Posts Tagged ‘history’

Free Kids’ History Videos

March 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 29, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brookdale House – History Videos for Kids

(brookdalehouse.com/history-videos-for-kids/)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the curriculum publisher’s website (Brookdale House) provides a collection of hundreds of YouTube videos to use to supplement your history studies.

The videos are sorted into four time period collections: 

  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Early Modern History
  • Modern History

When arriving at today’s link, it is helpful to read through the information to understand what has been included in the collections as well as tips for watching.


Visitors can move between time periods using the right-hand menu or the home page of this section.


Once you have decided on a time-period to browse, use your mouse to hover over the images to see the name or content of the video. Click the image and the video player will open on the page. Click anywhere off the video to return to the page you were on. Types of videos include: 

  • Documentaries and re-enactments
  • Lectures
  • Songs for learning facts
  • Audio readings
  • Clips from modern events
  • And much more

While the selection of videos is targeted for elementary and middle school age students, they could easily benefit the older student as well.

As always, be sure to preview the videos for suitability for your family.

Free Lesson Plans for Music, Dance, Theater and More

March 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 24, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

(artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx)

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

 

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select: 

  • Grade Band
    • K-4
    • 5-8
    • 9-12 
  • Arts Subject
    • Dance
    • Literary Arts
    • Media Arts
    • Music
    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
  • Other Subject
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Physical Education
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Technology
    • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

Explore the Oregon Trail

March 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 22, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Oregon/California Trail Center – Trail Basics

(www.oregontrailcenter.org/HistoricalTrails/OregonCaliforniaTrails.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Take an adventure on the Oregon Trail with this website from The National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier, Idaho.

Discover what life was like traveling on the more than 2,000-mile wagon trail from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon. Using the right-hand sidebar menu explore trail basics such as: 

  • The Trek West – Who were the people who traveled the trail and why?
  • The Starting Point – Learn a little about Independence, Missouri.
  • The Wagon – Understand the importance of a good wagon to make the trek.
  • Mules, Horses, or Oxen – Which animal was best suited to pull the trail wagons?
  • Supplies – What things were needed for life on the trail?
  • A Day on the Trail – Discover what a typical day on the trail may have been like.
  • Dangers – What types of threats did the pioneers face?
  • Indians – Learn about Indian interactions with pioneers.

When you have finished learning the basics through the texts and images, use the upper menu to learn more. Under Historical Trails, select “Pioneers Talk” to read journal excerpts from folks who traveled the trail in the 1850’s. Select “Local Trail Landmarks” to see various important locations along the path. Browse through the various “Links” options to learn more about the Oregon/California Trail, western history, and other local and regional travel.

Use this website to supplement your U.S. history studies of pioneers, western expansion, and more.

Solve the History Mystery

March 15th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 15, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic: History Mystery

(teacher.scholastic.com/histmyst/index.asp)

Age Range: 9-13 (Grades 4-8, with parental supervision)

 

One of our ClickScholars recommended today’s website that offers a series of fun “History Mysteries” for students to solve.

When you get to the site you will see your animated guide, Dr. Carlotta Facts, a professor at the fictional History Mystery Museum. Dr. Facts challenges students to figure out the historic person, place, event, or object she is studying based on 4-5 clues she provides. The idea is to solve the mystery in as few clues as possible.

Students are encouraged to use the clues to conduct research on the World Wide Web (or use offline resources like textbooks, maps, and reference books) to solve the mystery. There is an online search mechanism built into the game. Each “History Mystery” game is themed in United States or world history and includes topics in these categories: 

  • African-American History
  • Environmental History
  • Government and Politics
  • Inventions and Technology
  • Social & Cultural History
  • Women’s History
  • Exploration
  • World Civilizations

Within each topic category, there is a list of sub-topics. Click on any one to play a game themed on that topic. Once students think they have solved the mystery, they submit an answer. If the answer is correct, they receive a designation as an investigator of historical mysteries and an opportunity to learn more about the subject. If the answer is incorrect, they can receive another clue, investigate further, or submit another solution. They can also click on “see the answer” and read all about the topic.

The History Mystery game is a fun way to challenge your knowledge of history and a great way to introduce information on various historical periods, civilizations, industry and technology, certain landforms and geography, and elements of culture.

Learn more about Albert Einstein

March 8th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, March 8, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Einstein – Image and Impact

(history.aip.org/history/exhibits/einstein/)

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

 

Learn about the life and the scientific contributions of Albert Einstein with this site from the AIP Center for the History of Physics.

When arriving at today’s link, use the image links to explore: 

  • Formative Years – Learn about Einstein’s family and his life as a child and young man.
  • The Great Works – 1905 – Read about his early discoveries including the theory of relativity.
  • World Fame – Find out how his discoveries transformed physics.
  • Public Concerns – Explore Einstein’s political and humanitarian views.
  • Quantum and Cosmos – Learn about more of Einstein’s theories.
  • Nuclear Age – Discover how Einstein’s formula E=mc2 was proved and used.
  • Science and Philosophy – Read about the struggles Einstein had balancing his science and his philosophies.
  • The World As I See It – An Essay by Einstein

Each section includes a few brief pages with related images and documents as well as links to other relevant information. This site is also available to download as a PDF for use offline. 

Archeology for Kids

March 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archeology for Kids

(www.nps.gov/history/archeology/public/kids/index.htm)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Park Service, kids can learn all about the science of archeology. Many national parks maintain dig sites where researchers and scientists find clues to the stories of the past. This site includes information about archeologists and the fields in which they specialize.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu below the big words “Archeology for Kids” that includes: 

  • Who Are Archeologists – Meet men and women who study fossil remains of humans, animals, marine life, and the geology of the earth through time.
  • How Do They Work – Find out how archeologists explore various dig sites. Learn about surveys, measuring, excavation, dating, recording, artifacts, and more.
  • The Archeology Lab – Learn what archeologists do in the lab including cataloging artifacts, preserving specimens, and more.
  • Try it! – Enjoy three different fun activities to learn what archeologists do and how they sift for clues that help explain the people and cultures of the past.
  • Dig Deeper – Get information on what it takes to have a career as an archeologist.
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