look no further than this award-winning website produced by Plimoth Plantation (the spelling is correct). Here, kids and their families can discover what really happened at the first Thanksgiving and separate the myths from the facts.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Notice the Teacher’s Guide text link under the main image – you may want to click on that if you prefer a more lesson-structured approach and guideline to exploring this website. You may also access the guide within the investigation presentation by selection the Teacher’s Guide icon.

Eager learners can also jump right in and begin their investigation by clicking on the image or the text link “HERE!” A new page opens to a multi-media extravaganza with beautiful sights and sounds. Your hosts invite you to use clues to unearth the real history behind the Thanksgiving feast. Click on “enter” to begin the journey. A new page opens with a menu that includes:

  • Fact or Myth – What’s true and what’s not about the people and events surrounding the first Thanksgiving? Did the guests eat cranberries and turkey? What you discover may surprise you.
  • The Evidence – View and read a primary source document – the only existing written, first-hand-account of the feast. A terrific introduction to exploring primary source documents – don’t miss it!
  • The Wampanoag People – Learn about the Native People who were at the first Thanksgiving, and how they celebrate the different seasons of the year.
  • The English Colonists – Take a trip back in time to the home of a Pilgrim and find out how they prepared for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • The Path to 1621 – Find out about the events that led up to the First Thanksgiving.

This is an engaging website presenting historically accurate evidence of the first Thanksgiving or harvest celebration in colonial America that kids of all ages are certain to enjoy.

Thanksgiving Poetry!

November 19th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Poetry Foundation: The Cranberry Cantos

 

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

 

As explained at the site, “Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.” Some are somber and some are silly. Some are old and some are modern. I hope you find one to print out and enjoy with your family!

Narratives and Timelines for History

November 13th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 13, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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Historyworld

 

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

 

This website, written by Bamber Gascoigne from the United Kingdom, provides about 300 interactive world history narratives and over 10,000 events in searchable timelines. The narratives present information in a concise manner and contain in-text links to other topics. The timelines allow visitors to easily search for specific events relating to a topic during a specific time.
When you arrive at the website use the menu at the top to select whether you want to read “Histories”, explore “Timelines”, take a “Quiz”, or select “More . . .” to choose:
  • Encyclopedia of Britain – Browse over 5000 entries on the history, culture, and life of Britain
  • Wellcome History of Medicine – Discover the history of medicine from the world’s largest medical charity
  • Places in History – Global – Explore the global-plotted Google Maps and see what events happened where
  • Places in History – Local – Examine this ongoing project using Google Maps to find exact positions of historical sites
When arriving at the “Histories” page, you can search alphabetically for historical topics across the globe from Aegean Civilization to Zoroastrianism. Some narrations include images and the in-text links give visitors the opportunity to build on their understanding of events, people, and concepts.
After selecting “Timelines” from the menu, you are able to enter a specific topic and/or year into the search engine. Use the “Historyworld Timelines” text link under the search box to be taken to the “Single-Subject Timelines” page for a list of pre-set timelines. Timeline entries have clickable icons on either side of them that when selected open to Google search engine pages for relevant topics, associated images, related entries from Historyworld, links to other timelines, or Google maps.
There are currently two quizzes available to take:
  • Quiz – Take this timed quiz to test yourself on your historical knowledge
  • ThenWhatNext – Challenge yourself to put people or events in the correct order.

This ad-supported website provides a great overview of history around the world without a lot of distracting bells and whistles.

Math Using Ciphers & Secret Codes!

November 10th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, November 10, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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NSA/CSS: CryptoKids

 

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The National Security Agency and Central Security Service are America’s code makers and breakers for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. This website contains free games, puzzles, codes, ciphers and activities related to cryptology to educate and inspire the next generation of “mathematicians, linguists, engineers, and analysts.”

When you get to the site you can choose to view it in Flash (multi-media with sound and animation) or Text (printed copy only). Use the menu to explore:

*Codes & Ciphers – Learn the definition and history of codes and cipher. Use your math and logic skills to make your own cipher and learn how to break/decode ciphers.
*Games & Activities – Use math and logic to solve challenging brainteasers. Crack cryptograms using “substitution” or “transposition” ciphers. Make your own cipher machine from items found in your home. Use math, language, and memory skills to play some online games.
*Student Resources – Explore links to sites about the history of cryptology, see a photo gallery of cryptologists and the equipment they use. Check out the Cryptologic Museum. Read declassified top secret documents about the Korean War, Kennedy’s assassination, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more. Learn about careers in the NSA along with high school and college programs and scholarships.

This is an engaging site that teaches, informs, and entertains while it helps students hone their math skills.

Harper’s Weekly for History

November 6th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, November 6, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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HarpWeek

 

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Harper’s Weekly is considered an important primary resource chronicling the week-to-week life of America for the 56-year time period from 1857-1912. This website provides access to a user friendly indexed database of Harper’s Weekly. Visitors will find scanned images of the pages from the weekly as well as a transcript of those pages. Pages include the:
  • news stories
  • illustrations
  • cartoons
  • editorials
  • biographies
  • literature
  • advertisements

But it doesn’t stop there. There are educational extensions using Harper Weekly resources. Historical topics covered include:

  • The Civil War
  • The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
  • Presidential elections: 1860-1912
  • The Making of Modern America

The “Cartoon of the Day” is an interesting peek into the humor of the past. You will also find Simulation Games that include information to the teacher that explains how to implement the simulations and provides background information. Simulation Games include:

  • The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
  • The Civil War Illustrations Activity: Why Did the North Win the Civil War?
  • The Reconstruction Convention
  • The Ku Klux Klan Hearings

These are just a sampling of the educational activities available for use in your history studies. There are many more that you will want to check out for yourself.

*Please note that because Harper’s Weekly is a primary resource, some of the language from the time may be considered objectionable by today’s standards. As always, please preview this website material before allowing your children to use this resource.

Have Fun Tracking Money

November 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Monday, November 3, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

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Where’s George

 

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Most parents know that one of the easiest ways to get kids interested in math is through the use of money. This website offers a way to track a U.S. dollar bill to see where it’s been – what a great way to tie in social studies with math! We were required to register (free) in order to access the site.
Once you’re there, just enter the denomination, series, and serial number of any U.S. dollar bill, along with your current US zip code in the form on the homepage.

A “Bill Tracker Report” will be generated explaining where your bill has been, how far it has traveled, how long it’s been in circulation, and you can even read comments from people explaining where they got the bill before using it or passing it along to someone else.

But that’s not all! Using the “Tools/Fun” item on the menu at the top of the page, click on “Cool Links About Money.” A new page opens with links to the BEST MONEY WEBSITES where you can learn all about the history of U.S. currency, design features, and even security measures to deter counterfeiting. You’ll also find links where you can track bills from various countries in Europe, as well as currency from India, Africa, China, Japan, and New Zealand.

If you are from Canada, be sure to check out “Where’s Willy” to track Canadian currency! (By the way, for those who don’t know, “Willy” refers to Sir Wilfrid Laurier the first French Canadian Prime Minister.)

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